Pic is from before I installed the 650ti
the case is more than the cpu? nice build!! I know this is personal choice, but I think this would have looked nice in a Corsair 350D!
I love the Fractal but I did think long and hard about the 350D
Awesome cable management!
It's not even modular!
Your temps are too high on your CPU, I think you used too much thermal paste. I have that CPU and cooler and when I was using the stock fan on the cooler my load temps were 42C at stock. So unless your ambient is around 160F, I don't think you installed the cooler correct.
Thanks for the tip, That indeed was the problem. everything is good now.
+1, you are getting close to the danger zone with Phenom II. Did it somehow get overvolted maybe? A grain of rice is all you need for thermal paste.
Parts selection is decent. I don't have a problem spending more on a nicer case. I had a bad experience with a biostar rebate, but the board itself was solid.
I don't know about his chip, but my was running 1.475v at stock. He should note that a high stock voltage means a very bad overclocker.
There is a 140w and a 120w version of the 965. All of the new ones are 125w and stock voltage is 1.4v. I was able to get mine to 4 ghz using 1.475v an Antec Kuhler 620. Experience cataloged here: http://www.ironraptor.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=121&t=1611&p=6650#p6650
I don't mean stock voltage for the chip, I mean the value the motherboard applies before you set it to stock. My chip is a C3 125 watt model, it just overclocks like it is a C2 lol. I was unfortunately only able to get a validation of mine at 4 ghz with 1.488v which is what I run at 3.8 stable. So if the voltage scales correctly I can probably run 4 ghz stable at ~1.575v which is way to hot for my 212.
I would put those fans on the heatsink for more thermal efficiency...
At the end of the day it's still a Hyper 212 EVO.
True, but it focuses the air onto the heatsink, and the CPU is one of the two biggest sources of heat.
But it's a Hyper 212 EVO. I don't care how many fans you put on that thing, even high end Noctua fans, it's not gonna get that much better. If you're gonna buy a $30 heatsink and strap a $30 worth of fan on it, you're doing something wrong.
It's a MicroATX case. It's already very prone to issues with airflow. Those improved fans help a lot.
I was just saying that since he already bought the fans, he might as well put the higher static pressure ones on the heatsink. Yeah, for the price of the fans and heatsink combined, he should have gotten something better.
Static pressure doesn't really matter on heatsinks as much as radiators. I'm sure it would give some slight bonuses on something like the NH-D14, but on a radiator like the Hyper 212 EVO's, I think higher CFM is better, and the stock fan has higher CFM.
Now that I have fixed the thermal paste issue, everything is fine.
What's with the drive choice? a 160GB laptop drive, and a 250gb wd blue. between those to drives you could have had a 2TB Barracuda or so.
Being that it's your first build, I'm guessing you didn't take them from other old builds...
probably took them from laptops and he may have had a prebuilt desktop
I took them from old computers I get through work so they were free.
Nice work on your first build sir!
lotta criticism in here, but that cable management is still sex.
Love the CPU but it will die in less than a year with those temps
I fixed the thermal paste and I now idle at 29 deg and I am at 46 under load.
Those HDD's are WAY overpriced!
I harvested them from some old computers to save some money.