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post #1 of 7
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Hey friends, I'm building an HTPC with the following components:

AMD A10 7860K FM2+ "Godavari" CPU (Quad Core, 3.6 GHz, AMD Radeon R7 757 MHz, 65 W)
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84P48975&cm_re=7860k-_-9SIA2F84P48975-_-Product
Main use for a 43" Plasma with lots of BD films and only for light gaming when I desire.

RAM DDR3 Corsair Vengeance Pro 2X4GB 2400Mhz
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7GS4V56959&cm_re=corsair_ddr3_2400-_-20-233-605-_-Product
I understand that an APU has its performance greatly improved when using high-speed RAM.

3 Hard-drives
HGST Ultrastar 2TB
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5AD2NA9155&cm_re=hitachi_2tb-_-1Z4-001J-00029-_-Product
Seagate BarraCuda 1TB
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822179010&cm_re=seagate_1tb-_-22-179-010-_-Product
Seagate BarraCuda 500GB
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822179011&cm_re=seagate_500gb-_-22-179-011-_-Product

ASUS DRW-24F1ST
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135305&cm_re=asus_dvd-_-27-135-305-_-Product

Now, I must decide between these two Mobos:
Gigabyte FM2+ mATX GA-F2A88XM-D3HP
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128894
Gigabyte FM2+ mATX GA-F2A68HM-H DDR3
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128763&cm_re=GA-F2A68HM-H-_-13-128-763-_-Product

Which would you recommend to properly OC the A10 7860K?
My intention is to spend the lowest budget possible, but I'd pick the F2A88XM if it is needed.

Also, I'm plugging a 5.1 Logitech Z506 Speakers
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4RE4185493&cm_re=z506-_-19S-001J-000V8-_-Product
The F2A88XM has 5 audio connections for a dedicated 5.1 system and the F2A68HM only 3 that I'd have to configure with the driver. Would it make some quality difference?

PSU
I need help to decide which wattage I need for this gear, with or without OC.

Case
I have to choose between two alternatives, one that contains 2 fans front/back of 120mm, the other having 3 fans, front/back of 120mm and side of 200mm. You can guess which one is slightly cheaper, but once again I'll get the right one for an OC.

I want to be certain and not configure risks, if these specs aren't enough I prefer not to mess with OC at all.

Any comment of you wise O'Clockers will be received with gratitude.
post #2 of 7
i would go with the GA-F2A88XM-D3HP, it has more sata ports, usb 3.1 and 1 more vrm and a 8pin cpu power which should give you better overclocks, both use the alc887 for audio but it looks like the 88x has better audio caps, and it has 5 audio outputs on the board, on the 68hm you would have to use front panel connectors from case to get 5.1
good job on using high speed ram, it will help graphics alot,
also make sure you get a better cpu cooler if u plan on overclocking, but make sure it fits in what ever case you chose, this will affect the OC more than the case or motherboard.
for a power supply make sure its at least 80 plus certified.
look here to find wattage http://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by mcrver1 View Post

Hey friends, I'm building an HTPC with the following components:

AMD A10 7860K FM2+ "Godavari" CPU (Quad Core, 3.6 GHz, AMD Radeon R7 757 MHz, 65 W)
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84P48975&cm_re=7860k-_-9SIA2F84P48975-_-Product
Main use for a 43" Plasma with lots of BD films and only for light gaming when I desire.

RAM DDR3 Corsair Vengeance Pro 2X4GB 2400Mhz
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7GS4V56959&cm_re=corsair_ddr3_2400-_-20-233-605-_-Product
I understand that an APU has its performance greatly improved when using high-speed RAM.

3 Hard-drives
HGST Ultrastar 2TB
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5AD2NA9155&cm_re=hitachi_2tb-_-1Z4-001J-00029-_-Product
Seagate BarraCuda 1TB
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822179010&cm_re=seagate_1tb-_-22-179-010-_-Product
Seagate BarraCuda 500GB
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822179011&cm_re=seagate_500gb-_-22-179-011-_-Product

ASUS DRW-24F1ST
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135305&cm_re=asus_dvd-_-27-135-305-_-Product

Now, I must decide between these two Mobos:
Gigabyte FM2+ mATX GA-F2A88XM-D3HP
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128894
Gigabyte FM2+ mATX GA-F2A68HM-H DDR3
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128763&cm_re=GA-F2A68HM-H-_-13-128-763-_-Product

Which would you recommend to properly OC the A10 7860K?
My intention is to spend the lowest budget possible, but I'd pick the F2A88XM if it is needed.

Also, I'm plugging a 5.1 Logitech Z506 Speakers
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4RE4185493&cm_re=z506-_-19S-001J-000V8-_-Product
The F2A88XM has 5 audio connections for a dedicated 5.1 system and the F2A68HM only 3 that I'd have to configure with the driver. Would it make some quality difference?

PSU
I need help to decide which wattage I need for this gear, with or without OC.

Case
I have to choose between two alternatives, one that contains 2 fans front/back of 120mm, the other having 3 fans, front/back of 120mm and side of 200mm. You can guess which one is slightly cheaper, but once again I'll get the right one for an OC.

I want to be certain and not configure risks, if these specs aren't enough I prefer not to mess with OC at all.

Any comment of you wise O'Clockers will be received with gratitude.

Forget about overclocking it. It will just add heat that an HTPC doesn't need. Plus you want it to be stable and above all quiet.
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by alexthegeek View Post

i would go with the GA-F2A88XM-D3HP, it has more sata ports, usb 3.1 and 1 more vrm and a 8pin cpu power which should give you better overclocks, both use the alc887 for audio but it looks like the 88x has better audio caps, and it has 5 audio outputs on the board, on the 68hm you would have to use front panel connectors from case to get 5.1
good job on using high speed ram, it will help graphics alot,
also make sure you get a better cpu cooler if u plan on overclocking, but make sure it fits in what ever case you chose, this will affect the OC more than the case or motherboard.
for a power supply make sure its at least 80 plus certified.
look here to find wattage http://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator
Indeed the 88X seems to have better caps, but with the 68HM I can use the Mic and Line In connections and then set on the audio driver a 5.1 configuration.
This APU comes with a recent Cooler release, better than the old ones and made by Cooler Master. Wouldn't it be enough?
https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/A10-7860K/5.html
I'll make sure to follow your advice on a 80Plus certified PSU, thank you.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisjames61 View Post

Forget about overclocking it. It will just add heat that an HTPC doesn't need. Plus you want it to be stable and above all quiet.
Thanks for your comment Chris.
No objection, stability is all that matters. Would I have a considerable performance gain, overclocking for light gaming or nothing worth the effort again?
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by mcrver1 View Post

Thanks for your comment Chris.
No objection, stability is all that matters. Would I have a considerable performance gain, overclocking for light gaming or nothing worth the effort again?


It isn't worth the effort. For an HTPC you want things like cool & quiet functioning properly. It will still be plenty fast for what you are looking for. And to be honest if there are things that the igpu or processor itself are too slow for an overclock will be of little help.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Okay, many thanks for the advice.
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