This is a budget workstation placed together with parts that were already lying around, intended for architectural work and Blender Cycles GPU rendering. The only parts that I purchased were the CPU cooler, case, graphics card, and power supply.

Part Reviews


This processor isn't exactly the best, especially with it being an APU. A graphics card is installed within the system, rendering the graphics portion of the package useless.

CPU Cooler

This is the first time I had used a Cryorig cooler. Compared with the Hyper 212 Evo, this heatsink is significantly smaller with a marginal difference in cooling performance. Even with the smaller dimensions, the included fan is still very quiet. The paste that comes with it is Cryorig's own CP15, a rather decent paste.


The board contains a decent amount of SATA ports and utilizes high-quality Japanese capacitors. I expect it to last a long time.


This is a drive I have been using in many computers. It works very well, even when limited to SATA II speeds.

Video Card

This card can be obtained for much less than the majority of the newer graphics cards. While this may not be as fast as the latest and greatest card, it is enough for compositing and 3D work in Blender.


The case is pretty quiet, being able to suppress the sound of the EVGA card. The case is a bit oversized for this build, but is used to allow future upgrade.

Power Supply

On sale at Microcenter; can't complain for the price.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Remove the lower drive cage so that bottom fan is unimpeded, which will allow more air to get to GPU.

  • 34 months ago
  • 0 points

Why didn't you get an Athlon instead of the A-10?

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it's because "placed together with parts that were already lying around"

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

He had it laying the description