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Core X1

by AfzalivE

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 14, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

870MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.5GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

Description

Started out with a modest GTX 750 Ti, moved to a GTX 950 then bought a used R9 280X when I increased the PSU from 500W to 750W.

Got the RAM from a coworker who used to sell them, spare ssd and hard drive(s) from before.

Ended up being cheaper and more powerful than if I had put in a new GTX 950. This is for light gaming until I can upgrade the CPU and possibly a better lineup of DX 12 GPUs next year.

The only game I've tried right now is Rocket League, on a decently warm day. Idle CPU temp was hovering around 36C and GPU temp about 30C. Playing the game for an hour or so, the max CPU temp was 50C I think, and GPU temp went to 73C, but I guess that is to be expected of this GPU.

Also put on Demciflex filters on the sides and back, haven't noticed much temperature increase due to them yet.

Part Reviews

CPU

Probably the best CPU for this price. Also great due to overclocking potential but I haven't messed with that yet.

Storage

This particular drive has lasted me 3 years now. I have nothing but good things to say for it.

Video Card

Bought this used for $180. Looks like it'll perform better than GTX 950 but will run much hotter.

Case

Love this case. So convenient to work in. Cable management was okay, my first time doing that.

Power Supply

Got this for a great price. Should last quite a while as I upgrade the CPU/GPU in the coming years.

Wireless Network Adapter

Had this from before. No 5GHz wifi :(

Comments Sorted by:

SeaGuardiian 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Nice deal on the gpu! May I ask where you got it so cheap? And is getting a used gpu a good idea?

Stuart_Munto 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Used GPUs are actually a pretty good idea - most people only keep a gpu for as long as the next newer model comes out so they are really under used. If its been looked after there's no reason why it wont work like a new one - like this R9-280x probably isn't even a year old and sapphire is a great quality brand

AfzalivE submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Got it in Toronto, you could probably get it for cheaper in States since that's $180 Canadian.

Some people say that if the gpu was used for mining, it might not be that good anymore but I just asked the seller to send a gpuz screenshot from that day. Plus the guy didn't seem like a gamer or anything so this one only had light usage on it, and yeah, still under warranty.

BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Well, mining doesn't really wear out hardware unless the miner is being an idiot and running them in the red(temperature wise) all of the time in which case they are going to get comparitively low hashrates because the gpu(s) will be constantly throttling. There is nothing to say that hevy compute work will degrade performance or lifespan as long as it is kept cool. Hypothetically a cpu/gpu gets most of its wear from warming up and cooling off (getting turned on and off), the bigger the normal temperature variation the unit the more wear. So being constantly on doing stuff may be better than normal use.

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

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Jake762by39 6 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

Sometimes you can only afford what you can.

Diox 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Very true.

I run a i3-2130 with 4 gigs of ram and a GTX 650, and it is a performance monster.

Very nice build, used components are always a good option most of my build is used/ salvaged and I love it.

+1 all day long.

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Diox 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Don't worry 8 gigs is on its way once I get some cash.

Once I get 8 gigs, it'll be a new gpu. the i3 doesn't hold me back at all.

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