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BlackIce (First Build)

by jerboa88

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Details

Date Published

Dec. 27, 2014

Date Built

Dec. 21, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.08GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

Description

NUMBERS:

CURRENT CLOCKS:
  CPU (55°C max): 4.2GHz @ 1.272V
  GPU (63°C max): 1346MHz Core/6026MHz Memory @ 1.2V

POWER CONSUMPTION:
  Off: 0.4W @ 0.09A
  Idle: 104W @ 0.86A
  Heaven: 176W @ 1.47A
  Prime: 252W @ 2.09A
  Prime+Heaven: 415W @ 3.52A

DATES:

  • 2015-04-24: Bought a bigger CPU cooler
  • 2015-07-08: Bought an SSD
  • 2016-11-28: I added a whole bunch of fans using fan splitters and the PWM Sharing Technology (just a splitter, really) that came with the ARCTIC F12 PWM PST fans I bought. 4th level Asus tech support assured me each fan header can supply 1 Amp each, and nothing has blown up yet, so I'm calling it a success.
  • 2017-05-07: I plugged in a Kill-A-Watt for fun and listed the results above. Maybe this will help people looking for power supplies or something. The numbers may not add up because they jump around a bit. I tried to pick the mean reading for each.

WORDS:

I wasn't planning to spend this much, but I did. Most of the items were on sale at NCIX. They weren't amazing deals but they were good. Overall, I am very satisfied with my build. It is extremely fast compared to my old PC.

For the CPU I was planning to get the FX-6300 because it was cheaper and I was really on a budget. But there was a combo deal on over at NCIX where I could get the FX-8320 and the motherboard for only $45 more then the FX-6300 and a motherboard so I jumped the gun and got that. 8 is a rounder number than 6 anyway. ;)

I bought the M5A99X EVO R2 because it had good recommendations. I was gonna get either this or the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3.

I got the memory sticks from Mushkin because they didn't have massive heat sinks and because they were on sale. Everyone buys RAM from Corsair and G. Skill but Mushkin is a good brand as well. These sticks were almost all black and black goes with everything. I got 8 GB because it is cheaper (per gigabyte, that is) then 4GB.

I initially bought a generic Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD because I couldn't afford an SSD and a hard drive and because it was on sale. Plenty of space. I felt the hard drive was probably the weakest part of my system so I bought a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO on sale. This new drive is amazing compared to the old disk drive. It doesn't have as much space, but with some clever rearranging you can get things set up with lots of room to spare. I have Windows 10 on a 500GB partition for games and heavy applications on the disk drive and Mint for daily use on the SSD.

When I was picking a video card it was a toss up between the Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte 760's. I didn't like the look of the EVGA ones. Red and black wouldn't really match my theme and also the Gigabyte had three fans, so I got the Gigabyte.

I got my case from a friend's old build. I figured I might as well take it off his hands and save me some money at the same time. It came with three fans so I didn't have to go out and get some myself.

I would have preferred a gold-rated Seasonic PSU because it would've matched my color scheme better and because everyone seems to get Corsair power supplys but the CX600Ms were on sale so I bought one.

I don't know what to say about the CD drive. It looks decent. It plays things...

I got my speakers because I wanted new ones and these were on sale on Amazon with free shipping. I could have got these or some Logitech ones. A big difference compared to my old 2.0 setup.

I got my monitor from a friend for $75. It's really big compared to my old one but not IPS, unfortunately.

Part Reviews

CPU

So fast. Having 8 cores is excellent for rendering and multitasking. I have since bought a Hyper 212 Evo because the stock cooler had trouble keeping up. Make sure you undervolt these to keep your temps down. I'm pushing 1.176V @ 3.6GHz right now compared to the stock 1.332V or so at 3.5Ghz and I can barely reach 44°C. Awesome processor.

CPU Cooler

Looks bigger and performs way better than I expected. I bought as a replacement to the stock cooler that came with my FX-8320. Load temps dropped between 5 and 10°C. Completely satisfied.

