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First Build (Frostbyte)
by Ludanosity
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I've built this about 3 weeks ago. This is my first actual build but I have done some light repair and replace for my sister's old desktop PC.

The parts took about a week to finalize. Had initially wanted the Noctua NH-D14 but NCIX had a sale for the NH-U12P SE2 for $50 and I couldn't pass it up. I originally picked up the MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr III but had to RMA since it was making a really loud humming noise when the the GPU was at full load or playing any graphics intensive game. After reading a few more reviews of different manufacturers for AMD video cards again, I ended up getting the PowerColor. It ran pretty quiet compared to the other manufacturer's variants and didn't have that annoying humming sound that the MSI made. I've done some light OC of the GPU. Currently at 950Mhz Core and 1350Mhz memory at stock voltage. So far it's been running BF3, Crysis 2 and Dead Space really well.

Part List
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load72.0° C
PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate950MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.35Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
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Herobrine [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Hey mate,

That's a really nice build you have there. As well as tidy cable management you have really taken time in selecting your parts and it is hard to fault. GPU temps look great, just watch your upper CPU temp- if it regularly gets over 70 that's getting into the hotter side of things, regardless of the architecture. How much is the Vcore bumped up at 4.4?

Ludanosity [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks for the tip. From what I've read, Haswell tends to run hotter than Ivy Bridge. And the 72 C is usually the max that I hit running Aida64 for about 10+ hours. The CPU temps averages around 65-67 C for all the cores with a Vcore at 1.188.

Herobrine [2 Builds] 0 points 16 months ago

That's good to hear. If you were hitting 72 in games it would be a bit more of a concern but if it is only under a CPU stress test then your temps look good. Those Noctua coolers are good and you would probably only lose a few more degrees if you went to a liquid setup. If it is stable with your VCore at 1.188 then that's sweet :-)

Ludanosity [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 16 months ago

Yep. I'm pretty happy with my overclock. I did try bringing up the clock speed to 4.5Ghz but I was having trouble keeping it stable unless I bring the Vcore all the way up to 1.245. Temps peaked at 82 C. The 100Mhz boost isn't worth a 10 C jump. My temps while playing games is around the mid 60s so I'm pretty happy with that as well. :)

Herobrine [2 Builds] 0 points 16 months ago

Overclocking is VERY chip dependent. The OC you have is more than acceptable (~29%). I had an E8400 (3.0 Dual Core) that I could get to around 3.6 but it was never stable, even at 3.2 it would occasionally fail to POST. I swapped it out for a used Q9400 (2.66 Quad Core) and had it running at 3.4 all day, every day without breaking a sweat.

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 0 points 16 months ago

Is it just me that thinks noctuas are the ugliest coolers alive?

runxmanrun 0 points 16 months ago