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AMD build

by jaynj



Date Published

June 24, 2016

Date Built

June 23, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.216 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C


 First off this is my very first build. I am currently a truck driver but back in the ninties I was in the Air Force. I used to work on navigation and bombing systems. Most of the equipment was not solid state but mostly analog equipment. I went to Devry Institute after my enlistment was up. I cannot believe I'm saying this but it has to said: After taking a 3 1/2 week crash course on watching every YouTube video I could find (JaysTwoCents, Linus Tech Tips, Paul's Hardware) I learned far more about computers than my military and Devry classwork put together. 
 I decided to build a mini itx because I was starting to get into pc gaming and of course my laptop was not able to handle or bairly handle when I finally discovered Steam and downloaded American Truck Simulator. My laptop was getting way too hot and shutting down. Thru more YouTube research I learned how to clean the fan and actually got to overclock it. doubled the ram. Now my laptop can run my 2 games (Car Mechanic 2015} in medium to high settings. I saw some starship titles that are coming out this year and they look great. I don;t think my laptop won;t be able to run those titles. 
 I was going to build an intel system at first with an I5 6600K (still going to) but the numbers are not in my favor. Well my AMD 5750m is a good processor. More research I found out about PCPartPicker thru the Awsome Sauce channel and here I am. Good thing too I had no idea how to find the right motherboard or other compatible components for my build.
 I had the usual first timer mistakes. Yes I did put on my Dimms in backwards. Somehow I did the APU and heatsink perfectly. I even cleaned the top of the chip before installing the heatsink. I had a few problems installing the wiring for the motherboard. I did not realize some of the connectors from the power supply were split. I watched an EVGA power supply on YouTube and managed to complete it no problem. 
 I did have another snag with the GPU on this motherboard. The header for the audio jacks on the case were in the way so I could not connet it. Not sure if its just this 960 but I am pretty sure you will not be able to connect those headers with this motherboard. Other than that I had no issues. Despite the newby mistakes I made it posted just fine.
Last note; I am not using the Samsung monitor I went to Micro Center and purchased ram (forgot to order} and a Westinghouse 40" 1080p led HDTV for $199. I am also using a Vizio 32" HDTV and an old PC flatscreen monitor. I watch my shows I download on the Vizio as well as internet. The WH I will use for gaming. The small monitor I just run monitoring utilities Speedfan task manager and downloads.

Part Reviews


only posted at this time will update later Overclocked to 4.02 w/ stock cooler. Idle 60c, 72c-83c under load (benchmarking). I find when I run apu at 65c to 77c runs my games allot smoother than below 60c.


The header for the case sound jack is in the way of GPU 960. That was the only flaw I had


This is my first time using these DIMMS. They would work just fine

Video Card

I got this GPU because it has a great price and the reviews were positive. Overclock to 1497MHZ boost clock. +130MHZ on memory


The EVGA PSU i picked for this build was a pain to install. Its a great power supply but not the right choice for this build. Find one that has a few options to mount

Power Supply

This is my first time using this power supply. I have no issues so far. EVGA has a YouTube how to if you have any problems

Operating System

No problems with os


Actually using a Westinghouse 1920x1080 40" HDTV. The sound is horrible so I run my sound from my rig with some Alesis monitor speakers. Great picture quality.


First gaming keyboard i like it so far


My first gaming mouse I like it so far

Comments Sorted by:

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

I am currently a truck driver

and downloaded American Truck Simulator.

So you have a job as a truck driver, and to have fun in your spare time you drive virtual trucks?

jaynj submitter 6 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Yeah I watched a Youtuber Squirrel play Euro Truck 2 I liked the game just did not like the Europe part of it. He announced they were making an American version. Its a good game.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Just quit on those marlboros before they kill you.. :)

jaynj submitter 6 Builds 0 points 34 months ago

I have been smoking for over 30 years. I do vape which has cut down on my smoking a whole and some days I wont even smoke. I wish I could quit over night. Thanx

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Well best of luck! :)

Tengrand1989 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

+1 ex forces.

From HMS Northumberland her majestys surface fleet RN

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

its really a nice first build you got there, but did the shop where you bought the parts has the AMD Athlon 860K or the 880K?

Those are CPU based only chips of the A10-7850K and A10-7870K

The APU are great if you are running only the onboard, but in your case which you have the GPU.

