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Windows 7: is this system doable? (GTX 650 with 160-200W PSU)

13 Feb 2013   #11

Windows 7 professional X64

DO you really need to settled with intel hd4000?
Why not an FM2 system if you need compact graphics?
I mean. A10-5800K. Use fast RAM, and overclock the CPU/GPU/RAM. Then you could get a lowprofile 6670 and run dual graphics.

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13 Feb 2013   #12

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

Hmm, I never consider AMD...

I'm going to have to try to learn a bit.

How does the A10-5700 compare to the 5800K? It's not unlocked and is 65W vs 100W...

How does this system look?
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14 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 7 professional X64

I would pick a motherboard with the A85x chip over the old A75. The newer FM2 APU's coming up will use much more advantage of the A85X chip. The a10-5700 will do fine. Not to mention you won't have to worry about temperature in an enclosed space.

What are you using the system for again?
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14 Feb 2013   #14

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

Mostly multimedia playback, with maybe some light (cheap) steam games such as Portal.

I'll probably use it as a movie server (maybe), and to download torrents overnight.

And to go in the internet.

I changed the Mobo to this: - ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
It's the only other FM2 Mini ITX mobo that newegg has.
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14 Feb 2013   #15

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

On a tangent, how does this look for a starter kit? - Once You Know, You Newegg

It's $260 for what I'm pretty sure is the basics for a HTPC, and things can be upgraded as time goes on* (and I have the money), but I can't find anything on how this Nvidia geForce 7025 performs.

* GPU limited to low profile card, most powerful that's readily available is one with an AMD Radeon HD 7750
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14 Feb 2013   #16

Windows 7 professional X64

To be honest, I would not... use anything else other than an APU for an HTPC.
Power/graphics are pretty damn good, and no movie would stop it from smooth playback if that is the intended purpose of it.

Not to mention you don't really -NEED- a GPU. so you could just save more space.
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14 Feb 2013   #17

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

That is a good point.

Back to the Athenatech case system, are you sure that ventilation will be fine? all it has is a couple tiny vents in the rear, which have me worried.
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14 Feb 2013   #18

Windows 7 professional X64

It does seem like a pretty tight case.
The APU does run cool even though it is a 100W chip.

Mine would hit 45 under load, but my tasks would be more intensive than playing movies of course.
If it would be possible. Add small fans to keep air circulating.
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14 Feb 2013   #19

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

I have to wait on it. The reviews for that case are kind of poor, and I don't trust the PSU that appears to be proprietary.

I might just build my own.
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15 Feb 2013   #20

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

According to this: AMD A10-5700 APU: Trinity at 65W |

A system running the A10-5700 with micrATX mobo, 1 DIMM ram, a notebook drive and a bluray drive never exceeds 100 watts. If it was expected to consistently hit 120W or so then I'd write off the case.

That does ease my fears a good amount. I intend to also have a SSD in there and maybe 1-3 powered USB peripherals, but my system should be about the same (but with a not-so-heavy workload)

How tall is the stock cooler, though? I'm concerned it will be too big, and I can't find alternative coolers that work with the clip system (they all use backplates, which apparently conflicts with this motherboards rear capacitors.). I'm looking at unvoxing videos for the APUs, and it doesn't seem that big, but it's a lot more stocky then the intel cooler.
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 is this system doable? (GTX 650 with 160-200W PSU)

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