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My First Build

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
This is my first PC build, and my first post. I just thought I would show it off here and see what feedback I can get from a community of veterans.

The meat of the build is:
Corsair Carbide 500R
AMD FX-6350
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
XFX R7950 Double D
4x4GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866 DIMMS
OCZ 700w ModXstream Pro
128GB and 256GB Crucial M4 SSDs
Corsair h100i

I built this rig to play all current games at max settings but not with max filters of course. I wanted to have tons of features, and a solid element of future proofing.
I have a multi-monitor setup and with most Nvidia cards in a reasonable price range being 2GB I decided to go with the 7950. I managed to easily OC mine to 1100mhz core and 1500mhz memory. I have OC'd my CPU to 4.6 ghz and it was stable in Prime 95 and Cinebench, however it created a lot of frame stuttering during gameplay. I haven't quite figured out why this is other than when running at the stock 3.9 ghz it smooths out.

I am happy with everything I have put into this rig so far. The only thing I might do in the future is upgrade the PSU and add another 7950 for BF4.

post #2 of 23
Well,

I like it but there are a lot of areas of improvement.

Ditching the platinum memory would be a start

I'm surprised you went with AMD as well, the GPU is ok but you could have got a 7970 Ghz edition for not much more.

Motherboard is alright

Why did you go with 128gb and a 256gb hard drive? I also think the samsung 840 pro outperforms the M4 slightly as well.

But it is a nice machine either way biggrin.gif

Comps
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
I love the looks of the Platinum Memory and I figured I wouldn't be replacing it for quite some time.

I picked up the 128GB from a friend, I keep my OS and the few important documents and programs I have on it. the 256 has my games on it so it isnt the end of the world if it dies on me. I'll probably get a 1TB WD Black someday, but I haven't needed the space yet. The 840 pro definitely outperforms the Crucial, but from the recommendation of my buddy he had a really good RMA experience with them so I just stuck with the M4.

I did spend A LOT of time figuring out if going with the 7970 ghz was really worth it, but the 7950 had just dropped in price while most of the good 7970's hadn't dropped at all yet. At this point I will either go Crossfire or wait to see what the 8970 has to offer. Multimonitor setups is AMD all the way!
Edited by Emerica - 9/10/13 at 4:18am
post #4 of 23
Don't use the 1tb Black, use the new 1TB blue, it outperforms the black because of the 1TB platter.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
I'll definitely be looking to get a blue then.
post #6 of 23
so nobody has offered any actual advice yet... just said you 'should or shouldn't have bought this or that instead' pointless!

ANYWAY, firstly, how did you overclock?! FSB or multiplyer? Voltages?

when you say stuttering during game play... is that in EVERY game you've played? I'll assume not, so are you seeing it in CPU-based games, or GPU-based games?

Driver version?
post #7 of 23
Get down off your high horse little man, I'm still helping him aren't I :-p

ANYWAY (Key reference to your silly little ANYWAY there...) If he was overclocking that processor he'll be using BOTH the Northbridge and the multiplier, if you're getting stuttering I'd pull it down a little bit on the GPU.

Regards,

Comps
post #8 of 23
he may be doing FSB and multiplier... he may just be doing multi... not everyone does everything the same way... or the right way for that matter.

He says the in game stuttering goes away when on stock CPU clocks, but is there when CPU overclocked.

back to it... how did you OC and what voltages? NB and HT speed and voltage? does it stutter whether GPU is stock or OC? what game? what driver?

*also, original post you mentioned Xfire 7950s... you probably don't need a new PSU for that, although I'd guess that it'd be pretty close consider you are looking to overclock. I'm sure google can help on whether a mid range 700w PSU is enough.
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
Apologies for taking so long to respond, it was a long day on that workin grind! haha

I got my most stable overclock at 4.6ghz somewhere between 1.425 and 1.4 volts. My motherboard is on Version 1302. This stuttering was very sinusoidal in pattern so I figure it has to be a frequency problem somewhere. I only upped the multiplier, so the FSB was left at 200mhz. The stuttering was occurring in CS:GO, BF3, and Crisis 3 so it effects a wide spread. I haven't touched the chip set clocks, since I didnt feel that OC was that aggressive I didnt think I needed to change them.

and in regards to my PSU it only has 2 8 pin PCIE cables.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by jriley9922 View Post

he may be doing FSB and multiplier... he may just be doing multi... not everyone does everything the same way... or the right way for that matter.

He says the in game stuttering goes away when on stock CPU clocks, but is there when CPU overclocked.

back to it... how did you OC and what voltages? NB and HT speed and voltage? does it stutter whether GPU is stock or OC? what game? what driver?

*also, original post you mentioned Xfire 7950s... you probably don't need a new PSU for that, although I'd guess that it'd be pretty close consider you are looking to overclock. I'm sure google can help on whether a mid range 700w PSU is enough.

It would be completely pointless to overclock that CPU without overclocking the NB and in all honesty he'll get a better overclock using both of them.
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