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Rambo's Final Cut
by skemble
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This was a work in progress build; something that I have been adding to since March 2013. The original build cost me around $1150 and I haven't stopped adding since! The primary intention of this build is to game at 1440p. I also do quite a bit of photo editing for the other builds I work on from time to time. I also dabble in video recording/editing as well as music production. The name of the computer comes from my nickname Sambo Rambo.


  • CPU:

The FX-8350 was my choice over the 3570K at the time of this build. I needed something that would perform well in games as well as handle some occasional editing. I liked the idea of having the extra cores over the i5. I've spent a lot of time overclocking and benching this chip and have found that, while I don't have the golden 5 GHz CPU, I'm very pleased with the performance I get for under $200. The max stable overclock I've achieved is just shy of 4.8 with temps stable under normal use. For benchmarking purposes I overclock as high as possible, but for casual use I set it at 4.5 with 1.38V.


I am very pleased with the Kraken X60 from NZXT. It allows me to overclock as high as I want while still maintaining safe temps. I have replaced the stock fans, which were quite loud at high speed, with some NZXT Airflow 140s and Noctua NF-A14s in push pull. In this setup it stays very quiet and very cool, even when burn testing using Prime 95. My only complaint is that the tubing is a little long. Though I suppose it would be worse if the tubing was too short.

  • MOBO:

I wanted a good overclocking motherboard with plenty of enthusiast features that I would actually use. I'm really happy with the ASUS BIOS and general ease of use. Even for an advanced user, it's refreshing to see loads of features on a board under $200. ASUS has done a great job with their TUF series.

  • RAM:

I grabbed 16 GB on sale. I probably could have gotten away with 8 GB, but I couldn't pass that sale. With the level of editing I do, I occasionally use more than 8 GB so I'm glad I ended up getting more to start.

  • SSD:

It's fast. Cold starts in around 13 seconds. Read/writes are snappy. Definitely recommended.

  • GPU:

The first card was purchased from Newegg in March 2013 and the second from Ebay in July 2013. I was able to snipe the second card during a bid competition. I've gotten pretty solid performance from these cards in most of the games I play. Not everything supports Crossfire, but for the things that do you definitely notice it. I've run quite a few benchmarks to showcase the numbers. Those will be posted below from time to time. Let me know if there is a game you would like to see benched and I'll see if I can get my hands on it.

  • CASE:

The Switch 810 is my dream case. I really like windowed cases with a ton of room for fans and cable routing options. I've loaded this thing with fans and have taken advantage of all the space behind the tray. My only dislike is that the front intake isn't fully filtered. I clean it out about every other month, but that's probably because I'm crazy. I filled the front panel bays with a Blu-ray drive, a NZXT Sentry LX fan controller, and the hotswap bay hides a 3 TB HDD.

  • FANS:

The NZXT fans are really nice. They are very quiet even at full RPMs and give off enough light to light up the case, while not illuminating the entire room. The Xigmatek fans are beasts. They blow so much air, but get a tad loud when ramped up. The blade design is awesome and curve the lights to a sweet pattern. They also are 4 pin, so you can control them with your motherboard software. The Noctua's replaced the stock Kraken X60 fans that were way too loud. Even with this amount of fans the system stays fairly quiet.

  • PSU:

I needed a PSU for some future upgrades and I'm glad I got the HX850. I'm probably pushing it when overclocking and putting it under heavy loads, but I'm confident in Corsair. It stays quiet under idle and normal conditions. It does tend to ramp up a bit during load situations, but that is to be expected.

  • DD:

Have a large Blu Ray collection. I know, I know everything is digital now, but I didn't feel like buying more HDD space to store all of my movies quite yet. Future purchase for sure.

  • KB:

The Osmium caught my eye right away with the all white LEDs. I had heard that mechanical switches are amazing so I thought I would go big. I haven't been led astray. This keyboard is very nice. The switches are firm, but have a nice tactile feel to them and aren't loud like the MX Blues.

  • Mouse:

The mouse has taken some getting used to. The triple button on top was a bit strange at first, but it really is handy to have. I normally use it for something that I don't always need, but is very quick to access if the need arises. I like to play a few MMOs from time to time so the mouse just works for me.

