Much appreciated! They system is still going strong, quieter than my PS4 by a huge margin and performing well. There was a significant change though - I got rid of the R9 390 soon after I had it, as Path of Exile does not get along with AMD GPUs. I got a GTX 970, which is deathly quiet and seems powerful enough for me.
The case is good, but try to get a mobo with more fan headers. I had to purchase a fan voltage regulator in order to set it up at the perfect rpm. Also flip the psu upside down, so that it draws from the hot air inside the case. This resulted in lower temps when I had the R9 390. The gtx 970 is quiet and cool.
The machine has gone through some transformation. I've sold the R9 390 as it was too loud and AMD drivers are hellish when it comes to Path of Exile. I've since replaced it with a MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING Twin Frozr. I still cannot believe how quiet it is, as in, I can hear my case fan but not the GPU, even under load.
If I were to build a PC today, I'd go for full ATX and a mid tower case. I feel mATX is too restricting. However if mATX is what you are after, the Temjin fits the bill nicely. Whatever you go with, make sure that it has dust filters. I'm so glad I paid a bit extra for the Temjin, as it has awesome filters.
In short, the machine is going strong with all of the titles that I want to play on it. Recently I've had a retro gaming fever and I've been emulating some NES and SNES titles - the CPU handles the emulation without problems.
You are correct and I've fixed it. No need to be rude, though.
Indeed, there is. AMD does not care to communicate with Grinding Gear Games, in order for them to work together to optimise the drivers for that game. I respect AMD for their open software initiatives but if they will not show support for the main game that I play I have no use for their hardware.
And nvidia, as scummy as they are, have responded to Grinding Gear Games's call and worked together to tune the drivers for their products properly. In the end, I might swap my R9 390 for a GTX 970, as much as it pains me to take a 4.5 gig videoram hit.
Thanks for that! Turns out my R9 390 can't run Path of Exile without frame dips, while my friend's laptop (!) GPU runs it on high perfectly with just a 840M.
I think I'll sell the R9 390 and get a GTX 960.
68C under maximum load, around 45C at idle.
The post is now slightly outdated. I added an exhaust fan and flipped the PSU upside down to help with the hot air buildup at the top of the case, as per SilverStone's instructions.
Thanks! The woofer is on the weak side and I have not cranked it up. But valid points though.
I couldn't figure out where else to put it so that it will not get in the way. If I put it on my desk, it vibrates quite a bit. I genuinely wonder if you can think of a better place?
Thanks for the feedback! Indeed, unless I turn into a graphics designer overnight (unlikely), I might as well keep the 4590.
^ What he said. An SSD revived my 5 year-old laptop to its former glory and beyond!