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The Microwave

by Project460

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43 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 5, 2017

Date Built

March 5, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

Description

This machine is primarily used for gaming, however it is also my main computer. This is my second ever computer build.

I had originally picked out a RX 480 Red Devil. Unfortunately I had multiple issues with the graphics card (high temps 85 c, constant grey screen crashes) and ended up returning it to Amazon. While looking for a new RX 480, I stumbled upon the R9 Fury Nitro. After doing some research, I decided I would go for this card instead. I am very happy with this decision. The R9 Fury Nitro delivers a crazy value for the price I paid.

I did run into another hiccup. The R9 Fury Nitro fits just fine in this tiny Corsair Air 240. However, the PSU VGA cables would not bend enough to allow me to comfortably close the case up. After searching, I found a user on reddit who had this same problem. Thanks to Kareon Kables, I bought a adapter that laid flat, allowing me to close my case with ease!

I ended up replacing the Intel stock cooler because I have a smaller room, and it can get pretty warm in here. The Cryorig C7 brought my temps down by about 10 c and I am super happy about that (65-68 under load vs 50-55). Plus, it looks alot better with my white build than the stock one did.

Overall I had alot of fun with this build. The Air 240 was a joy to work with. I love the size and how manageable everything was.

Lastly I want to thank this website. This is one of the most informative, and helpful places to go when building a new computer.

UPDATE: I have installed a i7 7700k into this build. It does a much better job keeping my frames for 144 hz. Also had to up the cooler a bit.

Part Reviews

CPU

I had bought this before Ryzen was released. Honestly, I would have gone Ryzen 1700x. However, this processor still kicks *** and takes names. It runs a little warm with my current cooler so I may invest in a IAO in the future. Other than that I have no complaints about performance.

CPU Cooler

Great low profile cooler. It is the tallest cooler to fit in a Corsair Air 240 (I did alot of research but I could be wrong). It cools a little better than the Hyper 212 which is a good thing. Its silent as can be, as known for the Noctua name.

Motherboard

Eh, its a B150M mobo. It works, and ive had no issues running the system after 9 months. No real special features, but that comes with the B150M market.

Memory

No issue with this RAM. It looks awesome and performs great.

Storage

This SSD kicks booty. Ive had no issues whatsoever with it and it flys.

Video Card

This combined with 1080p 144 hz FreeSync is unbelievable for what I paid for it (240$). Ive owned this for about 9 monthes now and it has been wonderful with no issues at all. Only con I can see is it is very large. Now that Vega is out, ofcourse that will be a better experience, but if you can snag one of these up for 240-280$ I highly recommend it. FreeSync makes AMD cards worth it at basic 1080p 144 hz. Even if I only get 100 fps, I cant even tell the difference cause its so damn smooth. 5/5.

Case

Wonderful case, I have no grips about this thing. Cable management is effortless, it looks awesome, and is well made. Airflow set up is perfect IMO. If you are looking for a cube, this is definitely one to look at.

Power Supply

Its a power supply by a good company at gold rating. I may have gone overboard with my build but the difference at the time between 600 and 850 gold was 20$.

Case Fan

These things move air nicely. No other real complaints.

Comments Sorted by:

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

You should try microwaving it!

send us the results

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Haha, all my friends said it looked like a microwave, so i just rolled with it :p

uberlizard 1 Build 3 points 14 months ago

shoulda thrown a FX-9590 in there, then it'll work as a microwave too.

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Haha true that!

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

i mean why not then?

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Haha as much as I love AMD, I wanted a build right now and could not wait for Ryzen 5. Also, the FX series is a dying breed and could not justify the cost for a decent performing i5. But yes, if I would have, I could game and cook easy mac at the same time!

BraceWuyne 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Love the Air 240 case, its good to see someone turning it on its side, something I haven't seen much. Solid build my dude, R9 fury is killer, probably one of the best bang for buck cards there is.

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you! I seriously really dig this video card. Basically I have to turn it on its side or the case touches the fans under my GPU and makes a very, very annoying sound. But thats why I love this case, its versatile and can be used in many ways.

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Nice case! Microwave. Hehehe.

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! Haha. Cant deny the truth i guess.

SilentBlayd 2 points 14 months ago

we have the same cpu, cpu cooler, motherboard, and case :O

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Jokes aside, i agree with all your choices :). I love my build.

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PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Its not a true microwave if you have fans and if you don't have a 9590 :P But nice build anyways :D

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Haha true that, that would have topped it all off.

Blackhat132 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

OMG i love the case it loosk just like a microwave the name goes great with it

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Haha yes it does..

Rylie 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Microwave army!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

With the psu you have, you shouldn't have to use the adapter cables that came with the gpu. The power cables can be directly plugged into the gpu.

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

its not that i had to upgrade them. However, they did not fit my cover. The adapters i bought were specifically made to be "slim profile".

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

you're right, i get the issue now. the gpu's pcb is taller than the expansion slot. i forgot the air240 doesn't have much space between the slot and window. I had a similar issue and really had to bend the psu cable to prevent it. If you want to keep that slim profile, maybe you can get sleeved extension cable to keep the clean look? just a suggestion.

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I will look into that! Thanks for the suggestion!

And yes the space is tight. Even with these new adapters they almost touch the window.

AlecAnderson 1 point 14 months ago

How dose that card work I am thinking of getting a card around that price range and I was wondering If this is a good choice

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

The card is awesome! for my 144 hz and freesync it is the best you can buy.

AlecAnderson 1 point 14 months ago

Do you have any FPS numbers on any games I am wondering how that and that CPU preform in real game

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

What games do you mean?

BF1 - High/Ultra - 100- 144 fps CS GO - 250+ Fps BF4 - High/Ultra - 100 - 144 fps Overwatch - High - 110 - 144 fps

AlecAnderson 1 point 14 months ago

Thanlks your making me think I should Chose this over the 1060 6Gb And do you have benchmarks on ARMA and Rocket league

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I do not unfortunately. The 1060 6 Gb is a good choice, however if you are getting a new monitor, this card paired with a FreeSync monitor is the way to go over a 1060. Also, This card has been proven to be about 30% better than the RX 480, and since the RX 480 is on pair with the 1060, I would choose the R9 Fury anyway for the price i paid.

Laquel 5 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

How much clearance is there between the GPU and the side panel? I have this case and thinking about getting this GPU but how close do the power cables come to the side panel window? Edit: I see that you got some special slim fit adapters for the power cable. I think I'll pass this one up although it's an awesome GPU.

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Yes it will not fit. I tried once without the slim adapters and I had to put way way way too much force on the side panel. And even when I got it on, I risked damaging the PCI E slot with the GPU and it still had a huge bulge at the bottom. All that said it's still worth it for the card, but an RX 480 is still a viable choice.

Laquel 5 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Yeah, got the 1060 6GB at the moment. I think I'll stick with that at least until vega.

Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Yes, the performance difference from the 1060 to the Fury would not be worth it. The 1060 is a great card! Main reason for going AMD over Nvidia is for FreeSync.

Laquel 5 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Yeah, would be for me as well. I have an MG279Q monitor

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Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Nowhere to be found.

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Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I have had no issues with this graphics card whatsoever. So far the experience has been wonderful and I love being able to use FreeSync. What issues were you having? Did it just not work at all?

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Project460 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Ah gotcha. It has been performing really well for me. No complaints here! The 1070 is definitely a great and better performing card.