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The Weasley
by pardonmyownage
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This was a computer refresh for my wife from her old amd build back in 2009 (7750 Kuma/9800GT). She was in need of an upgrade. I recently won a giveaway for the Fractal Design Node 304 White from TekSyndicate. I waited as long as I could before needing to put something in it. This limited the parts i could get to mini-itx (which is fine because I've been wanting to do a small form factor build)

There was a lot of debate going into this computer in my mind. I wasn't sure if i should do an AMD APU build or a 750ti/i3 route. In the end i decided to go with the APU in favor of the added "features" that it was released with. I was originally going to wait before adding a discrete graphics card, but while the parts were shipping the MSI R7 250 went on sale and i figured I would pick it up since it was cheap and would actually work with the AMD Dual Graphics.

I've been watching a bunch of case mod videos and decided to give it a shot with adding a window to the case and sleeving the wires. I sleeved the cables with paracord and bought connectors and pins and everything from FrozenCPU. It went easier than i expected but took quite a long time. I ran into a few issues along the way. The Enermax cooler i got would only fit on in one direction, and would actually hit the rear fan. I had to remove the rear fan and add in a custom fan and hole to the right side.

Finally i decided to scrap her hold mouse/keyboard and upgrade her to some decent gaming peripherals. I think i got a deal with how much i paid for everything. I used the windows 7 from her old custom build and will end up putting Ubuntu or steam OS on her old pc till i can sell it.

How do you like it? Any constructive criticism is appreciated.

Part List
Details
Date PublishedMay 11, 2014
Date BuiltMay 4, 2014
AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.7GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
MSI Radeon R7 250 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.8GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle22.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load56.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP2544
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fnapoli [1 Build] 13 points 6 months ago

Holy Amazing! This is so beautiful!

 
 
tabascosauz [1 Build] 7 points 6 months ago

Absolutely stunning.

The R7 250 is a little anemic even with dual graphics, in my opinion, but the cables, the mods, the window, the white cooler......makes up for it 10000X.

Amazing. And to think all this for just $620...I have no words.

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

Well I did have a few free components and I didn't include the price of the mod stuff.

 
 
SleathX1 [1 Build] 5 points 6 months ago

me gusta

those colors are really creative! wow!

 
 
ITneto 3 points 6 months ago

Excelent cable management! Fantastic! +1

 
 
kchp [2 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

Awesome build! The case looks like a printer! LOL

 
 
cooperred [2 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

Interesting color scheme! The desktop background really makes it pop out.

 
 
Pbandjelly4 3 points 6 months ago

nice build! love the color, where did you get the GPU for so cheap?

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Newegg with rebate

 
 
_N_3_R_O_ 3 points 6 months ago

Very nice case modding, you cant tell it was custom done, looks so pro! Also loving the cable sleeving!

 
 
GamerDeso [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

Egg on face, a foot in mouth, humble pie for breakfast, lunch, and diner... And I thought it was impossible to build a pc under $700 with a price to performance ratio that has almost 2x the performance for the price. This build is BRILLIANT!

 
 
dbdev [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

Looks great bro! +1 for a nice clean build.

 
 
mcbrideda 3 points 6 months ago

Might be some of the best cable management I've seen in a mITX build. +1

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

Clever design / nice mods

 
 
Profesional-mom 3 points 6 months ago

Beautiful build! Really love the colors. that cable management too :) +1 from me!

 
 
ThePCGamer123 3 points 6 months ago

Amazing build +1, the A10 7850k is a beast for the price and since you have it in crossfire you will get at least a 10 FPS boost!

 
 
12345678 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

However, crossfiring has also been known to cause more skipped frames/microstutter

 
 
coolflame57 [2 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

nice name! also, you did better shopping for this stuff than I ever could have done. good job! +1

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Luckly newegg will give you retroactive discounts if it's a short time after you buy it and something goes on sale

 
 
tejasprak [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

The Weasley? Ron....

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

That's what she wanted...

 
 
Uberkill160 3 points 6 months ago

This is great! I might just use that apu/gpu combo in one of my builds.

