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Black And Gold - First Build

by Dtrishman


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CPU Clock Rate

3.1 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

900 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.05 GHz


Just finished building this yesterday, my first pc build. Going to be mainly for gaming, might do some graphic or art stuff with it later on.

Been buying the parts over a course of 3 months trying to get the best deals I could. I spent far less than the estimated cost, closer to $1500. Will admit that I sacrificed a bit to afford the water cooling loop, but that's what upgrades are for. Assembled by myself, parts chosen with the assistance of a friend. Also did the custom paint job myself, isn't immaculate up close, but looks nice from about 3 feet on.

Really happy with how it's performing. Going to have the same friend take a look at it and help me fine tune all of the settings and overclock it for maximum performance. Have been informed that a few of the lines on the loop need to be shortened, coming out of both sides of the cpu, and the right side of the gpu needs to be shortened and moved to the opposite side.

I've just really started learning about the finer points of computers in the last few months, so some noobish errors are likely to have been made. Will post some benchmarks and other stats after my much more experienced friend helps me out with the fine-tuning.

I'll also add that my friend did want me to get better parts in some areas, but I really wanted the cooling loop so he worked with me to try and get the best parts we could with the remainder of the budget.

Video of the Cooling system running - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llyZTuUr38M&feature

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jonjonjon 1 Build 5 points 77 months ago

yea the water cooling is pretty nice. id love to do it but im just to lazy to deal with having to worry about the maintenance. you should shorten that 1 tube coming out of the cpu block. or is that just the angle of the picture? i personally would have skipped the water cooling and put that money into upgraded cpu & gpu.

IamApropos 3 Builds 5 points 77 months ago

"i personally would have skipped the water cooling and put that money into upgraded cpu & gpu." - Totally agree on this. Seems great parts were sacraficed in order to afford the water loop. I would have made my system rock solid and later worried about a custom loop.

Dtrishman submitter 1 Build 2 points 77 months ago

I hate to say it, but I have to concede that point to you. I really wanted the water cooling loop, mainly for the aesthetics of it, and it did eat a chunk out of my budget considerably. Though right now I've been running Skyrim on Ultra High with no hiccups. But hey, I get to look forward to a nice upgrade in the future. ;) Also, the loop does need some fine-tuning. Same friend informed me that I made the loops on both sides of the cpu too long, as was pointed out, and the loop on the right side of the gpu needs to be moved to the opposite side and shortened.

jonjonjon 1 Build 2 points 77 months ago

as long as your happy with it that's all that really matters.

Spirafall 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

Hey, some people care more about looks than others. I think that as long as the aesthetics don't interfere with the performance of the machine, I don't care if people spend extra money on flashy led fans or colorful cable sleeves or matching water cooling loops. That, and there's always room for improvement.

Booth21209 1 point 77 months ago

Well granted you bought this over 3 months, and saved $500 dollars off the listed price as a result, you basically got a free watercooling loop.

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zailiner 1 Build 2 points 77 months ago

Oh my god, you did an amazing job on the paint job. I love it!

cyclogenisis 1 Build 2 points 77 months ago

no offense but it think that custom water cooling doesnt look at great for some reason

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 77 months ago

Awesome custom water cooling loop. I'm surprised your friend didn't recommend you to get or wait for Piledriver because of the reviews bulldozer recieved. Is that GPU left over from an older build? What is this build mainly used for? Gaming than I'm really confused as to the parts your friend suggested >_< you spent nearly a 3rd of your entire budget on the water cooling system. Its pretty to look at thats for sure.

Did you see the motherboards that have gold on them? ECS would match the bling of your system really well.

TestBuilds 1 point 77 months ago

This is what I call customization. Nice job!

lurker541 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

Nice loop.

Unfortunately, an $800 build can out perform yours. Did you really just water cool a bulldozer and a 6870?

Jimmy 3 points 77 months ago

That's just what I was wondering. Though that system is more than capable of his needs. He simply didn't get the best components for the money.

jonjonjon 1 Build 2 points 77 months ago

the 8120 has a TDP of 125W compared to 77W for the ivybridge's. so the extra cooling will at least help him get a higher overclock and get the max performance.

MrWhiteMacaroon 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

You over paid for compression fittings, you could of found it for like 20-30 bucks, but nice build

boomerbug 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

Nice looking setup! Now prove your water cooling system performance with this stress test for a day. You will find out if that is worth the cost. http://www.overclock.net/t/137251/prime95

And monitor min and max cpu core temperature with this. http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

LeviSF 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

The custom job is awesome. It's understandable how you became obsessed with the water cooling system, it just happens sometimes, that was probably the most satisfying part for you. You can always upgrade the other parts later if you need to.

