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A Little Upgrade

by Suka21

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14 Comments

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Date Published

June 21, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

930 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Well here we are, after 6 months I feel as though this PC is kicking strong... Although maybe a 290x is on the list... And a bigger PSU.

So I have added a monitor, water cooling, a new keyboard and new headset since I first built this rig. Also, my cable management has improved heaps.

Part Reviews

CPU

I am loving this CPU at the moment, very solid and handles everything amazingly well under the water cooling. Overclocking will happen in the future.

Motherboard

No problems, has great features and amazing room for expansion.

Storage

It's full already. Also, it's actually a 750GB one. But hey, who cares?

Video Card

Beastly little card, runs a little hot but can handle all games on a high.

Would prefer a 480 to replace it

Case

No room, comes with 5 fans and two LED lit fans. Fan control etc. Still, no room whatsoever. It was really hard to get my cables managed in this case.

Power Supply

So small, it's actually a 430M. The modular is great but I need more watts.

Operating System

It's windows...

Monitor

Love this little monitor. Great angles and the colour blooms off it.

Sadly is discontinued.

Monitor

This thing is a huge step up from the GW 2255. IT's huge and is customizable. The colours can be bland, but a little alteration and they go blooming. Plus it has a slick design.

Keyboard

I Love the browns.

Mouse

Had her for over a year, still intact and running smoothly.

Headphones

Used on the Xbox 360

Headphones

Amazing sound, low bass and crisp treble.

Comments Sorted by:

HamilkarBarka 3 points 32 months ago

+1 for the keyboard!

If you're upgrading, go with Rx 480 though, it'll be $200 and offer better performance than the 290X, so it's a better choice unless you can get a 290X for significantly cheaper which I'm pretty sure you won't...

Suka21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

The RX 480 will be costing $300-$350 AUD.

The 290x will drop.

I know of someone with a 290x at the moment who will be selling once the 480 hits, so I am hoping to get it cheap.

HamilkarBarka 1 point 32 months ago

Fair enough. Be sure to OC the 290X though.

Suka21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Will be doing just that.

Inferno124 1 point 32 months ago

430 watt seems a little tight with both AMD CPU and GPU, I'd at least go with a 500 watt or more! But nice build nonetheless.

Suka21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Drawing 370 watts in total.

austinp 1 point 32 months ago

Wondering where you got that spec from. A 270X on its own is less than likely to exceed 100W under it's own load and the FX around 180W.

Suka21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

As I first thought when I did the build.

"430 watts may be a little small for this build and overclocking won't be an option until I get a better PSU"

Luckily everything has worked out and the CX hasn't blown up, which they're known to do... Thinking a 850+ maybe even 1000 for a future build I'm doing after I get back from OJT.

austinp 1 point 32 months ago

850W+ is enough for 3 970s in SLI if you ever wanted to do such a thing so you probably don't need as much as you think, especially with GPUs getting so power efficient.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

The headset deserves a +1.

MARCOzid 1 point 28 months ago

what do u think of this monitor input lag i mean while playing BF or COD when u move the mouse, Does the screen move at the same time?

Suka21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

The input lag is minimal, every operation happens immediately. I hardly notice a delay between my mouse movements and keyboard key presses and movement on games. It's a great monitor, but it is overpriced for 1080p. IMHO I would go for a better 1440P one with a better refresh rate.

MARCOzid 1 point 28 months ago

i am asking about the RL so do u mean the RL or the WG

Suka21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I game on the RL2755hm, the GW was a secondary monitor. Although it is rather good for gaming and also has minimal delay. My previous comment above still stands.