Description

Pretty beastly machine, works well for just about anything up to next-gen games, which seem to absolutely crush it. Most likely fixed with a video card upgrade, though, since the rest of it's fine.

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CPU - absolutely amazing; excellent performance even when underclocked, though it puts out heat like nothing. Be careful with cooling systems, stock cooling won't keep it under safe temps when under 100% load even while underclocked.

Thermal compound - By far the highest-rated compound online, and for only $10. Not much else to say.

Motherboard - Works, tough, long-lasting, lots of features, and cheap. Might want an upgrade at some point, but for now it works just fine.

Memory - It's generic memory at a low price. Not much else to say other than "it works"

Storage - 7200 RPM is fine and 1TB of storage is more than enough for my needs, but the external is fantastic for reading/writing lots of data quickly

Power Supply - If you need more than 500 watts you're probably doing something wrong. Never had any issues, works fine.

Optical Drive - Very, very fast. Can't complain.

OS - Hey, it's Windows.

Monitors - Can't go wrong with two 24" LCDs hooked up with HDMI

Sound Card - I rarely use it, but if you have a surround-sound system and a TV you can watch some movies on your $2000 machine

Wireless NIC - Solid, works well.

Keyboard - There's probably better out there now, but it's comfortable, has utility with the two USB ports, LCD screen, and G keys, and works fantastically even after years of (ab)use

Mouse - Wired optical mouse, nothing fancy. Cheap and lasts me years.

CPU Cooler - I couldn't push the CPU past 29C even after running full load for 10 or so minutes. Yeah, this thing could probably cool a nuclear reactor.

Video Card - High-end card that works well for anything up to the next-gen 2014 games. Then it seems to just die. Great card, but it's getting time to upgrade.

Headphones - They look very cool especially in the dark, are tough, and put out some absolutely fantastic sound. I didn't think I'd use the "wireless" feature, but honestly it's pretty great. There might be some software/hardware issues with my current pair because of some weird glitches I encounter with the volume controls, and they're certainly not the most comfortable headphones on the planet because of how tightly they cling to your head (glasses hurt after a few hours)

Microphone - Crappy microphones record sound. Good microphones record sound as you would expect to hear it. Great microphones make sound better as it records. This is a good microphone. $150 is cheap.

Microphone Interface - Good quality and looks pretty cool. Coincidentally matches the headphones. Not a $1000 interface, but I'm not about to drop $1000 on an interface.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 9 points

I am having a hard time believing those temps...

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Maybe he stores it inside his fridge?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I was off, but close. 12C is (mostly) correct (it's around 10.2 or 10.3) but max temp was 28.9C

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You realize that it is impossible for a CPU cooled by air or water to run below the ambient temp?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell that to the sensor, I just posted what I read.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You do realize that there is something seriously wrong here then, right? A fan blows air past heat fins that dissipate heat from the CPU. Once the fan is effective enough to keep the CPU at room temp, it can't dissipate any less heat energy than is currently in the air. This means one of two things

1) you are lying

2) your CPU is damaged somehow. Run some stress tests and make sure it doesn't crash.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

25C ambient, 37C max and idle is 13C. Not (manually) overclocked. (Might be automatic with the motherboard) http://prntscr.com/4mj4rp http://prntscr.com/4mja7a http://prntscr.com/4mj5ya

I'll update the temps, but that's about as "stressful" as it gets.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated drivers, max overclocked to 4.091 GHz. 25C ambient, 47.4C max, idle 22.4C

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  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

You over-payed for that CPU by about $100

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

He bought this a while ago when the FX series were more expensive and the 6300 was brand new.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the price has gone down a lot since I bought it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

CPU is double the price, 4 RAM sticks of 10 GB, not enough Power from PSU and 150$ for keyboard.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

500w is more than enough for a single card setup.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU was $200 when it first came out and I bought it. 10GB of RAM isn't much, but money is tight and it's a decent start. The $150 keyboard was a gift, though, yeah, I dunno if I'd spend $150 on a keyboard myself.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Artic silver 5 is so 2006. Your temps are way off.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

It's the highest-rated compound that I've seen, what would you recommend? You're right, temps are off by a couple degrees Celsius. I thought I remembered right, but I didn't. Max temp was 28.9C

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Your idle temp of 12 degrees Celsius is 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit. So even if you could read the temperature while the computer is off, your house would have to be at an ambient 53.6 degrees. A normal "system is off" temperature would be like 20. A normal "computer is on and in the bios" for your cpu would be around 30-35 degrees Celsius. Under load should be much higher.

Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1. Although AS5 is still alright. I just wouldn't buy it new because of the better stuff out there.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

A freezer also sits in a room temperature higher than the inside of it. Ambient temp has some effect, sure, but if the cooling system's very good it won't have much of an impact. Fan cooling I can understand, but if something like a fridge uses liquid cooling then there's probably a reason for the low temps on the CPU.

I probably should have looked at compound more closely, but it seems to work just fine so I suppose I did alright.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

"Pretty beastly machine, works well for just about anything up to next-gen games, which seem to absolutely crush it."

Then why did you spend $1756 on it?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Upgraded over time, before my current job I didn't have enough money for a good GPU :P If I want it to play the new games I'll need a more powerful GPU, like the 780 Ti

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry bro, still overpaid for the CPU.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If I had gotten it today, sure, but that was the price when it first came out. Same with anything. I overpaid for a lot of my games, as well, with that logic; they went down in price after a year or so.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a hard time they do good in next gen games...I mean where da GPU at?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Must be really hard to play with that mich there.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Not terribly, it covers maybe 1% of the screen at most with the pop shield down at the angle I'm sitting.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Then you must sound amazing when talking to people hehe!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It's slight better than the quality you get from a radio show, so certainly better than a phone, yeah.

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