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Ok so before you all condemn me to pc build purgatory for building an AMD rig. There's a few things you should know. First I built this rig how I wanted because it was my money and secondly because I like AMD. Go team RED!

First I have to give a huge shout out to my boy Cilvre. Without him this build probably wouldn't have happened!

I really wanted to build a gaming. However having 4 teenage daughters; 1 of which is graduating in 2 months and dealing with all kinds of senior expenses. (application fees, campus tours, cap & gown, not to mention Prom) I have been hesitant to pull the trigger on my build. So why the AMD you ask? Well it's simple.... after doing some research I found the AMD processors still kick major arse. My now old rig was really showing it's age (6 yrs) and I needed something to hold me over until Zen/Polaris - Kabylake/Pascal comes out later this year. So basically this is a stop gap rig for a few months. As such there was a few things I definitely needed the build to accomplish.

~Play GTA V & Overwatch @ 1080P on Ultra settings if possible ✔

~Run QuickBooks software for my Landscape business ✔

~Be budget friendly ✔

~Look killer on my desk ✔

So let's break down the part selection shall we.

CPU: FX-8320 3.5ghz 8-Core CPU (Overclocked to 4.4Ghz)

The short answer to why I chose this is I wanted to keep cost down and I got it for $85 on Hardwareswap! 8-butt kicking cores for less then the price of 6 brand new? Yeah I'll take that!

CPU Cooler: LEPA 120mm AIO - Well I knew I was doing a Black/Red build and I wanted to keep the rig relatively cool. So AIO was definitely on the menu....I love the look of the LEPA AIO and the price was the ultimate deciding factor.

Storage: The OCZ ARC 100 240GB SSD - It's actually a hold over from my old rig that I picked up last Jan from TigerDirect before they closed up shop. It does what I need it to do and my rig boots to the desktop in 9 seconds. I actually grabbed it for a great price of $49.99. so I picked up 2 (1 for me & 1 for the wifes PC) I'll admit at this point I need a larger SSD and that will be a priority when I finally build the newer rig later this year.

Motherboard: AsRock 970M Pro3 - Great budget motherboard. So far so good! I do have a few hang ups I'd like to pimp slap someone at AsRock about. The main 2 are the lack of fan headers and the insanely idiotic placement of the front USB 3.0 header. Maybe the Dev designing the board was ticked he got left out of the circle jerk that day or something but putting the header at the back of the board? I'd really like to give him a baby powder backhand for that. I did get a pretty sweet deal on this though. Grabbed it for $54.99 with a $15 MIR. Plus Newegg screwed up on my shipping so they gave me a $20 GC. So my final cost on this was $19.99

RAM: HyperX Black 1X8GB/ HyperX Savage 1X8GB (16GB total) - Well the story on these puppies is I got them from the same guy I purchased the CPU from. He made it a bundle deal for $125 for the CPU and both ram sticks. Who could turn that down? It's ram and does what I need it to do. I'll admit the savage stick is really irking my OCD, I might have to grab another HyperX in red to replace it.

Update 5/25/16: My OCD was kicking my butt so I replaced the mismatched HyperX sticks with an Avexir core series kit in red. I sold the HyperX sticks for $40 to offset the cost.

Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart 650W - This was honestly an impulse buy. The day I decided to build this I was in Best Buy and saw it on sale. It wasn't modular but it had flat ribbon cables so I figured WTH why not.

