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The only problem I have run in to, is that when I try and overclock my GPU, as low as +20 on the core, and then running the simplest games, like Garry's Mod, makes the screen go black, forcing me to restart my PC.

Graphics card was bought from a friend who didn't have enough juice to run in crossfire, it replaced an R9 270X. Display, Spinpoint HDD, and optical drive are from previous OEM HP desktop. SSD and wireless card were birthday gifts. All other prices with no vendor listing were bought from either Best Buy or NewEgg during sales and/or had rebate cards that are no longer available.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 8 points

Oh look! I can see a bomb in the 3rd photo!

No seriously, Raidmax PSU's are like grenades, I would change it out quick smart

  • 65 months ago
  • 8 points

bomb has been planted. beep..beep..beep..

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

HAH! Thats funny. Good build though!(+1) But can someone answer a question of mine? Is the only difference between the Athlon 860k and 760k power efficiency? Every source i go to says that the 860k is the same core with a lower wattage.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

The 860k has a smaller lithography. 760k has a 32nm lithography, 860k has a 28nm lithography. It's a Kaveri CPU so it's perfectly supported by the A88x chipset (best FM2+ chipset). The 760k's core clock out of the factory is a whole MHz higher than the 860k at 3.8GHz.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

The 860k also uses Steamroller based cores instead of Richland which the 760k uses.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

That too! Wasn't 100% sure so I wasn't going to say anything.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah think we covered all the differences I can't think of any more.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! So does a smaller lithography make a difference in performance?

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

The lithography is the size of the transistors (measured in nanometers, incredible). The smaller the transistors, the more transistors that can be fitted on the CPU's die. The more transistors, the faster! There's not a huge difference between 32nm and 28nm, but there is between a 32nm (AMD FX series) and 22nm (Intel's current line of CPU's).

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok! Thanks for the explanation. I was pretty confused about the 760k and the 860k for a while.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I should mod the C4 in counter strike as Raidmax PSUs and they will blow up even when you disarm it.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Your GPU can't OC because that is a Raidmax PSU. It shouldn't have that 80+ cert as it peaks at 700w tops. It might put out 500w continuous. As /u/Sheepzorable said, those PSU's have actually gone up in flames and caps have exploded inside them. They can (and have, plenty of times) destroy entire builds.

Other than that the build is pretty good. Good to see someone is using the Athlon X4 860k!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a better PSU from a reputable brand like Corsair, Seasonic, or EVGA. The Raidmax PSU will not allow you to overclock and it will probably destroy your build as the other commenters have said.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you get that 280x so cheap?

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

He said he got it from a friend.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought it used off craigslist from a guy who tried BitCoin mining for a couple of months, but he was so impatient that he quit (he also said he was running the rig from his office, so he was shutting down every night). He had 6 of them to sell, and this was his last one and just wanted to get rid of it.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't that cpu bottleneck the gpu pretty badly?

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't see how. It's a quad-core CPU running at a fairly high speed.

I know the AMD processors don't have the same kind of single thread juice that Intel does, but they aren't slouches either.

Except for the power supply, you have yourself a good build. I'd swap that thing out ASAP. Go for something from Corsair, EVGA, or Seasonic.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

or Thermaltake

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

the 860K OC to 4.6GHz is way faster than a FX8320 at 4GHz

so I say no issues pairing the 280X with the 860K

the Athlon 960K which will be based on the Carizo APU will be faster by 10-20% minimum

holding my build till the 960K and R9 390X Pirates Island GPU

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I am pretty stoked on the 390x, is has so much potential and i9 am not super happy with my r9 280 so hopefully it will be priced right so i can get it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Not at all. The 860k is basically an A10-7850k without the iGPU, and the 7850k doesnt start to bottleneck until you get to at least a 290/290X

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

True

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Raidmax psu are ticking time bombs. corsair ssd for free and the hp monitor

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice case! My friend has exactly the same one, only problem is that his power button got jammed and he made an alternate way of turning it on. OT: Nice build! +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The spring on my power button broke, but it still works, the button just sits on top of it.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

So did the 860k post with this board out of the box? I know the msi a88xm I just had wouldn't post with it...not sure if faulty board or outdated bios. ...just wondering!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

You need to do a BIOS update as most board are shipped with the BIOS that only supports the A10-7850. So you need get a cheap APU chip to boot into BIOS.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, but you would get lower temps and more fps if you went for the vapor-x version. I have the r9 290 vapor-x, and it keeps low temps under high load. The 280x is no exception of the quality in vapor-x cards

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This was a card i happened upon on Craigslist. The guy just wanted to get rid of it, and who wouldnt pass up a top tier 280X for $100?

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

you might be right about that

the R9 280X Toxic does draw a lot of power and close to the stock 290 power draw

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

As it turns out, its the GPU bios that isnt allowing me to overclock it. If you read the AnandTech article for the Sapphire Toxic 280X, it says that the overclocking is pretty much locked down as the GPU is already massively overclocked, and even overvolted.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I know its old. I completely forgot I had posted here, and I only came back because Im putting a recomendation list together for my friend who wants a light to moderate gaming rig. And thanks about the dual bios, I might be upgrading my CPU and getting a custom water loop for it, and maybe my GPU. I know AlphaCool is the only company to make full blocks for my card and a custom bios would be great.