For CES 2014, I built three custom systems, featuring the new AMD A10 APUs that you might also know as “Kaveri”. All of these systems were built in a real home – lots of Dremel disks, files ‘n sandpaper, Krylon paint, utility knife work…. all the fun tools that come in handy for custom PC building.

 

The systems were built with mini-ITX motherboards to highlight the small form factor possibilities of the next generation AMD APUs. All three mods feature the new AMD A10 APU, AMD Radeon™ Gamer Memory, and one of them is equipped with the AMD Radeon™ R9 270X GPU –  what can I say? We like to keep it all in the AMD “family”.

 

PASSIVELY COOLED HTPC SYSTEM

The first one is a “small size” home theater PC system, designed to fit beside typical entertainment equipment. It’s passively cooled (absolutely no fans) and deadly silent – no beeps, clicks or whirs! It was a pretty simple build that you can bolt together and go, but I did bend a few heatpipes along the way. I like looking at the inside and wondering “Where did the massive cooler go?”

 

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BATTLEPACK LAN PARTY CASE MOD

This PC is built into a Pelican 1470 suitcase – a complete custom build. The case started out indestructible and waterproof, but some time with a drill and router fixed that. A Krylon Fusion black undercoat and gold final coat completed the Battlepack look. The AMD A10-7850K has enough grunt for great gameplay, even on a tough game like Battlefield 4. Fun fact: the one-fan water cooling and bottom vents ensure this rig can run quietly with the lid open or closed.

 

 

 

“RED ‘n RADEON” MINI-ITX GAMING SYSTEM

Last but not least, the final build is a more typical small case power gamer system, created for excellent gaming and designed to run cool for a long time. The AMD A10-7850K APU is driving an AMD Radeon™ R9 270X graphics card for high frame rates. Custom mods include red paint accents on the Sugo case, and modifying the interior to fit the APU water cooler. The R9 270X has 7 LEDs added inside the fan shroud to light up the red stripes – an easy mod if you can solder.

 

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And there you have it – I hope you’re inspired to stretch your imagination when it comes to your next custom build.  I wanted to demonstrate to all of you that AMD technology can bring a truly incredible PC building experience within the comforts of your own home. That’s enough from me… now go build something!

 

Ed Callway is a Video Architect at AMD by day, case modder by night. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.