Case: Thermaltake V21 mATX - Ok so I chose this case based on the fact I loved the ITX version and figured it was just a little bigger. I guess I under estimated just how much bigger it was. Anyway the case was an absolute dream to build in and the fully modular design allows you to tweak things just how you want for the best look. Since this was the first item to arrive I took that opportunity to add some pimpery to it! The design on the front is a mix of paint & Vinyl. My wife used her Cricut I got her to help me out. She can help you customize yours as well. https://www.facebook.com/courajess/

GPU: MSI R9 380 4GB - Well as I stated I wanted to game at 1080p with better frame rates then I had with my previous gpu (GTX 630....ok you can stop laughing anytime now) Yes my old GPU was lame but it did ok for only having 2GB VRAM. Anyway this card is beastly in size and so far it's kicking major arse in GTA V, CS:GO, Aion, & GW2. One of the primary reasons I picked this over a r9 390 was it was getting replaced in a few months but also Newegg had a killer deal on it. I grabbed the card for $214.99 with a $20 MIR + I got a free game (Ashes of the Singularity) & a free mouse the MSI DS B1 Gaming mouse that's in the pics. So the final cost was $194 for all 3......Yeah sign me up please!

Monitor: BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 2ms (24") - This is actually another hold over from my old set up. I picked it up a few months back off of Craigslist for $75. I currently have it overclocked to 66Hz. It's 1080p with 2ms and 24"...whats left to say?

Fans: LEPA LP-BOL12P-R 81.5 CFM 120mm - Well they were cheap and had good reviews. Plus I used one of my Newegg screw up GC's on them so I got 2 for free! They move a ton of air and are currently keeping my rig rather breezy! They are pretty freakin' quiet also!

Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator (Red) - Another hold over from my previous rig. I actually have the green version as well. Grabbed them both last Jan. from Newegg on sale for $17.99 each. Never used the mouse though cause it pretty much sucked. The backlit keys are great for gaming late at night when wifey is asleep.

Mouse: MSI Intercepter DS B1 - Well as you read earlier I got this baby scott free.... So far it has a great responsiveness to it. It's smaller then my last mouse but I like it thus far. update (Swapped back to my old mouse T-80 Big Mac because the MSI was just too small)

Cables: I know it's a budget rig but I'm vain and wanted it to look good. So I ordered some sleeved cables from Ensourced.net . They were a last minute decision and should be here by early next week. I'll update the pics once they arrive.

Update - Headphones: Astro A50 - Black 7.1 Channel Headset - Well the story on these puppies and why I got them for $160 off the normal price is simple. I follow Jailbreak aka Ed from TechSource on YouTube and he does a series called best tech deals of the week. Well a few weeks back these were one of the featured items from Newegg. I'm no dummy so I paused the vid ... high tailed it on over to newegg.com and placed my order.

In the end, I am really pleased with this build! I will say I felt slighted by MSI not dropping any stickers in the box with my GPU. Then again knowing me I wouldn't have put them on my case anyway. Thanks for checking out my build.

Update - 4/1/16: Ok so after having the build up and running for a few days now...I like what it can handle but after doing my VR readiness test it falls short in the GPU department. So most likely one of my first upgrades will be to a Polaris R9 4-- or Pascal GTX 1070 something which should hold me until Black Friday sales this fall. I'll also be upgrading my monitor to 1440p

Update - 4/16/16: Ok so my sleeved cables came in a few days ago and I finally got around to putting them in. I also took this opportunity to swap out the 200mm front intake fan with another LEPA fan. I figured since I had to mess with the cables I might as well take my time and try to clean them up more then they were previously. I added a few more pics with the cables installed and my new pup since he pretty much kept nibbling at my socks the entire time I was doing the cable management. (Note to self next build gets fully modular PSU)

Update - 6/1/16: Found an epic deal on Craigslist for an XBOX 360 wireless controller + adapter for windows for $20. This was pretty much a no brainer.

Questions? Comments! Concerns? Drop'em in the comments below..unless it's negative then you can keep that ish to ya self! I'll try to be prompt with my responses!

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is a few years old as far as tech but man does it still kick major butt! It destroys games with blazing speed! Makes me extremely excited for the new Zen stuff coming out.

CPU Cooler

This is one cool customer. It has been keeping my overclocked FX-8320 nice and breezy!

Motherboard

Great budget motherboard. However just be pre-paired to be a little put off by the USB 3.0 header.

Storage

I've been running this SSD 24/7 mostly for over a year and it is still rocking out. Boots from completely off to desktop in 9 seconds.

