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Blue Blush v2

by dopenerd420


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CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

41.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



Built for gaming, music production and some light graphic design. Upgraded from the Ultra E-Torque case (last picture), AMD Phenom II x4 830, and Gigabyte HD 6850 graphics card. 95% of my parts were purchased at Microcenter.

CPU: Wanted a upgrade but I wasn't quite ready to switch over to Intel. FX 8350 fits all of my gaming needs and overclocks great and reached 4.8GHz easily. Tested with Prime95 and IntelBurnTest.

Motherboard: Originally purchased a ASUS M5A97 R2.0 but it completely shorted on me. Returned it immediately and luckily found the 990fxa chipset UD3 in the clearance section. Even better it is the Rev. 4.0 version so no heatsink or overheating issues when overclocking. Works and looks great.

Cooler: No complaints with the H100i. The stock fans were a little noisy so I swapped them out for the SP120 Quiet Edition fans. Loved the ability to customize the LED color. My hope is to mod this case to allow some push/pull configuration even though I have read there isn't much of a temp. difference. Eventually, I will move on from the H100i and replace it with a custom loop for my CPU and GPU's.

RAM: Nothing special. Bundled with my CPU and MOBO. No complaints. Will add another 8gb soon.

GPU: The 1st 760 I obtained during another lucky trip to Microcenter found 2gb superclocked w/ ACX in the clearance section complete with all in-box items with an additional 20% off all clearance cards. So I think I got it for a pretty good price. I was blown away by the performance of this card compared to my 6850. So impressed that i went for the SLI option. The 2nd 760 I bought flat out. No deals. It works great. The performance of these cards in SLI is absolutely excellent. I heard that they would be loud but I haven't had that problem.

SSD: Boots fast. Nothing but good things about the Samsung EVO.

Case: I fell in love with the look and construction of the C70. Would recommend. Durable, Handles for easy transportation. The fan holes on the side window annoyed me as they block the gpus, mobo, and cooler so I flipped it to only block HDD bays. Installed a custom clear panel window from MNPCTech that makes the case look even better. Great Cable Management.

Fans: Antec Tricool 120mm Blue LED fans. Great LED color and could light the whole case as seen in the 14th picture. Great case fans.

PSU: Have no complaints with this PSU. Semi-Modular and Works great even with 2 760s overclocked in SLI and a overclocked CPU.

Keyboard: I was a little iffy about this keyboard because it's not mechanical but I can honestly say it's one of the most comfortable boards that I have ever used and it has great features as well. Endless macros. Extremely satisfied with how everything turned out. Great performance and so far no problems or hiccups. Any question or concerns feel free to comment below or PM me. Hope you enjoy this build.

For more pics of the rig visit here: [Dopenerd420's Gaming Rig] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54198600@N08/sets/72157639558161524/)

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SpicyPickle 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Wow great score on that 760!

Electrospeed 2 points 46 months ago

Hm... I'd have gone for the Corsair AX760 for PSU. The CX series has only 80+ Bronze, and the AX760 is 80+ Platinum and fully modular. It is quite a bit more expensive though.

But hey, if it works, it works. Great build! 10/10 would bang, er... buy. 10/10 would buy.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 5 points 46 months ago

I'd bang it.

Electrospeed 6 points 46 months ago

Looks like we've found R2D2's PCPartPicker account.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

I prefer to think of myself as more of a likeness to Optimus Prime. :p

Electrospeed 2 points 46 months ago

Would his wang even fit in that computer O.o

dopenerd420 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks. I agree..I am saving up to swap out the PSU for a higher quality one but at the time with my budget it was a good fit and it has been working like a champ.

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Very nice build. I like the name of your rig.

jteezyweezy 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I like the name also, at least you didn't name it "The Beast" or "Blue Beast" or the other countless noncreative "Beast" names out there. Nicely done.

dopenerd420 submitter 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

Thanks! I'm a girl and I thought Blue Blush was much more appealing.

Cometballer 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I, too, am a fan of fantastic light shows. Fantastic build. +1

Cthill 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Very nice, so close to the same build as mine!

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Congratulations, you get my 500th comment! :P Anyways, nice computer. Part list is well balanced, you got pretty good deals on some stuff. Cable management is looking nice as well. +1 from me.

JurgaBurga 1 point 46 months ago

I have to say, you got a ridiculously great price on the 760! Love the cable management!

