Description

My first 7850k build, I did not have enough time to fully test, OC and explore the capabilities of this chip. I put it through some paces and have become a fan.

You can OC the processor and/or the GPU. The cooler I bought did not fit on the mini ITX mobo so I was kind of bummed about that.

I was able on stock to set the processor to 4.0 but this motherboard does not have a voltage adjustment in BIOS. It does it auto and overdoes it I think. In AMD overdrive I was able to reduce the voltage and it worked just fine. I could easily have gone higher but the temps were too high with the extremely crappy stock cooler.

I put the proc back to stock and bumped up the GPU to 1028 Mhz from 720. Got about a 25% increase in FSP on 3D Mark Skydiver. Still in the 30s but I thought that was very nice. The temps did not seem that affected by the increase in GPU frequency.

I only used the AMD overdrive thermal limit for temps as everything else was confusing and inaccurate. Get about 40 FPS on ultra for World of Tanks and 30 FPS on WoW on ultra settings. This would be perfectly playable if you just set shadows to low.

As far as HTPC purposes, it's overkill.

It seems like it's an overpriced jack of all trades, master of none chip, but it matches the i3 in processing power and blows it away on graphics. At similar price points, it now seems like a very worthy chip. I got it with the motherboard I wanted for $45 off combo.

Ram was cheap and easily set to 2400Mhz.

Power Supply is my go to favorite in the lower wattage if you can get away with non modular. It's a tier 2 unit for $34 free shipping. Less if it's on sale. With the cube type cases, wire management takes 3 minutes.

I wish there were more options for $15-$25 coolers for the minis.

Case: Love it. Not sure how i would like to have the fan blowing out if I were to use a water cooler though.

http://www.3dmark.com/sd/2894156

http://www.3dmark.com/sd/2887921

Part Reviews

CPU

Becoming a fan. If you are thinking about an i3, think about this one instead.

Motherboard

Got as part of a combo. Good layout, USB 3.0, Sata III, some OC options (no ability to adjust voltage but it does it automatically). Don't use OC genie or live update. Ram easily set to 2400 Mhz. Con: hard to find a cooler for the cpu that is not too expensive. Be aware of very little clearance. Be prepared to not have your cooler work unless some one else can verify it. Also the orientation of the cpu cooler is such that all of the vertical one will blow air up toward the top or down on the video card or power supply.

Case

Great little case but limited cooling options. Easy build, easy cable management, sharp looking, small.

Power Supply

Best PSU in this price range if you don't need modular.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

i always wanted to do a APU build. the concept is pretty awesome and they are pretty powerful for what u pay. i love this build because of the fact its APU base. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here, even though they might not be as good price wise compared to other CPU + GPU combos, I love the idea.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I gave a +1 since I have a similar build to you wit the same case and msi motherboard but with a pentium g3258. Your cable management is a lot better than mine I might use your photos as a reference. Regarding the 200mm case fan, are you able to control the speed by voltage in bios? It's only 3 pin so it doesn't have pwm control, mine spins at 800rpm the whole time and is noisy.

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

how could it have a pentium processor on a amd motherboard?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Great job on the GPU overclock! That is a big jump from 720.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, good cable management too!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the GPU in the APU affect the temperature alot or just a little?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It does not seem to affect the temp as much as the processor. Regardless, if you are going to OC at all, even a cheap after market cooler would be an improvement. Its tough to find a cheap one AND fit it in a mini case.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. ever think youll get a dedicated gpu down the road?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Not for this build but I would use this case again with a different cpu and gpu combo. Probably like an 860k/270x combo.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build - very similar to mine! I'm going to be ordering an Cooler Master Seidon 120V here shortly because the stock cooler wasn't making me feel too good, and the Hyper TX3 I'm using isn't keeping things stable enough either. I also want to bump my ram to 2400Mghz.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

what temp monitoring program are you using? Only AMD overdrive is accurate. It does not give you the temp but rather how close you are to the thermal limit. The stock cooler is awful but I would have thought that the Hyper TX3 would be good enough. I also pushed the ram to 2400 but it did fail under stress testing. I did not play with voltages or timings though. 2133 was very stable using the xmp profile. I was not sure I would like a water cooler in this case due to having just the one fan but plenty of people use them.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using Overdrive... I live in Arizona and it gets pretty warm in the room the PC is located. I think I'm more of a worry wart than anything. I bellieve the TX3 to be enough, but I'm not sure if mine is a low performer or it's the ambient temp being the main factor. I haven't tried bumping the ram speeds up yet, but and probably going to just buy a GTX960 in the next couple of months. I've planned this out as a gradual upgrade path, being able to reuse lots of components every step of the way.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to reply to nearly 3 week old thread, but upon reading of attempts to overclock the RAM, I felt compelled to share this incredibly helpful post from the Corsair website in which they test many different variations of RAM with the Kaveri APUs. I hope it lends you some new insight and you find it as intriguing and insightful as I did!

+1 on your build and I hope she's working out great for you!

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/blog/2014/february/understanding-kaveri

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

cord cutter or cable cutter is referring to canceling cable tv. "cutting the cord".

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