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Well, here's my first ever build. I built this because I wanted to replace my old laptop of four years. I also wanted to be able to play CS:GO and Rust with decent frame rates.. I was hesitant at first because I thought that building a PC was something that only experts could do. After asking a friend of mine who built his own rig, he reassured me that it was an easy thing to do as long as you follow the manuals and do a little bit of research.

After building this, I got a great sense of accomplishment. It was really fun. However, I would like to ask you guys for tips on cable management. Here are some of the reasons why I chose the following components for this build.

Processor: AMD A10-7850K - Although a lot of people say that this processor wasn't worth the price, I still bought it because I didn't plan on getting a discrete graphics card in the first place.

Motherboard: MSI A88XM Gaming - I bought this along with the APU as a bundle from NCIX.

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo - Well, it's cheap compared to other heatsinks, and it does the job really well. It keeps the CPU run at 35-40°C at idle.

Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 - I like it, and it was on sale when I bought it.

Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus - I wanted to try using an SSD. It really amazed me how fast it was when I finally got to use it. Before, I was using a 5400 rpm hard drive.

Video Card: Club3D R7 265 - It was a gift from my parents.

RAM: Avexir Core Series Red - It looks cool! Although, I realized that there was no way to control the lighting patterns on the red LEDs.

So far, I haven't overclocked anything yet. I'll do that once I do more research about it.

Edit: 28/04/15

I used MSI Afterburner to overclock the GPU's core clock to 1050 MHz and the memory clock to 1500 MHz. I haven't had any issues so far. I didn't really mess with the core voltage though. I was able to get an average of 29.8 fps on Unigine Valley (1920x1080, Ultra, AA x8) and got a score of 1248. I'm really happy with what I have right now, although I'm still worried about the temps. Under load, the GPU sits at around 64-65 °C.

I followed other people's advice and reapplied the thermal paste and I also adjusted the fan curve. I also opened the windows to let some cool air in. I didn't realize before that ambient temperatures play a big role in air cooling. So, now the CPU runs at around 30-33 °C at idle. I overclocked the CPU to 4.3 GHz using a core voltage of ~1.440 V. I think that's a bit too high, but I'm not really sure. I haven't messed with the cpu-nb voltage or the ram timings yet. So far, I'd say it's pretty stable, I ran Aida64 for two hours, as well as AMD Overdrive's stability test and no issues were found so far. Under 100% load, the CPU sits at around 54°C and AMD Overdrive tells me that I have a thermal margin ranging from 35.5 - 36.4°C.

I'm really glad with what I have built, but if I were to redo it, I would have gone for an Athlon X4 860k, just as others have suggested, just to save a few more $$$. I've also read that it overclocks a fair bit better.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build. Why don't you run more of those cables behind the motherboard to clean it up a bit? Looks like that case would support good cable management.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

The r7 265 does not work in dual gpu mode with the apu, as it has GDDR5, whereas the apu uses DDR3. I would recommend you try to return the 7850k and buy an 860k, or you try and sell it and buy an 860k. It is the exact same CPU, but without the integrated graphics card, which makes it $100 cheaper. So you could get up to $100 back without losing a single fraction of a FPS. Really good looking build though.

The 265 is recommended with a 450W PSU, but I'm guessing the 430W will be just fine. I'm not sure whether it would limit your overclocks really. Also, make sure that you have applied the thermal paste properly. At desktop idle the CPU should be only 10C higher than your room temp. 30C sounds a bit hot for Canada at this time of the year, so I'll just assume that you could do a bit better on the TIM application.

Again, job well done on a fantastic looking build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for the tips! I'll try and reapply the thermal paste and see if that makes a difference. So far, I have not had any problems with the power supply. As far as overclocking goes, I'm only planning to do it minimally, so I don't see the 430W PSU being a big problem.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good looking build though. The temps are nothing to worry about, they are within the safe range, but it's just something that made me think. I've got my CPU, which has a very similar TDP, with the same cooler and it idles at around 28-30C, when the room temp is 20C. I assumed your room temp would be around 20C as well, so if your CPU idles at 35-40C, it might be because the thermal paste is not applied correctly. Still applied good enough for stock speeds probably, but I'd give it a check if I wanted to raise the voltage of the CPU.

The PSU shouldn't be a problem, but just to let you know what might be limiting you from getting a really juicy overclock.

Good luck with your computer and I hope you have lots of happy gaming hours on it ^

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, and then funny thing is, Im planning to do a build almost exactly the same as yours! The only thing thats different is I'm only going to run the onboard graphics and a different ssd and HDD. Just going to play some UHC Minecraft and that kinda stuff so I figured an APU would be perfect.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, this ia well built for a cheaper pc

  • 57 months ago
  • -3 points

nice good for 720p!!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

I go 1080p on the games I play on my 7850K...Battlefield 4, Diablo 3, Hardline and planetside 2. I have no problems running at medium setting on any of them..High on Diablo.

CS:GO should have no problems..Rust also.

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah, the 7850K is pretty capable. I was amazed at how well it handles 1080p gaming. I never expected to get decent frame rates from the integrated graphics alone.