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So I waited for some good deals until I could combine an exceptional mobo, GPU, and RAM stick for a decent price of about $700. I started by buying a PSU with quite a bit of juice (1000w), so I went for the Sentey Metal Blade I found on Amazon for about $90 (the one I have listed isn't the actual PSU, the one I own is 80+ Bronze). Next, I found the Raidmax Vortex Mid-Tower for around $30.

The CPU, Cooler, mobo, GPU, and memory stick I bought separate. I probably could have waited a bit longer, but I found that Microcenter was my best budget option for the CPU and GPU.

What I had initially planned was to swap out my old puter's HDD with the Windows 10 upgrade on it (since my old Acer {AMD FX-4100, 6gb RAM, Radeon HD 5450} couldn't run Win 10 with my onboard GPU). Alas, Microsoft has an issue with people trading their OS to new hardware. So I broke the bank with a new SSD and Windows 10 flashdrive.

Now, if you look at the topic, you will already see that I am waaaay out of experience. I was building computers when I was a freshmen in high school up until I was 21. So I'm about 16 years out of practice. It took me an entire evening to get everything in, especially since I was digging through boxes looking for ribbon cables (rtfm). I'm sweating bullets when I get to the case wiring. My mobo user guide now looks like a worn pulp novel. So, I get it up and running, and it's a beaut!

I've been using this rig for Fallout 4 right now. The only issue with my system is a conflict with Radeon's drivers and Direct X, which exclusively crash at awkward intervals, however, I think the issue has been resolved on Bethesda's side.

The processor handles great under load, no issues to report.

NOTE About the GPU: After my first three hours of gaming, the GPU was running around 65 degrees Celsius. The heat pipes were scorching. I did a bit of reading on some forums and the majority of commenters recommended downloading the MSI Afterburner application. If you use this GPU, the fan settings are fickle; they activate when the GPU is getting really overheated. In Afterburner, you can adjust the fan speeds to fit your requirements. I would recommend the "User Define" setting under "Fan Control". I adjusted the fan speed at 9% at idle and at >30 degrees I have it around 56% and up. This might overwork the fans, but it's an attempt at extending the life of my GPU.

Cheers!

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I own the asus strix r9 380 and get temps in the 60s under load at times; I'm quite certain it's designed to run at these temps with no issue. Great build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that I can keep the temps at a decent range with afterburner. I should have added that the case covers were off, and I keep my home below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. My concerns were elevated due to the environmental conditions. I will probably add a few case fans down the road. Thanks for the comment!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

just a like...nothing to say

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a bit of a crash course, building a PC after so long. I learned a lot doing things on my own. I had more fun putting the machine together than playing games on it. Thanks for the comment, bud!

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