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When I heard Kaveri was delayed until Jan 2014, I decided to build a Richland rig. I envisioned a budget mini-ITX rig in a VESA-mountable case, capable of light gaming and running F@H.

Meet Bosmer.
Case: Mini-box M-350
PSU: Mini-box picoPSU 160W
CPU: A10-6800K
Motherboard: ASROCK A75M mITX
RAM: 2x4GB GeIL 2133MHz
HSF: Noctua NH-L9A

Motherboard arrives! Thanks Fir3Chi3f smile.gif



I rely heavily on this cooler -- it has to deal with restricted air flow and high load.


Building table.


Photos for scale:




Shims that I found necessary to cut for the motherboard


Richland A10 APU


However, I ran into fairly significant problems. I couldn't fold on the CPU and the iGPU at the same time -- I suspect PSU overheating, but I'm not sure -- and I just couldn't manage to arrange everything (i.e. the SSD) in such a way as to allow proper airflow to the poor HSF.
In fighting with the case and air and heat, I managed to break the Noctua fan....so here's my solution. A spare AP-15 and cooling the PSU... *sigh*



It still makes for an admirable mini-ITX gaming rig, albeit not fitting the vision I had for it initially.

Lessons learned: such a tiny case, with no extra room, really does require a novel storage system, e.g. mSATA, or some very creative management.
A lower TDP APU probably would've been a wiser choice, despite the hit in performance.
APUs are still a bit limited when it comes to Folding. Hopefully Kaveri brings us great things.

Now that the Windows 8.1 Preview is over, Bosmer is back on Ubuntu -- and it's making an excellent experiment for Steam's In-Home Streaming so far smile.gif
Edited by decali - 1/26/14 at 6:21pm
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Nice compact build you got there. Those tiny case are meant for low powered embedded cpus. There's only so much you can do with only positive air pressure.
also, 160W is really cutting it for full load on both cpu and apu. Run whichever client gives the post ppd. (smp or gpu)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-6700-a10-6800k-richland-review,3528-11.html
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 GEN3 ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1070 AMP Edition ADATA Premier DDR3 1600MHz 8GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial MX200 250GB Noctua NH-D15  Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer S235HL bii 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Brown CHERRY MX switches  Corsair HX Series 650-Watt 80Plus Bronze Fractal Define R5 Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudioOtherOther
Razer Goliathus Control Edition X-mini II Capsule Speaker Lamptron CW 611 Lamptron Fan Controller FC5V2 
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Lamptron Fan Controller FC5V3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel® Pentium® Processor G3258  ASRock H81M-HDS Intel® HD Graphics Zotac GeForce® GTX 750 Ti 2GB 
RAMCoolingPowerCase
ADATA Premier DDR3 1600 CoolerMaster Hyper 212X picoPSU-150-XT jonsbo C2S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 860K ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1070 Mini ADATA Premier 4GB 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Vengeance 4GB PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 1.5V 16Gb USB drive Corsair H80i Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit Server 
PowerCase
SilverStone ST45SF-G v2.0 SilverStone SST-SG05B 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 GEN3 ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1070 AMP Edition ADATA Premier DDR3 1600MHz 8GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial MX200 250GB Noctua NH-D15  Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer S235HL bii 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Brown CHERRY MX switches  Corsair HX Series 650-Watt 80Plus Bronze Fractal Define R5 Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudioOtherOther
Razer Goliathus Control Edition X-mini II Capsule Speaker Lamptron CW 611 Lamptron Fan Controller FC5V2 
Other
Lamptron Fan Controller FC5V3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel® Pentium® Processor G3258  ASRock H81M-HDS Intel® HD Graphics Zotac GeForce® GTX 750 Ti 2GB 
RAMCoolingPowerCase
ADATA Premier DDR3 1600 CoolerMaster Hyper 212X picoPSU-150-XT jonsbo C2S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 860K ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1070 Mini ADATA Premier 4GB 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Vengeance 4GB PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 1.5V 16Gb USB drive Corsair H80i Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit Server 
PowerCase
SilverStone ST45SF-G v2.0 SilverStone SST-SG05B 
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