good motherboard, excellent chip with great upgradability, throw a discrete GPU in later down the road when the APU just doesn't cut it and overclock the CPU to 4.4 GHz, she is a beast and loves to be abused ;)
i can attest to this, wonderful combo
give AIDA64 a shot, measures AMD temps perfectly and is a great monitoring and bench marking tool, very useful for the price.
agreed with post and responses. as long as the memory can be overclocked he should be fine... should
good pricing, the HD shot could be used in a advertisement shoot, good photo skills, and +1
good price, good for what you need. +1
with the motherboard you chose you can easily slap in an A8 or A10 APU when you have the cash and it will make a dramatic improvement. for the time being, if it works well for what you need then keep it as what you've got. you chose well as you have a good upgrade path.
AIDA64 is what i use, its a paid application but i find the program to be 100% excellent and reliable
with this setup he can easily push the APU and get decent performance. its nice to see something different.
the faster the ram the better that APU will operate, you can overclock the iGPU with the cooling setup you have so +1 for that, overall im pretty impressed.
with the APU and GPU he can run in Duel graphics. +1
i do recommend starting with the iGPU first and then moving onto the CPU if overclocking is something you would be interested in. if so please do not hesitate to send me a PM, OCing this chip can be tricky!
it looks like he could fit a wireless card as well as an R7 250 to utilize Duel Graphics if he felt the need. perfect fitment.
best HTPC ive seen, the case is perfect for a home theater setup, the APU will be more than capable, i believe you might have enough room for the R7 250 if you so wanted at a later point for an added boost if you felt the need. i love that Blu-ray drive, it is quick and powerful. cable management is amazing for the case, all parts are top quality. it seems as if this could have been produced at a reputable factory, everything fits perfectly and seamlessly, all around if i could upvote this +1000 i would.
anything under 70 ive found to be perfectly stable for this chip. you could however disable AMD Cool 'N Quiet in BIOS and she should run a little bit cooler but with added fan noise. honestly i havent found any games or tasks to push the 7850 to the point where heat is built up to that point, other than running benchmarks of course. the heatsink is perfect for this build and 150% better than the stock, good choice my friend.
thank you :)
check and see if you can push the memory up to 2133 MHz, the APU thrives at higher speeds. like the build, +1.
i agree, but it does pave the way for other things if he so decides.
my wife's build started out with 4 gigs of ram, she usually has 5-10 open tabs in chrome while browsing, including youtube and or netflix, 8 gigs is the way to go, even just for web use.
love that case
With the stability and speed of the A10 series, easy overclockability, and being a quadcore, how much do you really need? Mine is stable at 4.4ghz all day long, I don't need anything faster, but I suppose it's not a matter of need but rather of want. Quad cores are not being 100% utilized even in today's standards, not wide spread at least.
I tossed in an old GTX480 just to see how far I could go until my other cards arrive. Running off the GPU the CPU wasn't even sweating. Played Civ 5 with no stutters or lag, CPU stayed well under 50 degrees even overclocked at 4.4, thanks to the cooler of course.
I feel the CPU can hold it's own, but I'm curious even with a dedicated GPU how HSA could be fully utilized. It's unknown territory and we are the explorers, it's an exciting time to be alive ;)
My thoughts exactly, I think AMD is heading in the right direction.
The R9 will be what I end up with when it's all said and done, no question there, but I will be experimenting until then
do not take it poorly, i love seeing PC's built in ways they weren't intended.
im going to go ahead and get the R7 250 and do Duel Graphics just for the experience in case anyone else ever wonders what kind of performance they can get out of it, but i will be throwing an R9 in here after ive tested the R7 250 and use the R7 250 for a mini ITX build for the daughters room down the road.
posted it somewhere in my other build in the comments i think
EDIT: no i guess i didn't link it, so here it is. like i said, its not really a review, but in the email the PR rep sent me it was more of a "thank you for generating buzz" kind of thing, completely out of left field.
i $%it you not, like i said i thought they were full of it until it actually showed up, came in a small green padded case, no retail packaging.
It was fair an honest with no bias, called them out on what they needed to do to make a better product and praised them for what they are doing right. Wouldn't even say it was a review, more of a balanced opinion. Point is it generated buzz and that's what they need.
new build is up
new build is up buddy ;)
saw this a day or two ago and couldnt agree with this more
little food for thought...
that dude actually taught me a lot
that vid made me very, very happy. caught it when he posted it, i like how honest he is.
really liking this
Moar Pics! Love the RAM
i see what you did there
really enjoyed flippin through your pics.... until i saw the price, then i had to go out for a smoke.
in all seriousness she kept me company and was patiently waiting for attention.
are you asking FPS in games or compute power in tasks? every game i enjoy playing gets 45 FPS solidly on high settings in 720 and medium settings at 1080(minus Metro Last Light). i convert videos on a regular basis and have no issue playing Tomb Raider while converting a large Blu-ray file into a smaller file for mobile devices.
Thank you! i was thinking of getting a slim fan to go behind the CPU but i mean, im not running too hot at any point... heck i was running Folding@Home while playing Deus Ex : Human Revolution and never had a problem.
does the job and i bet it blew their mind +1
whoops, uploaded the wrong pic, sorry... might keep her there, she was my "helper", handing me my screwdriver and bringing me my beer.
brought my temps down from 60C under load to about 47C, excellent cooler.
honestly i thought the woman was full of $#it until it showed up. thank you, unfortunately now im hooked on building. how you like that R9 you've got?
throw some more pics of that case at me, i like it.