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Fran's Folly

by FrancineX



Date Published

June 10, 2015

Date Built

June 9, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

56.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C


This is a budget build---sort of---to replace my 6 year old Toshiba Satellite laptop that has AMD Turion X2 RM-72 , 3GB of ram and Vista. Mostly search on the internet and play Windows Solitaire or RIFT.

Am having a few issues, temps show high, but nothing is hot to the touch. And RIFT doesn't like it..... lol. Temps vary from 56C to 67C depending on which program I am using to monitor temp of apu. update: 16-June-2015 Installed a program called CoreTemp and that seems to give the proper temperature readings. Added more case fans and magnetic filters[3]. From what little I understand from searching the internet, is that if I overclock the apu, it should make big boost in performance. Have had very little luck in trying to overclock it.

Part Reviews


Motherboard looks good, just disappointed in the Gigabyte support for it.


will assume that it will be excellent, based on reviews by others.


It is a good case, just not a great case.

Power Supply

If I understood things better, I probably would have gotten a larger psu---if that would have given me more connection options.

Optical Drive

only used to install OS, so must be good.

Operating System

Not a big fan, but am hoping 10 will be better.

Case Fan

Am quite pleased with these fans and have ordered 2 more to add to case.


It said it had sound, I thought that it meant it had speakers, but NO, an earphone jack---that only works if you connect by HDMI cable [which isn't supplied, but the VGA and DVI are] Other that that, it seems great! Went to the local Walmart and picked up the Blackweb Multi-Media PC Speaker for $20.


What can I say, I discovered two very old keyboards---full of dust---but decided to buy a new inexpensive keyboard. And I am using an old usb Logitech M100 mouse along side of it.

Comments Sorted by:

Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I wouldn't worry about the temp readings... not sure why but AMD's APUs never give proper temp readouts. You've got an after-market cooler so everything should be fine! And if you want to overclock it - Just use the Overdrive settings in the AMD Catalyst software - not that you will need too I think. Build is perfect for your uses, I built my Dad something very simular!

ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Those temps are in the safe range, but I would check the direction of your fan just to make sure its not blowing the wrong way. The cooler looks to be a Hyper Evo 212, I would add a second fan. This is what I use on my FX8320 and it keeps me around 30c with 2 fans.

The poor performance may be do to not having the Catalyst software, APU's are finicky. Sometimes the OS will detect the GPU and use it and other times it wont, so having the software is a must. I would also check your RAM speed in bios, the graphics chip in the APU uses system RAM so faster ram = better. Most PC's have 1600mhz RAM and most graphics cards have 5600mhz+ RAM, again APUs use the system RAM so if you are running at 1333 you will notice it. I would even suggest OCing your RAM first, get it running at 2400mhz or 2100mhz in the least.

Really good parts choices, kudos.

FrancineX submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Sorry, forgot to mention the three additional case fans that I added---but two of them should have been seen in the pictures. Yes, did download Catalyst and tried to figure out the "OverDrive", for me a FAIL. :( From the beginning the memory had been identified as 1333MHz, not as the 2400MHz that it is.

Laavza 1 point 46 months ago

Did you had to update your Bios to use the CPU?

FrancineX submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

The motherboard is a Rev: 3.1 with BIOS F7 on it, Gigabyte only showed an update for the Rev: 3.0 motherboard, going to F8. I went ahead and updated to the F8---impulsive of me---but it didn't seem to make a difference in trying to overclock. Still learning, but is a rough ride---crashes---the articles and youtube videos seem to assume others know enough that they just filling in the gaps. But hopefully I will get the puzzle put together.

Laavza 1 point 46 months ago

It worked right out of the box?

FrancineX submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Yes, it did. Only chanced updating the bios because someone suggested that, that maybe that was why I was having problems getting it to overclock. A "gskill support" person emailed me some suggestions and explained why the motherboard only recognized the memory as 1333Mhz instead of 2400Mhz and what bios setting I needed to set to get motherboard to recognize. So far it seem stable. Have cpu clock set for 4.2 , internal graphics to 800 and memory to 2133.

Laavza 1 point 46 months ago

Nice! And how are the temps with the stock cooler while OC and gaming?

FrancineX submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Did not use the stock cooler, installed a Cooler Master Hyper 212EVO. While playing RIFT, it has got up to 31°C in scenes with lots of action. Am using Core Temp 1.0 RC6 to monitor cpu[apu] temperature.