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Hey there everyone! First time posting on PCPP. I proudly present the end result of a 4 year building and saving process. A process that started with a mere A10 APU "gaming" build. Granted, the system is a not so up-to-date platform, but Devil's Canyon served me well for my day to day, and all the way into gaming, video rendering, and audio work. Being that I only have a 1080p monitor, this system is a bit overkill given that I went down the Crossfire route with two RX 480 Strix cards.

Parts were purchased as money became available to fund given component. That said, the i7 build was started in 2014 and despite seeing that z270 was a big upgrade for the sake of NVMe storage and DDR4, I held onto my z97 build because my 4790k seemed very capable. Plus, my specific chip was a bit of a silicone lottery winner, fully capable of 4.7ghz @ 1.265v. A perfect overclock that also didn't hurt temps too much. After having a problem come up with my first ASRock Extreme6, I decided to grab a second hand M7F, opting to test then paint it to ensure I hadn't screwed something up with the painting process.

PC booted, went into bios, started applying the settings I had on my old ASRock Z97 Extreme6, and boom! Gaming, rendering audio, video no issues, worry free.

Temp stays below 80c on the CPU when rendering, gaming after 2hrs gets to 70c. GPUs stay under 70c while gaming @ 1350MHZ, with fans barely hitting 60%. Venturi HP-12s are silent yo, 100% and can't hear em. If I could though, I'd swap them for Noctua 3000RPM PWM fans. The H440 is awesome, don't get me wrong, but keeping things cool is hard to do with poor air intake at the front. Good thing this case does it's job, as far as silence goes.

I have to give a shout out to my pops for helping me grab the RX 480s for a Grad gift. He's always been a nerdy guy, and felt like helping me do something related with tech since it's always been a thing of his to want to try.

Now do I regret anything? Heh, nope!

Any future additions? Good question, Jimmy. I actually have a second build based around a GTX 970 Fallout LE card I got as a gift. Sold off the core components of this build and the case, switched to an i7-7700k and a Strix Z270E board. Everything packed into the S340 Elite from NZXT. Planning to post it up, once I get the chance. Started working and going to college so maybe this summer will prove perfect for finally posting it.

Follow me on Soundcloud @ Lucid The Kid, I'd greatly appreciate it. Too end off, here's a short video showcasing my build: https://twitter.com/hipsterowl210/status/837749949169352705

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  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. That's really aesthetic.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks yo! V A P O R W A V E made me do it.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking of doing something similar to this.. I have a 4790k and Sabertooth MK1... How are the crossfire 480's? I was either going to do that or get a 1070/1080 GPU.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The crossfire 480s are honestly overkill for my usage needs. Only games I play that actually use them are Fallout 4 (enbs and seasons), BF1, BF4, and Titanfall 2 and a few others that I can't list off the top of mg head. Granted, at anything over 1080p, they scale far better. If you have a freesync monitor, I'd recommend crossfire or waiting for vega. If not, buy a gtx 1080 or even a 1080 ti, if your budget allows. I personally prefer AMD as they age like wine from my personal experience.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

"They age like wine" Haha. I'm personally an Nvidia fan, and I do use After Effects so I like Cuda acceleration but I've been drawn into getting Dual 480's. Thanks for your input. Nice build!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah lol but I won't be a fanboy, I will recommend nvidia cards over AMD unlike other die-hards. I did crossfire as it was the cheaper option at the time of buying (got them in January for $450, and even then they were a gift from my dad so I couldn't complain). But currently, pricing justifies getting a gtx 1080 instead.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. See I just don't want to have the issue of multiple cards not scaling properly and games not supporting crossfire/SLI.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I get what you mean. What ever you may decide, I wish you the best of luck in your build! Thanks for commenting. I'm ambitious, so I'm hoping for a feature... might grab my good ol' rebel t3 to snap some more shots.