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Orion: High-end AMD crossfired and awaiting Mantle
by Chrisfromnorwood
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I know, way overkill for Dota 2, right? Actually although Dota 2 has become my favorite game as of late I love the visuals that I get in all of today's blockbuster titles with this rig. I am thrilled to see that I am boasting better-than-Titan numbers on 3dMark (see above)! This rig should serve me for years to come, although I will most likely ugrade it before then.

Reasons for my components:

CPU: Wanted to show some AMD love. Seriously, with games moving toward multi-threading I want to be ahead of the curve. The FX8350 is a beast! I have OC'ed her to 4.8, but I see no point with Dota 2 being my primary game of choice at the moment. The above scores reflect a 4.6 stable OC.

CPU Cooling: Corsair H100i. Nuff Said.

RAM: Vengence 2x4GB DDR3- 1600. Low cost. Compatible. Highly rated.

Mobo: Asus ROG Crosshair V Fomula-Z ATX AM3+: The sickest Mobo that I could fnd for my CPU.

Storage: A couple of SSDs and a Cavier Blue. They do their job.

PSU: OCZ 700W: If there is a bottleneck it is here. This PSU does the job, but barely. I have scene some voltage drops and need a new PSU badly. Do to this I have decided to turn back my OC and shut down crossfire until I upgrade for fear of burning out my components do to surges. Waiting for Black Friday.

Videocards: Crossfired Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XTs that kick some serious butt! I have them OC'ed to 7950 speeds and man do they crank out some serious graphics. I am looking forward to see what AMD can do with their new Mantle technology with these suckers!

Peripherals: See below. I love how they all go so well with the build theme- red glow and black and white. I think it ties it all together giving it a professionally build rig-look at a fraction of the price. To top it all off it is a one-of-a-ind that I am truly proud of and a joy to jam on!

Thanks all to the community!


AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load42.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate925MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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YourLocalPCNoob 2 points 4 months ago

sexy +1. any CF issues with the 7950's? WHat kinda frames u getting?

Chrisfromnorwood [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Actually they are 7870xts and the answer is not really. FPSs are at least 60 fps on all games that I play at 1080p, which is my goal. Thanks!

Firecrackers [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

Sweet! How did you overclock your CPU? I just changed the multiplier a bit to make it 4.5 and it works fine. Yeah, this will definitely destroy a game like Dota... and every other game


AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

How are you liking your headset? I might be getting the same one today. +1 for r/pcmasterrace

Chrisfromnorwood [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

I love it. I would buy it again twenty times!

Hail Gaben!

AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Praise him! (Subtle Doctor Who reference there :p )

jaredt [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Good balanced build. +1 But why to ssd's? If you would have got one you could have got a 240gb Kingston hyper x 3k.

Max21 [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

I'm guessing one is for OS, and the other for games.

Chrisfromnorwood [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

I had the Adata for my OS first, but quickly realized that I needed more space than 64GB for it so I upgraded to the faster Hyper when it was on sale. Now I use the Adata for some games to load faster.

supramp 1 point 4 months ago

What case are you using?

Chrisfromnorwood [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

The Corsair 600t Graphite (white edition)

subzerosaul [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago


ThePCguy2013 -1 points 4 months ago

a 4770k would be much better, but, its your pc...

ThePCguy2013 1 point 4 months ago

I actually said it would be better with your two gpus, and they also say that AMD cpus favor nvidia gpus...

Chrisfromnorwood [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Who are the "theys" you are referring to?