Description

Named the storm trooper for it's similar color scheme to one, this thing is a great gaming rig. It will run Battlefront 3 on all ultra settings with an average of about 73 fps. Bioshock Infinite frame rates clock in at about 130 fps on ultra.

CPU Went with an FX-8350 due to it being cheaper than Intel, yet it still packs enough power to do any task I care to throw at it. Cinebench score: 604cb no overclock

GPU An R9 380 is a not too expensive high end GPU that will currently run pretty much every game on good settings, 4 GB version allows for maximum use of GPU power without having to give up texture quality with less vram. Cinebench OpenGL: 84.04 fps. 3dmark firestrike

CASE I found this case on sale at Fry's for only $49.99 so I bought it as soon as I saw it. So far it's an amazing case for that price, with good cable management space behind the motherboard for my needs, and an option to upgrade to 140mm fans later. I have 2 LEPA 120mm fans in the front as intakes, 1 of the case's stock fans at the top back as an exhaust (only one so I keep positive pressure) and my water cooled radiator at the very back as another outtake. This setup seems to keep all the components very cool with the slight exception of the socket temp. I think it's due to my motherboard more than the case (as the similar socket temp differences were recorded with another case) as my CPU temp will read 47c load temps while gaming yet Socket temps peak at about 64c and hover around 60c (Battlefront 3 Ultra).

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Looks like great price to performance

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

its called storm trooper because of black and white case? I find the 3 sticks of ram very interesting too. Why did you make this decision?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

It is called that because of the case color, and the tinted window reminds me of a storm trooper visor. I picked the 3 sticks of ram as they were part of a previous build I had. I started out with two 2GB sticks in duel channel, then added a third 4GB stick to make a total of 8GB and if I ever have another $25 to burn I could add another 4GB stick and duel channel it with my lone stick.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

OH i get it :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! What settings are you using to get bioshock infinite at 130fps? My build is very similar to yours

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I just use the ultra preset and turn frame rate lock off, in intense sections there will be some fps dips but it averages around 130. My monitor is also 1600x900 that may be a factor.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh ok. Was about to say, I have a near identical build and don't get 130fps. I'm running at 1080p.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks pretty good for the price point. Nice build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! And by the way, how do you update the BIOS on your motherboard so it's compatible with fx8350? If you followed a tutorial, can you send me a link? I'm new to Bios update and stuff. Thanks

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

My motherboard was compatible with the FX8350 right out of the box, I didn't need a BIOS update. But if you have an ASRock motherboard that needs a BIOS flash, here's a tutorial, you should be able to get updated BIOS from here for this motherboard (if that's the model you have)

Tutorial: http://www.asrock.com/support/BIOSUI.asp?cat=Windows8 BIOS: http://asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20Extreme4/index.us.asp?cat=Download&os=BIOS

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Can it aim?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not the best at it. Lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

cool build. nice case and cable mangment. soild choice of gpu.and why the lea cooler, instead of like a corasir h 55 h6. are you going do raid zero

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose the LEPA cooler for its high cfm stock fan and thicker tubes. It moves over 100 cfm on its highest setting and I wanted the reinforced tubing for reliability. I also really liked the red LED it comes with in the block. As for raid zero, no. I use one drive for my OS and most applications and the other one is for games.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

oh, ok just wanted to know

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Cool build!! My build is similar.PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wkjQt6