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New desktop with some old parts

by donut



Date Published

May 14, 2015

Date Built

March 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C


New lower cost build I threw together to replace my big 3570k/290 gaming rig. The new parts I got in March are:

  • cpu+cooler
  • mobo
  • ram
  • gpu
  • case
  • psu

Everything else I had purchased before with my old system. Waiting now to buy the Barracuda maybe even a WD Black but I'm managing alright atm with just the ssd.

Trying to figure out airflow atm. Have two 140mm's in the front and a single 120mm at the back. You can see my cardboard vent cover on the top for dat positive pressure and falling dust protection. However the PSU fan is already loud and even though the three fans plus the HSF are all pwm and at low speed most of the time it's still getting kinda loud.

Part Reviews


Best value RAM I found at the time. It's 1.35v and low profile... fantastic. Also means I could OC it to higher speeds and stay under 1.5v. Purchased a single 8GB stick so I could get another one in the future if I needed to expand.


Supafast... Bought back in 2013 which is why the high price. Since then I've only written 1.1TB lol at this rate it will last even after I die.

Video Card

Not this exact version. It's this one: H270XQ2G2M with the blower. Bought used for pretty cheap. Awesome value card but sags like hell as you can see.


Pricey case from Corsair but it has every feature you could need all in a m-atx package. I wanted a smaller case coming from an 800D, this definitely sized everything down while remaining pretty spacious and easy to work with/around. Still pretty sizable now I look at it but I wouldn't want to go smaller unless I could keep all the cool features this case has.

Power Supply

Solid unit with good protection measures and hardware. Sexy black cabling without the sleeving and easy to individually resleeve. 10 year warranty from EVGA which is fantastic. However I have had the first unit replaced because of some noticeable coil whine/buzzing. The replacement unit also developed this issue but performance doesn't seem to be affected and I can't really hear it when my headphones are on. Another issue is the loud fan. There is no eco mode where the fan throttles down under low load, it's always spinning fast pulling dust in and it's kinda loud. It's a 135mm fan as well which makes it a bit more difficult to just swap out. Other than that I think this is the the lowest costing, fully modular, highest certified, psu under 700 watts, I could find... great deal.


Korean IPS panel actually the 301 Sparta with a CCFL backlight, not LED... purchased in December and haven't had any problems so far. When I first got it I wasn't really blown away by the switch from my Asus TN panel but in April I had to go back to the Asus for a few days and omg it looked so tiny and horrible after I'd been spoiled by the Yamakasi. The external PSU for the monitor is Korean and isn't properly spec'd for US power. It whines kinda loud sometimes, hasn't overheated or failed hopefully b/c I keep the backlight brightness down.

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raysfan98 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

How of the performance in gaming? Any good? What games do you play?

donut submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Played Planetside 2 @2560x1600 came mostly down to the gpu but it was performing pretty smoothly at medium/high settings. Wasn't as much a step down as I expected coming from an r9 290. Overall might benefit from a cpu OC but I don't game often enough to do that atm.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

I'm sorry to be THAT guy, but I'm pretty sure that GPU is actually a 7950. At least from what I see in pics.

donut submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

http://www.hisdigital.com/us/product2-774.shtml It's a 270x... just the earlier model that used the old IceQ blower (which I always loved the look of). It'd be awesome if it was a 7950, that'd be a step up especially if I got it for the same price.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

Holy crap. That is like the same exact cooler. Sorry, my bad.

Lex001 2 points 47 months ago

Did you have to update your motherboard bios to utilize the X4 860K?

donut submitter 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

No. The board I purchased through Amazon was the 3.1 revision and came with BIOS support for Kaveri.

Lex001 2 points 47 months ago


MassOps 1 point 45 months ago

So you had a 290, and replaced it with a 270x... Sorry if I'm missing something but if you had the 290 why not just use that? If you really want to keep the other PC, just put the 270x in that.

donut submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

the goal was to downgrade because i dont game as much these days. i sold the 3570k/290 rig and had money left over after putting together this one. no point keeping the 290 either b/c it would be bottle necked by the cpu.

MassOps 2 points 42 months ago

And consume less power as a result. Makes sense now.

Pill_Slinger 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I've had bad experience with this PSU and most forums say to avoid it. Just in case, as soon as you start noticing anything like staticky electrical noise, squeals etc., warranty it.

donut submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Yes I RMA'd the first one because it started making noise, and the replacement one developed the same problem. Though i never had any reliability issues, it always delivered its power. The only thing i wish it had was an eco mode.

NoobHere101 1 point 29 months ago

How are the monoprice 8323s? I'm looking into buying a pair soon.

donut submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Excellent budget phones if you arent a super picky audiohile. super comfortable too I'd suggest buying the replacement earpads on amazon as well

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donut submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

How so? I'm no audiophile and they supposedly are one of the best price/quality for budget phones. Could have saved $10 purchasing through Monoprice but hey no biggie.

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