Description

I had been out of the building game for a long time and took a shot in the dark at building a new rig to replace my old one. The parts aren't awesome, but it does everything i need it to do.

Use: VMs, some streaming, light gaming, and support work

Temps are core temps.

Part Reviews

CPU

Originally got the 9370, but very quickly realized i couldn't deal with the hear so swapped to an 8350. I needed something with enough cores to be able to provision VMs for some pretty hefty dual quad core servers.

CPU Cooler

Really good at keeping the 8350 cool, even when OCd, crappy install instructions though

Thermal Compound

It's gerd sterf!!!

Motherboard

Originally got this as it was the only one microcenter had in my price range that would support the 9370, I like it though and decided to keep it when I swapped for an 8350 because of the UEFI bios. I dislike the location of the front audio port but ehh shiz happens

Memory

Went cheap but it's pretty decent ram

Storage

Already had it so I used it in this build

Storage

Needed something big, but not huge so I opted for the 500GB since I already had a 1TB that is on it's last hair.

Video Card

Great for the games I do play, and has some pretty cool features for the price point

Case

This is the one part i wish I would have done more research on. Originally i was going to get this case in red to match my color scheme, but they were out so i went with the black version. It's very tight and there are no options for water-cooling on a double 120mm rad because the Ram is right against the top of the case. Overall my least favorite part of the build, but I will replace it eventually.

Power Supply

Went cheap, it does what I need it to do and seems to have good voltages for now. I run my PC all the time so I often replace this part

Case Fan

Very stylish but not that amazing and pretty noisy

Fan Controller

Went cheap just needed something to turn those suckers down without having to constantly reboot and modify bios settings for temps.

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Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

If I had to guess, I'd say Superman is your favorite DC hero ;)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, no I say its gotta to be Batman.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

No, Sourboy is!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, actually DC super hero would probably be green lantern, but the Flash is cool too.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a couple of questions... Is this a rig built from old/parts from other computers? If not, why the 500GB hard drive, 2 graphics cards, and offbrand PSU?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Some yes, the Gigabyte video card was old, the SSD was old, and the DVD drive that I don't think i even listed. I had the dual video cards because while I didn't need to do SLI I did need to support 4 monitors as i run at least 1 to 2 vms all the time when provisioining. I went offbrand PSU because I leave my computer running all the time so even if i go higher quality, which this one really isn't that bad, I will end up replacing it in a year or so. It's not the greatest build ever, I know this, but it was kind of a big impulse buy and it turned out decent. If I had to redo it I would have done a lot of things differently, but for what I do this rig works great

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the explanation. If you are running your PC all the time, I'd say that's an even more valuable reason to purchase a more efficient and reliable power supply. If you get one from a solid brand (EVGA, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, some Antec ones) then you won't have to worry about replacing it, and have slightly lower electricity costs. Either way, great build for the price.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at all those monitors!! Nice.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

ikr

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

is the motherboard good

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Good components, good assembly(just good, not great), the software is...ugh. For someone who is just gaming then you're fine with some okay OC tools and a fairly meh BIOS.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the delayed response. Yes I am a pretty big fan of the motherboard, but the more research I have done I wish I would have opted for the 990 instead of the 970.