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Mjolnir (compact gaming build)
by theirhighness
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Description

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.)

Details
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle25.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.8GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle37.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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k-nwmn [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

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

 
 
theirhighness [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

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

 
 
Dassplendid 1 point 10 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 10 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 9 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 1 month ago

Yes, and mine is still going strong!

 
 
Beastquist [1 Build] 1 point 1 month 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 1 month 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 10 months ago

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

 
 
cooperred [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

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

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 1 point 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago

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

http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database/0_40

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 10 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 10 months ago

funny, my name is Vlad too.

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 0 points 10 months ago
 
 
jaredt [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Independent studies have found its goes to 140 tdp although amd says 125 tdp.

 
 
theirhighness [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 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 10 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.