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Blue Viper Rides Again

by dsargent7


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Date Published

March 23, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

950 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz


Okay, so I posted this build a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to redo it once I got a couple of things done with it.

For starters, I'll just say the journey has been a long one. I first started with a junk HP pre-built I got last January. The thing was crap, but I bought it to tide me over til summer when I could really start spending some cash to build one myself. This explains why the items you see as $0 are that way. I paid so little for the HP PC, and being that it was half a year prior, I didn't quite feel right letting those items boost up my cost; so all the items you see as $0 are gutted from the old machine.

Alright, let's begin the breakdown.

CPU - The AMD FX 8350 has kicked *** for me since I bought it last summer. I've rendered some video on premier/after effects, lots of photography with PhotoShop, and do some music editing on FL Studio and it really gets the job done. I do some casual gaming too, so it really is everything I could want. Show some love for my r/Besiege buddies!

Motherboard - Okay, this is where there's a bit of a story. So, I started with the basic Gigabyte 970 board last June. 3 months later, it craps out on me for no good reason; not powering on, no lights, nothin'. I RMA it to Gigabyte (whose customer service is by far the worst I've come to know) and they tell me it's fine. I RMA the powersupply for *****, it's fine, but they sent me a new on back anyway. Cool. So, me insisting on a mobo problem, I grab the MSI 970 Gaming board and it works like a charm. That was that. However, stupid me left my backplate and mounting bolts for my Hyper 212 EVO on it when I sent it back to Gigabyte, and it came back missing one of the four bolts, so I'm running the stock cooler on the CPU just until I order a new one. TLDR: Screw you Gigabyte.

RAM - The Team Elite ram you see is actually Samsung; it's just the PCPP didn't have 1 stick of 8gb ram, so I chose an equally specced stick from someone else as a filler. I know, ideally I should have all cas 9 crucials in 4 slots, but this is what I got. The crucials gave me a great performance boost, so I'm happy.

Storage - More story time! So, aside from the gutted Toshiba and the ****** SSD, I took it upon myself to convert an external hard drive into an internal drive. It was super easy. I just stripped the housing off of the drive, and voila, internal all ready to go. I was having some weird disconnections with that seagate drive and I came to suspect that it may have been an issue with the micro usb splitting off into the SATA slots. The cord didn't quite fit well into the micro usb, so that's why I decided to try it out and it's been working great ever since then. Oh, I say "****** SSD" because I was one of the unlucky ones with the v300 series. Just google it. Kingston's manufacturing dropped the ball and now you're gambling for read/write speeds buying from this series. If you look at the UserBencharmark averages, you'll see what I mean if you compare those stats to most other SSDs. ---

http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Kingston-SSDNow-V300-120GB/Rating/1892 ---

GPU - Grabbed this baby from B&H's refurb section. Couldn't say no to the price. This will hold me over til the 300 line comes out!

PSU - I will never buy non-modular again. Difficult to work with. Cable management wasn't easy, especially in the unforgiving Sentey case, but I did the best I could.

Case - I say unforgiving because this thing has only two grommets in the back, not on the side behind the motherboard. There was very little room back there. There were 4 narrow cutouts that I tried to rout my cables through, but I just didn't do a very good job. Mayb'e I'll try again when I get the new cooler in, but I really would like a modular PSU if I were to try it again. Otherwise, the case is bitchin'. Love the blue black. I was surprised to see red on the inside as I hadn't seen any photos of red drive bays upon purchase, but I got over it quick since my mobo is red and black. A bit of a mix of colors, but I really like it a lot.

Monitors - The HP was the original monitor I had building this last June. The Emerson tv/monitor was ripped off my bedroom dresser and placed as a dually while I await a new tv for the bedroom. Not a bad setup, if I do say so myself.

Anyway, that's about it. Please feel free to leave your compliments or rip it to shreds. Either way, it suits my needs and makes my happy meter go up a bit.

Oh! One last thing! Those D-Wings are a life saver! Combing those with bread ties made what crappy cable management I could manage that much easier. They hold onto a thick amount of cables and don't go anywhere after you've peeled off the back and stuck them on. Home Depot ftw.


Part Reviews


Price for performance. That is all.


Looks sick. Logically built. Love it.

Video Card

Gotta love B&H! Gettin mostly 30+ frames on all games maxed out. Bioshock Infinite stays at 60. New sleeping Dogs remaster around 35.

Power Supply

Meh. Did the job. Nothing fancy.

Comments Sorted by:

8kchiadr 3 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

looks like you did what you could as far as cable management goes. i hate non modular psu's. with a unhealthy burning passion. i'm a sucker for aesthetics soooo it happens.

nice build btw. enjoyed your story times haha.

dsargent7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago


ryan2pro 4 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Lol that Tiger Blood !!!

dsargent7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

She's pretty old. About half of it is gone. As the years have passed, her musky scent grows more potent. I dare not drink her in this day and age now. Smells like **** too.

Smk54 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

You did a reasonably good job all things considered. I have to agree on PSU. Once I used a modular power supply, I would never consider anything else.

dsargent7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thank you! It was my first attempt ever at cable management. I went to homedepot looking for anything I could find and those D-wings were a good choice. Might get the smaller ones next time to use instead of bread ties lol.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Yeah non modular PSU's are a pain, my old 2008 build has a non modular psu with twice as many cables as your CX500W, I have a old HX750W. And wow, you should look at that computer, the bottom half is literally a sea of cables.

LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Nice build. I don't know how you can bear the noise from that stock cooler though... I had a dead pump on an H100i and I had to use my stock cooler while I waited for a Hyper 212 to come from Newegg, it sounded like a hair dryer....

dsargent7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Actually, weirdly, now that the cables are clean, it idles at around 18c and only shoots up around 50c on stress with that stock cooler. I just got done playing a few different games since I posted this and not once did I even hear it kick on (muted game volumes too).

nixxar 1 point 48 months ago

im currently looking at doing a simular build, fx 8350 with MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card and want to put the msi 970 gaming with them. after looking at loads of sites that compare and review im left a bit puzzled. does/will the 970 bottle neck the other parts in anyway?

first time building too :)

dsargent7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Nope. Not in this situation nor yours. You should be good.

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dsargent7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Hey, thanks for checking it out! I'm a photographer on the side, so I thought I'd do everyone a favor by not using my phone to take the pictures lol. I've seen some pretty great photographers on this site though. They're around, but they are rare.

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