Over $1000 in and still POS PC

So iv been putting money in to my pc for a little wile now and im still not getting my moneys worth... :( Here is a list of what is in it i think http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/TW0v  the 2 screens i have and my headset arnt on there tho that would bring my total to well over $1500 ... im able to put things togther but i really dont understand what the hell im doing.. if there is any information on overclocking or just getting better performance i would really love to know


I'm assuming this is your first build?


To start I would swap out the A8 for a Phenom II X4 965 (or better)  with the 650 TI you won't be using the APU's graphics so it is better to just go with a regular CPU in this case.  And swap out for an AM3/AM3+ socket Mobo

Than drop the water cooler for a good $20-$40 aftermarket air cooler or just use the stock cooler

Drop the 5400 RPM spin point and just go with the 1TB drive or maybe even swap it out for a Seagate Barracuda 1TB drive or two for much cheaper.

Everything else looks good, Phantom is a nice case to work with (IMO) so good choice there.


Revised Build: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/TWSI


Not perfect but it gives a little more wiggle room.  I couldn't hunt down the RAM compatibility charts for the ASUS mobo so that might need to be double checked (just used what you already selected)



Sorry about the double post, forgot the mouse/keyboard you had selected.

your cpu MB got to go eveything else is fine get a 6300, 8350 any of the intel k's will be a good upgrade. i hate to say it but throw $300 bucks at your rig and you will be set.

Why did you spend more on an overkill CPU cooler than on a processor or a motherboard?

Get the basics right first, fact is you're not going to game with an A8 and be satisfied with the performance. Same goes for the motherboard. The graphics card is OK but not a great performer either, a thirty bucks more expensive card will give you twice the performance.

Hate to say it, but you've wasted a lot of money.

I would suggest a gigabyte ga-970a-ds3 and an AMD Phenom II X4 955/965 as cheapest upgrade to gaming performance, and if the Phenom's not available anymore (because it's a phased out chip), the AMD FX6300 is the alternative for it, not the FX4300.

For $1000, this is probably the best of the best. You could also forgo the SSD and get the case you want, but I can't see why you would spend 10% of your budget on the case.


I think he already bought the stuff.


Of course it's shit.  Why would you spend $1000 on an APU build?  To get better performance, the best thing you could do is upgrade your CPU, GPU, and motherboard.  I'm sorry, but this...this is just a mess.  I don't know if it's possible now, but I would suggest returning all of this for a refund.  Then, come back to Google or here, do some research, ask questions, ask for advice, and then compile a worthy build for that $1000 price tag.

To save you some trouble, you can keep some of the stuff on your list.  The peripherals, case, and RAM are fine.  If possible, I would return the CPU, CPU cooler, motherboard, the Samsung and Seagate HDDs, and the GPU.

Then I would pick up the following...

CPU - i5 3570k

CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 Evo

Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme3 (or equivalent/better)

HDD - Just use the single WD Caviar Black.  It's a great drive and 1TB of storage is plenty for most people.

GPU - I would go with one of the following: HD 7870, HD 7950, HD 7970, GTX 660 Ti, or GTX 670 (do some research to figure out which is best for you and your needs)

Lol, you guys arent too smart. Hes in canada. Use the part picker. Things are more expensive in canada.

this is very true canada is a hard place to find good deals eh... but as before i all ready have all this junk and its what im useing to type this atm :( i would like to take a sec and thank u all for the input.. and i have been looking into mobo and cpu up grades now just to make some more money that i can spend on my wife (Deloris<PC) she has been great but like any other pc after a copple years its time to get a little dirty and change some things... i will be on this foram trollong for as long as i can...the real reason i came here to ask about hard where is because im starting to stream more these days and am haveing a lot of lag and droped frames ... and if anyone knows Logan and Wendel let them know they can come stay on my chesterfield any time (the spair room is for gameing and faping lol jk) ... UR friend from the north Littleskinsk :P

LOL. Omg dude that's a mess. Why! That's awful!

Switch to like a 6300 CPU and 970 mobo at least! D:

I  realy hope this is a trolling thread becase $1000 CAD on a apu rig is not well spent at all

What parts do you allready have and what do you have to spend?

If those parts you listed are ones you have you need a new CPU+GPU+MOTHERBOARD

This will give you a masive bost at the lowest cost 


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($97.99 @ NCIX)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.50 @ Vuugo)

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($154.99 @ NCIX)

Total: $302.48 CAD (After rebate)



CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Memory Express)

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.99 @ Canada Computers)

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($154.99 @ NCIX)

Total: $357.97 CAD (After rebate)

Sell off your cpu+mobo+gpu 

Not that much more expensive.  I guarantee I can build a computer for around a thousand canadian dollars that includes the parts I mentioned above.

Here ya go...

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[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k]Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2]Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler[/url] ($28.99 @ Amazon Canada)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extreme3]ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] ($104.99 @ NCIX)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8gbxl]G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($67.99 @ NCIX)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr795wf33gd]Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card[/url] ($319.00 @ Vuugo)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r]Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($55.37 @ DirectCanada)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9]XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($59.99 @ NCIX)
[b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04]Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer[/url] ($18.00 @ Vuugo)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp]Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor[/url] ($129.99 @ NCIX)
[b]Total:[/b] $1061.30
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that is what i have in my rig now.. so its time to find a mobo and cpu


Sorry I misunderstood your original post, yes, swap out your APU for a good CPU/Mobo and you will get a good performance increase.  The Phenom 965 is a good processor for the price so I would go that route personally.  Oh, and AM3+ is backwards compatible with AM3 processors, jsut be sure to double check the processor compatibilities for that Mobo just in case.


updated to be closer to 900