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I have had the past week off and today was a rainy day, so I figured why not build another computer. The original build consisted of an i5 4440 and a very fancy InWin case but it just didn't fit the budget I wanted to spend. This is what I settled for in the end, and I find it to be a very rounded build. However, I would have liked to put more into the GPU end of things but I couldn't say no to the price I payed on the R9 270.

CPU: I have worked with the FX4100, 4300 and the FX6300 way too many times. Lackluster overclocking results with the FX6300 on more than one occasion pushed me into my decision to get the FX 8320. My thoughts are that I have been motherboard constrained on previous attempts at FX series overclocking. 4.5Ghz+ is my goal on this CPU, and should be attainable quite easily.

Motherboard: As stated above, attempts at overclocking with 970 boards hasn't netted me the type of gains I was looking for. This time around I figured why not go with a solid 990FX board and see if my luck is any better. I went with Gigabyte as opposed to my regular go-to ASUS. This is solely due to the recent RMA on my P9X79, but I won't get into that....

RAM: Pretty straight forward choice. I have had luck overclocking the Kingston HyperX to 1866Mhz by slightly loosening the timings. No Kingston ram has died on my watch so I have no worries about quality.

HDD: 1TB - $60. Enough said.

GPU: Was planning to go with the 270X or GTX 760 but I ended up finding this 3 week old R9 270 for only $160. Performance is close enough to what I had originally intended to use.

Case: I was more or less stuck with the local offerings on this. The options were low to due lots of models being sold out. A window was a must on this build. I skipped the Zalman Z9/Z11 because I had already used them on more than one occasion. In the end it was between the TT Chaser A31 or the 230T. The GPU ended up being black/red so I ran with the theme and got the Corsair. It was easy to work with, but I would have loved to see rubber grommets for cable management and a rear LED fan. I will definitely be getting a red LED fan for the back or some NZXT led strip lighting to brighten things up.

PSU: Original plan was the EVGA 600B, out of stock. CX600 was in stock and was marginally more expensive. Should be just enough power if the buyer of this computer wants to go Xfire.

Optical: Because I can't live without one. Yes, I burn CD's.

Overall the build went fairly smooth. For the first time in 3 years I had the retailer mount the CPU to make sure the bios was updated. After this was all said and done, I drove home all excited to put this rig together. Open the motherboard box....CPU is MIA. I had them take the CPU cooler off after they had posted everything as they would only use the factory cooler. The tech accidentally took the CPU out as well. Drove back in a big hurry to see what happened. The tech was embarrassed to say the least.

As with all of my build, I will post benchmarks as soon as they are done. CPU/GPU temperatures to follow. Sorry for the picture quality, I really need to get a new camera.

First round of benches:

Firestrike Stock: Overall 5030, Graphics 5670, Physics 7017

Firestrike @ 4.2Ghz, 1050mhz core, 6000mhz mem: Overall 5478, Graphics 6175, Physics 7650

Firestrike @ 4.2Ghz, 1100mhz core, 6000mhz mem: Overall 5644, Graphics 6373, Physics 7886

BF4 Ultra settings, NO AA @ 1080P, no GPU OC: 55FPS AVG on most maps 32-64man

With OC (1050Mhz Core, 6000Mhz mem): 60-65FPS AVG

Crysis 3 Campaign, High Settings, FXAA @ 1080P, no GPU OC: 40-45FPS AVG

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Really, who does not use a CD/DVD writer/reader?

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. These days you don't really need optical anymore, I see more and more people dumping them as an unnecessary expense.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, but it is quite usual for example I have a few games on CD (Battlefront 2). I believe that people that does not get a CD/DVD writer/reader sometimes regrets it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing I'll ever use my optical drice for (speaking in future tense because I haven't bought my parts yet) is OS installation. Then I'll uninstall the optical drive and replace it with the NZXT Sentry 3 (fan controller), NZXT output hub and NZXT Hue controller. (As you can tell, I love NZXT.) I'll just digitally download my games. (Although I will keep the drive, so if someone wants me to make them a mix tape or burn disks, I can help them.)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a very identical system, I went with a 8320, r9270x, and 8gb @1866. I do not have it up because it is still not finished. I still need to fix something i broke a long time ago and get a hyper 212, etc,etc. I fell inlove with my system and I glad that I did not overpay. Fits all my needs and I didn't let benchmarks ruin my budget build. Except for the case. I wanted a micro atx with a clean slate in the front. Mmmm, that corsair 350d is purrrrrtay.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

