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Build on a bit of a budget with the requirement of being VR-ready, relatively future-proof (until upgrading the graphics card at a later date), and under $1,100. It scored a 7.8 on the SteamVR readiness test, so mission accomplished!

Currently using my TV as a monitor (won't need one for VR) and some spare cheap keyboard/mouse I had lying around. I also have a hard copy of Windows 7 that I installed and upgraded to Windows 10. The hardest part of the build was installing Windows 10. It was a complete nightmare because the Windows 7 disc installer doesn't have support for USB 3.0, and the GA-Z170X Gaming 7 motherboard ONLY has USB 3.0. Took a while to get around that one.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Any problems with the R9 390 so far?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Not OP, but I'm going to chime in about the 390 real fast.

I recently upgraded from a 280 to a 390, both MSI made. The 280 was excellent, lasted me nearly 2 years. The 390 however, I've had to RMA within a week of it's purchase. The fans were failing, making ticking and whizzing buzz noises while under load, and the performance wasn't much better than a 280. I went from about 35ish FPS on Witcher 3 with All High settings, no hairworks, to about 45 fps. It's a 10fps increase, for a huge cost increase, and it runs about 8c warmer idle, and under load. The performance difference between the 280 and 390 on Black Desert Online wasn't even noticeable (maybe 4 fps), possibly due to my cpu, fx8350. Perhaps I just got a bad card, but I will be purchasing a 980 when I get paid next month and straying from AMD cards from now on.

I'm building an entirely new build here this week, with the i5 6600k and am browsing others builds, looking at what they've used and how it performs and all that. Hopefully my little rant gave you some information at least. You can view my current builds in my profile.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the insight. I've read that the FX series aren't far behind the Intel competitors in the Witcher 3 and that BDO is terribly optimized.

Keep me updated, always interesting to see the results when people switch from AMD to Intel.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

witcher 3 has been ruined by gamewrecks

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So with the i5 and my old GPU, my fps went from 20-25 I towns and 35ish in the field to 35 in tow and 50-60 in the field. Towns are super super populated so it kills your frames.

An overall GPS increase of about 30-40% I'd ******* outrageous. The skylake really is worth the money. I'm getting better fps with my old gpu than I was with the new one.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

None from a performance standpoint. I had an issue with my card in particular where the fans weren't working but I was able to fix it (one of the pins to the fan array was actually bent out of place and the connector was kind of jammed on top of it).

Got a 7.8 on the SteamVR performance test and it holds over 100 fps on the Valley Benchmark on Ultra settings (after overclock). A little loud on occasion (3 fans) but I wear headphones when I play stuff so I don't hear it. No complaints here.

Edit: I should also mention that I do plan on upgrading this once those 14nm cards come out (then waiting for a deal like Black Friday). It's a great card if you don't already have a card and need something that's good bang for your buck. Not much of an upgrade card unless you've got an old, crappy GPU.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, great cable management! :) +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The case made it so easy! Haven't built a PC in a decade, it's amazing how much easier cable management is (between the PSU cables themselves and the case)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious about that case you have, where is the intake for the fans?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's hard to describe, the front has a sizable gap on top and bottom (right where the black starts). That gap goes all the way through and you can mount fans inside. When I get home I'll take some pictures to show you. You can kind of see it in the picture if you look closely. That gap goes all the way to the bottom.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!