Description

When I'm sitting on my couch in front of a 50" plasma TV, I get to watch streamed & downloaded videos & game @ 1080p. When I stand at the bar-height table I'm using for a stand up desk, I game at 2560x1600 and fart around on the web.

This started with a G3258 and an R9 285 and has been upgraded/sidegraded to this. I just posted it a couple of weeks ago because I was sure I was done messing with it but the LEPA Aquachanger 120 was a better aesthetic match for another build. So same as last time, but 5C cooler under load thanks to the Seidon.

Part Reviews

CPU

I'm stable @ 4.3GHz @ 1.161V.

CPU Cooler

Easy to mount, performs OK.

Motherboard

Works fine. I, however, broke the USB 3.0 header.

Memory

I purchased these sticks at the peak of RAM prices last December. Pretty though.

Storage

SSD prices have fallen through the floor since I got this. I'm streaming more than I'm downloading these days, I wonder if I'll buy another mechanical drive again?

Video Card

I got the blower style because of the ITX case but I'm still getting thermal throttling. I can get 60FPS at 2560x1600 on GTAV if I keep MSAA to x2.

Case

Fits quite a bit for its size. I especially like the HDD trays that can also hold an SSD at the same time.

Case Fan

It's quieter than the 200mm Thermaltake fan that comes with the case.

Monitor

Used price without monitor stand. The anti-glare coating is noticeable against light backgrounds but not an issue during gaming or video watching. 30" of 1440p/1600p at 18" isn't appreciably different (to my almost-40-year-old-eyes) to 50" of 1080p at 72".

Keyboard

This is my second experience with a mechanical keyboard, and I like these browns much more than the blues I have in an Adesso at work.

Speakers

I'm no audiophile but they sound fine to me.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it :)

One question tho why did you go from an AMD gpu to nvidia?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

One question tho why did you go from an AMD gpu to nvidia?

Cause it's "better"? xD

980>>>>>>>>>>>>>>285 lol

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I wanted to go to 1440p and thought the lower power consumption & operating temps of the 980 vs a 290x/390x would be better for my ITX build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense to me :)

Good strong build

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Under voltage OC is nice

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Great little build mate! Some good parts happening here! Really happy you got it running! Regarding those headers, yeah the usb 3's are flimsy and really annoying. You can always just get a hub and run it to the back though :) well done mate!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This started with a G3258 and an R9 285 and has been upgraded/sidegraded to this.

Sidegrade? lol...big upgrade imo xD

Works fine. I, however, broke the USB 3.0 header.

that happens to me quite often :(

got the blower style because of the ITX case but I'm still getting thermal throttling.

Yea cause it's a blower style, they are usually hotter than the ACX. you honestly don't need blower style in that case, it's so huge and there's plenty of room for airflow.

nice bulid. I tried out that case before. It's big and has plenty of room to work around and plenty of space for air coolers... but it's huge!

nice with the undervolted CPU. as long as it's stable! maybe you can crank it up to 4.8ghz at stock voltages lol! +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there, I'm planning a similar build and I'm just debating on whether I should get a blower style GPU or not with this case. Would you mind posting your CPU and GPU temps under load? Much appreciated.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

After 5 minutes on the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility Stress test, CPU got to 70C @ 4.3GHz & 1.161V. After a Kombuster benchmarking run, the GPU maxed out at 78C per GPU-Z.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I ran a few different Kombuster benchmarks back to back and got a max of 84C on the GPU.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks for the feedback!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case !

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