  • Monitor:

I took a shot at a Korean IPS monitor and was not let down. This is the perfect pixel Qnix Evolution II with a matte screen. There are so many pixels. I bought this from Amazon and it arrived at my house in three days from Korea. That's damn fast if you ask me. There are no dead pixels and only minor top and bottom edge bleed when the screen is entirely black. If you can get one of these on sale, get it.

Overall I'm very pleased with the way it has turned out. Gaming performance is really solid. I will be posting benchmarks of the system below from time-to-time on newer games. If you have any questions, concerns, or criticisms feel free to comment or PM me. I look forward to hearing from you guys.

Hope you like it!

High Res Pictures

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Twitch I plan to build all of my future builds live on Twitch. I also like to do giveaways for Steam games, so follow me to keep up with all the action!


All benchmarks are done using system settings above and the highest possible settings in game unless noted differently. Most of them are run at 1440p only, but I can run 1080p if specifically interested. 14.6 Beta Driver used

3D Mark Fire Strike - 10,811

3D Mark Fire Strike Extreme - 6471

3D Mark 11 - 13,822

PCMark 8 - 4129

Unigine Valley

  • 1440p: 52.2 FPS - 2184 Score

  • 1080p : 74.8 FPS - 3128 Score

Unigine Heaven

  • 1440p: 44.4 FPS - 1120 Score

  • 1080p: 68.6 FPS - 1728 Score


NovaBench - 1634

Geekbench - 2533


Bioshock Infinite in game benchmark

  • Ave: 79.97
  • Max: 155.89
  • Min: 14.86

Hitman Absolution in game benchmark

  • Ave: 48.49
  • Max: 64
  • Min: 40.94

Sleeping Dogs in game benchmark

  • Ave: 56.1
  • Max: 81.3
  • Min: 32.6

Tomb Raider in game benchmark

  • Ave: 78.1
  • Max: 100
  • Min: 60

Metro Last Light in game benchmark---advanced PhysX turned off

  • 1440p: 35.25 FPS

  • 1080p: 44.73 FPS

Battlefield 4 Benchmarked a Domination round from start to finish in the BETA

  • 1440p: 50 FPS

  • 1080p: 60.1 FPS

Witcher 2 EE Benchmarked intro ballista sequence---uber AA turned off

  • 1440p: 81.5 FPS

  • 1080p: 94.9 FPS

Crysis 3 first mission, ran through large room blasting guys with a shotgun

  • 1440p: 40.29 FPS

  • 1080p: 55.76 FPS

will be adding more and more games as I get them and run tests

If anyone is curious about a certain game, let me know and I will try to get the game and bench it!

Thanks for checking out my work!

Part List
Date BuiltMarch 10, 2013
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.7GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load58.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.07Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.57Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load75.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP13451
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RyneSmith [7 Builds] 29 points 15 months ago

Your builds always look fantastic no matter the caliber

Always a pleasure seeing your work!

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 16 points 15 months ago

Touche to you as well :)

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 26 points 15 months ago

10/10 would bang...

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 25 points 15 months ago

Dinner first?

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 17 points 15 months ago

Errrm? I'm gonna say yes. But as long as i can do it up the heatpipe... :/

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 21 points 15 months ago

I have 4 grommets that are pretty tight ;)

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 16 points 15 months ago

Haha yup that will do

A_shady_person 4 points 6 days ago

This string of comments got real dirty, real fast.

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JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 7 points 15 months ago

Wow, truly beautiful build. +1

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 4 points 15 months ago

Thank you kindly!

Swish2000 6 points 15 months ago
skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 5 points 15 months ago

HAHAHA! I'm glad I could be of some service ;)

ilian11 [1 Build] 5 points 15 months ago

WOW! Amazingly mesmerizing!

I love seeing the benchmark scores along with FPS, just confirms that this built isnt just beatiful, but rather a good performer too (in case the parts list didnt give it away :P)

How's the noise level between the NZXT and XIGMATEK fans?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 4 points 15 months ago

All of the fans in this are very quiet. The only ones I can hear are the ones that came with the Kraken, but will likely replace them. When I turn all of them to their respective silent mode my mini fridge across the room overpowers it all.

Protocol [1 Build] 5 points 15 months ago

Love the color scheme and "industrial" appeal.


skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

You understand it! I see you've wafted over to my content. Really appreciate the look :)

Protocol [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

Oh yeah! You've got some good stuff there.

