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Aggromuffin - The tank
by WTFsteven
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This is my second build. Took some parts from my first build and i got the PSU from a friend. Let's break down the parts.

CPU - Lovely little thing. Have it OC to 4.2GHz on stock voltage. Not comfortable enough to mess with voltages yet. I know some people have gotten it to 4.8 so maybe some time in the future.

CPU Cooler - Easily one of my favorite parts. Awesomely huge and great performance. Torture test with Prime95 for a few hours and this thing keeps my CPU at 38-40c. Edit It's winter now in Germany and this thing keeps it at 33c full load :D

MOBO - Heard a lot of complaints with the Rev-3 version of this board but luckily i got Rev-4 and have zero problems with it. Makes my RAM run at 1600 out of the box but with one click it brought it up to 2133.

RAM - 2133MHz is not a huge necessity but i got it on sale for a good price so why not? Looks good in my case too.

Storage- Quick little 120GB SSD i've been using since my last build and a 1TB WD Caviar Blue HDD. Nothing crazy to see here, they both get the job done.

GPU - I kept the MSI 7850 from my last build and got me an ASUS 7850 off /r/hardwareswap for $100. And since i'm still gaming on a 1360x768 display i won't be needing to upgrade any time soon. They run beautifully.

Case - Where do i even begin? I freaking love this case. Lots of room, big window to show off and all the cables are kept behind the scenes to keep it looking clean. The stock fans are strong and run super quiet. My only problem with it was that the top fan mounting area didnt come with a filter and there are two hole under the drives with no filter either. So i got some filter material from Moddiy.com and rigged my own filters. You'll see those in the pictures.

PSU - 900W RocketFish Semi-Modular power supply 80+ Silver. As far as i know these things have been discontinued.

-Custom Items - Cold Cathode Kit - Nice red lights, easy to install but the case makes it kind of impossible to install the PCI switch it came with. Easy fix: Connect it to the Fan controller.

Fan controller - This thing did NOT want to cooperate with my case. It took two zip ties, two very small holes, two hardly dexterous hands and two truck-loads of patience.

Filter and Superman magnets - Got 50 of those little magnets and they can hold up a truck.

Part List
Details
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle12.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load30.0° C
Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.2GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle38.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
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duramax08 [1 Build] 16 points 8 months ago

Praise Gaben.

 
 
JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

great build. the red really accents the black. gj on the build +1

EDIT: I have never heard of rocketfish power supplys so be weary

 
 
Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Isn't Rocketfish Best Buy's brand, or is it Newegg's? Always get them confused.

EDIT: Per the PSU manufacturer list on Toms, Huntkey makes these. And per the PSU tier lists on Toms and Newegg Huntkey is considered a Tier 5 PSU (except Jumper series). This is just a reference not an opinion on the PSU from my perspective.

 
 
JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I have no Idea, If I had to guess I would say best buy though.

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

RocketFish is, in fact, Best Buy's brand for computer parts. I'd definitely be wary.

 
 
Spencer1012 [2 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

If I remember right some rocketfish items are just Cooler Master parts that didn't make the cut for some minor reason. I had a "Universal CPU Cooler" that was a rocketfish that was identical to a CM Hyper TX3 and performed about like one, although it had a different fan on it I think. Also, one of the rocketfish fans I bought had the EXACT same CFM/RPM stats as a CM fan from the 4-packs you see online, as well as an identical blade design, albeit a basic one.

Not sure though, although they're indeed not as good as a real brand, I guess you could say.

If that thing says it can deliver 900W on the 12V rail, it shouldn't be too heavily loaded. I don't think you should use more than 500-550W with your system, even with the moderate overclocks. (as long as there's no extreme voltage increases.)

