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⁓ORION⁓ V.1.0 - Personal Setup, Part 5

by Dizzlepop12


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Date Published

Jan. 13, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 10, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

17.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.719 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.108 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

33.0° C


This is the fifth installment of my personal setup, which I first started upgrading back in 2012. It's now 2017, and Ryzen is just around the corner. Once it drops (along with Intel's prices ;) ), I'll be sure to pick one of those up to replace my aging FX-8320.

I already told the backstory and evolution behind this build in my previous posts, so if you're interested be sure to check them out.

In this version, I:

  • Upgraded my mouse
  • Got some new fans
  • Upgraded my keyboard (though it is temporary)
  • Got some RGB LED strips for the desk
  • Swapped GPU (Both were 1070s, but I won my current one in an EVGA contest and sold my old one)
  • Moved desk in front of my window (glad I did this)
  • Got some cable combs
  • Got a new mic & scissor boom arm
  • Found a 22 inch Dell monitor at Goodwill to replace my old 19 inch monitor

Mods include:

  • Red / Silver HDD trays
  • Red front of case
  • Red / Black front fan grill
  • Red / black PCI bracket covers

Plans for the future:

  • Upgrade to Ryzen
  • Get new monitors
  • Get a monitor desk mount
  • Replace 1070 with a Vega card (for dat sweet FreeSync)
  • Get a new keyboard
  • Get an Intel 600P 512GB M.2 SSD

Part Reviews


Based off of AMD's old Bulldozer architecture, so it's not the best performer. However, it's a very decent overclocker and gets the job done for now, despite the bottleneck.

CPU Cooler

Was given to my for free by my brother after he upgraded, and my old H55 had a pump failure. Temps are identical to my old H55, and it was really easy to install.


Great board. Looks nice, has a lot of features, stays cool, and makes it really easy for CPU overclocking.


Was my dad's old SSD, and he gave it to me. Fast read speeds, decent write speeds. A great upgrade from my WD Blue, despite the lower storage capacity.


Has lasted me 5 years with no hiccups, and is still really fast as a secondary drive.

Video Card

Won this from an EVGA gaming event. Funny, because I already owned a 1070 and didn't expect to get this. Ended up selling my old Gaming X and got 200 dollars and a pair of 1More Triple Drivers in return. It's a great card, never gets past 40 degrees celcius and seems to hover around 32 all the time.


Have owned this case for 2+ years, and I still have no intent of upgrading. I'll only agree to upgrade when Corsair makes a tempered glass version with a PSU shroud, and keeps the 5.25 inch bays.

I recently replaced the window on this because the old one was seriously damaged and scratched (which is why I want a tempered glass version...)

Power Supply

This is apart of the CXM refresh, which has upgraded internals and a gray logo instead of a green one. Honestly can't say anything bad about the PSU, because it's quiet and does what it's supposed to do. No unexpected shutdowns, no BSODs, no complaints at all.

Operating System

Meh. It's ight.

Case Fan

Just got these in the mail on Tuesday, and they look great. I really like the simplistic style that they have, and they overall match the system really well. They are also really quiet and move a lot of air, which is of course a good thing.

Case Fan

Bought this one a while ago, maybe about 2 years ago. Still going strong, no signs of bad bearings or anything. It's really quiet, but doesn't move a ton of air, which is why it's an outtake fan on the heatsink.

Case Fan

They look nice, but the rings could be brighter. They're moderately silent, and move quite a bit of air. One of the fans is suffering from bearing noise issues though, which is mainly why I docked off a star.

Fan Controller

No complaints. Just about all of the fans in my system are hooked up to this, and it works like a charm. The "beep" sound is really annoying, though.


Found at a thrift store, it gets the job done. Will be replacing this with an Asus 24 inch 75Hz FreeSync, soon.


Same story as the P1911.


Great monitor, but it fell on my keyboard one day and has a warped-looking spot on the screen where it hit the keyboard. Will be mounting this above my 24 Inch Asus monitors when I get those.


My brother got me this for Christmas, and all I can say is OH MY GOD. This has got to be the best gaming mouse on the market. I love having wireless mice, but latency was always a problem. If it wasn't latency, it was limited battery life. Well, the G900 changed all of that for me. It's rechargeable, wireless / wired, uses Logitech's best sensor, and has a ton of features. And even better, there is no noticeable latency at all! Couldn't be happier.

Comments Sorted by:

fn230 8 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

It's a good looking build. :D

Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago


Justiceinacan 7 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Wow, very professional looking.

Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks friend!

JerardBlack 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Beastly red themed build. Nice

Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago


jenxoff 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

It's preettayyy dope....


Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks man!

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

This is a great build but coming from someone who has both free sync and Gsync I can say from personal findings that Gsync is far superior. I would opt for a Gsync monitor instead if you can.

Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

What makes G-Sync more superior than FreeSync?

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

The whole goal of it is to keep the screen timing in sync with output of GPU right? Well it does a far superior job of it. Free sync works but not as well as you would think. Gsync works flawlessly as you would want that type of technology to do. Again, personal experience.

Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

G-Sync monitors are also more expensive though, and the specific monitor I'm looking at is perfect but it supports FreeSync instead of G-Sync. I don't really know what exactly to do at this point.

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Gsync monitors are much more expensive for sure. I suggest you follow your passion for AMD. If it was my choice I would buy a sweet Gsync since the 1070 is already rockin it. Just be aware that you can still use either monitor with either gpu you just turn off Gsync or Free Sync. I am currently using gtx 970 SLI on my Free Sync locked at 75Hz no Free Sync.It works great. I can always go back to AMD if I want again. I have a predator 35 with 980ti and I flat out won't sell that combo. Gsync is that good.

jbeasley 1 point 26 months ago

Sick build man, looks super good! Just got the same case but the white version. Quick question, where did you get the red sleeved cables and cable combs?

Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I got the 24 pin from Fry's, but it's the Raidmax brand so you can probably find it other places. The GPU extension is from Phanteks, which I bought off of Newegg. The cable combs are from Cablemod.

budgetbuilder756 1 point 26 months ago

how much will the ryzen cost?

Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

There's no official price, but the 8 core / 16 thread Ryzen is speculated to be around 300 - 500 dollars.

Lyrix 1 point 26 months ago

wow! 1+! looks good. even tho the case is more expensive than the cpu

Soulzaroth 1 point 24 months ago

How bad does your CPU bottleneck your graphics card? I'm designing a build RN with an FX-8320 and a single GTX 970. I'm thinking of replacing the 8320 with an 8370. What do you think?

Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

A lot. Usually pretty stable framerates above 60 FPS, but in games like BF1 I get dips into the 50s and 40s. I have it overclocked to 4.4GHz, so I doubt the FX 8370 will be an improvement.

Soulzaroth 1 point 24 months ago

Really good information, thanks!

dlbucko 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Awesome build! Have my upvote!

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Dizzlepop12 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago


I agree! We can only pray to the mighty PCPP gods!