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Razgriz Reborn

by re_loaded

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17 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 16, 2015

Date Built

March 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.28GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

The name came from one of my favourite PS2 game back in 2005, Ace Combat: The unsung war. I bought my first pc back in summer 2012 from a guy on craigslist for just $200 which included the monitors(broke in just a few months), and all the peripherals. I have been doing work and playing games on my laptop since I start my study and one day while I was playing CS source, the laptop hanged and couldn't start. That's where I decided to go with pc. So back to the pc before i did all this staged upgrades, it had Phenom II X3 B73 with an Asus M5A78LM-Lx Plus and Radeon HD 6450.

Fall 2014:The first major upgrade was the GPU, Cpu cooler(the stock cooler was like a jet engine even at idle), and the case fan addition.

Black friday 2014: The second stage upgrade was the Case, PSU, SSD, more case fans and the 24" monitor.

Spring break 2015: The latest upgrade was the CPU, motherboard, and the fan controller.

Future upgrade: GPU

CPU: I have been doing tons of research on CPU comparison for the past few weeks and I had a hard time on getting either this CPU or an i5 4690k with such a tight budget. I decided to stay with AMD since the $100 extra(mobo bundle at microcenter) for 4690k is not worth it. Besides, I could use that money to upgrade my GPU later. It has been doing well and easily overclockable to 4.0 GHz. I know I can go further up, but this is currently good enough for me. Switching from a Phenom II X3 to the 8320e feels so much different. Everything is smoother and snappier than before.

Mobo: This is the best performance/value to pair with the 8320e. Bundled this with the CPU at microcenter, its damn cheap compared to the online prices. The only thing that annoyed me was the difficulty and troubleshooting needed when changing mobo and cpu wihout reinstalling OS. I've read a lot on forums saying that its best to reinstall windows, but I did it without doing so. yeay! though it took me the whole night to uninstall the old drivers and install the new ones. got a few BSOD but I used sysprep command and reinstall all the drivers from the included CD.

CPU cooler: I went with this because its cheaper than the 212 evo but looks almost the same, so why not. It has been working very good in keeping my CPU at room temperature(on idle), yup thats right, room temp! the Hyper T4 doesnt come with any special brackets for AMD mobo, just clip em straightaway, so i have to settle on the horizontal placement.

Memory: Nothing to say, still going strong.

Storage: Changing my boot drive from HDD to SSD was the best decision that I've made. boot time to windows went from almost 2 minutes to less than 20 seconds.

GPU: Bought this from Microcenter ( man, I'm grateful there's a Microcenter nearby) because it was cheap and able to give good FPS for the games that I played the most like (BF3, Dota 2, even Crysis 2). Gonna upgrade this to a GTX 960 when I have the budget. I care for my power bill, thats why I chose that over R9 280 or 280x.

Power supply: If I'm not mistaken, this is either a tier 2 or 3 PSU from Tomshardware. Very good price for a good quality PSU.

Case: Also from MC, bought it during sale to replace my previous case( thermal master T102) as the old case doesnt have any cable management space at the back and its using a cheap included PSU. I was able to get more breathing space for all the components with the new NZXT 210.

Corsair Sp120: The reason I bought the fan controller is because this fan will run at full blast without one and its quite noisy. Now its running from the fan controller at minimum speed, there is a noticeable coil whine when I dont play any music. Dont recommend this, instead, try the Quiet Edition, that has some good reviews.

Thank you PCPP community for helping me with this build. you guys are awesome!

*Edited 4th April 2015

Added new rams because I sold my old rig to a friend and together with the kingston hyperx blu. Just got my EVGA GTX 960 SSC today. Still playing around with it but overall, I am really happy. Got it off Amazon for less than $200!

*Edited Summer 2015

Added another 8GB of ram(2x4, same brand and frequency), backplate for the GPU, WD Blue 1TB, and relocated the LED strip to the top. Pictures will be posted soon.

