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The Console Kicker
by roguecatfish
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So for the past years of my life, I've been using Xbox 360 primarily for gaming. Two years ago, I purchased a laptop for gaming without any knowledge on computers or gaming computers and how bad of a deal it is to go for a laptop for gaming. I purchased a computer with a 6770m and a 2630qm for $1250. This past computer could run BF3 on low, 720p at 20-35 FPS, DayZ on 600p at 10-25 frames. So this time around, I made sure that I got it right and got all the best components for gaming and everything else I could want at a do-able price point! This computer is awesome (Will put benchmarks at bottom), I have been saving my pennies for this for quite some time and when the R9 series came out I decided it was time! I will go on to benchmarks and why I chose each part now.

CPU: Fantastic CPU for gaming purposes, was going to go with a 4770k but given that this computer is almost strictly for gaming, I decided to just stick with the lower tier model and I can upgrade to a 5770k in the future when it comes out!

CPU Fan: Great cooler and dead silent, can get a decent overclock but I have not touched the CPU's clock speeds so far and will most likely just push a very minor overclock

Motherboard: This is a really good motherboard, comes with Audio Boost and Killer LAN which decreases your ping in games by a couple but I only went with this board for 3 reasons. It's at a great price point, it matches with my MSI 280x, and it can support crossfire (Will talk about that in a bit)

RAM: Not much to say about this, will probably upgrade to 16GB in the future (Made this computer to be very expandable), Corsair is a good RAM company and I heard that this was the best 1600 speed kit you can pick up.

HDD: Chose this because it can fit mass storage at a good price point. This thing costs the same as a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black but it has 2TB, more storage than I could ever need but I will be getting a 512GB SSD around Christmas time.

GPU: This card does everything that I could want it to. I play for performance over graphics but with this card, I can have both. I get a constant over 120FPS on BF3 at Medium settings and an average of 90 on Ultra. I bought an 850w power supply so that I can crossfire this in the future.

NOTE: On the 280x page it says you need at least 1000w for crossfire? I purchased all the rest of the components before the GPU came out so I did not know this, will 850w be enough to crossfire with minor overclocks because PC partpicker estimates only 750w?

PSU: Great, fully modular power supply and it's 80 PLUS gold. Stays silent and gets the job done well.

Case: I can not stress enough how much I love this case. Has a very sleek understated look which is what I like. Has noise dampening foam so even after hours of gaming, this computer is dead silent unless I literally press my ear up against it and you can still barely hear it

Optical Drive: Not a whole lot to say, just bought for OS install

Windows 8: I originally purchased windows 7 as that is what I'm used to but I heard some complaints of people saying they were getting horrible performance in BF4 with Windows 7 and that Windows 8 fixed the problem, I built this computer for BF4 and DayZ so I returned Windows 7 and got Windows 8, apparently the performance issues have since been fixed but I don't mind at all. I think Windows 8 is very sleek and the metro UI is helpful in SOME senarios, it also seems to have faster loading times than Windows 7, this is just my opinion but I would recommend this over Windows 7 for someone building a computer

Monitor: Great monitor, was going to go with the BenQ 120Hz monitor because of the Black Equalizer but the price tag on this monitor beat it out. As a person used to 17 inch displays, this was very refreshing for me. Great widescreen monitor and I would recommend it to anyone going for higher than 60Hz refresh rates. Doesn't have the greatest of viewing angles but it is a TN panel, the factory lighting effects are also bad but can be easily changed.

Wireless Card: Fast internet, not much else to say

Mouse: Great looking and performing mouse. Razer Synapse is a very nice program and the two side buttons are extremely useful.

Speakers: Do not know exact model name as I bought them from a friend who was moving away, they have fantastic audio quality and the bass is great for explosions, gunshots and music of course.


Just for convenience all these benchmarks will be on max settings and AVERAGE FPS, if you have a question about a certain game at a certain graphic setting, just ask in the comments.

Natural Selection 2: 100 | BF3: 90 | Rising Storm: Capped at 60, never drops below | Bad Company 2: 144 | Euro Truck Simulator (I play some weird games): 200 | Chivalry Medieval Warfare: Capped at 60, never drops below | Planet Side 2: Very demanding game, averages 70 but drops down to about 45 in some intensive combat situations | ARMA 3: 60 | DayZ: 45 (In Elektro/Cherno) 60 and above everywhere else

If you have any questions or comments/suggestions I will happily answer them in the comments!

NOTE: Deducting 2 stars on case because it came with a DOA USB port, still have 7 more and I didn't want to take apart the entire build to send it back, wait for it to come back and then rebuild it.

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Spicyburrito [1 Build] 4 points 13 months ago

Nice build; I share a few of the same parts (mouse/ monitor/ used to have the 212) and they've all been great for me. If you want a calibration tool for the VG248, go to the following website; about halfway down there is an ICC profile for both AMD/ Nvidia users (I found the brightness to be blinding and the colours over-saturated out of the box)


tylerste85 [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

Your PSU will be fine for SLI. Ilove the setup and am a huge fan of the fractal design define r4!

jiayejoe [2 Builds] 3 points 13 months ago

Very nice build!

On a side note, I had a faulty USB port too on my Fractal Design case. I didn't have to send the case back or anything. I opened a support ticket on the website and they sent me a replacement front USB controller within a week, totally free of charge. You should try it out, it's well worth it! (Even more in my case, as the Arc Midi R2 only has 2 front USB ports, so having only 1 port working was a bummer)

hartjo1 2 points 8 months ago

I had a similar experience with Fractile. The card reader was faulty and they FedEx'd a replacement a few days later. Their customer service really is fantastic.

