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This is my primary machine that I have torn down, upgraded, replaced parts, swapped parts and has almost no components from what it originally was. Over the years this machine has fed parts to three other machines in the house but its my everyday driver. Some photoshop / illustrator, MMO Gaming, Ubuntu VM, dvd/blu ray ripping and a fairly extensive media collection. I am a huge AMD enthusiast - haven't had an intel machine since an original pentium. My video card is a little outdated but I am planning on picking up a MSI 8G 390X in the very near future.

My temps used to be incredibly low only running the standard 4.4 stock turbo but I have got much more greedy with my overclock and am pushing 4.85Ghz. 68c max temp is after running Prime95 overnight. My goal was to try and hit 5.0 but I don't think it will happen with a bolt on closed loop cooler.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

In hindsight, If I would have known I was calling the build the AMD Ice Cube I would have gone with the white A540 - but I am a fan of the black / red AMD theme. I don't have the 28" 4k monitor pictured yet - I'm moving in two weeks and don't want to set it up until after that- updates will come and I will let everyone know if that 270x can push 4k on an x86 MMO.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice machine!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that mouse? It doesn't seem bad but I'd like to have some user's opinion. Otherwise great build +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Its fantastic - however make sure to get the firmware update from asus.com or the software will hang. I burned thru a ton of other different mice looking for the right one because I always wear out switches. This mouse has a mechanical feel to it and the switches can be replaced. The box came with 3 spares as well as spare teflon pads. I was a little worried with the two different cords provided because of it coming lose or detaching but it has a spring loaded lock to secure the cable and has not had any issues. The two DPI settings can be configured to any DPI setting you choose or completely disabled. I play MMO's and not a FPS so I don't need on the fly DPI settings so i completely unbound it for an additional macro key. I would definitely recommend this mouse.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the 8350 compare to say an i5 4690k in gaming? Getting me interested now since it's roughly $50 cheaper

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The 4690k has much better single core performance which can have a direct impact on frame rates. I am an MMO gamer and those games do not take a powerful machine. Most MMO's can run max settings on a $400 - $500 rig. (I've built plenty of them) If you are looking to do brand new AAA titles, the 4690k will win. Most games will not take advantage of 8 cores until DirectX 12. I chose the 8 core because I do an extreme amount of multitasking but none of the processes are incredibly intense.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Even though many people would say "AMD" and "Ice cube" should never be in the same sentence, your CPU remains extremely cool. "+1" for the temps even for a $100 cooler :D

Also, I know it is one of the most popular but, how is that SSD treating you? I am thinking of putting the 120GB variation in my build, which is similar.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm posting up the benchmarks from the Samsung Magician tool - I have rapid mode enabled. Keep in mind it is the 500GB version and the smaller capacity version tend to have slightly less performance than the larger ones. My wife has the 120GB and i could catch a screen cap of that one for you if you would like.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes please :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag15/jdarragh83/benchmark_zps9vsvtthr.png

I didn't want to add the screenshot to my build to prevent confusion. It is also an 850 not 840 so sorry there but you can see the gain on the larger capacity drives. We have same mobo - same ram / bios / both rapid mode on.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, quite impressive. Seriously thinking of adding one :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Both systems are also running 16gb of ram and those SSDs will use the unused ram as a cache up to 4gb with 16 installed. I could pull a stick out to confirm but if you are only running 8gb I do believe there will be a fair performance drop in the SSD in rapid mode.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I just ordered the same cpu, mother board. Did you have any problems getting the ram to work?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all. Profiles work just fine

  • 56 months ago
  • -2 points

>AMD

>Icecube

Choose one