Description

Just a little APU build, nothing special.

Images from left to right:

    1. Testing
    1. In it's new home (which was by far the cleanest 15 year old computer I've ever seen)
    1. Back plane showing my wires and the original legend.
    1. SFX PSU fits in an ATX slot... But I do have a bracket in the mail.
    1. Specs of the original box
    1. This box is quite portable, can be used in bed. HHKB Pro2, CST2545-5w-rc, 2007fp (ips) ultrasharp, ergotron lx and some Plantronics 655 DSP headphones.
    1. In the foreground is the Pentium 3 card (with the only fan - a 50mm - in the original box) and in the background is the 120mm of the L12. I'd bet the pentium 3 runs a bit cooler even so!
  • 8 & 9. So, is A-Tuning accurate or is Speccy? Maybe my heat problem wasn't as bad as I thought. WOW that jpg compression, in the last shot Speccy is reading 89C, A-Tuning is reading 49C with prime95 running.

L12 is barely sufficient even on the most aggressive fan settings. Not sure if this is Noctua overestimating their products or AMD's chips being hotter than advertised. Buy something made for a lot more TDP.

I originally ran it with a noctua L9 but the temps were way too high.

8gb RAM is pushing it, the APU reserves 1.1gb. I'd go with 16gb if I were rebuilding this, I do run out sometimes.

Evo had a problem earlier this year, but it's cleaned up and functioning well now.

Mobo has questionable support for APUs, haven't checked it out too much though. It also has the 4 pin on the opposite side of the board to the 24 pin, which looks unclean. The RAM is also on the top side (assuming standard inverted layout) so you may not get as much airflow as you would otherwise in a case like the one I'm using. This mobo also does not include a false-header for you to attach your power/reset/LEDs to, you have to put them straight onto the board. Asrock seem kind of low quality now.

Originally I was using an ml06b case so I needed an SFX psu, but as you can see in the pictures above I moved to a sleeper so I have a bracket on the way. The PSU itself is great, my only qualm is there's no 4-pin cable, only an 8 pin to 2x4 pin so there's a 4 pin header floating around inside my case. Not ideal...

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Those temps look pretty decent!

+1 for the old case.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure why but the temps got changed from +20/+45 to 20/45. I originally input them as 'above ambient' because being Australian kind of skews numbers. Temps can burst up to 75 before they start cooling down. The L12 can't pull heat away from the CPU fast enough.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the vintage case and such a small build m8

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty nice budget build

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

According to the temps you posted here, at 45C under load I'd be very happy. Kaveri is known to run hot.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure why but the temps were changed from +20 and +45 to 20 and 45. Temps are that much above ambient, so right now it can hit 70 which I'm not very happy with!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand. 70 is still acceptable to me, but it is true that we all would like our standard temps under load to come under that.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just afraid of what will happen once summer hits the high 40's!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

im laughed while reading this because im in america, and high 40's during the summer.... i think the world would be ending xD

but i knew that you were writing it in Celsius.

nice build tho +1 for the APU and case

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid looking build, from what I can see it looks really clean. Do you gave any more pics?

Got to love those repurposed cases.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I threw a few more pics up. This case was a really lucky find, 15 years old and it was so damn clean.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Got to love that PSU mounting, you can tell the case was designed for a specific PSU. A lot of the cases that old did not have a knockout for the IO ports, good find indeed. XD

Got to love the monitor stand, never have the leave the bed.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

PSU is now mounted properly, I realized that the PSU actually came with a bracket :P

The only negative about the case is the lack of ventilation, there's a few small vents on the back and a small one on the bottom, it makes me a bit nervous!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

With the amount of space in that tower you should be fine, you are also only rocking the APU which in and of its self wont generate enough heat to cause an issue in that case. If it does become and issue you can always water cool it, I'm sure you can fined one with a radiator to fit on the exhaust port on the back of that case.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it should be fine. I might drill some more holes and mount a radiator on the bottom if I switch to water cooling.

I'll see how it works out in the peek of summer ;)

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