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White Noise - Kaveri Build for Wife
by bcrosser
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Description

I wanted to build a SFF pc for my wife. My goals were quiet, attractive, performance, and expandability. She chose the white case, so I ran with it.

It runs nearly silently due to no HDD or discrete GPU. The CPU cooler is oriented a little funky (up), so I decided to steal a Corsair fan from another PC. My only complaint on the case is that the HDD audio cable is barely long enough to reach the bottom back corner of the MB.

The whole setup isn't 100% complete yet (never is, amiright?). It looks really nice sitting next to that white monitor. A quality white keyboard and optical drive haven't been easy to find. This will be enough storage for now, but there are five hard drive cages left over, so some type of RAID is a possibility. I also think I'll wait a while before trying to CrossFire a discrete GPU in. It seems that's not quite stable yet. Usage as an HTPC could also be in the cards.

I split bundle discounts evenly over the components included in each bundle. The MB was open box from MicroCenter, but once I showed up (after calling to confirm) it was the wrong model. So, the nice folks at MicroCenter offered a brand new MB of the model I was actually looking for at the open box price.

**I flipped the CPU cooler thanks to the PCPartPicker community. Pictures updated.

Part List
Details
Date PublishedJune 24, 2014
AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.7GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 4 points 6 months ago

It looks like the CPU cooler and top exhaust fan are fighting each other for air. You may want to flip one of them around.

Other than that, it looks great. I love SFF builds, and I've always wanted to do a B&W theme. :)

 
 
bcrosser [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Both fans are blowing upward out of the case. I assumed that would be the best configuration? I've not put it under any type of load at all yet. Thanks!

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

Oh, okay. It just looks like the fan on the cooler is blowing air downwards, through the heatsink.

 
 
Painwithin [1 Build] 4 points 6 months ago

his cooler is blowing down, i think he assumed it was blowing the other direction.

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Alrighty, I thought so.

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

Your cooler is blowing down.

 
 
bcrosser [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Right you all are! Only my 2nd build. Better to flip the cooler or fan?

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

Probably the cooler, that way the top fan can still be used as an exhaust for hot air inside the case.

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Agreed.

 
 
bcrosser [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks xBlood. I flipped it to blow up through the heatsink and then out. Good catch all.

 
 
Barton [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

You would be surprised at just how little that chip needs a GPU. I'd start with overclocking the the CPU @4.4GHz and the iGPU @1.0GHz that should hold you over nicely. Nice cable management & good parts choice. White is never easy to completely match. +1

 
 
Binker [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Rad build, love the white theme.

 
 
bcrosser [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! The white was really hard to pick parts for, but happy wife, happy life, right? Blue and red are so common, that it was hard to find a MB with a monochromatic scheme.

 
 
Cmontes [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Really like the case. Recently built my brothers PC, desperately need to change the case. Great cable management. +1

 
 
bcrosser [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

I definitely enjoyed the case. I hadn't built with a SFF case before, but it was actually really roomy, especially with the hard drive cages removed and no GPU to worry about. The wife didn't really understand why I spent so much time on cable mgmt and white theme given the case has no window. I said "its what's on the inside that counts".

 
 
walkingdead431 [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Clean look, I've had a A10 7850K in my possession for wile and soon have all components to build it. Very nice anyway good inspiration

 
 
papaberr [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Dude, this is really nice...I really like the top of the case (power button/USB) and +1 on the cable management. Just went through the pics again. That HyperX RAM is nice too. Great job!!!

 
 
bcrosser [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! The case was great to work in as well as looking great.

 
 
tabascosauz [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I'd take the CPU up to 4.0GHz and be done with CPU OC. VRMs are uncooled on that board, and even though the D3H has an 8-pin, higher overclocks don't really do anything for gaming as efficient as Kaveri is.

720mHz stock clock for the iGPU is really low and you'd want to take it up to 900mHz at least.

Nice clean build.

 
 
bcrosser [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for the advice to both you and Barton. I hadn't really considered overclocking yet since it won't be used for much gaming (for now at least). Then again, what could just a little extra umph hurt?

 
 
tabascosauz [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

No harm in trying. At the moment, the 7850K offers next to no improvement in speed over the 6800K on the CPU side of things because even though Kaveri brings a substantial IPC improvement, the much lower clock speeds at stockk pretty much hobble the 7850K (4.1GHz for 6800K vs 3.7GHz for 7850K). Doesn't hurt to take advantage of Steamroller's IPC.

Just keep in mind that regardless of whether your mobo is suited to OC, whether you board has a 4 or 8 pin, and what kind of cooler you have, with an APU like the 7850K you're always going to be striking a balance between powering the CPU and powering the GPU. AMD has specifically warned I think that their 28nm process has yet to mature, so don't expect stellar overclocking out of the 7850K. Nevertheless, any 7850K should be able to comfortably take at least 4.2GHz at voltage very close to stock.

 
 
Damjan25 1 point 2 months ago

how's the cpu in adobe premiere ?

 
 
bcrosser [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Never tried it.