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by ItsAceFTW


So, I built this for a buddy's friend. The kid hadn't ever had a gaming rig and gave me a budget of about $800. Knowing he would want something that perform for games like Battlefield and Call of Duty, I had to make some adjustments to what would give him some extra fps while also sticking to his budget. People always ask why I go with AMD processors, and the answer is simple. You get the same performance and can then spend some extra money on your extra components. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the case he picked out, but it does have some redeeming factors. It comes with 5 fans, so cooling isn't an issue whatsoever, and the design of the feet give it probably the greatest clearance I've ever seen in any mid-tower ATX case. The build took me a little longer than usual because the reduced spacing in the back of the case but I think I still pulled of a pretty clean build.

This was the first time I had worked with the Cooler Master Hyper T4, and while the design looks nice, using it on an AMD board only gives it one orientation. It uses the stock AMD heatsink bracket, but because the base of the heatsink only has one set of grooves, you can only face the fan one direction. This caused some minor clearance issues with the RAM and it'll have to be removed if you want to drop some additional sticks into the motherboard. I'd caution against using it and would more recommend using the Cooler Master Hyper 212 and spending the additional $15-20.

My favorite part of the cable management for this build is the design of the SATA ports on the motherboard. Because they have the channels stacked, you can hide cables under each other have it look like you have the one cable coming off SATA 0.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Decent cooling, poor design. Can only be mounted on AMD boards in one configuration. Wish they would have included a custom mounting kit so the fan could put set up in a push configuration with the case fan pulling the hot air out. Luckily the one build I put this in, I had some fans on the top of the case to do the same thing. The other problem that comes with this is that the fins extend overtop of the RAM slots, making it impossible to expand your memory without having to remove the heatsink.

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dubchee 2 points 46 months ago

CPU : 860k is $10 cheaper and more powerful

STORAGE : Can get a 2tb HDD drive for that price. Also, for $6 more you can get a more reliable and newer SSD (BX100) from crucial.

GPU : Can get an R9 270 X for the same price.

ItsAceFTW submitter 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

None of the prices are exactly as the guy paid. I just pulled the parts to show what was in it. This was also a few months ago and so the prices have probably fluctuated. I do appreciate the input! I haven't done any work with an FM2+ board but intend to in the future to find out the benefits of both the mid-range Athlon chip and AMD's A-series APUs.

dubchee 1 point 46 months ago

OK, thanks for clearing that up!

Just some personal input about the FM2+ socket if you don't mind, getting an A10 setup is not worth the money as you can get a cpu such as the 860k (which is just a 7850k with igpu disabled) AND get a discrete card that will perform much better. The 7850k will force you into getting a higher end mobo and the fastest ram you can get so you can overclock to get good results out of it. Save some money with the 860k, lower end mobo+ram and spend it on the GPU. Much better.

The A8 7600 however is a great buy for what you get.

Rocks902 1 point 43 months ago

Hey dude where did you put the power cable that comes from the case? I can't seem to find a place on my mobo

JoshBlades 1 point 43 months ago

Would you be able to fit 4 sticks of GSkill Sniper under that Hyper T4?