Description

First things first sorry for the quality of photos all I have to take photos is an iPhone 4S and the camera quality is not the best.

So the initial concept was to have a powerful gaming/university build that would last me until the end of my degree, but now it is primarily a gaming rig.

I use the machine for gaming, internet browsing, video rendering and day to day word processing.

Most games play at 60+ FPS although more modern heavily taxing games run at around 45 FPS, all at max settings.

It can render a 20 minute video in just over 90 mins.

Comments and questions are always welcome.

Future upgrades:

Thanks to the people commenting I have decided to upgrade to a better GPU (Radeon R9 390 8GB) which for £5 more than the 290 4GB is a steal. I have also decided on increasing my PSU to 750 Watts and finally a much better, much quieter liquid CPU cooler.

See link for listed upgrades.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/t9cpcf

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast responsive CPU but it runs really hot, I have the MOBO set to a lower BIOS while I get some more money to upgrade the CPU cooler and then I will be able to unleash the full power of this beauty.

Storage

A very cheap, effective way to boost your boot up time. Great storage capacity with excellent read speeds.

Storage

Reliable storage solution combined with my SSD gives my rig fast reliable boot times and large storage capacity.

Video Card

Good but a little out dated now it is a cheap way of getting a lot of graphical memory. however it is an old chip set now and it shows its age by not quite giving the performance you need.

Case

One word - Beautiful, however the fans that come with the case are louder than expected and the overall size is a troubling issue when factoring in real world applications.

Optical Drive

Great piece of kit fast burning, fast reading however the drive is loud and everyone is aware when it spins up.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Why don't you just use the money for 2 GPUs to get a GTX 970 or R9 290(x). They are both stronger than the 270x imho. It's better to have a strong GPU than 2 weaker ones. :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I understand but I already have one of the 270x card inside already as I bought it last year when I made the rig and at the time I wanted the brand new 290x but it was just out of my reach financially so I got what I could afford and it was good enough. What would I do with my 270x if I bought a newer GPU?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Sell it

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

CF isn't a bad idea if you already owed one. I thought you built this one all from nothing. How is that CF working so far for you?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't cross fired plus I looked into it and the performance boost would not be worth the additional power drain as well I would have to buy a new MOBO, and the additional money I would have to spend I might as well get a bigger more powerful card and selling the old one I will be better off money wise and power wise

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

I'd really recommend changing that PSU, the CX430 literally scares me

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I intend to, as listed I plan on getting the 750 Watt PSU.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

He means the CX series itself it's not a good set of PSUs

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What would you recommend instead? I haven't had any issues with mine since I got it. What problems have they been known to have?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

CX is known to not last and barely pass the min requirments or ATX, but Corsair makes other unit that are better, look at TX series, EVGA, etc, mostly just read the hardware reviews before buying psu, look them from people like johnnyguru, hardocp, legit hardware reviews, lots of sites out there goodluck!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I will look into this and thanks for actually answering my question.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Try to go for liquid cooling, but for more budget oriented things, i suggest the CM 212, Cyroig H7 or one of the noctua coolers

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

At £40 the Be Quiet is more than good enough at a low price I have considered liquid before but I think I will mess it up and I have very little understanding of them. It would be an adventure I guess, but thanks for the recommendation.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure but. I don't think that corsair psu is a very high quality one.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The current PSU is 80+ Bronze which is more than enough for what i need it for. The new one is also a 80+ Bronze and i cant really afford to go any higher really

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not necessarily about the rating it's more about the quality of the psu.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

If you look at the previous comments people have warned me about the quality of the CX series and have advised me to get an Evga or maybe the corsair TX series instead so I am looking into it, but for now I have never had any issue with this power supply and until I start earnin some money again I'm not gonna change it unless it dies of course.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

When it dies hopefully it don't take everything with it

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

We can only hope :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious- why two different brands of memory? (sorry, guess nitpicking here :P)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The answer is simple the crucial was the cheapest when I made the build originally, and the fury was the cheapest when I wanted more RAM a month ago. They both run at the same frequency, voltage and memory. So other than brand and heat dispersion they are identical. I knew someone would say something about it, if you are someone that likes show off the internals getting identical sticks would be better because visually it is neater/prettier. I am more about the cost effective practicallity of my build I wanted a good gaming build on a budget and I think I did well.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

When I originally designed the build I wanted a white case but at the time the white with black lines was £25 more. I didn't want to spend extra money where I didn't need to. Also my friends told me that a white case shows dirt and scratches and it was something I would regret.