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2nd build, Happy with my work
by Kazlehoff
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2nd build ever. focused on cable management during install. will post more / better pictures in a couple days.

Very pleased so far. it its not a super top end build, but it beats the 7 year old machine i replaced.

sad to see the old one retired though. that computer trooped with me in the bottom of a greyhound bus across Canada. in a rainstorm. the box was mush but the bag had no holes. ;) giant dent in the case from dinging something on the trip. still ran.

(not going to bother embarrassing myself with the X series Test from 3Dmark. lol.

AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle42.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP4310
Entry Preset ScoreE6512
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aaronmurray80 [1 Build] 5 points 9 months ago

I'm new to building PCs, so please don't take my questions as criticism. Why did you choose that MB, seems like you could have saved some money there. Secondly, why the ultimate version of windows? Nice looking build though. Solid cable management.

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

had Winultimate from a while back.

motherboard chosen for duability. my last machine lasted me 7+ years. want similar lifespan from this one.

DjArtifact 3 points 9 months ago

Way overkill on the MB, could have saved some money on that and got a higher end GPU.

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

went with a really good mobo due to my previous machine having a crap one, and me learning very quickly what exactly that meant. diddnt feel like playing that game again.

sqielyr 3 points 9 months ago

Why that power supply and graphics card? Overall pretty good build though nonetheless.

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Sapphire Radeon HD7770 Ghz edition, and an Anatech HCG 520w

sqielyr 2 points 9 months ago

I meant why did you choose those parts over something more high end to match the rest of the build.

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

oh. PSU was plenty for my build, and i allready had the card. recycled it to keep cost down

CbassFishin 2 points 9 months ago

Any games or strictly work? +1

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

games mostly. but im not the "OMG EVERY SETTING MUST BE AT 120% MAXIMUM" type of person so this was within my budget, and is quite expandable imo.

Last 2 things i want for it are a Liquid CPU cooler and a String of white LED lights to highlight the inside without the glowing blue/red/green (imo) tackiness

CbassFishin 3 points 9 months ago

Good choice, I'm the person that wants pure fps since I was a ex pro at CS: Source and DOTA 1. I find the 7770 is good card for the price.

DjArtifact 1 point 9 months ago

What team did you play for in source?

CbassFishin 1 point 9 months ago

I honestly can't remember at the moment, I'll fill you in once I recall the name. It involves Black _ and it will be duty to find what it was!

Mattkx4 2 points 9 months ago

Overkill MOBO. Top of the line CPU and a Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition...Really......... I mean C'MON..... You even have an SSD but you couldn't get a 760........ I'm so confused.....

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

had the GPU and SSD allready. recycled those parts to keep price within my budget.

besides, its not like i cant upgrade in a month or two.

Mattkx4 1 point 9 months ago

Ok well that makes a whole lot more sense I hope your future builds go good.

DjArtifact 0 points 9 months ago

Yeah without all of the peripherals monitor and windows it comes to like $850. For that price he could have done something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GWY2

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] -3 points 9 months ago

except screw intel

DjArtifact 1 point 9 months ago

except intel performs better so....

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

last generation yes. this generation its close, and amd is cheaper.

DjArtifact 0 points 9 months ago

You could have fit it in your budget and got the better performance though.

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 9 months ago

you just really need to lay off the Intel worship. I wasn't getting an Intel.

DjArtifact 1 point 9 months ago

No need to get so mad about it dude. Pointing out that Intel performs better than AMD is not "Intel worship".

Spencer1012 [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Saying intel performs better in all situations isn't right.

Although Intel murders AMD is undoubtedly better in single threaded performance, (ie most older and many current games, but new games may run better on AMD due to consoles having 8 cores) AMD is flat out awesome for anything that requires/likes more cores, like editing or 64 player Battlefield maps. I know that he said this is for gaming, but seeing as consoles have 8 cores, and devs will be forced to code for multiple cores, (because consoles' single threaded performance kinda sucks) I think AMD is a good idea because of this.

However, you can't really go wrong with either. Both will certainly perform well, and definitely better than his 7 year old PC with a dent in it. It's not like you'll suffer in the slightest with either. I've had both, (currently on a heavily OC'd AMD setup) but I'm trying to get a good price for my current PC so I can try an Intel system while profiting slightly from the sale after the new build. Reason I want to try intel is that Kerbal Space Program lives or dies on pure single-threaded brute force. And I like my KSP. Even my FX 8320 @4.5-4.9 Ghz is likely only about as good as Sandy Bridge stock for single threaded performance.

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

after some research i found out basically the same thing.

Intel does wreck AMD for Single threaded performance. however, the moment you start doing more than one thing with your computer, for example playing games, listening to music, streaming, in Vent/Skype/TS/Mumble, and have some tabs open in chrome / firefox, AMD's multi thread advantage takes over. and for me personally, i ALWAYS have skype and winamp open while i game, and i stream as well a lot. so in my personal situation, the AMD machine was the better choice. and as i stated earlier, the AMD cpu's are cheaper.

in regards to AMD vs Nvidea, Nvidea's Physx is the only reason it out preforms AMD cards. thats it. however if you are playing a game or using your video card for something that doesn't use Physx such as video compilation, bit coin mining, or any game that doesn't use Physx, its a pretty even show.

as a caveat to that, with the new AMD cards Mantle technology... AMD is pulling pretty much even with Nvidea again, in Mantle enabled programs (ex: BF4 which can use Mantle or physx). and again, AMD is cheaper. the R9290x is in the 600 range, the titans are still a full grand. and the R9 290x pulls pretty much the same as the titan, in comparisons that utilize Mantle (aka, not paid for by Nvidea)

Mattyice47 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

lol, which 1980's Camera did you use to take pictures with?

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

its actually the webcam i have, its a piece of crap, but got the job done. good job pointing it out. feel like a bigger person now?

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Doesnt that bottleneck?

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

o im sure the card bottles a bit, but like ive said 5 times allready i reused the card to keep cost down

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Oh, sorry i didnt see that :D nice build though

Sprocket30 [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago


Solid build , only thing you might need to upgrade to make it a 7 year pc would be the gpu in 1-2 years if not longer .

I have a hd7770 and it works good/great .

Damn nice price on that cpu . I had to go check for myself ....

-U.s price 153$ -Oops im Canadian switches to Canada 160$ Wow! still pretty good -Clicks link...... CDN$ 203.97 Dammit !

edit: That was for amazon.ca other sites had the 160-170 price range

AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I didn't know that potatoes came with shaders nowadays.. Nice build though +1

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

if you had read, i re-used the card to keep initial price down. im saving up to replace my 7770, but its FAR from a potato.

AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I was talking about your camera.....

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

oh lol :P

was all i had on hand :P

jekhari.lovett 0 points 9 months ago

i love the build, love the parts, love sapphire GPU's but for what you paid you could of spent a few more dollars like really 5 more dollars and got a 7800 series card or if you were serious about gaming not buy the best motherboard and gotten a much better 7900 series GPU which actually improves gaming sorry for that but you wont get much out of that GPU even if you crossfire it and by the time you buy 2 games to play (3 of your choice come free with the 7900 cards) you will have spent over 100 dollars.

jekhari.lovett 1 point 9 months ago

oh yeah one more thing why was you psu so high the 750w version is only 60.00 right now

Kazlehoff [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

PSU is semi modular. dunno if your 750w is. (and i have no need for 2/3 of a kilowatt.)

jekhari.lovett 1 point 9 months ago

yeah it is i guess there is a sale on that one right now.