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February 5, 2013 1:55:18 AM

Building this for his birthday. He wants to record minecraft and play a few mmos. How does it look?

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Ax1z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Ax1z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Ax1z/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($125.90 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Motherboard: Asus F2A85-M/CSM Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($91.49 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($35.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.00 @ Vuugo)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VS198D-P 19.0" Monitor ($98.25 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $725.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 22:54 EST-0500)

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PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/BHcN
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CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($125.90 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Motherboard: Asus F2A85-M/CSM Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($91.49 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($35.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.00 @ Vuugo)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VS198D-P 19.0" Monitor ($98.25 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $723.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 17:59 EST-0500)

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February 5, 2013 2:50:24 AM

You definitely have to change the memory. It should be a dual channel kit of you kill the graphics performance of the APU .
It also should be rated for 1.5 volts or less so the kit recommended by scout 03 is best avoided because its 1.65 volt.
Faster RAM also helps gaming performance

Some times the best deal is to find 1600 MHz low voltage RAM [ usually 1.35v] and manually set it to 1.5 volt . Once you have done that it should usually run at 1866 MHz

why two relatively small hard drives?
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February 5, 2013 3:10:23 AM

listed on qvl for board from asus KINGSTON
KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX(XMP)
8GB(4GBX2)1.65 volts and it use a amd cpu KINGSTON
KHX1866C11D3P1K2/8G
8GB ( 4GB x 2)1.5V

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February 5, 2013 4:36:47 AM

Why the two small hard drives?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
1 TB Western Digital Caviar Black for cheaper than those other two, and a better performer. Just partition it if you're looking for more than one logical drive.

Trim down your PSU budget; no need for Gold Plus, we'll move this over for more RAM. If you want a ~400W:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

And you'll definitely need to mix up your RAM:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Otherwise, solid rest of build, should be a good performer for your brother.
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February 5, 2013 8:53:56 PM

Outlander_04 said:
why two relatively small hard drives?

Because he is recording minecraft, if you play and record on one jhard drive, it will LAGGGG.
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February 5, 2013 8:55:12 PM

joafu said:
Why the two small hard drives?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
1 TB Western Digital Caviar Black for cheaper than those other two, and a better performer. Just partition it if you're looking for more than one logical drive.

Trim down your PSU budget; no need for Gold Plus, we'll move this over for more RAM. If you want a ~400W:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

And you'll definitely need to mix up your RAM:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Otherwise, solid rest of build, should be a good performer for your brother.

As I said above, It will lag like crazy.
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February 5, 2013 10:48:40 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($125.90 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.00 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($47.14 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($60.81 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Acer V193WEJb 19.0" Monitor ($64.88 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Logitech MK100 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($13.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $702.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 19:47 EST-0500)

This will give you better performance for a little more since the apu and gpu can run in crossfire.
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February 5, 2013 10:51:58 PM

you know that hybrid crossfire was meant to be if you had a older video card laying around, you can throw that into this newer APU, not right from the get go as at that rate, you can already get a discrete card that will game much better
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February 5, 2013 11:54:42 PM

the a10 is nice on its own. my a8 laptop (lower voltage, lower clock, yadayada yada worse then the cpu in yours but runs on the same princable) gets about 60-70 fps on max settings in minecraft. it should have little to no issue recording.

Tell him about http://optifine.net, its a mod that lets you turn down settings that dont affect visuals much and give you much more fps whilst getting rid of fog and seeing farther then unmodded mc.
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February 6, 2013 1:02:32 AM

TheBigTroll said:
you know that hybrid crossfire was meant to be if you had a older video card laying around, you can throw that into this newer APU, not right from the get go as at that rate, you can already get a discrete card that will game much better


It will still give better fps in game.
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February 6, 2013 9:39:01 AM

not as good as a good discrete card
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February 19, 2013 3:49:16 PM

Best answer selected by CheesyHotDogPuff.
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