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UPDATE Nov.2019 - picked up an i7 4790 off reddit, r/hardwareswap for $93 and I got a 1080p 144z Dell S2419HGF on a Black Friday deal for $80 (90 - $10 credit because it took long to be shipped). the i5 was definitely struggling to keep up with the 5700 XT in CPU heavy games.

UPDATE Sept.2019 - picked up a 5700 XT and gave the GTX 1060 to my wife so that we can play Borderlands 3 together. Eventually I'll be building an entire new rig, and the 5700 XT will fit into it, so getting it from now kills 2 birds with one stone. Bumps up my gaming now, and saves me from buying a GPU later.

Also scored a 16GB kit of Patriot Viper RAM on ebay for cheap not too long ago, so there's that too, and picked up a 500GB (ish?) SSD from SanDisk as well.

Also wrapped the HDD in some CF vinyl


I decided to do a rebuild using some parts from my old build. Upgraded from a G3258 to a used i5-4570S that a friend of mine sold to me for $80, and picked up a GTX 1060 for a not so horrible price when ebay had the 20% off the other day.

Also got a CoolerMaster Masterbox Lite 3.1, I love it, it's beautiful, I just wish it breathed better. Removing the front panel nets a solid 10 degree decrease in temps.

I went with the CPU cooler because Amazon had it for $16 at the time, and I grabbed 3 purple LED Aigo ring fans off amazon as well, because that's my wife's favorite color. I picked up a molex RGB LED strip for cheap off ebay as well.

Other than that, reused the following from the old build: 1TB hdd, 8gb DDR3 @ 1600mhz, MSI H81M-P33, and a CX600 PSU.

The i5-4570s isn't unlocked, but I was still able to increase the multiplier in the BIOS to push it up to its max boost clock, so it stays at 3.6GHz permanently.

I got a stable +100mhz core clock and +400mhz memory clock on the gpu, but the gains are rather minimal so I'm considering returning it to stock.

I love it. I've been able to play all my games at ultra settings at 1080p, average frame rates for intense games like Shadow of Mordor and Batman Arkham Knight are in the high 50's, which is awesome to me.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Got it for $16, I've used it on a G3258 OC'd to 4.7Ghz, an i5-4570s pinned to 3.6Ghz, and currently on an i7-4790 pinned to 4.0Ghz. I have never had a problem with it.

Motherboard

Got it witha budget build, with a G3258 I was able to OC to 4.7Ghz, then an i5-4570s, this motherboard allowed me to pin it to 3.6Ghz, and currently on an i7-4790 pinned to 4.0Ghz. I have never had a problem with it.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

nice but id suggest getting something to put you pc on or on the ground that pic gives me anxiety i feel like its gonna fall off lol

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

for real just one knee bump and suddenly smashed glass and PC parts all over the floor. That must be one sturdy suitcase.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I know what you mean, I only had it up there for the photos, otherwise it's kept safely on the ground

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How's that 5700 XT treating you? Do you have issues with temps at all? I like that XFX card aesthetically but seems like the temps might be an issue.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I think the issues are with the THICC II ULTRA. The GPU doesn't really go above 75, and the VRM temps hover around 92ish. I pop the front panel off when I'm gaming though because this case is absolute crap for airflow. Had the same issue when I was using an HD 7870 Ghz Edition.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do you only one exhaust fan? Do you think adding one would help?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The case only has one place to mount exhaust fans unfortunately, that's why I have the psu fan drawing air from the case

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir! A SATA SSD is definitely next on my list. Just waiting for the right price.