Yeah there are just things that "work" you know. You never know it until you are near the end either usually (well me anyhow). I have visualized many builds before and then I get finished and realize that I could have done so many things differently.

At least on this Corsair 900D build I didn't have to backtrack too much. I am impatient and ended up burning like $200 on 3 different overnight shipments for water cooling parts I "discovered" I needed. Stupid stuff like 90 degree elbows and 10mm extenders, oh and an extra 4 feet of tubing. Yeah, there is nearly 15 feet in there if I remember correctly!

canders [7 Builds] 4 points 15 months ago

Very nice. Thumbs up. Wondering how and why you mounted the SSD where you did?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 6 points 15 months ago

I mounted my SSD there with four squares of Velcro. I put it there because I think SSDs look cool and should be shown off like a GPU or cool RAM etc.

Norm101 [2 Builds] 5 points 15 months ago

I too noticed the SSD. Very clever placement I think. Probably mounted with 2 sided tape or velcro. It has actually given me an idea on a dream mini-itx build that I was considering.

vincent777 [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

i am loving the led fans. Kudos!

Norm101 [2 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

I agree with everyone else. Another magnificent build. Absolutely gorgeous!

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Thank you sir!

a_slow_descent 3 points 15 months ago

its crazy how some games just can't get good fps and other are through the roof. What kind of camera do you have though because your pictures are great? also, sweet build.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Thanks! I was really surprised by Hitman Absolution. It's actually quite demanding for an "older" game. I'm using a Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

a_slow_descent 2 points 15 months ago

holy ****. a $600 camera is way out of my budget. at least you know that at least one person randomly on the internet thought you had a kick ass camera.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

HAHA! Craigslist my friend :)

a_slow_descent 2 points 15 months ago

if you have witcher two I am curious on your fps in that. I have a gtx 670 and I was getting 90ish and the game looked awesome so i thought it would have been much lower.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

What settings are you using?

a_slow_descent 1 point 15 months ago

everything maxed on 1080p without ubersampling.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Last I can remember I had terrible negative scaling with crossfire. I'll make sure everything is up to date and get back to you on that.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Ran a benchmark of the opening siege. I benchmarked just the part where you fight your way to the ballista and then stopped it after I fired the bolt from it.

This is my result: http://imgur.com/Dc52Vdl

I was not getting any use out of the second card, but everything out of the first. CPU usage was low as well never going over 30%. I feel like the 670 should beat the 7950 at this game, but with Crossfire working correctly it shouldn't come close.

a_slow_descent 2 points 15 months ago

wow thanks a lot man. i was really curious to see the effects of the crossfire because I was thinking about doing dual 7950's and selling my 670. especially with this game because it is my favorite game and I am way too overly excited for witcher 3.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

You are very welcome! I would honestly go with the new R9 280X in crossfire. Though the prices of the 7950s are waaaay down. This game has been the only game that really didn't react to crossfire at all. The other games I have benchmarked above were at least using the 2nd card 50%. Witcher 2 just didn't want anything to do with it. I'm hoping that Witcher 3 will be better optimized for Crossfire. I can only cross my fingers and hope, because I am a Witcher nerd as well :)

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Just realized that I pulled a huge dumb ass move and ran that benchmark in windowed mode. Crossfire doesn't work in windowed mode.. Ran the same test again and got:

  • AVE: 94.458
  • MIN: 56
  • MAX: 128

Both cards ran around 60-80% usage on average.

Anthony21 [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

He thinks he's Rambo!

sry, had to put that joke out there, excellent build man.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Funny thing is I don't really like Sylvester Stallone's acting. At all actually.. Thanks for checking it out! :)

TheNewHdGamer 3 points 12 months ago

Dam and i thought $300 was a lot to pay for a computer man i wish i had money ha :(

Nice Build

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

If you save $300, buy a couple parts and repeat until you finish your dream computer, it's very doable!

Thanks for checking it out!

taha78 3 points 11 months ago

HAHA Dat chair :D

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

It's pretty comfy actually :D

NeonMane [1 Build] 3 points 7 months ago

This is possibly the most beautiful build on this site.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

I don't know about the most, but it has served me well and I enjoy it :)

Jroad1000 2 points 15 months ago

Looks amazing! Hope to see more!


skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

You will :)

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Nice SSD mount

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Velcro is my friend!

