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My Under £500 Build
by Danblath
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Description

Made this as an audio workstation, with capability to play games, whilst keeping the price low. The CPU is said to have poor temperature problems, so I added on from arctic cooling.

From what I've tested so far: Temperature is at 32(C) When Idle Runs Crysis 3 Medium graphics fairly well Runs Alice: Madness Returns perfectly Runs Space Engine really well and renders the planets surfaces pretty quickly After a stress test the max temperature I got was 55(C)

Overall I'm pretty happy with my build, I think for the price it exceeded my expectations!

Part List
Details
AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI Radeon R7 250 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.1GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.6GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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jteezyweezy [2 Builds] 3 points 5 months ago

Great price and great build, in the future, you might consider upgrading to something like a R9 270x GPU. I run this processor in a similar set up and it runs great. If you want to take a look a my build you can get some ideas for future upgrades. Excellent job with the budget!

Another thing that you might consider in the future is the possibility of OCing the 760K and maybe putting a hyper 212 evo or some other aftermarket cooler. The great thing about your PC is it has great potential to grow!!

 
 
Danblath [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

I actually planned on upgrading the graphics card in the future to something with a bit more punch, and the R9 270x would have probably been my first choice. I've been thinking of pushing the CPU further, I think I'll research into overclocking first (I know how to do it, but I'm no expert).

Thanks for the upgrade advice though!

 
 
Atechless [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

There's a plethora of information available across the web on overclocking but the new AMD CPU driver suite has an auto-tune overclock in the mean time if you want to boost performance.

 
 
Danblath [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Any particular links you can give me? Thanks for informing me!

 
 
Atechless [2 Builds] 3 points 5 months ago

http://www.overclock.net/t/39747/the-ultimate-overclock-net-guide-compilation Overclock.net is a good place to start learning about everything. There is also this thread of people using the same/similar CPUs posting their results and specs so you can see what cooler might improve your performance most http://www.overclock.net/t/1404334/amd-athlon-x2-340-370-and-athlon-x4-740-750k-760k-be-owners-club

 
 
Danblath [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks for that, that's really helpful! I'll have a read into it soon :)

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

250 is not a good card. A cheaper 7770 would of done a better job. Everything else is cool! :D

 
 
Danblath [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

It does the job for now :P I never actually looked into a comparison between those two, I probably should have!

 
 
Atechless [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Do audio programmes benefit from high frequency RAM?

 
 
Danblath [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Not hugely, as DAW's aren't exactly intensive applications, the only reason I have that RAM is because it went on sale for about the same price as some 1600MHz I was gonna get

 
 
JasonUK [9 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Nice job mate.

 
 
Danblath [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

NIce little build, love that CPU for budget gaming rigs.

 
 
Danblath [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

It's a lovely little beast