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MERICA!

by Seggzy

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54 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 14, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 24, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

15.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

29.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.45GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

Description

Meet... MERICA!

I've been slooooowly upgrading my PC for many years and now it's time to show him off.

any questions feel free to ask

UPDATE

So thanks for the advice everyone. I went with the GTX 960, and after a pretty big OC, love it.

Finally went Liquid Cooled... and wow! just look at my temps WITH 4.5 OC on the cpu.

I threw in another stick of ram (this time blue to stick with the theme).

Got me that SSD! lol cant believe how fast it is (even though its running at half speed cause of the motherboard).

.......next on the list will be motherboard and case.

Comments Sorted by:

cilvre 6 Builds 4 points 31 months ago

it looks like a few folks came through and downvoted every comment on your build :( i've already tried to negate it but it was more than one person.

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

Thanks. trolls.. what can you do

Rhoderzz 2 points 31 months ago

Mash em', boil em', cook em' in a stew.

Polkadot9000 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

wow that is an old video card.... 7 years is a looong time for a GPU. If it will run then you can try the passmark demo, it is free and you can run lower end ones (up to 1080p). Alternatively a Unigine benchmark (valley, heaven or one of the others) might work. and as above, cables generally are something to be hidden as much as possible, though admittedly your PC will never look as pretty as some others because it doesn't have any grommets covering the cable management holes, I have the same thing on my PC, nothing that can really be done about it except work hard on the routing of cables.

Cibex 1 point 31 months ago

Nice rig! Looks like someone likes SURVIVOR!

kevindeangelesjr 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Sweet case

kelvinochendikiawan 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

i assume u still planning to upgrade your PC by the choice of your power supply,am i right? Try SSD, or upgrade your GPU. and one question on the case fan, you are running positive airflows or negative airflows?

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

The blue are positive and red are negative

endlessfq 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

It look very nice :D for GPU I would suggest a red or blue color GPU? Also the cable, you still can rewire it behind the motherboard.

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

I know... not a whole lot of room in this case and I'm a little lazy lol

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

they are. the only ones that aren't are the satas

Nexofedex_99 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

You can upgrade your gpu with a 960/760 or a R9 270x ;)

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I was thinking a 750 ti... Would the 760 be better?

Nexofedex_99 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

What I would recommend you to do is to save a little more and buy the GTX 960, is higher than the 760 and 750 you, and you Dara Pretty Power With A TDP of 120W ;)

Nexofedex_99 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

750 ti*

vagabond139 5 Builds -2 points 31 months ago

The gtx 750 ti is a awful cars for your money, it gets murdered by the other amd gpus in its price range.

monkeybars 1 point 31 months ago

Whoa... A single-slot GPU!

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Lol

ragontx 1 point 31 months ago

just upgrade the gpu and you'll be set ...use eBay ..i found a cheap 560ti the other day ..but a new 960 is a bout 199-220 dlls ...if that is to much then ..a mid entry r9 gpu .....depends on what games you play ..also what kind of monitor do you have?? currently sold my old pc that had a 290 on it and I'm playing on a regular hp desktop with and old 560ti and a phenom 9850 ;p ..enough to play my mmo games from Aeria lol ...

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

1440 x 900 monitor ... i'll hop on ebay and see what i come up with. thanx

Mobo64 1 point 31 months ago

its murica not merica... gosh! get it right man!!! hehe.. just kidding,epic build anyways! :D +1

BingoFishy 1 point 19 months ago

Holy fish... How did you get those temps? What is the ambient temp in your room?

VikBox123 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hey man, first of all great build, its looking pretty good! I have a Thermaltake Commander myself, it is the same as yours except it is the MS-I Epic Edition (it is black and red). Now I also bought the same Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid Cooler, except I am having trouble fitting the radiator in my case, and I was actually trying to place it in the same place you did. Was this a challenge for you as well or did it fit in well? Also how hard was cable management, because I have a mess when it comes to the cables and its really hard to do any better with the space there is to work with.

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

sorry for the late reply.... yes it is a very tight fit. I think i was only able to get 3 of the screws in an had to press up on the top panel (practically bending it) to get it to go. But ya you just gotta fight it lol

VikBox123 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

thanks for the response, I was kind of impatient however and upgraded my case, I do appreciate it though!

n1023 2 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

what kind of price are you looking for for your new gpu? also you could try to route some of those cables behind the motherboard. nice build overall.

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

thanks .. Around $100-150

n1023 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

either 750ti sc or r9 270, both are great cards! just make sure you get the 2gb versions, both should be around 140-150.

vagabond139 5 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

There is a huge difference in performance between the two cards.

n1023 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

yeah but the 750 uses significantly less power so if he's paying his own electricity it's something to consider.

vagabond139 5 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

It would probably add up to less than $20 a year saved in electric.

Telus 1 Build 0 points 31 months ago

Even though it's not very powerful, it' beautiful. 10/10.

That GPU looks really nice. (not performance wise). If you were to upgrade I'd go with 270x/280x. I feel like a 290x would bottleneck that CPU.

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

A r9 290x wont bottleneck that cpu, you could even use a titan x and there would be no bottleneck.

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I know right?... I bought it when it came out years ago and is amazing how much it keeps up.

