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Freesync Ultrawide Gaming PC

by Xcalybur

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Date Published

Dec. 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

500MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

Description

I began building her back in 2012 with an Intel Celeron G530 and a Radeon HD 7770. I then upgraded to an i5-3570 and a Radeon HD 7870 in 2013. In 2014 I upgraded to an R9 290X. Recently, I upgraded to an i7-3770, changed the case from a Silverstone PS07b to an Silverstone KL06b because I despise having a door on the front of my computer case. I also upgraded from the R9 290X to an R9 Fury X and went from 3x ASUS VE278H monitors in Eyefinity to a single ACER XR341CK.

To be honest, I kinda miss Eyefinity but the increased vertical resolution without extra screen height is really nice. I have considered upgrading from Ivy Bridge to Skylake but in all of the benchmarks I have seen yet, a 15-30% performance improvement isn't worth the cash. Maybe I'll upgrade to Cannonlake. For now though, she does me well.

When looking at the prices, keep in mind that some of the components were purchased in 2012/2013 and in the case of the keyboard and speakers, I have had those since about 2008 or so.

The 40mm Noctua fan is used to cool the CPU VRM.

Part Reviews

CPU

No complaints from me. This CPU has handled everything I have thrown at it. It still offers performance so great that I see no need to upgrade to Skylake and the Z170 chipset. I acquired it from Tigerdirect.com for a great price before they went out of business.

CPU Cooler

Quiet, keeps CPU cool, amazing build quality, the hoses are easy to position. What's not to like about this cooler?

Case

Honestly, the most beautiful PC case I have laid eyes on. For me, it's the Goldilocks case; not too big, not too small, but just right. I have the PS07b which I used before this case and loved it, aside from the door on the front that covers the intake filter. Cable management is pure perfection if you take advantage of the built in zip tie anchors. The motherboard tray is a great touch, too.

Operating System

An adequate replacement to Windows 7. I don't necessarily like the way Microsoft Updates hide what is being updated though.

Monitor

Very impressive monitor. It's size and curvature are perfect. At first the menu navigation buttons were slightly confusing, however now that I have had this monitor for a while, I have become so accustomed to the menu that I don't have an issue with it. I have been lucky enough to not have experienced many of the issues others have.

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Eltech 14 Builds 9 points 17 months ago

Wow... look at that monitor... * cannot stop staring at the big, shiny monitor *

Great build... great parts... back to staring at the monitor...
Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

Lol. I am in love with this monitor. It's a beaut.

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

Careful, you could go blind! :D

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Lol.

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Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks!

MrGAWQ 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

very nice setup

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks!

mb67 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

That is a nice build. :) I just recently purchased a 21:9 3440x1440 monitor and I'm in the process of building a system worthy of it. How are you liking the R9 Fury?

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks. In comparison to my 290X, I definitely enjoy the lower temps and noise that the Fury brings. The performance is amazing with AMD's new Crimson series drivers in comparison to the Catalyst drivers.

mb67 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I've been debating on what to get for my Samsung 34" WQHD monitor, and I'm still not sure yet, but it looks like I'm going to have to give in and spend the money for a quality GPU. :-P My monitor http://i.imgur.com/6dzIiGF.jpg

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I was actually impressed with how my 290X handled 3440x1440. I don't have any benchmark numbers but based on my experience I would recommend at least an R9 390X/GTX 970 for satisfying results.

mb67 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah, I'm on the fence as to whether or not to get a GTX 970 to hold me over until Pascal comes out, or just 'go for it' now and either get an R9 Fury/GTX980ti. :-p

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

I think either way, you will be happy. At the time I purchased my Fury, I kind of had buyer's remorse as I knew Arctic Island gpus would be out next year but I am impressed with what I have now.

EdInk 10 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

What monitor did yo get? I'm looking to get one to compliment my build too.

mb67 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I got Black Friday deal on the Samsung S34E790C. I only have my XPS 13 ultrabook connected to it, so I can't really give an overall impression of the monitor as it comes to gaming. I will say that having a 34" curved monitor is really nice.

mb67 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago
EdInk 10 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I'm in love with the real estate on that...gosh!i WANT one

mb67 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks! :)

I got lucky with the price on it: normally an $800 monitor, I got it for $590.

Atron 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I like it, and it supports freesync as well, how well does freesync work because I have a XG270XB (or something like that) which is 1440p and freesync but the 280x doesnt support it which is annoying, I am tempted to say screw freesync and just use its 1440 144hz with an NVidia pascal card but I want some opinions on freesync vs non sync

Doublebow 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Freesync just looks much smoother, you can get higher framerates because you don't need to leave vsync on to get rid of the stutter and screen tearing (freesync fixes that) but seriously if you already have a freesync moniter why would you bother getting an nvidea card, amd's cards now perform slightly better in most games (that are not plagued by shitworks) and if those dx12 benchmark result things are true, amd could see up to a 30% lead over nvidea in dx12 games.

If you have the money to go to nvidea then just get something like a 390, or heck even a fury if you can afford it. Freesync / gsync make the world of difference imho, I don't have a freesync / gsync moniter but when ever I see my friends it makes me want to cry.

Atron 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Ok thanks, Ill wait till after Christmas to see how much money I have and go for a 390x or Fury if I can. But Ill wait for more opinions first

biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Gonna have to agree here. There's no point in switching to nvidia if you already have a freesync monitor.

