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High mileage, but still rolling along...

by eopest


Most of this, my current machine, has been together and running for the last three years. (I was gathering parts for about 8 months prior.)

CPU - Actually, this 8320 isn't the original I started with; that is a FX-8120. I bought the 8320 a week ago for a new build but the new MB I was going to pair it with didn't post, so I threw it in here to test it out. So far, so good. (UPDATE: Got the new MB to post, BIOS battery was dead and had to be replaced. So the 8320 will be moving to it shortly and the 8120 will be reunited with this machine. UPDATE2: Moved the 8120 back to this build, edited part list to reflect same.)

Cooler - EVO? What's an EVO? :) Actually, I bought this at the same time as the original 8120 because I already knew the stock HSF was a loud POS. Not my first time at the AMD corral...

MB - Ok, here I screwed up some. I got this on SALE at Frys and and let those 4 big letters get the best of me. I found out about all the power phase issues way after I bought the board and had everything up and running, so as it still ran I decided to keep it... 21/2 years later, well here we are...

RAM - It's Corsair, it's been reliable (and the picture is wrong, mine are actually blue) and it still works.

SSD - On the other hand, this isn't the original SSD; that was a Crucial M4 256GB that died 2 weeks ago and was returned to them under warranty. The Adata was floating around for a Linux project that got pushed back so I used it as a temp. I had an OS image to restore the system from (ok, yeah, a couple of months old but better than nothing) so I was back running in a few hours (Windows Updates take FOREVER sometimes). No problems so far. EDIT: I got a M4 back from Crucial that I swapped back in, so we're back to (almost) the OG config.

HD - I needed extra storage and I had bought 3 while they were still cheap so in it went.

Video - This was a open box return at Frys which made it a little cheaper than new. Yes, I know I got lucky on this one.

Case - This was the case I built the previous game machine in. I had built this one in an Antec Solo (no, not Solo II) to try and get a quiet machine, but the heat buildup at the top of the case meant I needed to switch. So, I put everything in here instead. With the front fans turned down it can be surprisingly quiet. EDIT: the power switch died on the Three Hundred, so I used the opportunity to move the crab into a new shell (a Corsair SPEC-02) and update the looks a little.

P/S - Yep, this is an original HX650W. It was also in the previous game box. It's modular, fairly quiet and it still works. EDIT: The Corsair died finally, so I swapped an Antec Edge 550w in as a substitute. So far it's been quiet and efficient.

ODD - Yes, I still have one. I still have DVDs and CDs, and I'm a little old-school about physical media. I still have and read actual paper books too. :)

OS - When I was telecommuting, we found the VPN client we were using worked better with Pro than with Home so that's what I got. Win 8 didn't impress me. I'm running Win 10 Preview on a different box and so far I like it. I'll probably move this box to Win 10 when it comes out. LXLE, Lubuntu or MInt w/ Cinnamon are other options.

Sound Card - I hooked up the onboard sound to the front panel jacks on the Three Hundred case and had a hiss in games I couldn't get rid of. This works a lot better.

Fans - I decided on a little bling so I got the Corsairs. Too bad they turned out to be a little loud.

Monitor - Actually this is an Acer P244w, I couldn't find a listing in the part picker. See the (soon to be replaced) desk picture.

Interface Devices - Ok, I'm pretty much all Logitech (the G500 was an Xmas gift though) all the time. However, the actual speakers are an old Altec Lansing set that I've had a long time and aren't listed here. They still sound great and they have dual inputs so I can plug in the computer and my phone or iPod at the same time. EDIT: I swapped these for a Logitech Z3 2.1 setup I had that I was able to get running.

Yes, it's not the fastest computer in the world, but it has gotten me thru the last couple of years, and will, I hope go on for a few more. It sails along very nicely on the Linux distros I've tried so far, so that's just a matter of picking the DE and support I like best if I go that route with it.

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ankousmachine 2 Builds 3 points 49 months ago

saw amd and automatic 1+.

great build and nice gpu and cpu clock rates.

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Thank you. I've been building AMD machines for years and I still believe they have a place in the market.