 
 
TheSnakeRocks 2 points 6 months ago

Well, i would say something about the APU but seeing as how you picked that first and got the R7 250 on said it's okay, you can SLI them i believe, but man, the inside of that case looks sick! love the mis-matched colors. is that UV in there? other then that, for a upgrade i'd say +1

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 8 points 6 months ago

It's called Dual Graphics, not SLI

  • SLI = nVidia two GPUs
  • Crossfire = AMD two GPUs
  • Dual Graphics = APU and GPU used together
 
 
TheSnakeRocks 4 points 6 months ago

Ah, thanks. I haven't really looked into it much, i just knew that you could pair the APU with a GPU

 
 
Daniel0913 2 points 6 months ago

Question, how do I do dual-graphics? Do I get better graphics and better FPS?

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Yes, but only with a compatible GPU and APU

 
 
Daniel0913 0 points 6 months ago

How about a GTX 780 and Intel HD Graphics 4600?

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago
 
 
Daniel0913 -3 points 6 months ago

Well this is crap, I would never get an AMD card unless they do something drastic that shows innovation.

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 4 points 6 months ago

Mantle? Good price/performance? Nothing wrong with AMD

 
 
Daniel0913 0 points 6 months ago

Not very well optimized for most games. And there has to be a reason they are $200 cheaper but say appear to have better specs

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

You're joking, right?

They're plenty "optimized" for games and many of them are more expensive (290x, for example) than nvidia cards

 
 
Daniel0913 0 points 6 months ago

I didn't know that. One of my friends said that more were optimized for Nvidia. And I get GTX GFX because it has the things I want and AMD doesn't exactly supply it

 
 
welshdiesel 1 point 6 months ago

Mantle, True audio, eyefinity, free sync which killed g-sync, your right no innovation :)

 
 
Daniel0913 -1 points 6 months ago

But look at Nvidia's innovation compared to AMD, they are much more ahead.

 
 
welshdiesel 2 points 6 months ago

Yes like the titan z. And g sync. Soo ahead

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 6 months ago

yea it's UV LED by DarkSide. I bought it from FrozenCPU HERE

I wish the orange acrylic top was more orange, it was suppose to be UV reactive. Not so much though.

 
 
TheSnakeRocks 3 points 6 months ago

ah, well it still looks pretty nice man :)

 
 
187flatliner [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

i would take the sheild off the gpu and paint it with vinyl "white" to match.

+1

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Yea, my original idea was to go UV reactive orange on the GPU, but had a hard time finding it. White might be an easier and cheaper option.

 
 
spacemyname9749 [6 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

The aesthetics of this build are amazing! Nice work!

 
 
Nari [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

How do you like that Enermax cooler? Does it cool as great as it looks? :D

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Seems to do fine so far. I'm not familiar with the amount of heat that comes off of the A10-7850K (It's only 95W TDP) so I cannot say accurately. Idle Temps around 30C and load is about 55C. I'd imagine it's about the same performance as the Hyper 212. I was originally going to get the 212 evo and add my own fan, but it ended up being around 50 bucks. I waited and ended up catching the enermax on sale for 35 after rebate. score!

i was also looking at the phanteks white model but was afraid of the fit and it was a bit more expensive.

 
 
CosmicUnlimited 2 points 6 months ago

Which cables are those?

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

What do you mean? Most of them are from the 430M. I made some of my own for the modular portion. Connectors are from FrozenCPU as well. Paracord sleeving

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks everyone for the kind words. First time doing any modding and sleeving. Now i'm wanting to go back and sleeve mine and put in a window.

 
 
uin12nerfer 2 points 6 months ago

That side fan mod is really clean. +1

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

i was worried about cutting it. i ended up using a "nibbler" tool by Klein that worked really well. Add on some grommet material to clean up the edge and the grill cover. the fan isnt actually attached to the side panel because it wouldn't work due to the top/side panels being one piece. I used two little strips of the acrylic and made a mount for the fan. look closely and you can see it.

 
 
uin12nerfer 2 points 6 months ago

Using the acrylic strips must have been easier than screwing the fan in

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

you cant get the top on if you attach the fan to it.

 
 
sirjopalot 2 points 6 months ago

Amazing, this is great!

 
 
d4v0 [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Wow very nice!

 
 
GaryOakFJ [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

What feautres with the 7850k did you prefer over a 750 ti/i3 combo?

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

HSA, Overclocking, true audio, and i feel that the motherboard is much better for the price. I was limited on Mini-itx motherboards for FM2+ but i'm happy with the Asrock. it even comes with wireless AC.

if i knew the new intel Z97/H97 boards were coming out soon i might have held off.

