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Fireball ~ The Upgrade [Team Red]

by Fr0st_Byte



Date Published

Dec. 21, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 14, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.015 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.475 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


This rig was to upgrade from my old Athlon 2 x3 455 & HD 5750 rig. CPU clocked at 4.38GHz. Radiator set to Push-Pull Exhaust. HDDs are in a Windows Striped Volume to emulate RAID 0. Had issues with the motherboard's RAID and Windows 10 playing nicely together. Motherboard's biggest flaws are the single fan header and the USB 3.0 placement. I get around the fan header with the NZXT Grid +v2, which I mounted above the HDDs on the bottom of the motherboard tray. The USB 3.0 just means an ugly cable run, but you can avoid that by mounting the front panel I/O in an upper position and orienting the case to it's side if you wanted to.

Last picture is an old configuration, before I added the Grid, 2x 140mm fans, and put the radiator in push/pull. I also had two LED strips, which I took down to one because they were just too bright.

Part Reviews


Great $100 or less CPU.

CPU Cooler

Not bad for ~$50, but I'd say a $20 air cooler would do the same job. Still, it looks nice.


For the price, just great. Would have really liked to see more fan headers, but that's a minor issue. Good solid board.


16GB = more Chrome tabs. Thumbs up.


Love it! 250GB so I don't feel cramped, so much faster than any HDD. Windows cold boots (after POST) in roughly 5 seconds with UEFI on this bad boy.


Some noises that I'm not too comfortable with, but passed S.M.A.R.T. and other tests, so I'll hope it's normal. 3TB is lots of storage, and for just $80.

Video Card

Love this card, but man it can get hot if not cooled properly. Plays whatever I throw at it @1080p, and couldn't ask for more. Default fan curve keeps it dead silent till you use it.


The case looks fantastic, and it's easier to build in than you would think. Lots of room for fans/radiators, and I'm sure the stacking option is great if you plan to actually use that / have ceiling space for it. Bright blue power LED throws me off. Build quality is just fine.


Great monitor for $100!

Comments Sorted by:

eddansby 2 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

Nice build

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Thank you!

textualjavakid 1 point 40 months ago

What are your thoughts on your CPU now that you have had a couple of days to try it out?

code69 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

ive got a 6300...easily OC to 4.6ghz on air, even higher with liquid. some people have gotten the CPU to over 5ghz. it is a mean budget friendly PC dream.

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I think for $100 it's a steal. That being said, it's no i5.

Rip_Shag 1 point 40 months ago

Nice build! Kudo's for the team red pc. I would recommend the FX-8320 for your next upgrade, not that the 6300 is a bad cpu, but the extra 2 cores really helps with multitasking. I cpu personally i just haven't found the time to post the build. D:

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I am actually planning on going with an AM4 CPU when they release them. I'll just sell my Motherboard/RAM/CPU together and upgrade to a new set. That's why I went with the 6300 right now instead of an 8xxx. Thanks though! Gotta give AMD some love!

Rip_Shag 1 point 40 months ago

My pleasure :D

FcoEnriquePerez 1 point 39 months ago

Are those core or cpu temp?

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I am almost certain CPU.

FcoEnriquePerez 1 point 39 months ago

What did you use for that measure?

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

HWMonitor if I remember.

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