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Project Double Dissipation

by OblivionXBA

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50 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 17, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 14, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.2 GHz

Description

Hey there PCPartPicker users! I have yet again done another build for a customer and the goal for this build was to be priced similar to the $699 Alienware X51 yet be much more powerful since we all know Alienware is severly over-priced! This was a very easy task for me to achieve, as I was assigned to select the parts with my own experience since the customer was only a gamer and didn't know much about computers. With six cores and an HD 7870, this PC is definitely a powerful one! I decided, like my last build, to name it after the video card, and that's where Double Dissipation comes from. The case was fairly easier to work with then the previous SPEC-03, but both cases are made by Corsair and are great. Cable Management is decent, however fan connectors on the motherboard gave some problems with managing. This build be used for gaming mostly with games like DayZ, Arma 3, etc. Here is why I chose the parts:

CPU - The AMD FX-6300 was chosen because it still to this day, the best bang-for-your-buck CPU. With six cores clocked at 3.5GHz going to 4.0GHz when Turbo Boosted, this CPU has plenty of power for a gaming-centric build. Currently, games do not use more than four cores meaning this CPU could last him quite a bit. Intel would have been to pricey for the build so this was a good option. The stock heatsink does the job, although 35 Degrees is a bit too hot for idle in my opinion.

Motherboard - Since the buyer didn't need to overclock or run two video cards in CrossfireX, this motherboard does the job although had I researched a bit better, I would have found out about the stupid fan connector placements on this board. Also, the BiOS was too different from ASUS and ASRock that I had to do a bit of looking around, although that wasn't too much of a problem. I should have gone for the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0, but it's all good now. It does it's job and works fine.

Memory - The goal was to get 8gb of RAM as cheap as possible while maintaining a good speed of DDR3-1600 with a CAS Latency of 9. Goal achieved here. Looks nice too and is able to be overclocked should the customer wish to.

Storage - I use this in most of my builds and it's priced fairly well for 1TB of storage. Good enough to hold lots of games, photos, movies, music, etc.

Video Card - So the original plan was to go for the Sapphire Radeon R9 270 priced at $155, although when I got to ordering the parts, the sale was over for the card and it went up to $170. I searched around for a card similarly priced to $155, and found the XFX HD 7870 priced at only $5 more at $160. Conveniently enough, the HD 7870 is actually a bit more powerful than the R9 270, and once overclocked, is basically an R9 270X. This card can handle all modern games at 1080p with a minimum of high settings, some being played at ultra.

Case - The original case chosen was the Corsair SPEC-03 used in my last build, although the customer wanted something that looked nicer and was deciding between the Phantom 240 and the Corsair Graphite 230T. He went with this case and it was priced decently too. Cable Management was better than the previous SPEC-03, although the Gigabyte 970A-DS3P motherboard ruined that a bit.

Power Supply - I absolutely love the Rosewill HIVE series of power supplies. They are all 80+ Bronze efficient while sporting a semi-modular design. I used a 750w Rosewill HIVE in my previous build since there was a GTX 770, but 650W is just fine for an HD 7870 along with an AMD CPU which tend to be more power-hungry than Intel CPUs. Good and reliable here, would recommend to anybody!

Optical Drive - Chosen because it was the cheapest and was only used to install Windows 8.1 and the motherboard drivers/utilities. We are in the Digital Age so no more disc-based PC games or movies. Does it's job fine!

Operating System - Windows 8.1 is Microsoft's latest operating system so why not? Some games are better optimized for it leading to better performance. Windows 7 is also a very good OS, I use it myself, but if someone is building a new computer, I'd go with 8.1. The 64-bit version was chosen of course due to having more than 4gb of RAM and being the same exact price. Who in their right mind would go with 32-bit?

Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you guys enjoy the pictures! I might have done a bit too many pictures that weren't needed, and this time around, we were building the computer when it was a bit dark outside rather than the morning like last time so most pictures don't look quite as nice as my previous build, Project WINDFORCE. Anyway, PLEASE leave feedback in the comments and I accept compliments/insults, anything really xD. This computer is a great one and should last my client quite a while!

Comments Sorted by:

Daisyahoy 4 Builds 5 points 54 months ago

I always like seeing the DD cards.

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah I'll be honest that I didn't really have much faith in this XFX cooler since I have never used an XFX card but it does really good.

