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AMD Phenom II 965 Gaming Build
by Dubesta11
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I took my computer apart to clean the case, cooler block, and rewire it now that I know what I'm doing, and decided to take pics.

I mostly use it for gaming, such as BF3, PS2, TF2, and others. It will run BF3 very nicely, with the overall bottleneck being the CPU (which is understood). I had a 7750, and got the 650ti boost for about 115 on sale, so it was a good purchase.

The upgrade to an SSD was easy, fast, and makes the computer literally 10x as fast, much faster than I expected. Using Windows 8.1, I can go from power to desktop in about 20 seconds, and an additional 10 for all the programs to start up. I have to say Windows 8.1 is not that bad, its just the start menu that is different for me. It's currently set to show the apps installed when pressed, I could care less about widgets.

Cable management in this case is, well, tight. It took 2 people to get the back cover on because there was no space. Actually routing cables was not bad, only the top corner where the motherboard 8 pin connector and 3 fan cables was difficult. I would have to say, installing the CPU cooler first was a bad idea, I would connect all the cables to the motherboard, THEN install it.

Other than that, the Logitech G series is great, just the G710+ keyboard was not the best price. The corsair mouse pad is very large and tracks good, the fans push a lot of air BUT do not like to be modified voltage wise. Connecting them to a 12-5w controller helps, but it only likes being exactly at 5, 7, or 12w.

Later on, around black friday time, I will look for an i5 to make the final CPU upgrade, along with a Micro ATX motherboard to later get a better, smaller, more lightweight case. Next year may see a GPU upgrade to a GTX 7xx, depending on my budget.

Thanks for reading! I'll try to answer any questions, and feedback would be great

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load52.0° C
MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.01Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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fsma92 [2 Builds] 3 points 13 months ago

Try overcloking you CPU.. You can easily reach 4.0 to 4.2 Ghz you should see a nice jump in performance at 4.0 Ghz it should keep with most FX CPU's and I doubt that it's bottle-necking a 650 ti boost..


Dubesta11 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

It can go up to about 4.2Ghz, but I personally have tested it, and see little difference. The fans are hardly running at 5w, so I'm trying to keep the whole thing cool.

http://imgur.com/oHULV2a at 1.5v

fsma92 [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

It barely bottlenecks a 7970 in the tomshardware test, I don't see how it would bottleneck your Ti Boost

Dubesta11 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

The 650ti Boost is a very powerful card for its class, and the CPU is quite weak when paired with intense situations. It's more suitable for lightweight gaming or normal operation rigs.

I found that benchmarks don't mean much when actually comparing real life fluctuating scenarios. I would be curious though to be able have the economy to actually do verified testing for multiple situations.

Daisyahoy [2 Builds] 3 points 13 months ago

Your cable management reminds me of a mullet. Business up front, party in the back :)

Still a solid build. +1

CbassFishin 2 points 13 months ago

Good build for the price, how much did you pay for the ram? The price listed is a bit high for it.

Dubesta11 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Oh, I had got it from a friend for 40 dollars, I should fix that :P

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Dubesta11 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I was heavily debating that for about a month while I saved up, but I decided it would have the greatest impact for what I had already owned. Yes, I would have loved to get an i5 to begin with, but I will save up for Cyber Monday and see what that has to offer.

talby [9 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

+1 good budget build.

...the top corner where the motherboard 8 pin connector

it looks to be a really tight stretch! hopefully it's not so tight it's stressing the board.

Dubesta11 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! It just fit, with no stress. The motherboard went right over the hole, so I had to stuff the cables in it and try to hold everything together by myself (my parents too exited about our ducks or something). My next case might be a Corsair 300R windowed, or something light and small.

spencerharden 1 point 13 months ago

does anyone see my build

talby [9 Builds] 3 points 13 months ago

I think you have to post pics to see it in the main build page... Please post some that you took (not random ones off the web, I hate that lol)

spencerharden 1 point 13 months ago

i cant upload anything with the internet i have and i would not do that my build is real