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Full Gaming Build, 31% OC - AMD 6 Core + GeForce GTX 760 (Nocturne)

by Medio

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Date Published

March 25, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.64GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.20GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

3.00GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

Description

6 Mar 2014-

The goal was to maximize gaming potential without getting too crazy in the wallet.

Right off the bat I had decided I wanted a PNY Geforce GTX 760. After reading about graphics cards for hours, there really was no other choice that could perform as well in that price range. I ended up getting the graphics card for $180 technically with purchase of Assassin's Creed Black Flag, or I got it for $240 with a free $60 game to boot. On top of that I like that they kept the reference cooler design. It isn't as good as others at keeping the gpu cool but it def helps reduce the temps on other components.

The following items were purchased solely due to low price: Gigabyte MB, Seagate 1tb HDD, Encore Wireless Net Adapter, LG DVD/CD Reader/Writer, Microsoft Keyboard.

I went ahead and opted to get a liquid cooler and after a few reviews the Cooler Master 120v system looked to be well enough for my application. I overclocked my CPU to 4.5ghz @ 1.452v, runs at 54 degrees under load (look below for update on overclock).

I overdid it on the Ram purposefully as the MB can only get up to 2000 speeds. However, I set it to run at 1866 8-10-10-27 with 1.65v.

Ran Prime95 for 6 hours no errors and cpu/mobo temp peaked at 58 celsius.

The case was decided upon because of the price and it having alot of ventillation. Pretty much the whole front panel is vented along with 1x120mm fan. I also wanted a window XD. I placed the cpu cooler on the top vents instead of the rear, figuring that it would be much easier to cool if the fan pushed along the already rising hot air. There was plenty of room to work in there and I managed to clean up the wires quite nicely, so far I'm pretty happy with the case. My only gripe about it is that I feel the front fan is blocked by too many expansion slots, and it is not low enough. This case could really improve with venting for a bottom mount fan with where the front fan is currently placed. It came with 2 hot swap drives as well, meh. I also added a PCI Slot fan, and a "custom" mounted second front fan on the 3 free 5.25 bays. This had a huge impact on my temps. The fan I installed on the free drives blows "cold" air straight at the ram/mobo, while the PCI fan helps pull cool air from the large airload coming from the top as well as pushing out internal exhaust heat from the video card as it does have some small exhausts inside the case.

Switched to a Rosewill 750w Gold Capstone PSU at the advice of this site.

Windows 8.1 cause it's new. I usually hate new windows releases but after I get to know them I end up liking them.

The 27" AOC LED screen was my Wife's idea. It was a good one. I had planned on a smaller BenQ screen but rolled the dice on this bargain brand. I had read problems with dead pixels from unboxing, and I must be lucky because mine is in good working order, and looks great. Good blacks for an LED backlit and a nice sharp image. The only downside to owning this screen, is that I ruined my ability to play on smaller screen sizes.

I'm not really into fancy keyboards or mice, so I went with a cheapy, and the mouse I had from a previous computer.

Benchmarks= Heaven: 41.6 afps, 1920x1080, Ultra, 4xAA, Normal Tesselations, D3D11/ Valley: 47.0 afps, 1920x1080, Ultra, 4xAA, D3D11/ Novabench Score: 1556

UPDATE 5th July 2014- Setup has been going strong now. No problems. If anything I'll be raising my rating of the case since I've worked with a few others in the same price range and this one is the best so far. Changed out the pics

UPDATE 12 April 2015- No problems. The bgears fan at the front on the free drives started to rattle a bit, but after a good cleaning that stopped. I'm going to start looking into adding some more RAM soon. Not for any real reason other than I want to.

UPDATE 18 July 2015- A couple months ago I pushed the overclock even more. I got it running 4.6ghz now at 1.5v. I also purchased a green dual fan for the roof of the case, it was looking a little dreary. I also made some custom cuts in the side of the case to add another fan. I will get pictures of that once I clean it up some more as right now it's just there to draw more air near the vid card. Also I noticed a bruise on my screen, pretty sure it's from one of the kids touching it too hard. The bruise is very small and only noticeable on white backgrounds.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for the price, awesome for overclocking when combined with even a cheap liquid cooler. I got mine to go 4.6ghz.

CPU Cooler

Very underrated product, excellent cooling for the price, I don't know why everyone doesn't just get one of these. Here is a screenshot of my temps without overclocking: https://s28.postimg.org/izymffaal/noctemps.png

Motherboard

Good board, does what is asked and has plenty of options for overclocking.

Memory

Versatile RAM, great on the low profile side, and doesn't get too hot.

Storage

Works well. Good Price. No complaints.

