Description

Intended workload: Web and Android development with some virtualization of server apps. Some gaming. Running Windows 8.1 and some Linux distro.

Build Notes:

  1. Update the BIOS to F5 or you will get random crashes.

  2. Case/MB specific but MB/System temp seems a bit high at 50c on idle. (investigation ongoing)

Planned upgrades:

  1. Upgrade to 16 or 32 GB of RAM with better timing.

  2. (DONE) Add smaller SSD to separate multiple Operating Systems. I hate partitioning.

PCI-e attunement:

  1. Graphics - GTX 750Ti Twin Frozr: Using this card allows for more serious gaming and may be essential to enjoy VR in the time to come. It should fit the TDP at 60W. The APU can hopefully take up OpenCL duty.

  2. Graphics - R7 250: I am not convinced this will provide enough of a boost and Linux compatibility for Dual Graphics is close to none .

  3. Storage - Internal SSD: Kind of a bad investment but charming to me in principle. I do wish I will find more interesting Motherboard layouts that support more PCI-e x4 expansion.

  4. SATA connectors: It should be possible to put external disk in sleeves with USB and SATA connectors so I can connect fast portable storage.

  5. Audio card: I don’t have the speakers for it.

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Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm so happy to see someone built with the 7870k. I've been pretty intrigued by it since it released. I'm planning on grabbing one in the next month or so and building me an Arch/Win10 system on one. I've been slightly concerned Linux driver support, but I've almost talked myself into just taking a chance on it. I can't seem to talk myself into investing in a dedicated graphics card right now (considering a bulk of my gaming is Prison Architect ). Though I'll probably definitely invest in one if I hear about any success of this APU with Qemu.

Have you benchmarked any games with DX12 and not Mantle using only the iGPU? And did you bother with the stock cooler at all?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Ugh now I can't put in my build "first 7870k build on pcpp" lol Gj +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

It occurred to me this would be the first build :) quite nice to see a new CPU option in the build filter just for you! Good luck with your build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't tried with Windows 10 / DX12. I didn't bother with the stock cooler, but only because I wanted to make it quieter really. Ironically the Be Quiet PSU is the loudest part of the system :')

I think any Linux compatibility is the same as the 7850K. I've had no problems on Ubuntu 15.04 and OpenSuse 13.2 so far. Neither are Arch based of course but I think it would be fine.

I haven't used Qemu before but if there is anything particular I can test for you just let me know.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I know this is a month later but I have a question: did Ubuntu have the drivers for the WiFi card or did you have to hunt them down and/ or compile them?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The WiFi works out-of-the-box on Ubuntu (15.04). Ubuntu does not suggest any proprietary drivers. The WiFi comes from a (well supported, it seems) Intel PCI-e inserted in the Motherboard. I only tested on a wireless N network, not the AC. To me it seems it is just as fast as on Windows.

If you take this Motherboard you should check out this guide to get your sensors working and enable custom fan control if you want: http://blog.jyore.com/?p=265

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have any gaming performance/ benchmarks and temps under load, I'd love to hear them if you've got the time. :D

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

could be the lack of airflow within the case causing the overheating

otherwise the VRMs are the trouble

how is the power draw of the system with the 300 watts?

if you were to add a GPU,

you may be reaching the limit of that PSU. Silverstone SFX gold series may be a good upgrade

and yea R7 250 are not worth the upgrade

go for at least R9 280 or R9 285

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your reply.

I'm sure more airflow would do the trick. It seems these boards are expecting the stock top flow cooler to help a little with this too. I opted for a tower cooler and 80mm exhaust instead. The case also came with a 120mm fan set to blow on the board from the top, but I moved it out of the way to make room for the tower cooler.

I'm not immensely worried by the temp but I want to ensure that it runs without throttle.

Interestingly it seems other people have reported the same and their solution is as you say, airflow, but also re-pasting the heatsink does a lot of good. http://www.overclock.net/t/1471324/warning-ga-f2a88xn-wifi-owners-check-sys-temp-possible-other-88x-boards-too

I kind of regret choosing only 300W but it goes with the spirit of the machine. I think I will be happy enough with a 750ti at 65W down the line.

On paper the machine should currently be pulling 160W on full load so there is some room to spare for a GPU or a little OC.

In fact, I think adding a dGPU would help the airflow around the chipset because the dGPU side is now wide open but the side of the chipset has a lot of cables making it harder to pull air from that side.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like the 7870k? How's this build? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TrfLXL

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm very happy with the 7870K, it performs better than I expected in 3d games.

