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Hi

This is my third revision of my gaming tower. I'm with the rest of you, always researching parts looking for that performance that's worth the sticker price. The next upgrade will be a HBM2 GPU, as nice as the Fury series are I would like to have more vRAM.

CPU I5 - 4670k - Overclocked using adaptive voltage to 4.4 GHZ. At 4.4 temps will typically reach 61-70C (tJunction). Recorded using Real Temp 3.70

MOTHERBOARD Asus Maximus Hero VI - Solid motherboard. Easy to use BIOS.

RAM Corsair Vengeance 1866 DDR3 - Overclocked to 2000 9-10-9-27 using an extra .05v

GPU Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X new addition - Upgrade path XFX7870->Asus 770->Sapphire 290->??? HBM2 - The only problem I've had with graphic is with some super high rez games I gear screen tears, but I believe that to be the monitor's fault.. turned on Vsync and maintained 40-60fps. Witcher 3 settings are not completely maxed out but close ~fps55 .

Storage HDD's Steam Drive - Seagate 1tb 7200RPM Media Drive - Hitachi 1tb 7200RPM SSD OS - HyperX (has Dragon Age Inquisition installed on it because it's ridiculously slow load time on the HDD)

Case H440 new addition - A bit shorter than my last case. My GPU required my to remove one of the HDD cages, which is moot point for me as I would have done that anyway to help with airflow PSU - Solid as ever

Monitor new addition 1440p The 1080p is a great monitor served me well The 1440p is a new addition: Excellent colour of depth and clarity. I do kind of wish I would have waited to buy a monitor with Active Sync, in triple A games I will get screen tearing with the fps being over 60fps(screen tearing fixed with vsync)

I've thrown in a few in game benchmarks to help people see how these parts perform together. Currently, I'm happy with graphic configs with ~58fps, with no screen tears. 1st Tomb Raider result is with double buffer on, and 2nd result is with vsync OFF

Games with over 10 hours, played over last 4 months: SCII Legacy of the Void, Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, Evoland 2, MGSV:Phantom Pain, Scared 3, Mark of a Ninja, Dragon Age: Inquistion, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, The Evil WIthin, Lords of the Fallen, Mortal Combat X, and that's all I can think of right now

Any questions please feel free to ask.

Part Reviews

CPU

If I had the means I would go to the i7

but I won't because it will be tough to justify moving off this chip. Really great performance, I'm sure I'd reach 4.7 with Water cooling, as I have gotten a fairly stable overclock at 4.6 aircooled. Leaving it as 4.4 to preserve the longevity of the chip

CPU Cooler

Whisper quiet, suits colour scheme, never have to worry about leakage.

Motherboard

Solid board, BIOS is well set up.

I bent one of the pins on the socket.... I was replacing the thermal paste about a year ago, bumped the pin when putting the dust cover over the socket.

Memory

Enjoy that I can keep low timings and decent data flow at 2000. Under 80Cdn for 8gb

Storage

shoulda been a samsung 840 or 850

Storage

Used part got it from work... pretty sure it's 5400rpm. Only use it for videos, pictures, and documents(media)

Storage

All games baring DA:Inquistion load really fast off this. Had a few on SSD and haven't noticed enough of a difference.

Video Card

390 has higher, clocks and bandwidth, and lower TDP. Still I'm really happy with this 290, loses a star because power usage.

Case

Beautiful case, Whisper quiet. A bit shorter than my bitfenix ronin.

Operating System

Nice upgrade from 8.1(with classic shell interface) Looking forward to Direct xii

Monitor

This monitor has been heavily abused. It has been dragged around in moves, dropped 2 twice. Colours are a bit flat compared to the other monitor I have, I'd highly recommend it as a 1080p

Keyboard

Everyone loves typing on this keyboard. My friend tried it during an SCII tournment, went out and bought a mini ducky a couple weeks later.

Mouse

Had this mouse for years.... easily 4yrs. Has seen much Dota2, LoL, and mostly SCII usage. Still very responsive tracking, with crisp clicking

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

You made a mistake at the first part stating your overclock, you put "4.4 MHZ" instead of 4.4 gHz. Other than that, I think that the HyperX 3K 120GB SSD may give you a bit of trouble as it is a bit small for the games you play, and definitely has some noticeable difference between an 850 Evo 250GB, which I saw on Ebay the other day for $75.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nooooo... I fixed it GGGGhz thanks :P... just typing away.... MHZ would be quite slow

It's not really giving me trouble, I bought it for my OS, I put SCII and LoL on it for speed with competitive online games... not that it really matters as we're only as fast as our slowest load time. BUT I like being ready to go first/second.

Thanks though! I'd consider a 850 for under a 100 but in no rush as I can't seeing it making a huge difference over the SDD I already have. I'm saving the money for my next GPU :)

Thanks for the comment :) Happy building

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you are right, in the least the SSD provides significantly better performance than an HDD, and as long as you can figure out some space management with 120GB it should last you a few years. When 3d Xpoint gets here newer and faster SSDs will be out, I have heard that over NAND Flash latency (time between request and operation, meaning your access time for hard drives) can be improved by up to 100 times, 128GB per die max, and 10x faster transfer rates than current SSDs, but still it will be slower than RAM. Most people don't know about RAMdisks, which have been around since the 1980s, and will provide the fastest available performance to consumers. I have seen videos where people have loaded games like Far Cry 4 or even GTA 5 into computers with 64-128GB of RAM an have had incredible performance gains.

RAMdisk example: https://gyazo.com/23b44ddcac48d4bf23478179b96cb50f

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor, is worth buying it ? i am considering a 24" 1440 BL2420PT. this costs a lot more than that.

This doen't have DisplayPort. Have to use DVI-D or HDMI. it's only 60hz. but are there any framerate cap issues?