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Red Rabbit - AMD / FX 8370 / RX 580 / ASUS / NOCTUA / KINGSTON / CORSAIR / WD

by bankafterdark

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Details

Date Published

Oct. 28, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 28, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.46 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

9 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

Description

*my first time building a pc with a slight overclock on the CPU & GPU

*HyperX Fury DDR3 2x8GB @1866MHz 10-11-10-28

*CPU 4.5GHz

*CPU fans - 40C/1600rpm - 60C/2200rpm

*intake fans - 40C/1500rpm - 50C/1800rpm - 60C/2000rpm - 70C/2400rpm

*exhaust fans - 40C/1200rpm - 50C/1500rpm - 60C/1800rpm - 70C/2000rpm

*GPU fans - 50C/1871rpm - 70C/2227rpm - 90C/3118rpm - 100C/4455rpm

*GPU Clock 1460MHz

*GPU Voltage 1200mV

*Memory Clock 9000MHz

*Memory Voltage 950

*Power Target 150%

*GPU Target Temp 80C

Part Reviews

CPU

Pros:

-the Wraith Cooler is silent under full load (2,000 RPM) -cooler came with thermal paste pre-applied

Cons:

there is no lighting on the cooler. don't know why that is advertised.

Other Thoughts:

-40C at idle/50C under load with stock cooler

Motherboard

Pros:

-shipped with the latest BIOS (0901) so it should support and FX cpu (AM3+) out of the box -plenty of fan headers -1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin) 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin) 3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (3 x 4 -pin) 1 x Water Pump header (4-pin) can be used to run AIO water cooler (recommended)

-1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (19-pin) -3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s) -1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 devices -2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s) -1 x SLI bridge

Cons:

-2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s) are good quality but short (1 ft) so definitely buy longer ones depending on the size of your case -1 x SLI bridge is cheap feeling but does the job. you might want to buy a better one

Memory

Pros:

its reliable and good price for the specifications

Cons:

none

Power Supply

Pros:

-its fully modular so you don't have to have that mess of unused cables bunched up and zip tied in the bottom of your case. - since its modular you can replace the with individually sleeved cables if you want

Cons:

none but depending on your case you may need to purchase an individually sleeved SATA power cable. the SATA power cable connection is a T shape in a traditional "daisy chain" type configuration so it only works/fits if your HDD/SSD are in a traditional stack configuration.

i purchased the Corsair individually sleeved SATA power cable which has a slim/low profile V shape which are really flexible for side by side HDD/SSD configurations

Other Thoughts:

-if i remember correctly there are capacitors on each individual cable which provide over-voltage protection, under-voltage protection, short circuit protection -cables are a little stiff but i think that its common for a brand new power supply

  • I'm using a Corsair 400C case which has 3 SSD mounts side by side behind the motherboard so the SATA power cables included are not usable i knew this when i purchased the case/power supply

Case Fan

Pros:

  • at 1200 to 1600 RPM the only sound you should hear is the movement of air -top speed is 2400ish RPM so at 50% to 60% the should be quiet enough and keep your PC cool. -you should be able to use desktop speakers without noticing any sound of fans

-the LEDs (4) are in the center of the fan, creating a glowing look -color is static/solid/continuous -illumination is decent compared to other fans where LEDs are in the fram pointed at the fan. they will not light up your room. they glow. not ridiculously bright. nice subtle look. -LED light does not dim when fan speed is reduced - Corsair Commander/Corsair Link compatible

Cons:

  • THESE FANS DO NOT WORK WITH Y FAN SPLITTER use a fan control hub that is powered from the power supply using a SATA power cable or traditional 4pin molex connection.

-not RGB -can't put on a puppet show

Other Thoughts:

-a fan is a fan. typically any aftermarket fan should be better than the fans that came with your case which are usally the cheapest fans that company makes.

-buy PWM fans if your motherboard supports them. i chose these because they are a good combination of function and looks for my build. i believe there is a non led version of these available as well.

-honestly these might not be the best price to performance ratio. they work great for me but if you are on a budget they might not be the best option for you

Monitor

Pros:

-FreeSync. if you have an AMD graphics card get a FreeSync monitor. if you have a Nvidia graphics card get a GSync monitor.

-curved screen. I was skeptical at first but wow so comfortable on the eyes. sounds odd but its truly a great gaming experience.

-good value for $200 or less. there is a 27" version for about $280.

-VESA mountable 75mm × 75mm and under 8 pounds.

