Description

The FX-8350 is known for its toasty temperament, so I sadistically assigned it to a chassis that doesn't care to breathe (Riptide slogan says Let the power flow! — no mention of air). Two 80mm fans on the side panel do all the intake, exhaust by a 92mm on the rear & an unusual blower in the front 3.5" bay. Added a 70mm CPU heatsink pull fan. The VGA cooler assembly at the bottom won't do much except stir that section of air, since the floor is solid. So far it's running warm but not hot. I'll see what happens under sustained load & may resort to some DIY floor ventilation enhancements.


191130 UPDATE: I pulled out the RX 580 in favor of a longer 480 that required the HDD to descend 1 slot for clearance. The extra GPU length isn't going to help air circulate, but I also drilled some holes in the bottom to introduce more freshness through those fans. Previously monitored temperatures well into the 60s when running benchmarks, now it's hitting 55.3°C under the same load. Not too shabby for what's involved here.


191206 UPDATE: Sold cheap to an aspiring YouTuber on craigslist. Another buyer was going to pay the full cost of parts, but I wanted to support content creation way out in the sticks like the 1st guy was doing. Forgot to configure a couple of things, had to walk him through HDD formatting & fixing his screen resolution. So far so good.

Part Reviews

CPU

I didn't treat this processor with much reverence but it's a trooper anyway. Probably won't carry a gamer far into the future but you could do a lot worse right now.

CPU Cooler

The FX-8350 is asking a lot of this thing, so I put a little 70mm helper on the pull side. Not phenomenal results but acceptable, inspiring mild confidence. I expect it could do quite well on a more relaxed processor.

Motherboard

Used, gave me no problems. Originally I thought the bold blue pieces would work in a more color-coordinated project, but this build was not so much about aesthetics & I'm still happy with the board's performance.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Odd fan configuration at first look, but ******* if this isn't one of the most interesting things I've seen in a good while.

Was this a build you put together initially a while ago or are you just having fun with some old parts for a "new" build?

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

I've been ordering a lot of used parts from eBay just for this type of project. The airflow situation here is not what I would have imagined. These several little fans are working for a living & they let you know it. Thanks for checking it out

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been checking out your other builds and I'm now realizing how special your presentation of everything really is. Definitely the most unique profile I've come across in the years that I've been using PCPartPicker. From the witty descriptions of each of your builds to their almost hilarious design and construction, this is is definitely some good ****. I wish there was a way to follow someone's profile to get notifications of their additions.

Keep it up.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I appreciate that! It's only in recent months that I've earnestly pursued this hobby. It started when I built an overkill PC for myself — a strange empty feeling came with that, like What now? I had spent all this money & built a monster I don't really need. The Prestige of the High End just wasn't the thrill it was supposed to be. What you see in my PCPartPicker career is an attempt to recapture the fundamentals & make the most out of what is available, however mundane it might be. This has made the process much more compelling for me personally. I would encourage anyone to widen their focus to include more than just the top shelf of new releases.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Never thought i'd meet a sadist on this website! What did the FX-8350 do to deserve this fate?!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It got out of bed that day.

Not really, I'm just curious about the limitations this CPU & this case impose on each other. I've seen it up in the 60s while running some benchmarks. The exhaust is easily above room temperature & the fans are not quiet. I do want to cut some holes in the floor & give it feet, but I think that will be after another build or 2.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I missed out on a few generations of PC hardware that are still viable today, so I'm sampling the secondhand market & gaining some valuable retro-perspective.