Rig of the Month by ulrikov
Since the release of the Bulldozer processors, there has been a lot of reviews which featured the disappointing results of these newer chips from AMD. After a few months into the market; and with Phenom slowly being phased out, AMD is definitely pushing through with its Bulldozer chips.
For this month, we're going to highlight a computer based on the AMD 32nm platform. There has been much speculation on the price-performance of these new chips but with good overclocking and temperatures, it has known to excel on some programs and games. Following the PVP Principle, we try to go for the Bulldozer platform on December 2011's "Rig of the Month" based on Gamer-Overclocker point of view.
*Components with +2.5% Cebu Gaisano Interpace
**Prices as of December 30, 2011; May change without further notice.
**Based on Pricelists, call local store for availability
PURPOSE - Applications/Gaming Overclocker
Now, I know there's going to be a lot of hate for the sole reason that AMD Bulldozer chips weren't as good as they were hyped about. And benchmarks across all corners of the world seemed to be not convincing enough for a new technology like the new AMD Bulldozer CPUs. But one thing that most enthusiasts were able to note is that the FX chips were highly overclockable and may be a good investment for future software.
As for now, it is still decent in applications and other multi-tasking with its improved temperature ratings. This is why PinoyPC choose the AMD FX 4100 for the main CPU in this December rig of the month. With its unlocked multiplier, overclockers can easily tweak this and boost it up to higher clock rates. Of course, this is packed with an aftermarket Coolermaster Hyper 212 cooler to push it more over the stock speeds.
Now, for it to be stable and have achievable clocks, the MSI 990FXA-GD65, with its durable and military-standard capacitors and components, definitely would reach desired clocks for overclocking. Other features such as USB3 and SATA3 are also present in this board which would be good extras; which is an excellent feat for the Western Digital Blue Caviar (SATA3). The setup is paired with Gkill Ripjaws 2x4gb memory set, which is priced at only Php 2,050 (PCX). These memory chips have been proven to take the torture of time and highly known to enthusiasts for its clocking extends.
For the graphics processor, we choose the entry level Sapphire HD 6770 1gb DDR5 (from Enigma). Sapphire is good brand when it comes to GPU cooling and performance, alike. Now for additional cooling features, the Aerocool Strike X Black casing offers good airflow and exemplary aesthetic designs also - perfect for overclocking and temperature control. For the power, Aerocool Strike X 500 watts power supply, like its casing counterpart, also offer good airflow (with looks bonus,alternatively); has 80plus efficiency and comes at a very decent price tag of only Php 2,400. Well, for the gamer, gaming accessories like the Thermaltake Tte Sports Shock headset, A4-tech X7 G300 keyboard and A4-tech X710-BH mouse offers unparalleled comfort but not so extreme on prices. These components may not be at level with more expensive components from Razer and the like, but it still does the job for the gamer at heart without the heavy price. So for the December 2011, it may reach way over 40k tag but it performs and gives you security for its functions.
CERTIFIED : PVP (Performance, Value and Practicability)