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This is a gaming build for my son as a reward. It focuses on the performance in first shooter gaming.

AMD R9 290 is one of the best performing card at the moment, though mine did not have the luck to be flashed to 290X. Still, with almost everything in ultra, FPS in BF4/PS2 are usually above 100, drop to 60+ in extremely heavy battles. The GPU fan is set to 80% as maximum speed, the GPU temp is set to 85C as maximum. When playing games, the fan speed might peak to around 50%. The blower fan is loud but the good side is that there's no throttling of the GPU. The gamer does not care much about the noise with his headset on. I am considering to use arctic accelero xtreme 3 or kraken G10/AIO then OC the 290 a little bit in the future.

BenQ XL2420TE is perhaps the best 24" monitor for shooter game with its 1ms response time, 120/144 Hz and PWM free backlighting. Considered the ASUS VG248QE however being able to switch easily between pwm-free and lightboost won.

Antec P280 case is really big. Its cable management is good. It does the cooling job with negative pressure very well. However, I am considering to change it to positive pressure and/or water cooling and am wondering what is the best way.

With CM 212EVO, the idle temperature of 4670K is about 30C. I overclocked the 4670K to 4.5G with vcore of 1.2v, VRin 1.8 and Uncore 4G for 24/7 usage. I could boot the windows with setting of 4.7G and 1.24 vcore and tested it with AIDA64 for a few minutes though I did not stress it further. For 4.5G, peak temp was 74C in 9 hours of AIDA64 and 89C in 10 rounds of maximum of IBT. Later I bought two cheap Scythe Ultra Kaze high pressure fans(not in pcpartpicker's list so I put GT there), one as intake fan and the other replacing the CM212 fan which lowered the max temp for 5 or 6 degrees in IBT with the cost of increased noise.

One issue encountered recently is that the TMPIN2 sensor which the Gigabyte SMARTFAN utility uses as cpu temp to control the fan occasionally stuck. This led the cpu fan to run in max speed sometimes even when cpu cores were just 30C-40C. Waiting response from Gigabyte.

Total: about $1649 including tax of $190. Mobo/CPU/memory was bundle from memoryexpress on BlackFriday. SSD was from NCIX as CyberMonday deal.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management and enjoy your oven of a GPU :P

Just kidding, nice build!

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks. 83C not too bad:) Later XtremeIII or Kraken should bring it down.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd love to see you do that :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

+1. Did you get that video card for the free Battlefield 4 game? I'm considering it for my son, because I hear it can handle BF4, and my son also wants that game so it makes sense...

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

yes, it's with the BF4. I went to xfx site to get a code and then use that code and follow another link to get the real downloading code for the game, though just several minutes. But the downloading of the game itself took more than 3 hours as the game is about 25G. My son loves the game. The card handles BF4 in ultra very well. He also plays planetside2 with so called true ultra settings.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You could get the 280 and it could still handle battlefield 4 or even a gtx 760 on high settings or a 770 on ultra

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I apologize love, he had the higher-end card in. I was looking at one more like this for my boy...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202078

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