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I was surprised by AMD with a freebie, their A10-7850k flagship APU. Long story short i wrote a review for their A10-6800k and as a thank you they sent me the 7850k, what… was i going to say no? Once the Athlon 860k drops ill make a Mini build for my daughter using this APU and use the Athlon primarily as it is the same architecture minus the iGPU portion with 4Mb cache.

With the APU being a freebie i figured id go a little wild and get MSI’s gaming board, i'll admit, i liked the way it looked and decided on it before reading the features (which aren't too bad), and have not been disappointed at all. the interface is pleasing and easy to navigate, overclocking is a breeze and it looks d@#&ed good in my opinion.

With their Kaveri APU i had read it relies heavily on fast RAM, so i got the fastest RAM that the board could handle that was reasonably priced and overclocked 8 gigs of it to 2400 mhz, no complaints there. Will be adding another kit to take it to 16 gigs in the future just because… why not?

I know AMD likes to run hot so i went ahead and got the aftermarket cooler that i know and trust, albeit i wasn't sure it would fit. the Rosewill BlackHawk case did not disappoint, i did have to remove the built in side panel fan to accommodate the cooler, but i think it was worth it. cable management in this case is superb with rubber grommets and plenty of room with ports for water cooling later down the road. I believe Rosewill did an excellent job with this case.

The two top fan slots were filled with the CoolerMaster fans, controlled via the UEFI under SYS fan 2, the rear exhaust fan was Replaced with another CoolerMaster fan. In the front, as long as you only use the top front slot for a disk reader/writer you can add an extra case fan, so i did naturally with the 4th CoolerMaster fan, joining with the rear exhaust fan to create a natural air flow from the front intake, to the cpu cooler, out the rear exhaust. *see below

i knew i wanted to boot from an SSD and load all my programs on a separate drive, so i went with the best SSD i could find for the price (which happened to be on sale [early 2014]).

The OS was leftover from a previous unfinished build.

The PSU i knew had some bad reviews when it was released, but Corsair had responded publicly to the criticism and had fixed their mistake, so for the price i figured it was the better option.

Snagged the R9 270x before AMD announced the R9 285 thereby reducing the prices on their cards, i do fully intend on purchasing the R9 285 in the next 10 days but wanted to post this build as it stand right now.

Thje CPU is overclocked to 4.3 Ghz @ 1.42v-1.40v, the RAM is at 2133Mhz, and the NB is at 1900 Mhz stable, ive found runnign the RAM at 2400Mhz renders the build unstable. GPU is stock as i plan to resell the card once I purchase the R9 285.

It plays every game at high/ultra settings without any issues. Skyrim with mods at 60+ FPS, BF4 flawlessly, Metro, you name it. but i am ever evolving, constantly improving, craving more…

The NZXT LED kit is great, easy to route, comes with sticky clips to hold it in place, nothing bad to say.

*side note:

i used a PWM fan splitter and had some issues, the cables didn’t want to stay in the fan headers very well, i was able to remove the pins and resolder the cables into the clip, and then reattach the pins to the module and everything works fine, but i must state they build quality on 1 out of 3 cables was quite poor. the heat shrink had not been heat treated and the cables were not properly secured in the headers (1 out of 3).

EDIT: Sorry im not sure why the pictures loaded out of order :/

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build! I have a 7850k in the micro atx version of that motherboard (haven't been able to get 2400mhz on the ram either), planning on using it as a steam machine/htpc.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

perfect for that!

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks really nice. Have you tried the on board graphics of the 7850K ? I got it but didn't had time to test it yet.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

i found using the onboard graphics will throttle the CPU to about 3.0Ghz, even using the R7 250 to crossfire would throttle. even so, i did enjoy using the onboard graphics!

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Can't go wrong with free components! Super clean build and nice pics! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks buddy

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Loved the description! Keep up the good work! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Damm I'd like a free AMD Kaveri APU.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

was quite a surprise honestly, completely unexpected!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 nice build

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

:O Must know specifically how you got that free APU. I wanna do a kaveri build!!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to see your PC is upgrading nicely. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Looking to snag an R9 285 and try out the Athlon 860k when it drops :) working on an FX6300 build right now for a friend and ill post it once its complete. also looking to build a small form factor PC for my daughter using the A10-7850k and R7 250 so be on the lookout for both of those ;)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

That sounds great! I'm working on upgrading my system as well.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait, so they just gave you a free cpu for reviewing one of their products? I see the business side of that. I also see the (fairly awesome) consumer side of it. Sweet build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much! They gained a customer for life by doing that and increased their exposure to the market becasue i told anyone that would listen how great of a company i think they are and how they stand behind their product. thank you!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Plenty of room for future growth too. Sorry, why can't the RAM run at 2400MHz? You mentioned upgrading to a 285. I would advise against it. The 285 is between the 280 and 280x kinda in no mans land, until they stop making the 280. I'd suggest getting a 280x as they are dropping in price and it'll max out 1080p games.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Extremely late comment. Part picker says that you might have to update the bios to use the board with the a10. Did you have to update the board?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time I did yes, by now I bet it would be fine