Video Card

OK so this GPU absolutely annihilates any game in 1080p. It will even let you roll in 1440p on high settings. Word of advice make sure you download the 16.1 (15.301) driver. Would definitely recommend this GPU for serious 1080p gaming.

Case

Honestly I'd give this case 6 stars if I could. Thermaltake took the complete modders approach when they designed this case. It allows you to tweak it to just how you need it to be. It's super roomy and offers great cable management & superior airflow!

Case Fan

Whoa these puppies move an insane amount of air. Bonus is they are super quiet! I'll be grabbing more for my rig in the future. Kinda wish they made it with white LED's also.

Monitor

It's a great 1080p gaming monitor! The price is just right also.

Keyboard

Very nice entry level backlit keyboard. Great for those looking for something with the price on the low.

Mouse

Really nice fluid mouse. Ideal for claw grippers as it is rather small compared to most gaming mice.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice! Lots of photos too.

+1 from me, nice modded case.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks it took a few coats to get it just right!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

I love the build man. I also can't believe how many deals you got with this. It's pretty freaking crazy. I wish I got that lucky with my build. lol

  • 40 months ago
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LOL Yeah ...Bargain hunting can be done..just takes time and patience.

  • 40 months ago
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tell me your secrets, oh great master!

  • 40 months ago
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LOL what secrets?

  • 40 months ago
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for getting great bargain prices

  • 40 months ago
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Patience....lots of patience.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 the effort you put into that Pc, looks great man!

  • 40 months ago
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Thanks a lot I appreciate it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Great job. I love it, man. +1

  • 40 months ago
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Thanks! It truly was a labor of love. Took me all of 3 hours mainly due to the placement of the front USB header.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice custom job, really good finish with the paint. FX series CPUs are great also.

I like your setup, clean and simple, +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ...I like to keep my area kinda tidy. It's my mini man cave!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Jäßßäwöçkëë,

+1 excellent build.

You did better than a "stopgap", my friend. That's an excellent PC. There's nothing at all wrong with building to your budget and AMD processors are still very nice (especially when paired with an excellent AMD graphics card).

I think you met all your targets. Good system, good budget, great graphics, excellent (superb!) job with the custom paint work on the case, and much more than a "stopgap" system.

Great work!

-HitmanHart

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the compliment. Honestly my budget could have been a LOT higher....but I didn't want it to be as I mentioned this build will be dismantled in a few months time. Yeah it definitely checks all the boxes for me.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I see your Gaming Fish, how much extra FPS do you get from overclocking them?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Well they have been known to give an instant OC to any game of about 25 FPS! LOL

  • 40 months ago
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Damn, gonna try to overclock my Cat, let's hope I see a similar increase!

  • 40 months ago
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Lol... I believe cats are an instant 100 fps if I remember correctly.

  • 40 months ago
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woo i have 2!

  • 40 months ago
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Woot! It all came together great in the end. Awesome photos and write up, would be cool if they could feature it :)

  • 40 months ago
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Yeah a Feature would be pretty epic! Thanks for all your help bro! Couldn't have done it without you!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Really creative mods man! Also digging the fish tank.

  • 40 months ago
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LOL thanks! Yeah I love my fish...aside from a calming factor they help with FPS ! (not really but I'll just keep thinking that to amuse myself) LOL Whistles quietly

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

fish per second?

maybe late to the party but congrats on your build.

i too had to skimp on my parts list (especially on the processor side when i built my rig last christmas, because of family duties) although i spent 50% more than you did, still your build is one of the best value per dollar balances i saw on this site to date

  • 40 months ago
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Thanks I really appreciate it! It took some patience and wheeling and dealing to get the price down! Although I have since ordered sleeved cables and I'm selling my R9 380 to upgrade to a R9 390 within the next week. Even with those updates my rig will still be sub $700

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build. I was actually looking at the motherboard to make a smaller build for my current pc, but really don't have the money for it not, and my current build is working like a dream. I've also heard that 20%+ overclocking is hard to keep stable on that board, which worried me. Could you perhaps keep us updated on that?

