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by vagabond139


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Date Published

July 12, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 20, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


Sorry for it being dusty, I haven't had any compressed air to clean it with, and for the imo potato quaility pictures, my camera isn't exactly great and I'm terrible at taking pictures.

There would be quite a few things I would have done different but I didn't order all of the parts at once due to the lack of money and it wasn't possible for me to save up so I made due with what I had. I went with the A8 6600K because I wanted playable FPS in games and it was a quad core. I went with the cpu cooler because from my research it was the best cpu cooler in its price range and I really like the looks of it. I went the motherboard because it had decent reviews, enough fan headers for me and it supported up to 2400mhz ram.

I went with the ram due it being the lowest priced ram and according to reviews, good at overclocking which was important to me because I couldn't afford faster ram, I went the HDD because it was a last minute decision, I was short of money so I couldn't get the Seagate Barracuda that I wanted so I went with this. I went with the 200R due to it having decent reviews and despite some people on the forum thinking I hate Corsair products which I don't, I really like this case.

I went with the psu because at the time I was on a super tight budget and the reviews looked decent for it, I almost went with a refurbished CX psu, yuck, I wasn't as knowledgeable about psu's as I am now when I brought this, I think I could have done much worst.

I am honestly surprised with what this build is capable of, it gets around 60FPS in Skyrim with a ENB on High settings at 720P. I only get 30FPS in GTA V at 720P which is lackluster and is oddly low according to benchmarks for this cpu and it dips down into the low 20's online. This build is a huge upgrade compared to the PC I was using before which was a AMD Athlon 64 4000+ and a Geforce 6100 that was integrated on the motherboard and it ran Windows Vista.

--You might be wondering why my temperature under load is high and that is because I accidentally used too much thermal paste which I will fix very soon, hopefully within this week-- its fixed and is now running at around a cool 50C under load and have my integrated graphics overclocked to 1138mhz, its the highest stable overclock I can get and according to usebenchmark I have the fastest HD 8570D out there.

You also might by wondering why the hell I have a fan on top on my SSD mounts and that is a to provide airflow to the southbridge heatsink, its a very, very high static pressure fan that I got off a heatsink that was in a old Emachine. it keeps it very, very ,very cool, around room temperature.

My biggest complaint so far is a R7 260X that I ordered that was defective, I have reinstalled Windows 4 times because of it and tried everything possible and I didn't know I ordered it refurbished from Neweegg on Ebay and it has been hell with them trying to return it.

I plan on upgrading in late August, the Case to Fractal Design S, the CPU to a 860K, get rid of the 500GB HDD because I'm selling it to a friend, pick up a SSD and a at least a 2TB HDD, a R9 390 or a R9 390X, I know some of you guys are going to say its going to bottleneck and I'm honestly not worried about it because I still should be able to get around 60FPS in recent games and then early next year the cpu to probably a Skylake i5 or a AMD Zen cpu, I'm just using a i5 4690K as a placeholder currently, and a custom loop.

Upgrades Part one: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8PH2D3

Upgrades Part two: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KczfLk

Part Reviews


Where do I start off, its has fairly strong integrated graphics on it, its a quad core, I haven't ran into a game it can't play yet at least 25FPS with the integrated graphics overclock and the ram overclocked, I get around 60FPS at 720P in skyrim on high settings with a ENB installed, I'm not even sure how that is possible, its the little cpu that could. My only complaint is that is impossible to get a accurate temperature reading on the igpu, according to HWMonitor it runs at -7C.

CPU Cooler

It looks sexy, and cools pretty good, and is quiet when its not set to full RPM, its a little noisy at RPM but nothing that bothers me or I really even notice when I play a game, not much else I can say here.


My only complaint is that it won't let me run my case fans at full speed, other that that its good and has allowed me to get a very good overclock on my integrated graphics.


There isn't much to say here, I have got it overclocked to 2133mhz at 1.65V and its stable.


Its enterprise grade although I didn't need it need it to be, it was a added bonus, its a little loud though.I brought it refurbished and haven't had a problem with it.


While I do regret spending $44 on the case because I just now realized I'm going to be getting a different case in a month or less, it has been a good case for the price.It has some room for cable management although you are likely to end up shoving the unused cables in the HDD cage and things can get tight in the back. The fans are fairly weak and the poor front dust filter design just makes it worst.

Power Supply

I have had it go out on me but it was my fault, don't ask how but Fractal let me RMA anyway, only if they had a wider option of psu's out there because I would buy from them again, Its quiet although I really never been able to put it under heavy load due to me lacking a working gpu.

Wireless Network Adapter

Not much to say here, it works good but my only complaint is that it blocks a USB port due its design

Case Fan

Its quiet, I can't even hear it at full RPM, has led's and moves a good amount of air.

Case Fan

Its a little noisy full RPM but it moves a decent amount of air. The only thing bad about it and its not 100% its fault is that doesn't have enough static pressure to push air though the fan grill I have installed but that will change very soon when I get a much more powerful fan.

Case Fan

This thing puts out a crap load of air at full RPM and its quiet mode is actually kinda of quiet for a beast like this. My only complaint is that the adapters to make it mount on a 140MM fan mount are kinda of hard to use, it seems like you would need 3 hands to mount it.


I'm pretty sure that I'm the first person to write a review for food. The cool ranch flavor, they are so good, I can honestly add a whole bag in one sitting without noticing, I probably could eat two or three bags in one sitting, my only complaint is the seasoning that they leave on your fingers, not ideal while gaming.

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MetaApex 1 point 38 months ago

Wait, what?

