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I5-3570K HD7950

by mart86



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


First build in 8 years. I've been gaming on consoles and fancied a change as I needed a new PC anyway. Should be fast enough for a few years yet and plenty of options to upgrade as and when needed. I wanted a quiet and understated case which is why I went for the Fractal Define Mini. The system is almost silent while on low load. It gets louder while gaming but not to an undesirable level. The His 7950 is very loud when fan is at 100% but the case does a good effort of keeping the noise down. 7950 also come with the AMD never settle gaming bundle so was a bargain at that price. Any questions just ask.

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Oliver 5 Builds 14 points 60 months ago

Question about this site: If this part of the site is only meant for already built computers, then why do people criticize them when it's to late to change? Will there be any "pre-build" phase part of the site added to allow pre build criticism to make the computer better BEFORE building it?

epskider 1 Build 9 points 60 months ago

most people take there pre-built pc / questions to /r/buildapc on reddit.

philip staff 10 Builds 8 points 60 months ago

Correct - this potion is only for completed builds. A section for yet-to-be-built systems is coming soon.

TheLastBoss78 1 Build 7 points 60 months ago

That's actually a really good point. I suggested it to the designer already but if more people do, maybe he'll make it a priority. He does listen to users.

I feel like the comments could become at least somewhat more constructive. Instead of saying "Your build sucks and you wasted money", people can say "Your build sucks and you're GOING TO waste money". That makes all the difference!

TestBuilds 4 points 60 months ago

I love how you put it bluntly and get straight to the point.

TheLastBoss78 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Well I'm not going to pretend that a "proposed build" forum will make users any more polite. But at least their insults can be made useful.

spacetexan 2 points 60 months ago

How are you liking the h60? Is the radiator fan quiet enough when under load?

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

yeah its working great at the moment and noise isn't an issue at all

Big_Dean 2 points 60 months ago

Why did you pay so much for that 7950? You could have gotten a 7970 for that price.

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I have a feeling he didn't pay that for the card. Just like with my system, I didn't pay those prices for nearly any of the parts but no way to tell the system sales prices and coupon discounts :P

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I did pay that much. It wasn't the cheapest 7950 but I read the cooler on this model was very quiet while not under load. At the time the cheapest 7970 was £30 more. When comparing real in game benchmarks the difference between the two cards was very little. I planned on overclocking it straight away anyway so it was on par with a 7970 and at the 1080p I play at it was more than enough. I wanted to keep costs down too. I know it was only £30 but it was the same for most components and an extra £30 on everything soon adds up.

Justin95 2 points 60 months ago

Nice build and good cable management. The only thing I would change is the SSD, could have gotten much better ones for the same price.

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

Thanks. Yeah judging by some of the comments the SSD was a bad choice on my behalf. At the time it was the cheapest on this site. Hopefully I'll be lucky and not have any problems with it.

XxJakexX 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Crucial M4/ Intel are 2 of the best in terms of reliability and shear speeds. I have a 128gb Crucial M4 in my build. Not one hiccup yet. Cheers on the build mate!

XxJakexX 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/xoo My build. The GPU you were shooting for. Just a beast system. A bit overkill actually for what I actually need. Bigger is better though :)

Mandy 4 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

Looks like a solid build my only criticism:

  • Would have taken Hyper 212 in place of the H60. There have been lots of benchmarks on this, and the only closed circuit water cooler that really rivals it is the H100. I can understand if you did it for better case air flow or aesthetics though.

  • OCZ has had a shoddy reputation for SSD (from what I understand they've fixed their firmware issues though). Regardless I'd probably have went with the Samsung 830 at that price.

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks. I wanted a water cooler as I'd be overclocking from the start and upping the voltage. Air coolers don't seem to keep temps down very well with increased voltage. The H60 was the cheapest water cooler and did well in the reviews I read. Its doing what I need it to do at the moment and hopefully I wont have any problems with it. The SSD was the cheapest at the time on here and That Samsung 830 didnt show. If it had I would've definitely chose that. Hopefully again I wont have any problems with it. Seems ok at the moment.

danielhep 2 points 60 months ago

Very nice build, you did an excellent job.