EllisDemonSlayer 6 points 54 months ago

Well XFX (as you may know) will repair the GPU if you damage it while OC'ing which is nice ;)

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah they have a great service as far as I know. That's a plus!

loganmason 1 Build 4 points 54 months ago

Very nice build. I like all of your choices. I will however give you a tip in future builds. Never place you motherboard on top of anti static packaging as only the inside of the packaging is anti static an thus could likely end up damaging your MOBO before you even get your rig put together. Overall good job though on the build and part selection.

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Ah I was never aware of that! That was really good feedback, I'll keep that in mind for future builds. Thank you!

Frostfyre 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

Quite a solid build! +1

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Thanks dude! Your build is awesome too, a bit more powerful than this one!

Jonathanwashere 2 points 54 months ago

Nice seeing you around again. +1

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Haha do I know you?

Jonathanwashere 2 points 54 months ago

Oops sorry got you mixed up with someone else haha

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Oh haha that's fine!

Jonathanwashere 2 points 54 months ago

Nice build anyway haha

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

You too man! I like how your build is AMD-based like mine, too many Intel/Nvidia builds around here.

wallywintrow1972 2 points 54 months ago

I like it, love AMD, I agree, would have went with Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, thats what I am putting in my build which I hope to have up in a few weeks, also using the 6300, was going to go with the 8350, but am trying to stay within my budget, also thinking about going with a Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z mobo, and upgrading cpu in the future, and using 6300 in another build, very nice budget build...

coolguy562 2 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

I agree I don't see many people utilizing the 990FX/X chipset. I'm going to be using that same Asus motherboard as well as the 8350. Although I don't see the point in upgrading to the Formula-Z upgrade the GPU instead.

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah there was a budget here with no future plans of overclocking or running CrossfireX. Although the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 would have been my choice for a cheaper 990FX board with good features.

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Ya, gigabyte is good however I would have gone with the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, they are about the same however the Asus board is slightly cheaper and, in my opinion, better build quality.

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

The Gigabyte board is actually the cheaper one which I why I said that. I'm talking about Newegg prices anyway, and as for build quality, it's debatable. Gigabyte has been sporting their "Ultra Durable" thing around so yeah.

coolguy562 2 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Ya, I can agree with this, I just trust Asus plus the bprad matches my color scheme

tabascosauz 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

The DS3P is fine, albeit with weird fan connector placements. No one should be buying the M5A97 R2.0 LE, or any other AM3+ board without heatsinks for a 6300 or 8350.

Nice part choices and build.

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks. I use the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 for my AMD Phenom II X6 1100T that is currently overclocked from 3.3GHz to 3.7Ghz. It's doing fine, but I definitely agree with you. The regular M5A97 R2.0 is a better option.

DeathDaSquid 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

thats excellent RAM for the price, great work

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Thanks! Your build is awesome too!

DeathDaSquid 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

thanks :3

Slugger11 2 points 54 months ago

Hey, I'm just starting out and I'm looking for a PC that's not to complicated to put together and is good to start out with.

P.S. My budget is also 800$

Slugger11 2 points 54 months ago

Would this be good for me? (Sorry, I forgot this part in my comment.)

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah this build would be really good. Since your budget is like $100 more than this one, I'd upgrade the motherboard to a Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3 and the CPU is the AMD FX-8320.

Slugger11 2 points 54 months ago

Hey, I'm new to all this would this be a good PC for me too build.

Techlad 1 point 54 months ago

Really solid build, nice card.

Overkillsystem 3 Builds -1 points 54 months ago

I really don't see why you didn't go with an r9 280x double dissipation

azidhsu 3 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

he's using a 6300 so maybe 270x is a much better choice

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

There was a budget here guys.. Lol

so0shiboi 2 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Because it was meant to be priced similar to the alienware x51. Putting in a r9 280x would be much more expensive.

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thank you!

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Ever heard of a budget?

Overkillsystem 3 Builds -2 points 54 months ago

Yes, technically if I put 2 r9 295x2s in crossfire in a build I would still be on some kind of budget, besides it would not have costed you that much moree to just put a 280x in there

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

Ehh, that would have been $150 more. Anyway, I don't blame you seeing as how your username is "Overkillsystem".

P.S. The post description even talks about the $700 budget dude. I offered the guy a $900 part list that contained a 280x and an FX-8320 but it was over his budget. We aren't all OVERKILL people here.

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OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks!

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OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Never thought of that. I'll keep that in mind!

Demi_Nytemair 1 point 54 months ago

Be careful with that, though some may be legit, many are not. I bought a code for a client on Reddit, code was mass sold and blacklisted by MS, now my client has that "pirated Windows" crap all over the place.

OblivionXBA submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Oh ok. I'll stick to buying off of Newegg or the Microsoft Store then!