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Rakdos (Red/Black)

by sdavis2911



Date Published

Nov. 24, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.006 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.208 GHz


I built this machine as a super-budget workstation. That's why I went with the 8350.

The MSI 970 GE MOBO supports up to 2133 mhz ram, so thats what I have in there. However, I already know it's not enough. Just having Premier open puts my ram up to 97%-98%.

I was going to go for the EVGA GTX 950SSC, but then found a killer deal on an older, yet slightly more powerful, GTX 670FTW edition for $130. If I had to choose now, I'd probably scrounge up the extra money and get a 4GB 960 card for around $200.

I don't have a storage drive yet, just my little 240GB SanDisk SSD. Though that's been treating me fine as of yet.

I've got one stock case fan in there with 3 Cooler Master 120mm red LED fans that keep my PC running cool.

I love this machine and haven't noticed anything I do not like about it so far, save for not having as much ram as I'd like.

There's a point where you've added too much and adding more isn't going to do anything for you. But, based off of tests, I can easily upgrade to 16gb without much head room.

I do content creation for work and school and wanted to have a faster computer at home to work in Premier. Plus it doesn't hurt that she runs BF4 like a boss.

If you've got any suggestions on how to make her better (for cheap) please comment below!

Part Reviews


This motherboard fits nicely in the NZXT S340 and provides a great amount of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. It supports a nice amount of case fans and has a simple and effective BIOS. The controls are very user friendly and the OC Genie is way helpful. Fan controls are a bit of a pain to understand, since it pairs fans 1/2 and 3/4, but after a bit of tinkering I was able to create a nice, positive pressure in my case.


From my understanding, RAM is RAM. I went with this because it's the highest-speed memory that my motherboard is compatible with, and so far it's been great. I only wish I'd been able to get more at the time.

I do plan to upgrade my memory to 16gb in the future.


This is an inexpensive SSD with a great amount of storage. It's perfect for Creative Cloud and my OS. For only $20 more than most 128GB SSDs, I'd definitely recommend getting it first and then upgrading later.

Video Card

So I got this GPU because it was a steal at $130, and was a little better than the GTX 950 SSC from EVGA. Plus, it's got a noticable increase in CUDA cores over the 950. All in all, I wouldn't recommend it because it's simply not available. Or, if it is, its MSRP is $410. Don't do it unless you were in my exact circumstance, which I doubt you are.

Since this is also my first build, I don't have much to compare it with besides reading specs.


This case is sexy. It's got a separate partition for the PSU that helps to control temperatures within the case. The panel is clear and provides a appreciable view of the case's contents. I'd definitely recommend this case.

Cable management wasn't a problem in this case.

My only annoyance with it is that it doesn't allow much room for custom LED strips and interior lighting. I've managed to get one bright strip in there that adds a nice accent, but I'd definitely like more. I may end up playing with that more in the future.

Case Fan

These fans are really cool looking, and they keep my case cool. They're very inexpensive and add nice accent lighting.

I'd recommend these, definitely.

Comments Sorted by:

johngerges582 2 points 41 months ago

Nice build. +1

Not every day you get to see a nice Sentey psu. IIRC that is one of their few good units that are made by Super Flower. How did you get it for $50?

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

A company recently had about 30 for sale on amazon. Old back-stock.

johngerges582 1 point 41 months ago

Do you know if they were damaged in any way?

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

No, I have no idea about that. From what I understand they just had them in a box for like 4 years.

johngerges582 1 point 41 months ago

Well heat is the main factor would help with deterioration of the components. If they haven't been used before, then it looks like a good deal.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Yeah definitely. I wish I heard about them before they got gone.

Ryuhara 2 points 41 months ago

Ayyyyy I ran a Rakdos deck last block!

+1 for nice build and fitting name.

sdavis2911 submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I appreciate it. :) There aren't many great names for Red/Black builds. I literally tried everything. Up to, and including, the scientific name of the various species of red-bellied black snakes. I REALLY wanted a nice name.

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Nice build! A Hyper 212 evo (ON SALE NOW FOR $19.99!!!) would get you not only a quieter system, but then you could overclock that 8350 and get a little bit more performance out of it.

sdavis2911 submitter 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

I know! I won't get paid for a while, though. Budgets are tight at the moment and I'm also trying to plan a wedding. So every spare cent goes to my honeymoon fund. However, I'm working on a scholarship to get cash to upgrade my PC. If it comes through, I'll be upping the memory, the CPU cooler, and maybe even the graphics card.

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Nice, good luck and Congratulations! (psst... FYI, when my wife and I got married, I used a few $$ of the wedding gifts for a new GPU...)

Zveir 9 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Just wanna mention, on eBay GTX 680s sometimes go for $130. The average price for used 670s is about $100 on eBay.

sdavis2911 submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

For whatever reason, I never checked on eBay. I checked through Craigslist and found some steals, but neither person would contact me back. I grabbed the 670 off of a highly-rated seller on Amazon, because I was iffy about buying anything used in the first place. But I will definitely keep an eye out on eBay now in case I want to run SLI. But if I spend that kind of money I'd rather just start investing in their 900 series.

ankousmachine 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

lol buying used pc parts is always a bad idea imo

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Not in my opinion. Buying used GPUs is a great idea. More performance for your dollar. As long as it's from a reputable seller, they'll come working. I bought a 580 off eBay before and it works great.

I think the only used stuff I wouldn't trust are power supplies and motherboards. Everything else I'd get.

ankousmachine 2 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

well one way you could increase your ram output is by putting 32 gb in clocked at 2133, but all in all not a bad setup, would maybe want to upgrade to a 212 evo or something along those lines due to the 8350 haveing a not so good track record on temps with stock cooler, but i may be wrong :P


sdavis2911 submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Yeah, both of those are on my Christmas list. I'll probably stick to 16GB memory until I somehow get to the point where I'm using 100% of it while editing. If I still have headroom I won't upgrade past that. But the 212 evo is DEFINITELY something I want.

ankousmachine 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

212 evo's pretty cheap now, should be able to pick up for 20 bucks or something along those lines :P