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LAN party build

by WellThatsSurprising



Date Published

March 25, 2014

Date Built

Oct. 22, 2013

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


So the story behind this build is pretty unique, it was actually built at a LAN party after my Phenom II rig had pop spilt on it. So what would any normal person do? We piled into my buddies van and took a field trip to MicroCenter. The things marked as purchased were salvaged form the old rig. Most people ask about the case as it is quite unique, and honestly, I love it. My only problem with it is that there are only two 3.5" bays but other than that it's great. Cable management is pretty easy, and almost EVERYTHING is removable. Want to take out the motherboard tray? Four screws. Disk drive? One latch. Like I said, it's all pretty great. One note of warning, if you plan on using a tall CPU cooler like I did you will not be able to fit the 200mm on top. Future plans for this is two 3TB 7200 RPM drives, Replacing the mesh top with acrylic, adding in a couple cold cathodes, re-sleeving cables to be blue and some painting here and there. Also going to replace the red power and HDD LED with blue lights. After all, what's the point of a LAN party if you can't show off? Another question I get a lot is about the GPU. Technically, it's a 79xx card with a couple cores disabled and for the $150 I paid for open box with a warranty, I couldn't be happier. I'm even considering adding a second one if NewEgg drops the price below $180 again.

EDIT: Had an overclocking day, new values imputed. EDIT2: Cable management fixed, new picture added. EDIT3: Since the time this has been built, I've sold off most of it. It was an awesome rig but I felt the need to upgrade. New computer coming soon, look out for it!

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malcar11 3 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

Lovely! I want one like this!!!

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Very nice build, though I'm sorry to hear about your old one.

As far as software to test load temps, Prime95 is pretty much as good and as simple as it gets. It's also free, so that's a plus. Also, regarding cold cathodes, I suggest you check out Bitfenix Alchemy LED strips. Easier to place/hide than a CC tube and you do have to worry about an unsightly power converter.

WellThatsSurprising submitter 5 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Oh, it's fine. I was planning on upgrading soon, just not that soon. Everything worked out okay though. Load temp updated and sure, I'll look into those LED strips.

Alonminatti 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

aida64 is a validated testbenching software. Also, dont use adaptive voltage while running synthetic benchmarks, you will overvolt your CPU and get a shitstorm of problems. But this doesn't matter, afaik this only applies to intel. AMD AND INTEL FTW! (I'm an antifanboy, nonpreference all day every day)

Swish2000 2 points 42 months ago

How do you like the card?

WellThatsSurprising submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

It's a bit loud but that's my only complaint. It overclocks great and stays artifact-free up to around 90c

Swish2000 1 point 42 months ago

Can you give me some game benchmarks? I'd love to know :)

WellThatsSurprising submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Any specific tests you had in mind?

Swish2000 3 points 42 months ago

If you by chance got BF4 I'd love to know the performance! If you haven't, just a few of your favorite games is good. Thanks!

swaggernaut 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

nice build, because of this i got the same case and case fans as u. thanks dude. now to get the other parts+1

SrgtMacfly 1 point 43 months ago

Very nice build, I like that type of case. If I could ask,any reason for going with that case over the corsair 540 (simular case)?

WellThatsSurprising submitter 5 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

Mostly the orientation of the mobo, both the GPU and CPU cooler are pretty heavy and I didn't want to put unnecessary stress on it.

tagskillz 1 point 43 months ago

Is the case more on the smaller side? I'm considering getting one myself, but I'm looking for something compact.

WellThatsSurprising submitter 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

It's definitely smaller then most gaming cases, but still larger than your average pc. Though with the built in handles it's pretty damn portable.

tagskillz 1 point 43 months ago

Awesome thanks!

Wataweasle 1 point 39 months ago

I'm also doing a 6300 in this case. I also got it because of the mobo orientation. Nice build. +1

Gamerfanatic 2 Builds 0 points 37 months ago

I HATE HAF for using the hot swappable drive circuit board or whatever the used in the main 2 drive bays.

It fried TWO perfectly working HDDs upon power up, not even while the machine was on.


Sorry, had to get this rant out.

WellThatsSurprising submitter 5 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Maybe you shouldn't have plugged in the molex connector upside down.

mrexmr 1 Build -1 points 35 months ago

Your RAM's a bit slow, isn't it.

WellThatsSurprising submitter 5 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Show me a gaming benchmark where memory speed makes a decent difference and I'll care. I have a workstation for photo editing where it actually does make a difference and this is not it.

mrexmr 1 Build 0 points 35 months ago

It speeds up the overall speed of the PC.

WellThatsSurprising submitter 5 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Not by any noticeable amount. Again, show me a benchmark.

mrexmr 1 Build 0 points 35 months ago


WellThatsSurprising submitter 5 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Because until you do, why should I believe anything you say? I did my research, apparently you didn't. Memory speed does not make any noticeable difference in anything but specialized tasks and no, that does not include games.