So I have been building computers for a while now, about 7 years. I have been able to put together simple personal computers and build audio workstations for DJ's. But this was MY first GAMING build. I have always been a console gamer, started with the Sega genesis, but i have always been the guy to tweak or mod the system whether that be software or hardware. Gaming has always been fun and i needed a little something extra.
I skipped the PS4 and Xbox One due to them being basically low-mid range gaming pcs (at the time) and decided to build a console killer. I seen the PS4 with its 8 core and decided 6 faster cores should suffice, especially on a budget. Originally purchased a gtx 650 ti 2gb for $50 to match the performance of an Xbox One at 900p settings, worked decent at the time, until all of my buddies decided to skip the Xbox One and get a PS4. Not a huge difference...so i bought an r9 270, which never arrived to me (thanks newegg) so Newegg gave me an r9 380 (2gb :( ) for the same price as the r9 270, which wasn't bad. I then received an r9 270 and an r9 380 on the same day (thanks newegg?) The r9 380 was great. I was able to overclock my processor to 4.5 and the r9 380 to 1100/1650. R9 380 was great, had a few power efficiency issues (it was power hungry) and it would get pretty warm in the case. Computex arrived and my mind was set on one thing, RX 480. Power, Efficiency, Low-cost. June 29 came and i ordered my card at 6:02 am pacific time. Boy was i glad too, these things flew off the shelves.
i plugged in the RX 480, installed the drivers, ran some benchmarks and games, loved the performance. Then i noticed, my computer is running wayyyyyy cooler than normal. Hmmmm. Booted into Bios, tweaked some settings, save, reboot, crash. Well it was worth a shot. Ran benchmarks again because i love looking at 60fps, this is way better than the 380. Booted into bios, tweaked some settings, hey it booted this time. I was able to successfully get my computer to 5.0 at 1.45.
As i was starting to post this build i forgot to set my computer back to 5.0 for screenshot purposes (everyone wants proof) and i was able to get it to 5.063 @1.41. Lowest i have personally been able to get my 5.0 overclock.