Video Card

Awesome card! The reference cooler design is very underrated. It is plenty cooling to keep the card performing well, while at the same time keeping hot air from just circulating in the case.
Update: It died. It's my fault for not cleaning it as much as I should. The reference cooler design is better for the rest of your board, but it's harder to clean.

Case

Great case, I have used other since, and so I edited my review. I wish it was more easily available. Good size, can fit two nvidia 690s (big cards). The material is sturdy, and there is decent room for cable management.

Power Supply

Works well, no issues. I think Rosewill products are getting better and better in quality.

Optical Drive

Cheap, and it reads disks. Op Success.

Operating System

Windows for life!

Wireless Network Adapter

Comes with it's own wireless manager, but it isn't a necessary install. Otherwise it's a good net adapter for the price. I have been using mine as an access point for all other devices in the house for over a year now and it is still going strong.

Monitor

Great monitor, just keep kids away from it. I got a small bruise on mine after someone applied excess pressure on a particular point.

Keyboard

Works + cheap = win.

Mouse

Great mouse for gaming, but I am not a fan of the scroll wheel.. seeing as my scroll wheel button isn't working.

Comments Sorted by:

xx116xx 3 Builds 6 points 42 months ago

Use this as a guide to replacing that PSU. Coolmax power supplies to commit suicide, and take the whole rig with it. REPLACE ASAP!!!

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I went ahead and placed an order for a Rosewill Capstone 750 that is a tier 2 on that list, just to be on the safe side. However it is my understanding with electronics that if things are ment to break, they break after first attempts due to poor quality or defective parts. I've stress tested this rigs cpu and gpu and things are running fine. If things break over time it is usually a result of poor maintenance or some change that is controllable. Point being that I think this PSU can still work just fine if you get a good one and you keep it dust free. This won't be my last build though as I'm addicted now, so I went ahead and grabbed the Rosewill which will go in this build. Maybe I'll dissect the CoolMax for an indepth look, or use it for a testbench.

Moon_Rock 1 point 40 months ago

Coolmax PSUs tent to fail after a short period of time, they are lower quality and should only be used in builds that use low wattage even if its rated for higher wattage

Medio submitter 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

psu was changed

Moon_Rock 1 point 39 months ago

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Pigatator 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

My friend had that psu with his 3570k and 7870xt and it would turn off under load and eventually after a week it broke one of his hard drives. I would recommend taking it out.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

psu was changed.

VENAXIS 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Good move man! Congrats and game on! :D

VENAXIS 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

I've heard many tales about the infamous CoolMax PSUs.. If you want to avoid nightmares, you better replace it as soon as possible. Other than that, your build looks good to me.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

psu changed.

CDGRockZ 2 points 41 months ago

hey how is that gpu working out for you. planning on getting one of this.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I'm really happy about it and would totally recommend it to anyone. I don't think there is a better card for the price.

CDGRockZ 2 points 41 months ago

tnx,it hasn't done anything that like bothers you because a lot of people have been reporting this because of DOA?

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Nope, I wouldn't worry too much about DOAs, IMO all companies have friday night specials (workers rushed to leave early) which ends up causing faulty or defective quality. People who put poor reviews aren't really fair. They never tested the product, what's important is how it works when you get one of the majority that was produced normally. I don't have any complaints at all for mine. The reference cooler setup is probably the only thing I think needs improvement, but i haven't noticed any problems in performance because of it. With Vsync on i'll barely touch 74 degrees, without vsync it will tap 81. But if you happen to get a DOA, keep calm (try not to rage review) and invoke the warranty.

Moon_Rock 0 points 40 months ago

A devil r9 270x is not only a tri-fan limited edition card, it preforms the same in most games and cost 220-230 with a free game as well in most cases.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

not at the time.

spongebob123 2 points 41 months ago

is the wireless card nice?

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

it gets the job done. no problems from it so far, pretty reliable connectivity. it also comes with a utility to setup wireless network profiles since windows 8 removed that. i didn't install it though and just learned the dos commands.

spongebob123 3 points 41 months ago

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Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

lol yw

pholtz 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

Nice cpu/gpu combo and nice overclock. I personally think the seidon series is very underrated. I've heard good things about that BGears fan, too.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 3 points 41 months ago

ty i read that going 8 cores wasn't worth it with a good overclocked 6. the gpu sort of fell into place as i was gonna get an r9, but i found a deal on the 760 and since i dont plan on using crossfire it all worked out. i would def get the same combo again if i were to redo it (i'd consider it the two "core" items eh?), even if i had more money to spend.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

oh yeah and i forgot to talk about the fan, its pretty quiet, you can hear the air whooshing, but the fan itself is great. also the seidon really is worth it considering its the lowballer of the liquid cooler group.