The integrated graphics which the A10 has are semi-useless now and only create more heat.

jaynj submitter 6 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

No I was not aware of the 860k or 880k. The 7860K has good reviews, It was a good price. Im running a 5750m now which does pretty good and im running a pretty good size load with playing American Truck Simulator, downloads, and Youtube ideos running its barely hitting 64c. In the reviews for the 7860k I did not see any heat conflicts.

dragoon20005 4 Builds -1 points 34 months ago

the heat conflicts comes from various test when the APU was stressed on the CPU and the integrated graphics.

Due to bios code hard coded into the APU. the CPU side will drop to 3GHz to keep the temps and power draw under 125 watts when the integrated is being used.

Also you can check out reviews of the the 860K and 880K as these two CPU have their integrated disabled permanently because of some defect during the manufacturing of the APUs.

Tests have shown the 860K and 880K are better overclockers as compared to the A10 brothers for the same voltages. So my conclusion was the integrated even at idle mode with a dedicated GPU still produce heat and drawing some power away from the CPU part.

jaynj submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

At idle I am sitting at 44c on the APU. Im still loading windows im confident i won't go over 65c under load. Im sure I could have selected a different chip but I chose this one and the reviews were good

cilvre 6 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

the apu disables the internal graphics when you are using a pcie card only by default. its better to have it as a backup in case a card dies, rather than be without a pc in that event.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Correction.. The 880K is based on the A10-7890K.

dragoon20005 4 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

oops thanks for the correction

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago


jaynj submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I have a 5750m Hp pavillion 17. According to my software its running in crossfire. With what I have no idea

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

There is another dedicated gpu in the laptop. Similar in specs as the APU. If i remember correctly it should be a HD8660D running DDR3 2GB VRAM

jaynj submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I have an HP Pavilion 17 that has a 5750m processor 8650G GPU 8GB Ram . I have 2 laptops. One of them I increased the ram to 16 GB. There are many variances of the Pavilion series but I don't know. This was honestly the only laptop Walmart had at the time that had a 17" screen and 1TB HD

damn.Daniel 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

My temps for the same cpu that u have are so weird. What software did u use? For temps. And how are the temps so low? I don't see any 3rd party coolers.

jaynj submitter 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I bought a Silver AIO cooler. I first bought a Captain 240 but I broke and end off the pump. I use HW monitor and I also use Speedfan. HW monitor has proven to be more accurate after comparing the temps with the readings in the bios

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Great budget build. Why only one open case picture?

Btw good for you trying to quit smoking. To hell with these children who mimic what the liberal media and schooling teach them about cigarettes and such. Smoking is incredibly difficult to quit.

Belated Merry Christmas, jaynj!

jaynj submitter 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Thanks, I mostly vape now. I hope your Christmas went well

rakunko 1 point 25 months ago

Just wanted to say great build!

jaynj submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thanx. I am actually rebuilting it into a I270 chipset. I installed a 1060 from my itx truck build into it and the it does ok but i also have a 1080 I am going to put into it and getting another msi 1080 for my 6600k build

Mr_Majestic -1 points 34 months ago

Actually, the APUs are starting to die. Thanks to Intel for that. The iGPU in the i5 6500-6600k compete with a GTX 740 when paired with ddr4-2400 ram or faster. Intels iGPUs are starting to beat AMDs APUs

gamingnoah 2 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

You mean gt 740 right?

Mr_Majestic 1 point 34 months ago

i undermeant what i stood

pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

Intels iGPUs are starting to beat AMDs APUs

AFAIK only broadwell chip beats AMD igpu and its terribly expensive to the extent that you would be better off buying a skylake with a dedicated graphics card. Remember that an i5 is almost double the price of a 7850K.


Now im not saying the intel chips are bad as i have an i5...

Victor_O 2 points 33 months ago

Intel HD 530 graphics still can't be compared to AMD's R7, only broadwell's iris Pro which still isn't as powerful as R7 and only beats it in benchmarks because it has a far stronger CPU, iris Pro TANKS at 1080p and any GPU intensive benchmarks not to mention that a CPU with Iris Pro costs upwards of $240 and you say i5-6600K with 2400Mhz RAM can beat an A10-7860K with a far stronger iGPU and better compute performance with a GPU that currently wrecks anything from Intel while being starved of bandwidth but still remains 50% ahead in benchmarks for half the price... sigh

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jaynj submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I could have run my games with just the APU but only at maybe at low settings for American Truck Simulator and high for Car Mechanic Sim. I just ran them both at ultra high the 960 fan didnt even come on at all. I got no hotter than 55c. Linus did a test about how much GPU horsepower you really need. Most of the popular games that the vast majority play really arent that demanding

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