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Project Challenger - Budget Build

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    AMD
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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
A couple of weeks ago, I decided my old laptop, Lenovo Y560, was no longer suitable for my needs. I had invested in a Thinkpad Twist which will now act as my "on the go" machine. Therefore, a capable laptop was no longer necessary. So, I then decided to build a rig, trying to cap out at $700, at the most. This was made very possible with the v.me promo code on Newegg! This machine costs exactly 10% off the listed price. I just ordered the parts yesterday so stay posted with progress and parts arrival!biggrin.gif

Current Parts (Ordered so no changes):

CPU: AMD FX-6300
Mobo: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
GPU: Sapphire 100358OCL Radeon HD 7770
Case: Rosewill Challenger (no usb 3.0)
HDD: G.Skill Pheonix III 120gb SSD + WD 320gb standard
RAM: G.Skill Ares 1866Ghz 2x4gb (8gb)
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Paste(replaced with Cooler Master, forgot to order AS5 mad.gif)
PSU: Coolermax 700W

Total Price: $601.10 - $25.00 in mail in rebates to be used for disk drive (WD 320gb not included)

Using with Logitech G500, G110, and Asus VH238H Black 23" + Acer LED 23"
- Not included with price

Purchased everything, and I say everything, soley off of Newegg.

In the future for an upgrade I would like to add another HD 7770 because those crossfired literally double their performance in most games!
Edited by Overpopulated - 3/25/13 at 7:43am
post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 
The build is complete!













I know my cable management isn't the best, this is my first build... And the power supply came with really short cables, probably designed for a micro atx. Ohhh wellll....
Edited by Overpopulated - 3/18/13 at 4:10pm
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 



I redid these at these settings:

And only got a score of 5 points lower (675). I forgot to save it and really am not feeling more tests right now. Can anyone explain that for me? I'm lost.
Edited by Overpopulated - 3/18/13 at 4:58pm
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
This weekend I managed to put all the parts together and hope to upload some pictures today! It turned out pretty nice, runs everything I need it too and was able to overclock to 4.40ghz that sticks around 45C-50C when gaming!
Redid a bunch of settings for voltages and dropped it down to about 40C for gaming, but as it turns out, anything over 3.8ghz isn't helping my frame rate at all so I decided to stick it there.
Edited by Overpopulated - 3/18/13 at 4:54pm
post #5 of 10
Sounds good man! as long as it does what you needed like you said smile.gif
I'll be waiting for some pictures!!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7-4770K  GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM  Kingston HyperX 120G SSD  CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit Crossfire 2560x1440 27" SteelSeries Apex [RAW]  CORSAIR HX Series HX850 
Case
Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 
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i7 920 2.66GHz @ 4.0GHz Asus P6T Deluxe v2 Radeon HD 7950 3GB Corsair XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 
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2 X WD 500GB 7200RPM Intel 120GB SSD WD 1TB 7200RPM Samsung 22X DVD/CD 
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My Computer 2009
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7-4770K  GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM  Kingston HyperX 120G SSD  CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit Crossfire 2560x1440 27" SteelSeries Apex [RAW]  CORSAIR HX Series HX850 
Case
Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 2.66GHz @ 4.0GHz Asus P6T Deluxe v2 Radeon HD 7950 3GB Corsair XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
2 X WD 500GB 7200RPM Intel 120GB SSD WD 1TB 7200RPM Samsung 22X DVD/CD 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
CORSAIR H100 Windows 7 Ultimate Asus LED LCD 27" Rosewill BRONZE Series 1000W 
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AzzA Solano 1000 Steelseries XAI 
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post #6 of 10
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Help with cooling.
Case: Rosewill Challenger
I used to have this...

And I have switched to this...

Which do you guys think is better? One positive, one negative, both without side fan. Should I move my back fan to the side? Help please!
Edited by Overpopulated - 3/20/13 at 8:54am
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My Computer 2013
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My Computer 2009
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7-4770K  GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM  Kingston HyperX 120G SSD  CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit Crossfire 2560x1440 27" SteelSeries Apex [RAW]  CORSAIR HX Series HX850 
Case
Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 2.66GHz @ 4.0GHz Asus P6T Deluxe v2 Radeon HD 7950 3GB Corsair XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
2 X WD 500GB 7200RPM Intel 120GB SSD WD 1TB 7200RPM Samsung 22X DVD/CD 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
CORSAIR H100 Windows 7 Ultimate Asus LED LCD 27" Rosewill BRONZE Series 1000W 
CaseMouse
AzzA Solano 1000 Steelseries XAI 
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My Computer 2013
(13 items)
 
My Computer 2009
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7-4770K  GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM  Kingston HyperX 120G SSD  CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit Crossfire 2560x1440 27" SteelSeries Apex [RAW]  CORSAIR HX Series HX850 
Case
Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 2.66GHz @ 4.0GHz Asus P6T Deluxe v2 Radeon HD 7950 3GB Corsair XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
2 X WD 500GB 7200RPM Intel 120GB SSD WD 1TB 7200RPM Samsung 22X DVD/CD 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
CORSAIR H100 Windows 7 Ultimate Asus LED LCD 27" Rosewill BRONZE Series 1000W 
CaseMouse
AzzA Solano 1000 Steelseries XAI 
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post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
I actually seem to be getting a little bit better temps, about 1 or 2C idle and 2 or 3C load with it having a positive air flow biggrin.gif
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Overpopulated View Post

I actually seem to be getting a little bit better temps, about 1 or 2C idle and 2 or 3C load with it having a positive air flow biggrin.gif

My thought is that any type of flow moves from areas of high pressure to low pressure, so it makes sense that the internal air would be pushed out at a higher rate when using a positive air flow... that's just my take on it. biggrin.gif As long as it works!
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post #10 of 10
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I was thinking about upgrading... Already. I'm saving up for a fan controller and a second HD 7770 to crossfire them, improve some fps and give better performance. Do you think it will make a decent difference? Currently I'm averaging about 30fps on Farcry 3 on High settings and I know its not my CPU, barely reaches 30% while playing. And as for fan controllers, do's and don'ts? I have no clue what I'm looking at here! Thanks biggrin.gif
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