Description

This is the first ITX and FM2 build I've done. Everything went smoothly for the most part. I need an aftermarket CPU cooler though (Idles @ high 30s). If you are going with this case (Raven RVZ01) make sure to completely disassemble it before installing anything. It just makes it easier. (and this can go for any case I guess). The APU is not to bad. I mainly use this as a living room movie/music player or streamer. But I've done some light gaming on this build; it runs a hand full of games on high/ultra at 1080p and the rest at med settings with no problem. The ram worked just as I thought it would. AsRock did good with this motherboard. has a lot of good features on it. I honestly like Windows 8 over Windows 7.

This pc can now run a lot of games at optimal settings on full 1080p!

Handles 3D games well!

The Front panel is removable for anyone wondering. Also the top and bottom plastic panels come off as well.

The headset is really uncomfortable. Not recommended at all. I use Apple's earbuds over this crap. They sound better too.

link to 3dm11 score. (using the built in 7560d apu)

I will add updated scores, eventually. Here are the most recent scores with the current build using 3DMARK 11.

Enjoy the pics.

(320gb hdd shown in pics)

Update 1 - 2TB HDD finally came in.

Update 2 - Bought a Radeon R7 265 2gb gpu.

Update 3 - My sister painted the "raven" logo gold :) (Looks great!)

Update 4 - Finally got another desk! :) (added to pics)

Update 5 - Replaced the AMD R7 265 with an AMD Gigabyte R9 270x 2gb! (pics soon pics added!)

Update 6 - Added a 1TB 2.5inch HDD. (Took it out of an external hdd)

Update 7 - New backlit keybaord, mousepad and a mouse from amazon. semi-generic. works great! (pics added)

Game benchmarks at request. (If I have it)

Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 5 points

bro. Cheez-its. This person lives to the extremes

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Damnit, now I'm hungry!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

haha

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Only bosses eat Cheez-its while building a budget PC

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

heck yeah

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

that is a really high load temp, I think you mgiht have a bad chip

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

or just a bad cpu cooler mount, that'll be the most likely, I'll say remount the cooler and if that fixes the issues, if not I'd say rma the chip.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed, that's a bad chip. He even has really good thermal compound and that should lower temps.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Not by much though, different thermal compounds barely helps with cooling, usually the only difference is about a couple degrees Celsius from the best to worst.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

The biggest difference in Thermal Paste is the actual application. Too much, and heat transfer is hindered. Too little, and you won't get proper contact.

Don't be afraid to keep trying different amounts or application methods, one tube is usually good for over twenty individual installations. Just remember to let it cure for ~72 hours before taking the official thermal reading, and to wipe it clean with 99% or pure rubbing alcohol before reapplying.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks. :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

it appears to be fixed! :D

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

it's the cpu heatsink. I used the stock one with the "out the box" thermal compound. Did this to make sure everything actually worked.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent livingroom box. Airflow seems to be a little restricted in such a small case, and might be the reason for your higher than average idle temps, but wouldn't explain that absolutely insane load temp.

Games are possible on an A8, but dual-channel RAM is a must if you plan to continue doing so. Higher clocked RAM will also improve GPU performance by as much as 30% (2133Mhz vs 1600Mhz)

Did that PSU come with the case, or did you buy it afterwards? It seems a tad overkill for such minimal hardware.

I see you bought a tube of grease. APU coolers come with them pre-applied, so none would have been needed. If you did add some ON TOP OF THE PRE-APPLLIED, go back, clean the heatsink, and add a "BB" sized glob (~3mm ball) to the center, and place the heatsink onto the APU. The pressure from the mounting bracket is all you need to spread it across the CPU. Too much grease severely hinders heat transfer (and when I say severely, I mean the load temps you're seeing)

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought it, since I plan to add a gpu on it later. and yeah the load temps was due to me using the default thermal grease. I'm taking the pc apart as I type this to reapply with new one. thanks.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

MUCH better temps! This should run without any hiccups now. GJ!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking good, dannyboy

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks dude

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you couldve gotten the ml05b instead of the raven case, couldve spent the saved 40$ on a better apu like mine

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I really tried to look for one. I never found it online... Can you link me to it? My brother wants to do a similar build and he'd probably like that case. -edit never mind, got confused with another case.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I used it in my apu build its really nice except for the lackof 3.5 bays

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that's one of the reasons I decided not to go with that build. And mainly because it lacks a double full size pci-e slot. Nonetheless a good case.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Its great to take advantage of an apu tho, im running external drives for my movies

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

same here

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the gold paint on the raven logo. I may do something similar after seeing that. :) +1 build

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Let me know if you do

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, on this case, is it possible to remove the plastic faceplate on the front? I really want to mod this to have the 360 ROL and rf board on the front, but I need to know if I can realistically cut chunks out of it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

it's possible to remove the top and bottom plastic. Should be possible to remove the front... I will check it out tomorrow morning.

Edit-I opened up my case and yes! The front panel is removable along with the (from a vertical position) top and bottom plastic panels.

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