As for the fans... yeah, it seems that is the them for every Asrock AM3+ motherboard because my 990fx killer has the exact same problem. 2 PWM ans two idle fan ports, when a low end Asus board I had before had dubble that. I solved that with some modding and a multi fan-cord.

How are the temps on the board? Are the cpu-socket hot for you two? It seems that every Asrock AM3+ board is recommended a cpu aircooler pushing air down on the socket to keep it cool as well. How is that fairing you with a AIO coolers?

Anyway, awesome build, bro. Love it. That is a true beauty you made there!

  • 40 months ago
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The motherboard really isn't that bad. I'm just really confuzzled as to why put a "FRONT" USB header on the back of the board. So far I only have 3 additional fans I installed. I replaced the stock fan on the AIO and added another to the bottom of the case to increase positive pressure. So far the AIO is keeping everything pretty breezy on the cpu side. I'll add some temp pics later tonight.

  • 39 months ago
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update ok so the motherboard started giving me issues with my 4.4Ghz overclock which was a 25% auto overclock from bios. I lowered it to 4.2Ghz which is 20% and so far no more issues.

  • 39 months ago
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Well the rig is still humming along at 4.4ghz which I believe is a 20% overclock from stock. No issues to report as of yet.

  • 40 months ago
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$20 case making look good! +1

  • 40 months ago
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Thanks man!

  • 40 months ago
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The mods are out of control!!

(+1)

  • 40 months ago
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Ha ha thanks I try!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Nice work!

  • 40 months ago
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Thanks you!

  • 40 months ago
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So would you recommend that motherboard?

  • 40 months ago
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Yeah...I would....I just didn't like the USB 3.0 being at the back of the board but overall the board is pretty sweet. It has my CPU stable at a 4.4Ghz overclock

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice paint job! Did you have prior experience?

Just curious, did you void the warranty of the PSU?

  • 39 months ago
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For experience nope none at all. I just figured I'd roll with it. As for the warranty .... most likely yes but I didn't care. I plan to upgrade it soon anyway with my next build in a few months.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, very daring. I like your 'Just go and do' attitude!

What's your next build going to be?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I'm not sure atm. I'm kinda just waiting for AMD/Nvidia to stop playing footsie and release the next gen stuff. I definitely know it will be DDR4 / 1440p based ... most likely Red/Black again but aside from that no idea. LOL (I am pondering an all ROG build though ... maybe)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya about time AMD released new CPUs...my wife's old 8350 has been around for almost 4 years lol.

Intel needs some competition, I like their stuff but I don't like the fact that they're monopolizing the market.

Also heard the new PASCALs are gonna be so dope, and rumoured to be not that expensive too...hopefully lol

  • 39 months ago
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Lol I see what you did there ... nice pun ... we'll see! I hope so too. I think many people feel like you and I. Intel has taken the gauntlet and ran off with it. AMD needs to step up their game and speed up their pace.

  • 39 months ago
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Dont mean to be the guy to say this but u have didnt do a duel channel for your ram it would be faster :P but im jelly of you case paint job!

  • 39 months ago
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Actually im about to fill the other slots anyway. Adding another 16gb ... 1x8gb black &1x8gb red. Thanks for the compliment though.

  • 39 months ago
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I take back my comment i did see you got 2 XD rly nice build then

  • 39 months ago
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Lol all good! Thanks for the upvote also!

  • 39 months ago
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Such a cool looking build, nice job of the mods very cool.

