Description

I had purchased a pc in 2006 and I had successfully replaced parts as they failed and upgraded where I could so when the motherboard died I decided to try building one myself. The pc does a small amount of gaming, it backs up our family media files, and it does some gpu mining in its spare time. It is probably overkill but I wanted it to be upgradable in the future.

motherboard + cpu

The asrock was easy to use and I even tried some mild overclocking. It seemed to be running stable at 4.4Ghz but I backed off on it.

case

I would recommend this to any first time builders. It was pretty straight forward installation, I would suggest buying a couple extra 140mm fans if you plan on running sli or crossfire.

gpu

I had a radeon 6870 and really wanted to add another radeon to continue mining so I got the 270x, it wasn't my first choice but it fit the budget.

storage

I had the SSD from my previous PC so I loaded the new OS on it and I just opted to add another 1TB WD to store the pics,music and games.

Issues My memory defaulted to 1333 and I had to go into the bios and manually increase it. Not a issue just something to watch for. I ran just the 6870 and I had no temperature issues, then I installed the r9 270x and it was throttling down due to temperature issues under load. After adding another intake fan, turning the top hd cage, and installing a side fan I have no issues. Thexfx r9 270x fans are the loudest part of this pc, and it probably my only regret.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you have your cpu fan settings at?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the cpu fans are all set to auto, the gpu fan in the 270x has to run at 100 while under load. The 6870 gpu runs at 65 under full load.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean what fan speed do you have set like 9 ect.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

On the Azrock A-Tuning it shows up as a rpm 1790, which is about 1/2 what the fan can run at.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

isnt the hyper 212 really loud i have mine at 1400rpm and it is loud

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe that is adding to my noise problems, I don't know I have to do some more investigation on the case fans also. The side fan I added is currently blowing out and I think it should be blowing in but I don't have a filter at the moment.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Pigatator, you are correct the hyper 212 was for some reason running way too fast. Something to do with the overclocking automatically boosted the fan speed. So I adjusted some settings and it is much better. Using Fanspeed software I was able to really dial down the noise level. I may even swap the evo fan in the future.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice components and your all kinds of decked out for overclocking with all that cooling equipment.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Hellvaguy, I went a bit over my $1000 budget but I hope I compromised in the right spots. Time will tell.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to increase the airflow in the case, due to a higher then expected temps of my GPU under load. I swapped the case exhaust fan with the Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition and moved the original fan into the second front intake position (note: the front intake and back exhaust on the case are the same model of fans). I had a older Coolmaster 120mm fan from my old case that I added as a side intake to blow into the GPUs. The Coolmaster is going to get replaced with another Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition now that I tested it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Why have you built a gaming pc if you barely game? And are those 2 different gpu's in at the same time? Wtf

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i used to do some gpu mining, and i dont game much but when i do i want the games to run smooth.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks