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by cornholio223



Date Published

Jan. 26, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.075 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


Took a while to get here but its finally done. It was Pretty difficult getting that liquid cooler to fit in there but luckily i didn't have to cut anything,

Part Reviews


Overclocked to 4.5Ghz without much issue at 1.3 volts. Great value.

CPU Cooler

Works as advertised. Can get loud but is still very effective even with the fans turned down


Non-k overclocking is not as seamless as it could be. On almost every boot I need to power off the psu, press the power button, power back on the psu and then the board will properly boot. The board boots fine when the processor is not Overclocked. Another issue I have is fan control. the only way to set CPU and case fan curves is through gigabytes system information viewer app. The app does not start on boot and is not listed as a download on the motherboards downloads page. My last issue with the board is a strange hiss coming from the rear headphone jack. It is only noticeable when no sound is playing and it is not effected by the volume control. It's hardly noticeable but is there nonetheless. On the plus side the sound quality from the rear jack is impressive. By far the best source I've ever had.


As advertised, even got a slight overclock out of it.


Slows down considerably on writes when nearly full. Great drive when not full

Video Card

Card worked flawlessly for the first 3 months or so of it's life, maxing out more games than I thought it would and staying cool while doing it. then Immediately after installing AMD's crimson software I started getting issues. When some videos play, it will cause my DVI connected monitor to freak out and display a black screen with broken lines moving across it. The problem will sometimes go away on it's own, sometimes if I close the video it will go away but usually I'm forced to restart the computer. The card is also starting to run hot, getting up to 76 degrees where it used to run at about 65. I'll clean the heatsink and fans and update my review if anything changes.


Great case for the price. I paid 60 Canadian pesos and couldn't be happier. the included fan works alright and the dust filters work nicely. And don't believe corsair when they say dual 120mm radiators don't fit, they do but only just. My radiator is pushing on the optical drive mounts and it took a good bit of force to get the radiator screw holes to line up. Actually, It's entire installation is a huge pain in the ***. I'd advise mounting your radiator once to ensure it will fit and then removing it and mounting it last, also you may have problems clearing ram and vrm heatsinks. my ram is only ~2mm from the radiator.

Power Supply

Zero issues, cables look ugly I guess but it was only 35 dollars. Can't complain!

Comments Sorted by:

frostmourne7 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago


CPU/Motherboard: If overclocking is one of your main concerns at the first place, i could've got the 6600k over the 6400 since it's optimized to do overclocking and maybe because you overclocked the 6400 that's why you're experiencing boot issues with the motherboard otherwise your motherboard is defective.

If overclocking is non of your concern, this motherboard should be fine for the performance and price.

CPU Cooler: This cpu cooler is very popular among overclockers and it should make your cpu around 4.3-4.5ghz without spending that much. Again if you plan to overclock your cpu in the first place. If not, the stock cooler is more than just fine.

GPU: The 280 is just fine and will serve you for maybe 2-3 years but for a little difference in price point, i'd get the R9 380. I'm not sure if your motherboard fiasco is also affecting your gpu or maybe your gpu is also wrecked just like your motherboard.

Monitor: This monitor is a good monitor and for the price point, i'd get this one instead of the one you've got but that's just personal preference.

Keyboard and Mouse: I'm not going to object with these but if you're not that picky, this keyboard/mouse combo should do just fine without that $200 price point.

TV: What's the tv for? if nothing special, i could've put the money somewhere in the build or saved it for later add ons/upgrades.

cornholio223 submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

The 6600k was an extra hundred dollars and i thought it would be interesting to try b-clock overclocking. The board boots fine when the chip isn't overclocked so i'm just running stock clock speeds now.

A driver update has reduced the frequency of screen crashes but they are still happening.

My monitor was only 20$ so cant complain too much.

The tv is for my xbox one. The monitor doesn't have hdmi or sound so i needed something else.

frostmourne7 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

ha! now i see why you had that monitor and the tv. lol

have you tried overclocking the chip to 3.3ghz only and see if it's still crashing? maybe the 4.5ghz oc is making the crashing issue.

cornholio223 submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Sorry for the delay in reply time, I'm not on here often.

Good idea checking if its the just the OC creating the boot looping issue. To clarify, I never get outright crashes or BSOD at 4.5Ghz It runs flawlessly if it boots. I set my b-clock to 122.222Mhz, (122.222Mhz x 27 = 3.3Ghz) voltage to 1.275V and still encountered a boot loop. It forced me into the bios and and I tried rebooting again without changing any settings. Surprisingly it booted. It seems to be a similar issue to what Jay encountered in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6gU5xvdlc8 An incredibly intermittent and frustrating problem.

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