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Red+Green BoomBox, 4nlimited3dition
by 4nlimited3dition
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----- The Prices listed were payed Euros, even if it says $, Because I can't put € sign there, since I live in Europe, and it's a BIT more expensive, the price of the PC was actually 1000,03€ = $1366 _ ((The name: Red+Green BoomBox is because the PC is red from outside, but green from inside, mobo and gpu both have green info lights, but case has red lights))_ My Cable Management isn't great, I know. This was my first PC, that I completely built myself (my actual first PC was bought in 2007, is made By Acer, and is still running no problems, exept old parts=> not too good for gaming). Moving from my 600€, 2007 PC, to this one, I'm feeling like there's a NASA's supercomputer below my desk now. It took me 5 hours to build this PC, but first I had to wait 2 weeks because the parts delivery had a few problems, and they didnt get stocked in time.

--CPU-- Umm, yes I know i5 4670K could have been better choise for this build, but I just simply ran out of budget, so I couln't spend 150€ extra for the mobo and Intel cpu. But this cpu is still a Beast + I can OC it with just 30€ for custom cooler.

--GPU-- I had to choose this or GTX 770 2gb, I chose this because the GTX 770 was 30€ pricier, had only 2gb memory, + Mantle sounds nice (: Also this is the non -Top version of the Asus r9 280x DirectCuII, I chose this because it's cheaper and I can OC it, if I ever need even more performance.

--MOBO-- Well this had all I needed and even more, so I can update to an SSD, If I need more speed, but for now my PC starts in 15-20 sec, with Asus's fast boot thingy, and I like that a lot. My old PC has WD Caviar Green+ Win7, which makes is a LOT slower, so I feel like the extra 100€ for an SSD would be a waste for me.

--RAM-- I got a really good "deal" from my local store (they had put a wrong price on their site, lol) so I got this ram for 76,95€, soon after I got the ram they fixed the price back to 110,95€.

--HDD-- Standard WD drive, works, is reliable and I can't even hear it from my case.

--Case-- Really good case, Got everything I needed,has more than enough room for parts, I like the looks of it too.

--PSU-- Working, no problems, exept the cables were a bit short and stiff in my opinion, hard to strech them for good cable management, though I'm not too good at cable management either.

--Optical Drive-- Actually I couldn't find the exact same drive same drive as I have (from Pcpartpickers lists) but It's looks just the same as this one, mine is ASUS DRW-24B5ST.

--OS-- Okay, PLZ dont flame on me when I say this, because I feel I have to say it: I don't really understand all the hate and whining against windows 8 and 8.1. I think Win8.1 is even better than Win7, Win8 is faster, smoother, cleaner and I love the new shortcuts, such as the new search, when pressing windows key+s, then I just type what app/game I want to open and hit enter, it's really easy and fast, but it doesnt find my Steam games still thats just fine. Also the "Start" is button back in 8.1, I just need to right click start and then I can go where I want. (I'm using StartIsBack btw)

Here were some benchmark results I got on my old 1680x1050 monitor [all maxed]:

Unigine Heaven extreme, fps: 38,4 and points 967. Unigine Valley extreme, fps: 46,2 and points 1932. Battlefield 3, fps: 80-250, but in MP, it can drop sometimes even below 50... Crysis 2, fps: 70-150, (although I did get a couple of rare drops to even below 50, but not below 40) Dead Space 3, fps: 200-250. GTA IV , fps: 50- 80. (bad optimization I guess...) League of Legends, fps: 130- 200 (5v5 normal game)


Here are my YouTube benchmark videos on my YT channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/THEpelimies1996/feed


Part List
Details
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle20.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
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JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 5 points 13 months ago

I have the same thoughts on windows 8.1

 
 
HerpaLerpaDerpo 3 points 13 months ago

Nice build. IMO, I would have gotten a cheaper PSU and case to afford an after market CPU cooler to OC and a better CPU. Just my two cents though. +1

 
 
deadlyhooves 2 points 13 months ago

I agree with you on the psu, though I think he did a fine job with the case. The case is important if you dont have a billion fans. Cable managing is never good on cheap cases.

 
 
gunnereilola [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

And could have gotten rid of the optical drive if all it's for is windows

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Sure, but I have still around 60% (1m/40 inches pile) of my games on CD's sitting on my desk, cuz I got hooked to the GameStop's "get 3 games, pay for 2" -gampaign. xD

 
 
iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

Great part choices but why on a 1680x1050 monitor? That's just not really using the parts you got to good use.

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I'm soon getting a new 24", 1080p display. Just hanging on to the old one from my first PC till I get the new one.

 
 
iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Ah good to know. Well, enjoy your build!

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I think you wrote the description twice... anyways, nice computer, decently balanced parts.

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Yep I screwed it a bit first, but got it fixed. :p

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I like your part choices. I would have tried to squeeze in a 8320/50 in that budget but the 6300 will do fine.