*Edited 25 Sept 2015

New pictures uploaded! As you can see, the cpu cooler is right on top of the last ram slot. It actually made contact with that last ram(fyi, those are low profile rams), so to prevent any short circuits, i just slapped some electrical tape on the ram where it makes contact with the copper heat pipe of the Hyper T4. Did some rerouting on the LED strip so that it sits on top of the case now. and yes, I bought a new keyboard which is the Corsair Vengeance K70 Cherry MX Brown! I'll never go back to membrane again.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very good price for its performance. certainly not faster than the intel cpu's, but gets the job done in multitasking and games. You will only see the performance difference in benchmarks, but who looks at benchmarks all day long?

CPU Cooler

Keeps my cpu cool at lower price than the 212 evo

Storage

It boots too fast!!

Case

Decent cable management space. only drawback is no 3.5 to 2.5 bracket included, too bad if you have an SSD.

Power Supply

Good quality at good price.

Case Fan

At full blast runs like a jet engine, at 40% speed with fan controller, produce coil whine. but keep my system cool.

Comments Sorted by:

dsargent7 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

I just went through having to reinstall my OS because of a motherboard change not long ago. It was a win-win because I finally had the time to install it on my SSD as well. Holy crap it loads from a cold boot so fast now. I went from like 3 minutes to about 10 seconds. Crazy. Good build, but I have to warn you. I had heard that there were weird incompatibilities with my 8350 and the old motherboard I had, which is the exact one you got. After about 3 months, my board stopped receiving power. Gigabyte (who's customer service is atrocious) tested it and said it was fine, but I swapped the board with my MSI Gaming board and that did the trick. I don't know what the deal was, but the board had just quit on me. I wish you luck, and hope a better video card comes your way soon!

re_loaded submitter 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

I feel the same thing with the SSD! That is scary. Luckily I got the rev 2.0, which is a bit better than the rev 1.0. Hopefully it 'll serve me well for the next few years and thanks for the heads up.

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Microcenter shopping FTW!

re_loaded submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

YEAH!

cilvre 6 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

definitely take the time to change your cpu cooler to a vertical mount when you have the time, it will help keep it a bit cooler by not pulling in the heat off the gpu into it. otherwise great build so far :)

re_loaded submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

thanks for the advice! have you done that before? do i have to take out the backplate to do so?

cilvre 6 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

yeah, it's actually the way it should be mounted for most builds, and no you dont have to take the backplate off, you are just realigning the cooler and fitting the mount between the heat pipes.

race774 1 point 43 months ago

The T4 cannot be mounted vertically on AM3+ boards. Also, the heat being pulled from the gpu isnt enough to cause much of a difference to your cpu temps. Maybe a 3-5 degree difference max. And its not a bad thing to pull that heat away from your gpu anyway.

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Awesome build and thanks for the great description! Too many builds these days come with no description, and it's just too bad. Once again great build!

re_loaded submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks man! yeah, I feel it too. Thats why I decided to spend a few minutes to write up an essay..haha

epicnerdgreg 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

i want to fault you for using such an old card, but at the price i cannot complain...

re_loaded submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

yeah I know, i was in a desperate search to find something better than the HD 6450 when I bought the pc. but dont worry, gtx 960 is coming soon :)

epicnerdgreg 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

wait parts list said the card is a 7770. 6450 at the price is not quite as nice... (7770 was a steal IMO but a 6450 is overpaying)

re_loaded submitter 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

yes it is, the 6450 came together when I first bought the pc from that guy (description) so I don't know the individual price for that card. then I upgraded to the 7770.

epicnerdgreg 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

oh ok sorry my bad

TheDitboy 1 point 37 months ago

How many fans came with the case? I am planing to get it, and I also wanted to know if the front of the case provides enough ventilation to feed the fans. +1 for the ssd mounting

re_loaded submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

only one, but it has 6 fan mounting positions(2 front, 2 top, 1 bottom and 1 rear/exhaust). I say this case has plenty of ventilation considering the size. The front intake has side openings for air to enter. Thanks, it could have been better if it came with a 3.5" to 2.5" bracket for SSD, otherwise you just have to ghetto mount it.