atomicruns 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I echo what was said about the PSU. Don't love that you got the Seidon with a CPU that won't be OCed, but I can understand the desire to keep things as cool as possible. I personally would have gone with cheaper RAM, but understand the desire to futureproof. Probably would have gotten the WD blue instead of te Seagate, but that's just personal preference. I would love to see better pictures (esp. interior) if you have the chance.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I added more pictures of the interior. Yeah sometimes I second guess the RAM choice, but I've had RAM die on me before at a very inopportune moment.. so I just might have gone a little overboard. I think the price difference was $10 comparable to some good ddr3 1600.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

changed my mind about overclocking.

nasirdude3211 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Still a very nice build but switch out the PSU ASAP! +1

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

oh boy, another person caught by the Coolmax trap. now would be a good time to replace the power supply.

usicky12 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I just bought an apex 500w that everybody has bashed on my build so seeing your post kind of makes me laugh but other than that, great build!

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanx for all the comments. Looks like I should be looking for a new PSU lol. Any comments on a Rosewill 630w as a replacement? Also I'll get some pictures up of the new internal configuration asap (cords are cleaned up and radiator is up top).

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Posted some Tempatures. GPU gets to 81 degrees at 1202mhz, tested with Heaven. CPU is frozen (pretty much) as expected, used novabench arithmetic and floating point tests. As I said before I think this case could really use a bottom mount fan to blow pretty much straight at the Vid Card. Once I finish setting up the air flow how I want I'll redo this.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

CoolMax gone. For those of you wondering, it was a 700w 80+.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

..btw cable management I feel was greatly improved with new PSU. One day I'll update the pics.

daniel_43 1 point 38 months ago

Is it smooth gaming in ultra?? I'm confuse. What would I choose?? GTX 760 or R9 270x.Someone please help me

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

It probably wont make a noticeable difference between the two daniel. I found a good deal for the nvidia, so i went with nvidia. I'd say to choose nvidia over ATI, someone else will say otherwise though so go with whatever best meets your budget and the deals available. Each card has it's followers. They are both good cards.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Been running this setup for about 4 months now. Stills works great, no problems. Everything is running well and I'm very happy. I'm posting some new pics too. Also I've grown to really like this case.

anybody 1 point 23 months ago

Did you need a BIOS update to use the 6300?

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

nope

anybody 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you

Username00001 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

What kind of Fps are you getting in games? For some reason I'm having a hard time finding benchmarks on the 760.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I put the benchmarks at the bottom of my post ;)

codypcbuilds 1 point 20 months ago

Personaly i would go with a different card cooler design. More often than not a blower card will run hotter and throttle more that other coolers. I do get it if you where trying to keep the rest of the system cool as well since they dont disipate heat into the case but its just my preferance

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah, I didn't have a side fan, so keeping everything else cool was high in my mind. Since then I have custom made a side intake. When I upgrade vid cards I'll be looking for a different card cooler design. In the meantime, I use openhardware to keep my vid card fan always running at %100. It definitely helps in keeping the GPU from spiking temps and throttling.

TheGerd 1 point 18 months ago

Get a boot ssd!

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

lol. Yeah I probably should, I was thinking of doing a raid setup though.

TheGerd 1 point 18 months ago

Boot ssd is still faster and sometimes cheaper

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

sometimes cheaper you say?

Moon_Rock -1 points 40 months ago

The fx 6300 is old and isn’t as-good as good as most lintel processors, i would have gone with an i5 4430 and not gotten the cooler, even with the overclock it will only preform better in things like photo-shop and only marginally.

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

still cheaper to go amd, and get a liquid cooler on top of the added benefit of keeping the exhaust air from the cpu away from the rest of the mobo

Moon_Rock 1 point 39 months ago

but not better, the i3 is equal to the 6300 in most applications and can be upgraded to an i7

Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

from what I have read on hardware forums is that an overlocked 6300 at about 4.3ghz will perform on par with the 4430. Take that for what it is worth. I've overclocked mine to 4.5 so by that logic it will perform better and have a liquid cooler to keep heat out of the case, and the package costed less all together.

Moon_Rock 0 points 39 months ago

you can only upgrade to the 8350, while with 1150 you can upgrade to the 4770k or the new refresh, wich is better than the 8350

Medio submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

The 8350 is also $155 cheaper (about) and still retains some good stats. The point you're missing is price to performance ratio. This is a sunday street bracket racer, not a pro-mod trailer baby. In the end I got what I wanted without paying too much extra.

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Medio submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

psu was changed.

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