Description

This is just like the normal Hero build but with the new RX 480 instead :)

Testing has been a lot of fun with solid performance in a bunch of games so far. The RX 480 does get quite hot though, I definitely recommend a case like the Zalman Z3 with lots of airflow at least until the aftermarket coolers start to appear.

I'll be building a red/black version of this soon so stay tuned and lemme know of any really cool (and reasonably cheap) chassis with good airflow that include some red fans please!

RX 480 Gameplay FPS tests = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNOTCrukTEk&list=PLtxHocGsjK_OS-H6wiyr3XwXdYYLqQNGM

GG!

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 9 points

The card is amazing but the PSU hurts my soul.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

how come it hurts your soul

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I would never go lower than 500 watts on a build like this, and that is cutting it close. Also, that PSU doesn't really have the best internals.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a pretty awesome build for the price. You got the best bang for your buck on basically everything! Great job at choosing parts. :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

How you get 480, MUST KNOW

( omgggggggggggg)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the RX 480. This is the 2nd RX480 build on PCPP

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

NICE 480 !!!!!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Would you recommend the i5 6400 - RX480 Combo? Because im thinking about getting the RX480 4GB with the i3 6100 but i don't know if its gonna be a bottleneck/if the i3 6100 is way worse with the RX480. Also, i've been hearing about power issues with the RX480 and old/cheap motherboards, they say that some computers just shut down after a bit with the RX480 and old/cheap motherboards, but since im also getting a H110M my question is: have you had any issues with power consumption/computer crashes? Thanks in advance!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I use an i3-6100 with a GTX 970 and have little to no bottlenecks on a lot of games, even CPU intensive titles such as GTA V. If you really want to, I suggest going with an i3-6100/Z170 motherboard and the RX480. The i3-6100 is really good for both power usage and single core strength. On top of that, this processor does not require a third party cooler mainly because of the low TDP. All in all, this leaves you with an upgrade-able path and efficient gaming.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, the i3 6100 is a great performer but i got the i5 6500 now because then i know i wont have to upgrade in the future, thanks for the reply ;D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Np and when I think of upgrade, I think of top of the line, such as an i5-6600k or an i7-6700k but do you man, the 6500 is also a great quad-core.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I hit a small bottleneck with the i5-6400 and RX 480 in my Assassins Creed Unity tests so I'm now looking to use the i5-6500 in my build when the aftermarket coolers arrive.

I've read a bit about the power issues with the card also but I'm yet to experience any shutdowns in my test system.

I've had no problems with the H110M and only use the B150 or H170 in my builds to add addition fan controllers or ram slots.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I just got a 12 euro rebate so i just payed 8 euro more for the i5 6500, great deal :D Thanks for replying

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That's not a bottleneck, that's optimization. Notice how people with these newer cards only have "bottlenecks" with certain games? Game that aren't much different from others.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

During the test my i5-6400 CPU usage hit 100% on all cores at which time the GPU usage would drop below 100%. While optimization would be greatly appreciated it's not something I can control directly so in this specific case (assassin's creed unity) I have opted to increase the performance of my CPU.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. I just bought a Zalman Z9 Neo case yesterday and I love it so much.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

ohhhh nice, do want (I love a chassis with good door)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build. Did you have to pay a premium to get an advance card?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I just paid $500 NZD for one, things be crazy down under down under!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

He shouldn't have, they were new in stores today for retail price.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Microcenter isn't even advertising it and Newegg is sold out.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Microcenter warehouse associate here: our store still has RX480s in stock, even after the bum rush at open. the launch went 10x better than the GTX1080/1070 for sure.

once us lowly employees are allowed to, i'll be looking to get MY hands on one as well!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The 4gig or 8gig version?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

8gb, at the moment.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo can we see some pics from a farther out point of view? I want to see the entire case :)

Anyway very nice build you got there!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out my other Hero builds for a nice lead image :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you just put a better cooler on a reference card?

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

:O

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build for 550 budget, great components choice (At exception of the PSU :\ )

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha that's not the exact PSU I use ( mine NZ only version and very efficient)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving these 480 builds. AMD has provided yet another good price/preformence card

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I do wonder if my 400w will be OK with all this high power draw I'm reading about. Holding up well 10 games in though!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, can I ask you? When the first time you installed your RX 480 does the fan start spinning? Mine's not , even when the temperature gets 90 the fans won't spin.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll test this shortly, definitely spinning (and humming)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I'll be waiting thanks

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, mine spins right away and continues on as normal. Hum didn't occur is last nights tests - i'll push things tonight :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice pictures. Should've waited for the aftermarket coolers though

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, bring on the proper coolers! (This thing is certainly hot)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How much better does the 480 perform compared to the 950

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

RX 480 has around the same performance as a GTX 970. So alot better.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

But 970 is like a 290x and a 480 ( and vice versa )

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

970 was before the 480 (obviously), but I think they both have about the same power draw. Which is why I say nvidia seems to be the tech leader, but amd is the value choice.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

They were discussing the RX 480.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a fair bit more powerful, feels like a GTX 970.

Here's some playlists for each to check performance on :)

RX 480 playlist = https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtxHocGsjK_OS-H6wiyr3XwXdYYLqQNGM

GTX 950 playlist = https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtxHocGsjK_PNAXipsj8E86F-8_7SceXe

GTX 970 playlist = https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtxHocGsjK_Nq27wvbMsImO8QH2WqyjKA

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for rx 480!:D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Me liky liky! Good build, that psu hurts my soul tho, if you have some money keft over get an evga supernova, they come with prittey mice cables and are realy reliable

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the supernova a lot as well :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Lucky. I couldn't get one because all the stores sold out. FeelsBadMan

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

:(

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That is an overall sweet build! Though I will cast my lot in with the people who say the PSU is gonna blow up one day LOL.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The Phanteks eclipse p400 is a great case!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Crazy good right! I just my hands on a white one \o/

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

First, why isnt the GPU included in the price? Second, you can pick them up for $140 with a free game (DOOM). That's what I got last week. Shipment was supposed to come today, but we are currently having a blizzard and a state of emergency has been declared. I think it might be a little late XD. Lastly, what's with the PSU? You can get like a 500w from EVGA for $25 when on sale, and ~$30 - 40 otherwise. I don't see why you got a lower wattage, lower efficency power supply from Zalman of all places. I mean they make good, cheap stuff, just mainly for cases. I would not buy a PSU from them. Just my two cents!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Firstly, this is from day 1 launch of the RX480 - at the time the GPU didn't appear on PCPartPicker with a price. Secondly, doom + RX 480 great bundle :) PSU wise in New Zealand ours vary slightly from international ones due to our unique MEPS laws (strict energy efficient laws) and the Zalman in this one is likely unique to NZ (ZM400-GVN), I've personally used hundreds without issue. Just my two cents!

  • 41 months ago
  • -2 points

Too bad the rx 480 is ugly as all git-out

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really, instead of coil whine mine has a humm though, I'll try record it tonight :)

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep I expected a tornado and got a light breeze :)

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  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

lol I just can't help myself :P I've got silver ones coming next though I bet i'll find a nice cheap aftermarket cooler before they arrive making em a bit obsolete :/

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