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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 :)

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  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a suggestion for better cooling of your power supply, if not too much trouble you can flip that power supply over so the intake fan faces down to draw cool air into it and out the rear. That's assuming there is a vent at the bottom of your case, with a dust filter. If not, don't bother. I'm not familiar with that model, I forgot if it has an opening at the bottom. I cannot tell by the pictures.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

great point. I too agree that it is best to flip the PSU over, even though you might feel like it's upside down; but that's normal.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I did think about that, but unfortunately there's no vent :/ I considered cutting one out, but i wouldn't know what to put on for a filter.

I havent done a proper stress test yet, but theres 2x120mm intake fans, a 120mm exhaust fan in the rear and a giant 200mm exhaust in the top that seem to do a good job keeping the internal temps relatively cool. But if it becomes a problem I'll definately revisit it, or upgrade the case.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice build! I like all your part choices, personally i probably would of looked to get a h60 or h80, but that cooler is still very good.

As for the new card, i would hold out for a bit, unless u really need it. NVIDIA just announced their new G-Sync capatable Monitors that they will be releasing in the future, while that may or may not interest you, its definately somthing to check out http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/18/nvidia-g-sync/

Also NVIDIA announced their 780 ti, so we may see some price drops of the NVIDIA line in the near future. The 280x is still a great card choice (with free games), i still think it might be worth it to hold out and see.

Great Build! +1

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt the H69 or H80 cool any better than that cooler, and if they do it's most likely not a noticeable amount.

And tbh I would go with the R9 280X over any of the Nvidia cards even after the 780Ti comes out I don't think that prices will drop enough to justify getting a 770 over the 280x

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! I looked into a closed loop cooler, but despite its odd colour, I couldn't go past the noctua for performance, silence and the price.

I probably can wait a bit to see what nvidia does and the effect it has on prices too. This setup and gpu handled the bf4 beta pretty well, so as long as my mate doesn't need it back anytime soon... :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice updated build. How about updating the GPU?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Looking into a GPU, the 6870 is just a loaner until I get my hands on something faster.

Its better than what I was going to run with; i was going to throw in the gtx 260 until I bought a new one :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd suggest getting a R9 280. It'll max out all games at 1080p with 60fps. I might be getting one myself or a 7970..depends on prices.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

not bad, i like this arrangement.

if you're looking for a new GPU, i think i stand for a lot of others when i say to look into getting an R9 280X. it's incredibly cheap ($300 US, easily), runs most if not all games great, and you get a choice of free games! it's hard to find an Nvidia card with as good of a deal.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeh i thought about a 770, but its a bit hard to justify the extra $ when a 280x is seemingly nipping at its heels. Living in Aus we get shafted on prices, 280x's are about the $400au mark for the decent brands, 770's about $500au.

But like Rolphy suggested above, I might just hold out and see what nvidia do.

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep im from Aus too, and im in a similar boat to you, was looking at the 280x vs the 770. At Msy, its about 400$ for the 280x, and 460$ for the 770, before the NVIDIA sale. So its pretty much just going to come down to what the offer at the end of the month.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

not a problem. i figured you were in the land down under and money/availability being a more significant factor here in the States, but i didn't know that the prices are so much higher over there, especially since Australian dollars are worth slightly more than American dollars.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

spray paint the interior black for better aesthetics!

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

I went for it! Was home for the day with a sick child, so stripped it bare and painted it. Definitely looks much better. Also found another black sata cable for the dvd drive and wrapped the short one i have for the ssd in black tape.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job mate! Definitely looks better! Well done :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the whole case stripped down and cleaned before I started the build, I should have totally done that... Argh! Great idea, sounds like a good Sunday project!