Description

I purchased an 860k for $59 a few months ago via Slickdeals and finally got around to creating a build for it. If you are wondering about the strange parts selection, its because all parts were recycled from previous builds or unused items in my PC parts closet. I definitely encountered some problems, mostly cable related, but that is on me for not having any Modular PSUs on hand.

Goals:

  • Push an 860k as far as practical in a tiny ITX Enclosure
  • Recycle closet parts and make something happen with an 860k

Challenges Encountered / Recommendations:

  • Cable Nightmare. See Pictures. Lots of Velcro.
  • Non-Modular PSU combined with Multi Card Reader / Fancontroller was cable hell in an ITX case
  • Recommend using a short Modular PSU for any future CM 130 build
  • Used sides and 5.25 bay area for hiding cables. Bottom area has a decent airflow path
  • Opted to have PSU intake from Case Exterior vs Case Interior, making it a positive pressure case
  • Quirky Sensor Readings from Applications on the 860k

Results:

  • 860K @ 4.7GHz 1.475v / 2100MHz Northbridge 1.17v
  • Temperatures / Noise are fine when gaming
  • Temperatures are not fine with unrealistic loads (Prime, IBT, etc)
  • Super Cheap and Very High IPC for an AMD Build :-)

Overall this was a fun build. If you like to overclock on the cheap, the 860k is a pretty sweet deal

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Way to reuse old parts and make a gamer. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

1.476V is really high... Nice Overclock nonetheless.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. 4.8 was not feasable even with 1.5v so I didn't bother. I might drop it down to 4.6GHz for everyday use because I can lower down to about 1.44v and is a pretty big difference in heat

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

– 860K @ 4.7GHz 1.475v / 2100MHz Northbridge 1.17v

Yea that definitely will iron out some bottlenecks with that 290 lol... damn! that's one fine OC on that chip. little high vcore though ;)

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You know, sometimes I wonder why I overclock...

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Efficient space heater?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Your telling me that the crap liquid cooler OCD it to 4.7 GHz?? Dang son

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think an AIO will max out an FM2 APU just fine. Most of the time you hit voltage walls or bad lottery. It is in Push/Pull config on the intake with cheap Xigmatek fans. As long as I do not hit thermal throttling in games/movies/web , im good

  • 46 months ago
  • -2 points

No it's just that the AIO is Low end soo I'm kinda SupriseUNOOB you even hit the OC

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Poor 860k... R9 290 isn't kind with him :-( lol

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap! It must breath from somewhere within the vines.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the cable management!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good. What's the full price?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I probably spent $450-550 on the parts here over the past 2-3 years via Slickdeals/Buildapcsales/Ebay. The only new part I bought was the 860k. PSU $50, GPU $200, HDD $50, Case $30, Ram $40, Cooler $30 rough estimates

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay. Seems like a good price/performance.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If you ever want to make this more portable you may want to put in a SSD, you can find 500GB for cheap now a days.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What a Build, dude! You've got a ton of Performance packed into that CM130.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

As someone who uses a 860k as well, the idea of sticking it in an ITX case is scary. That CPU gets toasty as hell, especially overclocked. Couple that with a 290 and I bet that thing can double as a toaster with all of the thermal output. Still, its really interesting build with those parts.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

not using modular psu in itx

what did you expect dude lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your fps like in games, do you find the 860k, i would have thought the 290 would be too much for the 860k

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It really depends on the game. Do you have specifics in mind? I am using a Freensync LG 29UM67 display at 2560x1080, the higher resolution pushes GPU Utilization more and Freesync should help perceived smoothness if FPS waivers between 38-75Hz. Vague answer, I know.

A r9 280 or 270x is definitely more 'balanced' in terms of cost, being that this is a $60 CPU. I settled on 4.6GHz for daily use at 1.42v. I might get Dark Souls III soon, but benches show it does not do well on AMD processors. I might ending up removing the 290 from this build and putting it somewhere else.

Nice FM2 builds btw. My CM130 build looks very similar to yours. If there are games/benchmarks you are interested in and I have them, I can run them when I get a chance

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Just put together an 860k build last night with the R9 290 i had. I have a 1440p monitor but dont mind dropping down to 1080p if need be. I ran it with the R9 280 for a bit in Skyrim and it seemed to do really we, much better than i thought it would at stock clocks. i will be trying Dark Souls 3 tonight with the 290 and will let you know how it does.

The CM130 is quite an experience to build in isn't it :) Maybe I'll post the updated build this evening and let you know how it handles DS3?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Btw did you need to update the BIOS to run the 860K? I've heard conflicting things about whether its needed or not with that Mobo?

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

That's a really efficient build there. Nice choice of parts.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel your pain. CM130 struggle

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ouch, your using the optical drive too

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