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Vengeance 8-core
by redventura
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Will use the machine for: Gaming. Office 2013. Adobe CS6.

Works well. Stable. Very easy to overclock CPU using ASUS' BIOS. Have not yet overclocked anything else, either the GPU or the RAM.

3DMark 11 scores completed here: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5766402 Graphics score: 8519, Physics score: 7512, Combined score: 6540

Caveats: -- Had to zip-tie the two 120-fans for intake, to push air over the HDD cage. Swapped the POWER_SW and RESET_SW headers on the mobo to make the covered button the Power. -- Antec PSU has just enough modular connectors for what I've got. HDD cage can hold many more drives, so I'll need to go with molex power splitters if I want more harddrives. Need 8-pin Mobo power extention if I want to tuck that mobo power cable around the back of the mobo instead of over it. -- I could use a pair of extensions for the intake fans, too, since the "adapter" they came with doesn't let them be read by the BIOS, and only powered by the motherboard. I guess it somehow removes one of the three pins for the intake fans up front. -- Fan on the side case is for exhaust, and not powered by the Motherboard and therefore wouldnt be accessible by the BIOS. I'm considering adding the y-adapter on the Corsair H100i cpu block so I can power other fans through there, and so I can get RPM readings off them.

Motherboard temp: 32° C WD Black temp: 34° C WD Red temp: 28° C

AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.34Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle13.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load40.0° C
Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.03Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle15.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
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noob_for_life 2 points 24 months ago

Nice build!! Ya the only thing I would have did is gone with a 7950 but pretty sure you being it from cuda cores. Guessing your a teacher of some sort???

redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 24 months ago

Yes, I'm a teacher and IT admin.

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 24 months ago

That sounds like a fun job. Is it?

redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 6 points 24 months ago

It's great. Hardly a compaint can be made. Internet is on a Fibre Metro-E. I get 86 MB/sec downloads. I downloaded and installed a slew of games and updates within a couple day's work... over 75 GB of downloaded games. ;-)

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 4 points 24 months ago

Damn! Wish I had that kind of speed!

nwon4ever [1 Build] -2 points 24 months ago


redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 7 points 24 months ago

I'm not sure what you're asking. I'm neither in Diablo Valley College or the Disney Vacation Club.

_OM_ 2 points 23 months ago

...I think he means the Death Valley Communists :) :)


nwon4ever [1 Build] -1 points 23 months ago


redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 23 months ago

Precisely what did you mean by your previous post -- all you wrote was "Dvc?"

Is that an acronym for something? I'm not aware of anything called DVC or Dvc -- and I find no correlation to my earlier posts.

Your reply filled with question marks only serves as increased doubt as to what on earth you may possibly have been talking about.


TestBuilds 2 points 24 months ago

He's running Adobe CS6, Adobe loves Nvidia.

th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 2 points 24 months ago

Great build! Whatcha planning on using this for?

redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 24 months ago

I wrote this build's primary use in the Description box above. Thanks for checking it out.

th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 2 points 24 months ago

Oh, lolol can't believe I missed that :P

zhuoq.yin [1 Build] 1 point 24 months ago

For video editing, I would recommend Western Digital AV-GP series

redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 months ago

I may eventually do video editing, but not yet. I mostly use Photoshop and Dreamweaver CS6. Next to that would be Adobe Acrobat Pro and Soundbooth/Audition.

rjc34 1 point 20 months ago

AV-GP is for DVRs and surveillance systems, not for PCs. It's for environments like multi-stream video recording where write errors aren't important and can just be skipped.

brandonmorgan1234 1 point 24 months ago

Why did you chose the Hard Drives's you did?

redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 months ago

The SSD is for Windows and some apps like Photoshop, Office 2013, and the primary games I'm currently playing. The WD Black is for secondary apps and games; its not a 10K RPM but for the size, speed, and price it was a good fit. The WD Red is for backup -- Acronis Echo doing backups nightly.

brandonmorgan1234 2 points 24 months ago

Okay yea i was wondering about the red

TestBuilds 1 point 24 months ago

What's with the 1000 watt power supply?

redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 months ago

Pulled it out of my old Lian Li case with the Intel Core2Quad CPU. I saved some money by recycling the same monitor, keyboard, mouse, and PSU from my old build. The M-Audio Audiophile USB is still with the old build but I'll bring it over to this one soon. I still included these parts in PC Parts Picker for the sake of keeping this build all together. The build here uses under 600W, but I do intend on adding at least 4 more HDD's and a Blu-Ray once I get around to organizing data and removing the optical drives from a Dell XPS.

Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 24 months ago

Just for refernce, Photoshop CS6 does not use CUDA: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cs6-gpu-faq.html#mercury

So if that is the only reason for going with nVidia, then you might want to reconsider.

redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 months ago

I've been a True Intel + nVidia fanboy all my life. Price of the Sabertooth and 8-core AMD made me decide on going with that for my CPU/Mobo.

My previous machine was a stock clock/voltage Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz on an Intel DP35DP motherboard, with 6GB of Corsair XMS2, DDR2 800 ram. It also had an EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti. I guess decent, but this new rig is allowing for more growth.

This is a big step up, and I'm happy with its performance for price. There are still some mail-in rebates to complete, and that'll bring the price down even more.

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 24 months ago

By the way... How is your H100i running? Is it worth getting? The reason I ask this is because I'm considering buying that or a good air cooler.

redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 23 months ago

It's spectacular. I found the corsair link app on their site and it lets me even change the color of the logo on the cpu block. Not that it's such a selling point but it's even more configurable than the H100 (non "i").

Now that I've gone with this, I'll never head back to air-over-heatsink for an overclocked machine. The main downside is I can't place things on top of the case -- and the two fans have to blow over the radiator constantly - so there's a higher sound output. where I've got the machine it's in good airspace and i don't mind the sound, i dont need it to be quiet, and i'm not going to forego performance for silence.

if you have good real-estate in your case to allow for it, either above the mobo with a couple of inches between the uppermost RAM or large extruded object from the mobo to the top of the case, and there's mounting area for the H100i's radiator/fans, do it. Doooo it.


miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 23 months ago

Wow, in that case, I may just have to go with it. Thanks for your input.

FrankV01 [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Trying to understanding overclocking my FX-8350; when you overclocked yours did you only increase the multiplier or did you also increase the voltage?

Also, is it normal to have system instability during the process of over-clocking? Like an occasional fail to boot (where it boot cycles)?

Any info you could provide on your overclocking experience would be great! Thanks.

atg284 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Are those front intake fans loud? I'm trying to find some quiet ones:/

MetaknightZYZ 1 point 19 months ago

looks sexy.

fortmcmurtry [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

do you still have your plastic clips that screw into the mobo that hold the heatsink/fan? I have lost mine and I wanted to switch back to fan style. Ill pay you for shipping and the parts.

Oliver [4 Builds] 0 points 24 months ago

For 2 grand, I was expecting to see an intel and atleast above a 660 ti. Finished pics at all?

redventura [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 months ago

It came out much less, with combo deals, and prices were cheaper. Came out to under $1760 with tax and some shipping costs. Most of it was from Newegg.