Description

This is the second computer I've built and created this as a durable, reliable, long lasting gaming and video/photo editing rig. I already purchased all of the parts and it is running phenomenally well. Every game I've played runs on Ultra at 60 FPS (capped with AMD Overdrive) except The Witcher 3 which is about 45-50. This build isn't exactly future proof since I can't switch to a Skylake processor later on, nor does it have the capability to run multiple cards, but I can always upgrade to a larger single card, do some overclocking, add liquid cooling, etc.

All the parts worked out amazing and had no big issues installing all the components. Case is brilliant, roomy, easy to configure and change and has cable management. Only issue I ran into is I can't attach the plate to seal the fan vent in the bottom cause the PSU is slightly too large (by about 2mm) but the plate still squeezes in there with no screws and doesn't move around. I also didn't mount the SSD behind the motherboard because the one I chose doesn't seem to fit the holes. I ended up just putting it in the lower drive bay, but will probably Velcro tape it to the case later on to free up some space.

When more games come out that run on DX12 I'll consider switching to Windows 10, but until then Windows 7 is running fine. I'd like to eventually get a monitor with a faster response time and refresh rate, but one thing at a time. I needed an entire upgrade from Mouse to Monitor so this is how I decided to do it and I'm fairly pleased, considering the alternative build was around $3300 total for 4k and Skylake.

I would recommend any of these components to anyone for any other build as well, seem very durable and made from quality materials. The purple fans were the finishing touch because every other color is played out and I am very happy I made that decision. Also the type of fans I used are very very quiet... I can't even hear my computer really, which is a first. I moved the 140mm fan that was originally on the back of the case to the front with the other one then added the purple ones on back. The 2 fans on the front of the case are hooked up to the fan controller and set at the highest voltage, and the 2 purple fans are at regular speed for positive air pressure, seems to work well.

Cheers :)

  • After taking Windows Experience/Speccy picture I noticed my RAM was set to 1333 instead of 1600 so I went and changed it in the BIOS. Lol.

  • Bought 2 more purple fans and set up for negative pressure. Plan on getting another so all 5 are purple LED's :)

  • Only issue I have is the monitor isn't 144hz so I get some screen tearing on CS:GO but not really noticeable on any other game.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

"Solid Gaming Rig" as opposed to a liquid gaming rig... lel jk dude, nice build. Nice GPU too, although you can get an XFX R9 390X for only about $10 more.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Liquid cooling can come in the future :D

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

But then it won't be solid any more : (

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, unfortunately :(

But like Bruce Lee said:

"Become like water my friend"

;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you go with windows 7/define r4 instead of windows 10/define r5?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly, I believe that a case is the builder's opinion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it? But I respect your opinion nonetheless.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Already had Win7 and didn't have to buy it. R5 isn't much different than R4 and it was cheaper to get an R4 at the time :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally a guy who isn't an idiot and goes with a 390 over the 970!!! Solid build btw, happy gaming!

  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

The 970 works for what some people need, the 390 works for what some people need. Even though there is a difference in performance that favors AMD, some will still go for the 970 for their own reasons.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the 8GB of VRAM do with the R9 390? Planning on getting one and can't find much with the 4790K and the 390 combo

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

So far so good :) I should probably record a video of The Witcher 3 in ultra. It's beautiful!

The card gets kinda hot on that game though, up to 72C but I can manually set the fan to 50% before playing and it stays much lower, or let auto do its thing... But apparently it's built to run like that anyway.

shrug

I'm satisfied to say the least.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 5 points

I also use it as an anvil.

Yes, I'm also a blacksmith.