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Adept II

Beast Mode 2013

Here's my latest build. It's rocking an FX-9370, an H80i CPU cooler, a Sapphire Tri-X 290X, and 16GB of DDR2400 G.Skill Trident RAM (currently clocked at 2133 due to a board replacement.) I use it mainly for gaming and streaming (single-PC setup) as well as some light video editing. All encoding is done using the GPU and it comes out fantastic. I'm ecstatic about this system.


CPU CoolerCorsair H80i
MotherboardGigabyte 990FXA-UD3
MemoryG.Skill Trident-X DDR3 16GB@2400MHz (2x8GB, clocked 2133MHz)
GraphicsSAPPHIRE AMD Radeon R9 290X Tri-X
Disk Drive 1SAMSUNG HD103SJ (1TB@7200RPM)
Disk Drive 2Western Digital Caviar WD10EZEX-60ZF5A0 (1TB@7200RPM)
Disk Drive 3Western Digital Caviar WD5000AAKS-00V1A0 (0.5TB@7200RPM)
Power SupplyThermaltake TPG-850M Toughpower Grand 850W
Monitor 1ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED (1920x1080@60Hz)
Monitor 2Acer X193W+BD 19" LCD (1680x1050@60Hz)

Best damn rig I've ever had, she'll last me well into 2018 I'm sure, but I'll rebuild for Zen and HBM2 without a doubt.

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Re: Beast Mode 2013

Very nice rig!


Re: Beast Mode 2013

How is the H80i working out for you on that cpu? I was looking at that one but ended up with the H105 because I was worried about the 220W TDP on that CPU. My heavy load Temps are staying at / under 62*C with it bumped up to 4.9Ghz currently on my AMD Power HouseAlso coming from a fan of the FX9370, keep a eye on your mobos power delivery. Before I got my Crosshair V Formula-Z I actually melted my Asus mobo power delivery caps off the mobo. One of the joys of having a 220W TDP CPU haha. Any way, game on brother!


Re: Beast Mode 2013

Very nice looking rig! I'm also wondering how the H80I is going for you. I switched from  mine to a custom loop because the temps on my 8370 weren't where I wanted them to be.

Adept II

Re: Beast Mode 2013

Temps with the H80i stay within an acceptable range for me. I would've used an H100 (double-wide) but the case doesn't actually fit it. I don't get cold air coming out of it (set to exhume heat) but I haven't had a single load issue.

Idle around 45C, load around 55-65C (gotta look again tonight when I go live, I'll try to keep an eye on it and report back.

I haven't really gone into tweaking it because I'd perpetually had issues with heat with my original Zalman cooler and at this point stability under load is my main concern (streaming on a schedule)

Good call on the Crosshair V Formula-Z, also thefuzz1542​. I actually went through two of those already. First one stopped overclocking the RAM (stuck at 1333MHz and New CPU Fan error), second one stopped powering on, Amazon Prime 1-day shipped my current board and no problems since, though no more 2400MHz, which makes me a little sad.

For all of its cool features, my experience with the Crosshair V Formula-Z board was not very good at all.