As far as cable management advice, i would say the best thing to do is put every single cord possible behind the motherboard and only pull them out of the hole closest to where it plugs in. That includes all the case wires. It looks like you have your motherboard cable going though the hole that is farther from your psu? i would run all psu cables through the hole right down there by the psu. If you need to go but some small zip ties they do wonders.

If i were you my next upgrade would be an aftermarket cpu cooler. This will allow you to overclock your 6300, which is currently a little imbalanced with the rest of your system. Your psu and cpu are great for overclocking, and your motherboard is more than ok for it. A hyper 212 evo would be a good choice. You can easily crank it up to 4.0 on stock voltages. that 500Mhz will get your more fps.

overall great build it will serve you well.

great guide for overclocking http://www.overclock.net/t/1348623/amd-bulldozer-and-piledriver-overclocking-guide-asus-motherboard

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks for the advice, I would have gone with a 8320, but it would have went over my budget, so I just decided to go with fx 6300, since I read it has same cores as the 8320 (right...?), but only 2 less.

 
 
Mattios 1 point 13 months ago

Really good. Agree with you on Windows 8!

 
 
UmmmYea 1 point 13 months ago

Great build. +1

And hey the holiday season is coming up soon ask a your parents or someone for $30 you can get a after market air cooler and it will make a world of a difference.

 
 
Michaeltechroom 1 point 13 months ago

niece matching part

 
 
Electrospeed 1 point 13 months ago

Definitely work on the cables a little, but great build! +1

 
 
Mr._Dr._Prof._Dukenburgs 1 point 13 months ago

A benchmark on Arma 3 Altis would be very much appreciated. Thanks

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Sry, I dont have Arma3 and I also don't have money to buy it right now. :p

 
 
Mr._Dr._Prof._Dukenburgs 1 point 13 months ago

Oh thats ok, but you run bf3 in 80 fps on ultra? What maps were you on?

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Dunno the exact names of the maps, but I was playing campaign and I usually got over 100 fps, with some drops to 80, I'll soon test multiplayer.

 
 
muellerdillon [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I certainly agree with you on Windows 8 man, its just windows 7 with a new UI, the whiners are the ones not willing to sit down and learn how to use it and it boots in less then 3 seconds for me.... But anyway +1 for windows 8 and for such detailed results on those games, as i am planning my next build with the Sapphire vapor x r9 280x, performance should be comparable, except ill play at 1080p, why dont you?

 
 
xOutrageous 1 point 13 months ago

Same as other comments;you should have gotten a cheaper power supply. In my build in progress, I included a semi-modular Corsair HX 750 watt PSU and its only $86, same as the 650 watt version. And with a cheaper case you could've squeezed in a CPU Cooler and a better Motherboard or CPU. Big thumbs up on the GPU though. Also, how is Windows 8.1? I'm considering it for my build.

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Windows 8.1 has been doing great, It even boots below 5 seconds now, after I got all updates downloaded and installed. It's definately faster than windows 7, and no combatability issues with any games yet. And btw here's the pricing for the Corsair HX 750W psu in my country: http://hintavertailu.muropaketti.com/8248/corsair-hx750w

 
 
DownloadMoreRAM 1 point 13 months ago

Nice solid build. Not familiar with the Asus Radeon R9 280X but if it's on par with a GTX 770 I can't argue with your choice. AMD is a good company despite all the hate also nice power supply choice. I totally agree! I love window 8/8.1 it's a really smooth OS and if you download the start button mod it's the best mix between the smoothness of the mac OS and windows 7. Nice Build :)

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I chose the r9 280x cuz it was 30€ cheaper than GTX 770, here in Finland. Also I checked quite a few benchmarks, some of them even showing the r9 280x getting close to GTX 780 or even Titan in BF4 fps tests. Here are some links if you're interested: http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/734/bench/High_1920.png http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/R9_280X_Direct_Cu_II_TOP/15.html http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviewimages/asus-radeon-r9-280x/swf/jpg/bf4.jpg

Though I guess BF4 is kinda optimized for AMD. Anyways I think AMD and Nvidia both make great gpu's.

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Nice, well balanced build! an SSD and a CPU cooler would be two great additions

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ThePCguy2013 1 point 13 months ago

what ws ur budget

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

1000€, since the prices for the parts are pretty similar in € and $ in Europe/US.

 
 
redtilldead 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build! Quick question.

Does your GPU need 2 x 8 pin connectors? Because I believe the SeaSonic M12II only has 1 x 6 and 1 x 8 pin connectors?

If yes, then did you connect using an adapter? and does it work properly especially when overclocking?

I am just curious as I'm planning a similar GPU + PSU combo.

 
 
4nlimited3dition [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Sry for a BIT late reply, but anyways my gpu required only 1x6pin and 1x8pin so I didn't need any adapters for my PSU. The only R9 280x that I know to require 2x8 pins is the Sapphire's toxic version.