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Let me just begin by addressing the vast majority of people who I predict will attempt to teach me about budgeting in the comments. You may be thinking "What the heck was he thinking spending that much on a 980 ti and getting a bunch of bad components!" You see, I got the 980 Ti second hand for just £200! The reason it was so cheap was because it had "overheating problems", but that is still to be found out by me. It gets around 32°C, please let me know if this is normal for this card BTW: reference cooler

This is actually more of an upgrade that a full build but I didn't bother making for my original build so thought I'd do one now. Originally I had a MSI R9 270 Twin Frozr but, apart from a few minor tweaks, the same stuff. I can't recommend this build to anyone as it really hold back the 980 Ti, close to what my R9 270 was getting - minus all the cool GameWorks stuff I can enable now.

CPU: FX 6300 is great for a cheap build but I will one day upgrade to an i3 or i5 Skylake CPU, but this is a big upgrade as I will also need a new motherboard and RAM. Stock cooler keeps it nice and toasty. Great for cold winters.

Motherboard: Funny story - when I bought my Asus M5A78L-M LX3 it was probably the last one over made because a week later it was discontinued and Asus didn't even have any recognition of it's existence, and no drivers too. It doesnt even have USB 3.0. I literally just sorted Price - Low to High and bought the first thing I saw.

RAM: 8GB of standard issue DDR3. Was also the cheapest DIMM I would find at the time.

Storage: OS and main programs on SSD and everything else spread across WD blue and 2 500GB HDDs (no RAID or anything they are individual items).

PSU: Got the cheapest with enough wattage, but it broke in the first few days. Thank God everything else survived. This is a component that has a huge difference between good and bad. Don't buy anything under £40 and you'll probably be OK.

OS: Windows 8.1 cost £80 when I bought, but now I have free upgrade to Windows 10.

Monitor: A value-oriented 1080p monitor with good reviews.

Case: I seriously have no idea what brand or model it is, so if you could let me know that would be great. I bought it off of some guy in an alley at night with an entire PC inside for £10 and decorated it with RAM, processors and stickers from previously owned hardware.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Couple of key items, you are pulling 449w on a 500w PSU, though not the end of the world, it certainly places you in concerning territory. Two, with this system and to get best out of that GPU, you need to seriously overclock that FX processor. This will mean a solid aftermarket fan and a good overclocking motherboard. Alas, I do not think the ASUS board is not a good overclocker with 4pin power socket. Good price on the GPU though, so maybe worth the payout, you just might not see its full potential until you do something drastic i.e. new mobo and cpu.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If I see anything pop up on Gumtree for a good price I'll go for it, otherwise it'll probably be a year or two before I majorly upgrade anything.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you try changing the thermal paste on the GPU? That's one of the only reasons that I can see an 980ti "overheating" like that. If not, maybe it has stability issues with power consumption? That was my friend's problem with his 980ti, and he eventfully ended up replacing it.

As for the case, I would be willing to bet money that it's from Raidmax. They made cases with that design in the Core 2 Duo era (I know because I own one).

Other than that, I would suggest changing out the CPU eventually. Nice build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking about changing the thermal paste, but I don't really know much about them so I passed as it is working. If you could recommend something that would be great. And thank you!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as recommendations for thermal paste go, I would use Arctic Silver 5 or IC Diamond. They're well-known for being some of the best on the market as far as thermal paste goes. It is working, but I would recommend replacing it, anyway. Not only would it (in theory) drop operating temperatures, but it would also boost performance.

Just make sure you study up on dismantling video cards before you do anything. The 980ti is a popular card, so there are plenty of tear down and replacement guides on the internet. Good luck! (:

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The fact that people would even touch an AMD CPU with a 980ti or anything modern is wrong. You're just wasting the 980ti and using a garbage PSU is also wrong. Intel > AMD Gold > Bronze

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the case decorations

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

that POWER METER yehhh !!!!

  • 42 months ago
  • -1 points

Just wait for Zen and KabyLake to get their way into the market and get that upgrade, and if you can probably a 1440p monitor aswell. You'll be set for a lot of time.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I don't see myself spending a bunch of money any time soon so maybe a year after zen is released I'll upgrade. As for the 1440p, I currently run most games in it already with DSR. I know this is fundamentally still displaying 1080p but it looks better.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That isn't how bottlenecking works....

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Not quite what I was going for but thanks!