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Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Spicyburrito [1 Build] 4 points 15 months ago

Nice build; I share a few of the same parts (mouse/ monitor/ used to have the 212) and they've all been great for me. If you want a calibration tool for the VG248, go to the following website; about halfway down there is an ICC profile for both AMD/ Nvidia users (I found the brightness to be blinding and the colours over-saturated out of the box)


tylerste85 [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

Your PSU will be fine for SLI. Ilove the setup and am a huge fan of the fractal design define r4!

jiayejoe [2 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

Very nice build!

On a side note, I had a faulty USB port too on my Fractal Design case. I didn't have to send the case back or anything. I opened a support ticket on the website and they sent me a replacement front USB controller within a week, totally free of charge. You should try it out, it's well worth it! (Even more in my case, as the Arc Midi R2 only has 2 front USB ports, so having only 1 port working was a bummer)

hartjo1 2 points 11 months ago

I had a similar experience with Fractile. The card reader was faulty and they FedEx'd a replacement a few days later. Their customer service really is fantastic.

HerpaLerpaDerpo 2 points 15 months ago

You probably could've gotten a better deal on a GPU by getting a 7970. It comes with 3 free games, and costs around the same. It also has around the same performance. With the money you put in this build, I would recommend getting a SSD. Nice job.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 15 months ago

Good points, I didn't go with the 7970 because the stock 7970 was more expensive than a 280x and a 280x is basically a 7970Ghz edition which goes for $350, the games that they give out with the 7970 I either already own for Xbox or do not interest me. I'm also not planning on upgrading this computer for 4 to 5 years so the longer driver support will be helpful. I wanted to get an SSD but I didn't want to have to sacrifice any performance in the build buy cutting down on price on some of the things and adding an SSD is an easy upgrade. I will be purchasing an SSD like I said at Christmas time though.

SparkyOnPC -2 points 15 months ago

You could also go with an SSHD its a hybrid between an SSD and a normal HDD. but it has the price of a HDD, speed of an SSD and capacity of a HDD also.. :)

LookTopHats [2 Builds] -3 points 15 months ago

And also the drivers will optimize the new gpus and hence they will become faster, i think...

Spicyburrito [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

Drivers should be much the same for the 280x as they are for the 7970, both being Tahiti just with higher clocks on the 280.

Abyss1992 [1 Build] 0 points 15 months ago

A 7970 and a R9 280X are able to be crossfired together.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yes, that was my understanding.

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Oh, sorry; well i was unsure anyway

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

You are right though, they will have pretty much the same drivers but 280x will have driver support for 2 years longer than the 7970 does, hence giving better performance when we're all playing Battlefield 13 xD

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Haha yeah i guess

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YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Are you able to get a good view of MSI's dragon scheme on the GPU? Im wondering because i want it to match my mobo, but at the same time be able to see the red/black designs

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

You can clearly see the designs on the mobo with the dragon but I installed the graphics card facing down so I just see the PCB. You have to have a very high case to be able to see the desing on the GPU. It's a great card none the less.

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

how quiet is your Fractal R4? Is it quiet enough that you cant hear it unless you put your ear close to or directly on the case panel?

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah I covered that in the case section in the description. Even after hours of gaming I have to put my ear up against the case and you just hear a very quiet sort of fan sound. I would very highly recommend it.

urvianoob 1 point 15 months ago

you're lucky u have like 1500$ budget i dont even have half your budget

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Haha I feel you man. All my friends have been using Xbox since it came out and now that I've gotten my new PC they all want one now. I've been working full time at finding computer builds and laptops on some major budgets and for friends. If you need any help on deciding computer parts I would be totally willing to help you!

bootselectric 1 point 15 months ago

Well hello clone build. How do you like it seeing as how I'll be building the same rig (more or less) in the next week, in curious. Particularly the mobo because everyone but the online reviewers have had a hate on for MSI and the video card, the r9's look sweet.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

That is super weird... I personally have had no problems with MSI. The motherboard is at a great price point, supports crossfire/SLI and has extra features like Audio Boost and Killer LAN, not to mention it looks awesome. The card is dead silent even after hours of gaming as I said and you can overclock it extremely well. On newegg this card was sold out within a day and had 22 reviews averaging 4 stars so it can't be that bad. I don't think I would change a thing in this build if I could re-pick the parts.

bootselectric 1 point 15 months ago

That's reassuring, I brought up the MSI g45 on reddit and got nothing but grief. Glad I stuck with my research.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

People seem to like to hate on MSI. They have really stepped up their game in the last year and I feel there is no reason NOT to go with them. They always have the product at the best price point and a huge feature set.

Taurasaurus [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I have the same mobo, and I have to say that it is amazing. All the features that it packs easily beats more expensive motherboards.

buccanearsfan24 1 point 13 months ago

I'm not understanding why MSI is getting the hate. The actual graphics card and mobo that it's on are AMD. The heatsink, fans and design for the cooler are MSI.

dgb1119 1 point 15 months ago

I don't understand though, why would you need to crossfire that? xD youre getting 90 frames in BF3 on ULTRA, you need to drop another $300 for more performance?

PacificNic [2 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

Cause MOAR FRAMES = BETTER K/D!!!! Or if you are gonna go multi-monitor or do intense rendering/editing. For gaming, there is no need right now, though.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

Because I have a 144Hz monitor! I'd like to be able to push above 144 FPS in BF4 as I've heard 1 280x can only do 70ish.

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Rolphy [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

+1 for the classic Dell Keyboard.

jokes aside, great build, well thought out.

Have fun Gaming!

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Haha thanks man! Yeah the same friend I picked up the speakers from sold me his old keyboard for $1 :P I don't really see what the point of upgrading your keyboard is unless your going Mechanical.

aludka 1 point 15 months ago

All in all very nice. +1

jepoyjepijep 1 point 15 months ago

i have almost the same build as you. How does it perform? How does crysis run?

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I cant tell you as I do not own the game. Benchmarks for all the games that I play are at the bottom of the description above!

Taurasaurus [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Very nice build! Love your choice of parts. I have to say after using Windows 7 for over 3 years, and switching to Windows 8 has been a pleasure to me. W8 takes everything from W7 and improves it a lot, including performance on games and just general usability.

Max21 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I'm thinking of building the exact same build. Why no SSD? +1 anyway

Kragore [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Mines very similar so this can't be bad :) Good Job Enjoy!

wks12 1 point 12 months ago

I want to build the same cpu/mobo setup you have. How did that cooler master fan fit?

Swainey97 1 point 12 months ago

Great build :D

Hows the asus monitor because i was think about getting it for my new monitor

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andrefoster 1 point 13 days ago

How is the Monitor as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1