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by Silentcase
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Built as a first gaming system, first AMD build. The system looks awesome: blue LED's, cable mgmt., superior air flow for when I finally add a discreet GPU.

Have had an issue getting AMD Catalyst control center with graphics drivers installed. Install keeps crashing and the only listed Catalyst pkg that says it supports my A10 7850K APU is the beta 14.1! My dual monitors have cloned display. Setup routine for new drivers fails to install so I can't detect the 2nd monitor and extend desktop. Grrr!

AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.7GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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j0e652 [1 Build] 6 points 11 months ago

+1 for atleast having the right RAM for an APU

Neutral1ty 1 point 11 months ago

Yes, many do not get the 2133 and wonder why their performance is lacking...

Duelix 3 points 11 months ago

+1 for Kaveri! How's the APU performing?

Bladedrummer [4 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Many +1 for this. This is the first real life Kaveri build I've heard of. Can you share some thoughts? Benchmarks? I'd definitely appreciate it.

Silentcase [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Getting the Catalyst drivers to install is still an issue. Once I get beyond using the 'MSFT Basic Display Adapter' I should know more. 8.1 boots in about 7 seconds (using MSI Fastboot) which was impressive.

LinearGraphics 2 points 11 months ago

That cable management.

rickylee86 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Nice build. You might want to flip your PSU, so that the fan takes air in from underneath the case, instead from inside of the case. That way when you do install a GPU, the PSU fan and GPU fan aren't fighting for air. It will also make cable management much easier.

Silentcase [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Cool idea! I'll take a look. I have a ton of air flowing through the case since I added the two optional Thermaltake 200mm fans. But this will be the first build adding a discreet GPU so any extra is key. Thanks for the heads up.

MySong 1 point 11 months ago


Benchmarks please.

chowsownsomepizza [1 Build] 0 points 11 months ago

With the RAM at 2133Ghz, it should perform like a HD 7790 or an R7 250. Imagine the performance with an overclocked RAM at 3100MHz!!!

MySong 1 point 11 months ago

I'm excited though haha

cacolaco 1 point 11 months ago

It's even better with 2400. There is a big step from 1600 to 1866, a smaller one from 1866 to 2133, and then another larger performance increase from 1866 to 2400, from the gazillion reviews I've read. (of course 2400 can be a little more of a pain to get working properly, I guess).

Are you adding a higher end card, or are you going to use an r7 250 and do dual graphics with the APU?

I'm so tempted to try a Kaveri and see what happens with HSA and Mantle...

MySong 1 point 11 months ago

that's why i'd like to see them the benchmarks with 2133 to higher speeds.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

really nice build :)

WellThatsSurprising [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Why did you get ram with waterblocks?

Grazzert [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

maybe he intends to oc the ram?

Neutral1ty 1 point 11 months ago

This is the second build I have seen today with that Zalman CPU cooler... how do you like it?

Silentcase [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I don't have that one. I picked the closest one I could see. I actually have Thermaltake V1. Its nice looking, but I don't have details on its ability cause I've yet to tax the APU. The shape of the radiator made it difficult to connect with the AMD lever. Had to bend the lever slightly to get it past the V shape of the cooler. All in all, its solidly built and quiet. I used a predecessor Zalman on an old Celeron build which still works great and is 7yrs old.

linsyschopman 1 point 11 months ago

for the drivers, try to only have 1 monitor plugged in when you install the drivers otherwise it gets messed up.

Silentcase [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Interesting! I'll give that a try.

linsyschopman 1 point 11 months ago

let me know if it worked out :)

atx [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I'm curious? What's the voltage requirement of your mobo? The memory your using is 1.6v, that may be causing some issues, ya think?

Silentcase [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

There doesn't seem to be any issue. When I first put it in, the MB ran it at 1.45V and clocked the RAM at its fallback rate of 1333. I've enabled Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) in the BIOS, and it boosted the RAM to 1.6V and it's now running at the full 1600. I made sure on the memory mfg web site before trying this. PartPicker is still showing it as an incompatibility, which I've reported.

EcoMCG [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

How's the MOBO?