Thermal Compound

Thought I messed up the application, but still works great. An electrically non-conductive paste is great to have, although I didn't mess anywhere I shouldn't have. Would highly recommend.

Motherboard

Looks wonderful, works great. Has plenty of ports and whatnot. Was completely plug-and-play on my Linux system. Had to push it up a bit against the I/O shield to get the screws lined up. The BIOS has lots of settings and is pretty. 10/10.

Memory

I like these because they aren't ridiculously huge. The PCB isn't coloured black as I hoped it would be, but that's minor. Having 8gb is great for virtual machines and multitasking. The timings are listed as 9-9-9-24 in an XMP profile but XMP is only supported by Intel. If you have an AMD mobo it will probably load the timings from the JEDEC profile, which are much looser (11-11-11-28, I think). Since it won't load the settings automatically you just have to set them yourself.

Storage

Ridiculously fast. Boots LM17.1 in like 5 seconds.

Video Card

Really fast. It looks pretty nice and can take about anything I throw at it. The fans are INSANE so there's lot's of headroom for overclocking.

Case

It looks ok and functions well. I like that you can remove some of the drive bays. There isn't too much room in the back for cable management, but I got it working. I never had an aftermarket case so I don't know how much space is normally allocated for cable routing behind the motherboard. It's matte black, which is pretty darn sexy. Overall it is a pretty solid case, especially for $20 (bought it off a friend). I have future plans for modding this case.

Power Supply

Work's flawlessly. Cable management is a pain, but that's not the PSU's fault. Deliver's enough power to do anything I want. Very quiet. The green badge on the side doesn't match my colour scheme, but it doesn't really matter. The SATA cables have multiple plugs on a single cable. Works okay but I only have one drive atm and probably won't ever use more than three. Having extra plugs in the case that I don't use isn't perfect but I suppose it works well for someone with a lot of drives.

Optical Drive

This thing get pretty loud when it spins up but it does the job.

Case Fan

They work well and are quiet.

Case Fan

Decent fans. Quiet when I want them to be. I have one mounted horizontally that rattles a bit when cranked up.

Monitor

Nice and big. The Dynamic Contrast Ratio feature is stupid. It doesn't adjust smoothly and make you want to kill ppl. Don't use it. You can turn off the bezel LED, which is nice because I hate blue LEDs.

Headphones

Got from Massdrop at a terrible exchange rate. Sounds good. It would be nice to have a (shorter) removable cable, but I expect that will come in a year or two.

Speakers

I am extremely satisfied with these speakers. They do get a bit muddy when you crank them up, but that's to be expected. Compared to my old Logitech 2.0 speakers, these are amazing. I can actually hear those low notes now. For $35 these are a steal.

Comments Sorted by:

Heffé 1 point 27 months ago

Nice build.

What flavor of Linux are you using? Any regrets? The reason I'm asking is because I'm doing a build and I'm planning on putting Linux Mint 17.1 on it.

jerboa88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thank you sir.

I'm running Mint 17 right now actually. I could update to 17.1, but I never felt a need lol. It works fine with all my parts and is pretty stable for a daily driver. I actually ran Ubuntu and Debian before Mint and I have to say I prefer Mint.

I don't know if you were referring to the hardware as well, but I don't have any real regrets about any of the parts either. An SSD, more fans, and Windows would be nice but I didn't have the money. The bigger cooler works wonders.

Heffé 1 point 27 months ago

Perfect. Did you have any issues with drivers?

jerboa88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Not in particular, no. My one thumb drive isn't recognized when plugged in any of the USB ports, and GPU rendering in Blender doesn't work, but I'm almost positive those problems are a result of cloning the drive from my previous system. All the drivers were automatically installed during the first boot and I've had no problems with them so far.

Heffé 1 point 27 months ago

Good to hear that. Thanks for the insight. =)

jerboa88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Welcome. Good luck with your build

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