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Arminius (First Build - XFX R9 380 / FX-6300)

by TehKingKyzr

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29 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 19, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 4, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.06GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.7GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C

Description

I guess I should make a description, so here I go (grunts really hard).

Things I already know: I've fixed the RAM slots, did a bit more cable management, and going to fix the Graphics Card in the top slot as well. I also ordered an SSD (forgot the brand) 480 GB for $150 for 540 Read, 520 Write speeds. I also will be getting more Corsair Quiet Editions fans in a few weeks. My plans are now to rout the other cables behind the rubber grips and so on, so forth.

First, a good ole story to tell of how I built this bootyful PC, so here it is. At first, I had a motherboard from Gigabyte around $75 and tried to install my CPU. Little did I know that the motherboard didn't even have a triangle on it and I bent the pins on the processor. I cried. I didn't cry. But at this time I didn't know it was the processor, and so I got another motherboard from MSI 1 week later. Installed everything properly, but it still didn't work. Then I realized I've been ****** by the previous MoBo and screwed up my CPU. Then, 1 month later, it worked when I installed the new processor. I was a happy boy. And so on.

Before you ask about cable management, I just built it as quick as I could when I got my new processor, but will upload more pictures and fix cables in the future. Also, my camera has terrible quality, so it doesn't look anything like what it does IRL.

Another note is that I used my old hard drive from my old computer and so I haven't upgraded that yet, but I will be soon upgrading it to a 480 GB SSD (already ordered) and another 1 TB being a WD Blue.

Performance Review: It works great on all the games I play (Skyrim, CS:GO, SE2, AoE2, MnB: Warband) but bottlenecks when at clock speeds (3.5GHz), but then again, when I OC it performs exceptionally well on Skyrim (never dips below 35 FPS) in Mount and Blade, it depends on the mod (I use Sands of Faith) and it never dips below 30 FPS when its a 80v80-90v90 (the textures are really high in that mod and detail of the characters). For AoE2, all I have to do to make it not dip is turn on Vsync, then it never goes below 50 FPS. And as for SE2, never goes below 60 FPS. Same thing for CS:GO.

The reasons I chose these parts:

CPU: Works well for its price, but bottlenecks my graphics card a bit in games like Skyrim with mass amounts of retextures and other mods. Still at 3.5 GHz. Yes, I still use the stock fan, but I will get a 212 some time soon. Lastly, I will soon upgrade to either an FX-8350 or FX-9370 at original speeds. But, I've learned to overclock, and so my current is 3.8 GHz at 48 C.

MoBo: Really the only reason why I bought this is because I thought my other one was the problem, but it does have more SATA ports and better placing then the previous one from Gigabyte.

Memory: It was DDR3 16GB 2x8 at 1866 MHz for $60, I couldn't complain, although it does conflict with the color scheme (cough cough, AMD Red and Black).

GPU: This is honestly a great video card for around $210. I bought this same one from Newegg for $220, but 3 days later it was for $185, so I was disappointed. Anyways, I over clock this GPU at a stable 1060 MHz Core Clock and 1470 MHz Memory Clock with a fan speed of 45-50. This GPU also never goes above 60 C when playing any game without Vsync or limited to 60 FPS (Sniper Elite 2 with 2.25 SSAA). This runs all of my games at max settings at 60 FPS or above (for the exception of Skyrim, since its bottlenecked by the CPU when rendering out distances and textures).

Case: It was on sale for $64, I couldn't complain, and its recorded height is actually around an inch taller than it is, but it didn't affect me.

PSU: As well as my other parts, it was on sale for a (whopping) $50. My draw limit never goes over

ODD: Well, uh, this is the most common disk drive and works well for $20. Great purchase.

Comments Sorted by:

savvythat 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Nice build :) Just a couple suggestions, it appears your motherboard uses two channels for RAM. Try moving your sticks to match this diagram for your board and it should work better for you: http://screencast.com/t/yyfCen3G

Also, you should be able to loop some of your cabling through the rubber grommets on the back. It doesn't look like that case has a whole lot of room under the back panel, but it may help to get at least some of them out of the way to allow for better airflow.

StunningD 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

That was the first thing I noticed. I have the same board and the mem should be in slots 1 and 3.

tiny_voices 2 points 23 months ago

Your ram is in the wrong slots and your gpu should be in the top pci slot.

StunningD 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yup, gotta move that graphics card

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

ik, my friend did that, I'll fix it rn.

ActuallyImJerome 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

****-tier cable management tbh.

If I was you, I'd make my cable management better.

madurham84 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

He's had to take apart the build a couple of times; he stated he threw this one together quickly because he wasn't sure it was going to work after 2 unsuccessful attempts, totally understandable. He said he would update with better cable management.

"Before you ask about cable management, I just built it as quick as I could when I got my new processor, but will upload more pictures and fix cables in the future. . . "

ActuallyImJerome 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Oh, I didn't see that.

Sorry

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

It's okay. It's coming along better now.

madurham84 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Sorry it was a rough experience for you, but these are some good parts for a first build. My first build was an AMD 8320 and I also own a 6300. As an avid skyrim and fallout 4 player I can safely say these aren't the best CPU's to run these open world games. I'm sure you've encountered a fair degree of frame rate drop during play. I recently switched to an intel xeon 1231v3 processor that was on sale for $200 and LGA 1150 motherboards are everywhere for the cheap. I have no frame rate issues now and my rig runs much cooler drawing less power.

I'm definitely looking forward to AMDs next line of processors, but if you're planning on upgrading I would stay away from their current stock. They are great on a budget, but not a choice for serious gaming. Not meaning to nitpick just my recommendation.

Anyways, welcome to the PC master race !

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Its great now, just learned to overclock and now its running great! Thanks for the info btw.

zombiebait 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Upgrade the PSU if you plan on upgrades for the future. Your wires take away from looks. Run them behind your mother board and you'll look like you built a PRO computer. TRUST

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah, that's what I've been doing yesterday. And, I'm thinking of getting 850W in the future.

erikjackss 1 point 23 months ago

Your "read above" click bait reviews worked on me

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Noice, lol.

Cholo 1 point 23 months ago

ive built a couple of PCs for my friends but never for my self I'm getting the same GPU and CPU for my first build, but I play games like Rust and Ark just wondering if you've played any of these games with your build and how you have done FPS wise?

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I'm sorry I can't answer that, but if I could I would say about 40-50 FPS.

Cholo 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Welcome. :)

hazbaz99 1 point 23 months ago

When you said that CS:GO never runs below 60fps, is that on 'ultra settings' or customised? Thanks

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Ultra.

hazbaz99 1 point 22 months ago

cheers

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks.

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Ultra.

hoochlol 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Shame you chose that psu, Cx series psu are terrible quality, one of the "last resort" options.

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Meh, ik, haven't had any problems so far, and when I get an upgrade I'll get an EVGA 850W for future upgrades.

hoochlol 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Give it time, and wait for the noises. The Cx series are very well known to not exactly fail, but the build quality and fans are terrible. The intake fan will start to get louder. I have a Cx series, and Corsair themselves told me to push the fan back in firmly and put it back in the case upside down.

I won't be getting a Corsair psu again, which is a shame as I like their other products.

TehKingKyzr submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for the tips, my m80.

spitfirep0n3 1 point 19 months ago

this man cant open the back side panel

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