Description

I slowly started amassing parts about a year ago, waiting on deals and sales, starting as an A10-6800k, moving to the A10-7850k, the 860k and then the FX-6300, now that the 8320e has landed in my lap i figured it was time for an update. Most of these parts were parts of other build that were re purposed, the pricing reflects what was paid at the time, some parts were on sales, some were not.

CPU came from a friend who got it with a motherboard upgrade, for $50 i dont know anyone who would say no. Going from the FX-6300 to the 8320e was not a large leap, once overclocked though she can handle 4.5Ghz with ease, i pushed for 5.0Ghz but on air that is dangerous.

I was considering putting the CPU under water but this case would take more modifying than i feel like doing at this time, if i find a good 240mm AIO cooler on sale i might take the plunge, but for now the Hyper 212 handles 4.5Ghz just fine in push pull configuration with an aggressive fan profile, love these Cooler Master JetFlo's, superb air flow and will install them on the 240mm cooler when i decide its time.

Ram was purchased at full price about 6 months ago, slowly over these past few months ive found myself needing more, im a persnickety little prick and if i want to have multiple downloads going, a plethora of programs running while playing Dying Light and streaming then i will max out 8 gigs fast, so i waited for a good sale and found my exact dual channel kit on sale, it was a sign so i jumped on it.

Originally got the Mushkin 120 as a boot drive a while back and was pretty happy with it, but im never satisfied, i like to mix and match and see what works best. If i had to choose between the two i dont think i could, ive beaten the living hell out of the Mushkin with no issues, the PNY is now a dedicated Gaming SSD while the WD is just videos and a backup for everything else.

the 290, ever since it came out i wanted it, i never thought the price would drop so fast but here we are, and i couldnt be happier. i do love XFX, and i do appreciate that the LED does not light up on the side like some other GPU's do, i find that to be a distraction. Plays everything i want, using MSI Afterburner to set a custom fan profile i never hear her and she never breaks a sweat.

I hate this case and do not recommend anyone else get it, it does not natively support any radiators over 120mm even though it has custome water cooling ports on the rear, i will have to do some cutting on the top to get one to fit and will in due time but for now the Hyper 212 is doing its job. As for air cooling, its fine, i have 3 intake and one exhaust, everything runs cool, I have one Cooler Master JetFlo fan installed in the front top slot where a CD drive would go, its tied into the rear exhaust where another JetFlo is installed, running at the same RPM on SYS FAN 1, creating a wind tunnel for the Hyper212, it really is a beautiful thing. The rear has minimal space for wire hiding and management, seriously i do not like the cable management in this thing. I got a little angry one night and decided i wanted a window on it, so i took the jigsaw, the dremel, and a bottle of wine to it and hacked something into the side. Using automotive trim and some acrylic with some double sided sticky tape i Frankenstein-ed something, eventually ill move to the R5, in fact, i think next payday i might move everything into an R5 and use the BlackHawk as target practice. The panel screws dont fit right, the standoffs are half striped out, the "fan filters" are a joke.

Its an ugly build but it has a special place in my heart, hence the name.

Part Reviews

CPU

Absolute powerhouse, once overclocked she really sings

CPU Cooler

Does what its supposed to do and does it well

Motherboard

Overclocks well, make sure you get REV 4.0 or above

Memory

Does what its supposed to do, would buy again

Storage

Hasnt failed me yet, boots fast

Storage

Nice, will probably get another

Storage

Good ole reliable WD, love this drive

Video Card

Sick performance for a sick price

Case

Great for air cooling, horrible for water cooling and cable management...

Power Supply

Great price, great performance, modular and plenty of length, awesome

Case Fan

Love these fans, they can push an amazing amount of air

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

THAT LAST PIC OMG

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

indeed :O

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the build +1 for the name. I bused Steve Buscemi's table once! I was gawking at him because i'm a huge fan and didn't realize that the people he was sitting at the table with were famous too lol. ._.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the pc +100 for the beard

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

<3

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

LMAO!! Nicely done.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice parts list. Agree on case comment. I have used a Rosewill case, well made and solid, but not user friendly in cable management. Next build try Corsair, Fractal Design or any one of a number of really good cases. You will really enjoy ease of build in one of those cases.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Next case will be the R5, have an expense check coming Friday with its name on it ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm getting ready to use the midi R2 case for a build. I will post it when I'm done.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd like to see that

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that you got your hands on the 290, how intrigued are you by the spec rumors for the 300 line? I've go the 270 and I can't wait til those get released.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The 300 series really has my attention. In not a day one buyer (usually) so I'll wait and see what the finished product is, but I'm very excited for the future!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

hey bro can i lick your cpu cooler XD

lol at the last picture

what was the max OC you can get with the CPU?

so i guess your 290 was brought over from the A10/860K machine

waiting for the 390X to land

cheers

Dragoon20005

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I do love the push pull cooler! Max stable oc I got was 4.8Ghz, but daily driver is 4.2Ghz! I actually just got the 290, gave the 280 to the wife and kid to play on ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

4.8 is impressive

that means the CPU is a FX9590 inside

as much as I like water cooling

it will be impressive to see an air cooled FX9590

i have plans to get the CM V8 GTS cooler which is able to cool big CPUs like the i7 5960X.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly at 4.0ghz she purrs and I haven't seen a need to go higher for daily driving... Yet

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

right now i am rocking the QX6800 LGA775 old school system until I have enough for X99 rig

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a lot of..... desk space. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I need room, I hate feeling claustrophobic

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask what desk you're using?

it looks nice

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

No clue, they were in storage at my work and i just asked if i could have them. no manufacturer stamps, no identifying markers, nothing. God help me if i need to get another one or need replacement components for one.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

hehe thanks anyways man

my search continues~

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think about this motherboard???? Any Issues???? I was going to with either this motherboard or the asus saberooth r 2.0.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I love Gigabyte, solid performance, reliable and hasn't failed me yet

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

really?? even with over clocking??? Do you think that this would be the solid choice over An Asus 990fx r 2.0 motherboard???

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Cant say man, never had an Asus product :/

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok thanks, would you still happen to know if it over clocks well???

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

much wonderfuls!

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

"Its an ugly build but it has a special place in my heart, hence the name." Should be called Scarlett Johansson IMO +1