 
 
welshdiesel 2 points 6 months ago

Very good build sir. Doing the same build in a cooler master elite 130. Have a few questions though. Have you overclocked yet? Whats the specs of your computer and how does this cpu compare? I like the itx form factor but I worry that it hurts overclock ability over a atx board

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

i havent tried to overclock it yet. it's not mind blowing performance. i dont have my build on PCPP yet, but i have an 8320, 2x 660ti in SLI, 16g ram. mine is def more powerful

 
 
baddatabaddata 2 points 6 months ago

Was it hard putting in the window? Sounds scary!

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

fairly easy with that nibbler tool. the grommet stuff makes it a clean edge and really makes things easy.

 
 
baddatabaddata 1 point 5 months ago

ah super cool... thanks!

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SwizzyMan [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Is that LED UV strip dimmable?

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

it says it is. i just have it hooked up at full brightness though.

 
 
Prodious 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, nice build! I have the same motherboard and I'm worried about the aftermarket cooler compatibility for the mobo. Did the Enermax ETS-T40 fit without any problem? E.g. backplate, mounting screws. (Except for the heatsink facing down.)

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

No. I forgot to mention this before and you bring up a good point. The backplate does not fit due to some components on the back of the ASRock motherboard. I almost sent it back, but ended up modding the back plate and cutting out a BUNCH of material in order to clear the high points on the back. i don't recommend this. Other than that, it fits fine.

 
 
Prodious 1 point 5 months ago

Haha thanks!

 
 
DavisTheWalrus [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

what ram?

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

it's listed above. it wasnt on PCPP so i had to add it manually.

Team Xtreem 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 TXWD38G2400HC10QDC01

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313450

 
 
antoniojack 1 point 5 months ago

that's one good amazing looking PC, even under 700 dollars! :D

 
 
hastex456 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

I like the cable management. Where did you put the ssd?

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

to the left of the power supply velcro'd on vertical. you can see the sata power going to it and a black sata data cable.

 
 
Zedlox 1 point 2 months ago

I'm trying something like this

Any rates?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/RDvNsY

Also, what was the sleeving kit that you used? Also does it come in blue?

Btw, your build looks amazing, personal fan of HArry Potter :D.

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

it's just paracord from amazon. nothing special about it. hundreds of colors

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pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Well at the time this was about the same price and it looks much better than the 212 evo. This build was more about aesthetics then performance. i think the cooler fits the build well and that the hyper evo would have distracted from the overall purpose.

dont get me wrong. i recommend the 212 evo all the time to my clients. i enjoy that cooler as well.

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bchurch 5 points 6 months ago

Thats a stretch

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

It's just my opinion, everyone likes a different kind/type/design of computer, and I like this one

 
 
Ech0loation 2 points 6 months ago

I see your opinion, and while I do not fully agree with it, I partially do. I would say this is the best build on PCP for this price point, even though I am not a fan of AMD (I'd say they're overpriced because of the BitCoin craze, but that's just my opinion.

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

The price hike only affected the top tier cards. I doubt anyone would mine with a $50 card haha.

 
 
Ech0loation 2 points 6 months ago

I understand that, but I just mean their cards in general. I have no beef with cards that weren't affected by the price increase, it's just a personal dislike of the company. Also, I heard of a guy complaining about his R7 250 not being fast enough for mining, I just felt bad for him for trying.

 
 
pardonmyownage [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Haha. Sad

 
 
Melonguy 1 point 6 months ago

It wasn't AMD who hiked the prices, it was the greedy US retailers who wanted their $$$ :O

 
 
coolflame57 [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

*facepalm

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I am judging from an aesthetically standpoint, not a hardware standpoint

 
 
Ech0loation 1 point 6 months ago

I too, think it looks dope.

 
 
infinitemerald [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

As much as I agree that it looks fantastic for the price, there's no doubt there are other more aesthetically pleasing builds on here. For example:

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Ogv
http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Pot
http://pcpartpicker.com/b/MX1
http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Ai9
http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Fj4
http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Prc

 
 
DinoDan [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

But look at the prices of the majority of the links you posted... not even in the same general range as this build... If I had 3 to 5 grand to drop on a machine I could make it "more aesthetically pleasing" but seriously... This looks great and he didn't have to give his first unborn child for it either.

 
 
infinitemerald [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Nonetheless, they look nice and have good tech, as this one does too.