TheGingerBeard 3 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

+1 for a nice build, fairly similar to how my main pc was before I swapped my 7850 for a 980.

eopest submitter 9 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Thank you. Are you still using a 83xx to run that 980?

TheGingerBeard 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Yeah, it does a great job of running it!

Looking at benchmarks online it could even be happy running the 980s in SLI!

Don't think I'll be GPU bottlenecked for a long time :-)

rellyrale 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

+1Mainly because its AMD

silas123 0 points 49 months ago


eopest submitter 9 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Damn straight! :) AMD gets a lot of scorn on this site, but it's still the only way we have of keeping Intel from jacking prices unreasonably or going to all-soldered-on chips. Ok, the cores (modules, what-have-you) aren't as efficient as Intel's, but if I can get near-i5 performance for less, then okay, I'm down with that.

rellyrale 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

I dont even like compairing it... its like does it do what I need it to do do and save money... play whatever I want in ultra - yes; edit my videos - yes; save money - yes I have no reason to worry about intel being better

optimusgaming 1 point 49 months ago

couldnt have said it better, and yet im a Intel Fanboi

rellyrale 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

your absolutely right...

rellyrale 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

your absolutely right... but where is your build?

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Um... I'm the guy who built the computer in this post. :)

rellyrale 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I was referring to silas123 calling me a fanboy... you aiight in my book

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Oh, ok, sorry about the misunderstanding. :)

LeMMingSlayeR 23 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Nice build, I had a 7850 in my old build before I got an r9, and when I built my stepsons computer I actually found a HIS 7850 2GB version on ebay for $60. best investment so far a year later he's playing battlefield and COD on it still.

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Thank you! Yeah, it's still a decent card. I haven't OC'd it or anything, just replaced the thermal paste on the card's heatsink. I gave my godson my old gaming box for his off-to-college gift, it has a 5770 in it and he's rolling along destroying opponents in his Steam games with that. I'd been thinking about giving him the 7850 if I get a R9-285 or GTX 970 for this build.

Kiehlster 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Nice job with the cables, considering the case layout. How is the clearance on that first RAM slot with the Hyper 212 cooler? +1 for the Altec Lansing speakers; I'm still using a set of ACS48 speakers I bought 16 years ago.

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Thanks for the comment! I can get a stick of LP in to the first slot with the fan =on that side of the heatsink. I actually had it that way for a while but pulled 2 sticks (I did have 16GB for a while) to use for a different build. Using the even-numbered slots meant better airflow over the RAM, and so far no more "Memory Management" blue screens. That's the theory, anyway...

oCollective0circuits 1 point 49 months ago

Good choices on the parts, those are probably all the same manufacturers for each of my build's parts as well. Even the monitors and speakers, hah. Except intel CPU :)

eopest submitter 9 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

That's fine, I want both AMD and Intel in the market, but I'm cheap and AMD was less to start with. :)

optimusgaming 2 points 49 months ago

Dont worry bout the price, intel performs by a marginal increase compared to AMD and for quite the price. Amd does everything anyone could need unless you are doing major editing and rendering as a job. Im saying all this and yet I am a Intel Fanboy, the humorous part is untill i can afford my new PC im stuck with some 3 year old desktop from my grandma that I put a 280 in(280 came from friend) and guess what? Its all... gasp ... AMD, and it runs better then my friends Intel pc that he got on his last trip to his dads house.(Like a month ago)

oCollective0circuits 1 point 49 months ago

Yeah I was really close to going with AMD

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

No where to hide the cables in this one. Still a cool older build.


eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you! The power button switch died in this case so it was a good excuse to move it all to a newer case with actual cable management. :)

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I have to get my cables under control when I build myself a pc next. It's like art. Ive got to say my worst cables were in the mini itx build for my son at college. I ended up just tying up the cable up and out of the way of the fans. In spite of that I don't want to go back into that one except to clean it. It even has the much beatup corsair cx500 but it's staying in there. Anyway I rant on. I like your builds.

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I have to confess: I've worked as a slot machine tech and as an IT tech; even if no one's gonna see it, I have to try and clean up the wiring. :)

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Ah... so I posted another build today; one where my cable management fu wasn't as strong, I think. Care to take a look? :)