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Budget Kaveri gaming

by bradenfontaine

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61 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 20, 2014

Date Built

May 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.1GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.8GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

I was surprised by AMD with a freebie, their A10-7850k flagship APU. Long story short i wrote a review for their A10-6800k and as a thank you they sent me the 7850k, what… was i going to say no? So i figured id build a mild gaming rig for myself with upgradability for down the road.

With the APU being a freebie i figured id go a little wild and get MSI’s gaming board, i'll admit, i liked the way it looked and decided on it before reading the features (which aren't too bad), and have not been disappointed at all. the interface is pleasing and easy to navigate, overclocking is a breeze and it looks d@#&ed good in my opinion.

With their Kaveri APU i had read it relies heavily on fast RAM, so i got the fastest RAM that the board could handle that was reasonably priced and overclocked 8 gigs of it to 2400 mhz, no complaints there.

I know AMD likes to run hot so i went ahead and got the aftermarket cooler that i know and trust, albeit i wasn't sure it would fit. the Rosewill BlackHawk case did not disappoint, i did have to remove the built in side panel fan to accommodate the cooler, but i think it was worth it. cable management in this case is superb (pictures were the in process) with rubber grommets and plenty of room with ports for water cooling if i felt so inclined. the fan i removed found its home at the front of the case below the Blu-ray drive for a total of three fans on the front. i think Rosewill did an excellent job with this case as the added front fan (with mounts already in place) flows directly into the cooler, and right out the exhaust.

i knew i wanted to boot from an SSD and load all my programs on a separate drive, so i went with the best SSD i could find for the price (which happened to be on sale). First time going with the Seagate for the main storage and im not too sure i'm liking it. having random wait times on the main OS, not sure if its a memory issue or a hard drive issue. EDIT: found it was a random background program not getting along with Windows 8.1

The OS and power supply i had lying around from a previous build that went no where, dont fret, the PSU is only in there for testing, i have a Corsair AX760 on the way. i have the monitor and peripherals so there is money i didn't need to spend, so lets get a Blu-ray player just cause i can.

Overclocked the GPU and CPU to 930 mhz and 4.0 ghz respectively. i left all of AMD’s power saving and throttling features enabled, so when she goes into “turbo” she hits 4.4 ghz and keeps on trucking. at this time i'm considering getting the R7 250 just to see what Dual Graphics can do, but from reading all the issues other people are having ill probably just slap the R9 of some variant in her. Currently she runs Skyrim on high settings with various mods at a steady 45 FPS, Tomb Raider on high settings with the same FPS, and various other games perfectly with only Metro Last Light bringing me down to 10 FPS at heavily intense times (sorry folks i don't have BF4).

so thats it, im pretty happy with her and will certainly be using AMD in my future builds, you can't go wrong with the performance. i have had no issues what so ever with the APU, i think if AMD keeps going down this path only good things can happen, and the fact that you can slap in a dedicated GPU down the road when you so please without having any bottlenecking is a win win.

Comments Sorted by:

Tcoom16 1 Build 9 points 12 months ago

your one lucky guy to get a $170 CPU for free. good build as well +1

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

honestly i thought the woman was full of $#it until it showed up. thank you, unfortunately now im hooked on building. how you like that R9 you've got?

yukiuro 3 points 12 months ago

What kind of performance do you get with this build?

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

are you asking FPS in games or compute power in tasks? every game i enjoy playing gets 45 FPS solidly on high settings in 720 and medium settings at 1080(minus Metro Last Light). i convert videos on a regular basis and have no issue playing Tomb Raider while converting a large Blu-ray file into a smaller file for mobile devices.

yukiuro 2 points 12 months ago

Nice. That's impressive for an APU IMO.

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

My thoughts exactly, I think AMD is heading in the right direction.

xaitec 2 points 11 months ago

You were getting these stats from just the APU alone? If that's the case that's all i need. All i play is side scrollers and maybe KillingFloor.

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

i haven't found a need for getting a discrete GPU, but I've ordered the MSI R7 250 for dual graphics because, why not? overall im dumbfounded honestly, i didnt realize this was even possible with an APU, with good fast memory and sufficient cooling.