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks a lot! I appreciate it!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't get ashes of the singularity when I ordered my MSI 380. :( Still the 380 is a great card and in this case it goes along with a great build to.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Honestly after downloading the game thru steam and trying it out ..... Let's just say it's no longer on my pc. Not that it's a bad game it just doesn't appeal to my tastes in games.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice case-modding! The touches like the different RAM colors are particularly nice. Did you consider getting a NZXT CLC instead of the one you have? I presumed you chose it for the looks, and I thought that perhaps a Kraken could perform better and the glowing CPU clock could have worked well here. And I wouldn't upgrade to the 390. The 380 is quite good and the 4GB will help with textures. There is also the matter of "I needed something to hold me over until Zen/Polaris - Skylake-E/Pascal comes out later this year." I think you should have stenciled something like this (not exactly this though) to the front: http://whfb.lexicanum.com/mediawiki/images/b/bc/Jabberwock.jpg. It would have been a great allusion to the Lewis Carrol reference. Also, could you have removed that Thermaltake badge on the front of the case? Just wondering... +1

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks for the compliments! I actually didn't even look at the kraken. It's funny because I'm replacing the AIO next week ... lol This one works pretty well but I found 1 that I like the aesthetics of better and it has good reviews as well. It will be part of my minor upgrades I do. I have actually decided to not upgrade the gpu also because I did some more research and found that my 380 can handle 1440p gaming as well. There's vids of people playing GTA V in 1440p at decent frames on YT. So this saves me about $145 which I'll put towards the new build later this year. As for the case mods the emblem in the middle is removable I just haven't figured out what to replace it with.

  • 39 months ago
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What are you planning to do with the AIO cooler you are replacing? Put it in another build? And the Kraken coolers' lighting effects really are pretty neat. I'd replace your AIO cooler with one of those. "380 can handle 1440p gaming as well." Yep. The 4GB of GDDR5 really help in heavy games at resolutions above 1920x1080. "the emblem in the middle is removable I just haven't figured out what to replace it with." If you have an old CPU around that is worth more as scrap metal than as a CPU, I might try sticking it there with its die exposed. Then cover the die with something. It would look cool IMO. An old Pentium from the 90s based on the P5 architecture might work (They are really big though... I mean that.). Break off the pins, sand it with a power tool, and put a piece of acrylic or any transparent plastic over the die after exposing it. (It would look something like this: http://www.cpu-galaxy.at/article/opening_die_core-Dateien/A80501-60.JPG). I'm sure that there are much better implementations you could do (Maybe an unsuccessfully delidded CPU that is much newer?). I was just think it would be easy to mount something so large. I'm also thinking that if you were to lap an old CPU lid and expose the copper with a mirror finish might look cool (Especially if you were to etch or mill an emblem of your own into the surface.). Since I don't know the dimensions of that emblem, its hard to suggest a suitable old chip for this use (Looking through Wikipedia articles that list the evolution of chips might help. It often mentions dimensions for small series' of chips.). Be sure to post updated pictures!!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

We should play something together sometime! Beautiful AMD build!

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks! I play GTA V and CS:GO mostly atm. Gonna grab the Division soon. Just got a new puppy tonight and upgrading my mouse/Monitor so been putting off new games for now.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man, I love what you did with the case! Really made it your own! And it feel your pain about skylake being expensive! I just dealt with it anyway, but I think you already know that! lol

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks man I really appreciate it. LOL yeah ... I'm just trying to wait for Kabylake / Zen

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build for that price range!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! I worked really hard to find deals and keep the price down. I knew I was gonna be building a new rig in a few months and didn't want to sink a ton of $$ into a temporary build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Im thinking of getting that mobo, how is it treating you with overclocking? Also by far the best bang for buck build I have ever seen.

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks for the kind words. The board is great honestly. It's been holding a stable 4.4 overclock since I built it. The only hangup is the placement of the USB 3.0 header.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the upvote!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I usually dont leave upvotes but this is a great bang for buck build.

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks man I appreciate it!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow amazing build! Love the custom mods!

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks I really appreciate it! I'm already gathering parts for my next build. Gonna get everything but the CPU /Motherboard / GPU. All I can say is it will be another mod job, Red/ Black / white 1440p based.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Love smaller form factor builds the custom job on this one is brilliant, well done for putting the extra effort into the colour coordination great job +1.

