Description

I had recently started a new job with a much better wage, had some credit and a history going, so I thought, "you know, I can probably buy parts for a new computer now."

So I did! I put out a loan for $750, had about $350 in available credit, and the rest came out of pocket. As soon as I was able, and the check came in, I ordered all of my parts on a Saturday, and everything arrived day-by-day, the last component being some arctic silver on Thursday.

Friday night I put this thing together; it being my first build at all I took my time to read the documentation and separate all the parts from any static-generating styrofoam some of the components came in, flattened out the bed and got to it.

Should be noted, this was my first time playing with a full-tower case too, and my god I was not expecting such a behemoth only having messed with mid towers for years. Ample space in the back for cable management and a perfect spot on the top mount for the radiator.

Several hours of screwing and cable management later, the build was almost done. I pulled my old HP Envy 700-327c off my desk and parted out the hard drive (the second WD blue) and DVD-ROM to include into the build. Moved this thing to my desk and slid it in behind the monitor as originally planned.

I was expecting this thing not to boot the first time, having heard stories from many people having issues with the motherboard POSTing after the build. To my VERY pleasant surprise it beeped once, fans spun up and the motherboard logo appeared in its wonderful glory. First thing it tried to do was boot to the old drive I pulled out of the HP, and of course it failed. My plan was to install Windows 8.1 Pro on it anyway, as I had a license for it.

Install went great, installed the drivers and the build was ready to go. All I needed to do at that point was copy games over from the old drive and just format it for fresh storage.

I was originally going to build this with a 4790k but a coworker told me to try an AMD, and I do not regret this one bit.

It might run hotter, but the cooler keeps it at a low 24 Celsius on idle. I'll have to monitor it while I'm gaming, but so far I've been running games like GTA V, Battlfield 4, Arma 3 at top performing 60 frames on high-to-ultra.

Still playing with some of the settings to get the games to render only on the gpu and none of it going to the processor.

This thing is beautifully quiet. If any of you know what the vent above the stove sounds like on high (for smoke dissipation), thats what my HP used to sound like, along with a mechanical farting coming from the processor fan. Hearing this thing boot up, even on what I think is a full spin-up, quieter than a low voice in a library.

This was a fun project I've gotta say, and a great impression on my first AMD processor. I used to be one of those guys that would say "nonono get intel because fanboi", when really I knew absolutely nothing about AMD processors lol. The FX-8370 is a great processor for its price, and it saved me a couple hundred bucks.

Coworker keeps egging me on to do some OC, so that may happen in the future.

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

lemme get them vct4's off ya

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I like red colour schemes when it comes to pcs but the blue looks great!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you go for two 1 TB hard drives instead of getting a 2 TB hard drive for cheaper?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I mentioned in the description that I pulled the second WD Blue from my old computer, I only purchased one 1tb.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

a nice AMD build

since you got the 8370

you should be able to get at least 9590's 4.7GHz with a lower voltage with the Sabertooth 990FX board

just asking is the mobo the rare ver which supports PCI-E 3.0 lanes?

this build needs a SSD to be speedy

most of the H100i i have encountered always have bad mount issues or the pump just dies without warning

just be wary of it

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

that was asus that mis-advertised that. there is no am3 mobo that supports pci-e 3.0. there reasoning behind it was pci-e 2.0 x16= pci-e 3.0 x8 speed-wise. but pci-e 3.0 brought more than just faster speeds.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

actually there was the PCI-E ver 3.0

http://www.asus.com/sg/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_990FXGEN3_R20/

it was a rare board, it was mentioned the SB used is a custom modded chip

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The Asus SaberTooth uses a PLX PEX 8747 splitter to double the bandwidth the PCI-E 2.0 lanes to approximate the PCI-E 3.0 specification, but the PLX chip can't do anything about the changing the encoding from 8b/10b (2.0 spec) to 128b/130b (3.0 spec). so its not a "true" 3.0.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

excuse me if i'm wrong, but it looks like there is a Samsung SSD where the cable management is. (I could be wrong)

Hope you like the AMD, I am an Intel Fan Boi, but my co-worker is suggesting AMD for a build too, better get down to my research!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/33eu8m/anyone_know_of_sources_or_articles_relating_to/ a good start for your research ;) make sure to read the comments.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the link! Will do some looking.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

oh i noticed that SSD

didnt see it at first

good eyes

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

;)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

There are actually /two/ SSDs sitting in this case, got them off a friend who was switching to 850s and knew I was making a build so he gave me both of his 840s he had raided together. Only one is connected though, need to figure out a better way to wire the sata power and whatnot, more or less a display at this point :P

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the warning, at the time of picking the parts out I did nothing but read reviews thoroughly, and I've seen a lot of good things about the H100i, with a once-in-a-while defect found in the reviews that Corsair quickly replaced.

I'm not all too worried, my coworker told me to expect to hear the pump noise but its been quiet since the start, so I might have gotten a good one if it weren't for the fact I slightly bent a couple fins resting the stupid thing against the PSU while I was mounting the fans lol.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty surprised at how cheap that was. Great build!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! I see guitars :3, whatcha play (on guitar)?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Little bit of everything, more covers than anything lol, trying to get back into the groove with Rocksmith.

Fingers are getting cut up, so that's progress!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I find doing covers the funnest way of learning an instrument. I remember that I tried learning guitar but i just stayed with drumming, but now I am considering trying out Rocksmith. Looks like a fun way of learning guitar, apart from the hurting fingers part. lol

Have fun though :3

  • 55 months ago
  • -1 points

Welcome to the hell hole known as am3. I just swaped my amd fx gaming PC for an intel build. The FX 8370 is pretty kickass but am3 is not being developed for anymore. AMD GPUs are awesome too. Great build. #ramegate

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

am3 is still being developed but they are not making new cpus for it. - http://www.pcper.com/news/Motherboards/MSI-Unveils-First-AMD-AM3-Motherboard-USB-31

  • 55 months ago
  • -1 points

I still highly not recommend buying the AM3+ platform since it's already 3 years old. But meh, whatever. As long as it's fast enough to do the job. :)

Not bad build at all.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Start off somewhat "cheap", and the old PC is an i7-4770 anyway so all I'd need to do in the future is swap parts out into the new case if I felt the AMD wasn't doing too well :P

Thanks!