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Chalcanthite

by Naorpoled

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Date Published

Jan. 14, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.4GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.6GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

49.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

Description

New gaming/work PC, built it during my stay in Vienna since shipping there is free with amazon and because I had some money left to spare

All pictures were taken by my son using a HTC One X

This build started WAAAAY back in 2009, I've already built several computers for family, friend and colleagues at the time, but couldn't really justify spending money on video games since my Pentium 4 system still managed to handle all my office tasks. Well with the release of the phenom 2 series I was starting to change my mind, I was impressed with what AMD managed to put on such a little chip and was starting to consider getting myself one of these and building myself an AMD system. But work, family and friends go over videogames and I spent the 300$ that I managed to sneak out of my wifes view on a vacation in Gdynia. Half a decade later, I started considering a personal build again, my wife however gained the upper hand in a conflict and forced me to instead get a Laptop, It was pretty crappy, but at least I could play games again, wellll 2016 rolls by and I got a significant raise in payment, this time I did not tell my wife until the parts were already at our doorstep, needless to say, she was outraged.

The build went really well, EXCEPT for the USB 3.0 cable which I did not manage to get inside the motherboard header since the case was obstructing it, whatever.

The overclocking of both the CPU (using BCLK) and the GPU went flawlessly, I actually managed to get my 480 to 1450 MHz on the core and 7900 on the memory, but the card was running incredibly hot and crashed on longer gaming sessions, so i scaled it back to 1400MHz on the core and 7600MHz on the memory and it's been running stable ever since, CPU is also stable and I might try pushing 4.0GHz if i get an aftermarket cooleer and used Z97 mobo + used 4670K. I still can't believe that the 480 ran on 1450MHz and didn't fry itself, won the silicon lottery with this one.

The performance is great and it looks really good too, next upgrade is going to be a custom PSU shroud with sloped front, a 1TB Toshiba P300, a NZXT Grid, Hue+, and a TX3 EVO + some more blue fans.

EDIT as of 31st of March 2017: Added a crappy old 80GB SATA 1 HDD, S.M.A.R.T status is good and the drive only had 24days of uptime.

Part Reviews

CPU

I didn't really have the money to overclock so I went with the cheapest I5 I could find. Will probably replace with used 4670K or 4770K

Motherboard

Cheapest blue/black H97 micro-atx motherboard with M.2 support, the RAM clips got in the way of the GPU backplate so I had to remove it. Looks like someone at msi didn't think this through.

EDIT: GPU Backplate actually fit, though it pretty much touches the RAM clips, thicker Backplates will 100% have compatibility issues.

Memory

RAM is RAM, and this is some pretty good looking RAM, may upgrade to 12GB in the future.

Storage

Fast but not too fast, overall pretty decent, but I expected some more speed at this price.

Video Card

A 4GB RX 480 from Sapphire, very good card that is VERY quiet and has lots of features, changed the LED color on mine to match that of the fans in the front of the case, with all settings set to the absolute max in FarCry 3 it gets a steady 54-60FPS most of the time, only dipping to the high 30's when in really demanding areas.

Case

Pretty good micro-atx case from corsair, a challange to cable manage in but it is possible, a dust filter for the top would have been nice, but at this price I can't complain.

Power Supply

This is really the only purchase that I regret, it's a decent power supply, but for what I want to reach with this build, it probably won't be enough, will probably switch it out for a S12II 620W in the future and sell it. Do yourself the favor of going with atleast 500W for your build

Operating System

It's not spying on me and I have had no driver problems since downgrading, I'm probably one of the few people that actually like this OS. Got it for three fiddy from my boss.

Wireless Network Adapter

Cheap wireless adapter, more than enough for gaming and watching 4K video

Edit: Heavy problems with windows 10, randomly disconnects and wont be able to reconnect even after physically unplugging the power, will randomly reconnect with the shortest period of no internet being 30 minutes and the longest approximately 14 hours

EDIT2: Runs fine under windows 8.1 pro 64bit, avarage of 10-30 ms ping when playing csgo on eastern european servers, 0 packet loss and download speeds of 6MB/s at it's peak

Case Fan

Although advertised as the "quiet" edition these things get pretty loud when the PC is under load, Airflow isn't all that great too, could have gotten cheaper and quieter ones that would look just as nice.

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