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This is an updated version of my first gaming PC.

I upgraded the CPU cooler to a be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 cooler from the Hyper Evo 212. This cooler is an absolute monster and barely fits in my case. However it was well worth the purchase since temperatures are around 6-10 C degrees cooler than the Hyper EVO 212. This may not seem much but makes a good amount of difference when overclocking. I currently have the CPU overclocked at 4.3 Ghz @ 1.245 V and temperatures reach 72 C in stress tests and usually reside around the high 50s and low 60s during gaming. I managed to find one for £15 which was an absolute steal!

I also upgraded my GPU to a used GTX 980 from the 960. With Nvidia pascal out the high end Maxwell cards are dropping quite rapidly hence I managed to buy one for a good deal (£260). I sold my GTX 960 for £110 which helped a lot! Since I only game 1080p the GTX 980 suits me perfectly for 144hz gaming. The ASUS Strix is a really nice card with a sleek design and great build quality. I managed to overclock the card up to 1469 Mhz on the core and 1953 Mhz on the memory clock. Maximum temperatures are no higher than 80 C at max load. Highest Firestrike 1.1 score I achieved with this overclock was 12,502 which was quite impressive. Games run flawlessly at maxed out settings, maintaining well above 100 fps most of the time. You might say the 980 is 'overkill' for 1080p gaming however I love gaming at very high refresh rates as I much prefer a smoother experience.

Overall I'm very pleased with my upgrades and hopefully this build will last me a while! Thanks for reading :)

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That cooler really is a monster and I think a 980 is perfect for 1080 144hz gaming! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Go water for your cpu

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I was considering the water cooling route. However I cannot install a 240 mm radiator in this case and 120 mm radiators are not that great and have roughly the same performance of high end coolers (like the Dark Rock Pro 3). Thanks for your input though!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 sorry almost forgot

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Puts you on 10

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I dissgree i have a 2600k at 4.7under water at around 50. Had amasa venom voodoo before that and could hit 6570 end

I also used 120mm nzxt x31 coolers on crossfire r9 290's pulled the temps right down ..

Had to cool vrms also fo the record

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah! Lower your CPU voltage. I have the same CPU and cooler. I have a 4.4 GHz over clock at 1.175 volts. Doesn't go over 65c. Was able to push it to 4.6 at 1.275 volts but temps were too warm for my liking.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a very good chip then! I can only manage 4.2 ghz at that voltage. Anything under 1.3 volts is safe for Haswell Refresh. As for temperatures, they don't exceed 72C which is perfectly normal. With a stock cooler, the i5 4690k runs at around 70C under load anyways. They're designed to operate normally until over 80C which is when they begin to throttle.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha I must. Well we can't all win the silicon lottery. I definitely didn't with my gtx 1070. Nevertheless the 4690k is a great chip with great thermals. Happy overclocking!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for proving the Dark Rock Pro 3 can fit in the 200R! Was a little concerned it wouldn't fit.