Welcome to my second build log!
So after my first rig which was scrap job I got well and truly hooked! Looking at all the great builds on here i decided to go for a second one!
- FX 6300 6 core CPU - FREE!
- Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 - FREE!
- 8GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance PRO 1800mhz - £26
- NZXT S340 Black and Blue - £63
- 2 Standard NZXT 140mm case fans - £10
- Braided cables £15
- Cooler Master G550M 550w semi modular psu - £55
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - £29.99
- NZXT Led kit 2m - £13
- Sapphire Rx460 2gb - £100
So i managed to pickup the CPU and Motherboard for FREE which is good because if i chose them then i wouldn't have gone with those options! But anyway installation into the NZXT S340 case was a breeze. The only thing i would mention is i had some issues with the audio drivers on sabertooth 990fx which took some time to sort!!
The case.... It looks great (Well i think so anyway) the cable management is very easy as there is so much space underneath that there was no struggle the only thing i would have done differently with the cables would be to get a longer 24pin extention so the connector could tuck into the psu shroud! (I got a 30cm extension next time it will be 60!) Downsides to the case i hear you ask? Well whilst building it there were no issues then when i was installing windows i noticed some dust DUST!!! So i brush it of with my hand and to my horror it scratched instantly!! So after making sure i had a replacement panel on the way i tested it. I used a brand new soft paint brush and it left brush stroke lines all over! So whilst the case looks great as soon as you touch that perspex its scratched! (JUST SO YOU KNOW) Airflow in this case can't be faulted 2 140mm fans intake at the front 2 120mm exhaust fans.
The Hyper EVO 212 is one of the most recommended CPU coolers about and being the first fan based one i have fitted it was very simple. I was a little worried about temps (I used an AIO liquid cooler on my last build) but i shouldn't have bothered idle the cpu sits at 23 degrees and the GPU sits at around 24 degrees. When I get round to overclocking if the temps get to hight I may look at a water cooler as the 212 EVO is massive with about 10mm clearance from the window panel!!
The GPU - This is aimed at a budget build with the option to upgrade a little with Zen coming out it will be a decision for the future. At first i was looking at the 750ti but ended up going for the Sapphire RX460 2GB after looking at reviews and benchmarks between the two the rx 460 beats the 750ti on most of the tests apart from a couple and it's just newer so it should be supported for longer!!. Not to much i can say about it yet as its not been fully tested. I kind of miss the gpu needing power cables as the braided cables look good but it will do me until i get something a little... Well more!
I am thinking of changing the fans in the future and the SSD is still on the way but overall i am very happy with how this build turned out!! I am thinking a green build next. I am sure it won't be long!! I will update the pictures when the last parts arrive!
Just incase you only came for temps!
CPU - 23 Degrees GPU - 24 Degrees Tested with Open Hardware Monitor