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Hello all, I'm creating this thread for my first FX chip build. I actually upgraded my machine due to a CPU issue I had after accidentally seperating the heat spreader from the CPU causing unstable temperatures.

Here is a what my first build consisted of:
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
  • Case Fans: 2 x 200mm Cooler Master Red LED .8k RPM, 1 x 120mm Rosewill Red LED 2k RPM
  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition @ 3.6Ghz
  • CPU Cooler: AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition Stock Cooler
  • GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6970
  • PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 900
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AM3+ 990FX GA-990FXA-UD3
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz 2 x 4Gb DDR3
  • HDD: 2 x Western Digital Caviar Blue SATAIII 500Gb (Raid 0)
  • ODD: ASUS DVD/CD Combo

Here is what my system currently consists of:
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
  • Case Fans: 1 x 200mm Cooler Master Red LED .8k RPM, 1 x 120mm Rosewill Red LED 2k RPM
  • CPU: AMD FX-8120 @ 4.5Ghz
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H80
  • GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6970
  • PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 900
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AM3+ 990FX GA-990FXA-UD3
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz 2 x 4Gb DDR3
  • HDD: 2 x Western Digital Caviar Blue SATAIII 500Gb (Raid 0)
  • ODD: ASUS DVD/CD Combo

Here is what I would like to have:
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
  • Case Fans: 1 x 200mm Cooler Master Red LED .8k RPM, 1 x 120mm Rosewill Red LED 2k RPM
  • CPU: AMD FX-8120 @ 4.5Ghz
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H80
  • GPU: 2 x HIS Radeon HD 6970
  • GPU Cooler: 2 x Corsair H80 /w Dwood 6970 bracket + fan mount + bent lip "HD 6970" text
  • PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 900
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AM3+ 990FX GA-990FXA-UD3
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz 2 x 4Gb DDR3
  • SSD: Corsair Force Series SATAIII 120Gb
  • HDD: 2 x Western Digital Caviar Blue SATAIII 500Gb (Raid 0)
  • ODD: ASUS DVD/CD Combo
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb SATA III ASUS DVD/CD Corsair H80 Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM Rosewill 120mm 2000RPM Windows 7 Professional Hanspree HF225DPB 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP x20LED HP x20LED Logitec EX100 Antec High Current Gamer 900W 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech EX100 Logitech 5.1 Surround 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb SATA III ASUS DVD/CD Corsair H80 Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM Rosewill 120mm 2000RPM Windows 7 Professional Hanspree HF225DPB 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP x20LED HP x20LED Logitec EX100 Antec High Current Gamer 900W 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech EX100 Logitech 5.1 Surround 
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Originally Posted by MVProgrammer View Post

Hello all, I'm creating this thread for my first FX chip build. I actually upgraded my machine due to a CPU issue I had after accidentally seperating the heat spreader from the CPU causing unstable temperatures.
Here is a what my first build consisted of:
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
  • Case Fans: 2 x 200mm Cooler Master Red LED .8k RPM, 1 x 120mm Rosewill Red LED 2k RPM
  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition @ 3.6Ghz
  • CPU Cooler: AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition Stock Cooler
  • GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6970
  • PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 900
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AM3+ 990FX GA-990FXA-UD3
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz 2 x 4Gb DDR3
  • HDD: 2 x Western Digital Caviar Blue SATAIII 500Gb (Raid 0)
  • ODD: ASUS DVD/CD Combo
Here is what my system currently consists of:
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
  • Case Fans: 1 x 200mm Cooler Master Red LED .8k RPM, 1 x 120mm Rosewill Red LED 2k RPM
  • CPU: AMD FX-8120 @ 4.5Ghz
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H80
  • GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6970
  • PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 900
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AM3+ 990FX GA-990FXA-UD3
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz 2 x 4Gb DDR3
  • HDD: 2 x Western Digital Caviar Blue SATAIII 500Gb (Raid 0)
  • ODD: ASUS DVD/CD Combo
Here is what I would like to have:
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
  • Case Fans: 1 x 200mm Cooler Master Red LED .8k RPM, 1 x 120mm Rosewill Red LED 2k RPM
  • CPU: AMD FX-8120 @ 4.5Ghz
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H80
  • GPU: 2 x HIS Radeon HD 6970
  • GPU Cooler: 2 x Corsair H80 /w Dwood 6970 bracket + fan mount + bent lip "HD 6970" text
  • PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 900
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AM3+ 990FX GA-990FXA-UD3
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz 2 x 4Gb DDR3
  • SSD: Corsair Force Series SATAIII 120Gb
  • HDD: 2 x Western Digital Caviar Blue SATAIII 500Gb (Raid 0)
  • ODD: ASUS DVD/CD Combo