Tcoom16 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

the R9 is great I can max out every game I through at on 1080p definatly recommend it. i'm also hooked on building as well hahahah

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

The R9 will be what I end up with when it's all said and done, no question there, but I will be experimenting until then

Gleiss 1 Build 6 points 12 months ago

that's some giant hamster you got there.

skemble 21 Builds 4 points 12 months ago

That cat! :3

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 4 points 12 months ago

whoops, uploaded the wrong pic, sorry... might keep her there, she was my "helper", handing me my screwdriver and bringing me my beer.

skemble 21 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

HAHA! I should have you train my cat ;)

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

in all seriousness she kept me company and was patiently waiting for attention.

http://i.imgur.com/GTucQhr.gif

Novapilot28 3 points 12 months ago

Nice cat, nice build. Lucky guy you

Nari 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

I used to have a Blackhawk. It's a shame about the side panels on both sides. Can't close it with a case fan on the motherboard side, and not quite enough room behind the motherboard for cable routing. Such a good looking case though! Nice build and plenty of room for upgrades, +1!

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Thank you! i was thinking of getting a slim fan to go behind the CPU but i mean, im not running too hot at any point... heck i was running Folding@Home while playing Deus Ex : Human Revolution and never had a problem.

infinitemerald 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

So this is the surprise you had! XD

Lucky sumbiatch. You sure must've written a damn good review to get a free CPU as a return for the favor.

Also, nice build.

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

It was fair an honest with no bias, called them out on what they needed to do to make a better product and praised them for what they are doing right. Wouldn't even say it was a review, more of a balanced opinion. Point is it generated buzz and that's what they need.

infinitemerald 1 Build 4 points 12 months ago

Could you send me a link/pic of your review?

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

posted it somewhere in my other build in the comments i think

EDIT: no i guess i didn't link it, so here it is. like i said, its not really a review, but in the email the PR rep sent me it was more of a "thank you for generating buzz" kind of thing, completely out of left field.

https://www.facebook.com/AMD/photos/a.186753251472.120629.23542086472/10152325442036473/?type=1

tjb423 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I'd like to see it too!

infinitemerald 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Is it the Facebook comment you made on AMD's page? There's no way that's all you had to do in order to get a free processor.

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

i $%it you not, like i said i thought they were full of it until it actually showed up, came in a small green padded case, no retail packaging.

infinitemerald 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Damn, I'm jelly.

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

:)

pegotico 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

lucky you, +1!!

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

thank you!

larsG35 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Wow! Pretty sweet deal you got there. Nice looking build and a cat to top it off!

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you!

Lightheart3596 4 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

This is a really great looking APU system. I was wondering down the road, are you gonna get something like an R7 250 and run it in duel graphics or are you just gonna get a dedicated GPU?

P.S. Nice look cat he looks really happy

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

im going to go ahead and get the R7 250 and do Duel Graphics just for the experience in case anyone else ever wonders what kind of performance they can get out of it, but i will be throwing an R9 in here after ive tested the R7 250 and use the R7 250 for a mini ITX build for the daughters room down the road.

Moiz36 2 points 9 months ago

How is the keyboard and mouse treating you?

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Mouse had to be RMA'ed, but has a decent warranty, the return is on the way. Keyboard is excellent, no complaints.

Edit: Typo

Moiz36 2 points 9 months ago

Allright Thanks man!

Moiz36 2 points 9 months ago

How is the RMA process, is there customer service okay?

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

RMA was painless minus paying for shipping, customer service is excellent

nkncloca13 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

I have the same keyboard and mouse... when i scroll down, sometimes it scrolls up. Does this happen to you?

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

i was able to get mine repaired from Cooler Master, it comes with a 1 year warranty as long as you are registered. go to Cooler Master's website and register it using the serial number on the bottom. hopefully you ordered yours online so you can upload a copy of the invoice. if you need a hand let me know!

D2RAW 2 points 4 months ago

Never ever ever set your cat on the anti-static bag it comes in. The anti-static bag it comes in conducts electricity on the outside. Good thing you were lucky and didn't have the esd ruin your cat:)

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

i try to discharge any and everything that comes in and out of this certain room ;) but yeah, that could have been a nice surprise!

Gooberdad 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Very nice dude

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you