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Effective Upgrade

by BULLSEYE

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8 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 2, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 28, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.04GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

Description

Before judging why i picked those parts read the story.

So i upgraded my old Dell Desktop with i7 3770 and gt 430 to a gaming dekstop, however the PSU was not sufficient (275W) and the case was small and could not fit the GPU so i bought a new case + PSU but there was a tiny problem that i didn't plann for, the Dell motherboard had different power switch than standard ones so i had to buy a motherboard too, so i bought the cheapest motherboard i could find but the story doesn't end here, after i assembled everything and run some programs i noticed that my cpu Temps were above 90C with the dell cooler so i bought the hyper 212 only because it was the only one available that i knew it performed well, Of course all of this would have been avoided if the original motherboard worked in the first place. Note that i bought GPU, PSU. case and keyboard from UK and the motherboard from US and the Hyper 212 from my city .

CPU: i7 ivy bridge is still excellent for games.

CPU cooler: Was the cheapest one i could find that i knew it was popular.

Motherboard: Originally thought i bought (ASRock B75M R2.0) but i made a mistake and confused the names, although so far it does its job but it has some design flaws including weird 24 pin placement which makes 24 power connector show up in the window and makes everything ugly.

RAM: 8gb of reused memory.

HDD: reused.

GPU: Best price to performance gpu ratio in my opinion, maxed out every game i threw at it and it didn't go over 71c under load so far.

PSU: Was aiming for evga 500W (non modular) but it was out of stock and the price became higher and this was cheaper + it is semi modular.

ODD: Reused.

Keyboard: Wanted something to replace my 2 year old membrane keyboard so farm im happy with it although i might have got a brown switch instead since they require less force.

Case: Was the cheapest case at the time i bought that didn't look ugly and surprisingly beautiful but has its own Flaws such as one time use pcie brackets which is the only thing i didn't like about the case.

Update: i reroute the 24 power cable and exchanged the LED fan with the rear one. I also swapped the top mounted fan and placed it in the front but unfortunately the dust filter doesn't close.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

works well but the 24 power connector is located at the top rather than the right side of the mobo which killed cable management for me.

Storage

Not bad although it is about 2 years old

Video Card

Great Price performance car and about the pcs+ cooler i can only say it is one of the best Amd gpu coolers abit loud on load (not that much) and queit in idle about ~70C in load.

Power Supply

So far so good, very queit and keeps the build fed with power.

Optical Drive

Works well.

Keyboard

Great mechanical keyboard, compact without sacrificing numpad and it is built like a tank, although i wish i went with brown or red switches as the blue switch require more force but i love the sound.

Comments Sorted by:

MasterOfPC 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Cool story bro! +1

BULLSEYE submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks

MasterOfPC 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Your welcome :D

bsr387 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

nice part choices but you can hide that cpu power cable. That thing is destroying all the visual since you have a windowed case. Other than that +1

BULLSEYE submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks, i did reroute the power cable and upload 2 images of it.

bsr387 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

that's the spirit :) looks way more clean now good job

dclyons 1 point 35 months ago

Hows that PSU working for you? enough power for the 290?

BULLSEYE submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Yea so far good, it is quiet( i don't know under load cause the 290 fans is louder than other components) and is more than enough to power 290 , even a 500W should do fine.