Description

Built February 2015, added 8GB of RAM and NZXT Kraken X61 in September 2016, MOBO replaced October 2016

1080p gaming all genres. 60+ FPS on highest settings for all games.

Do not buy this PSU for a similar config. The fan screams like a banshee at moderate gaming loads. I cut a hole in the back and attached a 82mm fan to assist cooling, and now it stays quiet during 90% CPU and GPU load (Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online).

Love the case, and there is a revision on the market with much nicer PSU dust filter (my only complaint).

CPU is plenty for what I'm doing, ran the stock cooler for over a year until it sounded like it was throttling around oddly, and possibly dying.

NZXT Kraken X61 made such a huge improvement to CPU, GPU, and overall system temps. At idle, the CPU consistently reports temps way below ambient (not even possible). At full load I see 20-25 degrees C at the CPU, and liquid temperature never goes beyond 35 degrees C. GPU temp rarely passes 61 degrees C (fans kick on at 60 degrees).

SSD failed after about a year. OCZ (yes, it's an AMD branded OCZ drive) promptly replaced it, no hassle at all, and the new one came with a SATA to USB cable. Very nice support and a great little additional item.

RAM has super bright LED's on the top and bottom of the sticks.. nuff said.

Update 10/20/2016 SATA controller on the MSi 970 Gaming motherboard slowly died, causing almost a month of headaches before giving out completely. MSi customer service was super fast in issuing a RMA. Didn't want to be down any longer so I picked up the ASUS 970 Pro Gaming Aura on Amazon (same day shipping ftw!)and installed it last night. Machine and OS booted right up, Aura lighting looks awesome, BIOS is super easy to use. Updated photos.

Update 2/22/2017 Had some cheap RGB LED strip laying around so I chopped and soldered and threw it in my case with a wireless controller. Added a photo.

Update 5/30/2018 Plenty of changes...

Power supply changed to: Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W 80+ Bronze

LEDs changed to: EZDIY TN-01

Old storage HDD failed, replaced with: WD Blue 1TB HDD

Overclocked CPU to 4.5GHz (set to 1.4 volts, runs about 1.45 volts max, temps around 45 C at full load)

Was hearing a lot of water/air rush from radiator on power on, flipped radiator to keep air pocket away from tubes and out of pump.

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

The Elite V2 is crap, replace it with something better, like an EVGA 500/600B or 500w

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I just used online TDP calculators (which showed about 400W), so when I saw a 550W for so cheap I jumped on it. Will never cheap out on a PSU again.. total nightmare. This was my first modern power supply. I had no idea the single fan would be so loud. In the past all PSU's had 2 fans, and I've never been able to hear them. Adding the 2nd fan to this junker made a world of difference. Definitely going with a higher W rating, better quality, and more efficient unit soon.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Did he even read the Tom's Hardware PSU Tier page or did he just care about price?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point
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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Hehe seems that you're a big amd fan! <3

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I've considered swapping out the GTX 970 for a RX 480 just to make it all match :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The bottleneck is ridiculous.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build, and the ram looks cool and all, but the fact you spent more on ram instead of more important parts like a cpu and ps makes me want to cry a little.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I built this machine a year and a half ago, and my magic number for parts was $100 (and at that time, a 8GB kit of this RAM was $100). I couldn't resist those LED's. There were a couple times I wondered if I should have gone with a 8 core, but I really don't think it would have made much difference. Especially for single core performance. (Intel is not an option for me)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you overclock your CPU at all?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Or do you notice any bottlenecking in your system?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I played around with overclocking the CPU but honestly didn't find it worth it. In stock form it runs like a champ for everything I'm doing. The CPU and GPU seem to be very well matched, obviously not high-end but what's the point with DDR3, PCIe2.0 and SATA 3. The most CPU intensive games I play run fast and smooth (Cities Skylines, Ghost in the Shell).

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What games are you playing then? I want to get the GTX 970, however these "bottleneck" ghosts have been striking me hard. I've asked about 50 people and can't seem to find one simple answer..

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Just started playing Battlefield 1. CPU around 90% while the GPU was around 60%. In this game, CPU is bottle-necking.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny enough. I recently played BF1 again and was getting some heavy stuttering. OC'ed my CPU to 4.5GHz and it runs butter smooth now. 970 is definitely too much card for a 6300.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you link me those LED strips? How easy where they install?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry this is so late. I hand built those strips, and they are gone now. I installed this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07357HGYT/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

3 strips around perimeter of window, 1 strip behind cable management bar. Zip tied the controller in back near power supply. Much better and addressable means sweet patterns.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build ! FX lives on no matter what :v

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was a pain, but thankfully I've always kept important data and backups on a 1TB HDD. The stock cooler was indeed loud, but the CPU cooler and GPU fans at 100% didn't come close to the PSU. PSU is quiet now after adding a 2nd fan and the CPU is now cooled by a NZXT Kraken X61. I can hear the dehumidifier in my kitchen louder than my PC sitting next to me.

Can't wait for AM4!