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The Cosmic Cube

by JayFragz

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69 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 22, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.04GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

44.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

Description

This is the meta sequel to my previous build(Fiery *******. How so? The upgrades! Since the completion of the Fiery *******, I have upgraded the GPU, added an ssd, erected a dual monitor stand, changed headsets, and threw in a network adapter that is 50 MBps faster than the on board network adapter.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU, despite its price and platform, is nothing but performance. 4 cores is perfect for gaming, The ability to overclock is amazing, and the price to performance ratio is superb. People always talk about intel being SO much better and that a sub $100 is nothing but a bottleneck. There is a difference between a bottleneck and there simply being a better cpu out there for more money. Is the GPU at over 60% usage? Are you getting good framerates? Can you stream with it? If yes to all of these then shut up and play!

CPU Cooler

This thing is simple. $50 air cooler, has an LED, and keeps my cpu cool under load and OC. The fan stays silent and the LED is bright and vibrant. Simple as that. Wou;d recommend if in stock.

Motherboard

This mobo is amazing. It can OC whilst being perfectly stable, has a freaking dragon on it, and is great for the money. I don't care that I spent $100 on an FM2+ mobo, I don't spend all of my money on a CPU and GPU and then stuff in a crappy case, psu, and ram just for the sake of fitting it in a budget. Balance is key in order to get performance and stability. Yes, I'm looking at your/buildapc and how you tell people to get an i5 and a $30 mobo just to be able to stuff in a 970 or whatever. The only downsides are : only 4 sata cables, comes with mediocre at best software, and only has a 100 MBps onboard network adapter.

Memory

It's RAM, what more is there to say? Just like a power supply in a pre-built it does its job without you noticing it. Just like a cheap PSU, it'll explode because of you.

Storage

Speed is all there is to say. No cloning software, but you can come across some for about $20-$30. Holds my OS and BF4.

Storage

Cheap, just as fast as a wd Black, and hold all of my por-.....portable files.

Video Card

Amazing card for both 1080p and 1440p gaming. Spending anymore on a card for 1080p is just asinine. Don't brag about your 144hz 1080p monitor and gtx 980 ti because that's just cringe worthy. Who cares about 100+fps when you have very little pixels and the game doesn't even hinge itself on a single frame killing you or not. Unless the game is DOTA, LoL, CS, and the like then it's not very beneficial other than massaging your ego and wasting money on the most average of resolutions. This card can do anything you want it to at any resolution. People are just too proud to turn one setting down that barely changes anything. This fits my NEEDS not my epeen.

Case

This is an HTPC case but with so many hard drive bays, SSD mounts, pcie slots, etc. I couldn't resist. Has great airflow and is easy to dust when needed.

Power Supply

80+ Gold, 650w, and enough for even an r9 390x overclocked, it is great for the money. I eally just went to microcenter and thought," eh, why not?"

Wired Network Adapter

Fast , cheap, and low profile. still doesn't cap out my connection, but it gets close enough.

Monitor

Good viewing angles, 75hz, but only VGA D:

Monitor

TN 5ms, horrid viewing angles, but I'm stuck with it until my wallet says otherwise outside of a steam sale.

Keyboard

Crappy, buggy, and getting a bit dirty now. Gonna replace one day.

Mouse

You don't even need my word for it. Just read every review on the internet :D

Headphones

Sounds great, has a surprisingly extended range, and has a decent mic.

Comments Sorted by:

Spycrab 3 points 26 months ago

Nice build :)

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

thx.

LordDiddyDot 1 Build 3 points 26 months ago

Im not expert but with 100$ why not go with the FX-6300?

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

Older platform, no extra performance for the extra $, and none of the MATX boards are even worth looking at.

Marshone 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Plus they might still release upgrades for the Athlon in the future so there's that to hope for.

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

If they do then that's okay, but AMD xen really needs to cover the entire spectrum otherwise it would just be a flop to the budget minded.

Growliff1234 2 points 26 months ago

I liked the rant on the GPU review

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 4 points 26 months ago

Sorry for being a bit extreme

bond22 4 Builds 4 points 26 months ago

It was necessary. More of these need to happen.

Growliff1234 2 points 26 months ago

No need to apologize as I said, I enjoyed it.

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Crofter 5 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Nice build good choice of components!

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you

Link_Jumper 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Is it just me or does your monitor on the right look like balls and the left one a shaft?

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

._. thank you for the imagery, oh God why?

Growliff1234 0 points 26 months ago

Seriously dude...

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TheWatcher 0 points 26 months ago

IN THE DESCRIPTION HE EVEN SAID HE ERECTED A DUAL MONITOR STAND LOL xD

Growliff1234 0 points 26 months ago

In proper English... Yeah nevermind I won't argue with 11 year old...

