I started this build in January 2017 with a budget of $550 CAD. I mainly looked for used components, as they provide a much better price to performance ratio. I built this with the intention of playing mostly e-sports games, and some AAA games at 1080p. I also wanted to build a PC with upgrade options for the future.
Benchmarks: Fire-Strike- 7600, Cinebench 15- 800.
Starting off, I found a tower for $400 CAD. The tower had all the components I needed, except a GPU and capable PSU. The tower also had an optical drive and Windows 10 Pro, which was nice. The PSU was a Thermaltake TR2 430W, which is now replaced with an EVGA 600B. I picked up a 600B because it was within the budget, 80+ Bronze, and provided room for higher wattage GPUs if I ever want to upgrade.
I picked up a R9 380 GPU for $120. I had the option of picking up a GTX 750 Ti for $60, but felt that would be a total mismatch with the i7. Additionally, I bought the PSU and Noctua fan from memory express. I went $40 over my budget, but I still think it was worth it and have no regrets! Somewhere in the future, I will probably install a 120-240 GB SSD. However, I feel that my boot times are good enough for now. I also see myself replacing this case, as I feel that it does not provide enough air flow options. I only have 1x120mm for intake, and 1x92mm for exhaust. The side panel mount is blocked by my graphics card. But overall, the my current heat-sink setup is working fine (but could be better).
Great performance, but I find that this often runs a little hot.
Nothing fancy, but performs its job. Only issue I have had is that I dont like the bios, and no matter what I do- I can't control my 3 pin fan. It always runs at %100, which is quite loud.
Does its job, looks nice. Not much else to say.... it's ram.
Great GPU, I would recommend this to anyone looking for 1080p gaming.
- great performance for 1080p
- twin frozr, fans do not spin when the gpu is idle
- fans are very quiet
- stunning black-red design
- really nice back-plate
Quiet and performs as advertised. Modular would be nice, but I dont expect much at this price.
Quiet and Good Airflow. Only complaint is that it has a limited amount of accessories. I would expect accessories like cables and rubber mounts from Noctua.