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks, Appreciated.

suihigh 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

how was the cable management in this case on a scale from 1-10 1 being easy and 10 being super tough. Kind of digging this Fractal design case. Did you have to remove the middle HDD tray area for the video card to fit or was it for better air flow?

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

Honestly I've only ever had basic cases. I don't like cases you can see through or with flashing lights. I can't really compare it to anything else but I can tell you how it's been for me. It's by far the best case I've owned. There's a lot of thought gone into the design. From placement of holes for cables with rubber guards on. Rubber mounts for HDD's and PSU. Panels to cover any fan holes not being used. Sound proofing material on the front and side. It's quite heavy and you can feel it's quality. It was a joy to build the system using this case. There's limited room behind the motherboard, but apart from that I'd give it 1 being easiest. The graphics card did just fit, just. It is one of the largest cards on the market though. I didn't have to remove it but as I didn't need it in there I though I may as well remove it for better air flow. I'd recommend it over everything I've bought.

suihigh 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

i think im gonna copy this build and make a few alterations to my liking :D http://pcpartpicker.com/p/muzA ... what ya think? i changed the HDD and SSD, ram, gpu

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

Wow, I just realized thats a MicroATX computer. Looks pretty big for one of those.

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

Yeah its not the smallest case but easy to work with

Bseagull 2 points 60 months ago

Nice cable management.

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 60 months ago


TestBuilds 2 points 60 months ago

Very sensible build.

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 60 months ago


jayt 1 point 60 months ago

nice but wouldnt have brought a corsair coller they have tons of problems

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I've heard they can have problems, but what product doesn't? I went for it as it was the cheapest water cooler available at the time and had good reviews.

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Great Build and good cable management for the form factor.

When I built my ATX system, I was contemplating a Micro ATX build with nearly this exact setup. Excluding the OCZ ssd, which is the only major possible issue with this build, I think this build is very solid. I personally would have gone with a GTX 670 over the 7950 but the difference is marginal and only worth it if you could have found the 670 within the same price range.

I hope you are playing some kick azz games with this. Infact what are you playing?

mart86 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks. Yeah a GTX 670 was my initial choice and actually bid on a few on ebay, one sale fell through at a good price too. I just couldn't get one at the price I wanted. My decision was made easier when AMD released the new and improved drivers. 7950 seemed the most sensible choice for price/performance for what I needed. Just got dishonoured. Loving it so far. Waiting on the game bundle that come with the card before I get more.

Adams362 1 point 59 months ago

Awesome Build....going to be building the same thing when I get the $! :D

brian1115 1 point 59 months ago

Its nice seeing someone who knows what they are doing for a change. I like that you actually overclock the GPU instead of leaving it stock speeds :). With that 1.1 core it beats a 680 lightning on current drivers :)

Black5Lion 1 point 59 months ago

nice build! :) really solid stuff :D

jmccarble 4 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Very nice job man. Your wire management is superb, very clean system. Not to mention I'm a sucker for Fractal cases.

Plus from me.

missingcow 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Very very nice build. It makes me happy to see the Define Mini going in other people's builds. How's that SSD treating you?

DaddyG 1 point 53 months ago

Just how good is the H60? & have you overclocked? If so, how far?

skywake 1 point 47 months ago

I know I'm late to the party here but I was looking through Define Mini builds researching for my next build. Then noticed your fan setup and think you could have done it better.

If you take the exhaust fan from the top and put it as a second fan in the front of the case you'll get a more positive airflow. Filtered intakes + positive airflow = no dust. Also given it isn't pulling air over the RAD (assuming its exhaust) you might even get better temps. Although those temps are pretty fantastic, better than I thought they'd be.

Very impressed, I might get this case :)

MattTheWorm -2 points 60 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/ys2 Check out my build! I need the feedback, and some suggestions on what to add/ fix.