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Quick question on a build for a friend based on the AMD A10 APU. Are all the parts compatible? Do you see any major flaws or have any other helpful pointers?

AMD A10-5800K

ASRock FM2A75 Pro4

Antec NEO ECO 400C

SAMSUNG 840 120GB

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) 1866C9D-8GAB

Western Digital Red WD30EFRX 3TB

LG Black Blu-ray Burner WH14NS40

Haven't decided on a case yet, open to suggestions on that as well (the board is a ATX).

There will be no gaming, mainly browsing and video streaming.
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I have almost all the same parts but with the mATX version. It's all running great.
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Yeah, the board was a bit of a snafu... I meant to put the mATX version of this board on his shopping list but accidentally put down the ATX version.

I wonder how the 3TB WD Red will affect boot time? We're planning to use the SSD as the boot drive of course, but I'm guessing the Red is going to slow things down somewhat.
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I haven't built an APU system yet, but from what I've read the GPU needs massive bandwidth from the ram. Maybe try and spend a lil more on a 2133mhz sticks? Maybe look into getting some Samsung "Wonder Ram" 30nm sticks. They are 1600mhz stock but can OC to 2133 easy. Newegg just had stock of them last week, but now I think your best bet is Amazon for them.

Also why the Red WD drive? I can assume you're using it for NAS applications? It was my understanding that they really only are needed for hardware raid setups. If you're just going to be running a single 3TB drive, then why not go for a Green drive that's cheaper. I wouldn't say you would see a speed difference. They both are listed as intellipower for the RPM which is variable RPM.


EDIT: Here's a link to the ram i would suggest. Not much more then that 1866 set.
Edited by opty165 - 1/23/13 at 8:42pm
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I loved my first Cooler Master HAF case. I'm building a second rig tomorrow with a HAF 912. They are down to $50 on Amazon now. If you are interested in that case, I can tell you how it goes tomorrow night. Only downside is it doesn't have USB 3.0 on the front panel (I might try to project mine out of my 932 since I have x58 guts in it which doesn't support usb 3.0). My 932 is whispher quite even with everything set to aggressive. I couldn't hear it until I got a dog and had to move it onto my desk right next to my face.
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Originally Posted by opty165 View Post

I haven't built an APU system yet, but from what I've read the GPU needs massive bandwidth from the ram. Maybe try and spend a lil more on a 2133mhz sticks? Maybe look into getting some Samsung "Wonder Ram" 30nm sticks. They are 1600mhz stock but can OC to 2133 easy. Newegg just had stock of them last week, but now I think your best bet is Amazon for them.

Also why the Red WD drive? I can assume you're using it for NAS applications? It was my understanding that they really only are needed for hardware raid setups. If you're just going to be running a single 3TB drive, then why not go for a Green drive that's cheaper. I wouldn't say you would see a speed difference. They both are listed as intellipower for the RPM which is variable RPM.


EDIT: Here's a link to the ram i would suggest. Not much more then that 1866 set.

He's not into oc'ing so I recommended this higher speed RAM. And I figured the Red would do well in an HTPC-like setup in terms of low power consumption=less heat.

EDIT: Sorry, you must have submitted your edit the same instant as I hit the quote button, lol! Anandtech's Trinity guide recommended this RAM, that's why it's on the list.
Edited by 8bitG33k - 1/23/13 at 8:51pm
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He's not into oc'ing so I recommended this higher speed RAM. And I figured the Red would do well in an HTPC-like setup in terms of low power consumption=less heat.

EDIT: Sorry, you must have submitted your edit the same instant as I hit the quote button, lol! Anandtech's Trinity guide recommended this RAM, that's why it's on the list.

Yea I didn't see at the bottom of your post that there would be no gaming lol. 1866 should be fine then. I only suggested the 213 knowing that the graphics is really bandwidth hungry!

As for the red drive, I would still go with the cheaper option and use a green. I can only see the red being useful in a NAS box as they are designed for. You will still get lower power and low heat from the greens, but you will be saving $30+.

EDIT: Although with the Red you get an extra year on the warranty and the 3D active balance which cuts back on noise. But I've never known a Green drive to be loud at all. So if that's worth the extra money to you, then why not I say.
Edited by opty165 - 1/23/13 at 9:06pm
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