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First Real Gaming Rig
by 8gxe
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Description

I built this computer to replace my 'gaming laptop' which consisted of a dual-core Intel processor, 3GB of RAM, and integrated graphics. I was playing LoL and Eve on it, lowest possible settings, just, uhg.

I'd like to thank Amazon Prime for everything! All my parts from Amazon were ordered on a Friday and delivered on the following Tuesday! Woop!

I've overclocked the CPU, stable, at 4.83, which is a very nice OC until I can get a better watercooling solution. The h100i is amazing, and everything fits perfectly in my case. No complaints from it! I'd like to get a 5.2gHz clock on that processor, but am running into heat issues.

End goal is to upgrade this to a full watercooling loop with 2GPU's and the 8320.

Also, this motherboard. My god. ASUS really outdid themselves, I love it! This was also my first wiretuck, so if you have any pointers or tips on how to do it better, let me know!

Let me know what you guys think down below in the comments! Sorry about the phone pictures, I'll have some more up soon!

Details
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.83Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
MSI Radeon R9 270X 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.13Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.6GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle36.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load44.0° C
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xx116xx [3 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Wow, very nice. Very brave of you to try and get that up to 5.2, sounds like a nightmare in terms of heat. I like the colors too. +1

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I'm more or less capping out the h100i on my current clock. I'm hoping a custom waterloop will mediate the heat a little better since I can shove a 480mm radiator in the top.

Current temps for the actual coolant are about 33 degrees, I may have to go with a sub-ambient setup... Hmmm...

 
 
GaryOakFJ [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

Nice build, and a sexy board. Sucks how much you had to pay for that 270x, though.

stupid miners...

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

More pics have been added!

 
 
Aaron2096 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Very nice build loving the color scheme.

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

More pics have been added!

 
 
sapphiretech368 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

If you're spending $3000 and only getting a 270X you're doing it horribly wrong

 
 
GuessWhat [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

The SSD and the OS may have inflated the price a little. But again, I'm pretty sure he didn't pay the displayed price for both items. You can get a 1TB Samsung Evo for $640.. so it doesn't make sense that he paid $842 for a 256GB Samsung 830.

He could have saved a couple of bucks there and there but I think he was prioritizing aesthetics over performance on a few components.

Still a very nice build with some really nice pictures. :D +1

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I'm so confused. Total build was $1700. That's a 1TB mechanical drive and a 256GB SSD?

 
 
GuessWhat [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Excuse us, we are from Canada so the prices were not displayed correctly. But I still think you could have went with the Samsung 840 Evo instead of the 830. :P

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

"Excuse us", Canadian; everything checks out here boys!

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8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Total build was just over $1700... Which included peripherals and the OS.

 
 
Graestone45 2 points 8 months ago

What camera is that? the images look amazing.

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Galaxy S4.... Lol!

 
 
Graestone45 1 point 8 months ago

LOL

 
 
CHEEFxKWEEF [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

nicely done bra

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! I can't wait to show you guys some better pictures of the wiring!

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8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Go for it!

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

More pics have been added!

 
 
HookedGamez 1 point 8 months ago

ok thanks

 
 
redstar [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

looks great! :) Also good to know amazon delivers fast and with no DoA :)) (also, awesome cable management)

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks man!

 
 
CaptainWoopy 1 point 8 months ago

The 270X with 4GB of VRAM is useless, could have gone with a 770 or a 280X with the price of 300 dollars. Anyways, enjoy your build!

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Good luck trying to get a 280X at $300. I have freaking scoured this site for one, but all of the good cards can run from $450 to $600 because of web-currency mining. And btw a 770 costs around $400 so... The 270X is still a good card and can easily handle games like BF4. Watch JayzTwoCents's video if you don't believe me.

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Why would 4GB of VRAM be useless? Rendering projects in 3DS Max uses a lot of VRAM as well as BF4 at max settings utilizes up to ~2.5GB?

 
 
CaptainWoopy 1 point 8 months ago

Ah, didn't know you were rendering 3D stuff, and woot? BF4 doesn't take up to 2.5 GB's, unless you're playing on 1440P or there are shitloads of smoke grenades. But oh well, enjoy your build ;3

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 8 months ago

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2350880

BF4 with 8xMSAA uses up to 2800mb at 1080p :P

4GB of VRAM isn't hard to reach with a modded Skyrim either, and with full MSAA at max resolution, Titanfall is also over 2GB. 2GB cards were more than enough a year ago, and still are a great mid range choice. Future proofing your machine will always help, if not now, than in 6 months when the next game comes out.

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

More pictures have been added!

 
 
djw11544 1 point 7 months ago

Looks like a very nice build, cheers on the gaming!

 
 
8gxe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
babachicken 1 point 5 months ago

how well does it do in games?

 
 
antoniojack 1 point 4 months ago

is the sabertooth good? better than gygabyte and MSI?

 
 
DonutPirate98 1 point 18 days ago

Great build! Just had a question on your Video Card. I was looking at reviews on Newegg about this card, and they all said that it died in under 6 months. Have you had any problems with it?