Your build looks good: the stock CPU cooler should be enough if you don't intend to overclock. Your RAM speed is in the Kaveri/7850K sweet spot. I'm not sure that the 7870K is better able to make use of 2400Mhz RAM but you may want to search for some up-to-date benchmarks to decide if it will be worth to pick faster RAM for your build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I would also like to know how well the 7870k runs, I too would like to make a build using one. As for you TheWhitestTrash, I like your build idea a lot, very similar to the idea I have for mine, so unfortunately I don't have an answer for you, but hopefully since we both had similar thinking in builds that it is a good one!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I made some changes to my build idea. I included an ssd and upgraded to a newer case along with a higher frequency ram. I also went with an ASUS mobo and an ASUS optical drive. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xfTKVn

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How come you switched the Asrock mobo for the Asus mobo, if you don't mind my asking? And the G. Skill Ripjaws sticks at 2400mhz is also about $16 cheaper than the Kingston Beast sticks. Unless you have reasons for switching those two parts out, I'd have stuck with the initial motherboard and just changed to higher clock speed Ram and stuck with G. Skill. I'd personally have changed the build similar to this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ydtzwP All of the bang of the initial build, with less buck, considering both mobos have the same features such as; crossfire support, 4 ram slots that support for 2400mhz RAM up to a total of 64gb (though the Asrock says it supports up to 2600mhz), and RAID support -while being about $40 cheaper before rebates.

And I'm assuming you are going with the case/PSU combo to save money, but Raidmax PSUs have a horrible track record for being unsafe for components. If you don't mind dropping USB 3.0 ports, you could get a Cooler Master Case/PSU combo for the same price. Or Rosewill branded Case/PSU that's around the same price if you absolutely NEED 3.0 USB ports.

Edit: Though both are with slightly lower wattage PSUs, you will still have more wattage than OP's build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-i5397bk http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc330ukkr350

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been changing build specs for a while now and I decided to do an apu build this year and a CPU + dedicated graphic build next year when the Zen CPU series is released. (Two different computers) I changed the (mobo + optical) and (ram + rom) because I want components that work with each other to be of the same brand. Just so software setup might be easier. Its just an idea. I would like to have (Virtu Universal MVP) on the mobo so I can throw a cheap gpu on for improved gaming if the igpu wasn't enough. And I noticed the ASUS board doesn't have that so I will try to find a board that does. As for the case it doesn't really matter to me, but I would like front USB 3.0/1. I would really like a corsair case/psu/fans but that will probably increase my cost by a bunch. Are the raidmax psi really faulty, I heard about people having problems with theme? Thanks

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. As long as you have a reason. And I've heard lots of bad stuff from various places about Raidmax PSUs killing components, but no personal experience. Better safe than sorry.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Gj on the build, im going for a build for league and csgo Here is my own budget version (i already have the OS) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Y4wbHx Cpu: well it has an updated gpu, so why not. Ram: although not the cheapest, i do want to upgrade to 16 gb in the future Mobo: Very Basic, i didnt need anything amazing Storage: 500 is just what i need, not going to need anything more that 120 but the more the better Psu: Semi for Air Flow and Cable Management, plus i trust corsair Case: This is my absolute favorite case in the world, im planning on making my pc cooled well in the future, so with the option for water cooling and more fans, the better. Gpu: I really didnt want one, so an APU it is!

Rate this build please c:

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like that case too by the looks of it.

I think you should really consider an SSD if you think your needs will be under 120 GB. It is such a nice experience. You can add a larger hard disk later for less than what you pay now.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KhyLNG I updated the build very slightly, this build will only last me about 2 year (max) , which i am okay with. I will, however, Reuse the case in the future and the single dimm of ram once the new Zen apu's arrive for desktops. Who knows, maybe all i would need to do is a bios update and then im good to go.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi mvdanker,

You got a great AMD rig there. I was planning on buying this case (Sharkoon QB One) just want to ask if you can remove its dust filters? Is it magnetic?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi crt89,

Thank you for the compliment.

Sadly, the dust filter are glued onto the panels. However, each panel can come off the frame which makes it very easy to clean nonetheless.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same CPU cooler as you, the Hyper 103, but with a Pentium G3258, at stock it's mostly silent, under load at stock I can hear it, but when I overclock it to 4.4ghz it's often quite loud.

How are you finding the noise especially under load?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How much space you have between the cpu cooler and the roof of the case? I'm thinking about moving my rig but the cooler is taller than yours.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. Could you do a favor for me? Would you mind measuring the max height limit for the graphics card? I am thinking to use this case with a MSI GTX 1080 GAMER X, but it is a little tall. I did not find this information anywhere, even on the documentation available online.

Thank yoh very much.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this post was years ago, but does the size of your cpu cooler stop you from mounting a 120mm fan above it?

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It is the same as the AMD FX stock cooler.

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