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6 Core FX-6350 Quiet Workstation Build
by LouieP
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This is not a gaming rig (I am sure you gamers are going to rip my choice of parts).

I am a webmaster who uses lots of background running bots & am always multi-tasking several web developing / webmaster programs (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Thunderbird etc..).

This started out as me just wanting to add better cooling, quieter fans, & adding a GPU that could handle three monitors for a i7-920 retail system. My retail HP was running hot and slow and I wanted to fix it up. But, I got the building bug.

After adding the new card, I decided that a new case would allow me to try out the closed-loop watercooling. So, I went with a soundproofed case. I accidentally ordered the XL case, but since I haven't done any builds in a while (and my tower desk space was big enough to fit it), I figured the added room to work, space for fans and airflow couldn't hurt, and would make cable management easier.

Then, while working on it (after installing the h55), I got sick of looking at the lousy HP mobo. At that point, it was "might as well go all in"....

So, I added the MOBO, the new CPU (re-installed the watercooler) & added the memory

How will she run for me?

Part List
AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.9GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate850MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.2GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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malcar11 [3 Builds] 7 points 9 months ago

I think is a nice, cool and solid workstation. All the programs you work are resources intensive, specially processor and RAM, when multitasking. Just try to install most programs on the HDD. The SSD is a lil small. Congrats!


LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Maybe put another SSD in there?

I ws thinking about installing the more resource intensive programs on the SSD...

malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Maybe! SSD gives you faster access to data. I always try to keep in the SSD the most important programs (OS, Antivirus, drivers) and all the others in the HDD. I think, once installed, a program performance depends more on the processor and the RAM, until it has to write something somewhere...



LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I am adding a 256 or 512 SSD.

It's took much of a pain to install programs on separate drives in windows.

Rolphy [2 Builds] 5 points 9 months ago

This is fine, the h55 is just an expensive cooler for what it does, but trying out new things is always fun

Hope you enjoy your build


LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago


EpicEagle44 [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Only thing that I would do differently would be an fx 8 core processor for multitasking, but overall great workstation build!

LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Yea....is the difference between the 4.0 Ghz 6-core and the 3.2-5 ghz 8-core that much better? I was going to get the 3.4 Ghz 8-core, but I decided to scale a few dollar back. If I decide I want to give it a boost, I will upgrade to the 8-core.

canders [6 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

I like it. Usually the best spot for the GPU is in the first PCI slot. Not sure how much it matters in this case. +1

LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Yea, I have the soundblaster sound card in there too and I wanted to make sure it wasn't blocking the air flow.

SethMatrix 3 points 9 months ago

Why an h55 over other cheaper air coolers that perform better?

LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Do they really perform better. I mentioned the liquid cooling loops that I thought were awesome looking to a friend and he recommended this closed-loop cooling. Seemed like a reasonable price and got great reviews. I had a lot of dust-build up in my stock HP CPU cooler. I just wanted to try it out.

SethMatrix 2 points 9 months ago

Yes they do perform better. BUT i can see why someone would want to atleast try out liquid cooling.

LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Sound is also important and AIO liquid cooling seems to be quiet.

FreeFireXI [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Now that everyone complains about the 'No Description' I will give you a thumbs up for a good workstation. The only thing that 'might' make a difference would be the utilization of an 8-core processor in this regard. Less Case, more CPU. No gripes otherwise. Solid workstation!

LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the feedback. This was fun. I haven't tried either AMD processors yet...This is my first time being able to even test the new AMD's....

I saved a few bucks and went with the 6-core. If I think the 6-core is lacking performance I will bump up to the 8-core. But, I thought that the 4.0 (non-overclocked) 6-core would be substantial to perform well with less over-heating than the 8, no? How much boost you think the 8-core will give me?

I previously using a core i7-920 before with a weak CPU cooler (& 12GB of RAM) along with a 7200rpm HDD and a crappy HP case with crappy 80mm fans. I started on this to upgrade my case for more fans, add better CPU cooling, & add in an SSD, but I was having too much fun on the project and just got a building bug. So compared to what I was using before (as well as the graphics card and the added monitor), I think this will be a very substantial increase in performance (I hope lol).

In the end, The only parts I was able to salvage was the optical drives, HDD, and the soundcard.

This is my first build since college (12 years ago). I basically went with the bigger case for a few reasons. Mainly, I wanted the room to work without driving myself insane pulling wires and enough spots for 140mm fans to quiet the system. It also it comfortably in my desk's tower shelf, I wanted to make sure I has plenty of room for lots of fans, room for any future upgrades/changes, sound proofed. I also purchased car soundproofing material that I am going to put in there this week to make it more quiet.

I am going to build a media-center pc for myself. I will give the media center mini cases a shot next time.

FreeFireXI [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Not really knocking the case, but a Mid-ATX is still large, and if you went the Corsair 200R route (nice case by the way) it would have saved you $70 or so :)The downside is the sound, as you stated. You can just get some high quality quiet fans and, as you already have, a AIO liquid cooling. Either way it's nice stuff.

comptech0408 1 point 9 months ago

liquid cooling on an amd 6 core, 16gb of ram, very low end gpu, and 2 optical drives? A description for this is necessary, or it will receive downvotes

Jack_Burton 6 points 9 months ago

not every build is for gaming. some people genuinely need 16gb of RAM, and have no need for a $400 GPU

comptech0408 2 points 9 months ago

Nowhere in my statement did I say this was for gaming, nor did I suggest any part changes. I simply pointed out things that would need an explanation, or they would receive downvotes from people.

FreeFireXI [3 Builds] 6 points 9 months ago

I'd put liquid cooling on any AMD CPU just to get rid of the regular HSF.

comptech0408 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah, the stock cooler is terrible, I just don't see having a watercooled cpu unless you are doing some serious overclocking.

samh52 0 points 9 months ago

I agree this doesn't make too much sense, and would be nice to understand why it is created the way it is. I upped this build because I love the AMD FX series.

LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for all the feedback!

gammin1234 1 point 23 days ago

How does the cpu work for web programs? I am building a very similar computer for web development and gaming.

CreeperKid97 1 point 1 day ago

The orientation of the H55 disturbs me greatly.

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fsma92 [2 Builds] -3 points 9 months ago

I would of gone with 8 gb of ram and for a 8320, a 7770 for 100$ and a define R4 or another FD mid case and perhaps a noctua cooler..

LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I need 16 GB of ram.

I needed a super quiet case and wanted the room for airflow.

This is not a gaming rig.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

alright for the ram, the 8320 was still a better choice for barely 20$

Zeus [1 Build] -3 points 9 months ago

Why two optical drives lol?

I personally would have went with air cooling over the H55, and I would have gotten 2x4gb and spent that money towards a better gpu.

PickItApart -3 points 9 months ago

The case costed almost the same as your gpu?! I like your build but I wish you got a 8320 for this.

LouieP [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I jusr wanted a CPU that would be easy to setup three monitors without additional equipment.

And cooling and quiet are vital as well as the added ram.

GPU isn't a major priority..