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A10-6700/FM2A85X-ITX/Node 304 build advice

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I'm building this machine to serve a replacement for a mediocre NAS, as well as serve as a HTPC.

The build I'm working on is:
Board = ASRock FM2A85X-ITX
CPU = AMD A10-6700
Case = Fractal Design Node 304
RAM = Crucial Ballistix 8GB 1866
PSU = SeaSonic SS-300TGW

1. Will this PSU(SS-300TGW) have any issues powering this board? I only ask because the PSU's datasheet has the +12V rail at 25A, and I don't know if that would limit the potential of this motherboard/processor combination. I'm not very knowledgeable about PSUs, so any advice is appreciated.

2. Considering that this CPU is locked, is there any point in using faster RAM than DDR3-1866?

Any advice is appreciated.
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A10-6700 ASRock FM2A85X ITX Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB DDR3-1866 Western Digital WD30EFRX 
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Western Digital WD30EFRX SeaSonic SS-300TGW Fractal Design Node 304 
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post #2 of 6
I think 300W would be more than enough for that rig, love your taste in cases! wink.gif
post #3 of 6
I'm not 100% sure but as I recall the locked APUs run memory fine using XMP, it's only when you're overclocking above what they're rated that they don't work that well. I'd use this RAM, it's cheaper and faster.

RAM($79+10 shipping) - Team Xtreem LV 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313323

OR

RAM($75+7 shipping) - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231519

Also that PSU is more then powerful enough. you'll barely be pulling roughly 100 watts for the whole system.
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A8-5600k BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 FM2 HD 7560D Integrated GPU Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 
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post #4 of 6
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This will be my first time playing with a locked chip, and I was under the impression that the A10-6700 can't make use of anything in excess of DDR3 1866 speeds due to its locked multiplier. I've spent some time looking at how the A10-5700 works and see that the BCLK can be bumped which would require a bump in memory speeds. But despite posting here at OCN I don't plan on actually overclocking this rig. In fact, I may tool around with underclocking and undervolting.

So will the DDR3-1866 maximize the potential of this mobo/apu without applying any overclocking?
4770k Mini Rig
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little one
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A10-6700 ASRock FM2A85X ITX Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB DDR3-1866 Western Digital WD30EFRX 
Hard DrivePowerCase
Western Digital WD30EFRX SeaSonic SS-300TGW Fractal Design Node 304 
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A10-6700 ASRock FM2A85X ITX Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB DDR3-1866 Western Digital WD30EFRX 
Hard DrivePowerCase
Western Digital WD30EFRX SeaSonic SS-300TGW Fractal Design Node 304 
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post #5 of 6
Yes and No.

We don't have fast enough RAM for the a10.

Will it still be good performance? Yes.

Unless you're playing games where that extra 5-10% will make a difference I don't think you'll notice.
My Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A8-5600k BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 FM2 HD 7560D Integrated GPU Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard Drive
TOSHIBA P300 HDWD110XZSTA 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A8-5600k BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 FM2 HD 7560D Integrated GPU Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard Drive
TOSHIBA P300 HDWD110XZSTA 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 
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post #6 of 6
1. yes that psu is fine

2. 1866mhz ram or faster will only benefit 3d performance.

That looks like a nice build though thumb.gif
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PowerCaseAudio
xfx xxx 650 Antec One Asus Xonar DG 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8350 Asus crosshair V formula-Z Asus 7970 Corsair vengeance pro 1600mhz (2x4gb) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
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