Description

Hello! For you, it hasn't been very long. You just happened to stumble by my little project. For me? I've procrastinated about 4 months to get this thing on PCPP. However, I feel that the wait was worth it, because since I first built the computer (back in October), I've done a lot of tinkering with the computer. My goal was to make the most sexiest, quietest, and powerful computer with what I got, and I think that I accomplished that.

A bit more background for me and my computer(s), it originated from my old Dell XPS 720 gaming rig that I managed to get for free. After the motherboard kicked the bucket, I decided to build a computer myself, which would be the predecessor of this beauty. It was housed in an "OK," black, Cougar Solution case, which I found unappealing and difficult to work with. That computer was powered by a Powercolor HD 6970, which isn't all too bad for today's standards, but ran annoyingly loud and hot. After about a year, I decided to earn some money over the summer and upgrade my PC. Woo!

Except, it wasn't as fun as I thought it would be.

Choosing the parts was quite the struggle. What I wanted to upgrade was the motherboard, CPU cooler, GPU, and the case. The cooler was quite easy, since it looked nice, and it didn't perform terribly. The motherboard and GPU? It was hell. Asus? MSI? Gigabyte? I kinda just gave up and went to the nearest MicroCenter during Black Friday and picked up whatever they had. To this day, the only thing I regret was not purchasing the Sapphire r9 390, and that's just because I heard that it performs better all-around.

What else...

I almost forgot to mention what I am using this build for. Primarily, I use this computer for gaming. I wanted to see how beautiful Skyrim could get, and I am pretty impressed with the mods and the performance. I also use this computer to occupy my free time. I really enjoy tinkering around with the computer. Like I said, I wanted to build the prettiest, quietest, and powerful computer I could. I used some 7v molex mods to lower my fan speeds, accidentally blew up the fan hub (it makes this horrible screeching/whining noise), overclocked my CPU and GPU to the max without upping the voltage on either, and changed the thermal paste on my graphics card. I voided the warranty, but temps dropped 10 degrees Celsius, so worth!

The result:

You can barely hear the computer when sitting right next to it on idle.

GPU: 1120/1525 +10% power limit

CPU: 4.3 GHz stock voltage

I tried my best with the pictures, but the s5 can only do so much. Clearly, the color and lighting is a bit off, and the focus and clarity of the pictures aren't too great. Oh well.

Oh, and Snoopy, cuz why not?

Part Reviews

CPU

No major complaints. Runs a bit hot, but overclocks very well. Amazing for the price!

CPU Cooler

Not the best in the world, but not the worst. I mainly chose this for the little snowflake. It's pretty, what can I say?

Motherboard

I'm not sure if this is was by design, but the SYSFAN2 does not appear to have voltage control for 3 pin fans. Doesn't really matter, since I am using a voltage controller anyway. The NB runs quite hot when overclocking, however.

Memory

It's red, and it's RAM, so it's good, I guess?

On a more serious note, it does not like overclocking.

Video Card

Love it. The card is quiet and runs like a dream. Great overclocker too. However, it is on the bulkier side, and I do recommend re-pasting the card with better thermal paste.

Case

Absolutely love this case. It's sexy. It glows. Beautiful PSU shroud. Gorgeous windows. What more could I ask for? Cable managing was a breeze as well, especially with all of the included velcro cable ties. The case includes a PWM fan hub, and 3 quality case fans.

Case Fan

Love these fans. They are quiet and quality.

Case Fan

Very quiet radiator fans, as well as effective.

Keyboard

Great mechanical keyboard for the price. It's backlit, with 3 different lighting modes, has Kailh blue mechanical switches, which feel like the real deal. It's slick and very practical.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

im not an intel/amd fanboy. i used to have the fx 8350, and boy that cpu overcooked my bacon and egg.

One sexy case btw. Great build

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the cpu is kinda hot. Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

What is it with the 8350 and that MSI 970? they are like always paired! Even I did it lol. I also plan on getting the same graphics card. But just when I thought I was original, there are like a dozen other builds with the same 3 parts! But they do look great together

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

The motherboard is there just because it was cheap. Lol. The r9 390 is a great card btw. It runs kinda hot, but it runs beautifully, and the heat can be fixed, so it isn't even that big of a deal. I'll go ahead and check out your build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

If you get a hot CPU you might as well go Team Red all the way !

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

yup! lol

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a great combo, with my case I'll have 3 50+ CFM case fans blowing on it so I don't worry about heat.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that CPU and Case!

+1 for AMD!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you went with the FX 8350, why not go for a 990FX/990X chipset instead of the 970 chipset?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

the 970 was just more affordable, and it was capable as well, so i thought, "Why not?"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

+1! Cool setup and super clean build! Really like that case, too. How's the 390 treating you? I plan on getting one for myself soon :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late response

The 390 is great, although I believe I got unlucky with the whole silicone lottery thing. The card doesn't handle 1200 very well, but other than that, it's a great GPU! Very quiet as well.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, and nice setup. I plan on making a FX/Radeon HD build once I have my current build as upgraded as it can go.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

oh hey!

Thanks man! AMD is not as bad as people make it to be, so you won't be disappointed with the future build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I know its off topic but do you know if the CPU cooler will work with FM2+?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have the box with me.

It says that it supports AM2, AM3, FM1, and FM2. I am not sure if the + matters or not, because I have a AM3+ socket and it still works. I'm pretty sure that it's gonna work.

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