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Great build +1! I saw that you overclocked the FX processor great job on that, I don't believe the temperatures though as they are known to be hotheads :P.

Are you planning on overclocking the GPU? If so you can always increase the RAM-clock by 500MHz without any problems. The Core-clock however is somewhat more difficult and needs a lot of benchmarking. If you are planning to overclock that as well I suggest starting with an increment of 50MHz.

As you are using a SLI setup you might encounter something called microstuttering, this happens when both GPUs are basicly processing the same frame at the same time. You can decrease this problem a little bit by overclocking the GPU closest to the CPU a little bit higher than the other one. This allows the first GPU to be a little ahead of the second GPU and reducing microstuttering.

P.S. To overclock the GPU you can download EVGA precissionX from the EVGA website.

P.P.S. I don't know who told you but the ACX Cooler from EVGA is one of the, if not the best cooling solutions available and it is really silent whilst delivering great temperatures.

Hope you enjoy your build and hope I gave you some ideas. As mentioned +1 for the build.

dopenerd420 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks! The temps were recorded with HWMONITOR SPEEDFAN and CORE TEMP. The CPU allowed a 4.5GHz speed with no voltage change.

I haven't encountered any microstuttering as of yet and I am currently overclocking my GPU.

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Don't worry about the temperatures, it is known that AMD temperature readings are incorrect below 45 degrees Celsius. The reading you got just means that you are not exceeding 45C, however it is not the actual temperature.

I know this because it is not possible to have a CPU temperature of 16C as your room temperature has to be the lowest temperature possible for the CPU. I don't believe your roomtemperature is 16C as this is really cold to humans. the typical roomtemperature is always between 21 and 25 degrees C.

So if your roomtemperature (ambient temperature) would be 21 degrees C the CPU temperature is already 21C before you even boot it up.

Temperature monitoring on current AMD processors differs from that on Intel CPUs in two ways:

  • There is only one temperature sensor per CPU (not one per core), meaning there are no seperate temperature measurement values available for each CPU core.

  • The temperature sensor does not read real physical CPU temperature, so that there can be a rather large temperature difference between the measured and real CPU temperature, especially when the CPU is idle.

So why do AMD CPUs have this problem:

The value for the CPU temperature of the (digital) on-chip sensor does not equal any real physical temperature but is measured on an AMD specific scale. This was done to be able to provide more accurate values when the temperature is close to the thermal design limit of the processor and is used to throttle the CPU to prevent damage by overheating. Therefore reliable measurements for CPU idle states is not possible and measurements above 45C are getting more and more accurate.

Back to the overclock and benchmarking:

I don't know for what duration of time you used Prime95 but I recommend using Prime95 for at least 2 or 3hours, this will reveal the actual temperature as I can asure you that it is going to exceed 45 degrees C. While you are doing this you can see if your overclock is stable.

If you want to find out the absolute maximum temperature of the entire build you should use a bencmark tool such as Furmark for the GPU at the same time as Prime95 and let it run for the given 2 to 3 hours. As these tests are considered "unreal" your PC will never become as hot again as during these tests.

If you have any questions about this or about any other issue you can always send me a PM.

dopenerd420 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Prime95 ran for 24hrs intel burn test ran for about 2hrs. I'll try running furmark with the stress test and update my temps thanks!

MellowC 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Hey, I have that same board, what settings for the overclock?

dopenerd420 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

CPU clocked at 4.5GHz no voltage change but make sure to check your LLC (Load line calibration) and Turn off any features that could cause it to throttle(Turbo, C1E, Cool n Quiet).

EpicBattleMage 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Nice AMD build glad you used the Corsair C70 case!

cam9 1 point 46 months ago

Nicely done. +1

Itroitnyah 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

How are the KRKs and that NI audio interface treating you? I'm running with a scarlett 2i2 and yamaha hs80m's, but I've heard some pretty good things about KRKs.

Apach3 3 Builds 0 points 46 months ago

are you sure you're clocking your PC at 4.8GHz with a mere 28C at load with an H100i? first off, are you using a known stress test like Prime95 to get your CPU to its maximum temperature? second, are you checking your temperatures using the CPU die sensor? recheck your thermals, this time checking your socket temperature sensor because AMD on-die sensors are a bit weird. 28C at load even with an H100i is an unreasonable value even if your ambient is very low.

EDIT: my bad, i did not see a similar comment before i posted mine. disregard the suggestion for stress testing and the information about the on-die temperature

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