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Office/Gaming PC. This is a a general purpose PC I built using some parts from my old AMD PC (memory,SSD and GPU) Running windows 10 and steam for gaming.

The Arc Mini R2 case is really good and allows for all the cables to run behind the mb tray. I went with the older devils canyon I5 as I had 16gb of DDR3 and didn't want to buy new DDR4 and the performance between the i5 6600k and i5 4690k seemed extremely small. I also went with the K version because it was only 3 dollars more and the K version does have some enhanced features over the non K such as a better on chip voltage regulator and improved TIM under the heat spreader. Even if you are not going to overclock it's a no brainer to go with the K version when the cost difference is so small. Keep in mind haswell CPUs have the voltage regulator on the chip, so the motherboard requires less VRM modules and hence produces less heat. Skylake on the other hand has all the voltage regulation on the motherboard, so your MB choice there is a bit more important. Since the MB was only 39 after rebate, I can always reserve the choice to update that at a later date.(I don't anticipate having any issues with the b85 though)

PSU cables all sleeved in royal blue paracord and all fan and case led/power switch cables routed. The sleeving turned out pretty good, except the Silverstone strider Platinum had 4 double wires that I had to heat shrink at the MB connector. The 4 wires go to a sense plug in the PSU, which I assume is to regulate ripple or something, the PSU manual really didn't say anything about it. Other than those 4 double wires the Silverstone PSU was straight forward to sleeve, no inline capacitors like the EVGA PSUs.

The AMD 8350 FX chip and MB is going to go in my DVR server I use to record TV from a attic mounted antenna, that rig currently has a hex core Phenom II. I will get more use of the 8 cores as the DVR has 2 tuner cards each with 2 OTA tuners as well as six HDHomeRun network attached tuners. It would be possible on a popular TV night to have have a large number of tuners in use.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

B85 is overclockable, I have my chip at 4.4GHz on a ASUS B85M-E/CSM.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It certainly is and you can't beat the price.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. It is impossible to beat the price with a new motherboard. Just missing RAID now because it's a "business-grade" type board

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The gigabyte b85 I have has the mb intel "fake" raid, I think you just need to change the sata type from AHCI to raid and get the driver installed in windows. Installing the driver after the fact on windows is a pita though, take a look at this article if you have not already: http://www.maximumpc.com/how-set-raid-1-windows-and-linux-2015/?page=0,1#page-2

It goes through how to get raid on a existing install of windows.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh thanks! My board doesn't support RAID, so I'm looking to upgrade to Z97 platform. How do you think that would be?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It would be great, or just get a raid card to put in one of the expansion slots. Mine doesn't have it either, I thought it did but I had another gb board in my head for some reason :-)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I did look in the manual and it does not mention sata raid mode, so I guess it does not. (I could have swore I saw it in the bios, but I might have got it mixed up with another GB board I have.)

but since it does have 2 PCIe 1x slots your could put in a raid card.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

An unlocked processor and aftermarket cooler on a $50 motherboard?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

heck ya, you can totally overclock if you so choose. it's actually a great MB for the price.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

With pretty much no cooling whatsoever I wouldn't expect the MOSFETS in the voltage regulator circuit to last longer than a couple years, especially if you torture test or otherwise stress your processor.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

If you mean the chip integrated voltage regulator in Haswell, I don't think that will be a issue. I don't plan on overclocking all the time anyways and this particular chip(devils canyon) has improved TIM under the heat spreader.

I don't think it will really be a issue at all.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

No, your motherboard's.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

still won't be a issue for general purpose use and gaming. Chances are I will probably have upgraded in 2 or 3 years anyways. That board has been out awhile and I didn't see anyone having issues with the MOSFETS on the board.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

IT was actually $39 after rebate :-)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

aftermarket cooler = sweet sound of silence, the heat sink the CPU came with is crap why would I use that?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

To save money. If you care about noise then it's fine. I commented looking from a practicality way, as in, you used an overclocking processor and an appropriate cooler for overclocking on a not-so-appropriate motherboard.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Understood, I just like to have the option to overclock if I want to, it was only 3 dollars more to get the K version so I figured why not :-)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Remove hard drive trays in the front of the case and mount the ssd in the drive bay with a screw. That should free up a lot of airflow.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I removed the center cage, need the bottom one as I will be adding a mechanical drive at some point. I will be posting more pics, I have the cable sleeving just about done, just have to do the 24 pin main, saving the worst for last haha

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build. When I saw that cable management I was wowed. No comparison to mine where I just care about being able to close the side panel...

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks it took forever :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I just wanna ask if you ar having issue with your MSI r9 380? Because I purchased the same GPU but when I'm going to use the MSI Gaming application to change the setting to silent to gaming it turned to stopped working.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, it's still working great.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you update the BIOS to use the chip? Sorry, gonna start my first build soon and I'm thinking of going with the same processor and Mobo.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

nope