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Completed. GPU barely fits.

by radovan787



Date Published

June 19, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

86.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C


This machine is used as a super high performance gaming machine with performance for everything else. Sometimes the machine can act as a very low powered space heater but I actually want that from my machine. I use this machine to play games at max settings along with other CPU and CPU intensive applications. The things that worked nicely and well are installing the CPU, Motherboard, RAM, HDD and cables. The things that I had trouble with was the GPU which barely fit into the computer and I had trouble slotting it into the motherboard. The problems with this computer is that the HD audio for the front panel audio ports seem to have lots of interference from the GPU when running. I've plugged the headphones in the back of the computer which makes it work like it did before. The GPU is hard to install for me.

You may get lower CPU temps than what it says. The reason why it's so high is because Prime 95 with the max heat load was tested on the CPU.

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AdamTheMan26 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Looks like mom's spaghetti in there. Was it worth spending $109.99 on an air cooler? Where is the SSD? Also it sounds like you have ground loop interference. Such a pain in the @$$!

radovan787 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yes it was worth spending $109.99 on that air cooler, My intent was to have an air-cooled CPU, but water may reduce the spikes for the CPU by a lot more than what the air cooler can do. I'm also temporally using the back audio ports for headphones instead of the front ones. The mic port does not have any interference but the volume is as loud. (not that huge of a deal.) I'm also trying to fix the interference slowly and make that cable management much better. I just found out I don't need the two adaptors which can reduce cables by a lot, [assuming it does] But I will also need to route the cables through the back of the case.

radovan787 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I've also forgotten to say that the SSD in the future may be intel Optane depending on what is available at the time when I get an SSD.

radovan787 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

And I found a way to maybe fix the problem. I removed the adaptors I used on the GPU which appears to have fixed the interference problem that I was having. I did install faster case fans which seem to help a lot more on the GPU tempriature. I also did install a 32GB Intel optane cache drive which does help a lot on bootup and a few frequent things.

radovan787 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I found out that the actual ground cable itself was not actually fully plugged into the motherboard. Pushing the ground cable in further fixed the problem because after repositioning Intel Optane, I moved the sound cable a little bit which caused that to happen. I fixed this problem a while ago but never said anything about it.

theunknown420 1 point 11 months ago

Why you need a strong power supply? You could get a 600w one.

radovan787 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I've gotten a strong power supply so I won't need to worry about my current power supply being too weak with future computers that I may or may not put it into.

theunknown420 1 point 10 months ago

You're also losing efficiency, and more stuff are using less power

radovan787 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I have tried to load test everything to get the power supply fan to spin, but the fan did not spin (it does spin on bootup to show that the fan does work, but I think maybe it does quietly spin after some time of gaming. But everything is fine with the power supply. (Although I don't think even after some time that the fan spins at all, but It does not look like much heat is generated at all, althrough a very tiny bit of warm air does radiate out of the top of the power supply)

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radovan787 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yes that is correct. That is an iBook G4 in the corner. To be exact it's the iBook G4, 1.42GHz, 1.5GB ram and 60GB hdd, and the 14inch model. You could even see it a little bit in the 8th picture.