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Small Package Large Load

by swiftfishy

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65 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 13, 2014

Date Built

Dec. 10, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

Description

This build is a gift for my brother. I wanted it to be small enough that it could be easily moved about, but I also wanted it to be able to handle a lot of gaming and some good rendering capability.

CPU: I chose this for it's 8 cores and 4.0Ghz stock. I read some reviews and comparison with intel cpu's that were close to it and chose this one. The intel cpu's performed better on single core performance (as expected), but the FX-8350 was able to out-perform on multiple cores. A lot of things these days are using more than one core, so it will be much better for multi-tasking.

CPU Cooler: I had this left over from a previous build and it worked great. It's very quiet and is nice and slim for this case.

Motherboard: It was the only AM3+ mATX motherbaord that wasn't extremely ugly. It also had a USB3.0 port for the case. The brown coloring isnt as noticeable as I thought it would be (which is good)! Although, it did only have 2 fan connectors; the cpu cooler took both of those alone.

Memory: I really wanted this to have 16Gb of ram considering it will really help out the perfomance on almost all applications. G.Skill is a pretty well-known brand and 1866 isn't too bad either.

GPU: Well, I really was interested in the new GTX 970's. They're price to performance is almost on par with AMD cards (I prefer AMD personally). 4Gb of VRam was a must. The blower style was chosen based off of it's price and the small form factor of the case. The way it is setup in the case is, it can pull in air straight from the top of the build without anything blocking it and then exhause it. So fresh air always.

Case: The case is a small mATX which is perfect. It is also a very aesthetically nice. The color was purely chosen for how clean it looks, also black is overrated.

PSU: I was looking for a smallish psu that was fully modular. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 is because of the 24 pin cable. The rest are black, but the 24 pin is sleeved black, it is only sleeved till about 2 inches of wire are left exposed on each side and it is a very thin/ see through sleeve. Not very appealing.

I would really like to hear your comments on this build. It was my first mATX build. I can't say much about cable management as there was not a lot of places to put the cables!

Benchmarks:

3dMark = 8114

Thief- Max Fps = 62.2, Avg Fps = 51.5

Unigine Heaven Extreme- Max Fps = 106, Avg Fps = 48.8, Min Fps = 8.2 (Directly after loading screen), Score = 1229

Unigine Valley Extreme HD- Max Fps = 96.1, Avg FPs = 50.6, Min Fps = 19 (Directly after loading screen), Score = 2116

*Benchmarks seem to have been hindered by something, I presume the actual ingame fps will be much higher.

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zachar954 1 Build 14 points 35 months ago

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Rashiq 3 points 35 months ago

How did you do that?

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 4 points 35 months ago

Friendship and Magic

silverteeth 1 point 35 months ago

copy and paste

Retroman 1 point 35 months ago

ascii art. google it :)

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Rashiq 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks for the name.

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Aceman4556 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) -Small package -Large load -Great time

JonnyGuitar 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

L0L

Mincading 12 Builds 3 points 35 months ago

I like your title.

Oldsnivy100 3 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

I wish I had a brother like that

ADFX_Pixy 2 points 35 months ago

Nice build, nicer title.

violetrainxx 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Nice build! That name though... xD +1 How is your brother liking it so far?

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

didn't get it yet, for christmas :#

GhostTaco 1 point 35 months ago

Let me know how it goes, from what I've read The 8xxx AMD chips and mATX don't like to go together very well

eopest 8 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Should be fine with that liquid cooler on it.

xblackwhitex 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Its the vrms that are the problem on the mATX boards but that board is probably the best mATX fx board so no problems

miznark 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Nice build, nicer pictures. Looks like you went to Sears for a photo shoot. Don't know about the cable management, but don't really see anywhere in the box to hide the cables either.

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Ya, also I figured that there isn't a window on it, so it won't be seen! If there was a window like my other pc, I would've taken more time on cable management.

Chubba_Bubba 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

I also have a small package with a large load :). But for seriousness very nice compact build.

tpb1908 1 point 35 months ago

You said that the CPU cooler took up 2 fan headers? You didn't plug the pump into a CPU header did you? Pumps don't tend to like a changing voltage, they need to run at the same speed constantly.

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

The motherboard only has 2 fan connectors. Cpu fan, and another fan connector. There were no other choices for it to be plugged into. The psu didn't come with any cables that would be able to convert into a fan connector.

kingspiral 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

This build though... It's so perfect

xolot1 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Looks clean, nice work

Truenirvana 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

For the price this build is nuts! Great job.

dcmabry 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Idk why people say to get the i5 non-k version lol it's so pointless, the K version is actually on sale for cheaper than the non-k as I'm typing this.

HURR DURR.

But yea, nice build, the 8350 is a solid processor even though people bash AMD all the time on here. Friend has one and loves it.

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I'm more of a amd fan acutally, it hurt me a little to even get the gtx 970, but it's price to performance is just really good atm.

dcmabry 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Well I had an R9 290 and I probably just got a melon, I had pretty bad throttling issues with mine (XFX Double D R9 290) and the heat output was pretty ridiculous. I have a reference design 780 right now and it still is cooler and only uses about 45% fan speed at high loads compared to my XFX card I had.

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

on my own rig i have a r9 290 aswell, but its a tri-x. It is usually about 20-50% fan speed and it never reaches about 50 degrees. Also it's fairly quiet.

