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Everything is all set and going fine. It crashed a few times since I had it started up (maybe one blue screen and 3-ish freezes) so I worry about this computer (and feeling like AMD is letting me down). So far I've been updating windows, and installing things I need (like Java, microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 ect..) hoping stability will be better. A problem I run into is that my hard disk light isn't blinking at all, I check and the cables into my mobo is connected perfectly. :c

~ Sometimes next summer I'll be getting more money and I'll be looking to adding parts to my build, like an aftermarket cooler , an SSD and some case fans/NZXT hue. Maybe another gpu + higher wattage psu and some more ram (why not?).

I just wanted a nice computer for a reasonable price: I usually play pretty not graphical intensive games on my laptop like Osu! but now that I have this computer I'll be playing some pretty awesome games like Crisis 3 and Skyrim soon. I also do a bit of digital art with Photoshop and Illistrator and maybe looking into using 3D applications like 4D Cinema.

Soo..I went and bought these parts from Newegg and the Microcenter here in town~ I went really down into doing research and using PC partpicker to my advantage, so yeah, managed to get an R9 280x with this. lets see..

CPU ~ (Microcenter bundle) I wanted Intel at first, but the price didn't cut it so I looked into the FX-8350, but then I started to notice people going for the Fx-8320 because you can easily overclock it to be like the 8350 for $30 dollars less~ so I got hooked on that.

Motherboard~(Microcenter bundle) It was an 990FX chipset so it was the best out there, and Microcenter bundle deal with the the FX 8320 was crazy~ I basically got both for $190.

Memory~(Newegg Combo case+ memory) Nice, very cheap DDR3 -1866 2x4 Gb memory which I got with my case as a Combo for $40 dollars less and -$10 instant savings. Pretty much free! (but I didn't set the price reduction on the Memory, instead on the case org. $152)

Storage~ (Microcenter) it was there so I pretty much just picked it up.

Video Card~ (Newegg) This was picked last, I was at first looking at the GTX 760, but hey, I had a bit more money then originally thought, So it was either this -the R9 280x, or the GTX 770. I didn't do much research on the R9 280x because I didn't intend to go with an AMD GPU, but a glance at 3 Gb VRAM and an larger memory bus took me. Maybe 2 hours after the purchase I felt I should have went with GTX 770 because of all the neat things like GPU boost 2.0 and adaptive vsync (plus 3 free games is nice), and a little more research I found that amd went a little hot and have an higher power consumption so I probalaly couldn't crossfire with the power supply that I have now, but the R9 280x is pretty awesome. (hoping Mantle will make a comeback)

Case~ (Newegg)I really liked NZXT cases, maybe I should have went for the fractual design cases but, as a combo, it's a good price and I got this case for future proofing.

~Case Review~ ~after a bit of consideration, I would recommend the Phantom series for the looks, This switch 810 is very good, but the fans on it is a tab bit loud (could be the stock heatsink) and the top grill, when you slide it, you need to be a bit forceful ( thought it was a nice feauture, but it barly reduces noise). Also here, sitting in front of me, it looks sophisicated, but not as "cool" as the phantom, like the power led light in the top isn't amazing or anything(much like an light baby blue), I'll be getting the nzxt hue for lighting on this beast,but for those who are deciding on this or the phantom, get the phantom~ especailly the phantom 630 windowed edition or the 410~ whew if you can even afford an phantom 820, I take my hat off to you. ~~~

Power Supply~ (Microcenter) I had an eye for EVGA powersupplies because of the brand name and the cost / performance / quality is amazing. I settled on this ;however I should have shopped on Newegg and got the gold version of this for $10 less. Oh well. ^

PS: my father decided to chip in an nice 24 inch monitor as an early Christmas present, but me being a dual monitoring junky I need a bigger desk to fit in my 4:3 as well. :(

hoping to get an new mouse and keyboard next year, Osu isn't playable with this keyboard. :C

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi,

Awesome build. How do you find the r9 280x overall, because I was thinking about choosing that card for my build. Do you have any benchmarks for any games you have played? What is the average FPS you get in games that you play?

Thank you!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

It plays everything I have now outstandingly well. I need steam downloaded so I can play some real games, but for now games like Osu plays smooth like butter (Considering that's an rythem game where you need absoultuly no lag what-so-ever is perfect, but overkill because my older laptop running on intergrated graphics from an i3 runs it at 450+ fps) However, I've been having some freezes and one blue screen, mainly because I think I didn't have the latest directX or opengl or something (it hasn't happen recently, been getting windows updates)

also that game osu has an option to set *unlimited frames which I can't use because my entire system would crash for some reason. however with 120 fps limiter I'm getting an Completely solid 145 fps (all settings even an softening filter which would usually kill my older laptop frames to 28ish), dosen't dip anytime.

well anyway, with this card or the GTX 770, you can't go wrong.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. I will go with this card then. Thanks for the detailed response!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, a little bit of an extension of my review. ^

So far, there IS an noticeable coil whine at very high rpms or certain applications that makes the fan run very fast, as I realize that I CAN play Osu at unlimited fps in an borderless window 1,600 fps in fact,but at a smaller window (640x480) it's still 1,600, So even with unlimited fps, I feel like it there is still an frame limiter, :(

Coil whine seems to only stay for a few seconds, so don't worry.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. I won't mind if the coil whine is only on for a few seconds.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey if you haven't figured out your crashing problems yet make sure you don't have the xmp RAM profile enabled in the BIOS. Thats what was causing me issues with my fx6300+990fxa-ud3. You should be fine if you set 1866 manually. AMD doesn't like XMP for some reason.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That's actually very interesting. I had it enabled before on first boot,but now it doesn't happens anymore because durring one osu! run unlimited fps, it corrupted my bios. so yeah, I changed it to 1866 manually and it's running like a dream~

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear it! Ya I had BSOD issues and went on about 5 different forums and two weeks later a little BIOS tick solved everything lol. This was on my first build too so I was flipping out.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing would look sweet with a pretty light kit :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, considering the NZXT hue, need about 10 more dollars. ^

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

check out my build. I used the NZXT led light kit. $10 :). +1 on mine would be nice also, its struggling :(

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

already did,xD

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU and GPU temperature seem to be unreal to me, especially with that CPU stock fan.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

that's just the reading I'm getting

I doubt it too, but I heard that amd stock heatsink usually have unreal readings.

I'm looking towards a new aftermarket heatsink actually , if you could recommend one that would be great.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup, because I'm working for a small PC building shop, and never see any thing, even with custom liquid cooling idle at 12C and under-load at 40.

I would prefer a liquid cooling like Corsair H110, H105, H80i (depends on how much room u have on your case) or NZXT liquid cooling... They perform much better than heat-sink w/ fans. Also look much smaller and cooler with LED light.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks~! I really don't know what to get , but I thought a close loop liquid cooling might be best. Yeah and I still need to get the nzxt hue for this too. Thanks for looking though. :)