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Livin' on the Edge - My Lone Industries L1 Build

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You will come to understand the title of this post soon enough.

I was already on the hunt for the perfect micro-HTPC build that would still run most of my steam library when I happened across Lone's L1 thread. I was immediately enamored
with his design and was determined to shoehorn a new A10 7850k ITX build into one.

I've settled on the parts as follows.

A10 7850k - Quad-core CPU/ Octo-core Gpu clocked at 4.0 Ghz
Zalman CNPS7700 Cu cpu cooler
Asrock FM2A88X-ITX+ mobo - (this thing is amazing)
G.Skill Ripjaws Z (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 GHz
Adata SP900 128GB SATA III MLC SSD (coming)
Seasonic SS-400H1U PSU (for now)

To Do:
Z2-ATX-200 200W 24pin mini-ITX DC-DC PSU
Dell 220W (12V/18A) AC Adapter D220P-01

So I was pretty excited and skipped all the box-opening pics but I'll give you a short run down of what I've done so far.

This is my first AMD build ever so even installing the cpu on the mobo warranted a glance at the directions booklet. Then I popped the heat spreaders off the ram sticks, not because
they were especially big or ugly but because we are dealing with millimeters of clearance here, and you'll soon see I needed everything I could get.




Naked ram sticks, as they should be.




I put the whole thing together and was thoroughly unsatisfied with the thermals. There was no headroom for overclocking or extended gaming with the stock heatsink.

Pshh, this dinky thing...



Time for an upgrade!











It really is quite an attractive cooler, huh?

Buuut, this is looking pretty tight, innit? (hehe)



I did my homework, though. This is the ONLY Zalman model that will fit in this case/mobo combo (without blocking ram slots...I'm looking at you CNPS8900!) other than the CNPS2X but this one cools two times better at half the noise. Also, it beats out the
Noctua NH-L9a, Scythe Kozuti, Scythe Shuriken handily on all fronts. Right now, on half speed and running passmark's cpu stress test, I dont go over 45c.



LOL, covers both ram sticks, no funny camera angles here either.





Really...I mean....just...



Even Has a nice blue LED.





So there it is folks. This cooler fits, but oh, just barely. It sits a mere 4mm from the side of the case with the panel attached.
And when it comes to the ram sticks, pffft, who even knows?

The list of things to do include:

-- Get the ssd installed and everything dialed in to my liking, then I'll run some numbers with the new beta Mantle and HSA drivers. biggrin.gif

-- Find a carbide hole saw to put a nice 120mm dia hole right over the fan. Seeing as it's a downdraft cooler and it being so
close to the side panel, it will serve as both a cpu cooler fan and intake fan. Yayy for efficiency!

-- Wire up the pico-psu because the dell adapter I have on order has a funny 8-pin connector. Luckily, I'm a bit of a tinkerer
and this will serve my purposes well, for only 9 bucks from ebay!

-- Dual graphics with R7 250!!
-- ????
-- Profit



Whatcha think? Suggestions? Questions?
Edited by cbinvb - 4/3/14 at 11:04pm
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Nice!!! Sort of wished I'd have waited for that APU before building mine.
Edited by frack0 - 4/3/14 at 11:04pm
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