Description

This build started out in a Rosewill Line-M case with a Gigabyte r9 270x and the stock CPU cooler. I first upgraded the CPU cooler to the Noctua. I then upgraded the 270x to the Asus Strix r9 390 and, most recently, from the Line-M to the Corsair SPEC-01 case. The case I have and use is not listed on PCPP, so I used the SPEC-02 as a visual reference. They are VERY similar, the SPEC-01 has 1 USB 3.0, SPEC-02 has 2 USB 3.0.

I have played with OC'ing this thing... but the motherboard doesn't seem to like it when I do. I slightly regret going mid-grade with the motherboard. I probably should have spent a little more and gotten something a little more... capable...? The 390 is more forgiving as far as OC'ing goes. The Asus GPU tweakII works well. Plays everything I have at full res (2560x1440) High settings with minimal AA at 60fps. I play AC:BF, GTA V, Just Cause 3, Shadow of Mordor, MGSV:Phantom Pain, Tomb Raider...

By default, this MB UC's this Ram to 1600, I do have XMP enabled so it is running at 2400. I've kept the CPU at stock, running at 3.5GHz with 3.9GHz capable from boost. As shown in the pics, I am using the red LED fan that came with the SPEC-01, bringing my fan total to 4. I am satisfied with this system's setup. It does what I ask it to without issue.

I hope to eventually put a GTX 980 in this and move the r9 390 to my other system.

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Just purchased a Gigabyte 980 ti gaming to replace the r9 390. Surgery will commence tomorrow! I cant wait to experience the results!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Was the 270x good? Can you please tell what games you played on it and the fps you got? Nice build :) +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I am actually still using it. I haven't posted the build yet, needs pictures. I am happy with it's performance. For gaming at 1080p, this card is definitely good.

Currently the system it's in is getting 50-60fps @ 1920x1080, running mixed Med/High settings with little or no AA. Depending on the game, settings can be set to High. For example: Borderlands 2 can be on High/Ultra w/AA whereas GTA V can only really go Med/High, no AA.

I will post the build it is in currently so you can see what it's running with.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I would really consider a PSU upgrade if you are running an overclocked 4690k and an r9 390. Not that the Cx is particularly bad, just that it is not particularly good or suited to the system.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been thinking that also, it's a good point. I'd like to get a fully modular PS around 1000w... Eventually. Currently the CPU is running stock, I use the Asus GPU tweakII for the 390.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 1000w? The issue here is quality and performance, not wattage. 750w is plenty unless you crossfire.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! My brain was in 2 places at once when I posted that... I was putting together another "dream build" at that time and was using the 1000w in it... must've just stuck. Realistically, when this 750w gets replaced, it will be with something that has similar watts, but better efficiency.

Sorry for the brainfart there! Thanks for catching it.