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Northwind 2.0

by wyre311



Date Published

Aug. 23, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

48.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

0 mHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


This is an update from my original build. I have had to wait to make time and money to put it together in such a way where there are no borrowed parts.. This is complete for now, until the games I want to play need more power. I'm very sure it will serve me well for years to come and I will continue to upgrade when it needs it. Please comment and read my reviews on the parts I used :)! Please also remember I am relatively new to all of this, and this is my first "complete" build.


Part Reviews


A few weeks of use and the auto-overclock held up with my system pushing 4.3Ghz cpu. The blue color looks pretty with my already blue themed parts and lights. No issues with these and they come with yet another net sticker to plaster on your case. Heat spreaders are on there nice and tight. You will not have issues with them wiggling unless you get fluke parts, or you mistreat your equipment.

Video Card

I bought this card from a good friend who had it in a working system for a long time, and I have to say I am not disappointed whatsoever. It was a fantastic upgrade from the previous card I had in there before. Everything about it is sturdy. The plastic cover, fan blades, chipset and heat distributors are not going anywhere at all. This card vents heat out of it's own cut out spaces in the rear (where the video inputs are) which helps immensely with overall system air movement. It is a long card though, so if you intend to use it in a build pay attention to the available space your tower has. I would suggest having an intake fan on the side of your case if you use one of these as well, as it's length will make it suck up the air from the front fans and cut it off from the top of the case.. Games are nothing to this card.. Get one, and save your money by not getting the new overpriced stuff. This card can handle all games I play on ultra high HD and it wont slow down a fraction of second at full load (which I have yet to find).

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tiny_voices 4 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

Aside from the PSU being lower end and not great, Nice build! I have used that motherboard multiple times and I quite like it.


wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Well I had a little wiggle room but went with the best at the cheapest price I could find. But thank you very much!

tiny_voices 4 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

The PSU is the WORST component to cheap out on. The LAST place to try to save money. it is the single most important part of a PC.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Roger that.. So far I have had no problems with it at all. Maybe I got lucky?

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Not really. Not having problems yet doesn;t mean anything. It is not a good unit. Not good for your other components and will not last nearly as long as a proper unit. If you still are within the return window, I'd swap it with a proper unit.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

When i get the money i will look into it.. thanks for the advice

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Psu is still kicking without issue

anybody 2 points 42 months ago

Did you have to update the BIOS to use the 6300? I'm thinking of using the same motherboard when I build my PC

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Nope. I did not have to

bobdude_01 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Love the build! +1

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you very much!!

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Casually waits for you to overclock the sht outta your cpu

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I brought it up from3.5 to 4.5. It can handle it

HP2 2 points 27 months ago

Nice build. Just one important thing: your RAM module are not in the right slots!! They should be in the 2nd and 4th slot (the white ones) for optimal reliability.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago


julianftw 1 point 41 months ago

How are the cpu temps? Have you tried to overclock?

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Still holding as they where, and not recently. I'm very much not comfortable with risking my system too much.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Jumped to 4.5 overclock- she still rums cool. Came up about 10c overall according to speedfan, but no issues after 4 hours of hard gaming like fully modded skyrim amd gta5

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wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I like the way it looks :) The low profile kinda makes up for the ginormous video card i crammed in there