Atron 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah I suppose so, I was just wondering how well freesync works but judging by the YT review on it, it seems pretty positive

blakeganiere 1 Build -1 points 17 months ago

I am not very fimiliar with amd cards, but i am on a very tight budget, so i think ill go with an apu, I was thinking about the A8-7670k, what games will this run, oh and to cut costs i put a laptop hdd in my case

Atron 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

What wha wha?????? How is this relevant to anything? If you want my opinion on somthing just message me.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

lol sorry, forgot i was on someones build

blakeganiere 1 Build -1 points 17 months ago

I have a case and 320g storage, I am hoping to be able to run minecraft, some steam games, and hopefully fallout 4

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Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I like Freesync a lot. Adaptive sync is pretty subtle compared to 60Hz & no VSYNC.

Harvey_TM 1 point 17 months ago

Your setup is amazing, very nice :)

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks. I appreciate it

VinAlencia 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

That mugen looks awesome! Why not try changing overclocking with that CPU? You can change the base clock of the cpu without turbo but you cant touch voltage .

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

It actually is overclocked to 4.3 at the moment and it screams!

Aceboyz 1 point 17 months ago

I sense a disturbance in the pcp force... jipster69 has yet to comment on this beautiful build

Aceboyz 1 point 17 months ago

Beautiful build, and THAT. BEAUTIFUL. MONITOR.

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks. I do love the monitor.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Wow nice rig, looks very good omg his monitor is bigger than his rig...

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Lol, thx. Honestly the pics don't do the monitor any justice. It's one of those "you have to see it" type situations.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I wish i didnt have a 9th grade school boy budget

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I cant get a job because im not old enough for a liscense

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I know the struggle all too well. PC gaming is a very expensive hobby.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

but a fun one at that

Inferno331 1 point 17 months ago

Z77 build in 2015! +1

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx. I haven't had any performance issues so I don't see a reason to upgrade at the moment.

Inferno331 1 point 17 months ago

It's fine, I have a z77 build to it just is cool seeing a build a coup,e years older

Corbindalllas 1 point 17 months ago

Great Build +1

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx!

Kokonip 1 point 17 months ago

I WANT TO ADD YOU ON STEAM FOR OVER 9001 GAMES! My steam is Kokonip Reaw da Hedgehog Kirby

prowl107 1 point 17 months ago

I got a question because I want to do a build with a fury and this exact monitor(awesome choice btw). How is the fps in most games like battlefield and crysis because I'm not sure whether to just have one card or two way crossfire to get the most performance.

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx. The Fury performs exceptionally well in Battlefield, especially with the latest Crimson Driver 15.11.1. Paired with this monitor, you have the recipe for an absolutely amazing gaming experience. I run BF4 at Ultra settings and get on average 45+ fps. Occasionally, it will dip to 30. As for Crysis, I assume you mean Crysis 3, on the highest settings I normally get around 40-50 fps. When it comes to CrossfireX/SLI, I don't really believe that the 30-40% increase, in games that support it, is worth the cost of two cards. And unless your running a Haswell-E i7-5820K or above, you are severely limiting your graphics potential with two cards. You can always wait to see what the Arctic Islands bring to the table...

prowl107 1 point 17 months ago

thanks well at least I got an idea of what I'd be looking at now, the hard part is getting the money for which will take a while, thanks again.

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Your welcome. I am happy I could help. I look forward to checking out your build in the future. If you need any suggestions I'd be more then happy to assist.

ivan134 1 point 16 months ago

Which way is the fan of your PSU facing? What are the temps on your GPU?

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

The PSU fan is facing up as the KL06b has a filtered PSU fan inlet at the top which intakes from outside of the case. As far as my GPU temps are concerned, using the Radeon Crimson software, I have set the GPU fan profile to spin the fans at 100% if the GPU temp reaches 75°c. To be honest, the temps haven't yet reached that high on the GPU as the airflow in the case is configured for positive pressure.

ivan134 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks a lot

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

No prob.

dmucheck 1 point 14 months ago

is this monitor great for photo editing for photographers?

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I would assume so considering it is labeled as being able to display 100% Adobe Color Gamut. I would advise that, if you do purchase it, you preform a color calibration using the proper methods. I don't do any professional photo/video editing so my assumption is purely speculative.

hyperlystic 1 point 12 months ago

I know its off topic but do you know if the CPU cooler will work with FM2+?

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It sure will. It comes preinstalled with the mounting brackets for Intel CPUs but the package also includes brackets for AMD CPUs that can be swapped out via 4 screws

JrJohnson65 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Did you ever overclock the refresh rate on the monitor? If so, what did you get? Also I was wondering if you would recommend the monitor to me if I came from a 144hz panel.

mhiziab 1 Build 0 points 17 months ago

Really really awesome cable management I'm impressed. Really digging the case too

Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx! The cable management took the longest and required the most attention. I used to have a surplus of 600+ zipties about a year ago but now its less than 50 or so due to the upgrades I have made to all of my computers. The case was a no brainer for me though.

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Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx! I may just do that.

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Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I miss the immersion that Eyefinity offers especially in Battlefield 4. But the increased pixel density is much nicer as screen details are more pronounced. But I plan on going Oculus/SteamVR, that was my main reason for getting rid of Eyefinity.

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Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I would recommend an Ultrawide. Given that, at least for me, no single card solution is really capable of pushing 5760x1080 resolution at acceptable frame rates without sacrificing quality and the pixel density is amazing at 1440p, I can say that I am completely satisfied with my conversion.

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Xcalybur submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

LOL. Well in many games, I would occasionally dip into the mid-low 30s but with 60Hz monitors and Vsync disabled, screen tearing ruined many games. So I had to sacrifice AA (either to 2X or off) and render/view distance to get up to mid 40s or so. It was an great experience when a game ran well though.

I'm glad my experience has allowed you to make a great decision. I believe you will be very happy with ultrawide. To be honest, I have watched a few movies on it and it has made me wish more manufacturers would release more 21:9 TVs.