Corbindalllas 0 points 31 months ago

poor poor GPU

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

You're so right. I've abused the heckler out of it. But he takes it like a dragon!

TeraBuilds 0 points 15 months ago

why not overclock it to 5 GHZ? still a nice build +1

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Not every cpu clocks the same. This was my highest stable without upping the voltage too high.

ankousmachine 2 Builds -1 points 31 months ago

i dont know why u went with an old gpu, lol.

1+ for er oldness?

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Lol... I bought it when it came out... Many moons ago. It's a fighter though.

TheDarkKnight411 -1 points 31 months ago

I would get a nicer gpu and also you don't need that much power supply like the case though

Veizin 2 Builds -1 points 31 months ago

If you plan to upgrade the CPU to an 4690k or so, I would recommend an r9 290x. It would be bottlenecked by this CPU though. To avoid paying for a GPU that doesn't get used because of a weak CPU, I would recommend a r9 285, a 280x or a 960. I would recommend this 960, if you're a team green fan as it comes with a more than 10% overclock out of the box and for $200 it's not that bad of a deal compared to the 280x and 285.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42966kr

If you really want your price/performance though - the 280 and 285 are here for you @ $160. Probably a better deal than the 960. Your PSU is going to able to cope with all of them easily. And you 'shouldn't' get bottleneck with them. 'Shouldn't being key. You still might get the occasional GPU throttling due to this CPU's rather poor single threaded performance.

Speaking of the PSU - doesn't seem to be great quality to be honest. It's not rated yet on Tom's Hardware, but other Ultra PSUs are rated as 'Tier Five Avoid IMMEDIATELY. These units are highly unsafe to use.No such protections added, very thin gauge wiring used, false advertising and too much to list. Reference to a higher tiered unit for a better, money saving and a much safer unit. For your safety's sake, please don't order or pick one up for use in your system. These units are a potential fire hazard and could even kill you, let alone your system.'

It is said to be made by Sirfa, which have made PSU in Tier 3 or 4, which is not great either. I hope you didn't pay $130 for it, as it's definitely not worth half of that even in a best case tier 3 scenario.

However, reviews seem to be giving it a safe level of quality, so it's probably not a Tier 5. I'd say it's probably a Tier 3 from what I read on hardwareheaven.

P.S. Is there a reason for you to use a 65W rated aftermarket cooler on a 95W CPU?

I would recommend Firestrike as a free benchmark. You can get the free demo of 3dmark from Steam.

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks for the tips!... This is actually the 500 watt version but it wasnt in the list. I've had it for 3 years now so I guess it's good. This is heat sync that came with my bundle. I'm going to monitor it and when I can definitely upgrade it. as for gpu I was thinking of a 750 ti.. what do Ya think?

Veizin 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Fair enough. It just looked strange that someone would pay extra for such a small aftermarket cooler, but I guess if it came in the bundle, you won't exactly turn it back. :D

A 750 Ti is definitely a good match for this CPU and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. The cheapest 750 Ti is $120 at the moment. You can get a 260X, which performs only 5% worse than the 750 Ti, but costs only $93, so it's more cost efficient. Also for $120 you could get an r7 265, which performs about 20% better or for $130 the r9 270 is here with 30% better performance than the 750 Ti. However, the 750 Ti can overclock better than the AMD cards, so it's a tough choice. I would say the AMD equivalents bring more price/performance to the table, but the 750Ti runs really cool, quiet and energy efficient. So if you wanna save the trees, obviously, team green is the way to go. But for performance - I would personally buy either a 265 or a 270. Your PSU allows for up to a 270x or a gtx 970 actually. You could also check out what a second hand 760 Ti/760/260x/270x etc would be in your area. If you're lucky, you might get one for $50-60.

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Dude thanks for the info! You gave me a lot to think about... You might even sway me away from nvidia.

Veizin 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

You should definitely check your local second hand stuff. In Lunus' scrapyard wars Luke managed a 290x or 290 for $100 or so. Just an example of what smeared gems might hide under the rocks ^

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I saw those videos! So good

cilvre 6 Builds -2 points 31 months ago

i would consider putting one drive space between your two hard drives, so they have a bit more airflow between them, otherwise a good build in a case that doesnt allow the best wiring. I'm still using an amd 6870 which is 4 years old now i think but it still works, i saw the 6970 on sale on newegg recently for a 100 if you want a cheap video upgrade, but otherwise i'd consider the 780 as its come down a bit in price and is a good nvidia card, or the r9 280x if you dont plan on running 4k displays.

Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Yep I removed one of the drives already. Was just temporary. Thanks for your gpu suggestions. I'll check them out!

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Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Loooool I'll definitely be getting a new gpu before I get gta 5.... But I am curious how it will do.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thats the bare minimum card they recommend so it should play it.

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Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

problem is, i already have it on 360. so its hard to justify the purchase when it will perform very simular to the 360... i will most likely get it when i upgrade and will benchmark the old card befoe i put the new one in

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Seggzy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

it controls up to 5 fans. Each fan has its own thermostat wire that you attach yourself. you can either set them individually or automatically based on safe temp you set. its showing the one from my cpu in the pic (only one i hooked up and felt that needed it).

but the touch screen sucks. sometimes some buttons dont work and have to reset the computer and quickly set it before i cant :(