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AMD Mini Fridge

by xamax7



Date Published

May 18, 2017

Date Built

May 4, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.85 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.44 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


This was my first build for myself, and was built using entirely gig money from various music groups I play in.

This computer is used for gaming, streaming(hopefully with an internet upgrade), and various schoolwork and music arranging. 6 cores, 12 threads with a pretty awesome graphics card plays everything I want to at 1080P Ultra on any game that I play 60FPS+.

Part Reviews


Best bang for the buck processor on the market at the time of this build. I currently am running it at 3.85GHZ on 1.30V stable after a few hours of stressing. With the Spire stock cooler it maxes out at 75C, it is mostly quiet even when at full speed however it does have a bit of coil whine. I do plan on adding an AIO to push the Voltage higher.


This was one of the last items I settled on and set the white and black theme for the build. UEFI is simple to use and easy to flash. Otherwise, it could use one or two more fan headers, with only four it might be hard to run a loop without a fan controller. mATX with the best options, White leds don't really matter to me but I will add a strip in later.


Looks great has a good amount of capacity. I could not get this to cold boot to 3200, only 2933. I could do a soft boot and run anything at 3200 but if the system powered all the way down it would fail to boot.


Great for boot drive, 6-10 second boots, runs a little warm under the graphics card.

Video Card

Beautiful card, haven't had much time to dial in an overclock yet. This cooler design is definitely overbuilt for the 580 and never gets very warm at all. Little bit of sag even with a reinforced PCIe slot.


This case was a blast to build in because of how far it can be taken apart. I did settle on the vertical setup, and I thought cable management wasn't too hard but if you were to do a custom loop it would have to be creative. Power supply bracket was a pain and probably not necessary but I did it for sake of completion.

Power Supply

Cables were all black and of a manageable length. The capacity of the supply is pretty high for the system but it was a gift from my girlfriend and she got to install it with me for fun.

Comments Sorted by:

Lager11B 3 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

That 580 is a good looking card for the money. Nice clean looking build with a lot of performance for what you spent. +1

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Thank you, it was a lot of fun to do. If I get rich I will totally try to do a custom loop in it as well.

mrzoltowski 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

Its so tiny and cute! I love it .. nice build +1

Sykadelik 2 points 23 months ago

You said you play in music groups, what do you play? (nice build btw)

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Trumpet: In Mariachi and jazz groups.

Sykadelik 2 points 23 months ago

Nice, I used to play tenor sax, but I just play piano now (classical not jazz)

SirMrGuyHuman 2 points 23 months ago

Damn, you got some damn good deals to get this build under 1000 dollars. Props dude. Also, isn't there a black version of the board that would've mixed better with the case? Nice build though.

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

Well, It was hard to find an mATX board that wasn't the gamer red aesthetic or lacked features I wanted. So personally I just don't like black and red so that played into it.

Thank you!

Axe5396 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Sweet build. I'm just curious as to what coil whine means?

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Its kinda a high pitched noise, a little similar to when a brake pad wears out. I don't know how else to describe it all I know is that if I'm not sitting in silence I don't notice it.

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Slick looking build mate! I'd upgrade the display if I were u

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Yesterday bought a 25in ultrawide. Ill update the page once I get the watercooler and new keyboard as well.

Thanks! =D

Digital_Cake_ 2 points 21 months ago

How do you feel with the motherboard and overclocking? I'm looking into the board, but I've heard a few bad things about the VRM getting too hot.

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I have had no problems with Motherboard temps whatsoever, even when pushing the voltage to 1.4. My chip can almost reach 4GHz stable but is good at 3.9.

Digital_Cake_ 2 points 21 months ago

Alright thanks, I was looking at getting the board and overclocking a R7 1700.

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I advise going for an ATX board unless you intend on the form factor of mATX. Right now they are more well built than the mATX boards, also they tend to have more features for the same price. I did mine the way I did because it is also a LAN party PC.

Digital_Cake_ 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah I'm goimg mATX

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

AMD? Fridge? In the same sentence? What kind of tomfoolery is this?

+1 build

SirMrGuyHuman 2 points 23 months ago

Uh, it's Ryzen. Not an FX or A10 or X4. Ryzen actually stays cool (and isn't an oven).

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

;) My fun little joke.

kn00tcn 1 point 22 months ago

you found coil whine on a cpu? isnt it the mobo's (VRM's) problem? unless you meant the spire cooler, in which case that would be PWM fan noise that should sound different from coil whine

can you make a mic recording of it? (i havent looked for other people's recordings yet, didnt think to check, only have a a10-7850 stock cooler for comparison)

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Honestly I think It might be the old HDD after some time using it.

kn00tcn 1 point 22 months ago

fire up a random access load on the drive to confirm

do note that different cases & different locations in a case will affect the sound that comes out of a vibrating hard drive (there are also dampening methods), so you may not be stuck with it per se

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I have gotten used to it at this point and wear headphones most of the time as well. But I mounted it in a terrible place and should have mounted it in the 3.5 bays rather than the ssd mounts. When I install a new cooler I will probably change the position.

DerpyAlpuca 1 point 11 months ago

Honestly this is a year from the build and just saying that the build looks very nice and clean. But one thing that really caught my eyes is that the mobo is white while everything else black. Really dampens the white motherboard which I say looks very nice. You should try spray painting some of the parts on the case like for example if the expansion slots are not one time use take those off and spray them white. Or check out the NZXT H400i cases. Nzxt have several colors for them and I personally love the looks and airflow is also good.

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

It actually now has a white watercooler that ties it together pretty nicely. Deepcool white 240

coldcore87 1 point 10 months ago

Does the build still hold up today as it did last year? Cheap build i might wanna duplicate

xamax7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I don't have problems playing on a 2560x1080p display on any game I play on it and multitasking is amazing.

Jeddie2022 1 point 6 months ago

With an AMD cpu I don’t think it’s much of a fridge

edmemes.co.uk 1 point 2 months ago

Nice build but not sure why you went for a standard ssd m.2 instead of an nvme. The speed of it will be identical to a regular ssd.