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Kaveri mini-ITX Build. (1st Timer)

by cmd_cnsl



CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

915 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz


Lemme give some context. I'm a college kid, and I enjoy gaming and music production, but for most of my life, I've used very low end computers because I've bought and owned consoles up until this latest generation. As I've gotten better at my craft (production), I've demanded more of my computers, and a dual-core i3 with 4 gigs of RAM just wasn't enough anymore. So, I decided to kill two birds with one stone.

CPU: My room is absolutely tiny, so I wanted to go with a cheaper mini-ITX build. There really isn't any ITX mobo support for socket AM3+, so I went with Kaveri. Also comes with BF4. I mean, come on. BF4. It's intended to run it on it's own with the entire APU thing, but I went with a separate card anyway.

Cooler and Compound: Newegg had a refurbished H60 available for a decent price, so I snagged one. Doesn't require a motherboard removal for FM2+, so that's a HUGE plus.

Muvaboard: It seemed like a good choice, WiFi capabilities are definitely a plus. I won't claim to be an expert on motherboards and their functionality, so lemme have it if I goofed here.

RAM: I've been told several times to go Corsair, so I did; the LP are tiny, and they fit in snugly alongside the other components.

Storage: I plan on adding a SSD soon, but for now, this is fine for my needs.

Graphysics: A buddy of mine just upgraded to a GTX 770, and he knew I was getting into the entire PC thing, so he offered me the card and PSU for $175 total. I couldn't pass it up. It's also not an EVGA card; it's just NVIDIA, but there wasn't really an option to change that here, so hey.

PSU: See the above statement.

Case: I did the all black look, and it's actually got a lot more space than I thought.

Random: Picked up a couple HDMI cables from Monoprice and got the Logitech keyboard because it was 20 bucks on Amazon at the time.

I know that my cord management could be a thousand times better, but y'know. I'd say I'm pretty proud of the little trooper.

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chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 6 points 62 months ago

To people saying that he wasted money on an APU instead of an Athlon x4, he got BF4 for free and it costs $60-70. He payed $40 more on the APU instead of the Athlon. So in the end, that's a $20 bargain.

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I figure that the thing will come in handy eventually. I doubt those extra GPU cores that aren't being used right now are entirely useless or will be in the future.

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

not to mention you'd be able to run HSA applications, which take advantage of Kaveri's integrated GPU units and are already out with various open-source programs like LibreOffice. expect more programs to take this advantage in the future.

that being said, it might've been a better idea to go with DDR3-2133 RAM, even if you're not regularly using the integrated GPU. it really wouldn't've been that much more expensive.

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I'd read a lot that the marginal benefits of going with 2133 as opposed to 1866 weren't that worthwhile, but in hindsight, the small bump in price honestly would have been worth it.

bobbysilk 3 points 62 months ago

2133 will help a lot with the gpu on the kaveri chip, not as much with just cpu processes. Since he's not really using the kaveri gpu for anything intensive it doesn't matter. But if it were to play games using just the integrated gpu, there would be a much larger increase in performance.

keevisgoat 0 points 61 months ago

you should have got a card that the kavarie apu could crosfire with ex r7---

saiki4116 1 point 60 months ago

only R7 240 and R7 250 could be used and they increase the performance like 30-40%

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Microshrimp 2 Builds 3 points 62 months ago

Welcome to the Elite 130 club! Your build looks great. If you're ever bored and looking for something fun to do on a rainy day, try adding an optical drive. ;)

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Strongly considering it! I really have no use for one at the moment, so I didn't bother with installing one. Eventually!

cooperred 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

How much air is that GPU getting with the side panels on... Seems like it's pretty close

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Not sure, yet. So far, so good. The side panels have holes in them to allot for better circulation, but I doubt that the intake is completely unimpeded.

Microshrimp 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

This case is designed with that in mind and almost the entire side is full of air holes yet still remains structurally sound-- I think if there were any more holes in the side it would become structurally weak. I have mine sitting on my desk sideways and I actually avoid pouring a cup of tea next to it because it would be really easy for tiny splashes of tea to fly into the case.

PieroLadhur 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

thats quite nice dude!

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Thanks, bruv!

PieroLadhur 1 Build 0 points 62 months ago

Can you please check out my build =D I hope i can give you some ideas from it http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/Myl it might help u with cable management


candy 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

His cable management is good in this case. He has all of the non modular cables in the ODD, making it look messy when in reality it's pretty good

vlad007 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I recommend you get a better PSU. Thermaltake TR2 series isn't very good. Maybe something modular to help with cable management and airflow.

