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Mjolnir (compact gaming build)

by theirhighness



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C


I decided to build this machine on a MicroATX platform. Did a lot of research on every single component. As a result, the whole process went very smooth and the machine started right away with no problems whatsoever. Semi-modular Corsair CX600 helped with cable management. The issue of low clearance was solved by CoolerMaster GeminII S524. I called it Mjolnir (Thor's hammer) as a tribute to its power, size and Swedish chassis.)

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k-nwmn 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Nice build. Compact and well thought out - no wasted space. +1 for you.

theirhighness submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks! "No wasted space" is what i was going for.

Dassplendid 1 point 19 months ago

Somebody's been playing alot of Dota.. Nice, compact build. Change the motherboard if you're going to oc, but considering the cpu fan i think you're going to oc, so change it. Can't I be more clear :S +1

theirhighness submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Dota yes)) Can't change the mobo - didn't find a better one with sata 3 support. But I won't overclock it on this board. The cpu is there to help this board handle the fx8320 beast.

Beastquist 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

So whilst checking what other PC's have an 8320/7870 GHz edition I stumble upon someone with the exact same name for his PC. That's crazy.

theirhighness submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Yes, and mine is still going strong!

Beastquist 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

That's great! Same here, seems to be a good combo. I'm now wishing I built an mATX PC though, LAN parties are a pain to say the least

theirhighness submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Just to check in almost 1 year later: still no issues with the build, the motherboard is holding fine, the CPU temps are low.

jaredt 1 Build -1 points 19 months ago

That motherboard is totally incapable of 8320 voltages. I'd recommend changing it.

cooperred 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Do you mean you wouldn't recommend it? Kinda confused here..

deathfromup 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

what do you mean by incapable? i mean it is definitely running the computer and therefore is capable of 8320 voltages. Should he raise voltages and overclock with that board, absolutely not lol. but as long as he keeps it on stock voltages it should be fine.

jaredt 1 Build 0 points 19 months ago

8320's can pull up to 140 volts, AMD says 125 but its been shown 140 is more reasonable. (Intel has been proven to do the exact same thing in the past) That board looks to have a 4+1 vrm solution. An uncooled 4+1 vrm, 6+2 with cooling is the general recommended minimum. 4+1 with or without cooling has been shown to fry the board and the processor in the past, not on this specific board but with another popular msi board that shares a VERY similar vrm. 4+1 is no where near big enough to deliver 140 volts safely. It may work now, but there is a very good chance it will fail catastrophically with long term use.
edit: watts sorry

Apach3 2 Builds 3 points 19 months ago

i think you mean 140 watts, not volts. a voltage that high would not only fry the motherboard, but likely would also detonate the power supply.

and that value that is given by the manufacturer is the TDP, which pertains to heat output at its stock configuration and does not entirely reflect the electrical draw.

whatever the instance may be, i think the motherboard the OP chose should be fine for an FX-8320, although i would agree that overclocking would not be an option and a micro-ATX FX build would not be something i would recommend.

theirhighness submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I know fx8320 is an overkill for a microATX build but it was on sale for almost as much as fx6300, so i couldn't resist.) I could limit the Turbo mode though. As far as I understand, it'll only go higher than 125w when Turbo is kicked in.

jaredt 1 Build -1 points 19 months ago

125w is still to much for that cheap motherboard. The 95w a 6300 pulls would be okay.

theirhighness submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yes, 6300 would be a better fit for a mATX build, but at this point I'll just have to wait and see. No problems so far.

deathfromup 6 Builds 0 points 19 months ago

I dont see it on my go to VRM chart...


I can see where your coming from because the cooling set up in similar to some of the other ones that have known issues, but i personally would be ok with it for now. Definitely consider it as your first upgrade.

vlad007 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

That particular motherboard isn't there but this one is pretty similar.

  • 760GM-E51 (FX): VRM 4+1 : heatsink? : No
  • Max TPD: 140W : Avoid for OC
theirhighness submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

funny, my name is Vlad too.

theirhighness submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yes, as soon as they make a more capable mATX, I would love to upgrade, but i have no choice for now.

theirhighness submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

This mobo officially supports 125w Vishera cpu's. Ofcourse, there might be limitations with overclocking, but I haven't had any issues with it in stock mode. There isn't a better microATX board out there which has usb 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s and supports 125w visheras.