ArkAng3l99 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Great build! You were right, our builds are similar. Great minds, right?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

That's exactly what I was thinking!

Be1ardi [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

This build looks excellent. your pictures are great. aside from the colors, this is something what my build is coming out to be.

CarterBond [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago


skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

I love that company!

FlusherBox 2 points 12 months ago

I love your work station looks fab

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you kindly :)

ITneto 2 points 10 months ago

Love your builds

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Love you for loving my builds :)

EPICGUY23 2 points 10 months ago

Dude that is awesome! And I totally agree. That case is sexy. Lol!

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you! It has been out for quite a while now so the prices have dropped quite a bit :)

coolguy562 [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Yes! Logitech G600 FTW

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I love it! Great for all kinds of applications besides gaming as well :)

coolguy562 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Did you consider changing the leds on the mouse with the software you can download or did you just want to keep it white?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I have two profiles set. White is just the one I use for basic Windows operations. Red is for the game that I'm on at the moment so it changes a lot as I try out new ones every week.

coolguy562 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

cool, i'm really only using 1 profile because the games i play the most all have an "inventory" so the buttons mapped to different numbers works for me, plus a couple to launch a few programs.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I use mine for mostly copy/paste, delete, alt+tab, alt+4, shift+T, ctrl+shift+T types of things : )

CarterBond [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

I have the same case, its epic. My build isn`t that good, kinda overbought on the case but im gonna expand later. :)

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I wish this would have been my first case. Would have saved some money on not needing to expand that later. Our builds are pretty similar in quite a few parts :)

CarterBond [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Yes, they are. Im looking to upgrade GPU and get a SSD and maybe a Kraken. I really like the case, lots of room.

antoniojack 2 points 7 months ago

I like this build like really a lot, looks good, seems functional

pulltabking1971 2 points 7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you sir!

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Aah never forgettin BC2. Nice cable management. Although, do you happen to have the ability to change the color of the Fan LEDs? I think the color you're usin atm is too bright and they dont seem to match the rest of the build.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I can change the LED on the Kraken, but not the fans. I went with white simply to help light up the case a bit. I wasn't too interested in a specific color scheme at the time of the original build so that just kind of went out the window. When using the fans on the controller they are much dimmer when you turn the RPMs down. The pictures are rather bright in comparison to how they actually look.

Pcgamer1850 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Greatings from nz. 7950This is a great site. Have been on here nearly every day spec'ing parts for a Christmas/birthday build. With a budget of 1,500 NZ.The previous computer was a HP computer with 256MB GeForce 8400 GS graphics. I was able to play Saints Row 3 at about 10 or so fraps. The case was very compact to say the least.

Colour scheme is red and black because I really like black. Is the following rig any good. http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/p/1MQst .I feel like trying AMD for both cpu and gpu because I like a bit or variety in my life.

Would two way 7950s bottleneck a fx6300? As I was thinking of getting a QNIX QX2710 Evolution II DPORT (Matte) 27" 2560X1440 and gaming at 1440.

I hope that I can build this computer so I can enjoy Saints Row 4, continue my over 200 skyrim game save (stopped because the in-game wife died and are unable to resurrect, was playing on PS3) and play far cry 3 on settings higher than mostly low/med at 600 by 600 (on a HP ProBook 4540s).

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I would think that a 6300 would struggle to keep up with 7950s. I could be totally wrong, but I would say an 8320 at the least.

Pcgamer1850 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

The blue is just at the right level, not to overpowering but not to under bright. +1

WickedRG 1 point 15 months ago

Love the build with the case fans!!!

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago


tshombe123 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Sent you a message :)

Radi_Gorillex 1 point 15 months ago

How's that cooler?

How's that Keyboard?

I'm thinking of getting them for my build.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Love them both. Recommended for sure!

ilexious 1 point 14 months ago

Soo...Many...Fans! p.s Nice build.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

There are 14 counting the ones on the GPUs XD Thanks!

ducattispeed 1 point 14 months ago

Hello, congrats on your build, looks simply amazing I took a few things from yours, inspired me :D

Can you point out where you have what fans? cause they look absolutely great in your case! I want 'em!

