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My First Build DOLAN7
by pinkirishgoatz
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After Far Cry 3 brought my laptop to it's knees, I decided it was finally time to build my own rig. Use it mostly with gaming in mind (although school work takes priority :/) Plays most games at high to ultra settings at 1080p and a minimal amount of anti-aliasing. Haven't run many benchmarks, but Just Cause 2 plays at highest settings at a steady 30 fps, and gamecube and wii games (via dolphin emulator) all run at 60 fps, 1080p. Decided to go for the gddr5 6670 (even though it is clocked down in crossfire) just for the benefit of the many games that run poorly in crossfire (Skyrim, Far Cry 3). The case was nice and cheap, and has excellent airflow. Only lacks usb 3.0 ports, but that doesn't really mean much to me. The system under windows 8 (only $20 in university computer store) boots up incredibly fast, timed at 10 seconds from the push of the power button to the start screen. I am totally in love with this sexy machine that I built, and down the road i'll probably add a small ssd to move the os to, as well as tack on an extra 8 gigs of memory.

AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle45.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate800MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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pc_noob [1 Build] 2 points 23 months ago

Neat, But only if posted more pictures, but over all nice build. One Question how are the Driver's with Dual graphics, and does your game you play see that you have dual graphics ?

pinkirishgoatz [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

All games I have tried sso far recognize the dual graphics system, but the results will vary. Some games run poorly with dual graphics.

wahhill [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

Looking good. I'm also interested in dual graphics with that APU. How was the cable management with that case (any pics)?

pinkirishgoatz [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

I'll try to get more pics of the insides tonight. The cable management is pretty rough, but that's probably my fault for being a noob.

Javanode [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

I know my university sells Windows 8 for $20 but is it an upgrade not a full license? so how you managed that...

pinkirishgoatz [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

Apparently you can use the $20 upgrade disc to do a fresh install on an unformatted hard drive! It was quite a nice suprise.

Javanode [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

oh wow gonna try than on my build

Mincading [12 Builds] 1 point 23 months ago


Divdor [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

Would love to see whats in the box.

TotalSundae 1 point 23 months ago

How do you like the Keyboard/Mouse? I am planning to use them in a build for my friend.

pinkirishgoatz [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

They do a pretty good job for gaming! No extra nonsense, just a solid and basic setup.

TotalSundae 1 point 23 months ago

Awesome. My friend will love the no-nonsense kind of stuff.

Guerrero 1 point 23 months ago

Your cpu is too hot!

pinkirishgoatz [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

The temps are pretty inaccurate, the high temp is only the result of spikes.

Fastmaster7 0 points 23 months ago

I would get a higher capacity SSD (at least 120gb), as the lower capacity ones are slower and not worth it.

RazzyFrazz 2 points 23 months ago

The difference is negligible. Even the slowest SSD will still read much faster than a 7200RPM HDD. And if just the OS is going on it, while a 32GB would be pushing it, 60 or 64GB would be more than enough for an OS and a couple of games.

RazzyFrazz 0 points 23 months ago

You just linked to something comparing a large SSD to smaller SSDs in RAID. Again, the difference is negligible. Some might sit there with a stopwatch and time it every time they boot it up a different way, but most will appreciate the 10-15s boot time all the same.

Now, with 16GB of RAM, I'd never suggest such a small SSD for your OS, because unless you go in and delete a file, the OS will set aside 16GB for storing info when you hibernate.