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This is an update to my Blade Dragon build. I've actually made a few updates since my last post but haven't gotten around to posting anything due to school and gaming taking up all my time :P So here are some of the upgrades I made and why:

-850 evo ssd: I purchased this to enable more cache use by the SSD, as on the 840 it was capped around 2gbs, and I have a ton of ram I'm not using as much for VM's anymore. I put the older 840 into a media box I have in my living room.

-R9 Fury Nano: I was really tempted to purchase the fury x, but reading reviews and looking at performance differences, I couldn't justify the 120 dollar increase in cost for less than 10% performance increase. This card runs quiet and blows through all of my games maxed out. Currently playing Dark Souls 3 and Black Desert Online maxed out and they look great on my other new part! :D

-LG 34UM67-P: I've been eyeing 4k monitors and Large Format monitors for quite a while now, and finally got to see a 21:9 ultrawide in person. It was exactly what I wanted in the end and would fit not only my desk, but the size that I was looking for while being a reasonable resolution so I could push my games a bit further. Freesync is great on it, and the color reproductions are awesome. The speakers on it are really good too, and as I wallmounted it above my soundbar on a long arm, I can turn it to face the bed for SlingTV or Netflix off of a Nexus Player.

-Sony HT-CT80 Soundbar: My Creative speakers finally died after having them almost 8 years, and I had some spare Pioneers sitting around from an old surround sound set, so I swapped over to those and had a massive space loss on my desk for a while. Eventually(like 2 months) the old receiver I had with them started to die as well :( and rather than purchase another receiver, I wanted to gain some desk space back. So I shopped around and settled on the Sony soundbar, as I currently have an older larger Sony HT150 in my living room and know that they work great. I wall mounted it just above my desk so I can run cabling, then wall mounted the monitor above it, just high enough so I can have my Surface pro 2 and dock fit underneath. This gave me my two monitor setup I need for research needs and gaming, while giving me all of my desk space back. The soundbar supports bluetooth, optical, usb, and 3.5mm inputs, so I currently use the optical to my desktop, and the bluetooth to the surface and nexus player. Works great to just play music while reading, or while watching shows.

All in All, I'm really happy with how it came out and getting ready for Zen for my next set of upgrades :) I may have a friend buying this desktop minus the Fury Nano so I can make an ultra small desktop as my next build :D

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build!!!!!! Really nice to see a Team RED build around here, it gets so lonely in the AMD corner sometimes.

  • 45 months ago
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Yeah, not enough are willing to save some money and still get some great performance for gaming, zen should turn some heads though

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

where's zen?!?!?!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Third quarter most likely! :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm hugging on to my i3-4150 then lol. Heard good things about zen. Either Zen or Kaby lake for me.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very excited for Zen! I've been saving a lot for it! It's upgrade time when it releases. Unless Polaris doesn't release at the same time

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build! i recently got myself a lg 34um68, and ultrawide is the way to go! what game is that btw???

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Its black desert online, and you should totally check it out :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Great choice 21:9 for a single card :-) That R9 should be a perfect candidate for a liquid cooler.. any plans?

  • 45 months ago
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Deoending on zen when it comes out, id like to do a custom loop in a small itx case

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice - should leave a lot of space that Nano. Can recommend the Define Nano Case for ITX custom loop. I've got 2x240 rads in it. Jayz2cents from youtube also did a nice custom loop in it with a 280 in front.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

and here i was considering the manta case :P http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-camantwm2

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't let me stop you :-) There's the design and your preferences!

My thing with the Manta is that size-wise with just a couple cm more, you have some fantastic mATX cases.. with a lot more rad/pump space. I'm thinking Air240 (2x240), Core V21 (2x280+240), 350D (2x280), Arc Mini R2 (360+240), Node 804 (3 rads bit more complicated) . With those you could later opt to go SLI and the motherboard will generally be cheaper. Looks wise all very different from the Manta.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

2 240's in the manta would be enough for my needs lol, by going mini itx, i would be limited to one vga anyhow. it would also make it friendly for lans with my spare 24in monitor.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build and how BDO?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

BDO is awesome and time consuming in a fun way. I have 3 characters in the 30's right now and all specializing in different things. i havent moved further ahead cause there are just so many quests you can do without even leaving a town

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thanks for the quick reply, been waiting for it to release but didn't pick it up because I heard there not much players :/

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

there are quite a few players for sure, and many channels on each server, they added some more channels three weeks ago since a lot of them were getting too crowded.

  • 45 months ago
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Great to hear that and how well does the game run? Any future upgrade plans?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

with my setup it runs maxed out, and around 55 to 65 fps. i'd like to move to zen when it comes out, and i may sell the main machine and keep my nano card to build a mini itx custom water build with zen

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

When I saw your build in the index, I couldn't figure out why anyone would pop a Nano into such a large case. All makes sense now! ^ ^

I look forward to seeing how your mini turns out. I'm moving my system into a itx case myself at the moment. I won't be implementing a custom loop - i'm sort of an air junkie - but maybe one day.

Also, I'll have to give BDO a shot. Looks great.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Right? it's so tiny in this case, but i had a 290x before it that needed the space. I don't mind air at all for cooling, but as I have this in the bedroom, i need to try and keep fan noise to a minimum when i can in case i'm playing late at night and my wife wants to sleep.

The mini build would be my first custom loop so i'll be making sure to go all out to not have to mess with it again once its built lol.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I know so little about custom loops, but I find air cooling to be quieter than AIO liquid cooling generally. Once you have a case with good airflow it's only a matter of capitalizing on your thermal headroom to slow your system fans. In the end, tho, I think it's the click-ity-clack of your Quickfire that might keep her up.

You bring up another aspect of custom loops that puts me off: not only are they expensive - and more work to install (wah) - but they're sorta permanent. I wanna swap with ease! If only they didn't look so damn pretty.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

it depends largely on airflow, i have all my fans on at slowest speeds with great temps. but with the quickfire, you can actually activate the actuators without fully depressing the keys, so i've become a faster quieter typer since i glide over the keys while typing lol. i use the ps3 or ps4 controller while playing dark souls 3 so thats usually a bit quieter for active gameplay. on BDO i typically do all my trading and cooking at night til i run out of energy.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I LOVE IT! Been looking forward to seeing this post. The monitor has me looking at one also. That ultra wide got me vexed. Lol I like how it all came together and the final setup looks awesome. I might have to jack your idea bro. Just an FYI people Cilvre is my pc sensei!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

once you use one, you wont be able to go back to a normal widescreen lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build man!!!

been wanting to check out black desert myself, It looks pretty good.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! and it's definitely worth your time for even the base 30 dollar package to get it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

use an i5 and mini ITX board....

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Just a FYI if you turn the fan speed up all the way it won't thermal throttle and will be better than a Fury and if you overclock it a bit it will get Fury X performance.

  • 45 months ago
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i have the power turned up in radeon settings to support the higher clock speeds longer, and the fan speed to a decent level without generating too much noise.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The nano caps at 75c during extreme tests and runs around 50c otherwise while gaming. I had it overclocked to 4.4ghz for a bit but dropped it back down when it was affecting my vms. I got the archive drive on a good sale and its made for always on reads which works fine for vms, music, and video storage. Originally it was going to go in my media center but i got a 4tb drive for that the following week.