Happyville101 1 point 38 months ago


BlockySquidZ 1 point 38 months ago

This has officialy been ranked the BEST. SITE. EVER.

Fuzzw4d 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

That was... Unexpected.

Nater650 3 points 11 months ago

Why not Ryzen?

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

DATE BUILT : Jan. 20, 2015

Nater650 2 points 11 months ago


Almaz 1 point 44 months ago

2 questions

Was that massive heatsink necessary?

Why not go with a 7000 series A8?

I don't think upgrading to the 860k would be a good idea in terms of cpu performance

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Was that massive heatsink necessary?

Nope, not all, but I wanted to overclock my integrated graphics high as possible and I plan on using this cooler for a while, it cools goodand it looks amazing.

Why not go with a 7000 series A8?

I would have, I was actually planning on it but I ran out of money.

How does it perform? ( I really want to know this)

With my integrated graphics overclocked to 1138mhz and my ram to 2133mhz I can play skyrim on high settings at 720P at 60FPs with a very light ENB, I get around 30FPS in GTA V on the lowest settings possible at 720P but I want to say something is wrong since according to benchmarks I viewed I should be getting more fps, around 40FPS.

Almaz 1 point 44 months ago

Okay, Good Luck on getting to the PC you want, you know what you about.

war1ox -6 points 44 months ago

I noticed you got with the program and ditched AMD.. Lol

G3T_R3KT_M8 1 point 44 months ago

+1 for purple apotop ram

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks, I love the ram looks, its the closest I could get to adding some purple to my build without going led or going over budget, its just sad that I'm going to be replacing in a few months but it will be finding home in a new build then.

Skylord 1 point 43 months ago

Since I see you went with an AMD APU would you recommend me building a build using either an A10 7870k or 7850k?

Also how do you like the cooler?

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I would recommend going with a 7850K since it has a better price to performance ratio than the 7870K, with the 7870K it would be possible to get a 860K and a R7 260X or a GTX 750 or any of the HD 7000 series that offer similar performance to those cards for around the same price and you would get better performance, and you can pick up a cheap aftermarket cooler for it to overclock the integrated graphics on it for better performance and to keep it cooler with the money saved from not getting a 7870K

Also how do you like the cooler?

Its keeps my cpu nice and cool even with the integrated graphics overclocked high as possible, it stays around 60C under heavy load, I can run prime95 and the air coming out of my exhaust fan feels cool. I love it, my only complaint about is that is was hard to install by myself.

Skylord 1 point 43 months ago

Sweet thanks!

You don't think that the extra $30 would be worth it?

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Not really when you could pick up a cooler like a Evo 212 and overclock it for better performance than a 7870K or you could pick up a 860K and a dedicated gpu.

Skylord 1 point 43 months ago

Do you mind if I PM you to help me finalize my build? Pcpp doesn't seem to love APUs

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Nope, not at all.

co0lgamer 1 point 43 months ago

How is the Sickleflow fan treating you? I wanted to get a couple of these bad boys for my build, but I've been hearing all sorts of complaints about them. Mainly with the LED, trouble with installation, and about it being too loud.

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

How is the Sickleflow fan treating you?

Its good, its a little starved for air due to the dust on the front filter currently.

about it being too loud.

Its dead silent for me even at full RPM, its actually is currently the quietest fan in the my build besides the stock case fans, even the Phantek fans on my cpu cooler are louder than it.

trouble with installation

I had some trouble with installing it at first but iirc i managed to easily fix it somehow, it think I putted the screws in wrong or just used some screws that came with the case for case fans.

about the LED

I haven't had any issues with it, its not the brightest led out there but imo its decent.

co0lgamer 1 point 43 months ago

Good to hear, thanks. Still on the fence between getting these, or just getting a couple of Noctua fans and a LED strip. That would be more expensive, but you can't beat Noctua fans.

rcastoro 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

why no SSD, having only mechanical persistance in your machine means having an entirely slow and unreliable experience.

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Couldn't afford it, I could barely afford the parts I did but I have basically redone the whole build with a Evga G2, a Fractal Design Define S, a R9 280 and a new motherboard which I'm having problems with and hopefully I will be getting a 760K if my motherboards works or a 860K if it doesn't and different board and I plan on getting a SSD within a few days.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

+1 for the redneck aping clamp fan holder.

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vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

I'm not a fan boy, I went with the A8 6600K for a reason, its strong integrated graphics that I can overclock and for that fact that is a quad core which will allow it to play all games out there, The Pentium integrated graphics aren't as strong and I like to multi task so it would suffer and I like the ability to play all games out there without any issues and I went with the R7 260X because I found it brand new, at least I thought it was brand new, for only $90. I was going to buy a GTX 750 for only $70 that I found on Newegg but the sale ended.

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vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I'm considering getting the R9 390 but micro center pulls one of those sales again with a GTX 970 or any card similar I will for get it for sure If I have the money by then. Apology accepted : )

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vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

Videocardbenchmark strongly favors Nvidia cards, it has the GTX 780 ahead of the R9 290 which out performs it in most things and it has the Fury X below the GTX 780 which it murders it, they put the R9 290 and the R9 390 together when they are different cards, and according to Jay2cents the 390 overclocks better than any R9 290/290X he had, I already know how they compare in games,I'm not worried about heat, I'm going to have plenty of airflow nor power usage because I plan on buying a 1050 watt psu and I won't really ever do over 2 way XF/SLI and I won't be paying for power.

With the cpu the i5 4690K is just a place holder because AMD Zen, unless they push back the date and Skylake will be out by the time I buy a cpu and how Zen performs is up in the air. I know how good the i5 4690K is, I recommend it all the time.