Description

I'm going to try this again, without being half asleep early in the morning!

This build is to replace my previous rig I sold containing a FX 8320 and R9 290. I sold the rig as a whole because of an odd storage configuration and poor performance in CPU intensive games. I also really was fed up with the issues I kept having and wanted it gone. The system ran and gamed fine, just didn't quite fit my personal needs. I was tired of seeing my friend's i3 4150 out perform in the same games I played (GTA:V, ESO, and Fallout 4). This new computer has been much better for my needs: Streaming, gaming, and light video editing.

I managed some easy overclocking results and some interesting scenarios from the testing. My GPU managed 195Mhz on the core and NO adjustment on memory. Even down-clocking or overclocking by any means resulted in some very odd artifacts. The CPU is clocked at 4.4Ghz @ 1.25V. I am unlucky to have gotten a lower than 50 percentile CPU, oh well I got a great deal anyways. (GPU, CPU, & Mobo are bought used.)

Thinking back I could have kept my GPU and sold the computer as is, that's okay. I live and learn everyday.

CPU - Needed for solid gaming performance with professional capabilities.

CPU Cooler - Fantastic cooler for overclocking! Best bang for your buck in my opinion.

Motherboard - Supports overclocking and several other very neat features. Bought as open box, essentially a new board at a used price. I recommend looking this board up, not quite the normal ATX.

RAM - Not the best rated memory, yet it is my go to.

Storage - My previous build had several different storage capacities and it left a bad taste in my mouth. The appeal of having one drive is more important to me; however, I'm confident I'll gimp out for a boot SSD.

GPU - I felt my 290 was overkill for 1080p, this was before the 480 and 1060 came out of course. I still stand by this statement, considering I max out all the titles I play. I will save up and upgrade before the end of the year, however.

Case - First time buying Phanteks and I must say I'm impressed! Plenty of room and cable management. Swell computer case.

PSU - Another go to brand for me, the basic line EVGA series does well for me. I am considering cable extensions to pretty up the case and some white LEDs.

Optical Drive - I felt like having one, can't even explain the amount of times I've needed one.

Thank you for your time!

Part Reviews

CPU

Superb processor! Runs all games smoothly, handles all tasks with ease, and has overclocking capabilities!

CPU Cooler

Honestly one of the best, if not the best, bang for the buck CPU coolers.

Motherboard

Different ATX size than normal, yet it is a full fledged Z97 motherboard! Even has a cool toggle for an orange LED track, tracing the Audio on the PCB.

Memory

Decent memory, runs at 1.5V which is standard for DDR3. There are other brands that pull 1.35V and have better timings.

Storage

Great storage as usual, still king for mass storage today even though SSDs are closing the gap.

Video Card

Fantastic card! Capable of 1080p Ultra settings on most games. The cooler does a swell job.

Case

Fun and easy case to build in! Wish I had discovered this one a while ago, even supports EATX!

Power Supply

Solid PSU, the price is very hard to beat.

Optical Drive

Owning an Optical drive is pretty hit or miss now a days, some people don't need them and others do. I am on of those few who do. Splendid drive.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel like you got a really good deal on the parts, especially the r9 280 ($150 off!) +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, the the gpu is sagging a lot and I think you could have picked up a used gtx 760 for about the same price that wouldn't sag.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't have the opportunity to pick one up for a good price, I'm happy with this purchase.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I see. Also, where did you get such good deals from? eBay?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

That was my goal! Thank you!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points
You won't regret the CPU change :-) I also think I'm going to sell my PC and "rebuild" it. Mine is not that good

+1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It was a good decision changing CPUs. Best of luck to you.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Your poor GPU is sagging. :( Gotta prop him up somehow! I've seen people use zip ties but it isnt too pretty.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty common with these XFX cards, large coolers with no back plate.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you guys get the operating system?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a copy lying around, previously bought it from Microsoft.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And you also need to install all drivers by yourself? Just search them from website?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Depending on your video card, the drivers can be found on either AMD's website or Nvidias, note that if you are connected to the internet during the install process Windows 10 will auto install basic drivers for your GPU. It is still recommended to download them from the respectable vendor.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The 8320 was the main reason. The price I sold the previous computer didn't allow enough money for a 290. In fact, now my frame rates are, on average, much better and stay playable more often than when I had the other system. I will be upgrading the GPU next.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :D