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Zink's Late 2013 PC Build

by zinkscott



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

62.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


Overall satisfied. Cable management is adequate, and temps are OK. I actually have PX21's, not Z11's. Everything marked 0.00 came from an old build that cost me $400.00 two years ago. Processor is beastly, as is the GPU. Maxing BF4 no issues 60+ FPS. To those that say MOBO is incompatible with CPU would be incorrect, no overclocking but still runs nice. Fast, speedy, and inexpensive. Only issue is after initial install, I went back to redo cable work and MOBO wouldn't post, and than it did, don't know why. I will be getting two more 4GB sticks. Drives are incredibly responsive and read/write times are outstanding. GFX and SSD were bought used. I will be getting a 3D 120HZ monitor as well. The 8350 is an absolute BEAST. Tried auto-overclock once, the clock went up to 4.3GHZ locked and failed after 3 mins of Prime95 due to power consumption. 125 watt socket 125 watt CPU, oh well. I spent about $525 for CPU, GPU, Case, and MOBO. All else was from a previous $400 to $600 two-year old build. Can't seem to find my exact card, it's a XFX R7970 Black Edition with a single fan.

Came from: Biostar 880g+, AMD Athlon x4 640 3.5GHZ OC, XFX Radeon 6870, Same RAM, Don't know case, Same peripherals.

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Firecrackers 1 Build 5 points 48 months ago

Those are very good temps for a regular heatsink. I'm not sure how you're doing that. How do you like that crazy hard drive?

You're going to get a lot of hate for that PSU, but just because God didn't come down and bless it and make it a Corsair, the chances of frying your whole system are low, if any.

That card is a beast, I just wish you could have gotten the 280x, but you might have gotten the GHz for a better deal or got it before the 280x.

Have fun with that awesome PC!

zinkscott submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks! I used to have a 750W Corsair, but my bud kept crashing on his build so we swapped PSUs and neither of us have had issues. Yeah, a used 7970 Black Edition in perfect shape was hard to look past :). I think my heat sink was touched by fairies, the temps are way lower than I expected. The drives are sick, I never wait for anything to load.

Xerdia 1 point 48 months ago

I wouldn't give credit to the heatsink, some CPUs just run unbelievably cold. I saw one guy with an i7 overclocked to 4.7gHz getting 55 degrees. Granted it could be faulty placement of the sensors but it's true some CPUs are just very efficient.

Nice PC btw, I personally disagree with firecrackers, I wouldn't risk my machine with that PSU, and yes there is actually a good chance it will fry your system because it is not nearly as efficient as other PSUs are. If it is being stressed out to its maximum potential there is a significantly higher chance you could end up damaging your components. Nevertheless I don't believe a PSU is something to hold against somebody. It's an awkward parts/case/two marginally different monitor sizes combination but for some reason I just like your build.

P.S. just a friendly tip apparently the motherboard will conflict with the FX-8350. AMD claims that the FX-8350 runs at 125W however when you stress out the CPU it can reach over 140W. This causes the motherboard's MOFSET to conflict with the CPU and throttle it's performance by tricking the computer into thinking the CPU is overheating at 255C. I don't know if you've experienced it yet but it was something I came across a while ago.

zinkscott submitter 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

I heard about the MOBO/CPU issues after i purchased the board. So far no issues. If I have any issues I'll just RMA and pay the difference on a 990FX board.

EDIT: After a long Prime95 test, no crashes. I turned Turbo off and set the clock speed to 4.2Ghz. Highest temp was 57 degrees C. I'm gonna try and push it as far as possible. I'm shocked this board allows me to do this.

nguyendennus 1 point 48 months ago

hey im wondering why you chose to go with the xfx radeon and not the gigabyte radeon

zinkscott submitter 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

I'm an XFX guy, personal bias, plus the price was tough to beat.

Zeus 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

I heard the gigabyte 7970s were voltage locked?

zinkscott submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

I wouldn't know :) When I build I really only look at AMD CPU/XFX card. I prefer Biostar MOBOs, but this is what I chose. They might be, but there has to be a way to unlock that.

Zeus 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Yeah definitely, would probably void warranty though..

Matryoshka 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Where's the 7970 in the pictures?

zinkscott submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

It's a reference 7970.I bought it used, but a GHz 7970 of current would be better because of the double fan, as this baby is LOUD.

ThatOneSlime 1 point 48 months ago

I had the same motherboard and processor and didnt overclock and they burned each other out...

zinkscott submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Only time will tell.

Electrospeed 1 point 48 months ago

Cable management inside the case is decent, but outside it...


zinkscott submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Yeah, can't wait till I get a modular PSU, then I'll have all the cables managed.

ilexious 0 points 48 months ago

what would you think to be better being you have AMD. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113291 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113328 Thanks to anyone who answers this just getting that black friday shopping ready. Also if you have money scrap the power supply it is known to be equal to 500w and break quickly and easy.

zinkscott submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

I would personally get the 4130. Maybe if you can muster up more cash you can get a FX-6100,my friend has that and has had no issues. I'm looking to Crossfire another 7970 so then I will get a modular 1000+ PSU, I just had this PSU already.

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Hey buddy I know you want an answer seeing as you've posted on like every single recent build with the same question, but a better place to go to find you answer would be http://reddit.com/r/buildapc, http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/ or http://tomshardware.com/forum/.

Please stop spamming your question.

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