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Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow AMD Build

by Blaise170



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


This was my first build, and I had planned the parts for several weeks before I finally decided exactly what I wanted. I was looking at only spending $600 or so, and I went just slightly over. I intend for this to be a medium-range gaming machine that I will also use for emulation and mild rendering.

The cable management was going well until the very end when I had to plug in all of my SATA cables. They were a pain to try to hide and there wasn't much room behind the motherboard to store cables. It took me several hours of work just to be sure I was doing things right and turned into a 2-day project. I couldn't get the UEFI BIOS to read the CD drive, so I swapped it out with another and am currently using that one until I get an RMA. The fans are a bit louder than I had hoped, but they should work fine until I get the money to upgrade.

I already had both, the SSD and HDD and I don't need much more than 500GB for my personal use. The RAM speed is overkill for my build, but it was a super saver deal and cheaper than most other 1600 RAM kits. I added an old Thermaltake fan to the front of my case until I buy new fans, and that has dropped my temperatures by a considerable amount.

Update: 20 October 2013

I've finally added some extra parts that I hadn't gotten around to. First of all, I added a Cooler Master Hyper 212 which has dropped my temps considerably. I used Xigmatek thermal paste which was extremely easy to apply and didn't have to cure. I also added a 1TB Hitachi Ultrastar Enterprise HDD that I bought from someone for a little over $40. I've also got an 80GB Dell HDD that I pulled from a recycled machine that I use exclusively for Linux and programming. I bought an LG Flatron ultra slim 22" monitor for about $75. I found a quiet model of Cooler Master fans on Newegg, and I purchased two, one to replace the old Thermaltake in the front and one for the bottom (I actually tried to place it on the top, but the Hyper 212 is so large that it blocks the panel). Finally, my roommate gave me his old surround sound system for $25 which still sound great. New pictures of the setup have been added. Overall, I still didn't spend too much over my original $600 budget or so, considering the price of the monitor and that I made a little extra in the time since I did the build process.

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Sprocket30 2 Builds 5 points 49 months ago

+1 for awesome budget build

Spend 25 bucks and replace that stock cooler . I have a fx6300 and idle at 34c - 57c . 57 being highest I ever seen it go , mostly around 52-55c .And those temps are a few weeks after the thermal paste set in .I was getting lower temps first few weeks.

Blaise170 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Yeah thanks. One of my good friends said that the stock cooler wasn't very good so I was going to get a new one, likely the CM Hyper 212 EVO. I might do another, but I always hear great things about the Evo.

DoHbOyBlAzEd 17 Builds 4 points 49 months ago

The 212 evo is worth every penny. Put another fan for a push/pull config and you'll be golden.

Sprocket30 2 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Also killer price on that 2x4 2400 ram . In short I'm jelly :D

DonutDefector 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Can you put a case fan on the vent?

Blaise170 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

If you mean in the front panel where the black mesh is, yes. I know a 120mm fan fits, but not sure about a 140mm fan. I no longer have this case (in fact I don't have most of these parts anymore) otherwise I would check it for you.

Starlbound 3 points 46 months ago

Nice build! I came here because I noticed that you were using the same case as I was considering, and discovered that our part lists were almost identical! I'm just putting together my first build, and I feel a lot more confident knowing that yours worked out so well.

Wish that Canadian parts were as cheap as American though :P

Catharist 3 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

I seriously need to find this secret cove of awesome RAM deals.

Blaise170 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

It was a shell-shocker deal from Newegg, I couldn't pass it up!

godshawk 1 point 49 months ago

'Kay good, 'cuz when I saw that, I was thinking "HOLY F$!& HOW!?" xD

MrBeastshaw 15 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

Seriously great job on a budget. I'm thinking of using this same case in a budget build of mine. Would you recommend it?

Blaise170 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

It's a really nice case for a budget. The only real complaint I've had with it is that the cable management is a little bit difficult.

XIscottyIX 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Wow nice deal on the ram im in australia and for 8gb at 1600mhz its $90!!!! Very nice budget build aswell.

victorlo1 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Holy hell, how'd you get the 7870 2gb for just $160? I got it 3 weeks ago for $180 including tax and I thought I got it for a steal xD Nice build though!

Blaise170 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

It was another killer deal from Newegg, I just happened to be looking at buying the card and it went on Newegg's weekly deal list right before I bought it.

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rOjOdogg 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

At what temps are your Northbridge and southbridge running? As stated your CPU is running very hot at idle, I have a CM TX-3 heatsink and my CPU idles at 29c. My North and south bridge idle at 42c.

Blaise170 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Not sure the exact temps on the bridges but the CPU as a whole is idling around 35c. After about an hour of gaming it usually runs around 40c or so, which isn't bad considering I'm still using the stock cooler.

jorhma 1 point 45 months ago

I may sound really uneducated here but in picture 8 I believe it is, you can see what looks like the status of the fan and I'm building a PC with this case and I'm wondering if it's the case that comes with that part, or is it something else in particular because I really like it and would want that on mine too.

Blaise170 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Unfortunately no, it is the NZXT Sentry II fan controller. They are anywhere from $15-$45 depending on where you look.

KawaiiSailorKitty 1 point 34 months ago

How did you get the display on the Case?

Blaise170 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

It is an NZXT fan controller.

FrostedFin 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

i had this same case and cable management is not very good but can be done if u shove it in and then maybe break something

Silvake -4 points 49 months ago

I am going to get straight to the point: Pros: -Good budget build -Pretty good GPU -Good choice of CPU

Cons: -The 2400mhz RAM is wasted on your system -The SSD has more capacity than the HDD, so you need a bigger HDD -The Peripherals are a bit flimsy and low-end

Blaise170 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 49 months ago

Of course the 2400 can't be used, but it was cheaper than any of the 1600 kits. I don't need more capacity than what I have, 500GB is plenty of storage for me. Also, you don't need to spend $100 on a keyboard or mouse for good quality.

Silvake 1 point 49 months ago

Okay, I wasn't aware of the 2400 situation. Fair enough with the HDD, just a suggestion. And I am not saying that you HAVE to spend $100 on Peripherals, I am just saying those particular Peripherals are a little flimsy.

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