Is this ok? (first build)

any suggestions

Looks okay. The board doesn't support crossfire if that's what you were planning.


is this better?

Looks better.

Change the ram to 1866mhz (optional)

Change the case to make use of the USB 3.0

That's pretty much all I have to nitpick about.

Have fun with it. :)

If your planning to crossfire the APU with the GPU, you don't need a GDDR5 card, you would get the same performance with a ddr3 card.

This will give you much better gameing than that APU computer set up

some gameplay with a hd 7790 --

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($65.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.00 @ Vuugo)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.50 @ Vuugo)

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX)

Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N10 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Memory Express)

Case: Apex TX-381-C MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Canada Computers)

Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)

Keyboard: Logitech K100 Wired Slim Keyboard ($9.99 @ NCIX)

Total: $528.49

i think this is the best i can do within my budget ($500)

but i did give up 2gb of ram though

is that ok?

If that's the case. Just get 2x 4gb at the slower speed. It won't be all that different.

looks great.