Spycrab 3 points 26 months ago

Is it weird i can't grammar it properly

TheWatcher 1 point 26 months ago

nope me neither .-.

TheWatcher 2 points 26 months ago

its just a joke bro and im 13

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

great build!!!!!! 860k + 380 really make a nice pair...

its a nice day for a white wedding

+1

skyrise 1 point 24 months ago

GREAT BUILD!

CPU - Great! The fastest quad-core AMD to date (autumn 2015).

GPU - Amaizing! Totally agree with your review of it!

MSI A88XM Gaming - Currently the only FM2+ microATX motherboard capable of overclocking.

CPU cooler - Great, as good as Noctua NH-U12S.

OS - If you put in Win 7 Pro you will gain +5% better overall performance. Win 8.1 and 10 have a lot of bloat and spyware.

Networking - I'm curious - why did you get a dedicated LAN card, when you have an integrated Gigabit one on the mobo?

Again, very good build.

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

CPU- I love it but being honest the fx 4350 is a thing lol GPU- someone understands Mobo- love it Cooler- barely any warmer than my friend's DH14 for way cheaper OS-Only had home premium laying around D: Networking- After updating from 8.1 to 8.1 pro my onboard networking card was dead and wouldn't work even with the older drivers. Once a new driver came out I downloaded it and worked. I use the packet prioritization for games and video and the 150Mb/s card for downloads, streaming movies, etc.

skyrise 1 point 24 months ago

Actually Athlon 860K is 10% faster than FX 4350, draws 30W less power and is $15 cheaper:

You have the right CPU mate. ;)

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Hmm, well then. xD

McBmGaming 1 point 24 months ago

There's a bottle neck with the CPU and the GPU, the GPU is a keeper, but that CPU is too weak to work with the GPU. I recommend upgrading to a FX-6300, it will make a gigantic difference. I understand that 4 cores isn't bad for gaming, but times are changing rapidly and more resources will be needed in the next year. Besides that one thing this build looks really nice.

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

The CPU is only a "bottleneck" in extremely CPU intensive games such as GTA V but even then, those games favor a faster CPU. The only game in which the 380 is bottlenecked is in BF4 at lower settings. Four cores is the minimum nowadays but that doesn't mean that it's the worst. the difference between my friend's 6350 and my X4 860k is minimal if unnoticeable. The X4 still performs admirably for the price, plus it has the same performance was my friends 6350 at stock.

KingChaos101 1 point 23 months ago

How good would this gpu be compared to the gtx960? Nice build btw :)

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

About equal. One wins some, one loses some. Really up to what you want feature wise.

KingChaos101 1 point 23 months ago

yea. im on a budget so imma get the gtx960 over the 380.. Thanks for the feedback

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

no problem, have fun.

CaptainZouLou 1 point 23 months ago

What the network adapter? doesn't the board come with it

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

When Switching windows versions(8.1 to 8.1 Pro) it disabled my on board and deleted most of my drivers and I never realized it. Plus my internet is 150/150 compared to the on board 100.

CaptainZouLou 1 point 23 months ago

I see. Thanks for the reply

Deelown 1 point 20 months ago

Daily moisturizing lotion

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

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KSIMauser 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Nice build and Also, Love the Rammstein Logo!

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thx dude! I'll be doing another build in this case in a couple of weeks.

KSIMauser 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

MY build will Be ready in 3-4 weeks!

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Nice! Can't wait to see it!

KSIMauser 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/VfxQZ8 Thats the Monster ive made lol

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Nice! That's one epic 8 core rig for cheap.

tiny_voices 2 Builds 0 points 26 months ago

I like the build alot. Very clean. BUT, you could have had an i3 build for the same price that would have performed WAY better in games.

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

First off, the i3, yes does perform better but is only dual core and doesn't OC very well. Also, an i3 at that price wouldn't be worth it. Intel, only gets its merits from me when the budget is expanded. Plus, it performs marginally better in a majority of games anyway.

tiny_voices 2 Builds -4 points 26 months ago

The i3 would be better in every game. It just is. I don't get your argument? What is the need for more cores when the do not help game performance? Even an overclocked 860k loses to an i3 is every game.

