Added higher fan on the case.
Little dirty as it is rather an old system (1yr.+) minus the processor.
Looks like a pretty tight fit in there, how's the airflow situation?
Airflow is good. I modified the case (as you can see from the higher fan on the side panel). H80 is being used as exhaust (along with top fan). Two side fans are intake as well as two front fans. Chassis temps around 34C idle.
Very nice and appropriately balanced. Though I would have opted for a single gpu, I am guessing the 600 series didn't come out a year ago.
You should also work on cable management, and raid arrays on the hdds.
Yep. I have RAID0 for the HDDs and SSDs. Over 1GB/s or read 800MB/s write on ATTO benchmark.
Considering it's a $50, and considering you're liquid cooled and SLI'd, I'd upgrade your case next. You might consider also getting 2 sticks of 4GB DDR3-1600. Unless you're doing RAMDisk, Virtualboxing, or lots of 3D modeling or data mining, the 16GB is useless and you'd benefit more from the 1600mhz ram.
Curious, how stable is your CPU at 5.0GHz?
Yeah. I had this as a Phenom II X4 with 8GB on an old MSI board. Had a great combo at the time for the UD3 with the same RAM that I had, so I just went ahead and got 8 more GB. Prime95 came out smooth after 6hrs. Max temp throughout the entire bench was like 50-52C, but normal load temps around 47C give or take a few.
stress tests with Prime95 are usually done across 24 hours. just putting it out there :P
Yeah, I figured that I wouldn't have my PC at 100% load for more than 6hrs. much less 24. I am out for performance (along with budget) and not benchmarks.
the "budget" part is something that concerns me, considering all the parts here sum up to more than $1400-ish... not quite something i'd consider "budget" in your case, but i guess to each their own.
i am rather curious, however, to learn of your opinion on the FX-8350. how's it working out for you? and what do you typically get in games framerate-wise/performance-wise?
Kind of wish you would have gotten a card with more vram for this much money. Great build regardless.
Like I said above, this has been a piece meal build with several upgrades along the way (like 6 or 7).
Very nice build.
why the cheap keyboard and mouse combo
I have had this same mouse/keyboard combo for 4 or 5 years. Suits me fine.
Have you had any experiences with high end mouses/keyboards? I know that now that I've used my Razer Deathadder 3.5G for a while I'll never be satisfied by lower end mouses. The size and buttons are amazing. Yet again better not to get addicted to higher end more expensive equipment.
why not 1x120gb instead of 2x60gb ssd?
Had a deal on the SSDs. Buy one get one half off, so $85 for 2 (just a budgeting thing). These have great Garbage Collection so I just log off and leave the rig on overnight to take care of non-TRIM support. No problems so far.
Nice. You could buy an aircan thing and blast all that dust off of your parts... if you're OCD about it like me lol
I'm about to attempt a gaming rig build with this processor (8350) and the same ud3 gigabyte board, is there any advice or tips you can provide before I begin? Also using patrior 1600mhz 16gb memory, and 2 radeon hd 6870 gpus. antec liquid cooling as well
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.