LaputaCake 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

I wouldn't call the Prodigy small even as a M ATX case. :D

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

true, but it's smaller than a mid tower and its a box so its easier to move.

LaputaCake 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Yeah, I don't like the layout choose for their matx varaint. What about you?

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Um, it's weird, it sucks that most gpu's leave no chance to have a optical drive. but with the fans facing up I think its good. As I said in the description, it allows the gpu fresh air constantly and with a blower style like i had, its just constant cool air. The way the psu is in the case tho, i think that's smart.

JacobChristie 1 point 35 months ago

How do you get windows for free??

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

My dad works at a school and he's part of the tech department. So they have a ton extra.

BruhBrandon7 1 point 23 months ago

wanna send me one?? ;P

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Sure, for $1000

BruhBrandon7 1 point 23 months ago

Windows?! You're crazy lol.

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Sorry I thought u meant for the computer, the message system doenst link to the previous post :D

JacksonMurphy 1 point 35 months ago

Says mobo only supports up to DDR3-1333 but you got 1866?

DrSmileyFace18 1 point 35 months ago

Thinking of getting the PSU in this build, would you to commend it/have you had any problems with it?. My build is also using a 970

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

haven't had any problems so far... though I havent tested rendering

finn1092 1 point 35 months ago

why is your motherboard black in your build but it is listed as blue on pcpartpicker?

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Cause it is out dated on pcpartpicker, but the motherboard that I have listed IS the motherboard in the picture... so it will be black like mine if u buy it.

finn1092 1 point 35 months ago

ok

finn1092 1 point 35 months ago

:D

Masterfliprace 1 point 35 months ago

How does this build run? I am building a PC just like this one only difference is the power supply and memory and case

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

It's alright, I'm going to update the 3dmark scores and some game scores... they were lower than i expected on the ingame benchmarks, but i do not think the scores/ fps of the benchmarks are comparable to the ingame fps... ingame it will be much higher i believe. If you have the exact same card that I bought (pny) expect it to get hot, our topped out at about 70-80 but never went over.

Masterfliprace 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks I think I went went with the gigabyte gtx970

pritham2000 1 point 33 months ago

how does the amd chip do in gaming? I really wanna go amd but intel seems to perform better?

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

on bf4 it gets above 100fps with the gtx 970, amd chips have better multi core performance, intel has better single core performance. That's why amd is better for workstations.

pritham2000 1 point 33 months ago

oh. okay. thanks a lot for taking the time to tell me. i really love amd but intel seems to be outpacing it.

pritham2000 1 point 33 months ago

do you think that this gpu would perform better with an intel chip?

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I personally have no experience with compatability of which one would be better, but I'd assume it wouldn't matter. Your preference and use.

pritham2000 1 point 33 months ago

okay. thanks

jjw2995 1 point 31 months ago

fx parts are fine but games are yet to take advantage of more than quad core efficiently(mostly). Since we know that intel is better core by core, it would have been better to go i5 (even if non-k version) if you got the headroom to do so.

However, it would have been a difference of 20~5 fps depending on games so it's not a really big deal if you are looking to save some $ and not a hardcore gamer looking for the best experience.

Anyways, how is the actual gaming performance?

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Sorry for the late response. The build was built for my brother who used to do a lot of video editing and such, so the amd was a better choice imo! Gaming wise it works fine, plays BF4 max settings smoothly (70-100). Ofcourse we only use 1080 monitors but I suppose it would work fine on a 1440 aswell. I can't run any benchmarks currently since it's with him.

3D mark wise, my personal build ( https://pcpartpicker.com/b/HFPscf ) got a 8660 score and it plays BF4 max at about 80-120, and his is 8114. So I wouldn't see a huge difference in fps.

jjw2995 1 point 31 months ago

bf4 should be fine using either side of the cpu as it's well known to be utilizing multicore. Having researched like a madman for a while, now I know that MMOs like "black dessert" have a big performance hit with amd cpus and some games that are poorly coded to use only 1~2 threads.

I just don't understand why amd went with instructions that are not used widely even today (facepalm). I wish they had focused on looking near future not something like 5 years down the road.

For playing package games/AAA titles, fx parts should be golden and worth for its cost.

ps. doesn't that MB have hard time keeping up with 8 cores? I think I saw some posts about fx 6 cores is that max that you want to go with 78lmt boards

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

The FX processors aren't meant for gaming though. Atleast that's what I've concluded. Still it's really good for the price to performance ratio.

I haven't experienced any problems with the motherbaord so far. But i can't do any new tests to see if the performance had changed.

jjw2995 1 point 31 months ago

I wouldn't say they aren't meant for gaming but rather it does a bit more than what it's worth XD.

Thank you for the replies.

Perry33 1 point 3 months ago

man, the GA 78lmt usb3 does not takes DDR3 1866. only 1333 so...... ?

Zeroxdude0 1 Build -2 points 35 months ago

I would get an i5 non K version over that AMD (just 30 bucks more.

nugget9711 2 points 35 months ago

just curious as to why you would get the i5?

MacerV 3 points 35 months ago

Especially as he also wanted to do rendering which could explain going AMD.

swiftfishy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Well I did consider it, the i5's got more single core performance, but the fx got more multicore. A lot of stuff these days use multiple cores rather than just one. Also it isn't a $30 difference, cause the motherboard also adds a extra, and I wouldn't go cheap on the motherboard.

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