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My AMD FX Build

by SlickFreak



Date Published

June 10, 2014

Date Built

June 4, 2014

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Im on a tight budget...as you can see...ive gone for a gigabyte 970 chipset...and even the processor is second best (AMD)...i originally planned for an Intel Haswell build...and my eyes was set only on Intel high end K processor (4770k)...so i end up with this build...believe it or not...im kinda pleased with the outcome...this build runs on Windows 8.1 64bit...and its blazingly fast!...the gigabyte motherboard on this build got awful reviews esp on newegg...but with this configuration...may i say its perfect!...im not really into gaming....and this build is intended primarily for video editing...(sony vegas/adobe after effects)...see the parts are not high end...but it works...!...you may belittle the Sandisk SSD...but for sure...its the one responsible for the systems fast bootup/shutdown times (less than 10 secs for windows boot up - from gigabyte splash logo to windows desktop and a mere less than 3 secs from clicking shutdown to total pc off)...i tried overclocking using the amd overdrive software...and it manage to attain 4.2Ghz...@ less than 55°C...i dont wanna go crazy with overclocking since my mobo is not a 990fx board...initially i am looking to buy 212 hyper cooler...since its not available...i settled for a cheaper Cooler Master Vortex Plus...and boy...it performed way better than i expected...in short...everything worked well...but among the choices i made...its the ram im so pleased the most!...its fast!...even @ 1333 its got a low latency @ cl7 (7-7-7-21)...for now...i underclocked the cpu...@ 1.4Ghz-2.3Ghz...its actually all i need...when browsing the net...chatting...watching media content...but when when im about to do something CPU intensive...i just drag the slider all the way to the right...then apply..(amd catalyst)...now my pc is ready for kickass video editing!...btw...my old system with amd athlon x2 5000 render a 1 min video for 3 hours:(...in sony vegas...now...that 1 min video rendered in less than 3 minutes...what more i can say?...this build turned out to be perfect...its not expensive...its not cheap...its all about price to performance...i'm planning to build an amd kaveri based system sometime next month for may fiancee....i hope i would be pleased again with my chosen build!...more power AMD!!!

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bchurch 9 points 9 months ago


bporotsky 5 points 9 months ago

Not bad, though it looks like you overpaid for that RAM. You could've gotten 1866 RAM for the same price or cheaper. Also, what's up with the monitor? Did you really pay $190 for that? I do like the 8320 though. Nice build!

SlickFreak submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

thanks bporotsky...im sorry, error corrected, its a secondhand monitor i picked up from a surplus shop, thats how tight my budget was.

jacobs4525 1 Build 3 points 9 months ago

8320 and 265? a little unbalanced, don't you think? I would've gone with a 6300 and a 280.

Barton 1 Build 3 points 9 months ago

Since cost was a concern for him the fx-6300/r9 280 would have been out of his price range, that's a $240 gpu on the low side, maybe an fx-6300/r9 270x but for video editing he was better off with the fx-8350 and since its working for him no need to rag on that part of it. I was able to get DDR3-2133 for 79.99 same series with CL9 so could have done better on that. I'd work on those cable and see if you can't get them tucked back better to improve air flow. Setting a custom curve in the Bios for CPU fan control may help bring the temps down a little too. Over all decent.

SlickFreak submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks Sir Barton...

chuck216 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I agree on the 265, he could have gotten a stronger card for the same price. The 8230 however is probably the best bang for the buck chip out there. It runs great at stock speeds and is very overclockable, able to hit 4.6 Ghz+ on air with very little voltage boost. you can literally buy on, clock it to 4.6 or 4.7 and match 95% of the performance of a chip costing twice as much.

binaryjigsaw 1 point 9 months ago

Lovely build, but can I ask why you chose that RAM for £74?

SlickFreak submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Im from the Philippines, i didnt actually bought it from newegg, this site automatically suggested the dealers/prices, some of the parts were actually cheaper here as compared with the suggested dealers found on this site...thanks binaryjugsaw for the compliment.

chuck216 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Frankly other than the R7 265 I don't see much wrong with this basic system. And the only problem I have with the 265 is you could have gotten a R9 270 for the same price.

SlickFreak submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

the R7 265 were one of the first of 3 pc parts i bought initially...along with the SSD and the mechanical drive...it was on sale promo...back then i wasn't really decided whether ill go for an APU build or an FX...since i'm building an AMD based system...my first choice was building an APU pc...the idea of dual graphics (APU+R7) configuration tickled my fancy...unfortunately...the 2 Kaveri models (7850 & 7700) i was hoping to buy was out of stock...and i just couldn't afford to go for Richland or Trinity models...and when i was at the store...that FX 8320 cpu was available...and also the 970 gigabyte board which was indeed a great deal for the price...the cpu & mobo bundle was reasonable priced to think the FX line is still the flagship chip of AMD...so i was back the next day to buy the bundle...yes the R9 performs better...but as i have mentioned...this rig is not primarily for games...although the R7 265 is no way a slow card...plus it consumes less power and my internal pc case would be cooler...for the R7 generates less heat...we all know AMD cards runs hot!...the higher specs the hotter it gets!=))

tranman978 -1 points 9 months ago

I would have done this PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.98 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler $17.68 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Asus H81M-E Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $57.26 @ Amazon
Memory Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $55.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $189.00 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $649.88
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 12:53 EDT-0400
SlickFreak submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

nice build tranman!...but many of those parts are not locally available where my location is (Philippines)...but im aware of the capabilities of that Intel chip (too bad its not really overclockable...ur stuck with a 3.3Ghz Max..esp with that non z87 board)and the R9...perhaps you include an SSD on your configuration...you would see a whole lot of a difference...