Description

After getting a new job that pays decently well ($24k a year for someone fresh out of high school), i decided it was finally time to move on from my old laptop that could barely run BF3 minimum/540p/30fps to something that would blow it away and would last through at least Battlefield 1. So far, it plays BF3 on ultra at 120+ fps on average, the lowest dip I've seen being 98 on Metro. BF4 also plays well, with high/ultra settings and 150% super sampling at 80-100 fps, so I think I should have no issues playing BF1.

So far, I am really enjoying this build. Building it once everything came in was a lot of fun, and the case made cable management a breeze. Actually picking out the case was probably the longest part of the process, as I wanted something with a nice, clean design without logos everywhere or that aggressive "gamer" look that is seen in cases left and right. The fans are decently quiet; I can't hear the PC over any typing or playing games, even under load, but it's still plenty audible at idle when I'm not doing anything else. I'm pleased with the motherboard; the UEFI is easy to use and made OCing simple, and it booted up on the first try, so I don't have any complaints with it like some people do. It's also one of the only AM3 boards I found that matched my color scheme of grey/black, so there's that.

The CPU is decent? It's an AMD chip, so it's obviously not as good in single thread applications as Intel, but it's still a great CPU for anyone on a budget that is looking to OC, and has treated me well so far at a stable 4.4GHz (I plan to go higher, but I didn't want to go overboard off the bat).

The R9 390 is (was) a great card for the price at the time that I bought it. It handles everything I throw at it, the slowest running game being GTA V (which may also very well be bottlenecked by the CPU, I have yet to check) running on normal/high at 60fps with dips into the 50s. My choice of this over the 480 was in part due to the fact that when I got the card, the 480 was still not released, but I was also actively avoiding getting a reference cooler AMD card, as reference coolers on both Nvidia and AMD cards both look disgusting to me, and I wanted something that would look good in my case. However, even with the 480 just coming out for $200, I am still satisfied with the 390 at $300.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I have a gun,

Get in the van.

Jokes aside, I really like this build. Great part list with a very nice OC. The 390 was an excellent decision too by the way. +1 :D
  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Roses are gray, Violets are gray, Everything's gray, lol I'm a dog

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

-_-

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the new build and the new job bud. Looks great. Very well done. Hope it serves you well. Feel free to check mine out and let me know what you think. Any feed back is appreciated. +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Poetry is beautiful

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

roses are red

vaiolets are blue

vodka is cheaper

than dinner for two

apart from this ****, beautiful build! Be aware from Yuno ;D

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, did you have to change the voltage to OC your cpu to 4.4ghz? What are the temps like? I have the same cpu with a water cooler similar to yours and I plan to overclock.