Basterus 1 point 77 months ago

This is literally exactly what I was going to do! I need a new theme now, but very well executed I must say.

Dtrishman submitter 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

Hey, if this is what you had in mind you obviously have great taste ;) and I'm sure you'll come up with something just as great.

MrStig91 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

$2000 for an AMD build with a 6870? =/ Just sayin....

Dtrishman submitter 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

As I said in the description, I did not pay retail for this system. I spent $1500.

rhandyrhoads 5 Builds 1 point 77 months ago

Oh my god it's beautiful. That's the neatest cable management ive ever seen. If I didn't know better I'd say that there aren't any cables in the case. Personally I would have gotten a 128 gb ssd and a 1tb or less hdd but you can do what you want. Overall amazing build but personally i would have gone with intel.

sander3 1 point 77 months ago

Nice build but i think i would have gone for the 83 series instead, has a bit more advantage over the 81 series and is usually cheaper.

This build would be nice for a all around build like programming and such as the 83** series can keep up to par with i7s in multithread utilities even though it is slower than an i5 2500k in single thread applications.

and if you have gotten these parts over the months, i think you should of swooped for the deal of $100 PSU from Seasonic(makes Corsairs high end and a lot of high rated PSU)

zyvox100 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

awesome build bro! love the water cooling loop.

m.j 1 point 75 months ago

Nice Build! But why AMD for 1000+ build

Daxtinator15 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

That is one sexy computer case! Nice job!

DjArtifact 1 point 74 months ago

I know this was posted a while ago but that mayhems aurora is not made for a normal 24/7 loop it is made for a trade show PC that will only be running for a few days. The aurora particles will get gunked up in your radiator reservoir and waterblocks and will eventually clog up your loop. I would recommend swapping out the coolant as soon as you can.

pc_noob 1 Build 0 points 77 months ago

Nice custom loop :)

Graphene 0 points 77 months ago

should've gone with the 8350 if you could, first FXs were below par and used more power than the new ones

Dtrishman submitter 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

The CPU was the first component that I bought three months ago and sparked the build. At the time the piledriver processors weren't out yet and I didn't want to pass up on the $120 deal for the 8120 i found waiting to find out if the piledriver would be significantly better. And as others have said it leaves room for the system to grow and have a nice upgrade later on.

stoutfiles 1 Build 0 points 77 months ago

Love the cooling setup, but what are you going to do with this computer to take advantage of it?

Dtrishman submitter 1 Build -2 points 77 months ago

It's mainly going to be for gaming.

Big_Dean 3 points 77 months ago

It would have been a better choice to go with a better GPU, one that you could actually take advantage of the investment that is a water cooling block, since i assume you won't be replacing it soon.

danielhep 0 points 77 months ago

Why a crappy bulldozer CPU? Not a bad build overall, but definitely could've done much better. You also could've gotten a 7850 for that price.

Dtrishman submitter 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

As I've answered in other comments I bought the parts I have at cheaper prices when they were on sale and such and were not quite the same prices as they are listed now. Also at that same time the better parts were still more expensive or not even released yet.

danielhep 1 point 77 months ago

An i3 could destroy your CPU in gaming for cheaper.

mousseng 1 Build 0 points 77 months ago

That's a really pretty computer! Also, in spite of all the flak it gets, the 8120 can get pretty close to an i5's gaming performance if you tweak it properly. This comes primarily from disabling one core per module (since the two cores in each module share a few resources, which can be a large bottleneck for lightly-threaded programs like games), but overclocking the CPU/NB is also pretty important too (AMD's L2 and L3 cache is horribly slow!). Another huge benefit from all this is even lower temperatures (obviously not an issue at the moment) and lower power draw (again, no worries there but it's still nice).

Dtrishman submitter 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

Thank you! I still consider myself a novice, so I'm having a much more experienced friend show me how to properly fine tune this thing for the performance you're talking about. Will definitely keep your input in mind as we overclock it, thanks!

mousseng 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

Right on - the reduction to 4 cores will hurt your highly-threaded performance (typically things like video editing, CAD, 3D rendering, etc), but gaming performance skyrockets.

Noober44Gaming -2 points 77 months ago

Once again why amd over intel

Dtrishman submitter 1 Build 1 point 77 months ago

Cheaper and I wanted to be able to overclock it easily. I have no allegiance to either brand. In the future I think I'm going to try an Intel build.

Fastmaster7 -3 points 77 months ago

Very beautiful but somewhat lacking in performance

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