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The Emperor's Will

by tomtomj2

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98 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 7, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 5, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

500MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C

Description

Upgrades upgrades upgrades! Who doesn't like Upgrades? Well Ive got one right here for ya, and you might not agree with it! ( Well I mean you might like the build, but I know you wont like the CPU choice, I can just tell, please read the description before commenting, thank you.)

From my last PC upgrades, you may be asking yourself "This man here is crazy!" Well Ill admit that I was never the best at picking PC parts and deep down inside I always had this hidden spot for AMD, but I could never justify going AMD at the moment.

Well that changed, and as my X99 system (I know I know, bear with me) started to get on my last nerves with compatibility issues I just couldn't compromise on, I gave up. And with that I decided to do a revamp and start all over again!

No here is where I explain my CPU choice, because I'm fairly certain you want to burn me at the stake right about now. I switched over from Intel to AMD for one reason, and that is: Curiosity. Ive never really done anything else other then Intel and Nvidia builds and Upgrades, so I wanted to try something new. I kicked myself in Microcenter to not by an i7-6700K and bought an FX 8370 instead.

Now I'm going to admit here that this was not the best choice, but I wasn't building the "best PC for the money" and that was never the objective here. Getting that out of the way, so far Ive had no problems with the CPU choice at all and I'm happy with my build as of now. (Hence the name of this build, it was at my own will, and my profile picture is the Emperor :P )


Now for the parts:

After ditching the mATX setup, I decided to go back to ATX and just have my PC on the floor our of the way, but still wanted a window so the internals can still be seen. I picked up all the parts before the holiday sales and to my amazement, none of my parts (except for the FX 8350) went on sale. So I was happy and didn't regret my purchases.

Now contrary to popular belief here, the FX-8370 is an Awesome CPU for the right price. At Microcenter I picked up the CPU and motherboard for a total of $200, which is great and I did a slight OC on it for that extra boost. The RAM was on sale, the case was the best there for the money, and the CPU cooler wasn't exactly what I wanted, but the RED LEDs actually look really nice and go with the AMD theme.

Now the GPU was a tricky choice, at first I replaced my GTX 780 Ti with an R9 390, but that Fury was calling my name! I WANTED IT, AND I GOT IT!!! I exchanged the 390 for the Fury and couldn't be more happy paying $60 more for it. Best GPU Ive owned so far and I will never let it go.


What the future holds for this build is uncertian, but hopefully Zen is a sucess because that would be the first thing I would upgrade to. Now dont get me wrong, the FX 8370 is great, but its toward the end of its lifespan and will need to be upgraded. But for now, it serves me well and Im happy with it.

Stay tuned for another Phenomenal build coming soon! :P

Thanks for checking out my build!

Part Reviews

CPU

For its age, this CPU is still great if bought for the right price. Although at this point in time I would suggest waiting for Zen.

But if you already have the motherboard, this is a great upgrade!

CPU Cooler

Ah the classic Hyper 212 Evo, now with red LEDS! 'Nuff said.

Motherboard

Works great! This is one of the best AM3+ 970 chipset motherboards out there, and if you can find it cheap, its great.

Its a well built motherboard, looks great, and the BIOS is easy to use.

Memory

Its RAM, 16 GBs, 1866 mhz, just what I need and looks good too.

Note the heat spreaders are tall so it can cause air cooler compatibility issues.

Video Card

All I can say is, for $259 this card was a steal!

Its an R9 Fury, what more can you ask for, its a great overall card.

Case

This case is pretty sweet for the price. Its interior is easy to work in and mounting anything is a breeze.

My only gripe, is that there are no top fan mounting positions so you're only limited to a single exhaust fan which can be a problem if you have a CPU that tends to run hot.

Comments Sorted by:

_Otaku_ 6 points 5 months ago

I also wanted to switch over to AMD for the curiosity of it.. Although I feel like people would make fun of me for it :/.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Well so far no one has said anything negative about it, so you shouldn't let others negatively impact your decisions.

Id wait for Zen if you want to switch, I was just impatient and curious but it was worth it to me.

fn230 13 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Nah. Also, AMD is still more solid than Intel for budget workstations, IMO. Yeah, they've got less performance per core, so somewhat worse for gaming. But more cores means better multitasking, and AMD's the only one who's going to sell you an octa-core at the $120 range.

GalaxyFormulaa -1 points 4 months ago

AMDs cores are half of 1 Intel core so 8 AMD cores is 4

fn230 13 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

That's both a misconception and an oversimplification. It's true that FX cores aren't fully independent of each other, since they share a number of resources such as FP computation, but to say that an AMD core is half of an Intel core is kinda wrong. :/

RoundDuckMan 1 point 2 months ago

I know this is late, but an FX core is practically indeed 1/2 an Intel core. Of course reality is more complex, with HyperThreading in Intel and individual integer computation in AMD, but yeah.

