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This build has been complete for a couple of weeks and has so far been fine. I had some troubles with Windows 8.1 causing random crashes and stuff... Well in the end I've installed Windows 7 64-bit, and it flies with rock solid stability. I expect there are some Windows 8.1 driver issues? I originally had the stock AMD cooler fitted to the FX, but quickly junked it for the Hyper 212 EVO and now the system is much quieter and cooler. Sorry about the rather lousy pictures - in my haste to initially build the thing I never took any, so I took these after the Hyper 212 was fitted. The only carry over parts from my last computer (which was actually a laptop) are a Seagate Momentus thin 500GB 2.5" HDD for storage/games and a pound shop Bluetooth USB adapter. I also bought a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse from PC World (£20) and using a Philips 19" monitor for general use, but I connect to my Panasonic 1080HD TV for gaming. For around £500 I couldn't be happier with this system!

Edit Jan 2015. One year on and the system has changed, but not much. One of the fans has gone, I found the side case fan quite pointless - it added noise and dust, and did nothing for temps so while it is still in place it's disconnected. The original 64GB Sandisk SSD has been replaced with a 120GB OCZ Arc100 SSD, which is faster and bigger and... better. The original Seagate 2.5" HDD was replaced ages ago with a WD Black 1TB as that old laptop drive was full and slow, the WD is a screamer. The Philips 19" monitor has been upgraded to a 22" BenQ LED 1080p with HDMI input which is so much nicer. Windows 8.1 is now the OS of choice. Originally this system and Win 8.1 did not get along, but through persistence (possibly with Win8 "maturing" I dunno?) it is 100% stable and very fast. And finally the FX6300 has been overclocked to a stable 4Ghz and all in all I'm still very happy with the system. The R9 270 has also had a little overclock to 1100Mhz, every little helps!

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

my own builds also based around the FX6300 and R9 270 but i went for the MSI R9 and have it OCd to 1200MHz using MSI Afterburner and using kombuster it only hit 65c at 99% load, +1 for the pictures (so many people upload 1 photo) and if you have time maybe check out my buid? anyways in my build im upgrading alot soon by adding 2 250GB 2.5'' HDD from my laptop, a new MOBO, case, PSU and upgrading to the h80i from the Zalman CNPS5X Performa. also i was just wondering how well that MOBO works as im looking to get the Crosshair V formula Z simply for OCing and possibly going crossfire x

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi just checked out your build - nice rig! I'm really impressed with the R9, mine also tops out in the mid 60s when stressed which is fantastic. My powercolor card won't overclock passed 1050Mhz, but I'm still very happy with its abilities so far. How does your zalman cooler get on with the CPU? I put the coolermaster on mine because it was running far too got on the stock cooler (and it was noisy!)

As for the ASUS board, very stable but I did have some issues with Windows 8 (with the sata controller I think). However it works fine in Windows 7 so I'm happy enough. To be honest I would have preferred a higher end board, when I used to regularly build and upgrade PCs years ago they always got the best boards available, but the budget limited me to more midrange parts this time. So glad to have gotten rid of the laptop at long last though!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. +2 keep building. :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just wondering, why did you pay so much for your ram? You could've gotten a 2x4 kit for about $30 less. Anyways, nice build. How's that 270 doing? +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha! Yeah I didn't actually pay that much, I got a 2x4 Gb kit from eBuyer for £57 that was on a special at the time, they don't list the kit on pcpartpicker for some reason. The Radeon R9 270 is working very nicely indeed, I chose that for it's lower power requirements (1 6-pin PCIe) and I got it for £120. At the time I was looking at getting a HD7870 - but the savings I made with the 270 for very similar performance made it a no-brainer really. Originally I was going for an ultra budget build using an APU and no discreet graphics, but I pushed my bank account and went for this which is a better all rounder.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Smart move. Glad to see that you're enjoying it :)