If you see a good 750W+ Corsair/XFX/Seasonic unit on newegg on cyber monday or black friday it might be a good idea to pick one up if you want to upgrade. You'll have your peace of mind back that we took from you xD

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plgdg [1 Build] 0 points 8 months ago

*wary

 
 
canders [6 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Like the case mod. Looks nice.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Nice solid build. Yeah 7850's CF perform better then a 7970 and probably on par with a 280x/770. No need to upgrade like you said with that monitor or even with a 1080p monitor.

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Love getting down voted because WHY? Sorry but 7850s can OC up to a stock 7950 and when Crossfired they perform very well. Expect 100+ fps in BF3/4.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

They've been doing exceptionally well so far. Don't understand the downvotes /:

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Because everyone on this site hates 2+ gpus unless its really high end stuff.

 
 
Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Nice build. Good work on the repaint. I like it!

Regarding the fan controller, how was installation and cable management? How does it look when installed in the drive bay? Interface nice?

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Installation was a pain. If you notice I used zip ties to hold it in place. The cables are all in the back, I haven't done much to really "manage" them yet :P I like the buttons, nice and responsive and it changes color

 
 
Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Oh wow. Selective sight. I remember wondering if you put the wires on with hot glue or if they came that way. I totally missed the large red zip ties in the process. :D Good to know about the bay installation. Thanks.

 
 
AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

How did you manage to get Windows 7 for $15?

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Idk how pcpartpicker feels about this but I won't name anyone but from a certain reddit user from a certain software swapping sub.

 
 
AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

If it's swapping and not pirating I think they're okay with it.. IIRC I've browsed said sub before a few months ago out of boredom

 
 
gage8910 2 points 8 months ago

This is a good build.

 
 
Kbur215 2 points 8 months ago

I'm really liking the case mods, the red accented by the silver grating is very cool.

However, I'm a little curious, are you really running a crossfire setup on a monitor that has a max resolutions of 1360x768? Or did you just run Ungine at 1360x768 to pad the meters?

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Just running a 1360x768 setup at the moment. I want to upgrade but i'll be moving a few times in the coming months and don't want the extra baggage or run the risk of damaging my new monitors.

 
 
Kbur215 2 points 8 months ago

Gotcha, I totally understand that. I assumed you had that on the potential upgrade list because the monitors shown were not listed as part of the build. Also, I've ordered a few refurbished BenQ monitors off of amazon that were being resold by the company and they come in this cool custom made plastic bubble packaging that has been form factored to fit the monitor and with the stand detached. It gives the monitor about 1.5 inch air cushion in all directions and leaves no room for the monitor to wiggle around within the packaging. kinda like this: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/707736320/Plastic_air_void_fill_packaging_manufacturer.html

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the heads-up. I'll keep my eye out for some good refurb deals and swoop up 3 in one go.

 
 
rayzerJ 2 points 8 months ago

What are those metal mounts on the fans? I've heard many people having bad experiences with the rubber mounts that come with the Havik 140.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I've heard some bad stories as well and was pleasantly surprised when the CPU box said it was the metal clip version. Never even knew that was a thing :D

 
 
rayzerJ 1 point 8 months ago

It came with your CPU? :O

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Yes sir. I guess they listened to their customers and started shipping them with metal clips instead

 
 
rayzerJ 2 points 8 months ago

Thank you for your fast answers! I think I will build my gaming pc on reference to this one! Awesome build +1 :)

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

My pleasure! I'm not much of a PC building role model, this is only my second build lol but glad i could be of some help

 
 
Zheknov 2 points 8 months ago

Great build, awesome case low price.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks. I catch myself staring over at my case too often

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WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Loving the processor so far. Newegg was having some mean deals on RAM a few weeks back. This one was one of the more hidden ones but i found it! lol

 
 
Oldking [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Excellent build, love the color scheme and the parts, and this rig should be rated higher imo. How's the RAM? I've heard its powerful, and am looking into buying a set myself.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you, she's my pride and joy. The RAM runs beautifully and with the sales going on im very tempted to pick up another 8Gb

 
 
Oldking [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Wonderful to hear. Have you ever considered clocking higher? It's at a decent clock as it is, but 40 under load - that's pretty cool, and there is definitely headroom for a higher clock if you ever desired to do so.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I have, but i can't find a guide for adjusting the voltage on my specific CPU. Does it work by specific CPUs or is it a general rule?