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

first off, I was partial towards AMD at the time and wanted more cores. Second, What makes the I3 more appealing than the likes of the G3258 which you can actually overclock? Third, the reason why you don't get my argument is because we don't think the same way. Also, the extra cores will be used in future Dx12 titles and AMD mantle actually utilizes the extra cores in bf4. Bf4 likes the extra cores, therefore I want for a quad core. Also, I can't even find an i3 for the same price. On top of that, the cpu only really matters in BF4, GTA, planetside, and Arma from what I've tested. Why go for a barely overclockable dual core in 2015 when you can get a cheap, overclockable quad core that does damn near the same thing as any other cpu but with the extra cores? An i3, to me is just useless without 4 cores for multitasking and streaming. The games that I listed are very much cpu based but still run very well on this cpu. Yeah, the i3 can beat the x4 860k but not by much in any situation. Every game? Because almost all the games that I play don't give two craps about the cpu and go right for the GPU as a resource. I don't understand our disdain for a value cpu that actually fits my needs.

tiny_voices 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

BF4 still performs better on an i3 than an 860k, and DX12 won't change much with mainstream games. DX12 has already been shown to give EXACTLY the same boost to a dual core and quad core CPU. More cores =/= more boost with DX12. It boosts all CPU equally. Any DX12 dev benchmark shows this.

Most streaming/recording and basically all editing programs can use hyper-threading, making only have 2 physical cores a non issue.

The 860k is a good budget CPU, but you are not using it as a budget CPU. You spent $250 on the cpu/mobo/cooler. This is locked i5 territory with a GOOD motherboard. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KxfVD3 you missed the mark on the "budget" aspect. The 860k shines when paired with a cheap-o motherboard and $20 cooler, because it easily beats the non-overclockable Pentiums in most places (which is what it's real competition it.

I have no issue with AMD or that CPU at all. It is great as a budget CPU, but you used it as an i5 replacement which is absolutely is not. The i5 4460 stomps it in every regard.

"I don't understand our disdain for a value cpu that actually fits my needs." This right here is what I'm talking about. I'm only saying something because you could have had WAY better for the price, which shows you didn't get good value at all. Not even close.

JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Bf4 performs better but honestly the extra cost of it isn't worth to ME. DX12 sees your components as a pool of resources, more resouces=more performance as was the case with dx10 with cpu cores. What boosts are you talking about? I haven't seen that many cpu DX12 benches outside of the integrated graphics test. "Most streaming/recording and basically all editing programs can use hyper-threading, making only have 2 physical cores a non issue." Okay? Then what's wrong with 4? "The 860k is a good budget CPU, but you are not using it as a budget CPU". Did I ever say I was? "You spent $250 on the cpu/mobo/cooler. This is locked i5 territory with a GOOD motherboard." I spent the money, good for me. LOCKED i5? I think you'll notice a trend with my responses and mentioning overclocking. Overclocking is a must for me because it's free performance. Don't try and sell ME this BS about locked CPUs and GOOD motherboards. To ME that sounds like,"here's your "upgrade ASAP" component combo with ketchup." I'm not looking for a locked processor and a GOOD mobo. I'm looking for a lasting build that suits MY needs. I don't care for the constant stuffing of budgets. If I make a single compromise then I'm not building it. I fI can't overclock it then I'm not building it. If the motherboard has the stability and flexibility of a wooden plank then I'm not building it. "I have no issue with AMD or that CPU at all. It is great as a budget CPU, but you used it as an i5 replacement which is absolutely is not. The i5 4460 stomps it in every regard." You give me the strong impression that you do have a problem with AMD since you haven't dropped the whole "i3/i5 is better" argument, you're reaching extremely far by saying that I'm using this as an i5 replacement. What's wrong with gaming on something that's not an i5? Is it a sin because I decided to distribute my money fairly equally on MY build? You talk about it like it is. Yeah, the i5 "stomps" it but for what I do and what I use, I could honestly care less. I'll never skimp on a component just to stuff another, more expensive component in. This is the "buildapc/pcmasterrace" mentality of "could've/would've/should've". I spent MY money on what I wanted. This wasn't your money, it wasn't your position, and it sure as heck wasn't your build. What's wrong with buying good components for a relatively cheap platform? They'll all last longer than buying a locked i5, a $50, and a stock cooler. If I have to upgrade within 6 months then that's money wasted. I'm not listening to someone hat is just continuously discrediting an ample build. Maybe if you'd look past the component choice and thought of real world scenarios rather than the most variable of performance benchmarks you'd see that this suits MY needs not yours. I built this, I use this, this is MINE, I chose these components, and I will continue to do so because this is MY choice to make. Call me thick, stubborn, or daft, IDGAF because you just don't seem to understand that I'm more than happy with what I have.

Growliff1234 1 point 26 months ago

HYYYPPEEERRRRRRTHRREEADDDINNNGGGGGG MAGIC

Wackywilly 1 Build -5 points 26 months ago

The CPU will seriously bottleneck

pegotico 2 Builds 4 points 26 months ago

not if overclocked......

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JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

It does not recognize the cpu right out of the box.

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JayFragz submitter 4 Builds 4 points 26 months ago

ALL THE ICONS

profoundnoah 2 points 26 months ago

How funny, I just got a 980 ti today >:3

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