sounds nice man, hows the temps and light bill ??? i was planning to get a FX but was not sure so got the 1090t. I read so many bad things about the FX that it just made me not look twice at the FX CPU's. But whats your point of view on them ?
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sounds nice man, hows the temps and light bill ??? i was planning to get a FX but was not sure so got the 1090t. I read so many bad things about the FX that it just made me not look twice at the FX CPU's. But whats your point of view on them ?

The temps are really good around 30 C @ Idle and 45-47 C @ Full Load with Prime 95. My light bill is nothing LOL I have a 3 bed, 1.5 bath, 1400sq ft. home + a 400sq ft. heated and cooled building and keep my home at 74 F for like $150 a month with temps outside being 107 F during the day.

I do a lot with this processor and here is what I have seen as far as benchmarks:

Note: All benchmark scores are from PassMark Software's Performance Test.
  • 3.6 Ghz = 7988
  • 4.2 Ghz = 8704
  • 4.5 Ghz = 9176
  • *5.0 Ghz = 10381
*At 5.0Ghz I was not fully stable and was only able to keep the computer up long enogh to test the performance on PassMark and then dropped back to 4.5Ghz.

I can say that from the AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE that I had to this processor, there is loads of difference. I compile projects a lot and they compile twice to three times as fast, I also notice the windows environment being much more responsive. All in all I don't think I would be any happier with any other processor period!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb SATA III ASUS DVD/CD Corsair H80 Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM Rosewill 120mm 2000RPM Windows 7 Professional Hanspree HF225DPB 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP x20LED HP x20LED Logitec EX100 Antec High Current Gamer 900W 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech EX100 Logitech 5.1 Surround 
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Business/Play Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb SATA III ASUS DVD/CD Corsair H80 Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM Rosewill 120mm 2000RPM Windows 7 Professional Hanspree HF225DPB 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP x20LED HP x20LED Logitec EX100 Antec High Current Gamer 900W 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech EX100 Logitech 5.1 Surround 
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Originally Posted by MVProgrammer View Post

Quote:
sounds nice man, hows the temps and light bill ??? i was planning to get a FX but was not sure so got the 1090t. I read so many bad things about the FX that it just made me not look twice at the FX CPU's. But whats your point of view on them ?
The temps are really good around 30 C @ Idle and 45-47 C @ Full Load with Prime 95. My light bill is nothing LOL I have a 3 bed, 1.5 bath, 1400sq ft. home + a 400sq ft. heated and cooled building and keep my home at 74 F for like $150 a month with temps outside being 107 F during the day.
I do a lot with this processor and here is what I have seen as far as benchmarks:
Note: All benchmark scores are from PassMark Software's Performance Test.
  • 3.6 Ghz = 7988
  • 4.2 Ghz = 8704
  • 4.5 Ghz = 9176
  • *5.0 Ghz = 10381
*At 5.0Ghz I was not fully stable and was only able to keep the computer up long enogh to test the performance on PassMark and then dropped back to 4.5Ghz.
I can say that from the AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE that I had to this processor, there is loads of difference. I compile projects a lot and they compile twice to three times as fast, I also notice the windows environment being much more responsive. All in all I don't think I would be any happier with any other processor period!

Your scores cant be right. my FX 8120 @4.5 scored 10328. Do you have the power settings on performance mode? your scores are just too low.
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my 8150 score

338
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my 8150 score
338

my fx 8120 at 4.2

356700424


I have the hot fix installed but it was only like 3-5% increase.
Amanda
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XSPC RayStorm Extreme 360 Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit ASUS VW246H x 3 Logitech G15 v2 
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
XSPC RayStorm Extreme 360 Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit ASUS VW246H x 3 Logitech G15 v2 
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