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Crossfire Phantom
by 8F01C198997
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Description

I built this in mid December after spending quite a while gathering the parts. I plan on using it as a mostly gaming rig and if I ever get around to it maybe building my own games. I know that the 5830's are a little outdated but I got them off craigslist for $45 each. I got the 16GB RAM for $52, the 3570K from Microcenter for $180, and the HDD and SSD for $65 and $70 respectively. All told I spent just under $800 on it.

I haven't done a whole lot of benchmarking, but it was running Far Cry 2 at 90-120FPS, and Assassin's creed 3 at 30-50FPS. On max settings of course.

Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Diamond Radeon HD 5830 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate825MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate-
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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nooblings 2 points 19 months ago

I'm considering getting this motherboard. Does the board feel cheap, and how is it for overclocking?

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 19 months ago

The motherboard is great, and ASRock has a tuning utility that you can download that makes overclocking really easy.

 
 
miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 2 points 19 months ago

Daaaaamn. That's one hell of a steal if I've ever seen it.

 
 
smittypantz@hotmail.com [9 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

I think I like all of your builds!

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Funkid515 1 point 19 months ago

How was the case to work with? I'm getting the exact same one and I was wondering how airflow, cable mangement, etc. is.

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 19 months ago

Best case ever. It looks great, has pleanty of room for everything and ample space behind the motherboard for cable management. The rubber grommets slip out of place easily, it's not a big hassle though. I really like the fan controller switch on the top.

 
 
FokMaster [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Have any idea how to put the rubber grommets back in place? mine fell out :(

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

I just pressed them back into place; not a perfect solution, but it seemed to work well enough.

 
 
Smily 1 point 19 months ago

$45 each? I know they're outdated cards, but still, that's pretty good.

 
 
Max11098 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

probably shouldve gone with a higher end single card but good otherwise. especially the price

 
 
Javanode [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

wow you must live near a heaven of people selling their parts for cheap!!

 
 
FarmerGilesOfHam 1 point 19 months ago

I have always had problems with Raidmax PSU's. I hope that your PSU does better than my old one did.

 
 
liljay14 [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Does the ram fit well with the cpu cooler because I am looking at getting that ram.

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

It didn't cause any problems. It is a little tall but worst case scenario is that you cannot install the RAM before the heatsink.

 
 
nollieman50 1 point 3 months ago

Hey man. I also have a raidmax psu. I did a little research and people say theyre good...for making smoke and fireworks. What are tyour thoughts on this? Im gonna be running some high end parts so I dont want to fry my system. Pls reply so I can maybe return it before the return deadline expires! Thanks

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 3 months ago

I haven't had any issues with them. I've used two of them total. The overall consensus, though, is that Raidmax PSU's are risky. I have since mad sure to NEVER cheap out on my PSU and tend to go with Corsair, EVGA, XFX, NZXT, Fractal Design, Seasonic, or some Antec or Thermaltake.

 
 
nollieman50 1 point 3 months ago

Awesome. Thank you for the reply. I think im gonna keep mine and just take a note down for future upgrades. Its just a pain in the butt to return through online :/ Thank you, wish me luck and nice build!

 
 
gage8910 -3 points 9 months ago

horrible build for gaming, honestly for just under $800 you could of went with a r9 280x and play even better, but not with the i5. I would of went with a higher single card like the 270x, 7870 or even a 7850

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 5 points 9 months ago

You realize I built this in 2012, right?

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