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Fire and Ice

by AleConquistador



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C


This is now my primary machine for coding; it is super fast (12 sec boot time in Win 7 64-bit) and quiet.

In retrospect, I should have gotten a more powerful CPU that supports overclocking since the MSI mobo does a nice job at configuring voltage, fan speed, frequencies, etc.

Update: I replaced the Cool Master CPU fan with a Corsair H100i liquid cooling system. CPU at idle is 29 degrees celsius, and when all 4 cores are at 100% it is 53 degrees celsius. I price matched the liquid cooling system, and got it for $50 (original was $110).

I got the CPU and motherboard as a bundle for $247 at Fry's, so I saved $60 had I bought them independently. I absolutely the red/blue lights on the fans, and the red cathode light.

Originally, the PSU was a Raidmax 730Z, so I swapped it out for a Corsair RM650 that's more reliable ($78 from Fry's), and completely modular (new pics coming soon).

One of the best deals was the 120 SSD for $60 (I bought 2 of them during Black Friday in 2012 and had been saving them until a moment such as this). The cherry on top was the ultra wide 2560x1080 monitor for $400 during 2013 Black Friday from Amazon (it had been hovering around $550 weeks before). This is absolutely crucial as a developer, and soon I want to get 2 more monitors to complete the full immersion effect.

Nov 2013: "I'm waiting for the graphics card prices to drop after the Litecoin frenzy to get a Radeon HD 7850 or better."

April 2014: "I just bought the Radeon HD 7950 OC'ed 925 MHz for $210 from Newegg."

Happy modding.

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xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 12 points 48 months ago

Since everyone is gonna rag on you for using a Raidmax PSU, I figured I'd say it first. Raidmax PSU's have a history of dying/exploding/killing your entire computer. I believe that model in particular was proven to be a mediocre 400W and is likely to explode at over 500W load, not that your system will hit that, but still. Just about everyone will tell you to get rid of that PSU ASAFP, but other than that, nice build. :)

AleConquistador submitter 1 Build 4 points 48 months ago

Good to know, thanks for the feedback. I may have to take out my multimeter to see how much voltage and current I'm getting. If the quality is indeed low, I'll swap it out for a Corsair 600 W.

mallocunbounded 1 Build -9 points 46 months ago

Do you even have a multimeter? lolz

Silvake 2 points 45 months ago

How is that funny?

mallocunbounded 1 Build -5 points 45 months ago

Because submitter doesn't have a multimeter.

Jwood013 1 Build 6 points 48 months ago

These colors are beautiful together in my opinion.

bloodamir80 2 points 48 months ago

I think that if I had stuck my hand in, it would have melted

malcar11 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

The colors bend together wonderfully! Should look great in the darkness. Congrats for a nice and balaced PC. How do you like the mobo? I have the same and is pretty good. Greetings!


Zeus 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

the build would have looked better with just one colour scheme imho

EpicSneak 1 point 48 months ago

This is a pretty good setup. I couldnt he noticing however, that you are using the "whisper fan" (aerocool shark 120m)to cool it. Im using the same thing, but as my case allows for more fans (and is only $49.99) im going to order 3 of them. best of luck Ale.

AleConquistador submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Nice choice, it really is super quiet. What temperature are you getting in your mobo right now? Last I checked mine was 28 C for mobo, and 40 C for CPU.

EpicSneak 1 point 48 months ago

I dont know what the temp is, but i am getting the ASUS Sabertooth Z87

Starlana 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I like it. +1

Timmy33 1 point 47 months ago

Just a suggestion, you may want to place an MDF board under your tower so as to reduce the amount of dust that gets stucked into your pc. Love the build though should pack a fair bit of power on a tight budget Regards Tim

lachrymal 1 point 45 months ago

Personally it looks like a cop car. WHen I think of fire I see orange. Still like the colors though. Doesnt have to be one solid color light people!

GotCubes 1 point 44 months ago

Very very nice build :) Though a friend of mine who does some serious java coding told me that an i7 might be more preferable if you're doing a ton of compiling. Might want to possibly consider upgrading, but I guess the decision is all up to you!

AleConquistador submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

My brother (also a programmer) ended up getting the i7. He raves about it more, so in retrospect, it would have been a wiser choice when the price dropped to about $150.

antoniojack 1 point 40 months ago

wow, lot's of colors.... also can you change the colors of the LEDs?

iamwildbear 1 point 37 months ago

Hows the motherboard? thinking of putting one in my build soon

jacwa1001405 1 point 35 months ago

Wow. Extremely good looking. Have you considered replacing the fan on your CPU cooler with a red or blue LED fan? then you can add on to your color scheme a little more. Or you could do a purple LED because your lights are already mixing near the middle of your motherboard. That would make it look even better IMO.

HowAmI 1 point 29 months ago

Needs 1 more blue for balance nice idea

Sethersx 1 point 19 months ago

Does the case have an option to add an optical drive?

styled 0 points 48 months ago

will i run bf4 or dayz?

styled 0 points 48 months ago

im a noob to computers

thesupergeek 3 Builds -7 points 48 months ago

I built a pc on here that I named fire and ice. mine was a little more beastly than yours,but nice build for the price, besides the crap psu, you need to ditch that thing ASAP, totally unstable!

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