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My first build ever for my Son. My goal was to build something cool with 1080p high settings performance for most of the games he plays. I think we did a good job with our goals, considering I know absolutely nothing about PC gaming computers. With a months worth of research and a ton of advice from people / friends who "supposedly" know what they are talking about this project was born.

I could use some thoughts about setting up the PC for optimal performance. Again, I have no idea what I'm doing so any suggestions on what to do to get the best performance would be appreciated. I was hoping for close to 60 fps for most games with high settings but this does not seem to be the case. I get 24-33 fps on Assassins Creed:Syndicate and close to the same on Just Cause 3. Now with Counter Strike Global Offensive I get over 100 fps on max settings. In reality my son loves the performance and is happy with all the games, but I'm a perfectionist and want to make sure the PC runs as best as it can. I just don't know where to begin or what to adjust. After some research, I believe I'm in the lower end, performance wise, that this setup is capable of. Any help would be appreciated. With that being said, the PC looks great in the Corsair 500R case and very happy it actually works.

*UPDATE*

Figured out my problem. I set my GPU settings back to defaults and applied my setting to the games themselves. Now I'm running a consistent 50-70 fps on JC3 with max setting, 40-60 fps on AC:Syndicate with Ultra and High settings and way over 200 fps on CS:GO with max settings. I'm also getting 60-80fps on Battlefield 4 with max settings. I think I was doubling up on most of the settings they way I had it set before I went back to the original defaults. Not only is the PC running at peak optimization, the games look better, too. I'm very happy and know I'm getting most of what I can with this set up. GPU temp never goes over 57c during game play. I also added 2 new pictures of the insides of the case per request.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Syndicate and JC3 are fairly more GPU-intensive than CS: GO. If you want higher framerates on those games a 970, 390, or better are highly recommended.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

There is something wrong. An R9 380X is pretty much the best card you can get for 1080P gaming, a GTX 970 or an R9 390 would be for 2K gaming. Check your temps using HWMonitor, and are your drivers up to date? Hope this helps.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does everyone forget about 1440p?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, I meant 1440p, not 4K. Derp.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

No he got it right. 2k is essentially 1440p, just as how 4k is 2160p.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I will check the temps when I get home. Drivers were downloaded from AMD website when I built the PC. Again, all I have done was download and start to play. I did use the app AMD suggested to download everything and supposedly keep it up to date.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, possibly thermal throttle? I would expect better than 100 fps in CS

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, maybe overkill motherboard and CPU cooler for the CPU, but it's still great. I want "inside of the PC" pics!!

+1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, in now way, shape, or form am I favoring Nvidia due to the brand name. But this card would do much better for not a ton more. (in the world of computers,hehe) Here is the link: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-gtx970gaming4g

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course a 970 would do better than a 380x... its in a different tier of GPUs. Nvidia equivalent of a 380x would be more or less a 960. If you were recommending a card of the same tier that performs better, then sure, but your recommending a different tier with much higher cost and I honestly see no point in that unless the machine was using a much higher resolution than the GPU can handle. In this case, the resolution is 1080p and this tier of GPU works great. There's no need to recommend a card that costs $140 more.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

.. just saying you could have saved some money on the ram (only getting 8 is fine for the future) and saving a bit on the os and going o a website and getting a copy for like 30$, and with that money you could have gotten R9 390 which is amazing, but still nice build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, really good job knowing that you know next to nothing about what your doing

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I've learned so much during this process. I'm hooked.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Same, I cant stop buying upgrades!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

"GPU TEMPERATURE UNDER LOAD: 40.0° C"

For real? where do you live?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I fixed the correct temps for my GPU under load. Normally run right at 57. Sometimes hit 64 for short burst.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Same. I have an R9 380 + FX 6300 and I can run JC3 at 50FPS on ultra... Something isn't working.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ideas? Is there anything I could have set up wrong in the bios? Like I said before, I just watched videos and put this thing together. It is entirely possible that I accidentally set up something wrong if that is even possible.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You maybe have the gpu in the wrong pci slot? Keep your gpu 970 isn't going to make that much diff at 1080, could be the drivers, maybe find some older ones and bypass all the garbage and just take the drivers. Maybe also download Msi afterburner or if xfx has a program to set the fan speed on your gpu could be throttleing. Could also be you put the cpu paste on wrong, look up the best method for putting on paste for the Intel chips. Also turn off any power save crap in your bios :) could be just win 10 hates you ;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

See updated comments. Fixed my problems Thanks for your help.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, but was planning to overclock the non "K" i5 chip till I found out Intel put the kabosh on that idea. Too late now. LOL. 30FPS on ACS is the high side for me. I dip into the 20 more than half the time.