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My New Money Pit (updated)

by efin_jay



Date Published

Aug. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.42 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

46.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

880 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


This was my first ground up build. I had posted it a couple months back but made some changes along the way. The most major change was I pulled the problematic gtx 750 out and put a powercolor r9 280x in. I then changed out the questionable cx600 psu and put in a nzxt 750 semi modular psu. I know, I know, 750w is a little overkill, but i dont think im anywhere close to done upgrading. I mostly use the rig for watching videos, internet, online classes for work and gaming on the weekend.

At the moment i have the fx6300 at 4.42ghz completely stable. the hyper 212 evo keeps the temps reasonable. 46°c at idle and 53-55°c running prime95.

The hyper 212 evo is a very good cpu cooler and there are more then a few ppl that recommend this cooler.

I had a issue with the ram initially but i think it had more to do with my bios had the dram frequency set to auto. Once i set to 1866, I havent had any issues.

I love SSDs. The 850evo is a hell of a ssd for the price. I kinda wish i would of spent the extra $40 for the 850pro. Oh well.

The r9 280x is a huge upgrade of what i originally had in the computer. i got the gpu used for $139. I pulled it all apart, cleaned it and put new thermal paste. the 280x idles at 33°c and i have not seen it any higher then 67°c while running a stress test. While gaming on high settings ive seen it at 65°c. I havent overclocked it, yet. But everything i read about it is, this gpu dont have that much headroom for overclocking. idk.

The mobo is exactly as advertised. Very user friendly bios and very easy to overclock. I dont trust the OC Genie II. I used it once and my computer was acting wierd. My only complaint is there is not enough fan hook ups. had to get splitters. but for the price, i cant beat it.

The case is a OK case. I should of spent more on a case. I feel like the intake air is getting trapped under the gpu and i cant put a intake fan in the top side position because of the cpu cooler. smh. A new case could be a option in the near future.

All in all, im pleased with the upgrades and how the rest of the rig came together. Im really thinking about water cooling so i can push the cpu a little further.

Part Reviews


very easy to overclock. generates some heat but with proper cooling, all is good

CPU Cooler

cant beat the cooling for the price!

Thermal Compound

temps dropped 3°c from factory thermal paste.


user friendly bios. comes with a bunch of features.


fast. never going back to hdd.

Operating System

no issues. pretty decent os.

Comments Sorted by:

Minecreeper117 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

this is an awesome build!

I love SSDs. The 850evo is a hell of a ssd for the price. I kinda wish i would of spent the extra $40 for the 850pro. Oh well.

dont beat yourself up!!!

efin_jay submitter 3 Builds 0 points 39 months ago

thanks. i have a 850pro on my laptop and it seems to be faster. idk. might be jedi mind tricks.

Vergere 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Well done for a first build!

efin_jay submitter 3 Builds 0 points 39 months ago


biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

How is the noise on that 280X? I've heard that PowerColor cards can get pretty loud.

efin_jay submitter 3 Builds 0 points 39 months ago

At 100% its pretty loud. Def the loudest out of all my fans. but at 40-50%, its not too bad. You can def tell when it ramps up.

akin0202 1 point 22 months ago

For future reference, You really don't need windows 10 pro. win 10 home will work fine for your purposes. but other than that it's a great first build. :)

User115 1 point 11 months ago

Why did you go with DDR3 memory? Why only 8GB?

efin_jay submitter 3 Builds 0 points 9 months ago

the motherboard only supported ddr3. i have since upgraded my entire rig.

AMD-Daniel 0 points 38 months ago

Great gaming rig! I like the mix between white and blue. Why you got CPU idle temps of 46.0 C? Try to turn the CPU cooler (look at my pic´s) so that the hot air can escape upwards.

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efin_jay submitter 3 Builds 0 points 39 months ago