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Stormbringer

by warlockalypse

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6 Comments

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Details

Date Published

Aug. 2, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 18, 2013

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

925 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

Description

Pictures are potato quality. I apologize for nothing. Also, I just realized I don't have any photos of the completed build. I may have to remedy that some day.

After years of consuming tech, whether on the old TechTV, various magazines, websites, and YouTube, we really get desensitized to what is actually a bad-*** computer. This build is what I would consider the higher end of "midrange," especially at the time it was built, and it can chew through anything I throw at it. Sure, I'm not running at 4K 60FPS or anything, but this is mine and I loves it.

Being that this is a Team Red build, it doubles as a furnace! Amazing in the Wisconsin winters, but my nerd cave sometimes gets over 90 degrees F in the summer if I don't have the AC on.

I made good use of gift cards, gifts, and my rebate cards to get good deals on a few of these components. I advise you do the same. Seriously.

Soundtrack for the build: "Heart Beats Pacific," "Resignation Day," and "Collapser" by Banner Pilot; "Leavetaking" and "Delusions" by Elway; "Storm" by Sam Russo. I dunno, some people care about this stuff. I know I do.

So this was the first PC I had built after a near ten year absence from the world of PC building. This creature came to life in mid-October of 2013. Of course, it's not finished yet. It'll never be finished.

Part Reviews

CPU

It chokes on Fire Strike out of the box, but a mild overclock unlocks the monster caged within.

CPU Cooler

Pretty high-end air cooler. Keeps my CPU cool. Pretty cool.

Motherboard

Weak 4+1 power phase holds back overclocking potential, but has Crossfire capability, so there's that. It looks cool, too - dark PCB and heatsinks. UEFI BIOS leaves a bit to be desired compared to higher-end boards, but it's actually not bad. At least it's UEFI.

Memory

I mean, it's RAM. No complaints. Picked up a second stick on the cheap in February 2016. I figured, eh, why not.

Storage

Added in February 2016. Finally decided to enter the world of SSDs. I love it. I don't know how I ever lived without an SSD.

Storage

It works, I guess. 1TB fills up pretty fast, though.

Video Card

It's hot, and it's hot. I keep the fan manually set to 80% just about all the time, but it can handle just about everything I throw at it. I don't find the fan terribly loud, but I have headphones on most of the time and have quite a bit of ambient sound in the apartment.

Case

It's sexy and it holds my computer safely off the floor.

Power Supply

Works well. Only complaint is non-modular.

Case Fan

Nice white LEDs and they keep the case cool.

Case Fan

Came with the case. Nice looks and they keep everything cool.

Monitor

The stand that comes with the monitor sucks, seriously. Get a cheap mount so you can raise it to a level that allows you to see the screen without hunching over. Viewing angles are moderately decent, but anyone who has an IPS probably wouldn't like it. It works for what I need it for and how I use it.

Mouse

Super comfortable and works very well. Adjustable DPI settings and RGB LEDs are nice. Certain LED colors look terrible (purple sucks, white is okay, etc), but most are vibrant.

Headphones

The BestBuy salesman tried to sell me the extra GeekSquad warranty because the "flimsy wire pieces tend to break," but after about a year and a half of use, they have yet to show any sign of weakness. Glad I didn't fork over for that, then. Sound is pretty damn good for the price point. Microphone is surprisingly decent, too.

Comments Sorted by:

Growliff1234 4 points 45 months ago

Pictures are potato quality. I apologize for nothing.

This is amazing XD

FrostPirate 2 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

I liked his build because of that comment

LeMMingSlayeR 23 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Very nice build! And that 7950 tho... still more than enough horsepower to max out a majority of games @1080p. I know for a fact that Alien: Isolation will play absolutely maxed at 1080p and still get 50-60fps with that card. And in the future if you need a little more juice, just pick up another 7950 for Crossfire (maybe $125-150 on ebay nowadays) and an SSD for instant new computer feel. I have seen the FX6300 paired with a GTX980 and playing Battlefield 4 on Ultra with 100+fps, so I'm sure it can handle dual 7950s. Thanks for sharing!

KingGyroMidas 2 points 45 months ago

I want some potatoes.

caleb3838 2 points 45 months ago

+1 for cm storm recon. I've been using one for years.

TheGhostMan 4 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

AMD FX-6300 + Radeon HD 7950 = An awesome budget gaming combo! <3 +1

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