Description

This will remain as a secondary/guest pc for my new set-up anyway, my reasoning for a acquiring one of these older chips was because of the price they can be had for these days and the fact I though it would be cool to have a early example of a product line that is truly legendary in the world of computers.

So did this build work well yes it did considering most of these parts came off of craigslist, and its older and the fact did not test really anything before buying so this build was a gamble.

My only issues during this build was over-clocking somehow during the initial over-clock, my windows 7 install somehow got corrupted It would boot 7 then fail and a shut down would follow shortly afterwards but after a short reinstall and another attempt at over clocking no issues.

Overall the price to performance is real on this build any questions or comments leave them below thanks

Part Reviews

CPU

Still holds up to this day I am very impressed with the performance

CPU Cooler

Very Noisy but works but note I'm not 100% sure If this is the exact one I have, this came with the mobo and the guy did not tell me but oh well it works

Motherboard

Very Nice Feature packed board with great potential for over clocking

Memory

I've used crucial for three years now with no issue.

Storage

Works great for a refurb unit just not enough space a upgrade will be needed asap

Video Card

Screams when pushed but great performance for the money

Case

Originally Had a h440 this case does not leave out much that which is almost twice the price

Power Supply

Had leftover and is 2 years old still runs great

Operating System

Got free and is a legit copy from dreamspark

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

What are you loading the GPU with, that 81C seems a bit on the high side for a 7870. The two of them I have worked with ran closer to 70C while folding... but they were HIS cards in cases with an abundance of airflow.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The airflow is not the issue and I have not confirmed 81c im just basing that off of what cam says but its ethere hightemps or noise because this cooler is not great for a higher tdp gpu with only two heat pipes and one fan. I had to set a custom fan curve limiting it to 70% fan speed at best. Thanks.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hum... if its just CAM your looking at, you may want to validate with another program like GPU-Z. CAM could be wrong (hopefully).

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Havent used that program, but I do have hw monitor as well I just forget to check it

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

81°F seems about right for the GPU. 80°F seems a tad high for the CPU. Perhaps a bigger heat sink and bigger fan for the CPU.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you mean 81C... not F. I agree that 80C under full load would not be surprising with that chip and cooler on the CPU, but 81C on the GPU is a bit high.

The reference version of that card under load ran about 73C (link below). That's a fairly large delta.

Then again, that is a fairly old card... perhaps a few min with some canned air would be helpful.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-ghz-edition-radeon-hd-7850-review-rounding-out-southern-islands/17

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually love that you wanted to use an older chip and made it work. The gambling essence of the build makes me even happier, thanks for sharing this man <3

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah Np Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about getting this or the computer build over on TechSource "BudTron" which one should I get?

(heres a link to BudTron, the links to the parts are in the description https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npx2ugLFDIo )

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That is not bad for all new parts I would go for it but This PC listed here was all from craigslist and the 7870 whips the 750 and the I7 is quad core chip which helps with some games but if you don't want to take the risk with old hardware, go for it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been thinking about overclocking my own i7-960, PC its in is one I bought from a Co-worker and modernized a bit.

Glad to see it pulled off successfully, May finally give it a shot on my own...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I really haven't tested to see if it offers any benefit I just know the temps get really high even with a liquid cooler. don't even bother messing with the voltage when did i got it up to 99c.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up overclocking mine to 4Ghz.

Needed some Voltage increase to get anywhere with it. That's just normal.

Got about a 20% increase in performance. But needed to throw one of my better coolers in.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, nice man.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually was not lol but thanks.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually got my Windows 7 the same way. My college gave it to me as complimentary software that I can use. I'm guessing it was paid with my tuition, but I believe this fella.