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My computor I been building on from time to time the last year or so since I bought it. I wanted to get the most from my money at the time, so if please respect that here in Sweden the prices are way higher then in most of the world. I have also changed cases 3 times and motherboard twice, so this is only my final build at this time, not the one I had at the start.

Choose the Sapphire Toxic cards because I got them for a good price at the time, they are already decently overclocked with a 5 year warranty. They are also pretty quite on ideal and look sweet on my case. I had a few problem with them like many of us AMD users had when Crimson came, but I have always controlled them with MSI Afterburner, so when I heard (because I do try to keep myself alert near my darling) that the fans weren't spinning as they should I just need to re-program Afterburner and it control over the fans once again. Though it does lack the Vram that could benefit in most modern AAA titles, they still manage to do really well with the games. Their latest achievement being able to pull an average of 87fps on high setting in Assassins Creed Syndicate with the filters taken down a few steps (were the memory is mostly effecting them).

The case I freaking love. I have very large hand so being able to poke around with it without being afraid of hitting the wrong parts are a large bonus to me. The airflow is excellent and it was a good investment for the day I finally decide to make my custom waterloop... and she is a beauti with that car sticker on. And the hue lights make it light up so beautifully!

The motherboard was as much an aesthetic choice as much for the overclocking capabilities. It looks awesome and I know I could run the processor faster if I just had a better cooler. The 990fx series of motherboard always runs how no matter what which I gambled on. I though I just could fix it with the watercooler, but that wasn't the case. Took me a few months to realize it, but on Asrock's website they do say on the CPU list that the board will need a aircooler that pushes the air on to the motherboard, which made me realize that that was need to cool the socket itself, not the CPU. Well, I said ''Screw aircooling'' (I like aircooling just fine, but when yu just gotten a watercooler you con't want that money to go wasted), so I pulled out a old AMD Anthlo cooler, took away the small fan and stuck it just under the CPU cooler.

Now before I put the mini-fan there I had a overclocking of 4,2ghz which I keep even though the temps was to high for my own liking just because it took me such a long time to get there. I had an average of 58c on the socket at idle with not being able to let it do more the 80% work load because it would get more then 72 degrees Celsius which is a temp I think is the limit, and the Cpu alone nearing 62c, its recommended limit. With that small fan there I lowered my average temps on the socket down to an average of 43c idle and the CPU at 30. And now I can let be overclocket at 4,2ghz speed (20% more speed)and have it work 100% and with the two cpu fan that came with the watercooler being the only pwm fans that need a speed change from 35% to 50% I have a socket temps of 62c after 4 hours and the cpu itself never reaching more then 50c. Small wonders, really.

So this is my darling, what you think? Have any advise how I can tweak her? I want to spoil her as much as possible (will get modding cables soon) without spending to much.

--UPDATE: I have been able to get a stable overclocking of 4.322 now with the socket reaching it maximum temps... a little frustrating that it is the socket that is a pain in the ***, not the CPU who's max core only reached 53c... oh well, maybe I can fix it with some more small fans later. Evidence at he last picture.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice parts, you can't go wrong with a Fractal Design case.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build! how did you mount the fan you use to help cool the cpu/socket? I'm glad that gave you much better temps!

You already basically explained it in your very detailed description (high costs in Sweden), but was there no single card solution that was a similar price? I would think a 390 could provide similar performance with the benefit of more memory. I'm sure you solution is working great for you, I'm just curious about the prices in Sweden really...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I mounted the fan through zip-cords on the two lower screws on the CPU cooler and electrical tap on the backplate of the graphics card. Also used the same tape on top of said screws to make a sort of anti vibration pads on both the screws. That and it being the only fan on the case fan control, so now with it only getting 5v power even such a small, fast fan barely makes any sound.

Well, the this was that I bought the two graphics card on sale last year in may, before the R9 300 series was announced over here, so I got the cards for 250$ each, which to me always have been the sweet spot for preference/price. Unlike in North America so is AMD way cheaper then Nvidia here, and if I'd had the money now or only a few months ago I would have spend a few 100$ more and gotten two R9 390, because those cards are beasts and make me very envious. But like I said, the cores on these cards are pretty amazing, especially for a 270x cards (kind of a gamble there), and having two cards crossfire will in most cases give you more core power then even the more high end enthusiast cards. The fault is more in the low memory, and when Zen comes out I will probably make a new build with that 16-core beast and two 390 cards, having 8 gb vram to play with instead. So yeah, it was mostly about the money, the time and place. :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

ahhhhh I see the zip ties now! I couldn't even tell before, looks very clean and well mounted.

thanks for the details!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, mate. And thank you for the nice compliments :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Any pics with the lights on? Would love to see inside.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

YEAH!!! Just took them up as you wrote this. Haha, mostly tape, but since you can't see that from the outside I think the result was great! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Its a thing of delight. Good job!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, mate. I'm humbled. :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the coolers on the 270x's! The only problem I have found with them, is that they are usually far more expensive than other 270x's or 290's with different coolers. But nice, solid build m8! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks made for the show of affection to my little babe. :)

Yeah, they are a little more expensive then most 270x, with about 40$ each at the time. But when I looked up how much people had been able to overclock the 270x, I did not find many that came more then 30mhz more then these. So what payed 80$ more together was to get a heavy near max overclock with a 5 year warranty... which I have to say was a pretty good deal.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That AMD love! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank mate, but I have to say... yours were sick! Seriously awesome, dude!!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

More stripper than pc

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh?