Description

What's Up Yall!!?

(Due to some people misunderstanding my reference to my website link I have removed it...)

My name is Paul, many of you know if you've seen my website that most of the systems I work with are higher end gaming systems so this type of budget build is quite different for me. That being said AMD has sponsored me as an AMD Test Driver. What this means is that AMD has shipped me this complete computer build free for me to build, test, and review. The complete list of items in the build are as follows:

AMD A10-6800K APU
FM2 A85X motherboard
2x4 AMD Radeon™ RP1866 Performance Memory
Fractal Arc Midi R2 Case
Fractal Tesla R2 650W Power Supply Unit
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
LG 24X DVD Burner
Windows 7 OS Disc

AMD also sent me a AMD FX Watercooler which is basically the same thing as I listed in the parts list, the Thermaltake but as you will see in the videos and pictures it has a different RGB LED on the pump.

There are two build videos - The first with the MSI Micro ATX motherboard they first shipped me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw7_K4gSplE

And a second video of me installing the new Gigabyte motherboard and water cooler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KpOH5f-py8&feature=youtu.be

I had a slight issue with the MSI motherboards bios not supporting the A10-6800k and since then I have fixed and updated the motherboard BIOS. The first build I had installed a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo which did okay with 30c idle and 45c under full load. Though the water cooler they sent definitely helped decrease temps while overclocking the APU. I have been running the system through all sorts of tests, overclocked it to 4.5Ghz so far and the memory to 2133Mhz, and will be doing more as I keep testing the system. I've also been running it through all kinds of games such as Guild Wars 2, Sim City, League of Legends and more. All of the build photos can be found on my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.538954119496748.1073741845.329126627146166&type=1

Thanks go to AMD for sponsoring me as an AMD Test Driver and if you have any questions about this build feel free to ask. If you have any suggestions on tests you might like to see be done with this system let me know.

Hope you enjoy the build videos and photos!

~ Now That's What's Up!!! ~ Paul (IamApropos)

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

Great job! I seen no problem with the website being linked or the youtube videos. This very website does just what you are helping others do and show off, find the best deals from all the major websites and show off your build. I seen no harm at all.

*I have noticed that a lot of people who possible downgrade is because of a certain build brand, fanboys if you will. I like it all and recommend that if you are new to PC building that you should contact Paul while also using this website if you wish. He's a very helpful and nice person.

I'm always in a for a free motherboard.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Seriously? You build badass systems for people, then get free AMD products? How much better could it get? Lol anyways nice build, even though I've never even build a PC in my life I admire your popularity and skill.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you very much I appreciate the kind words.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

thats 8 words, (not counting repeats) lol no jk (adds stripper images to desktop.)

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

the case looks so open without a dedicated GPU.

i can't wait to see it in dual graphics mode! :D

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I swear this system is looking at my 670s laying around and is BEGGING me to throw one in just to see if it bottlenecks the 670 :| Should I?? lol

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Do it. Should be interesting to see.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

I was thinking of doing a video demonstration of running say Guild Wars 2 and Battlefield 3 on my main gaming system, then taking the graphics card out of it and putting it into the AMD APU system and playing the same games seeing if there is any visible difference in game play. Once I get the system fully tested and review I may end up doing that very thing :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I would be very interested to see that!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

DO IT! :D

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  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

that and tested if the 3570k bottlenecks SLI 660 Ti too with my wifes computer: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.493848104007350.114873.329126627146166&type=3

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dual-graphics-crossfire-benchmark,3583.html Sadly, the apu would become a regular processor once ANY discreet gpu is added. Dual graphics is, l'll say, fake. new 13.8 beta drivers could change taht though.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Another great build by the awesome Iamapropos! Your thoughts about the Fractal PSU? Always ment to ask but always forget...

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

its a solid unit and has given me no cause for concern over a year now running strong. Thanks for the kind words.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! How well does the A10 perform?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Well So far every game, as long as I turn down the graphics to medium or lower, plays fairly well. Though it about put up the flag of defeat when I jumped into BF3 even at lowest settings lol.

From stock settings and speeds just upping the memory to 2133Mhz gave me a noticeable performance difference in games such as Starcraft 2, league of Legends and even Guild Wars 2. Guild Wars 2 with Native subsampling and medium settings runs extremely smooth in a lot of the PVE area's.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know. BF3 can be a bit demanding. :P <br> I was considering one for a friend. He plays a lot of MMORPGS and RTS games, and this might be good for him.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm trying to get my hands on a AMD HD 6670 or 7750 and see how much it increases performance with DUAL Graphics enabled. AMD has announced that they are working with EA in optimizing BF4 for AMD APUs so I'm thinking this system with a discrete card setup in Dual Graphics, which mind you is different from Crossfire, may be able to play BF4 on lower settings.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll be looking out for it! I've heard they perform quite a bit better when Crossfired with a 6670.

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dual-graphics-crossfire-benchmark,3583.html Sadly, the apu would become a regular processor once ANY discreet gpu is added. Dual graphics is, l'll say, fake. Though you could still test it yourself. new 13.8 beta drivers could change taht though.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Apropos done it again

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Done any overclocking on it yet? I've been curious to see how the 6800k overclocks.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

i saw a screenshot of an overclocker taking the 6800K to 8GHz on LN2 - yes, you saw right: 8GHz. even more impressive was the fact that it had all four cores running at that speed.

see for yourself: http://www.techpowerup.com/185740/amd-a10-6800k-cracks-8-00-ghz-mark.html

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes so far I have it sitting at 4.5Ghz though I seen other "Test Drivers" claim to have it at 5Ghz. I'm taking it slow at 4.5Ghz now and seeing the difference in performance and once I've done some further testing I'll probably climb towards that 5Ghz mark. I like to do my testing in stages, get to a nice point test temperatures, performance gains and if it is actually noticeable not just numbers if you know what I mean. So far just raising the ram from 1866 to 2133 did show a visible difference so that was nice ;)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, I've been planning on grabbing a Kaveri APU when they come out and putting together a nice mITX machine. If the 6800k can get up to 5 GHz, I can't wait to see how its 28nm successor fairs at overclocking.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed!! it is nice to see AMD putting out some great stuff, can't wait to test out the new 8 core chips ;)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little build.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

this feels like advertising rather then a build...

Back to topic, nice budget build.

7/10, would use.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Well isn't all other builds advertising the builders build? I built it and I'm giving credit to whom sent me the parts to build it. We have builders on here that advertise the builds they have built for their "Clients" all the time. So yes I am too just like everyone else advertising this build that I put together, I hope you enjoyed the videos and photos of the build. I didn't advertise the giveaway I'm doing on one of the motherboards AMD sent me, just simply showing / advertising the build and giving proper credit where it is due.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

im talking about your website. all was good till i saw "my name is so n so and i have this website", thats where i lost interest. thats the kind of advertising im talking about. everyone post their builds to show their off their systems which I dont blame them for, I would too if i had the time but users dont come here to mention personal websites or businesses.

im just trying to be honest. its a nice budget system but it seems to be getting downvoted, probably from your advertising part. when I first saw it, you had 21 upvotes. as of this post, you have 16. I agree with you where you give credit where its due and im glad you did so but the turn off for me (and most likely other users), is the advertising of the website.

best regards

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

it is called a reference, most of the builds on the build page of my website are actually on this site too.

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Check the edited description.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

When i saw paul i was like WTF paul from newegg???

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

lol not me :P

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Will an a10 6800k work with a 7750? I thought only 6670?? Please tell me itll work with a 7770?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

There are rumors that a 7750 does dual graphics mode with the 6800k although I have not been able to personally test this myself infact I have not been able to as of yet test any discrete graphics card with the APU.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive seen videos on a 6800k with a 7770, though im not sure if they are legit...

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

have you tested bf3 with the apu yet?

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes with the APU overclocked to 5Ghz and the memory at 2133Mhz I can play BF3 with approximately 25-35FPS at 1080p and 30-45FPS at 720p maybe slightly higher.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me fine sir, how does one charm AMD into giving you that much hardware?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

being part of the right communities and putting in a lot of work and dedication.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

aha

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  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

nope it is mine to keep, the only thing I can't do is sell anything. Though I am currently doing a giveaway on an FM2 Motherboard hint hint wink wink.