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by ten8yp



Date Published

Dec. 1, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 14, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.81 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

2.027 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


The AM Motorsports shop computer build started as more of a budget-oriented build. It was made for light content creation/video rendering/etc for the shop. We occasionally post videos of local racing events, dyno days, autocross events, CCA meets, engine builds, etc. This pc will also be used for general office use and light gaming on breaks. However, like all builds certain aspects/parts weren't sitting right with me so I upgraded. (Case, memory, cooler)I did manage to re-use a lot of components from this computers predecessor. (gpu, ssd, hdd, monitor, mouse, keyboard)

Pics show a DIYPC case that I got for $20. It was horrible and looked like about $20 worth of case and had to go. I watched a youtube video on Black Friday deals (Tech Deals if any of you guys watch him) and he suggested the Coolermast Masterbox 5 lite RGB. It was on sale for $59.99 which seemed decent. (Pics of the CoolerMaster case start at the 11th picture. The DIYPC case has a red rear fan.)

Stock cooler was the original intention but found an AIO for dirt cheap during BF specials.

Not counting peripherals, (and the $20 case I didn't use), I've got $800 into this build so I think I did pretty well for what it is.

More pics on the way when I can get some time to set up a room for a photo shoot.

Part Reviews


Best value cpu of 2017. Loved its performance so far. Honestly I had my doubts and didn't want to purchase an AMD product because of previous bad experiences (bulldozer, etc) but this thing hasn't disappointed so far. I left it at stock speeds for now.


Its a pretty motherboard but after reading some reviews of others I think I could have gotten a better motherboard for less money. Asus also rooked me into one of their "free game" promotions (which I was going to sell) then decided they didn't want to honor it for me or an interested party. Considering I have always preferred MSI's bios to Asus', this will probably be the last Asus motherboard (maybe product in general) that I purchase new.


Had to RMA the first set I got. (Ordered new from Newegg) When I finally got the new set it seems to be working great and I was able to get the full 3200 Mhz out of it. The heat spreaders on this memory are insane! Very heavy, thick, and durable. Not to mention beautiful with the lighting. Wish I hadn't had to go to the trouble of RMA'ing them but it was worth the wait.

Video Card

Love this gpu as it provides the perfect amount of return on investment for me. The Twin Frozer cooler from MSI is one of the best (if not the best) air coolers on the market for Pascal and previous gen cards. Its stays very cool and I haven't had any issues. MSI's included gpu software (Afterburner) is a GREAT program and works flawlessly with it.

Cons- only con I can give this gpu is the RED color scheme. I would personally like to see MSI move the red color scheme onto their less expensive line of gpu's and move the black/white theme to the more expensive line (kinda like the Titanium Gaming X). MANY other people have requested the same thing.

I decided to mod the color of mine and do a custom white paint job but the fan leds are still red and I dont think there is anything I can do about it within reason.


For the price I payed this is a decent monitor. I prefer larger sizes because I tend to use monitors from further back than most people do. 32" 1080p looks just fine to me for what I mainly use them for. This monitor comes with VESA mounting and a software disc to be able to adjust PIP and multiple programs at the same time. Love and use both of those features often. Cons- only con I can think of is that the power cable is rather short. (3-3.5 feet)

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IDMooseMan 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Gave an upvote just for the $50 Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD. That price is long gone now.

Very nice build. Are you using the "Constellation" HDD for gaming duties? How do you like its performance?

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks man!

Yeah... I have a few games stored on there that I dont play as often. Performance is pretty decent. I've had that Constellation for a while and its been a good drive. It was even a main operating system drive for a bit.

My steam library is pretty small in general and I'm picky about games. But when I find one I like I tend to stick with it for a while. Mostly I use the Samsung ssd to store the main game I'm playing though. (Right now its Battlefront 2 but I also keep Rocket League, and a few others)

IDMooseMan 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Interesting. I didn't think the Constellation would perform well enough for use as an OS/gaming drive. I will have to reconsider that for future builds. I am using a 4TB Toshiba X300 HDD for my games/documents/etc., and want to add an SSD or two for gaming duties. I have a small M.2 for my OS duties. This is my first build; completed a few months ago:


ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Its mostly about cache and drive speed with HDD's. This Constellation has 64MB cache and is 7200 rpm so it should be fine compared to most HDD's but I would stay away from anything with less (for those specific purposes). I like Toshiba HDD's. They're pretty reliable.

fludsqua 1 point 11 months ago

Where did you buy the GPU so cheaply?

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Purchased in November of 2016 well before mining craze.

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liquidforce134 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

This build is not in the case that it claims to be in. Not sure if the poster realizes this or I just did not look in the comment section or read any of his description, which then I am sorry for bringing this up.

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Which one do you think you're not seeing? There are pics of BOTH cases (DIYPC is white, CoolerMaster is all black with larger window and has 3 fans in the front). I only left the pics of the white DIYPC case to show how cheap it was and so people would have an idea of why I didn't go with it. It was part of the story of this build but maybe its too confusing.

liquidforce134 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Oh yeah. lol

Sorry, didn't think there would be 2 cases! Great builds though! I just picked up the masterbox lite 5 rgb, how is the build in it?

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Its nice... For a $60 case to have tempered glass and 3 RGB fans plus a non-rgb one is pretty good. Cable routing is pretty decent. My main two issues with it... I wish it had a better/easier place to mount SSD's. If I can add a sled in the future I'm going to try. And lastly, I wish it had top radiator/fan mounting. The only option for 240mm or 360mm is in the front, which isn't optimal considering it doesn't get great airflow from there. I would give it about 6-7 out of 10. For $60 it isn't bad at all but I still prefer the Deepcool Dukase V2 that my other main rig is built in which I payed $47 for. Its predecesor, the Earlkase was on sale for $50 this week and I'm considering picking one of them up.

liquidforce134 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Hm, ok. I don’t have an ssd, just an shdd right now so I’ll see what I think when I build mine. Thanks for the feedback.

Ben28282 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

32 gb of RAM for 150. Good old days

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ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

What is Roswell?

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ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

AM motorsports is the name of my shop/small business. Who said anything about being a racing team?

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

If you're referring to the fact that I said I am going to make "racing videos" with this computer that much is true... local autocross, track days for fun with some hobby level cars, local CCA meets, etc.

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