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you sir! I'm glad I could inspire someone :)

The radiator has two Kraken X60 stock fans on top and two Air Flow 140s underneath. There is another Air Flow 140 on the rear. Their are two stock Switch 810 fans in the front. I may replace those, but my temps are fine. There is a Air Flow 120 on the bottom (I already had it). There are two Xigmatek 120 fans on the angled brackets. They are the loudest when at full speed, but they blow more air than the 140s and I can't hear them with my headset on.

If I didn't already have most of the fans I would have switched to some PWM Bitfenix Spectre Pros and thrown in a LED strip for lighting, but this works for me!

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skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Very nice! I have slightly positive pressure which keeps the dust to almost zero. Good luck on your build!

ducattispeed 1 point 14 months ago

Sir, I will copy the placement of your fans, genius :D Thanks a lot for the quick reply, I'm ordering all of my parts later this evening :)

ducattispeed 1 point 14 months ago

Oh! one more question, for the 120MM fan on the bottom, can you exchange it with a 140MM in there? or is there not enough space?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

You could do that. I would get a 140 for that slot, but only if I didn't have one there already. You could also get 140s for the pivot arms as well.

ducattispeed 1 point 14 months ago

Maybe down the road when the stock fans go bad :)

Thanks for the info, really appreciate it! :3

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

You are quite welcome sir!

Spbach [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

How did you install that SSD onto the power supply?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

I put a small velcro square on each corner of it and stuck it on there.

SimpleJack [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I've literally just copied this build almost exactly at TD, kinda like that johnny cash song, "one piece at a time" great combo to snag motherboard, processor and a quick 4gb stick of ram. Anyhow, LOVE this build, going with green LED's to light it up tho! lol thanks!

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for checking it out! :D Hope to see your build on here in the future!

peterb [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

AMD FTW right?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

AMD is great for the value, that's for sure! I'm not biased either way :)

peterb [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago
Dragonspite [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Like those Noctua fans... Wish they were of the same RPM as my CM Jetflos. Would love to replace the hidden three I have in the front of my Antec 1900, with the quieter NF-A14. That said, I do have 8 of these little $14 Cooler Master gems, and, with a 45-46C CPU temp under full load for several hours, I guess I'm good.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

45C is amazingly low! The Noctuas are great and super quiet. How do you like the Jetflos? Are they terribly loud?

Dragonspite [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

You know, I have them idling at around 600RPM via Asus Fan Xpert2, and, even with having eight going, they are silent. To be sure, I wasn't overly concerned with absolute silence when planning this build. I mean, I've almost always got music playing (even when I sleep). However, these fans are quiet. I've even steepened the curve a bit, so that my CPU stays icy, and, the only time the fans ramp up is when I'm gaming. Here I have them ramping up to around 1000-1200RPM, and the noise does not feel intrusive. You have to understand that, with 8 120mm fans, I am pushing a lot of airflow. I am planning to go SLI with another Asus 780 Ti DirectCU II OC sometime within the next couple of weeks, so I needed this.

Pbandjelly4 1 point 10 months ago

noice build! you got some great prices there! +1

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! :D

Check out my other builds if you're feeling adventurous!

Pbandjelly4 2 points 10 months ago

Dude those are great please tell me you do this for more than just a hobbie!

Also could you look at my parts list to see if it's good?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

It has become more of a hobby with a donation attached. Thanks though I really take pride in what I do!

Yeah of course!

Pbandjelly4 1 point 10 months ago

That's great good job! :)

Thanks for the help :D

Dragonspite [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I hate to seem to be engaging in any tit-for-tat; however, don't you think it would have been better to allow for a little slack in your PCI-E cables. Not only are you raping your video card inputs, but I can also see that, in your mission to get all cables as tightly crammed behind the motherboard as possible, you have effectively cut of the air from in between your VGA cards. I mean, I understand the trend to hide all of the cables; however, I do believe in the case of PC builds that function should always trump form.

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

The cables look tight, but they aren't. I spent a good deal of time bending them and kneading them to stay in that ugly curved shape so that they weren't stressing the connectors. I agree on the airflow though. I have thought about changing them up, but my temps have been fine and to be honest, I'm lazy about my own PC :P

Pbandjelly4 1 point 9 months ago

hey! i already commented but just a quick question on how that thermal compound is working out for you!

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Excellent! I use it in all of my builds and has yielded great temps thus far :)

Pbandjelly4 1 point 9 months ago

great :D just wanted to know if this stuff was good or if i had to spend 20$ for the other stuff. glad to know i don't! :D

nkncloca13 1 point 9 months ago

How do you like the keyboard?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I love it! It's great for not attracting finger prints too. If you like brown switches and white LEDs you won't be displeased by this keyboard.

Deano_Awesome 1 point 9 months ago

You got two 7790's and one is 189 and the others 289 ?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

They are 7950s, but I got one new and one on Ebay a few months later.

Brian101 1 point 8 months ago

Hey just wondering sing as you have built soooo many pc's what kind of parts list could you put together under $1000 with an os, monitor for ultra gaming? maybe a little over if you must this is what I have so far and its slightly over my budget............. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Brian101/saved/4BoF..... I don't care wether it an amd or intel build really. kinda just want it to look sleek clean and calm if you get what I mean :) I plan on oc EVERYTHING lol

THE_AG 1 point 8 months ago

As a follower of your builds, I was wondering: why do you prefer to use AMD video cards?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Well at the time of this build I favored the 7950 over the 660 Ti. If I were to build this system right now I would likely have 770s.

JediMaster2303 1 point 7 months ago

What kind of work do you do ?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I'm an IT Tech at a small bank chain. Mostly involves server maintenance, thin clients, and lots of security. On the side I do custom builds and a little bit of general computer maintenance. Of course on here I give build advice, but that's just a hobby!

JediMaster2303 2 points 7 months ago

You sir made an excellent PC :)

pastamaniac 1 point 2 months ago

I'm using the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card, with the same CPU as you. Would you recommend? The reason I'm buying it is because I'm doing a trade so I pay $200 and get the GPU and Assassins Creed Unity. Just a bit more than $100 off :)

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Would I recommend the 770? For $200 that's a pretty solid deal. Yeah the 970 is out now, but that's not to say that the 770 is a weak card.

Moiz36 1 point 2 months ago

So how is the AMD FX8350 treating you, I'm looking to build my first PC for gaming and lift video editing and I'm debating on whether to get the i7-4790k or the 8350. What would you recommend to me?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

It totally depends on your budget. If you are spending over about $1200 then you can go with the 4790k and not sacrifice gaming performance. If you are spending less than that then the 8350 is a very solid option for multithreaded applications.

Moiz36 1 point 2 months ago

I have a budget of $1400, what would you recommended?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Go ahead and get the 4790K then! Are you thinking of going with a GTX 970 for your GPU?

Moiz36 1 point 2 months ago

I would love too add that but unfortently, i have to include monitor, keyboard/mouse, and os

Moiz36 1 point 2 months ago

And the mouse/keyboard I am using is the "CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle" and for the monitor I am going with the "ASUS VS239H-P" and for the OS, "Windows 8.1"

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Ahh well something like a R9 290/290X will not disappoint!

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skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Seductive ;)

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footballhono52 0 points 6 months ago

How is that fan controller holding up? I've heard numerous complaints about it but its just so flashy to not want to have it

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

The only annoying thing is that the temp alarm goes off on occasion, even when turned off. I pulled out the speaker so it doesn't bother me. Beyond that, I haven't had any issues.

EllisDemonSlayer 0 points 6 months ago

how good is the monitor for image quality?

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

The Qnix is amazing! IPS is really worth it if you want the best visuals.

EllisDemonSlayer 0 points 6 months ago

oh sorry i meant the BenQ one all i want is good color quality and i was wondering if the monitor has that

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I would say it's pretty average. I haven't done a ton of tweaking on it though. The monitor used in my build called Eldin is very nice and goes on sale fairly often.

noobpcgamer 0 points 6 months ago

Excellent! Thumbs up

nik5555 0 points 5 months ago

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daes79 [3 Builds] -1 points 15 months ago

Just a question does this case feel flimsy

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Not at all. Even the side panel with the window is solid. NZXT did a great job on this case. Would recommend!

daes79 [3 Builds] 0 points 15 months ago

Im thinking about getting either this case or the 750d. Which one do you think

skemble [Submitter] [19 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

The Switch 810 is cheaper for one and comes in four different variaties, but it basically comes down to looks and what you want to do with it. I wanted a push/pull 280mm rad that didn't consume the entire top half of the case as well as the adjustable fans. The 810 is designed for liquid cooling options in mind. This case is also dust free due to very nice filters. The 750D is classy as hell. Kinda depends on your set up.