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by SpoonHandle


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CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.07 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

44.0° C


A couple months ago I decided that I wanted to build a new PC to use for gaming that could also run Adobe Creative Cloud.

Early on I made the decision to go with an AMD build because any PCs I have ever built for myself in the past have been intel and mostly NVidia. I also wanted to match up brands as much as possible for this build so I went with AMD, ASUS and Cooler Master parts and Logitech peripherals.

The CM 690III came bundled with a Seidon 120V water cooler which I sold on eBay and snagged an FX water cooler to go with the AMD branding.

I got a couple white LED Jetflo 120 fans for the top of the case and was so impressed with them that I decided to get 3 more; another white to put on the bottom and two red to replace the stock radiator fans. Anything I had read claimed they would be good for a radiator, but it was clear pretty fast that they were not as good for the radiator as the stock fans once I got it running with them. So I put the red ones in the front of the case to get more airflow through the hard drive bays.

Overall I am SUPER happy with this system and how it turned out. Now I'm looking forward to making an i5 mini-ITX build in the spring to go in the living room.

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Zeus 1 Build 3 points 65 months ago

Nice build! You could have gotten a cheaper motherboard and 2x4gb in RAM and spent that money towards a better GPU. Just my $.02

SpoonHandle submitter 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

I don't have a 1440p monitor and don't plan on having one in the near future. I was originally holding out for a non reference 290 to come out but got tired of waiting and knew the 280X would work more than great for any of the games I'll be playing. Down the road I may get a 290 anyway and sell the 280X.

Any other ASUS motherboards would have completely killed the look of this build, and although definitely pricey, the Formula-Z is a pretty sweet motherboard.

Apach3 3 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

it's a bit expensive for an AMD build, but i'll let it slide for being so well thought-out. :)

1hitandugo 2 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

how is the card my friend having any artifact problems with it? if so how did you fix it?

SpoonHandle submitter 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

I am having no artifact problems whatsoever. The card runs great and doesn't add any sound to the build. The case fans and CPU cooler are louder than the GPU. (And those aren't particularly loud as it is)

I made sure to use the AMD Beta drivers from the get go since I'm running Windows 8.1 and without them Windows installs generic AMD drivers for a 7900 series card.

However, I'm not thinking that drivers would cause artifact problems; that seems to be more common on the Matrix 280X and 7970Ghz.

Orthithian 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Good Build! I only have one question are those logitech speakers very good? I have heard many mixed opinions about them. Thanks for Posting this awesome build!

SpoonHandle submitter 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

For $75.00, they're awesome. I found them selling elsewhere for closer to $100 which though not terrible at that price, I probably would have gone with 2.1 speakers instead if not $75.

Orthithian 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

I have been using 2.1 speakers for a few years. They do the job but I just felt 5.1 would be a good investment. Thanks for the response!

Electrospeed 1 point 65 months ago

You definitely could have gotten some better priced ram, but hey, it's red ;)

+1 nice build!

SpoonHandle submitter 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

I first got some less expensive Patriot RAM that was advertised as Black PCB but was in fact green. The GSKill RAM I ended up going with has the lowest CAS latency DDR3-1600 RAM available.

idhron 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Get that beauty off the carpet!

SpoonHandle submitter 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

For reals! I'm taking the moulding off the corner of the desk which should allow the rig to fit in the space in the desk designed for a desktop to go in. With the moulding on the case is too wide to fit in.

Moops 1 point 65 months ago

How in the heck did you get Win8 for $22?

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spencerharden 1 point 65 months ago

do plan on crossfiring?

SpoonHandle submitter 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Yep, eventually.

spencerharden 1 point 65 months ago

ok good because u know well 1000w for one card

SpoonHandle submitter 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Yep. I was originally planning on a lower wattage model, but saw the 1000 on special for the same price so went ahead with it.