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I built this to replace an aging Dell XPS 410 with Core2Duo and a HD 4670 GPU. Main uses are daily @ home use plus some gaming. My daughter and I both love the Dragon Age series, so being able to handle Inquisition well was a requirement. The case was extremely roomy and easy to work with (and looks smooth). After adding the Hyper 212 Evo I was able to overclock the FX 6300 to 4.2GHz stable. DA:I runs pretty well in mostly ultra settings, but I did back off to high on some for better frame rates. The CPU stays cool, and the GPU doesn't get too warm during heavy loads. DA:I puts it at 99% usage and it stays below 80C.

The only real issue I ran into was with the PSU. It's a great one, but next time I buy one I'll get at least a semi modular. This thing came with a ton of cables, and the R5 Black, while having some space in the back to run them, was tight due to the unused cables needing a home. Overall the view from the top of the MB is very clean. Not color coordinated (Visiontek GPU is red/orange), but I don't have a window so all is good.

The small HDD was leftover in my closet, and will be replaced with a WD Blue 1 or 2T later. I don't have tons of videos, so storage isn't a problem.

Pics coming soon!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually building something quite similar to this how are you liking that motherboard so far?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no complaints so far. I do wish I had spent the extra on the CPU and gone with the 3820 or 3850. It does what I want it to, but for how long? I am not planning to go crossfire, so this MB does well. If I do, I'll have to research wether or not the fact that the 99x drops the second card to x8, where as the 99fx runs two at x16, will make a real difference.