FX6300/8300 and a 270/X is pretty well the best bang for the buck. I can say from experience that overclocking on the AMD mATX boards will leave much to be desired.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not looking to overclock whatsoever so it is all good for me.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Then your good to go.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build btw beautiful desk, where did you get it?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. If you are referring to the picture where the case is sitting in front of a monitor, it is an Ikea desk lol

The rest of the pictures are on my make shift work bench. An old coffee table that is way too low.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you the 970 chipset holds back the FX-6300 and does not support the 8xxx at all worth a darn. With that 990fx you should be able to go as high as you feel safe, I have the 6300, 970 chipset and was able to get to 4.7ghz but that was just to test it ran way too hot for me went back to 4.0ghz. The 7870 ghz ed GPU OC like crazy so you will have fun with the 270. Nice build with good quality parts, enjoy. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback.

In one build I had a FX6300 up to 4.6Ghz, it would Prime stable but after a few minutes it would start throttling due to the VRMs. I've had mixed results with the HD7870. The first one I had shortly after they were released would OC no more than 50Mhz no matter what I did. Another one hit nearly 1200Mhz with a mild voltage increase. This one seems to be solid at 1100Mhz on the core with no voltage change. Although I do feel I will run into some power constraints when I want to go higher as it only has a single 6pin power, vs the 2x 6pin on the HD7870's.

I just wish the damn temperatures were accurate. There is no possible way that this CPU is sitting at 44c after an hour or two on Prime95

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, you got the 270 for $160 CAD? That is insane, where did you get it from?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Found it on local classifieds. Came complete as new, only 3 weeks old. Receipt was also provided. Someone right now is selling 4x R9 270X for $160 each, around a month old. My guess was they were mining cards, but at only a month old it is still a very good deal.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

You mentioned rubber grommets for cable management... I thought those were just to protect sharp edges? Anyways I've used a very similar case to yours (I actually think it's the same inside, with a different face) & I liked the no rubber grommet holes because this case has no sharp metal edges inside, & it looks cleaner to me without the rubbers. Nice work by the way.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how is the over clocking on that motherboard

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclocking is pretty decent on the board. I have gotten to 4.5Ghz stable, although the VRM's get quite hot. Well known issue with the UD3 model. At 4.4Ghz they stay around 90c, which is acceptable.

Make sure you turn off APM in the bios, as well as set load line cal. to standard and your good to go. Sweet spot is 4.3Ghz for VRM temps and performance. I believe I set vcore to 1.42v

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for the reply.

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

The only bad part is the power supply. You should have gone with either an Antec, or a SeaSonic one. The CX series are built with low-quality components, and are not reliable on systems like this, where the customer is going to be overclocking, and CrossFiring graphics cards.

Everything else is perfect! Good job, but mind the power supply next time, it is just as important as any other component.

  • 68 months ago
  • 5 points

While I agree that Antec and Seasonic make great powersupplies, the CX series are still solid PSU's at there respective price point.

As it stands the system pulls 335watts from the wall under full load (Prime95 + FurMark). This is with a mild overclock to 4.2Ghz. Without FurMark running it sits around 210watts. Even with the OC + 2 x R9 270 it should sit around the 500watt mark. 40AMPS on the 12v rail is on the low side, but I wouldn't be worried about doing an Xfire setup assuming the GPU's were not being overclocked.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes Seasonic or Antec may be better PSU's... but don't give the CX a bad rep. My son has been using a CX500M on a system similar to this build & it's been perfectly stable, reliable, cool & quiet. Plus it has 80+ bronze which isn't bad at all dude. I wish I would have saved some cash on my build by using a CX... I honestly feel ripped off by Seasonic because I can't tell any difference between them except how they look.

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like the cooler alot, even under load it isn't audible in comparison to the case fans.

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a few game results at the bottom of the description. It is a very good card for the money. The computer has been sold, so I can't do any more tests.