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Ben Grimm

by Dam5968

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Details

Date Published

Sept. 23, 2015

Date Built

July 18, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

39.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.075 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.2 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C

Description

This is my primary gaming rig. It also doubles as my home office system & a general every day PC. I originally built my first PC "Father and son" as my gaming rig and decided to upgrade my video card in it from a 270x to a 290. Well one thing led to another and by the time I was done I had a new system (case, processor, GPU, ram, everything but the orange cables and fans are new. I reused the old parts in another build for my nephew.

I love everything about this machine. It is by far the best PC I have ever owned and plays everything I want (I mainly play FPS games like Bioshock, Farcry & Portal - Crysis is next after I finish the third Bioshock) The only thing I may do is try my hand at water cooling just to see if I can get a better OC (at 4.6 now, it can go higher but not stable). I also want to learn how to install a custom water cooler since I think they look so cool but that is long down the road.

I went with A 750 power supply However, think I should have gone higher in the event I wanted to add a 2nd GPU, I will have to cross that bridge when I come to it. Other than that the only other problem was finding parts I liked to keep in line with the orange color scheme so I had to bust out the spray paint a few times.

The NZXT Hue is awesome, you can change it into almost any color and blinking patter.

GPU back plat is just for aesthetics Firestrike - 9329, 3d mark - 11,759, unigine heaven - 2,335, Amd Overdrive sytem test - 13,262

Part Reviews

CPU

I my opinion the best bang for your buck currently out there.

Motherboard

It does what I need it too and is all black which fit the color scheme. If I didn't can about the color scheme I would have went with a higher end Asus board but this works ok.

Storage

Not the fast out there but great price to performance.

Video Card

I love this card, can't say enough good things about it. The best one I've ever had and it was under $300.

Case

Everyone should build in this case at least once so you know haw a case should be laid out. It is as good as the reviews say.

Power Supply

I know people say Corsiar is the that great of a power supply but I have always used them and never had a problem. I just wish I would have gone larger. If I upgrade it I will go with a Seasonic.

Optical Drive

Only used it to load the operating system & burn my CD collection onto the PC. It did those two things well.

Operating System

I really liked 8.1 but have since upgraded to 10 which is fantastic

Wireless Network Adapter

This thing works great and has excellent range.

Fan Controller

Simple and easy to use. You can also change the led colors.

Monitor

$138 for an IPS monitor, there is also no bezel so it is perfect for a multi-monitor set up (which I plan on doing). Picture is very sharp.

Mouse

Customization is easy with the software provided. I'm left handed and this is one of the few mice that have side buttons on both sides and can be used by either hand. If your a lefty this is the mouse you want.

Headphones

Christmas Gift from my son so I love them but it you plan on doing a lot of recording the mic isn't the best.

External Storage

Works like it should.

Comments Sorted by:

tiny_voices 4 Builds 13 points 42 months ago

I would really replace the PSU with a better unit. The CX750 is crap and not meant for this kind of use at all. http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/01/21/corsair_cx750_750w_power_supply_review/9#.VgLVj8MYqUk

change it for an Antec, XFX, Seasonic, EVGA (G2,B2,GS). It seems very silly to spend this much on a high end PC to use a crappy low quality PSU in it when it is the single most important component.

SquareOreo 6 points 42 months ago

By now tiny I think you have this whole post memorized xD

cilvre 6 Builds 6 points 42 months ago

copy paste or a shortkey set? lol

SquareOreo 6 points 42 months ago

I say shortkey set

XxD34THxX 5 points 42 months ago

Nah. Tiny has much practice in telling the masses about the CX series. Prolly has a bookmark/macro for the link/post.

Glistening 1 Build 4 points 42 months ago

Probably a Marco...

CQC 11 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

Gotta agree here. The build is good so don't let that psu spoil it!

exzarbloch 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

as I was reading down his reviews.... I immediately thought, "I wonder what tiny is gonna say"

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

I have learned my lesson

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I agree, I plan on getting a Seasonic just trying to figure what wattage

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

650w is plenty here. If you want to CF go for 750-850.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for the info I was thinking 850 incase I add a second GPU

Mariomash 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Then try g2 850 probably the best atx unit for the price point and wattage

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

For your build I would get a at least a 1000 watt psu since a overclocked FX 8350 is capable of using over 300 watts although that cooler you have isn't capable of handling that and two R9 390's at full load would use around 600 watts.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I plan on eventually water cooling and getting a 2nd GPU so I will take the 1000 watt to heart.

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I would recommend the Evga GS 1050 watt psu, the OEM is Seasonic and it is a very quiet psu.

