*This PC was purchased and built in Australia so prices in your country may vary.
A MOVABLE FEAST was conceived as phase 1 of an OC hobby kit / project toolbox / LAN party / HTPC / emu rig that will be upgraded to phase 2 (OLD MAN AND THE SEA) in 2016. Before dropping big bucks on a high-end CPU and GPU, I wanted to get the hang of overclocking again as I haven't really overclocked since my Celeron 300A days. Most of the parts are new with the exception of the hard drives, which have been inherited from upgraded laptops and PCs. I wanted a balance of portability, performance and silence, so I consider these overclocks adequate with respect to the overall build characteristics. Both the CPU and GPU could be pushed farther, but for a reasonably quiet portable gaming rig that I can bring onto a train as carry-on luggage, this suits my needs nicely.
Parts Selection Rationale
- Cheap and good enough for the next year of games.
- Fun to overclock
- Almost a default selection considering the confines of the case.
- Air cooling would be quite limited due to case constraints.
- Smaller AIO liquid cooling (such as the H80) would require an adapter for the 140mm fan mount in the case, which would eat into GPU length clearance.
- Excellent overall package and quality kit from Asus.
- Provides a decent upgrade path as it should support Broadwell with a bios upgrade.
- Full PWM fan control headers on the motherboard.
- IMHO Asus has the best fan control in the business.
- Went with the fastest and cheapest ram i could find that still had a lifetime warranty.
- Maxed-out the capacity as on this motherboard I wanted to set it and forget it.
- Mechanical hard drives are all inherited from previous systems.
- Used an M.2 ssd to minimize cabling, which is important for this build.
- Best performing $250 AUD card at the time of buying.
- Free games!
- It's completely aluminium, has excellent build quality, and the best part is that it has a handle.
- 140mm means it fits better in this case.
- PP05-E cable kit is a must!
- One Fan to Cool Them All!
- Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz overclocked to 4.5GHz (1.35v)
- Min/max CPU temps of 39c-79c
- Cache overclocked to 4.1GHz (1.25v)
- XFX Radeon R9 285 overclocked to 1000MHz core clock and 1500MHz memory clock
- Min/max GPU temps of 39c-79c
- Stability testing using (http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2195063) to the gold standard
- OCCT GPU test for GPU core overclock stability
- Furmark Burn-in test for GPU memory overclock stability
- Final test using simultaneous OCCT and Valley Benchmark for 3h
- The ST65F-G (140mm long PSU) and PP05-E (modular short cables) are perfect for this build
- Installed PSU w/ fan facing down towards the CPU as it has to double as exhaust
- Considered SFX PSU but opted for the larger fan of the ST65F-G
- H90 mounted leaves about 270mm of clearance for GPU (total length including PSU cable headers)
- 270mm gpu clearance means both reference and evga gtx 980 cards could fit
- you could even put a titan in there if you were inclined
- Two of the mechanical hard drives are mounted in a Max 5 Duo
- Picked the XFX specifically for its price-to-performance and cooling-to-size ratio
- Low-cost alternative considered was the GTX 750 ti and high-cost alternative considered was the GTX 970
- Mechanical hard drive mounted on the bottom of the case does not lie underneath the GPU
- If you do get a longer GPU with cooling that lies over the HD mount, put an SSD there instead considering heat issues
Phase 2 (OLD MAN AND THE SEA) 2016 Upgrade
- Intel i7-5775c
- Nvidia Titan X
- 3x SSD RAID0