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LAN party build
by WellThatsSurprising
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Description

So the story behind this build is pretty unique, it was actually built at a LAN party after my Phenom II rig had pop spilt on it. So what would any normal person do? We piled into my buddies van and took a field trip to MicroCenter. The things marked as purchased were salvaged form the old rig. Most people ask about the case as it is quite unique, and honestly, I love it. My only problem with it is that there are only two 3.5" bays but other than that it's great. Cable management is pretty easy, and almost EVERYTHING is removable. Want to take out the motherboard tray? Four screws. Disk drive? One latch. Like I said, it's all pretty great. One note of warning, if you plan on using a tall CPU cooler like I did you will not be able to fit the 200mm on top. Future plans for this is two 3TB 7200 RPM drives, Replacing the mesh top with acrylic, adding in a couple cold cathodes, re-sleeving cables to be blue and some painting here and there. Also going to replace the red power and HDD LED with blue lights. After all, what's the point of a LAN party if you can't show off? Another question I get a lot is about the GPU. Technically, it's a 79xx card with a couple cores disabled and for the $150 I paid for open box with a warranty, I couldn't be happier. I'm even considering adding a second one if NewEgg drops the price below $180 again.

EDIT: Had an overclocking day, new values imputed. EDIT2: Cable management fixed, new picture added. EDIT3: Since the time this has been built, I've sold off most of it. It was an awesome rig but I felt the need to upgrade. New computer coming soon, look out for it!

Details
Date PublishedMarch 23, 2014
Date BuiltOct. 22, 2013
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.68Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load52.0° C
PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.6GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle26.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load68.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP8235
Comments
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malcar11 [3 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

Lovely! I want one like this!!!

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Very nice build, though I'm sorry to hear about your old one.

As far as software to test load temps, Prime95 is pretty much as good and as simple as it gets. It's also free, so that's a plus. Also, regarding cold cathodes, I suggest you check out Bitfenix Alchemy LED strips. Easier to place/hide than a CC tube and you do have to worry about an unsightly power converter.

 
 
WellThatsSurprising [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Oh, it's fine. I was planning on upgrading soon, just not that soon. Everything worked out okay though. Load temp updated and sure, I'll look into those LED strips.

 
 
Alonminatti [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

aida64 is a validated testbenching software. Also, dont use adaptive voltage while running synthetic benchmarks, you will overvolt your CPU and get a shitstorm of problems. But this doesn't matter, afaik this only applies to intel. AMD AND INTEL FTW! (I'm an antifanboy, nonpreference all day every day)

 
 
Swish2000 2 points 12 months ago

How do you like the card?

 
 
WellThatsSurprising [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

It's a bit loud but that's my only complaint. It overclocks great and stays artifact-free up to around 90c

 
 
Swish2000 1 point 12 months ago

Can you give me some game benchmarks? I'd love to know :)

 
 
WellThatsSurprising [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Any specific tests you had in mind?

 
 
Swish2000 3 points 12 months ago

If you by chance got BF4 I'd love to know the performance! If you haven't, just a few of your favorite games is good. Thanks!

 
 
swaggernaut 2 points 11 months ago

nice build, because of this i got the same case and case fans as u. thanks dude. now to get the other parts+1

 
 
SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Very nice build, I like that type of case. If I could ask,any reason for going with that case over the corsair 540 (simular case)?

 
 
WellThatsSurprising [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

Mostly the orientation of the mobo, both the GPU and CPU cooler are pretty heavy and I didn't want to put unnecessary stress on it.

 
 
tagskillz 1 point 12 months ago

Is the case more on the smaller side? I'm considering getting one myself, but I'm looking for something compact.

 
 
WellThatsSurprising [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

It's definitely smaller then most gaming cases, but still larger than your average pc. Though with the built in handles it's pretty damn portable.

 
 
tagskillz 1 point 12 months ago

Awesome thanks!

 
 
Wataweasle 1 point 9 months ago

I'm also doing a 6300 in this case. I also got it because of the mobo orientation. Nice build. +1

 
 
Gamerfanatic [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

I HATE HAF for using the hot swappable drive circuit board or whatever the used in the main 2 drive bays.

It fried TWO perfectly working HDDs upon power up, not even while the machine was on.

WHAT THE **** COOLER MASTER!!!

Sorry, had to get this rant out.

 
 
WellThatsSurprising [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Maybe you shouldn't have plugged in the molex connector upside down.

 
 
mrexmr [1 Build] -1 points 5 months ago

Your RAM's a bit slow, isn't it.

 
 
WellThatsSurprising [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Show me a gaming benchmark where memory speed makes a decent difference and I'll care. I have a workstation for photo editing where it actually does make a difference and this is not it.

 
 
mrexmr [1 Build] 0 points 5 months ago

It speeds up the overall speed of the PC.

 
 
WellThatsSurprising [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Not by any noticeable amount. Again, show me a benchmark.

 
 
mrexmr [1 Build] 0 points 5 months ago

Why?

 
 
WellThatsSurprising [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Because until you do, why should I believe anything you say? I did my research, apparently you didn't. Memory speed does not make any noticeable difference in anything but specialized tasks and no, that does not include games.