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End of 2015 S340 Build

by daviesben33

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14 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 29, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 27, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

980 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

Description

This machine is for school work, and also a lot of gaming. My previous build (https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/BTbv6h) was coming of age and I wanted to upgrade to an ATX case, motherboard and I wanted to overclock my CPU. I also managed to grab a really good deal on a second R9 270, so saw this as an opportunity to try out crossfire.

Part Reviews

CPU

I am still very pleased with this CPU considering its price and when I bought it. It doesn't perform as well as a new i5, but when overclocked it holds up pretty well. I understand that there are better offerings now from Intel due to the overclockable i3s, but I kept this CPU and have received good results with it

CPU Cooler

I got the refurbished from scan.co.uk for a very good price considering it's a water-cooler. The fans are very quiet and I cannot hear any pump noise. My CPU stays super cool and clears lots of airflow in my case. I have been very impressed with this no-nonsense, easy to install CPU cooler.

Motherboard

This motherboard was a very good price, and offers an 8+2 power phase, which gives me a little more overclocking headroom. The bump up in price for a 990FX motherboard was not worth it considering the benefits. I have overclocked very well with this motherboard, as it offers a very easy to use UEFI bios. My SSD now runs faster as this motherboard has a SATA 3, whereas my last had SATA 2. Overall this is a good motherboard which looks attractive and performs well.

Storage

Running faster now thanks to SATA 3. I would recommend getting the newer 850 EVO if you were buying new, but i had this from my last build and I am very pleased with it.

Video Card

I used to own just one of these and wanted to try out crossfire. I have mixed impressions of crossfire as I have had a few problems in some games. But in other games, wow, these perform really well. I got nearly 100% FPS increase in Tomb Raider 2013, and other games such as Bioshock Infinite have also seen great increases. The two cards perform very close to the recommended spec for the Oculus Rift (http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/9948760) which shows that they are around equal to one R9 390. This is very good considering the price I paid for the R9 270s.

Case

This is where I had a bit of a dilemma, as I wanted an all black case, but didn't like the glossy of the S340. NZXT do a Razer edition S340 which is all matte black, but has Razer logos on it. I didn't want Razer logos on my case so I got the blue version of the S340 which is matte, and plasti-dipped the blue parts. This ended up with a really sleek look which I am very pleased with.

Power Supply

I got this on black Friday for £48 which I am very pleased with. It is very quiet, has all black cables and is 650w; enough to power my build. Not much else to say about this other than I really liked the sand blasted finish on the power supply itself.

Operating System

Windows 10 is pretty damn pace

Monitor

I got both of these from my dad's work for £40 each which is an absolute bargain, and they're lovely. The IPS panel looks great and the slim bezel design makes them look very sleek.

Keyboard

I got this for a good price with the equivalent of cherry MX blues. I will probably upgrade to a Pok3r at some point as some of the keys are losing their click a bit. Other than that I bought this for a very good price and has served me well.

Mouse

I don't play MMO's, but I really like this mouse for it's many side buttons which I am very quick with. I have them bound to lots of things, and I probably couldn't go without this mouse now.

Headphones

Beyedynamic DT770 Pro I absolutely love these headphones. They're really comfortable and the sounds is great. Next upgrade is a dac for them as my on-board sound isn't quite perfect.

Comments Sorted by:

Jhobbster 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Wow. Crossfiring r9 270's was a great idea. I just might have to do it myself. This build looks nice. What do the temps look like on the gpu"s though?

daviesben33 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

The top card has reached 76 Celsius, and the bottom card 68, so by no means too hot.

TheEthernet 6 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Great pics my friend.

daviesben33 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks ;)

LemonVemon 1 point 39 months ago

Wow the case, want the same case as you, what a clever idea! The PC looks great and probably is a beast! +1

Do you think i should cause the i5 4690k over the FX-6300?

daviesben33 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

The i5 4690k is a lot better than the FX6300, and can also be overclocked to compete with many i7s. I am pleased you liked the case!

ichirocki 1 point 38 months ago

Anything with Daft Punk is a winner in my book lol. But really clean design and cable management. Job well done friend.

daviesben33 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks a lot. Daft punk is bae

DaimondGamer718 1 point 38 months ago

is this build good for recording/video editing?

daviesben33 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

It's substantial with the 6 cpu cores, but if you're looking for a good PC for editing then you should be looking at an i7. My build is orientated for gaming, and not editing.

kcrozzi 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

where did you find a chipset driver for that mobo with windows 10

samjamesgolding 1 point 34 months ago

Hi mate, just wondering how you plasti-dipped the blue parts? I'm looking to buy this case myself and much prefer the matte black look. Thanks

daviesben33 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Sorry for the really late reply. The blue parts can be unclipped or unscrewed very easily, and then I just plasti-dipped it with a few coats. I agree that the matte looks a lot better.

Aim2Shame 1 point 30 months ago

Nice build sir, please can you send me the exact link of the cooler on scan.co.uk

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