Atechless 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

It may be a garbage PSU but it's under no stress at all. If it lasts the week it probably will last for a long time since the max TDP of the system maybe half the PSU max output.

Eschaton 6 Builds 0 points 62 months ago

...it's also not a garbage PSU, according to the many, many user reviews on newegg.

Atechless 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

because most users like the OP are using it to power substantially lower max load systems.

Eschaton 6 Builds 0 points 62 months ago

Which could be said of the vast majority of PSUs.

vlad007 1 Build 0 points 62 months ago

This PSU is definitely tier 5. It's CWT and the PSU isn't even close to be 80% efficient.

Eschaton 6 Builds 0 points 62 months ago

Would put this PSU in a computer FAR ahead of any diablotek or logisys. The logic is simple:

Assuming the same advertised wattage and connectors, customers will attempt to put approximately the same strain on any two PSUs. If the two PSUs are of equal quality, you would expect that they would, on average, get similar reviews.

Yet compare the reviews of this PSU against the following of its classmates:




And you can easily see the difference in review scores. Which would you sooner put in your computer?

vlad007 1 Build -1 points 62 months ago

Your logic is like if you told me the Ford Focus SE 2002 is good car after seing this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGLsdDpl7W4

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Cost to assemble: 2 red solo cups-worth of cheap beer.

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

The only thing I drink out of red solo cups is water. Yea. I'm that kind of student.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Like I said, cheap beer.

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Haha, so true.

EcoMCG 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

The price on that GPU! Good find my friend!

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

How could I say no?! I know it's a bit older, but I think it'll suit me just fine.

TexasTrev 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I might be partial to the case, but I do love this build. Once you get the SSD boot drive you plan this will be even better!

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

That's my plan exactly! I also plan to run music production suites from an SSD, as well. The thing boots Win8.1 in the blink of an eye as it is.

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Nice build. I recently did a Kaveri M-Itx build too. I am just using it for HTPC so I didnt upgrade RAM or add a video card.


cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Nice. +1'd. You really don't need to add a discreet video card, anyway. I figure that since AMD is promoting a game like Battlefield 4 with Kaveri APU purchases, you'd be able to handle most games on medium at least if you did ever want to game. I guess I'm just excessive. ._.

walkingdead431 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

So what is going on, you were able to crossfire/sli??? with the integrated CPUs GUP? How dose that work? AMD AND Invidia working together someone explain please.

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 2 points 62 months ago

So far, not at all. You can only crossfire with two models of R7 cards right now if you have a Kaveri APU, and even if it does eventually expand to incorporate NVIDIA cards, I'd have to get a new motherboard, I do believe. Not sure how exactly it works with an APU and discreet card as opposed to two individual units installed on the mobo. I bought the APU because I thought that there were potential advantages to having an APU used solely as a CPU.

daven88 1 point 61 months ago

Did you have any issues setting up the integrated WiFi with this motherboard? I've read the board had issues aside from needing to flash the BIOS. Planning an HTPC/Steambox and wanted something that I can easily transport with integrated Wifi.

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

I seriously connected the adapter and that was it. No BIOS issues or anything of the sort.

M4STER_ASS4SSIN 1 point 61 months ago

You could have bought a R7 250 2GB card and go dual graphics with that Kaveri APU to take advantage of the integrated graphics. Just my $0.02

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

I'm currently looking to upgrade my card, actually. Any recommendations?

Mach9 1 point 58 months ago

U know that Kaveri/mantle needs a graphics card from the hd 7000 series or the r7/r9 series? Otherwise great build

cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Those cards combined with this processor isn't powerful enough for me. I think it's limited to a couple R7 cards, but I just thought that this was a good processor on its own merit. I hope that eventually they expand the support for it.

Thanks for the compliment/comment!

robokomodo 1 point 55 months ago

Did you have any issues with the BIOS? I've read that some of these mobos don't support Kaveri right out of the box and that people have to find another older APU to flash the BIOS. I'm getting this board/APU (and case!) and hope I don't run into any issues.

plgdg 1 Build 0 points 62 months ago

Good ol' dorm furniture lol. Nice build. Here's my recent ITX build, too: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Mql

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cmd_cnsl submitter 1 Build 2 points 62 months ago

I must be one of the lucky ones, because they work just fine. I'm having more trouble getting the RAM to run at normal speeds, actually.

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