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My First and Current Build

by The0Burger0King



Date Published

Sept. 17, 2016

Date Built

June 19, 2013

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C


This is the first gaming computer that I've been running and upgrading since 2013. Since I built it I've added the two solid state drives, the MG24UQ is now my primary monitor @1440p (using the other as a secondary display), and I upgraded from a Sapphire HD7970 to the R9 390 STRIX. The new card tends to run really hot so I'm liquid cooling it using the NZXT Kraken G10 and the Corsair H90. I also increased the amount of RAM from 8gb to 24gb (I'm not sure if I picked the correct parts on the list). The processor is overclocked to 4.2 Ghz currently and I may increase the overclock soon. I overclocked to 4.5 Ghz @ approximately 1.3v . I badly want to build a new pc, mostly because it's shiny and new, but this computer is plenty powerful to suit my gaming needs. I need to learn to appreciate what I have already. Increasing the overclock boosted my userbenchmark 2% points in gaming, 7% in desktop upgrading it to Aircraft carrier, and about 5% in the workstation category upgrading to destroyer status. The CPU scores in the 95th percentile up from 82nd at 4.2 Ghz.

OC Stats:

Idle Temp: varies from 30 - 32 ° C

Load Temp: Plateaus at a solid 40 ° C after an hour of heavy gaming

Core Temps: Peak at around 63 ° C but fluctuate as the load is moved around the cores

Voltage: Offset is set at + .105 mV and fluctuates between 1.284 and 1.304 mV with occasional spikes to 1.320 mV

Overall this machine has run very well, especially with the upgrades. It does seem to struggle to achieve consistent frame rates in certain games at 2k. Though it does run my two favorite games, Rainbow 6: Siege and Overwatch, at 1440p above 60 fps consistently on mostly very high/ultra settings. I think I may finally retire this computer by the end of next year. My wiring job wasn't the best with this build and I would like a case with a window so I can show off my components. For a while I really wanted to build a new computer using a Ryzen 1600X but right now that would not be wise financially. I'm learning to respect what I already have, especially since my 3770K can handle anything I throw at it. I'm very pleased with my build and I think with occasional upgrades it will give me solid performance for a few more years at least. I'm excited to hear more about AMD Vega to improve my 2k and 4k gaming abilities. That will probably be my next upgrade to the rig.

Comments Sorted by:

pioco56 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Nice build +1. But did you even consider the rx 480 (strix) for 48 dollars less?

The0Burger0King submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

I bought the R9 390 in November of last year for $270 from Newegg. In hindsight I probably should have waited for the 480 to come out.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

That's still a pretty great price. Don't sweat it. Hey, can I ask you a few questions?

The0Burger0King submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Sure what's up?

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

I'm considering that monitor (MG24UQ) with my 1070. I know it's Freesync, but the Gsync tax is too much for me.

1) I play games such as Forza Horizon 3, Forza apex, NFS 2015, The Crew, American Truck Simulator, and Rocket League. Do you think I could get 45+ fps on high with this GPU? It's a little better than the 980Ti. (You have the 390 which is similar to the 970, and two 970s is a little better than a 980Ti, so two 970 is like a 1070. So I'd say 2 390s. Does that make sense?

2) (Main question) Hows the 24" screen size? How far away do you sit from it? Do you think it's too small, too large, or just right? I was originally considering a 27" monitor, but some friends of mine said 24" would be better at the distance I'll be sitting at, which is 12-18 inches.

3) What are your overall thoughts on the MG24UQ? How would you rate it out of 10 based off of quality, appearance, color, stand, and other criteria?

The0Burger0King submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

From everything I've heard about the 1070, it should have no problem playing most games at 60 fps in 1440p. Here's one review showing it crushing games at 1440p and doing pretty well in 4K: http://www.pcgamer.com/the-geforce-gtx-1070-review/ If you look up some other benchmarks you'll see similar results. I don't think you'll have any trouble with the 1070.

I personally think that 27" is too big for a computer monitor. I sit probably 18" to 24" from my monitor and I think the size is just right. I just feel that larger screens are too much screen real estate to navigate while gaming. Overall I have to say that I'm very impressed with this monitor. ASUS makes high quality monitors. One great feature is that you can rotate and tilt these monitors to get them set up just right. The monitor is height adjustable as well so it's very easy to get it to the right level. It has a dark grey/ black color that's non-reflective which is nice. The base feels sturdy and has a sleek angular look to it. I did not have to adjust the colors at all (then again I'm not really a snob or expert when it comes to color adjustments). I can't really think of anything I don't like about it. Honestly it's a 10/10 for me.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

That mobo is really really good. Friend of mine had it, very durable

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Friend of mine had it,

What happen to it? Did it die.. lol

REE123 2 points 31 months ago

probably upgraded it

pioco56 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

yeah he -had- it.

elix3r 1 point 27 months ago

Hello, So I inherited the same exact pc build as this from a friend. Everything is identical from your build. I was wondering in your opinion if you think this pc could support the HTC vive at maxed settings if I were to purchase a nvidia 1080 or the upcoming AMD vega for this build

The0Burger0King submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

From what I've heard, the 1080 should be able to easily run the Vive at max settings (and assuming the VEGA rumors are true, it should be just as good as the 1080). Honestly you should ask in the forums because I'm sure there are people who know a lot more about the Vive. You can link my build for reference in your forum post if you want.