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Critical Orange-2012-Upgrade

by Vergere


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Date Published

Sept. 11, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 8, 2012

CPU Clock Rate

4.333 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.25 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C


My first personal computer build, I like to call it Critical Orange. Built in early 2012, it was my baby, the one thing I got to create after working at my first job after highshcool. I recently got the 5TB HDD from newegg during a sale, and the second XFX 7870 from ebay. Really glad I got a matching video card! Otherwise, the case is the the really custom part. Had a friend paint it Blood Orange, and got a bunch of case fans to match it. Same with the PSU, of course. For all the parts I had, the case made installation really easy, very glad I got it. Currently using it for Gaming and Video Editing. Comments, and questions are welcome!

Part Reviews


Really good chip to learn how to Overclock, but it's sensitivity to voltage changes can lead to higher than expected temps.

CPU Cooler

Having no issues for 3 years, I really like this cooler. There are better choices out there now, but for the cost, it's not too bad.


This board is simply fantastic for overclocking. My current favorite BIOS to work in, and the fact that it has two PCIe 3.0x16 slots, it made upgrading to a Crossfire setup super easy. Can't say enough good things about it.


Having a built-in OC profile makes things much easier when overclocking. It's worked very well, even under stress testing and overclocking failures. Still hasn't died, which is rather impressive to me.


Sadly, this SSD was an early unit, and had to be updated to support TRIM. It's worked well so far, but after having scanned it and found about a 9% failure rate on the internals, I'll be looking to replace it, probably with a newer Crucial unit, or one with the new 3D SSD's.


Rather fast HDD, able to record footage with ease. Works well, and no noticeable failures.


A bit slow, but the extra storage is exactly what I needed in a backup drive.

Video Card

Being able to run 60+ FPS with just one card, I've been able to get 100+ FPS in War Thunder and other games that support Crossfire. Still, newer cards are better, but in 2012-2013, this worked just fine, and it's still doing good in 2015.


Best case I've worked in, I really love this case. Only minor gripe is that you can't fit standard 120mm fans on the top of the chassis, but there is more than enough room on the inside for both them and the 240mm Radiator.

Power Supply

With cables just barely long enough to reach, it's not the greatest PSU I could use with this case. However, it matched the theme, and it's whisper quiet when not under load.

Optical Drive

There is a reason this unit keeps getting great reviews. It's a CD/DVD drive that works. K.I.S.S.

Operating System

Better than Vista and Millennium.

Case Fan

Just started to get some extra noise out of these fans, but thankfully cleaning and oil helped them out. They are loud, no doubt, but the did match the color scheme, so I don't mind the noise too much.


Simple monitor with IPS. Can't go wrong there.


This has become my favorite keyboard. It made me a convert from normal, matrix keyboards to the mechanical. Sadly, I did recently break the space bar, but that's what happens when you get glue near a keyboard.


Not my favorite mouse, but it has worked very well. It's a bit small in my had, but it is still comfortable. Sadly, with the new games that I'm playing, I'm needing more buttons on the mouse, so I'm thinking of upgrading to something more MMO appropriate.

Comments Sorted by:

DrTot 1 Build 3 points 43 months ago

This has amazing potential, I love orange builds and I am making one myself, but if you clean up some cables, and maybe add some LEDS it will be fabulous. May I suggest the NZXT HUE? Huehuehuehue.

Vergere submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

The case fans currently have white LED's in them. They are very mute, and do look good. As for Cable management, I'm no master at it, but for as many parts are in there, it's as clean and functional as I need it to be. If I could do anything with the case, I would gladly add some blood orange custom LED underglow.

PcDuck 1 point 43 months ago

Amazing build, and it still should last quite a while. Also, what new parts do you see yourself getting? +1

Vergere submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

well, I did just get the 5TB HDD and the second XFX HD 7870, Otherwise, I really need new casefans. Thinking of getting the Cougar Vortex fans in Orange. It will lose the LED's, but it will open my case for more of a custom LED lighting job. But that's about $120 worth of fans, and I'm not made of money right now.

jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

not to shabby... take an afternoon and zip tie and clean up those wires and youll have one sexy beast

Vergere submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks! I'll do that sometime December, when I blow out the case again!

Jenia 1 point 43 months ago

Whoa, your build shares too many similarities with one that I have in mind. Is the 990 FX really worth? And did you overclock your processor? Anyways, it looks very good. :))

Vergere submitter 7 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

990FX is really worth it; no bandwidth issues with or without Crossfire. I've overclocked my cpu to 4.33 GHz, and I'm barely running above 75C under load. Thank you for the comment!

Jenia 1 point 43 months ago

Nice man! I already ordered the mobo.

the1 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Critical Orange = Cool name!

Vergere submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Ah, thanks! I've got some new photos to post, as I did re-work the cable management. I should have them up in about 2 hours. I don't have the best internet access...

peters_19_ 1 point 34 months ago

sorry but the monitors aren't ips

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Vergere submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I've actually used those dual optical drives to direct copy DVD's! As for the Motherboard BIOS, It's been the only thing that has saved me time and time again when I was getting my RAM and CPU speeds up. So yes, I like the BIOS.

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Vergere submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

It's not illegal when it's ubuntu!

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