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CPU - I have always went with Intel processors in the past, but decided to give AMD a shot. All I mainly wanted to do with this PC is play games (BF3/4). Initially the 2 processors I was looking at were the FX-8320 and the FX-6300. BF3 uses up to 6 cores, so I really didn’t need the 2 extra cores on the 8320.

FX-6300 vs. FX-8320 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/698?vs=699

Motherboard – I wanted a board that would allow me to SLI my 760 GTX in the future, stable Overclocking capability, and a mostly black PCB.

I have had good luck with several Intel based Gigabyte boards in the past so I decided to go with the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3. I figured I would give this board a try since REV. 4 came out. Took the risk knowing that REV. 3 had throttling issues. I dropped in the FX-6300 BE w/ Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. Stock 3.5 GHz temps @ 15-25 C.

As soon as I upped the multiplier to 3.6 GHz and booted into Windows 7 it would throttle the CPU down to 1.4 GHz and back to 3.6. Couldn't get it stable no matter what I did.

-disabled all the turbo and CPU power saving (green) features.

-tried upping the NB/FSB a bit, which resulted in the same instability.

-tried enabling the HPC (High Performance Computing), which still resulted in throttling.

-flashed UEFI to Version F2, no difference.

I decided enough was enough and returned the Gigabyte board.

Went with the Asus Sabertooth 990FX as a replacement. I choose this board because it was built for aggressive overclocking, and I knew I would not have any issues with it because of its solid design (didn’t feel like going through another RMA)…

-Digital Power delivery for the VRM, TUF components (Alloy choke, Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)

-TUF CeraM!X Heatsink Coating Tech. - 50% Larger Area for Heat Dissipation with the Revolutionary Ceramics-coating Technology

-Liked the black military looking PCB design.

-4 PWM fan capability (most likely going to get more case fans in the future)

-The Asus thermal radar software is awesome for checking temps within Windows and PWM fan control.

-5 year warranty

I was able to get a solid 4.3 GHz out of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. @ 4.3 GHz I ran prime95 for 6 hours with a max temp of 57 C. I will try to push for 4.4-4.5 GHz when I get better push-pull fans/more case fans in the future. I am thinking of putting 2x 140 mm top exhaust fans, 1x 140 mm side intake fan, and use the current fans on my CPU cooler to replace the stock 120 mm corsair fans on front and back.

Video Card - GTX 760. Seems like it is the sweet spot right now for gaming @ $260. Went with the Gigabyte version because of the 3 aggressive cooling fans, black PCB, and great reviews. It comes with a stock OC, but I do want to push it a bit more in the future. Also will SLI in the future.

Had the mouse from before.

Update 9/24/2013:

My ambient temp is around 25 C (76-77 F). I Added 2 Rosewill Hyperborea 120mm fans in push/pull and used the original Cooler Master fans for intake and exhaust. CPU idle temps dropped by 7-8 C. From 37-36 C to 29-30 C @ 4.3 GHz. I will be trying to push for 4.5 GHz and will update asap.

Update 9/26/2013:

Overclocked the FX-6300 to 4.5 GHz using only multiplier (22.5). Ran Prime95 blend for 6 hrs with no errors. Reached max temp of 61 C. Idle @ 34 C. Ran OCCT for 3 hrs with no errors.

http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/bodka7/library/

-Voltage @ 1.404

-HT Link @ 2400 MHz

-CPU/NB @ 2400 MHz

-Ram @ 1600 MHz stock

-FSB @ 200 MHz stock

Played battlefield 3 on ultra for ~3 hrs w/ max temp of 51 C.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

Interesting CPU/Mobo combo. Was there a reason you spent so much on a mobo and only got a 6300?

  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

I built this PC to play BF3/4.

I went with the FX-6300 because its performs just about on par with an FX-8320 in games. I don't need more than a 6-core cpu for BF3. Overclocked to 4.3 GHz.

Initially, I went with a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 REV.4 for my motherboard, but had to RMA it due to it throttling my FX-6300 from 3.6 to 1.4 GHz. Trust me, I tried disabling all the green and power saving features, nothing fixed the throttling. It was a known issue with that mobo, but I took the risk thinking that REV. 4 fixed the VRM power delivery overheating issue.

So I RMAed the Gigabyte board and went with the ASUS Sabertooth. I knew I wouldn't have any issue OCing with it and I have no regrets. It a great platform for OCing, which is what I want.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You could have gotten the same performance and reliability out of this board...

Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0

Anywho, what is done is done. Very interesting selection of parts. It's a solid, clean build. Great job. :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I looked @ that board, but decided to go with the more aggressive OCer in the Sabertooth. I also wanted to stay with a mainly black PCB. Plus a 5 year warranty over the 3 year doesn't hurt =)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I have the M5A99FX PRO R.20, it's a wicked deal for the price. The only thing in this build would be the color scheme.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Very justifiable explanation! I have the same board and I love it as well. I'm glad that you're happy with your build!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed with the majority. All other parts are perfect, you just went too far overkill on your motherboard selection. A basic 970 chipset would be perfectly adequate.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, especially like your case.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, its really simple and clean. You really have to be creative with the wiring because you don't have a lot of room on the back side of the motherboard.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your build, I would have gotten the 8320/mobo for less. Still upvoted you.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the voltage and other stuff on that cpu i can only get to 4.0 on my 6300.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

-Voltage @ 1.404

-HT Link @ 2400 MHz

-CPU/NB @ 2400 MHz

-Ram @ 1600 MHz stock

-FSB @ 200 MHz stock

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You want my personal opinion?......Good concept and setup. Now onto my other thoughts - 1. I know a lot of people here have been saying the same thing but (sigh) if you got that MOBO why did you get that CPU? At least a 8320 overclocked - 2. 1600 is cool but definitely abuse the fact that your MOBO can use 1866 - 3. Why a 760? would of gone with a Radeon. 7950 at that - 4. OCZ as a power supply? Corsair.......PS. that mouse looks painful

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to try out AMD for this build, but I see your point. I wouldn't be able to SLI that board in the future. I looked at 4570k ($220) w/ the ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ($130) = $350. My CPU + Motherboard comes to $290.

  • 70 months ago
  • -3 points

This looks like a promising build. I am personally not an AMD fan but the specs look good. I do agree with the others in which you MOBO is out of place and "OverKill" but thats not a bad thing for what you have said on what you are going to do. But i do have one major concern about your build. Do you plan on OCing your CPU? If so you need a MUCH BETTER CPU cooler. You will no doubt ruin your CPU and possible anything else. I do like that someone in this world actually looks at things to come and not just where they are now. I like your build and Good Job :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep OCed to 4.3 GHz, hottest it got was 57 C on prime95 for 6 hours. The FX-6300 highest temp rating is 61 C. I was playing playing BF3 for 3+ hrs my temp didn't go above 46 C.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

not bad, not bad at all :)