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Eva - The $450 Console Killer

by C4C

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45 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 23, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 6, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.2GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Update - July 2015:

For sub $500 build from the start, this was amazing. Unfortunately it wasn't enough for my YouTube needs and I've already upgraded to a FX-8320 that is now overclocked @4.6GHz with a Hyper 212 Evo cooler.

- CPU: I debated for a long time between the X4 750K, a more expensive AM3+ processor, or a FM2+ APU build. When the 860K came on to my radar, I jumped for it. Bang for the buck was there, especially when the OC'ing on these isn't difficult. When NCIX had it for $69.99 on Black Friday, I emptied my bank account. * I currently run it at 4.3GHz on the stock cooler. Max temp of 80C.

Motherboard: Yes I know it's mATX and yes I know it may cause me some trouble with cable management on such a small board. But with it marked down to $89.99 from $109.99, Newegg already had me interested. On top of that, MSI had a rebate for $30 back. I think I got lucky to get a good looking, and functioning board for this price. * Really easy to use, wish it has more case fan headers then the 2 it comes with. Can't complain as it's pleasing to the eye. I had an issue with mounting to the case as not all screw holes line up.

RAM: Newegg had a great sale on this ram for a short time. Snatched it up Thanksgiving eve and it went back up to $82.99 the next day :) * Speedy, and runs without an issue.

Storage: Previously 2 HDD's, I'm now running 1 WD Blue 1TB.

GPU: Newegg has the 280X for $199.99 after $15 rebate? But wait.. Visa checkout gives me $25 off! SCORE! $174.99! DO YOU SEE THIS PRICE???? $174.99!!!!! Originally I had plans to go with the MSI Twin Frozr 270X but Newegg sold out when it was $159.99. COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. * Had to RMA the card due to artifacts on the screen. Got it back, then I overclocked the core to 1150 with no issues.

Case: It was a hard decision on a tight budget. I ended up stretching and getting the 200R over both the NZXT Source 210 Elite, and the BitFenix Comrade. I think I've made a wise choice and will further find out over the long run. Reviews for all 3 cases were very positive with the Comrade being at the bottom for build quality. * Sleek, and easy to install all components. I really like the tool-less drive bay and thumbscrews that are located around the case. Very easy to install components and I recommend this to anybody building a new rig on a budget.

PSU: SCORE! 600w for $33.99? GOT IT! Snatched this up and I'm happy. It had a $20 rebate and was the main reason why I picked it up at this price. Made it very appealing considering other semi/fully modular PS units can be quite pricey. * Corsair makes good products and I don't think I'll have an issue with this considering the overhead I have.

Cooling/Fans: Using the stock 200R fans (1 intake & 1 exhaust) plus a cheap LEPA fan (setup in top exhaust) I got for free on rebate during Black Friday 2013. It pushes ~44CFM and it's not the most, but it's silent and helps move air. I'll be adding some better fans in the future, but nothing fancy. This case is very open. * Currently looking at some new fans just to increase airflow. I want it to be quiet though, which it already does a good job at.

OS: Sheesh. I'm probably going to purchase Win8.1 for the student price of $69.99. Wish I could find a copy for less. * Running Win10 Tech Preview. Runs VERY nicely.

Peripherals: Uncle gave me a Logitech wireless USB keyboard/mouse combo. Nice set, works well. * No issues. Recommend this to the average user. Really no cons for gaming either, but the price isn't competitive with real gaming keyboards/mice.

Monitor: Got to the end and realized what my budget build didn't account for. I've got a Philips 170S in the family den room and I'll probably steal it from the old pent4 Dell we have it hooked up to. * 24" Samsung monitor: SyncMaster T24B350.

End of story. I'm happy. Thoughts of questions? I really have to thank the guys on ComputerForum.com for helping me make some of the final decisions (case, PSU, and CPU).

Part Reviews

CPU

Very nice processor and runs great for the price. I run it O/C'd at 4.2GHz and it's smooth.

Motherboard

Nice motherboard but it lacks some basic necessities such as USB 3.0 and front panel connectors that WON'T be blocked by a second GPU, if you happen to CrossfireX.

Overall, the BIOS is easy to work and there's a lot of great features to enjoy.

Wishing there was more fan headers though.

Video Card

Very good GPU, and QUIET too.

Had to RMA the first card, and almost RMA'd the second before finding the issue.

These cards are overclocked on the memory too much. 1500 is stock, and I am currently running this card at 1490. Using AMD Catalyst Control Center to adjust is perfect.

This card will run anything on max settings, CPU dependent.

Case

Sleek, and very easy to work around. Thumbscrews are nice and I love how the drive bays are tool-less!

Power Supply

Expected a solid product from Corsair for my first build and it was delivered. 2 months in, and no issues.

Case Fan

Quiet and it looks good. I got it for free on rebate.

Comments Sorted by:

confuzledandlost 33 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

Great use of budget! AMD FTW!! +1 for you sir!

How well does the 860K perfom with the R9-280X? I'm looking into doing a full AMD, semi-small form factor build (in a Corsair Air 240) with the same CPU and MOBO as you but with a BEEFY graphics card (something like an R9-290X or R9-295X2); I just wanted to know if you're experiencing any extreme bottlenecks with the setup you have right now.

Thanks in advance!

C4C submitter 2 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

Nothing extreme but you can definitely tell that the 860K lacks a bit. I'd recommend going with the FX-6300 (AM3+) if possible.. It'll perform better and there'll be less of a bottleneck.

The benchmark score (Unigine Valley) increased by 150 points when I overclocked from the stock 3.7GHz base to 4.2GHz.. Much smoother.

