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Red Christmas

by tjo331



Date Published

Dec. 31, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 29, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate



 I built this PC for gaming a a little video editing. The price that you see here is not what I paid for it. I paid around $350- $360 for it. I did this by buying the parts at different times and around Black Friday and Christmas. Everything went very well and I am very pleased with the performance, considering I come from a Core2 Duo@2 GHz and 2 GB of RAM. I chose this case for its looks and space for cable management. I chose this CPU based on its price to performance, and it has certainly delivered. I picked the cooler for a cheap replacement to the stock cooler and i wanted something that was smaller and looked better than the hyper 212 evo, but I do have one complaint about it and that is that mounting for the AMD socket was hard to do. I didn't list the graphics card in this build, even though you will need one with this processor, because I plan to upgrade very soon. This was my first SSD and man I am hooked. When you can start a PC in 13 seconds compared to 13 minutes it is like you are in a dream. This was my first build and I am very glad that none of the parts came DOA. *UPDATE: fixed the psu sound and finally got a better graphics card but no the last one tbh.

Part Reviews


Very capable processor for its price.

CPU Cooler

Kept my 860k cool for a great price, but mounting was very hard for AMD.


Great board in almost every aspect except for that there is no VRMs cooler.


First SSD and was not disappointed. It is very fast.


Beautiful case and plenty of space, but there was a little chipping of the paint in the cable management space but nothing enough to take off a star.

Power Supply

Preforms, but I am starting to have trouble with noise from its fan. Sounds like a truck.

Operating System

I really like how fast and streamlined this OS is.

Wireless Network Adapter

fast and all but I wish it was not bright green

Comments Sorted by:

EdInk 11 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

Mount your PSU so the fan faces bottom of the case, your cables will naturrally be closer the back of the case for tidier cable management; routing them behind the motherboard.. your case has stilts so enough room for PSU fan to pull air in.

tjo331 submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Thank you very much I didn't actually think of that (this is my first build).

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Looks good! Definanlty an upgrade from the core 2 duo. :)

I do have a few questions out of cruiosity:

  1. What GPU do you have in there currently?
  2. Why 16GB of RAM?
  3. (Not really a question), I recommend fliping the CPU cooler around so the case fans are not fighting against each other. If you have the cpu cooler the other way around, all the air from the front intake fans will get sucked into the CPU and the hot air will get ejected out of the back top vents. The way you have it now makes it so that hot air is going directly into your case.
tjo331 submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I currently have a gt 610. And 16 GB was my mistake it was supposed to be 8 GB of that same RAM (2x4GB), I will fix that. And because this is an AMD socket it uses the clip to mount onto the board so I can only have the fan on the top or bottom of the heatsink.

AresXena 2 points 33 months ago

(observation from the third picture) Congratulations!

tjo331 submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

lol, that is not me.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

are you going to get a graphics card?

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

oh i continued reading

pyrogab29 1 point 33 months ago

You need to get a gpu to get your system running

tjo331 submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I currently have one but i am going to upgrade very soon. it is a 610 but i plan on getting a 950

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