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks man I really appreciate it! Yeah it took me a while to get it exactly how it is but I'm still not done just yet. Gonna do more mods to the case, GPU, fans, and a few others with my next build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the red accents, great build man!

+1

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks I really appreciate it!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

You got a nice build here! Nice customization too. I read one of your comments on another build not understanding why everyone is giving it high votes (shhh...the females build that is...). I'll give you 2 points. One for your custom paint job and clean look and another for the dog. Cute little fella.

  • 39 months ago
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Lol thanks. Yeah I just didn't understand why her build got so many votes yet most of the comments were you overpaid and you could have gotten way better for what you paid.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean and Awesome! :D

  • 38 months ago
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Thanks bro! I really appreciate it!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the effort you put into this build and documenting it.

  • 38 months ago
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Thanks bro! I appreciate it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Team Red! +1 Love the build man

  • 38 months ago
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Thanks bro I really appreciate it!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Now I see why you need more pics =D

Slick build, love how the case turned out, and nice clean cabling too. And that canine portable drive, you don't often see those. +1

  • 37 months ago
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Thanks man it took me a minute but I think it came out pretty good for my first build! I'm already working on my next build ... just waiting for Zen benchmarks and stuff before I finalize the build.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I like AMD too! Intel is too expensive!

"Intel, We sell you the same as AMD for more!"

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

You should submit that to pc wars or booted or something like that

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL thanks! It's kinda under construction atm but I might submit to PC Wars budget edition. Unfortunately Kyle stopped Booted.

  • 40 months ago
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Nice build with cool mods. Do you drive an Audi?

  • 40 months ago
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Thanks ...LOL nope

  • 40 months ago
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That sticker is a play on the audi logo. Lol. Used in the car scene since the late 90s.

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  • 39 months ago
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Damn sick looking build man, paint job with the cable sleeves looks hella dope

  • 39 months ago
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Thanks bro!

  • 38 months ago
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Hey, a little late to the party, but how good was the cable management in this case? Don't get me wrong, it's big enough in every way, I just want to know if the cable management is any good compared to let's say...The air 240 Thanks in advance!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable management was a breeze. The primary difference between the air 240 and the V21 is the 240's second chamber is completely closed off from the first chamber except for the rubber grommet pass-through. The V21 has this open gap area. I would have liked it better if the V21's chambers was separated like the air 240. Overall though the V21 is absolutely amazing to work and build in.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, any Major Difficulties fitting any of the components in there? Like power supply, GPU, etc? Also your welcome, your build rocks!

  • 38 months ago
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Honestly not one problem at all! The only thing I would recommend which it doesn't just apply to this case but all cases is using a fully modular PSU. The excess cables are a pain in the arse. Again Thank You! I really appreciate it! Not to bad for my first build huh? My next build I'll be looking to do even more mods.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Fully modular is a no-brainer in my $1000 build, I will also make sure to upvote and check out your next build.

  • 38 months ago
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Gonna have to say, if you do get the V21 make sure to install the PSU first. Besides the screws that go in the back, the case also comes with metal bracket that will help support the PSU and it took me a while to install that.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Also thanks for the upvote.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

First off great build! I noticed that you technically have the case sideways in your build. I also have this case and I've been planning on having it sideways too like it would normally look on most other cases.

But how is the situation with the power supply? Since you can't move around the fan filter that's meant for the power supply. Any problems with dust/airflow/whatnot?

Also, do you have tips for cleaning the front fan filter? I haven't been able to figure out if it's even possible to remove the filter.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliments! The power supply is working out just fine actually. Since I put one of the side panels with the large filters on the "backside" where the PSU intake is. It pulls in air like a champ. As for the front intake it is removable. The metal grate over the front panel has fold down tabs securing it to the panel. They become visible once you remove the panel from the case. I will say it is a bit of a pain in the arse to get it lined back up just right after you clean it. It's still fairly simple though; Only took me 5 mins to remove, disassemble, clean and reassemble. Thanks for the upvote also!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the tips. I got around to doing it and man am I happy. It looks much better this way cause I had an ugly green mini PCIe wireless card that sits in front of my GPU. In this orientation my GPU now hides away the wireless card so its an awesome improvement.

