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AMD Developer Budget

by Ironmatt613


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Date Published

May 16, 2018

Date Built

May 16, 2018

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


First off, let me state: I am NOT a gamer and this build is NOT for gaming. I am a c++ developer/IT Technician and I needed a powerful fast build that didn't cost too much. The processor is very fast and keeps cool well(40-50 C) and was an amazing deal: broadly similar in performance to an Intel i5 yet half the price. The motherboard is awesome(love anything from MSi) click BIOS 5 + awesome software. Quick memory, will probably buy 8 GB more in the future.

Couldn't afford an HDD + SSD so just went with a 7200rpm drive, quiet and fast, great performance. This case is awesome, great quality, reasonable price, comes with high-quality silent led fans, plenty of room. If I had one complaint, it would be that cable management is a tad bit tricky but the build went off without a hitch.

Great power supply; plenty of extra wattage in case of expansion, reliable, quiet, and fully modular.

Decent monitor for small spaces, only thing would be no HDMI or integrated speakers.

Keyboard has a great feel, nice backlight.

I already own a mouse and network adapter, but you will need those with this build. I plan to upgrade to the RYZEN 5 2400G in the future.

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latc1956 3 points 3 months ago

+1 on your A8 build. You probably know this but it is worth mentioning to those of you who have this particular age of AMD CPU. The issue is this series of AMD CPU's for some reason run hotter than their Intel counterparts. We have 5 of these similar to yours with one being an A10, two being an A8, then one being an A6 and one I can't remember, but it has about the same release time. For some reason all of these have the dreaded AMD 100% CPU usage spike and I have applied the fix, but this issue still rears it's ugly head up every now and then - we have learned to live with it. At times for some reason those computers will just suddenly go to a black screen then restart. This always happens when the computer is in the process of something important. This isn't just one, it's ALL of them and I've tried to find a common denominator just so that I can diagnose these issues, but the only common denominator is the particular AMD CPU series. These are just some of the reasons I am not ready to build with an AMD Ryzen just yet. I'm afraid Ryzen will inherit some of those characteristics of the older AMD Processors? Then you have the RAM compatibility issues along with AMD having to loan other CPU's to certain new AMD Ryzen users just for that new builder to get their system jump-started. I'll wait until all those Ryzen bugs are ironed out and I'll build with Intel for the moment. Ryzen may be better in some things, but to me system stability is more important than a few percentage points of better speeds. I'm like you and by that I mean that I am on a very tight budget but PTL lately I've been Blessed with the funds to start and update several computer projects. Hopefully this is a good start. I am waiting on SSD's to drop even further so that I can buy 3 units. Price timing is everything...

Now back on topic? I like your build and it is good to see the A8 AMD CPU breathe life once again and I hope you do not have any of the problems I just mentioned. If you do, I would simply research a software fix and add more case fans then maybe even a better CPU Heat sink/Cooling Fan. You did better with your cable management than you are willing to admit. You did as good as could be expected considering what you had to work with - simply put, you did Good! Don't stay up too late at night working with C++. Thank You for sharing your A8 build with us! Praise The Lord and Godspeed to you all - Romans 10:9!!

Ironmatt613 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you for that very useful information! I have noticed the screen going black on occasion but no reboot, I honestly thought it was the monitor (it's an Acer if you know what I mean) The heat has not been a problem as of yet, however I do want to upgrade to a liquid cpu cooler in the future. Concerning AMD VS Intel: My opinion - Intel way overcharges based on the value, for what I need, AMD suits my needs much better. no offense to any Intel fans out there:) I hate the ryzen/bios update glitch thing, that was a strong factor in why I went with a 7th Gen APU. Although I've heard that's only an issue with the B350 chipset. Although if u get the a320 you can't overclock, and the X370/470 tend to get pricey.

Thank you all for the encouraging comments! Genesis 12:3

chelseapayne 2 points 3 months ago

good job

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

It’s not even close comparable to an i5. It’s beat out by a first gen i5 from 2008, which goes for $10 on eBay.


Zeromus725 4 points 3 months ago

I think his intention is to upgrade to a 2400g in the future so he needs the same socket.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago


Ironmatt613 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I do know what you mean: however I have found that while the online stats are very useful and helpful, they can on occasion be misleading. Let me elaborate: I have used a laptop with an Intel i7, and while its processor is "way better", per se, than this one, while actually using the pc, there's hardly a noticeable difference. And the advantage with this processor is the socket, because while the cpu may be low-mid range, the socket is currently the latest from AMD (excluding tr4), meaning that I can upgrade at any time to a better one. Also, I would have gone with a ryzen if not for the fact that they didn't have integrated graphics and I couldn't afford a separate graphics card. The ryzen 2200g and 2400g came out 3 weeks after I bought my cpu. All the facts aside, this processor is quite great. While mining bit coins its temp stays well below 50 C, and while there are some issues, it serves MY needs well.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

You mine bitcoin with this? How?

Ironmatt613 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Nice hash miner. Not super profitable but fun. I have $1.26 and can mine about $0.20 a day. Note: you will have to get nicehash miner legacy if you want to use the cpu cores and the gpu cores. With beta the AMD gpu is no longer supported

ruthlessninja 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

As a developer, I would recommend investing in SSD. A 128GB M.2 nvme pcie would make your development go as smooth as baby's bottom while costing not much. No more intellisense lags, no more small delays while switching between huge code file in any IDE. You can also go with only 64GB and put OS and IDE on it (and project files I guess). But trust me, it's a day and night difference.

Ironmatt613 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Definitely one of my intentions in the future. I wanted to wait until I could afford a 1TB one. I have used a computer with a 1TB hdd and a 128gb ssd, and it can be a hassle dividing the files between the two, so I just went with a 7200 RPM hdd for the time being and it's really quite fast, more so than I expected.

sirkittylover 2 points 3 months ago

love seeing builds that are not just buy all of the best stuff and puting it together love it +1