I have had the past week off and today was a rainy day, so I figured why not build another computer. The original build consisted of an i5 4440 and a very fancy InWin case but it just didn't fit the budget I wanted to spend. This is what I settled for in the end, and I find it to be a very rounded build. However, I would have liked to put more into the GPU end of things but I couldn't say no to the price I payed on the R9 270.
CPU: I have worked with the FX4100, 4300 and the FX6300 way too many times. Lackluster overclocking results with the FX6300 on more than one occasion pushed me into my decision to get the FX 8320. My thoughts are that I have been motherboard constrained on previous attempts at FX series overclocking. 4.5Ghz+ is my goal on this CPU, and should be attainable quite easily.
Motherboard: As stated above, attempts at overclocking with 970 boards hasn't netted me the type of gains I was looking for. This time around I figured why not go with a solid 990FX board and see if my luck is any better. I went with Gigabyte as opposed to my regular go-to ASUS. This is solely due to the recent RMA on my P9X79, but I won't get into that....
RAM: Pretty straight forward choice. I have had luck overclocking the Kingston HyperX to 1866Mhz by slightly loosening the timings. No Kingston ram has died on my watch so I have no worries about quality.
HDD: 1TB - $60. Enough said.
GPU: Was planning to go with the 270X or GTX 760 but I ended up finding this 3 week old R9 270 for only $160. Performance is close enough to what I had originally intended to use.
Case: I was more or less stuck with the local offerings on this. The options were low to due lots of models being sold out. A window was a must on this build. I skipped the Zalman Z9/Z11 because I had already used them on more than one occasion. In the end it was between the TT Chaser A31 or the 230T. The GPU ended up being black/red so I ran with the theme and got the Corsair. It was easy to work with, but I would have loved to see rubber grommets for cable management and a rear LED fan. I will definitely be getting a red LED fan for the back or some NZXT led strip lighting to brighten things up.
PSU: Original plan was the EVGA 600B, out of stock. CX600 was in stock and was marginally more expensive. Should be just enough power if the buyer of this computer wants to go Xfire.
Optical: Because I can't live without one. Yes, I burn CD's.
Overall the build went fairly smooth. For the first time in 3 years I had the retailer mount the CPU to make sure the bios was updated. After this was all said and done, I drove home all excited to put this rig together. Open the motherboard box....CPU is MIA. I had them take the CPU cooler off after they had posted everything as they would only use the factory cooler. The tech accidentally took the CPU out as well. Drove back in a big hurry to see what happened. The tech was embarrassed to say the least.
As with all of my build, I will post benchmarks as soon as they are done. CPU/GPU temperatures to follow. Sorry for the picture quality, I really need to get a new camera.
First round of benches:
Firestrike Stock: Overall 5030, Graphics 5670, Physics 7017
Firestrike @ 4.2Ghz, 1050mhz core, 6000mhz mem: Overall 5478, Graphics 6175, Physics 7650
Firestrike @ 4.2Ghz, 1100mhz core, 6000mhz mem: Overall 5644, Graphics 6373, Physics 7886
BF4 Ultra settings, NO AA @ 1080P, no GPU OC: 55FPS AVG on most maps 32-64man
With OC (1050Mhz Core, 6000Mhz mem): 60-65FPS AVG
Crysis 3 Campaign, High Settings, FXAA @ 1080P, no GPU OC: 40-45FPS AVG