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Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yes, Seasonic is what I am going to replace it with. I appreciate all the advice I certainly do not want a crap PSU to ruin all I put into this system. I am pricing them out now,

Vergere 7 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

It is a really nice build, but I agree, you really should use a different PSU. I would personally recommend one of the Cougar CMX series, I have one currently that has survived for 3+ years in my current rig. And, it would match your Black/Orange color combo.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 5 points 42 months ago

No definitely avoid the Cougar CMX. They are low quality HEC/Compucase built PSUs. Not very goodat all. Corsair CX quality at best.

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Disagree. With my experience, it's worked great.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

Do you have an oscilloscope and proper voltage testing equipment? Just because it is powering your PC, doesn't mean it is a quality unit.

Bahamut5098 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

What do you think of XFX PSU's?

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I hate when people say its great just becasue its works for them and they haven't properly tested it. 1+

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Agreed, but with my personal unit, I haven't had one problem.

CQC 11 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Not seeing Cougar listed on my go to hierarchy chart. http://i.imgur.com/tgrbCnr.jpg

OEM for the Cougar CMX is HEC. http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page1439.htm

monkeybars 0 points 42 months ago

The problem with a picture is it never gets updated.

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DrTot 1 Build 5 points 42 months ago

+1,000,000 for orange

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

Favorite color

DrTot 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

same here.

SpoonHandle 3 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

I just upgraded from an 8350 to a Skylake build. The 8350 is still a great CPU. +1

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Do you have it posted I would like to see it.

SpoonHandle 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Original 8350 Build - https://pcpartpicker.com/b/bfLkcf

Recent Skylake Upgrade - https://pcpartpicker.com/b/6hccCJ

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I wish Asus made a mobo that fit my color scheme because I love their boards. They both look great but that skylake build is out of this world, man I bet it screams. Nice job!!

Yutang 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Sick build! 10/10 Would envy again.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks

nathancai 2 points 42 months ago

I really like the use of the EK backplate for your GPU and I like the color balance in your build too

+1 from me :)

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Thanks, I really like that back plate too.

cmccarty 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Loverly. Good balance on the colors. :) My high schools theme actually. Haha. +1 m8.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Thanks, would have loved it if my high school colors were orange

hat123 2 points 42 months ago

sweet build +99999

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Thanks

Mariomash 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Great build, especially for when you are going AMD in both COU and GPU the CX really isn't good, I usually don't talk about it unless somebody asks but other then that do change the PSU

+1 Great build

I also looked down on the comments and if you need a 850w PSU go EVGA g2 850w, maybe even more if you are overclocking

pcbuilderman 2 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I'd be watching that SSD and make sure you keep a backup ready because they are known for having a high failure rate. Otherwise, this is a really awesome build!

cilvre 6 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Definitely this. I had one in my wife's new pc, and it died 2 weeks in. Replaced with an ADATA.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I keep my Adata plugged in 24/7. Didn't know that about the SSD I will watch it. Wanted a Samsung but I was already over budget. Will upgrade eventually. Thanks

cilvre 6 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

great looking build!

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Cool build, one recommendation I would make is to get a backplate and paint it orange

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I thought about painting the GPU back plate orange but thought it might be to much orange.

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

That's true. In my next build I'm going to have an orange gpu backplate because that area of the case is going to be lacking in color, but I guess that's not the case here haha

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

The back plate really made the different in aesthetics here, getting rid of that green pcb for a smooth black back plate was a very fine choice. Just looks so slick.

Very nice build +1

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Thanks, I have always wondered why GPU makers do not do something with the top like MSI did with the 980.

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I will be getting the MSI R9 390 for my build soon which also has a nice back plate, not as smooth of a finish as yours but it does have a dragon so that's a plus. :D

SpikzeMC 1 point 42 months ago

Such orange, many wow, much awesome.

edexility 1 point 42 months ago

Can I ask where you got them orange trims for the corsair fans?

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I painted them

edexility 1 point 42 months ago

ah okay

PS1054205 1 point 42 months ago

how does the nzxt hue thing work? dont u need seperate led strips that plug in to it that have to be rgb for them to work or what? :P sorry i dunno this

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yes, the Hue comes with led strips that you stick around the inside of the case. The unit then has rgb switches that you can increase or decrease the intensity of the color to get what ever color mix you want. It also has different modes like pulse, blink, fade, ect.

PS1054205 1 point 42 months ago

i looked a video on it, might grab some for my self :P thanks for sharing this build with us

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

It works really well.

PS1054205 1 point 42 months ago

Have u ever seen the bitfenix alchemy 2.0 strips? those were the first ones i was gonna buy but i cant find them anywhere xD

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yes, Bitfenix makes excellent products. My cables are the alchemy cables. Super Biiz has some in stock check them out. I like the fact they are magnetic but I went with the Hue because of the different lighting options like being able to dim or brighten.

