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I mainly use this rig for gaming and some adobe suite programs like Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign for my artwork on the side. Honestly for the money, you can't beat the 270x at 1080p. It's pretty awesome. Currently running Dirty Bomb with everything cranked up and I average 100 fps without vsync. Very smooth gameplay. The 2 gigabytes may not be enough in a few years though. I may have to upgrade.

As always this build is evolving every day. I am currently writing a routing program for a clear side panel made of polycarbonate - as well as some inserts to help hide some of the busy cable areas and psu sticker.

Oh also, I am currently looking for some Pci slot covers, as well as considering a 270x crossfire setup and possibly a sound card.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You should've spent more money on the graphics card instead of getting 16gb's of ram. You could have possibly went with a R9 290.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That extra RAM will help with his Adobe CS programs. Creative Suite stuff is always RAM-hungry.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Possibly, but the 290 would be a tight fit in this case. I'd have to move my drive around. I am really lusting over the 390 now though :P

As eopest said though, its nice to be able to allocate a sizable amount of ram to the adobe suite. Makes working on large .psd files alot smoother.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I think personally I would've skipped on of the ram kits and put that cash into the graphics card.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it.

How is the AMD CPU treating you? People are always bagging them .

I am considering an AMD build for my next all new build next year the prices of the CPU's are very tempting.

My last AMD was an Athlon 64x2 2.7 GHz and it wasn't to bad at all.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

The processor has been good to me. No complaints. I have it running at 4.3 GHz as well, forgot to mention that. Basically it is running at its "boost" clock all the time. I know I have more overclocking headroom, but I'm not really that comfortable pushing it that hard (don't want to break anything/ don't really need it). I have heard of people getting 4.8 on water-cooling with this CPU.

The good news is current games (Gta 5 in particular) really tax the cpu hard. Makes me feel like I am getting my money's worth haha. At load in games, running the push pull config on the 212, my highest temp recorded was 61 C. So it does get a little toasty. That temp was with the AC off in my room though and your mileage may vary. I should mention that I was on the standard fan curve in ASUS's fan xpert software for both CPU and Chassis fans.

Hope this helps. I would say if you are building a monster, then go with intel. AMD is a perfect option though for the money.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the FX-8350 in my own computer.

While I will say that for the price, it's a pretty good CPU, if you're building an all new computer, I'd advise you to go Intel. Your best bet would probably be an i5 (unlocked if you can get it, but otherwise locked) and then a Z97 mobo. That way, you'll be able to drop in an i7 later on without having to upgrade anything else.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That all depends on budget and willingness to upgrade in the future. If they're on a tight budget (500-700) I'd say amd unless they want to upgrade later on then I'd tell them to get a pentium with a z 97 motherboard and spend the rest on a good psu and gpu. Also it depends on what people are trying to do with their pc and what their budget will get them. Intel does have stronger cores but for people looking to create videos or make music or movies on a tight budget amd can be a very viable option.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a budget case man. I would like to think that I did the best that I could with the lack of space behind the mobo tray.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough man, and sorry if I offended you in anyway.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

No offense taken man!

Have a great day.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!! Just a quick question, how is your ram clearance with your cpu cooler? I have the same ram and I'm wondering if it fits well. As well, how is the clearance with the cpu cooler and the side panel. I just bought that same cooler and want to make sure it fits well. I also want to add a side fan, would that work? Please reply as fast as you can. Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, sure thing.

Ram clearance: The cooler just fits, you shouldn't have any problem. I'd say that I have maybe .0625" (a sixteenth of an inch) between them. It's pretty snug but you shouldn't have any trouble.

Side panel clearance: This one I was worried about when I bought it... but the cooler fits nicely within the case. I am assuming that you have a Redbone as well? If so, when you install it you may notice that the copper heat pipes will stick out a bit. The case's side panel has a beveled piece that extends the width of the case just enough to clear the heatpipes.

The side fan: I can't mount a side fan in my case. There is two places to mount 120mm fans on the side, but in my build the 212 blocks the top slot and my psu blocks the second spot. That is unless you want to mount an external fan. I chose not to opt for this because of aesthetics and lack of need. If you are craving more airflow, I would suggest mounting a fan in the bottom between psu and hd cage.

Hope this helps

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much. Saved me so much worrying lol.

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