Cons:

-the toggle switch for menu navigation is a bit awkward.

  • no hight adjustment and minimal tilt adjustment. consider getting an adjustable monitor mount.

-no DisplayPort. the 27" version has DisplayPort

Other Thoughts:

  • depending on how far away from the monitor you sit and if it is on the desk or mounted on a stand 24" or 27" might be the perfect size for you. i mounted my monitor at eye level so its 6-12" above where it might be if its on a desk. I'm 5'9" and sit somewhere between 2-3 feet from the monitor.

Headphones

Pros:

-microphone flips up and away.

-easy to use volume control.

-quick press volume control to switch between EQ profiles.

-long press volume control to switch between stereo and surround sound modes.

  • when around the neck ear cups can lay flat on the chest.

-very comfortable and breathable. no sweaty ears. i have 9/16th and 00 gages in each ear lobe and alot of headset pressed down or didn't cover my entire ear requiring me to remove my gages.

-not a tight feel on an average head size. a pro for me because of my ear gear but some might not like it.

  • if you have a large or larger than average head. these might be great for you.

  • CUE software is easy to use and works well

Cons:

  • may not be tight enough for you.

  • does not completely block outside sound. which is fine for me but some prefer total audio isolation.

Other Thoughts:

-make sure you are getting the newest version of this headset. check the Corsair website and compare it to the model you are selecting for purchase. there are 2 versions of this for sale for the wireless, USB and 3.5mm/USB hybrid. the only real improvement between the the 2 versions appears to be the design of the microphone

Other

Pros:

-has 3 removable weights in the bottom. personally i left them all in but some will find removing 1 or 2 or all 3 improves the handling.

  • overall nice texture. the sides have a different texture than the the top.

-the cable is sleeved with attached velcro strap.

-side button decreases DPI for when you want precision and less quick response.

-CUE software is easy to use and works well.

Cons:

  • could be a little wider.

Other Thoughts:

none so far

Other

Pros:

  • this keyboard fully supported by CUE software
  • Windows Key LockOut button
  • 6 programmable macro keys
  • it is possible to set the macro keys to open up individual programs like Chrome, Discord, HardwareMonitor ect. I put directions down below. hopefully that helps

Cons:

  • the instructions for programming macros could be clearer/ more direct.
  • the lights on the keyboard will stay on and revert to the rainbow effect. turn the lights off manually using the light button found between the MR (macro record) and WindowsKey LockOut button

Other Thoughts:

to set Macro keys to open a program:

-open CUE and select the keyboard

-click on ACTIONS

-press the MR button on the keyboard the M led will start to blink

-press 1 Macro key only ( G1 or G2 or G3 or G4 or G5 or G6 )

-then press the MR button again.

-you should see the key bind you just created on the left. if you pressed G1 it should say G1 ect.

-select/click on it. below the keyboard display you will see a menu that starts with MACRO.

-click on that and a drop down menu will appear. select LAUNCH APPLICATION -now select "Run the following program"

-click the browse button. navigate to the program.exe of your choice.

Some programs can be selected from a shortcut on the desktop and some you will need to find the specific folder to correctly launch a program.

*Example:

DISCORD may need to be selected by going to: C:\Users(your user name here)\AppData\Local\app-0.0.298\Discord.exe

CORSAIR LINK may need to be selected by got to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Corsair\Corsair Utility Engine\CUE.exe

-about the sound; the keys make about as much sound or less than a stock Dell or HP membrane keyboard

Other

Pros: - flexible and sturdy construction

-slim profile connections

-provides power for up to 4 SSD or HDD

Cons: -none

Other Thoughts:- this product and others similar to it are great if you are mounting an SSD behind your motherboard.

Comments Sorted by:

Concretequeen359- 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks for the great closeups of the nocturnal air cooler.

bankafterdark submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

the Noctua website has a lot of information about motherboard compatibility and ram clearance for each model

http://noctua.at/en/products/cpu-cooler-retail/nh-u12s/specification

LostElement 7 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Did you build this PC a few years ago or a few weeks ago?

bankafterdark submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

i started in picking parts in April 2017 and just installed the Noctua air cooler today.

I'm hopefully going to upgrade to Ryzen at some point next year and get a better graphics card once prices are more reasonable and availability improves.

LostElement 7 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

The 1060 6gb is around MSRP now. 250$. RX580 is very close in price.

Ryzen is great value. RAM prices are only going to get higher, so getting DDR4 as quick as possible is advisable.