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[Micro ATX] Will overclocking this be ok?

I am looking into buying a budget computer as a HTPC, for school stuff, and some basic/medium gaming. I have almost no experience in overclocking or building computers in general, and I am not sure if it is a great idea on a Micro ATX motherboard. I have seen that its is possible from some other treads, but am still skeptical.

Here is the build that I am looking at:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.78 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $470.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 21:02 EST-0500)

I chose to go with the A10 because it has very good graphics on board, and don't want a discrete graphics card. I have seen that you can get a huge boost in graphics power from faster RAM with the A10, so I chose to go with the fastest reasonably priced RAM possible. I went with the ASRock motherboard because I have heard they are a good brand, and it seemed to have all of the features I need. The SSD is to keep stuff fast, power supply because newegg had a deal to get it for $40, and the case because it is decent and cheap.

So to get to the point... is the motherboard a good choice for overclocking? Would the RAM run too hot if overclocked, and if not, is its included cooling fan necessary? If the RAM is a bad choice in general, would it be good to drop down to something at 2133Hz?

I am willing (and planning to) wait it out a bit to buy everything in order to get the best deals possible.

Edit: I just looked on the G.Skill website and it looks like the ram may only be able to run at 2133Hz on this motherboard (There was a problem mentioned in a Newegg review with a manufacturer reply). Can anyone recommend some other ram that will (hopefully) work?
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  1. Best answer
    At that price point of ram you are better off getting a discrete graphics card and runing the 6670 with the APU in hybrid crossfire
    you're better off getting cl11 2133 ram and lowering the timings yourself
    extra 2% perf of 2400mhz ram is not worth the cost

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $413.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 21:04 EST-0500)




    hybrid crossfire version

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($50.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $464.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 21:09 EST-0500)
  2. Stickmansam,
    I was kind of thinking along those lines too because of the marginal payoff of the ram faster than 2133. The reason why the ram I selected was so expensive was the included fan, but without it, the 2400 is on sale for $60.

    I have seen from some people that it can be a pain to run a discrete card in parallel so that's why I avoided that. Could cooling become an issue if a discrete card were added into the case?
  3. It should not become an issue as the 6670 is a pretty cool card and your case can be decently ventilated.

    I would say stick with the 2133mhz ram anyways and grab the 6670 as a extra if you feel like you need more performance once you try out your build for a while
  4. Best answer selected by daviand.
  5. Have fun building :D
  6. Thanks! I'll be buying over the next few weeks, and will probably be posting on PPP when done.
    Thanks for the help!
  7. Just a quick update: After looking a little bit longer, I had not realized that the 6800K would be coming out in just a couple of months ( http://www.cpu-world.com/Releases/Desktop_CPU_releases_(2013).html ). I had assumed that it would be coming out in October, as the 5800K had this past year. Because of this, I am going to hold out a bit longer on the cpu, as it looks like the 6800K will have a decent boost in performance. If AMD hits the 40% graphics improvement like they're saying, that would be awesome.

    If there is a good deal on the Pro4-M or a REALLY good deal on the Extreme4-M, I will probably jump on it still because the sockets will be the same. I should have just about everything else that I need when it comes out, so I can just buy the cpu and run with it.
  8. if you wait until the end of the year there should be 7xxx parts which are based on new cpu arch (steamroller) and new gpu (gcn)

    The 6800k is a tweak with clock speeds mainly and optimizations
  9. stickmansam said:
    if you wait until the end of the year there should be 7xxx parts which are based on new cpu arch (steamroller) and new gpu (gcn)

    The 6800k is a tweak with clock speeds mainly and optimizations


    The main reason why I think waiting for the 6800K would be best is that if it takes me a bit more than a month to get everything at good deals, I will be just a couple of months away from being able to basically upgrade the cpu by waiting. I know that the difference will not be huge, but it would be better than nothing.

    If I were going to wait for the 7xxx's, I would put the haswell i3's into contention, as they promise 100% improvement with the 5000 graphics.

    If you were building this, what option would you go with (5800, 6800 or 7xxx)?
  10. Waiting for 6800 is worth it as they are already shipping if only to just grab a good deal on the 6800

    By the time 6800 arrives, Haswell should be almost out and you can consider them and the 7xxx rumors/specs should be revealed soon too

    I expect 7xxx to increase CPU by 30%, putting it on par with sandy bridge and GPu increase of 30%+ due to GCN+more shaders?

    I seriously doubt Haswell will double graphics perf, maybe increase by 50% relative to the 5800. The one that might match 7xxx will be the GT3+64mb cache but that will likely not be in the cheaper cpu models
  11. stickmansam said:
    Waiting for 6800 is worth it as they are already shipping if only to just grab a good deal on the 6800

    By the time 6800 arrives, Haswell should be almost out and you can consider them and the 7xxx rumors/specs should be revealed soon too

    I expect 7xxx to increase CPU by 30%, putting it on par with sandy bridge and GPu increase of 30%+ due to GCN+more shaders?

    I seriously doubt Haswell will double graphics perf, maybe increase by 50% relative to the 5800. The one that might match 7xxx will be the GT3+64mb cache but that will likely not be in the cheaper cpu models


    That sounds good to me. I think I will wait for the 6800K *unless there is a very good deal on the 5800K (I sound like a broken record ;) )

    Thanks again for all the help! It's really a lot of help to have someone who knows what they're doing to bounce ideas off of.

    Don't be too surprised if I update again before purchasing :)
  12. The forum will be sure to notify me :P

    Have fun bargain hunting :)
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