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So this was my first ever custom build, took around 3 hours to build and went pretty much without a hitch (granted I built it *** backwards). All of this was to re-house the XFX R9 290 into a case with better airflow as before this PC it was stuffed into the guts of a Dell XPS 8700 which was more like a turbo heater than a PC. A few more upgrades are going to be made to it over the next few months such as more RAM, an SSD for boot and I'm thinking of getting one of the EKWB AIO water coolers when they come out. Also if anyone can point me to a good guide for overclocking a CPU I'd be pretty grateful.
EDIT 1: So put in a H110i GT as my temps were getting a little toasty playing MGS: V, Added some more RAM to hit 16GB, on the peripheral front purchased a Logitech G910 which is 6 million times better than the Corsair K30 I had previously. The one thing I will say about the corsair cooler and my case is the fact that the mounting holes don't marry up with the holes on the radiator so I've had to mount the cooler with only the bottom fan attached to the radiator and the top fan connected to the case. Next set of upgrades are going to be a R9 Fury X and A new monitor, thinking of going ultrawide.
EDIT 2: Got the ultrawide! holy **** I'm never going back but the R9 290 isn't performing at it's best on some newer titles so the GPU upgrade will definitely be needed.
So after running this for 4 months, I can 100% say that the CPU is awesome! It's been stable at 4.5GHz for the entire time (4.8GHz was attempted but I had to put the voltage too high for my liking to keep it stable) doesn't break a sweat on pretty much everything apart from MGS: V for some reason.
Only had it a week or so but all I can say is WOW, its quiet cools brilliantly and the LINK software is pretty good too. As a side note always read the instruction when installing, I did a stupid and put the back plate on upside down!
Looks great, has everything I need and all the SATA ports are at a right angle which is always good for cable management. The one strange thing about the board is the legacy PCI slots just no real reason for them but oh well they aren't causing me any bother.
Only going to review one set with words, they look good and do the job. Bonus points for being able to colour match the DIMM slots on my motherboard with the RAM from Kingston.
Got two one for mass storage the other is on boot duty for now, they do the job and have been with me since my first PC in 2007.
The XFX R9 290 DD Black edition has a long name, not the reason for the missing star though. The card, like all Hawaii chips, runs like it lives on a volcano. Some manufactures have curbed this but XFX certainly didn't, really it's not the GPU itself but the fan profile XFX decided to go with and the VRM temperature. The fans are quite; problematically to reach that level they sacrificed the card to heat output. Plus the fans above 50% get as loud as a little jet engine which is fine with headphones on but can get annoying without the ear defenders. On the VRM temperature side VRM 1 runs at 110°C whilst VRM 2 gets a lighter load at 80°C. Performance wise however I couldn't ask for much better from it overclocked to its max I get 1125MHz on the core clock and 1500MHz on the memory clock; however I usually run it with a more modest 1060MHz core and 1400MHz memory. Stock is 980MHz core, 1250MHz memory. All in all it usually keeps up 72 fps when V-Sync is on.
Before getting the H110i GT this would have received a 5 star rating but with the mounting holes in the front of the case not fitting all 280mm radiators I can only assume they meant their own in the spec list. Other than that mild annoyance though the case is fantastic.
Easy to manage, put's power in the system.
This monitor is awesome. Looks fantastic for games and movies. The freesync range is at 48-75Hz but it's easy to overclock to 30-75Hz using CRU.
Simply put it's a return to the beauty of a Logitech keyboard. I had a G15 back when I first got a PC to call my own but that died just over 2 years ago, to replace it I got a Corsair K30 as I was on a shoestring of a budget at the time, all I can say is it was a wretched keyboard that where a more dramatic person would say gave me PTSD. The G910 though is wonderful, full RGB the romer-g switches are great (granted I've never used any other mechanical keyboard bar the old IBM ones so I don't have much to go off) and the software feel very familiar due to having the G600 for quite a while.
This is the best mouse I've ever had, not due to the extra buttons, or the High dpi (10,000 is its max) it's because it offers me the best palm grip a man could ask for. The mouse isn't the biggest in the world or the heaviest, but it fits my hand like a tailored suit. The other things previously mentioned are also great too but it's all about that palm grip really.
great headset, can't really fault it for anything.