Description

Betsy, as she is affectionately known, was the end result of a many year build up to completion. She was my first fully custom PC, having previously been performing Dr. Frankenstein-esque manipulation of the computer I purchased when I was 14 in order to keep it shambling forward. Finally I gave up on my HP Pavilion-based monstrosity and it's dual core E8400, and began this first of projects. The case I had acquired some years ago to migrate my first PC into, as the case it came in didn't have enough room for a full sized graphics card. Sturdy case with reliable build quality, and was thus my base. I sprung for the x4 860k instead of the beloved G3258 for simple reasons. First, it's slightly cheaper. Second, I wanted a quad core instead of a dual core, even if in the end they perform about exactly the same.

The memory was chosen because I liked the way it looked. A black heat spreader with a low profile, and good volumes. I know it's usually not recommended to go with a number of sticks that isn't 2x (20=1, 21=2, 22=4, etc), however 8gb wasn't enough at times and 16 was far too much. I had no stability issues, it was pretty cheap ram, and it worked just fine.

The SSD happened to be the only one I could purchase locally. It was a big upgrade compared to my HDD I'd been using previously for my boot drive, and I can honestly say I will never have a computer ever again without an SSD in it. The HDD from the old computer was carried over for mass storage, as it still worked just fine and didn't have the worst read/write speeds in the world.

The R9 270x was purchased used off of craigslist. My last system had an AMD 5870 in it. at only $80, it was very cheap. Didn't have any issues with it.

Power supply was on sale at the time of purchase, and had sufficient power for everything. Didn't seem to have too many negative reviews, and it worked fine. Only real complaint was that it is ugly. Like, real ugly.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I suggest editing the listed prices to what you actually bought them at.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

My only complaint that you did not address in your description, why is the Hylian Shield not in the parts list?

Good build all and all.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job ,

I like that case's cable management ,I wish mine had space like that at the back.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely love my Phantom. Highly recommend it for anyone who wants a bigger case to do some water cooling in, because it's got so. Much. Room. You can lay all sorts of beautiful hardlines down, cable management is a breeze, and they just look good, especially the newer version with the sleek front.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I have almost the exact same build, but I have an issue with mine.

I have the MSI version of the 270X, and it runs hot about 80% of the time. Are you having any issues with your Asus version?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't had any issues with the R9 270x, it seems to be running just fine... See what you can do about removing the heat sink and applying new thermal paste, that might be an issue. Pretty simple swap, I believe Linus has a video guide to do so on youtube.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

OK, thanks for the responce

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the MSI 7870 (same GPU core just the ol' rebrand) and before I put a closed loop cooler on it she was a hot one.

In my 550D case with passable airflow (2 intake fans blowing air right on it although 1 through a cage) it would hit 90*C fast. Heatpipes gave me burns too so it wasn't an issue of heat being pulled off the core, it's just a sketchy cooler. I know yours probably has a different cooling solution but mine was a twin frozr soooooo yeah seemed out of the ordinary.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine is a MSI Twin Frozer model as well. That's really odd, maybe what I got was a 7870 with the same cooling setup just with the MSI Gaming paint on it

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Could be. Also mine happened to kill itself a day after I typed that so off to MSI for a fix before I can sell it on eBay.

I'm not really sure why it was so hot. Heatpipes + dual fans + airflow should equal a cool card... It's not like it's a 290X either in terms of power usage so it really baffled me.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow! I'm sorry your 7870 died, I guess I have to do a forceful upgrade/downgrade to a Nvidia card before the year is through so this doesn't happen to me

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I think MSI took it and will give me another one so it should be all good =)

I wouldn't necessarily avoid AMD or anything, just MSI cooling on the R9 200 series. My brother's 290 runs HOT even with 2 fans pointed at it. Again, good heat transfer, just an inadequate cooler for a 250W+ card.

I've heard the other brands are much more solid. But hey, nVidia is never a bad choice, it's just that you pay a bit for the efficiency. If you wanna do a sidegrade to a GTX 960 which is what is pretty similar to the 270X, that would run you just shy of $200 although the new Maxwell cards are magical! (source: ASUS GTX 970 owner since the 7870 died)

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, both are spinning

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of keyboard are you using?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This computer uses an old Logitech g15 keyboard. That LED screen is absolutely amazing when using voice chat programs (I.e., vent, mumble, teamspeak, etc), as most of them have widgets which let you see who's talking on the tiny screen.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

what are you gonna use this for? light gaming?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, primarily it was used for gaming. Skyrim, WoW, LoL, DOTA2, Warhammer, TF2, and Minecraft were the games that touched it most often.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

what temps are you getting on the cpu ? idle and heavy usage

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking high and low for the Intel fanboy crying about how you could've gotten more performance out of a G3258. Haven't seen any yet. =\

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

No sir! It posted right out of the gate, no issues at all. Thank goodness too, as I didn't have another FM2+ cpu lying around that I could throw in.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed on the eBay! Buying open box allowed me to save about 15% off my CPU+GPU just today! I love 4690k's for $185 :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It was an AMD 5870. We actually bought it used off Craigslist as well, a couple years ago. It was used just to make sure things post and all that, but it was a great little card to play LoL on when it was in the system.

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