Ryzen is looking great though, sadly stupid kinks seem to affect gaming, even if single-core performance is still great...

Eltech 14 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

No here is where I explain my CPU choice, because I'm fairly certain you want to burn me at the stake right about now. I switched over from Intel to AMD for one reason, and that is: Curiosity.

Heck no. I'm in the same boat. I've been curious for ages when it comes to AMD processors. I have no desire to burn you nor anyone just because you wanted to try it.

Otherwise, this looks awesome. Love the parts with clean cable management inside your case. I think you got some amazing prices too! I wish I could have your sweet deals.

You have my lightsaber, Master. (+1)

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I know, I was only joking about burning me at the stake lol

Thanks :)

Eltech 14 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Of course, and you're most welcome.

Varan56 1 point 5 months ago

Cool build.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks :)

Varan56 2 points 5 months ago

Np you deserve it.

cristiansb 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

R9 Fury for $259, damn.... it was a steal.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I had bought an R9 390 for $195 just a week or two before, but the R9 Fury just kept screaming my name, then it went down another $20 and I was sold lol

cristiansb 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

lol

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Yes! Cool build.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks :)

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Ye :)

Still kinda feel like burning you at the stake

sorry

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Hopefully Zen is awesome!

(Btw, someone who can get better use on the X99 hardware is getting a great deal, so thats making me happy too.)

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

So what exactly happened with your old build?

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Well for one, I just wanted my build to truly be something I can be happy with, and with the RAM I had being slightly too tall, me wanting an air cooler, and the fact that the Board being mATX made size compatibility a nightmare, I went and ditched the setup and went back to ATX.

Then I was thinking, I wanted to try something different then the usual Intel build with an AMD or Nvidia GPU, so I went the all AMD route, and I can a test now that as old as this Architecture is, its not THAT bad, it works and I'm pretty impressed with it for its age and price.

fn230 13 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

The Emperor strikes, his sabers blood red with the Fury of AMD. Nice build, +1.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thats basically why I named it after the Star Destroyer "The Emperor's Will", and it fits my love of Star Wars too :P

Thanks :)

fn230 13 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Welcome. :D

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Oh btw, the Phenom build is coming soon!

(Most likely tmw :D )

fn230 13 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Very good. I eagerly wish to see the Emperor's new apprentice.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Oh hehehehehe

Now Ive got a name for it too! XD

Thanks again! :P

Nuckles_56 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Nice one, I love the build, it is very clean and the all AMD suits it as well

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I wish the 4 Pin fan headers were all on the right, the wire across the middle bugs me

Nuckles_56 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Maybe get a black extension? as that'll be less obvious

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

The extension is actually sleeved black, maybe Ill cut the tags off and tuck the wire against the mobo...

Thanks :)

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 5 months ago

What is thy bidding, my Master?

Please tell me y'all get the reference

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Hehe I get it.

You'll see its apprentice tmw, I can assure you everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. :P

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

so the second death star?

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Well its named after a Star Destroyer, but the rebels dont have to know that, keep is a secret ahehehehehehe

Relevent.

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 5 months ago

I just realized your pic is Darth Sideous. Btw, The Executor (my rig) will be your wingman.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Good good, everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

jedi5200 1 point 5 months ago

noice

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks :)

jedi5200 1 point 5 months ago

no problemo

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

yea ur crazy

That fury is pretty awesome though +1

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I am crazy throws PC out window

Thanks, the Fury is awesome, and I managed to OC it too :3

joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I am crazy throws PC out window

good good, let the intel flow through you

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Damn, you got me xD

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Nice!!!

+1

All hail ZEN

NAH

I meant to say

All hail the emperor and zen why not! lol

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

Thanks! :)

All hail me before I get run over by Bulldozers by an angry mob :P

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

lol

Nah...

Singular9 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Die hard and fan..I bought an i7 6700 because I got it for 265$

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I actually used two Intel CPUs before this, and sometimes for me it gets stale only having a one sided choice because everyone says "this is better, don't consider the competition." So I did what most people don't do and went with whats "worse".

I still cant really complain though, It does what I want it to do. :)

oneflygtiguy 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

That FX 8370 is a great chip and even without and OC will run most games just fine. In fact I have yet to find one in my vast libraries that it wont play extremely well. With that being said great rig for under a grand.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks :)

I will say the only game that does have a little bit of a problem for me is BeamNG Drive, but its still playable at Medium settings.

Electroman01 1 point 5 months ago

This is yet again another great AMD build. Just because AMD have had a patchy past, doesn't mean their more recent chips are bad

+1 for great, aesthetically pleasing AMD build

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

For their age, I still think their great budget CPUs. Hopefully they can still last as long as their Phenom II and Athlon II predecessors :D

Electroman01 1 point 5 months ago

I hope too. Don't want my amd computer to die

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It will last, even Intels long lived Core 2 CPUs are still used today and are good cheap CPUs for extreme budgets.

5 years for an architecture run is a long time, but it made it and it's successor is right around the corner!

dabg04 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

You sir have made all the right choice for the coming season. Hot CPU and Hot GPU. Ready for winter!

+1 for the r9 fury

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I'm being completely honest right now, this PC does warm up my room a little from a long gaming session, so yes it keep me nice and toasty. :D

Thanks!

dabg04 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I have the exact same thing but with a fx-8350 and I can say it warms up my room a little too

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Nice AMD build.

Thumbs up.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks!

I think you've liked and commented on most of my builds, even my first one from a year ago, thanks man!

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I may not know art, but I know what I like.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

:D

SilverWolf149 1 point 5 months ago

Perhaps name it The Emporer's Hand? I dunno. I'm an EU nerd, so yeah. Great build though tom. I'm really happy to see all these new amd builds even though zen's just around the corner. If nothing else, we'll have a lot of systems to run benchmarks against.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I got the name from here: http://www.theforce.net/swtc/isdlist.html

It also fits that I basically went with AMD over Intel at my own will, so its the Emperor's Will. ;)

Thanks!

Weeaboo_Slayer 1 point 5 months ago

+++++ I love you sir. I picked up a Nitro Fury as well. And ya, people love to hate AMD. Dont let that discourage you.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks!

I'll admit that I used to hate on AMD back when I was a noob but the more and more I learned, the more it sparked my curiosity and only recently did I really want to do an AMD build. (I had tried before but it failed, see this build and it's revision)

Anyway, either Intel or AMD would've been fine for me, but it's always cool to try something different for a change. :D

Charmin 2 points 5 months ago

People love to hate AMD just like you love to slay Weaboos ;).

bpwyant 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

That R9 Fury deal is incredible. I just picked up 2 of them myself for a crossfire set up in my rig.

Charmin 1 point 5 months ago

Cool build! I'm actually a bit curious of AMD myself, but there's no way that I'm gonna ditch my 6600K. What were the "compatibility issues"?

EDIT: Very interested in Zen. Matter of fact, I'm looking to buy it when it comes out (if it isn't sold out by then and isn't absolute ****).

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

X99 just happens to be a large socket and putting it on a small board made large air coolers and tall ram a compatibility issue and then some air coolers interfeared with the PCI slots, also the EVGA board I had wasn't in spec and the socket was lower then most other mATX boards.

Cicero_ 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

The Empire Strikes Back.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I will be waiting for your build...

And that 290X will be impressive, most impressive.

FACUNDO 12 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I love that new Hyper 212 LED!!! It reminds me to gummy bears for a reason, lol

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It makes the CPU faster because it's Red :P

Pawacorn 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

+1 Good looking, clean build! I'm not surprised that you're impressed by the results. Not the best IPC, but it just goes to show how relevant the FX series has been for the past 4 years.

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Good build! Tomtomj2, your builds are some of the best I've seen on PCPP!

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

I'll take that as a very nice complement, but I'd also say that there are probably builds out there I can't compete with, but thanks. :)

Xaganiflynn 1 point 5 months ago

does the case come with a front fan?

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Yes, it comes with 2 front fans and a rear fan IIRC

Xaganiflynn 1 point 4 months ago

thanks man

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

No problem.

InhumanThree1 1 point 2 months ago

No AMD storage or memory?

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I would've loved to do that, but AMD doesn't have branded DDR4 memory unfortunelty.

I already had the storage, this was an upgrade, but I will be getting a 1TB SSD soon, so maybe the AMD branded one ;)

tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I just realized your comment was made on my non upgraded completed build of this PC lol

I knew I should've got AMD branded memeory would've been awesome!

Sorry about that, I had like 16 inbox replies lol

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tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I was just about to PM you when you commented I almost forgot lol

Thanks submitting for the cooler to be added to the database :)

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tomtomj2 submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Zen is my next big upgrade from this, I just wanted to really see if these old FX CPUs were as bad as everyone claims, and TBH, they're not the best but their still good for their age and price. Fingers crossed Zen is good.

Thanks :)