This whole thing started with a little HP Pavilion serving as a media center. About a year ago the motherboard shorted out on the case and it caused some damage.
Fast forward to June 2013, I picked up a second job and had some money to throw around. I bought these parts one at a time when ever they were on sale. I started with the case. It was extremely cheap and small which were two things I really wanted. At the time I didn't worry about cooling because I figured I was going to put an A4 or an A6 in it. I now partially regret that but I am making due. The motherboard was the next thing to be purchased. The MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 was the first uefi bois I have ever worked with. It is ok but a little buggy, especially with the latest bios update. I wanted to undervolt the cpu but when I enter a value, the board continues to ignore it. Next I purchased the cpu. Originally I was going to buy an A6 because all I wanted to do is watch movies and emulate some old games. Then I thought "steam box" and decided to go with an A10. After that I got a great deal on some G.Skill memory. I went with 8 GB clocked at 2133 because from what I have read everywhere it makes 3d rendering much faster on an apu. From what I have seen so far it is very fast. I used two old hard drives, a power supply and a dvd burner from the old HP that shorted out and put it all together. The first problem I ran into was getting the windows 7 disc to load. In the end I never got the disc to work so I switch to a flash drive instead. It took me about a day to set up everything. I ran prime95 for a few hours to see if it had issues with cooling. The CPU temperature instantly spiked to 95c with the stock cooler. This is when I tried to undervolt and found out that it won't work. I went shopping for a cpu cooler and bought a Cooler Master Vortex Plus but when it arrived I realized it was slightly too big for the case. I gave it to my roommate who had cooling issues and it works great, just needs a bigger case. So on my second try I went with the GeminII M4 and found it to be a very nice fit. If you look at the picture above, you will see that there is just enough clearance for my high-profile memory. The trick is that this cooler has two different AMD brackets so that it can be mounted in two directions. If I had mounted it the other way the memory would be in the way of the copper pipes. The performance of the cooler itself is underwhelming but considering it was meant for processors of a lower wattage it is doing very well. Shame on AMD for packaging a craptastic HSF with the A10. I had also tried a stock HSF from an old Phenom II, the ones with that sweet copper base and copper pipes. It worked as well as the Cooler Master but it was really loud. Now I think I have most of the gremlins fixed and this machine suites my needs perfectly.
|CPU||AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core||$109.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master GeminII M4 58.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$34.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2||$56.00||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133||$59.50||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Case||Silverstone ML03B HTPC||$54.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 300W ATX12V||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Logitech K400 w/Touchpad||$28.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.8GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||43.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||88.0° C|