HerpaLerpaDerpo 2 points 13 months ago

You probably could've gotten a better deal on a GPU by getting a 7970. It comes with 3 free games, and costs around the same. It also has around the same performance. With the money you put in this build, I would recommend getting a SSD. Nice job.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 13 months ago

Good points, I didn't go with the 7970 because the stock 7970 was more expensive than a 280x and a 280x is basically a 7970Ghz edition which goes for $350, the games that they give out with the 7970 I either already own for Xbox or do not interest me. I'm also not planning on upgrading this computer for 4 to 5 years so the longer driver support will be helpful. I wanted to get an SSD but I didn't want to have to sacrifice any performance in the build buy cutting down on price on some of the things and adding an SSD is an easy upgrade. I will be purchasing an SSD like I said at Christmas time though.

SparkyOnPC -2 points 13 months ago

You could also go with an SSHD its a hybrid between an SSD and a normal HDD. but it has the price of a HDD, speed of an SSD and capacity of a HDD also.. :)

LookTopHats [2 Builds] -3 points 13 months ago

And also the drivers will optimize the new gpus and hence they will become faster, i think...

Spicyburrito [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

Drivers should be much the same for the 280x as they are for the 7970, both being Tahiti just with higher clocks on the 280.

Abyss1992 [1 Build] 0 points 13 months ago

A 7970 and a R9 280X are able to be crossfired together.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Yes, that was my understanding.

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Oh, sorry; well i was unsure anyway

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

You are right though, they will have pretty much the same drivers but 280x will have driver support for 2 years longer than the 7970 does, hence giving better performance when we're all playing Battlefield 13 xD

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Haha yeah i guess

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YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Are you able to get a good view of MSI's dragon scheme on the GPU? Im wondering because i want it to match my mobo, but at the same time be able to see the red/black designs

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

You can clearly see the designs on the mobo with the dragon but I installed the graphics card facing down so I just see the PCB. You have to have a very high case to be able to see the desing on the GPU. It's a great card none the less.

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

how quiet is your Fractal R4? Is it quiet enough that you cant hear it unless you put your ear close to or directly on the case panel?

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah I covered that in the case section in the description. Even after hours of gaming I have to put my ear up against the case and you just hear a very quiet sort of fan sound. I would very highly recommend it.

urvianoob 1 point 13 months ago

you're lucky u have like 1500$ budget i dont even have half your budget

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Haha I feel you man. All my friends have been using Xbox since it came out and now that I've gotten my new PC they all want one now. I've been working full time at finding computer builds and laptops on some major budgets and for friends. If you need any help on deciding computer parts I would be totally willing to help you!

bootselectric 1 point 13 months ago

Well hello clone build. How do you like it seeing as how I'll be building the same rig (more or less) in the next week, in curious. Particularly the mobo because everyone but the online reviewers have had a hate on for MSI and the video card, the r9's look sweet.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

That is super weird... I personally have had no problems with MSI. The motherboard is at a great price point, supports crossfire/SLI and has extra features like Audio Boost and Killer LAN, not to mention it looks awesome. The card is dead silent even after hours of gaming as I said and you can overclock it extremely well. On newegg this card was sold out within a day and had 22 reviews averaging 4 stars so it can't be that bad. I don't think I would change a thing in this build if I could re-pick the parts.

bootselectric 1 point 13 months ago

That's reassuring, I brought up the MSI g45 on reddit and got nothing but grief. Glad I stuck with my research.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

People seem to like to hate on MSI. They have really stepped up their game in the last year and I feel there is no reason NOT to go with them. They always have the product at the best price point and a huge feature set.

Taurasaurus [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I have the same mobo, and I have to say that it is amazing. All the features that it packs easily beats more expensive motherboards.

buccanearsfan24 1 point 10 months ago

I'm not understanding why MSI is getting the hate. The actual graphics card and mobo that it's on are AMD. The heatsink, fans and design for the cooler are MSI.

dgb1119 1 point 13 months ago

I don't understand though, why would you need to crossfire that? xD youre getting 90 frames in BF3 on ULTRA, you need to drop another $300 for more performance?

PacificNic [2 Builds] 3 points 13 months ago

Cause MOAR FRAMES = BETTER K/D!!!! Or if you are gonna go multi-monitor or do intense rendering/editing. For gaming, there is no need right now, though.

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

Because I have a 144Hz monitor! I'd like to be able to push above 144 FPS in BF4 as I've heard 1 280x can only do 70ish.

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Rolphy [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

+1 for the classic Dell Keyboard.

jokes aside, great build, well thought out.

Have fun Gaming!

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Haha thanks man! Yeah the same friend I picked up the speakers from sold me his old keyboard for $1 :P I don't really see what the point of upgrading your keyboard is unless your going Mechanical.

aludka 1 point 13 months ago

All in all very nice. +1

jepoyjepijep 1 point 13 months ago

i have almost the same build as you. How does it perform? How does crysis run?

roguecatfish [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I cant tell you as I do not own the game. Benchmarks for all the games that I play are at the bottom of the description above!

Taurasaurus [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Very nice build! Love your choice of parts. I have to say after using Windows 7 for over 3 years, and switching to Windows 8 has been a pleasure to me. W8 takes everything from W7 and improves it a lot, including performance on games and just general usability.

Max21 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I'm thinking of building the exact same build. Why no SSD? +1 anyway

Kragore [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Mines very similar so this can't be bad :) Good Job Enjoy!

wks12 1 point 10 months ago

I want to build the same cpu/mobo setup you have. How did that cooler master fan fit?

Swainey97 1 point 10 months ago

Great build :D

Hows the asus monitor because i was think about getting it for my new monitor

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