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I had been wanting a mini ITX for quite some time, and needed something especially soon to be used as a secondary gaming computer, since my main rig is currently not working as I diagnose the problem. There were a couple cases I had in mind that I was going to use for this mini itx build, I was originally going to use the Corsair Air 240, but once I found the 380T, I knew I wanted it. I really wanted this build to be a simple, easy, but powerful computer that still had the chance to be upgraded a little in the future. For this reason, I went with the AMD A10-7850k, as it was a capable APU for many small load games and just stable video, to go along with this APU setup, I had to pick up the corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB DDR3@2400, as higher speed RAM is a must for something of this setup. But, I also play graphically intensive games so I do have the option to use a graphics card, which brings me to what card I currently have in this build; The MSI Radeon R7 370 4GB, I did not specifically choose this card for this build, I actually just picked 2 of them up at a cheap price to hold onto for a crossfire build, but it works very well in this build, apart from it getting noisy under high load, which I don't mind, or notice much while gaming with headphones on, but in time, I will end up taking it out and either replacing it for a different card, or push my APU to it's limits and see what it's really got to offer. I haven't ran into any 'bottlenecks' as far as my choice in currently using a card paired with this APU, I have been getting very respectable FPS and I will post benchmarks at a later time. I usually go with evga power supplies but I went for something different this time, and wanted to try out corsair. I originally had a semi modular PSU from corsair for a cheaper price, but I really wanted full modularity for this particular build, so I went with the RM650, which was a VERY TIGHT FIT, it may be a little much, but it was also the same price as the 550w and just seemed like a great quality product, and I am happy with it thus far. Storage was simple, I wanted a small SSD for my OS, and main programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and a couple games, and I will be using a WD Red series 2TB HDD, plenty of space, and nothing fancy since this is after-all only a secondary build, where I don't need a super fast HDD. I was very excited to see that this case would accepted a front mounted 200mm fan, so I immediately bought the NZXT FN-200Rb, which brings me to my first con, kind of. I had bought it, not knowing there would be any fit issues, which is when I later discovered that this mounting brackets for this fan are actually only 190mm so it would not fit properly in my case, so I simply custom drilled these holes and it works excellent now, besides the fact that it is still a bit too thick to fit without putting too much force on the 380T front mesh panel, which I don't like, but does, kind of, work. So i would recommend either just keeping the 140mm white led fan in the front (which does look great) or research on fits for this case. Another con I had was with my CPU cooler, which could have just been a defective unit I received where the black plastic ring around the fan blades, was not properly fit and the blades would scrape against this ring, luckily I noticed before installation and was able to bend it back so it would no long touch, and I've had no problems with the cooler since. I will post benchmarks later when I get the chance to do so. If you have any questions, please ask since I am sure I forgot multiple things.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

from the desc you mentioned you got two 370s?

did you shop have stock the Athlon X4 860K?

because the 860K is just similar to the A10 minus the iGPU

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the misunderstanding, I I only have 1 370 installed currently, as I had purchased 2 so I can put them in a crossfire build later on (not this build). And I did get the A10, didn't quite consider the 860k, not knowing the similarities, but definitely something to consider on a future build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Were the GPU bought together? The 370 are similar to 750ti. Dual 370 will only be similar to 380x. If the price of the two 370s combined. You could get a 380 prob.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice. I've always liked that case's look and layout.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I love the case, the handle feels very sturdy and the slanted windows on the side look really nice especially if you have a GPU with LEDs on it's side.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the about the same setup and wanted to know if you ran into any issues with your apu getting stuck at 3.8GHz and temps reaching 100 degrees Celsius. I have found a work around by manually setting the apu to 1.7GHz, but I can't seem to find an option to have it automatically increase and decrease in speeds.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build except for the os you could have got the cheaper windows 8 and freely upgraded it to windows 10

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