But man, I have to say that the biggest con I have with the Core V21 is the metal grate holds the mesh against the front panel. Not only did I need a flathead to pry open 8 out of the 16 hooks but also I swear these metal hooks are going to break if I try this again. Next time I'll just blow air through the back of the front panel.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I feel the exact same way. Think I'll follow your lead on blowing from the back to clean it from now on.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build m8 :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bro!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

1 question, in the picture 30, how did you oriented the case like that with the side panled on but the motherboard was mounted vertically?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The usb hub on the front panel can be moved so you can rotate the case. If you remove the front panel there is a screw on the back of the usb panel. Remove it then lift up and out to remove the hub. Once you do this rotate the case then find the hub mount and reattach the hub. It's really easy to do.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks I'm getting this case and i love your build, i'm inspiring in yours to do mine once again thanks and keep it up!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm glad to know my build has inspired another builder.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Even though this has been said a lot, +1 for that custom design intake on the front grill. I do have a few questions: 1. 24/7, is your system stable with your CPU running 4.4GHz on that board (also what voltage)? 2. How long has your system been lasting with the OCed CPU? 3. Is your system always under medium-heavy load (whether it be gaming or rendering, etc.) ? 4. Whats the highest temp. your CPU reached under load and have there been any freezes/resets or shutdowns on this build? That is it for now, I'm just very concerned since I'm going to do a build with an 8320E, this mobo and AIO, and I'm planning on going past 4GHz for the CPU (I've went on multiple overclocking.net's threads about this mobo and overclocking 8-cores....yikes). If you read this and answered, thanks in advance!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Glad you liked my build. To answer your questions 1. No unfortunately the overclock became unstable on this motherboard after a few weeks. It was on auto preset overclock. 2. The overclock was stable for about 3 weeks before it started to act up. 3. No my system is under heavy load typically for about 3-7 hours per day during gaming sessions. otherwise I'm just web surfing or I turn the system off when I'm not using it. 4. I'm honestly not sure of the highest temp. The only freezes/shutdowns I have encountered have been while playing GTA V online. It is primarily the game that shuts down but this seems to be typical fodder for GTA online as a number of my friends get similar results with Intel builds. I hope I have answered your questions in a helpful way. Since I'll be putting together a new build soon I'm not gonna bother with swapping out the motherboard. I have reduced my overclock to 3.8Ghz and so far so good after a week.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the quick reply. Also could you try to see if you can get a 4.0GHz clock stable? That is typically the highest stable overclock other users get (with the 8320e+970M), but if you can try it to see if it'll be 100% stable that would be great for my research.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I dropped it to 4.2 after it became unstable, when it still wasn't right I dropped to 4.0. After that I dropped to 3.8 and it seems to be fine now.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

m8 its a good build overall but when i first looked at it it gave me a hart attack <;D mainly because you bought so many fans, but especially because you mixed ram sticks (either you bought them at different times??? or you went with the color scheme?) which isn't really recommended and you bought a 20$ motherboard >:D wow lol you got some guts! i give you props. good job, hows it holding up?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

also you didnt buy a harddrive ;)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL thanks for the props but I don't think you truly read the description. I explained why the ram sticks were mismatched and I also explained how I got my motherboard for $20. As for the fans I only have 4 in my system.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm glad you like it. I'm currently working on my latest Ryzen ITX build so stay tuned!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I had planned to add some LED's but Newegg sold out of the Deepcool one I liked. They just got them back in so I'm ordering today.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

As for modding the actual GPU. I plan to paint the backplate but not gonna mess with the internals. I'm actually considering returning it and getting a r9 390 instead. Good buddy of mine told me to do that from the jump....I was just being stubborn and trying to save some pennies...LOL Cough Cilvre

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