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6 Core FX-6350 Quiet Workstation Build

by LouieP



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This is not a gaming rig (I am sure you gamers are going to rip my choice of parts).

I am a webmaster who uses lots of background running bots & am always multi-tasking several web developing / webmaster programs (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Thunderbird etc..).

This started out as me just wanting to add better cooling, quieter fans, & adding a GPU that could handle three monitors for a i7-920 retail system. My retail HP was running hot and slow and I wanted to fix it up. But, I got the building bug.

After adding the new card, I decided that a new case would allow me to try out the closed-loop watercooling. So, I went with a soundproofed case. I accidentally ordered the XL case, but since I haven't done any builds in a while (and my tower desk space was big enough to fit it), I figured the added room to work, space for fans and airflow couldn't hurt, and would make cable management easier.

Then, while working on it (after installing the h55), I got sick of looking at the lousy HP mobo. At that point, it was "might as well go all in"....

So, I added the MOBO, the new CPU (re-installed the watercooler) & added the memory

How will she run for me?

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malcar11 3 Builds 7 points 48 months ago

I think is a nice, cool and solid workstation. All the programs you work are resources intensive, specially processor and RAM, when multitasking. Just try to install most programs on the HDD. The SSD is a lil small. Congrats!


LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Maybe put another SSD in there?

I ws thinking about installing the more resource intensive programs on the SSD...

malcar11 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Maybe! SSD gives you faster access to data. I always try to keep in the SSD the most important programs (OS, Antivirus, drivers) and all the others in the HDD. I think, once installed, a program performance depends more on the processor and the RAM, until it has to write something somewhere...



LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I am adding a 256 or 512 SSD.

It's took much of a pain to install programs on separate drives in windows.

Rolphy 2 Builds 5 points 48 months ago

This is fine, the h55 is just an expensive cooler for what it does, but trying out new things is always fun

Hope you enjoy your build


LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago


EpicEagle44 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

Only thing that I would do differently would be an fx 8 core processor for multitasking, but overall great workstation build!

LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Yea....is the difference between the 4.0 Ghz 6-core and the 3.2-5 ghz 8-core that much better? I was going to get the 3.4 Ghz 8-core, but I decided to scale a few dollar back. If I decide I want to give it a boost, I will upgrade to the 8-core.

canders 7 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

I like it. Usually the best spot for the GPU is in the first PCI slot. Not sure how much it matters in this case. +1

LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Yea, I have the soundblaster sound card in there too and I wanted to make sure it wasn't blocking the air flow.

SethMatrix 3 points 48 months ago

Why an h55 over other cheaper air coolers that perform better?

LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Do they really perform better. I mentioned the liquid cooling loops that I thought were awesome looking to a friend and he recommended this closed-loop cooling. Seemed like a reasonable price and got great reviews. I had a lot of dust-build up in my stock HP CPU cooler. I just wanted to try it out.

SethMatrix 2 points 48 months ago

Yes they do perform better. BUT i can see why someone would want to atleast try out liquid cooling.

LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Sound is also important and AIO liquid cooling seems to be quiet.

FreeFireXI 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Now that everyone complains about the 'No Description' I will give you a thumbs up for a good workstation. The only thing that 'might' make a difference would be the utilization of an 8-core processor in this regard. Less Case, more CPU. No gripes otherwise. Solid workstation!

LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks for the feedback. This was fun. I haven't tried either AMD processors yet...This is my first time being able to even test the new AMD's....

I saved a few bucks and went with the 6-core. If I think the 6-core is lacking performance I will bump up to the 8-core. But, I thought that the 4.0 (non-overclocked) 6-core would be substantial to perform well with less over-heating than the 8, no? How much boost you think the 8-core will give me?

I previously using a core i7-920 before with a weak CPU cooler (& 12GB of RAM) along with a 7200rpm HDD and a crappy HP case with crappy 80mm fans. I started on this to upgrade my case for more fans, add better CPU cooling, & add in an SSD, but I was having too much fun on the project and just got a building bug. So compared to what I was using before (as well as the graphics card and the added monitor), I think this will be a very substantial increase in performance (I hope lol).

In the end, The only parts I was able to salvage was the optical drives, HDD, and the soundcard.

This is my first build since college (12 years ago). I basically went with the bigger case for a few reasons. Mainly, I wanted the room to work without driving myself insane pulling wires and enough spots for 140mm fans to quiet the system. It also it comfortably in my desk's tower shelf, I wanted to make sure I has plenty of room for lots of fans, room for any future upgrades/changes, sound proofed. I also purchased car soundproofing material that I am going to put in there this week to make it more quiet.

I am going to build a media-center pc for myself. I will give the media center mini cases a shot next time.

FreeFireXI 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Not really knocking the case, but a Mid-ATX is still large, and if you went the Corsair 200R route (nice case by the way) it would have saved you $70 or so :)The downside is the sound, as you stated. You can just get some high quality quiet fans and, as you already have, a AIO liquid cooling. Either way it's nice stuff.

comptech0408 1 point 48 months ago

liquid cooling on an amd 6 core, 16gb of ram, very low end gpu, and 2 optical drives? A description for this is necessary, or it will receive downvotes

Jack_Burton 6 points 48 months ago

not every build is for gaming. some people genuinely need 16gb of RAM, and have no need for a $400 GPU

comptech0408 2 points 48 months ago

Nowhere in my statement did I say this was for gaming, nor did I suggest any part changes. I simply pointed out things that would need an explanation, or they would receive downvotes from people.

FreeFireXI 3 Builds 6 points 48 months ago

I'd put liquid cooling on any AMD CPU just to get rid of the regular HSF.

comptech0408 1 point 48 months ago

Yeah, the stock cooler is terrible, I just don't see having a watercooled cpu unless you are doing some serious overclocking.

samh52 0 points 48 months ago

I agree this doesn't make too much sense, and would be nice to understand why it is created the way it is. I upped this build because I love the AMD FX series.

LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks for all the feedback!

gammin1234 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

How does the cpu work for web programs? I am building a very similar computer for web development and gaming.

CreeperKid97 1 point 38 months ago

The orientation of the H55 disturbs me greatly.

Thravid 1 point 23 months ago

How did you attach those Antec TrueQuiet fans? Do they do a good job?

Zeus 1 Build -2 points 48 months ago

Why two optical drives lol?

I personally would have went with air cooling over the H55, and I would have gotten 2x4gb and spent that money towards a better gpu.

PickItApart -3 points 48 months ago

The case costed almost the same as your gpu?! I like your build but I wish you got a 8320 for this.

LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I jusr wanted a CPU that would be easy to setup three monitors without additional equipment.

And cooling and quiet are vital as well as the added ram.

GPU isn't a major priority..

iTzSnypah -5 points 48 months ago

The only reason this set of components make sense is if it's a workstation.

LouieP submitter 1 Build 7 points 48 months ago

It is a workstation...

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LouieP submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I need 16 GB of ram.

I needed a super quiet case and wanted the room for airflow.

This is not a gaming rig.

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