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Fire and Ice
by AleConquistador
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Description

This is now my primary machine for coding; it is super fast (12 sec boot time in Win 7 64-bit) and quiet.

In retrospect, I should have gotten a more powerful CPU that supports overclocking since the MSI mobo does a nice job at configuring voltage, fan speed, frequencies, etc.

Installing the massive CPU fan was a pain since it required assembling the fan (which is configurable for 3 socket sizes) and it does bump up against RAM that isn't low-profile (I'm currently using only 2/4 slots, so had I installed 4 that would have been problematic). I'll eventually swap it for a water-cooled unit with a sleeker profile so I can add 16 more GBs of RAM. Any suggestions?

I got the CPU and motherboard as a bundle for $247 at Fry's, so I saved $60 had I bought them independently. I absolutely the red/blue lights on the fans, and the red cathode light.

Originally, the PSU was a Raidmax 730Z, so I swapped it out for a Corsair RM650 that's more reliable ($78 from Fry's), and completely modular (new pics coming soon).

One of the best deals was the 120 SSD for $60 (I bought 2 of them during Black Friday in 2012 and had been saving them until a moment such as this). The cherry on top was the ultra wide 2560x1080 monitor for $400 during 2013 Black Friday from Amazon (it had been hovering around $550 weeks before). This is absolutely crucial as a developer, and soon I want to get 2 more monitors to complete the full immersion effect.

Nov 2013: "I'm waiting for the graphics card prices to drop after the Litecoin frenzy to get a Radeon HD 7850 or better."

April 2014: "I just bought the Radeon HD 7950 OC'ed 925 MHz for $210 from Newegg."

Happy modding.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate850MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 9 points 11 months ago

Since everyone is gonna rag on you for using a Raidmax PSU, I figured I'd say it first. Raidmax PSU's have a history of dying/exploding/killing your entire computer. I believe that model in particular was proven to be a mediocre 400W and is likely to explode at over 500W load, not that your system will hit that, but still. Just about everyone will tell you to get rid of that PSU ASAFP, but other than that, nice build. :)

 
 
AleConquistador [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

Good to know, thanks for the feedback. I may have to take out my multimeter to see how much voltage and current I'm getting. If the quality is indeed low, I'll swap it out for a Corsair 600 W.

 
 
Jwood013 [1 Build] 5 points 11 months ago

These colors are beautiful together in my opinion.

 
 
bloodamir80 2 points 11 months ago

I think that if I had stuck my hand in, it would have melted

 
 
malcar11 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

The colors bend together wonderfully! Should look great in the darkness. Congrats for a nice and balaced PC. How do you like the mobo? I have the same and is pretty good. Greetings!

Caroline

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

the build would have looked better with just one colour scheme imho

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

you got really nice deals on the mobo and SSD nice build

 
 
EpicSneak 1 point 11 months ago

This is a pretty good setup. I couldnt he noticing however, that you are using the "whisper fan" (aerocool shark 120m)to cool it. Im using the same thing, but as my case allows for more fans (and is only $49.99) im going to order 3 of them. best of luck Ale.

 
 
AleConquistador [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Nice choice, it really is super quiet. What temperature are you getting in your mobo right now? Last I checked mine was 28 C for mobo, and 40 C for CPU.

 
 
EpicSneak 1 point 11 months ago

I dont know what the temp is, but i am getting the ASUS Sabertooth Z87

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I like it. +1

 
 
Timmy33 1 point 10 months ago

Just a suggestion, you may want to place an MDF board under your tower so as to reduce the amount of dust that gets stucked into your pc. Love the build though should pack a fair bit of power on a tight budget Regards Tim

 
 
lachrymal 1 point 9 months ago

Personally it looks like a cop car. WHen I think of fire I see orange. Still like the colors though. Doesnt have to be one solid color light people!

 
 
GotCubes 1 point 7 months ago

Very very nice build :) Though a friend of mine who does some serious java coding told me that an i7 might be more preferable if you're doing a ton of compiling. Might want to possibly consider upgrading, but I guess the decision is all up to you!

 
 
AleConquistador [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

My brother (also a programmer) ended up getting the i7. He raves about it more, so in retrospect, it would have been a wiser choice when the price dropped to about $150.

 
 
antoniojack 1 point 4 months ago

wow, lot's of colors.... also can you change the colors of the LEDs?

 
 
iamwildbear 1 point 25 days ago

Hows the motherboard? thinking of putting one in my build soon

 
 
styled 0 points 11 months ago

will i run bf4 or dayz?

 
 
styled 0 points 11 months ago

im a noob to computers