UPDATE: Finally pulled the trigger on a R9 290... Got the PowerColor PCS+ edition; this thing is a beast! haven't had a chance to properly bench it (moving house and camping has been taking my spare time) but i did a quick test in BF4 single player, cranked the settings and it hovered around 65 degrees. Fan noise was there, but i didn't notice it until i realised i should listen out for them. I was hesitant about the lack of reviews for this model, but i am really impressed
Sorry for the poor pics of the 290 :)
This is my first build in a long time. About a decade as it was based around a Northwood Pentium 4. Needless to say, i was very excited at the prospect of putting something together.
I've never really been in to console gaming (i have a Wii, and a RROD Xbox i got from my brother which i had to overheat wrapped in a towel every couple of weeks to keep going) so I had a gaming focus towards this build. And also working in IT, it was about time i built something decent for myself.
In recent times i had been using a machine kindly donated to me, a Core 2 quad with a gtx260, and that has kept me going until now, although bf3 was pushing it to its limits. So using the case, the 620w power supply and the Win7 license from that and a couple of 1.5tb hard drives i already had, i purchased the below bits and pieces.
The HD6870 is a loaner from another friend until i get a new one, I'm thinking a 280x and looking at getting one in the next week or two. Also looking into a new mouse and keyboard.
I'm really happy with the performance of this. Its quiet as, which was a must, and the ssd is a god send. The barracudas provide enough storage. I did what i could with the cables; strangely enough there was two holes near the motherboard but none below, i ended up cutting a hole near the psu to help with cable management and move the majority of the cables behind the motherboard tray.
Let me know what you think!
Edit: Followed Mincading's suggestion and painted the interior black. loving it :)