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Yes, I had an i7 4790k and a GTX 970, but I got a really good offer on that build so it is now gone. Well, after finding the R9 295x2 with PSU for only $400 and getting some pretty good deals at Microcenter, it all turned out well and now I have a full AMD build. I have to say the FX 8320 @ 4.2Ghz doesn't seem to struggle keeping up with the R9 295x2. That is actually as high as I can overclock it for now because the 850W Thermaltake is already pushing 790-800W at full load lol. I tried going up to 4.5Ghz @ 1.4V and upon even trying to the slightest load on the R9 the whole PC restarts. That is going to be my first upgrade.

My second upgrade is going to be switching out the H75 for either an H100i GTX or NZXT Kraken x61. The R9's radiator is actually blowing out the front panel for now because of heat issues when mounting the H75's radiator in the front and using it as an intake. This card reaches its max temp very easily when enclosed in the case with the front panel on. That is why I looked for a way to mount one of the case fans under the R9's intake fan. I can mount the R9's radiator in the back and the larger AIO wouldn't struggle to keep the CPU cool. They don't lie when they say AMD runs hot!

Those are my only issues with the actual build itself. I am actually really happy with how this turned out and it hasn't given me any problems in games now that AMD is getting their act together on driver releases. I even installed Windows 10 Pro.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

how is Windows 10? I'm thinking of upgrading...

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

It's definitely nicer than Win 8.1 and I did get a slight increase in game performance, but it has it's fair share of small bugs and quirks. I really like it though

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You HAVE to do a system wipe if you upgrade, you have no choice. I upgraded and kept files. It had a new issue every day I used it until I finally said screw it and wiped everything.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

so do a fresh install of 8.1, then immediately upgrade to 10? or is there a way to create an install disk when you download 10?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I believe you have an option when you upgrade to do a fresh install of 10. But, how I did it was get 10 then do a fresh install

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You can download windows 10 onto a usb or a DVD if you go to the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO Then you can do a fresh install of windows 10 without installing an earlier version of windows.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, thank you both!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

same here man i had over 2tb of games, went from windows 7 ultimate to 10 , and everything went to ****.... biggest issue start button wouldnt work, ram wasnt tasking things right, alt+tab was slow, games and applications crashed if i left them for a second. i mean all over the place. EVERYONE seeing this there is not need to upgrade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what benefits does it give you truly as a gamer. all i heard is you may get up too 2% more the performance in a game. wait 6 months let all the bugs get situated then go for it

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You HAVE to do a system wipe if you upgrade, you have no choice. I upgraded and kept files. It had a new issue every day I used it until I finally said screw it and wiped everything.

What no? I never did a system wipe?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You kept your files and things went alright ? You're so lucky...

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep everything went smooth.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You're very lucky, I had to wipe everything, every time I restarted a new problem would appear, I hoped it would work itself out but sadly it is like a new PC now.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? I was on the tech preview and haven't had any issues since a build around May or so. I wonder what was up..

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The recommended wattage for your GPU is 1500w right? Just imagine what a beast this could be if you got a an upgrade on the PSU.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but the guy I bought the R9 from pretty much threw it in for free so I'll use it for now until I find a suitable PSU. These FX Cpu's need to be overclocked no matter what nowadays.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

nice man. I have always liked those 295x2 gpu's. mucho power! +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to see a Team RED build !!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have saved on case fans and bought a corsair c70 case. Would allow more airflow for that xfx monster you have in there.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! The price you paid for the gpu and psu is a steal! I had an r9 295x2 before I upgraded to 980tis. I also had the radiator mounted in the same spot as you in a fractal design r4 which also has an enclosed front and I had the same problem as you the gpu would reach 74 degrees celcius on a hot day. I reorganised my CPU cooler so the I could mount the r9 295s rad on the rear fan position and I used a push pull configuration with two fans. This reduced my temps by about 10 degrees! Good luck with it and enjoy that rig!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Good to know I'm not the only one that struggled keeping this thing under 75C. I'm going to try buying some high end fans for the rad.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah its strange because when you read the reviews of the card most reviewers say it doesn't go above 60 degrees but mine hit the throttle limit pretty quickly! Once I put the new fans on and changed the location it was fine but another thing you can do is limit the FPS of your games. For example if you're monitor's refresh rate is 60mhz there is no point in your gpu outputting 130 FPS so just limit it to 60. This should help keep your temps in the early 60s even on a hot summer's day.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

is the motherboard good

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I have heard of the issues with it after a few months, but mine is still holding up with my overclock of 4.7ghz

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

super nice and awesome, i want that gpu so bad do not run fur mark or it would turn it into a heater.

  • 55 months ago
  • -1 points

This is the weirdest S340 build I have ever seen, That fan under the GPU made me wonder what the hell is going onthen_I_read_description

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, this isn't the best case for setting up dual radiators. It will do for now, though.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Lol! This is going to be a great space heater when winter hits

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

295x2 dosent get very hot, but speaking of "BottleNecks", one the reasons why THIS AMD 295x2 dosent get hot, is becase it it bottlenecked by the CPU.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Jipster... dangit dude, I'm a fan of team red mostly because of how they've finally beat the 970.