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A little over a month ago I had no idea what it took to build a PC. As such, this is my first PC build. I think it turned out pretty well considering. If I could go back I would probably have purchased some different memory. I went with the blue vengeance because at the time I was planning a blue interior with a different mobo and psu. Oh well, it still looks okay. The only other major change I have made from the initial build was switching from a Sapphire Vapor X 7970 Ghz to the current ASUS DCUII Top R9 280x.

My girlfriend is looking at building a gaming PC as well. I might look to unload my psu and CPU cooler. It would be nice if I were able to get the option to crossfire and start getting into overclocking. As it stands, I am pretty happy with my new computer. I had a really fun time planning and constructing it. Thanks to everyone who had helped me with some of the decisions. Any input or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: Firestrike score: 7421

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  • 77 months ago
  • 6 points

Very nice! I'm actually looking to pick up that same 280X. How is it (in games, temps, etc)?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm stuck between a Sapphire Vapor X or 280X. About the same. any feelings on the matter? since they are essentially the same, with the 280 downclocked.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend the 280X (the Asus Matrix is the best if you could manage that) because it is literally the same card, pcb layout and everything, however they are newer and a lot of them overclock better than the 7970s do. Like the 770 was a rebadged 680 that often overclocks better, the 280X is a 7970 that often overclocks better.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I read the 280x is downclocked by 50MHz. It typically sells for slightly less than the 7970. I'd say you can't go wrong with either card...it comes down to how much you pay to decide the winner.

EDIT. based on prices in US. I'd buy the Sapphire 7970 for $280. Excellent price and performance. The cheapest R9 280 sells for $300.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

That's for the stock clock 280X. I've seen a couple models go as high as 1150 Mhz which is higher than even the Vapor-X 7970, however those models are about $350...

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

But you can get a Sapphire 7970 Boost for $280. It makes the $350 (actually $365) 7970 Vapor X hard to justify. For $85 less I'd rather the 7970 Boost.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

They're essentially the same card, so just get whatever is cheaper. I've seen some 7970's hovering around $250 lately. Also, later on you can buy a 280X to crossfire with the 7970, if you so desire.

  • 77 months ago
  • -2 points

I was wondering too :/ Great Price and the performance is almost as good as a 780!

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

You mean about equal to a 770? Because that's what it is in most benchmarks.

  • 77 months ago
  • -1 points

No 780, check the reviews for the asus matrix version(this one) It's only like 5-10 fps lower

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

could you provide a link to said review?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the one I was talking about, 10 FPS lower puts it literally right next to (whether above or below) the GTX 770 at stock clocks in almost every benchmark except for a select few where it beats both the 770 and 780.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. Sweet cable management.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

It is really worth the effort to pick up a 5 pack of zip ties for $0.25 at a hardware store.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup haha, I just re did my cables last night. Picked up a pack of 100 zip ties from Microcenter, I think I had about 20-25 left by the time I was done

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Cable Management!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish that i could be that organized

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

You have any other benchmarks for us? Try Catzilla or 3dmark (not 3dmark 11). I'm really interested in seeing how that card performs.

Sweet build, overall.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure. I won't have time until this afternoon when I get off work. I haven't had a chance to really play around with it. My graphics card didn't get here until yesterday evening.

I'm not sure which of the benchmarks you wanted on the 3d Mark. On the Firestrike, I got a score of 7421 with the AMD Radeon R9 280x and i5-4670k which puts it in the 81st percentile. Graphics score of 8728, physics score of 7712 and a 3406 combined.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you overpaid slightly on the RAM as there is a 2x4 module set of 1966 for $64 but still a very nice build

How are you liking the 280x?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree on the ram. I initially wanted a gigabyte board which was blue along with a corsair psu and a vapor x gpu which would have given me a nice blue/black/white theme with the case, keyboard, and mouse. I was willing to pay a premium at the time for the color. oh well.

I really haven't had a chance to use it after I installed the 280x. But from my limited use, there doesn't seem to be any change in sound between idle and loads which is great. I haven't had a look at the temps either.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I'm one that likes to match so I paid more in the end as well

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the power supply?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good for a first build. At the time, I would've built the same computer.