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I built this as a gaming PC and tried really hard to get the best bang for my buck. I listed everything at the price I bought it at except the RAM, I got that on Amazon for $52, but I had a $25 gift card.

I got the AMD FX-8150 with liquid cooling kit and the Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 unopened on craigslist for $270.

The optical drive is an old but functional one that I got for free and I only needed to pay $3.99 for an IDE to SATA adapter.

The keyboard and mouse aren't actually the ones shown, just ones that I got for $5.

Overall I have to say I'm very satisfied with how well this works considering it will only have cost be $740 once the rebates come in. I did have some issues at first which I figured out was because the IDE to SATA adapter was plugged into a SATA port set to AHCI, so that was a simple fix. If there's anything I would've changed it would be to get a better SSD, this one isn't all that fast compared to most others and only gets a 7.5 on the WEI.

I could not be happier with the cooler. At the stock speeds it keeps the CPU at about 37-38 degrees Celsius under full load and it has LEDs in the FX logo that can be set to whatever color I want.

So far the Games FPS results are as follows

Assassin's creed 3 - Max - 41

Tomb Raider - Ultimate - 40

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - Max - 23

Bioshock: Infinite - Max - 98

I'm thinking of adding a second 7870 to crossfire it, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for the headaches that are bound to come with that.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

Beast build for $740

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Benchmarks? :3 (3d mark 11) I just want to see the difference between a 7870, and a 7870 ghz edition, which i have.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

This one is the Ghz Edition.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, well, the one your part list it doesnt say it. lol

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same cpu & liquid cooler, great bang for the buck.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I'm getting that case too. How did you plug in the fan and fan controller?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I just did. I'm not trying to be a **** or anything there just wasn't any particular secret to it. molex->controller, controller->fans.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks, sorry I'm a little new to this. :P

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean about headaches that comes with xfire? Is something wrong with that ssd? Never used it or tried it?

  • 79 months ago
  • 5 points

Crossfire and SLI sucks. Depends on drivers and how well the game is optimized for SLI/xfire. Not only that but u need a beefier power supply and a mobo that supports at least 8X/8X. I paid extra for all that and to me it wasn't worth it. It was kinda nice being able to add a gpu for cheap once the price dropped, but to me the stuttering and mediocre performance increase was not worth it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a shame, what cards do you have? I have never encountered such problems.

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

I've personally only seen those kinds of problems on SLI with 660 Ti or lower and most Crossfire setups on a single monitor. The AMD tearing / stuttering is a known problem for single monitors setups but SLI with a set of cards that has a good enough memory bandwidth to handle the performance doesn't have many visual issues. TL/DR mid / low tiered cards shouldn't be Xfire / Sli'ed a single more powerful card is always the better performance solution.

Not that you need this Nendo but others might benefit from this article on the "tearing" and "micro stuttering"

http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/154089-after-almost-20-years-gpu-benchmarking-is-moving-past-frames-per-second

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the Info Apropos, I knew secondary cards are not as smooth but have never been affected by the games I played. I have been meaning to upgrade to a High Resolution screen for a while, given I use one screen for gaming, (other for multitasking) I don't often get the chance to utilize the second card that much. I think before previous gen card prices start dropping dramatically I may sell my 670's and upgrade to a single 780. Do you think this is a wise decision? Or perhaps I should wait for the 770. I tend to record alot when I play, I enjoy playing games with everything maxed.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time I had 2 8800gt's paired w/ a q6600 at 3.2ghz. I wasn't very impressed by the performace increase and mainly bought for my fav game at the time company of heroes. Then, in coh I would get flickering textures in sli mode and got better performance running as a single card nonsli mode. I was very happy when I ditched the 8800gt's and got a single gtx 460...awesome increase in performance w/o flickering textures. I now have a gtx 660 2gb

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen before and heard often about how crossfire can be annoying to try to work with because of the drivers not working the way they should in some games and overall just being unpreferable compared to a single card.

  • 79 months ago
  • 5 points

yes its not the drivers fault though its the people who make the game who have to optimize it for crossfire

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

^ This

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

its the same way with SLI

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Which is why single powerful cards > Multiple budget cards.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do people get the FX branded water cooler? I don't see it anywhere. Can someone link it?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It came with the processor. If you click on the one I have listed and go to a vendor's site it should list it as FX-8150 with liquid cooling kit.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there one bundles with the 8350?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't found one.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering if you still have the plastic clips that screw in and hold the heatsink/cpu in place? I have lost mine and I really need them.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

They're kinda in use.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes and no, mostly yes. They sell the FX-8150 with the normal AMD air cooler but also sell one that has a liquid cooling kit in the box and it's pretty damned cool. There used to be more venders that carried it, but now it's just amazon.