Hope that was enough..Stop by computer forum if you need more help, I'm pretty active.

kingawesome7 1 point 32 months ago

would you recommend the 860k to someone who does: video editing, music production, gaming, general use, and multitasking. And would it helped if i overclocked while doing those things???

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I would recommend it ONLY if you don't have enough for the FX series or an Intel i5/i7.

The FX-6300 or FX-8350 are only $20-40 more and will get you much further than the 860K.

kingawesome7 1 point 31 months ago

So even you said that the 860k would perform smoothly at 4.2 ghz right? So would that necessarily give me the power i need instead of getting the fx6300 over the 860k???

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

It'll get close, but remember that the FX-6300 can also be overclocked.. Essentially making it useless to get a 860K for OC.

Plus, the FM2+ platform looks to be dead now. AMD has shifted to the AM3+...

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dannyboy2872 2 points 33 months ago

IF you were to do a R9-295x2 you might want a better processor because since the graphics card is sooooo good and the cpu is well.... meh. then the gpu wont be able to use its full potential. thats like putting a titan z with a intel atom. otherwise your good bud.

confuzledandlost 33 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks C4C and dannyboy2872, I appreciate the input!

I'm relatively new to the computer building world and I really don't know much about AMD chipset performance, I've been more of an Intel guy up to this point. I'll definitely have to start looking into real world performance of different CPU's paired with the R9-295X before making a final decision but you guys have helped!

Thanks again!

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Don't forget... Intel chip (i5/i7) + Radeon cards do very well, only problem with the Radeon cards is that they use a lot more power and work well as mini space-heaters hehe...

JetstreamPete 2 points 34 months ago

Nice. I am planning on doing a similar build and I was wondering if you had to perform a BIO update to use the 860K?

C4C submitter 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Yes! I ordered a A6-5400K to update, and then put my 860K back in!

I ordered through Amazon.com and they didn't question the return process. Just make sure not to damage the pins! :)

Penguintheman 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Are you using a stock cooler or an aftermarket cooler? I'm planning on making an Athlon X4 860k build but I'm not sure what I should use to OC it.

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I was originally using the stock cooler but upgraded to an FX-83XX cooler later on. My friend who owns this build now upgraded to a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo and says it's much quieter and rarely sees a change in temp.

Penguintheman 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Awesome! Thanks!

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

No worries! I'm going to be a lot more active on PCPartPicker in the coming months so feel free to leave any questions you need here!

I'm also on ComputerForum.com with the same name!

Penguintheman 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Awesome! You are my favorite PCPP user right now just because of how proffesional your, well, everything is. Also because you almost always reply to any question that the users throw at you. Thanks for being cool and stuff! :)

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Haha no worries! Thank you! I try my best to help everybody with what I know. I love learning as much as possible too! :D

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I love it! Some really nice pictures that show everything you want to see! You have an amazing price for what you have there, makes me want to move to the USA and just build computers for days.

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Thank you! Got it all on Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving... Great sales on American websites so if you find one that ships international for cheap it might be worth it!

When that time comes, try to see if Amazon will let you ship from the US site! :)

PolishXlion 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

They all ship to Poland, Newegg even has a Polish Version of their site. Only issue is that I have to pay Duty, so usually it's not worth it.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I feel you. Also here in Italy prices aren't that great and discounts, offers, bundles or rebates are almost non-existent. I'd like to hunt for good deals to build a pc, but it just won't happen here.

SoundFX09 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Nicely done on this build. I have been considering the 860K Myself. How will it do for a Gaming/Streaming build? I plan to hook it up with a R9 285 or a GTX 970.

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. You'll run into a bit of a bottleneck on some games but O/C it and it should be fine. Temps stay under 80C too.*

I would highly recommend swapping for a FX-6300 if you'll be streaming though. It'll help!

*with the stock CPU cooler

XXSCRUFFXX4 1 point 33 months ago

is this computer good for first person shooters

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I haven't tried it with Call of Duty or Battlefield but it should run fine.

CS:GO is excellent and runs at max settings. Warthunder runs at the Movie (above max) setting, and I get 70-110 FPS.

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

on g2a.com you can get win 8.1 for 40 bucks. CHEAPO! (not in a bay way)

Orzeka 1 point 33 months ago

Or go back to win7 for only $20 on reddit. Or best yet get Linux Ubuntu for FREE!! Way better

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Most of the games I like to play are not compatible with linux.

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

^ The main reason I don't use Linux.

I DO however run Linux on server builds!

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Yup!

cbjunior94 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Huh, it's strange that you had artifacting with the Sapphire R9 280X. I have the Vapor-X version of that card which also comes stock with 1500 on the memory, and I haven't had any issues with it so far. In fact, I'm pretty certain the R9 280X has 1500 on the memory to begin with, I don't think Sapphire overclocks the memory at all on those cards.

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Correct.

It could be my motherboard.. Only issue is that 2nd lane is nearly impossible to use the front panel with :(

chadlockholmes 1 point 27 months ago

Can this build play GTA 5 if so at what settings and at what FPS?????

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Sorry about being so late on the response, and I'm sure you've built something so far; It runs GTA V at around 60 FPS on High settings. I swapped this CPU/Mobo out for a FX-8320 and run around 85 FPS.

Damonstechtips 1 point 25 months ago

would a 860k or a fx 4350 be better both at 4.2 ghz

C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Really depends. FX-4350 can still be upgraded to the FX 6 & 8 core processors. I'd look up some comparisons online!

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C4C submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

On the front of the case? Yes.

I didn't have to put them on and I might remove them just to keep a clean look.