6lotek9 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Nice system man! Good clean look

elvenson 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

not the biggest fan of your part selection, but i like what you did with the looks of it all. Flipping through the images, i half expected to see that backplate orange also, but am glan you didnt do that to it. The side facing out on the gpu cooler fins would be sweet to do orange though. just the fin edges.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

that is a good idea

Persicuta 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Nice build man :) which paint did you use by the way?

cheers

mikedelfino 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Orange Is The New Black.

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

speaking of the recent Fantastic Four movie

that movie is a let down :(

i still prefer the original cast although the original ben is not as good looking as the current version

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I haven't been impressed with any of the fantastic 4 movies which sucks because the comic is great and they could do so much with them.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

All of the Fantastic 4 movies were not as good as they could have been. After watching the Avengers, Ironman and Thor there is no reason the Fantastic 4 should have been great. They have so much material to work with and the comics are awesome.

dccorreia 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

A piece of art!!!! So damned great!!!! Just curious, do you feel any difference between 270x to 290? The other 270x was also 4Gb? Another question. What you used to paint the fans?

incredible machine and love the pics. 5 stars rig.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I had the Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card, so I can't comment on the 4 gig version. However, the 270 was a great card but doesn't compare to 290 at least the 2gb version. As for paint it was Krylon high heat spray paint from Ace Hardware. Thanks for the nice words I really appreciate it.

dccorreia 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks too Dam Yes, in did there's not so much "talk" about the Asus Radeon R9 270x 4Gb (my GPU actually) but i really play everything i want in high/ultra levels with no problem at all. Can't see visual big differences, only the benchmark numbers... Was really important your answer

Enjoy and have really fun with your tech pearl :-) I leave you with my modest project few months ago https://pcpartpicker.com/b/ZctJ7P

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

That is a nice clean build, the chrome pipe on the 270x look awsome.

dccorreia 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks Dam still clean... i try to keep clean against dust :-) Modest build but still working fine and giving me hours of pleasure and entertainment. i bought yesterday that spray you told me. let's see how it looks

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Post some picks after you paint. I have seen the back plate and it looks sweet.

mauricearis 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Great Work!

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks

JrJohnson65 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I have the Hyper 212 Evo and I want to paint it like you did but I was wondering why you didn't paint the entire heatsink.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

You can, for the look I was going for it wasn't needed.

JrJohnson65 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

One more question how did u get the top off?

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

You mean to paint it? I didn't take the top off I taped off the rest of the unit and only left the top exposed for painting.

JrJohnson65 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Yeah I see it now I just painted the top of mine blue didn't go so well it ended up having little veins I guess you would say.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Did you clean the surface first?

JrJohnson65 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

How do u get that aftermarket fan on the hyper 212

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I just took the clip from the 212 fans off and put then on the new fans. The size are pretty much universal.

JrJohnson65 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

K thanks will try that

tiny_voices 4 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

For the price of your CPU/cooler/mobo you could have had a locked i5 that would perform better in games than an overclocked 8350, but +1 for doing something different.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

Yeah but I still would have to get a Intel mobo and cooler. Plus I would not go locked even on Intel (I know they are better and I'm saving to build using a i5 4690k.

190n 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

The cooler you have would still work on Intel.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

That is an old CPU now. Go for the new i5 6600k and a Z107 motherboard.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I am not really up on Intel (only use has been in my laptop) so I appreciate the info, looking forward to building one.

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Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I'm not going to be in a position to build one (unless someone else pays for the parts and needs help building) for some time as I have a family that take away from my PC funds :). However, as I have never gone the Intel route I would like to try at some point. I am also looking forward to the Zen cpus - better competition = better products for us.

MooshroomForest 1 Build 0 points 42 months ago

If you went Intel, you could have use the gigabyte phoenix for a little bit more orange.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I know, there were no orange AMD boards so I went black. Much more choice going Intel - next time (green & white)

MooshroomForest 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yup, why did you go AMD?

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I have used AMD more than Intel so I know about the part and what they can do or not do and I like the price to performance of the 8350 (overclocked). However, like I said I never built an Intel system and want to so as soon as I save up I will start.

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BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

It has been done, it doesn't really make too much of a difference but you tend to have to make it kinda thick and it would be heavy. You could use vinere on an existing case and stain the accents a different color

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BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah, you can make a cube, look at the corsair air 240 for how everything would be placed.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I saw a guy make a wooden case. It looked great.

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Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

faps?

cilvre 6 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

if you dont know, you probably dont want to know... lol

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Come on I can take it.

cilvre 6 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I found a nice definition of it actually lol, http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fap

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Ha that is funny as hell, I will be throwing that out in conversation to see how many of my friends know what it means.