 
 
Oldking [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I believe (I'm not too experienced with OC) it is mostly a general rule for each chipset, varying slightly between each CPU. I believe it also depends on how much voltage your MOBO can handle.

Good luck if you decide to overclock, I'd like to see what you can push that GHz up to.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Got it up to 4.4Ghz at 47C. To get it stable at 4.5Ghz i had to get too close to 1.5V and im not comfortable with that after some reading lol

 
 
Oldking [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

That's a .9 Ghz boost, I think that is all you will need. Gratz on your successful OC and build man, happy holidays.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you! Best wishes these holidays

 
 
rakenrol14 2 points 7 months ago

+1

was the filter material you bought enough for both the top and the bottom? did you also put a filter for the psu? thanks :)

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

It was the perfect amount. Cut down the middle it made two perfect filters for the top and bottom slots. I bought a filter for the PSU but i clicked the wrong size (bought a 120mm) so i'm just going to live with it haha

 
 
rakenrol14 2 points 7 months ago

awesome! really cool DIY, bro.

 
 
kev20061 2 points 7 months ago

This build is quite amazing for its price/performance. And it also looks amazing. Good job.

Btw, how was it to install the Havik 140? I am considering it for my build and I was wondering if it fits well and if it is obstructing anything.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

The installation was pretty straightforward and surprisingly easy. It doesn't seem to obstruct anything and if you're going to put 4 sticks of RAM in there you can move the fan up a bit to make space for those big heatsinks.

 
 
Keralis [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

12c on idle? Thats better than a H75 o.O +1 for that!

 
 
AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Praise GabeN. We are the glorious PC master race.

 
 
fdjo10 3 points 8 months ago

Down with console peasants!!!

 
 
Moops 1 point 8 months ago

How does that CPU cooler compare to the 212 EVO?

Awesome build and mods btw +1.

 
 
Spencer1012 [2 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

From what I hear it should be quite a bit better due to having 2 140mm fans and being quite large, as well as the 6 heatpipes.

No firsthand experience though.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I'm not sure, never used one. Sorry

 
 
Shitlord [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Hey I'm planning on getting the same motherboard and ram, I already have the processor. Did you have a problem fitting the ram in with the heatsink at all because I've had my eye on that too.

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

The RAM fits perfectly and since the mother board uses the 2&4th slots for your first set of RAM it leaves extra space for the CPU cooler. The CPU cooler i have i can easily adjust the height of the fan to accommodate for tall RAM sticks

 
 
Shitlord [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

That's awesome thanks. I'm definitely getting that cooler.

 
 
StarkLax 1 point 7 months ago

how did you get windows 7 professional for $15?

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

/r/softwareswap

 
 
colonello1594 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Hello nice build! Just a question, how do you get such low temps at that clock speed? I have the same processor and mine gets hot :(

 
 
WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

A few things make this CPU run so cool in my build. First, this case has amazing air flow. Second, that heatsink is a massive beast with two 140mm fans and third, i keep my computer by my window which is always cracked open so i get the cold fresh air from outside :D

 
 
colonello1594 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

I keep mine by my window too but I guess its the case that mainly helps it cool it has tons of airflow. I'm changing my antec 620 to something beefier since it doesn't cool mine so well.

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WTFsteven [Submitter] [3 Builds] 4 points 8 months ago

It's the CPU cooler and it's to show the size of it

 
 
fdjo10 3 points 8 months ago

Looks like he was trying to give you a scale on the size of the fan.

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AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 4 points 8 months ago

Your comments are bad and you should feel bad.