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Extrodius Level 4

by Extrodius

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19 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 9, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.189 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

Description

This is my first gaming PC that I have made. I had never done anything like building a PC before but I watched tons of YouTube videos and educated myself on how to do it and it was a really fun and exciting process putting it all together.

Things that I plan on getting later (In order of importance): 1. External 5.25" card reader [~$15] 2. 1 TB HDD [~$50] 3. 120 mm fan [~$5] 4. 120 mm fan [~$5] 5. External 5.25" touch screen fan controller [~$35]

I'm super happy to have made this and I'm sure it'll last me awhile. I knew that I had to get a next gen gaming console, and PC was definitely the right choice.

Here's a video of the computer and recordings of me playing some games :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdx9qKIv7s0

EDIT: 5 months later and everything still working great :) Today my 212 EVO and wifi adapter showed up so I thought I would update my build on here.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU works great. I was originally planning on getting an FX-6300 but I thought the extra cores would be nice for rendering and multitasking. I've been using this for playing games and rendering for around 6 months now and its been great with no problems.

CPU Cooler

Finally got to my house today and it has worked a miracle. My temperatures dropped from 63 to 42 C. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I knew it was supposed to be amazing but i didn't think it'd be that good! Was a bit tricky for me to install but I'm sure it was just because it was my first time installing a 3rd party cooler.

Motherboard

This motherboard works great. I stuck with Asus because I know they make quality products because my Asus laptop has ran perfectly for over 2 years. The MoBo comes with lots of great features like WiFi go, Fan Xpert, and easy overclocking. The board seems like a quality gaming board that I would definitely recommend.

Memory

Theres not too much to say about RAM. I can say though that it has worked fine for me for 6 months now and fits perfectly with the CM 212 EVO.

Storage

I used this HDD because it was a part i could salvage from an old broken laptop. Of course its not the best but it's lasted around 3 years with no problems so it's good quality.

Storage

Great, fast HDD. Needed more storage for my computer and walked down to best buy and bought it. Been using it for holding all my games, and running them of course, and it's worked great.

Video Card

I can't begin to describe how much I love this GPU. I think it's an amazing card for if your on a budget or you just don't want to spend more than you need to. Been throwing lots of games at it over these last few months of having it, and with basically every game I've played, except maybe shadow of morder, I've been able to play on high with no issue. For a little more reference, GTA5 can run on high at 60-70 FPS, and Black Ops 2 can run max at around 120 FPS.

Case

I love the way the case looks, and I'm very glad I found it. It had everything I needed except for instructions! It comes with a very small, non-specific manual that doesn't really tell you too much. Although I did manage to figure things out and it ended up working out just fine.

Power Supply

PSU works good, although I had a bad experience for a couple weeks where the PSU fan would turn on and be super loud for no reason. That's stopped now though so It's all good now. Although I wish I had bought a modular PSU, these cords are quite a mess.

Optical Drive

Works good, looks awesome. Plays my CDs and can burn them really fast, so its great in my opinion, especially for the price!

Wireless Network Adapter

Bought this because I wanted to be able to use wifi when going over to friends' houses, I tested it out and it works great. It's easy to install, and good quality for the price.

Case Fan

Bought this fan to replace my case fan. Works good, looks good, it's quiet, and cheap. Would definitely recommend if you are just looking for some good fans get some airflow in your case.

Comments Sorted by:

mariothetec 3 points 52 months ago

why didn't you go all red for team red

xstation14 4 points 47 months ago

Because people buy for quality and specs not brand. Amd and Nvidia are BOTH very good companies

Extrodius submitter 5 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

to better answer your question... I have a thing for nvidia. All my friends use it and the features of it appeal to me. My friend has 770 and my other friend has a 970, so i figured i'd join the family

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hjj174 2 points 52 months ago

He didn't mean color scheme, he meant all AMD aka red team. Nvidia the green team, and Intel the blue team.

Extrodius submitter 5 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

oh wow haha haven't heard of that before.

M3RICA_ 2 points 52 months ago

Dood, I can see that you put a lot of thought into this build. There aren't any parts that are overkill, and no parts that wilol bottleneck your system. Only thing that I would add is a CPU cooler like the 212 Evo from Cooler Master. Your CPU is quite the overclocker, and you can easily get it to 4.4ghz and beyond. Thanks a lot for the build, and have a great 2015. Bye!

Extrodius submitter 5 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Thanks for the reply! I did originally think about getting a 3rd party CPU cooler but I decided against it to save money, and I later found out that using a different CPU cooler actually voids your warranty. Whether they could even tell or not it'd be nice to keep my warranty, so I imagine I'll stick with the regular cooler haha

HaloLegend98 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

The EVO 212 is pretty big in the case. I'm guessing that you put an extra fan on heat sink for the CPU? I thought the EVO 212 only comes with one fan.

Great build otherwise! The case is cool.

Extrodius submitter 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

yeah it only comes with 1, but the extra fan added around 5-8 Celsius drop so it was definitely worth it to throw it on there. and also yeah the cooler fits perfectly haha. the cooler is 159 mm, and my case has clearance for up to 160. I kinda like that though because i get to see my cooler right on my little window on the side.

caleb3838 2 points 45 months ago

That video that you made was fantastic! I've been looking into GTX 960 and GTX 750 ti for League of Legends, Minecraft, and Path of Exile. Do you think the 750 ti would run this games at 60 fps at medium to max settings? I feel like for the games I play the 960 would just be overkill.

Extrodius submitter 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

thanks for the compliment on the video :) I tried to make it as awesome as i could :p and yes the 750 ti would do you great. It's very underestimated by the people that just go straight for higher stuff. You could probably max out those 3 for sure. and if you get into any newer hard to run games youd probably be fine with that too. i run Gta5 on mainly high settings and get 60 fps. ive never played a game that i couldnt play on medium or higher, except maybe shadow of mordor, but that games a GPU killer lol

Gleiss 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

nicely done +1 add an SSD it'll help on boot time start up and heavy threaded program load up. and you can invest on an aftermarket CPU cooler its your choice either AC or CLWC do your research on which one would you think suits you air cooling cough.., About voiding the warranty are you talking about the CPU?well since you've used the stock cooler already and the mark of the thermal paste has been used then your all set you can easily dispute that you've used the stock cooler anyway..they wouldn't really be able to tell honestly..if you De-Lid the CPU and ruined it then that's voiding warranty.

Sebas152286 1 point 39 months ago

Whit that graphics card can you run battlefield 4 at high whit fps above 20 ? Or is it able to play fallout 4 on medium setting? And if you have the time can you benchmark these games and tell ? Thank you

Extrodius submitter 5 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I don't have either of these games so I can't tell but I'm very confident that it can play fallout 4 on medium, and you can probably get 30-40 on high on battlefield 4

Sebas152286 1 point 39 months ago

Can the gpu run fallout 4 or what about rainbow 6 or battlefield 4 can you benchmark those plz and thanks

Extrodius submitter 5 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Yes it can easily play these

jame11111 1 point 30 months ago

Could have went with a better cheap GPU such as GTX 960 4GB or even R9 380 but your choice:)

Extrodius submitter 5 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

i believe neither of those were out yet when i built this lul but yeah i wish i wouldve gotten something a little better. I ended up upgrading to a GTX 960 SSC 4 GB a year later. Still though, the 750 Ti did me well

jame11111 2 points 30 months ago

yea, btw thats me commenting in your video (akabusta)