Description

For some reason this PC build reminds me of the TV show Dexter. It is basically my previous build with the addition of a better motherboard and a mid ATX case. I also invested in watercooling with the h100i GTX so that I can actually overclock my 8350. Currently it is fairly stable at 4.6Ghz with 1.45v (23x multi), but I am determined to at least get it to 4.8Ghz with this cooler.

The installation of the AIO cooler was fairly easy once I ditched the instruction manual and used common sense. I tinkered around with the radiator setup and found that I could keep my aesthetically pleasing white NZXT bar if I decided to not mount the 4th fan on the radiator in pull/push. I also decided to use my SilenX 120mm fans on the radiator over the ones that came with the h100i GTX because they were louder and frequently changing RPM's, which annoyed me. I tinkered around with the Corsair link software, but I find it easier to just let my SilenX fans run on full speed vs using the stock cooler fans.

My pride and joy of this build is really my motherboard, and I was so excited to see a new ATX board being offered from Gigabyte for the am3+ socket, even though my CPU is outdated. I probably should have gone with intel for a CPU, but I really wanted to make an all AMD gaming rig so I chose the 8350 in hopes that as time goes by, more game developers will use DX12 and multicore software.

I've included pictures with flash off and on. I honestly think the color theme looks really nice being black/red/white. Let me know what you guys think in the comment section and take care!

*Update #1: Reached fairly stable OC of 4.8GHz, but I'm not seeing a huge difference over 4.6 so I'm not sure if I'll keep it or not. Screenshot attached!

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

With the power you have available here you could easily drive a 1440p monitor. At the very least you should have a monitor with a higher refresh rate. It's the thing you use the most on the computer, and its definitely a worthwhile upgrade.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, would you recommend any one in particular?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

BenQ XL2730Z. I have it and it's great.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Also just did a write up for my build, I discussed the monitor a bit. PCPP Build

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll check out out, thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Decided to go with a 4k monitor and chose the Asus PB287Q for $400. Now I just have to sell my old perfectly good 1080 monitor to try to recoup some of the expense. Wish me luck!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly for gaming I would have gone with a 1440p monitor instead. 4k gaming at decent frame rates might be possible with the next generation 14nm cards but not the current 28nm cards. Heat is going to be unbearable.

Let me know what kind of FPS you get in your games. Depending on what you play I guess it would be fine, but I'm so used to higher than 60 fps that I don't think I would sacrifice that even for higher pixel density.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I suppose I can always down the resolution to 1440p if I'm playing a game that doesn't handle 4k well. I recently watercooled my GPU now so the highest temp I'm getting is 60C while at 1440p/4k, so heat should not be an issue anymore.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Won't matter if the display doesn't have a high refresh rate.

I never understand why people who have 980 Ti SLI builds post them with 1080p 60Hz displays.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I would've sworn it was a black case xD Awesome build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! My phone is Nexus 6 so I guess it doesn't capture low light photos well

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, I see :) No worries, still an epic build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought it was a black case at first because of the first four photos.. It's an amazing build tbh but white case just doesn't seem to fit.. Probably just me xD

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

Thank you for viewing. I never would have thought I'd get a white case, but it was a refurb on sale for $60 so I jumped on it. My first thought when I saw it was storm troopers.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build. Would love to hear how far you can push the 8350.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I'm really trying to get at least 4.8, but vdroop is my enemy and I'm having to come pretty close to the 1.55 threshhold with LLC on extreme to even push it that far..time will tell though

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The tubes are awkwards haha nice build +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for viewing. The tubes were a pain, but the top one helps hold my led strip up haha

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dexter? Nah reminds me of Sin City +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks I didn't even think of that :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a nice looking rig. Sweet build. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much, I just ordered some red/black cable extensions for the 24 pin and pci ex cables so i can ditch the rainbow colored ones :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely love red. Looks exceptional. Oh, the runners hanging on the door give the photo an interesting look. Ha Ha!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for noticing haha, yea at first I thought the red lights were a little much, but they have definitely grown on me.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I put red lights in mine, I think they look subtle enough.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

i will check them out :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your led setup, how did you go about attaching it to the case?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD FTW! Really nice build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Please help, I cannot afford the water-cooling. and do you use all five 120mm fans listed? Can I build the PC with everything minus the water cooling? thanks

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

My PC is pretty different from this now. Are you still looking at building a PC or have you already done it?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I eneded up using a different build from the same case, but thanks for answering.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem sorry I didn't see it sooner, I'll check out your build though

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much