Description

Yet another white S340 build but what can I do. Im a sucker for white and black. Most of the build was completed in early-mid June before the new RX 480 released, but I upgraded to it as soon as possible. Had a MSI r7 370 in it before then. Mainly use this to game and record offline for YouTube. Does that admirably.

CPU: The FX 8300 was chosen over the FX 8350 because it could easily be set to the same speeds as the 8350 without much issue and for cheaper. The eight core is definitely aging but it still does the job.

CPU Cooler: I chose the NZXT Kraken X61 because it seemed a perfect fit with the NZXT case and it was. However, this was a different case with the motherboard, which it did not accomidate at all thanks to the socket holes being larger than NZXT anticipated, meaning it was impossible to install the cooler as intended. I was able to jury rig it using nuts from another cooler and it fit perfectly afterwards. Just keep that in mind if you want to use this motherboard with this cooler.

Motherboard: Bought really just for the color scheme. It does what its supposed to do, but has the issue with the water cooler that I mentioned above. Have to dock it a bit for that but otherwise its been fine. Overclocks as it should.

Memory: Its RAM and its Kingston. Moving on.

Storage: Bought two Kingston SSD's because they fit the color scheme. Its enough for my needs. Also added a HDD for storage of video's and older titles.

VIdeo Card: The RX 480 is the star of the show, and it does its job well. Its definitely and upgrade over the R7 370 that was in this briefly. The supposed PCI-E issue has not been a problem here I might add, but im not stupid enough to overclock on it. The card definitely runs hot as well but what do you expect from a reference design?

Case: Hands down one of the best cases ive worked with, been a lot of fun and has a wonderful side window that doesnt scratch or show dust as easily as other side windows ive had. Lots of room for cable management and its a breeze thanks to its little side bar to hide your back panel cabling. Only knock is it doesnt have a lot of storage space and the bottom power supply dust filter sucks. It also has no top fan dust filter. Otherwise, great.

Power Supply: It has plenty of wattage, its fully modular and comes from a reputable brand. Nothing else to say.

Wifi Card: Bought because I cant run an ethernet cable to my room. Does the job pretty good, I get about 100-140 down and consistent mid 30's-40's up. Not bad.

Part Reviews

CPU

The FX 8300 was chosen over the FX 8350 because it could easily be set to the same speeds as the 8350 without much issue and for cheaper. The eight core is definitely aging but it still does the job.

CPU Cooler

I chose the NZXT Kraken X61 because it seemed a perfect fit with the NZXT case and it was. However, this was a different case with the motherboard, which it did not accomidate at all thanks to the socket holes being larger than NZXT anticipated, meaning it was impossible to install the cooler as intended. I was able to jury rig it using nuts from another cooler and it fit perfectly afterwards. Just keep that in mind if you want to use this motherboard with this cooler.

Motherboard

Bought really just for the color scheme. It does what its supposed to do, but has the issue with the NZXT X61 that I mentioned in my completed build. Have to dock it a bit for that but otherwise its been fine. Overclocks as it should.

Memory

Its RAM and its Kingston. Moving on.

Storage

Fast and fit my color scheme. Not the FASTEST SSD around but really they should be good enough for the vast majority of people, gamers or otherwise.

Video Card

The absolute star of my build and a treat to work with and use. Lovely color scheme on the reference cooler and performs exactly as advertised. Only concern is that it runs hot but hey its a reference card so thats unavoidable. Can handle 1080p like a charm and record at the same time at 60 fps when paired with a decent CPU.

Case

Hands down one of the best cases ive worked with, been a lot of fun and has a wonderful side window that doesnt scratch or show dust as easily as other side windows ive had. Lots of room for cable management and its a breeze thanks to its little side bar to hide your back panel cabling. Only knock is it doesnt have a lot of storage space and the bottom power supply dust filter sucks. It also has no top fan dust filter. Otherwise, great.

Wireless Network Adapter

Bought because I cant run an ethernet cable to my room. Does the job pretty good, I get about 100-140 down and consistent mid 30's-40's up. Not bad.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Brother??! +1 ;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I use wifi N for the cheap build I sell otherwise I suggest going with a real 2x2 AC, one that can run 2 streams or more (approx 866mbps). That is assuming the router or access point can do it!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. Curious, what voltage are you at for that OC? +1 AMD.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

1.45

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

140 down and 40 up? That's some good wifi

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha yes, I do have pretty good internet. I guess ive gotten used to it and take it for granted. Should have considered that many people probably dont get those kind of speeds.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

http://www.speedtest.net/result/5454731612.png

Just ran it this morning after reading your comment.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Very jealous of the upload speed.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't overclock with that board, I heard that it gets hot and lots of people have problems with it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it gets a little hot in some spots, but nothing dangerous, even at a 4.4 GHz overclock speed. If you don't have good air flow that might be a different story but as long as your are sensible with this board you should be fine. That being said I wouldn't push it past 4.5 GHz.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah a mild overclock should be fine

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind results are you getting? I'm thinking of selling my 380 for the 480, and I've got the same processor.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Its certainly been an upgrade over the 370 in it before, handles Witcher 3 like a charm even while recording.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, nice build! What are your needs? Like Gaming (with that gorgeous rx 480:P) or just office and stuff? Because I'd like to know if this processor still performs well, since Zen isn't gonna come out till next year and then at a much higher price than I expected... AND I DONT WANT INTEL!!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Intel really do just have better CPUs, at least until Zen comes out then we will see, these OLD Fx CPUs are good but they are very old, wouldn't buy anything below an Fx6300 or above the Fx8300, actually I'd only go for the 8300 since the 6300 bottlenecks the Rx 480 and anything above the 8300 is just wasted money since it can OC so damn well

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that's the only correct answer on this topic. Thanks!

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