Description

This build has been a while in the making as I had great fun trying to convince my brother to get a desktop over the last 8 months as the laptop he owns (the same model as I do) wasn't up to the task of playing modern games any longer. As a result, we missed out on some killer deals on used hardware (like a i7 2600k, Z77 mobo, h100i and 16GB of RAM for $500. I did eventually convince him in mid May, when I said that I'd pay half and that would be his Birthday and Christmas present for the year.

But by then the used hardware market where I live had dried up a lot so there wasn't any really good deals on hardware any more so we decided we'd pay the extra for new hardware instead. Around that, we decided to aim for the sweet spot for price to performance for the hardware which is how we ended up with most of the hardware, PSU and memory excluded (the 3200MHz was significantly more than 2133 or 2400MHz).

Apart from me being a moron and not making sure the plastic spacers were in place before putting the cooler on, meaning I had to take the CPU cooler off and then reapply paste, this build went really smoothly. In fact, I enjoyed building this rig far more than my own intel one and this case is very nice to work it, with plenty of room and great cable management as well. It is also really quiet, especially when the case fans are set to low on the fan controller built into the front of the case. The loudest part of the build is certainly the GPU fans when it is under load at 1510MHz, but even then it isn't unpleasant like a reference R9 290x. We were lucky to just get in before the mining boom really kicked off as AMD cards are really hard to get.

I do like the ASRock motherboard, the BIOS is easy to navigate, and it allowed the RAM to run at 2933MHz on the latest BIOS (2.4.0 iirc) and that's without the AGESA 1.0.0.6 improvements which should allow the full rated speeds to be achieved. It also had no issue with the CPU running at 3.9GHz. I have to give AMD credit for the excellent stock cooler too, it is a great addition, especially as it kills the need for something like a cryorig H7 for the build.

I benched the rig before I handed it over to my brother and it scored 2757 in unigine superposition benchmark using the 1080p extreme preset, and 4625 point in timespy which puts it more than a few hundred points ahead of my own rig.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is great, it powers through gaming, comes with a really nice stock cooler and overclocked very well (3.9GHz at 1.325V)

Motherboard

For a cheap board, it has good features and a easy to use BIOS

Video Card

A major improvement over the RX 480 cards, this card has no problems with thermals and will run at 1510MHz core and 2025MHz mem

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

very clean build! i like the cable management :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

As I said above, it is easy to do good cable management when the case makes it easy

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

How in gods' name did you acquire a RX 580. Been looking for them for ages and I can't seem to find anywhere that's in stock.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Some serious skill and knowing Lisa Su but in all seriousness, they were still in stock in Australia at certain retailers and still cheaper than a GTX1060 6GB

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Here in the UK, the damn miners have taken them all.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It may also have to do with the fact that power here is expensive and is getting more so quickly (we are getting a 20% rise starting next month)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm new. What are plastic spacers?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Basically they are pieces of plastic which sit between the motherboard and fasteners for the CPU cooler.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

How much FPS you get with GTA V and such games? Is the GPU noisy and hot?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't gamed on it, I built it from my brother. But I have a relatively similar rig and you should be maxing most games and getting about 60fps. But I can't go and get GTA V benched for you as neither my brother or I have the game.

The GPU is actually cool and quiet instead, it is noisy if you have the fans spinning near max speed which this card never does at least on my custom fan profile

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell me you didn't pay $698 for a RX580....

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

God no, I'd never pay that much for any GPU. I paid $340 Australian for it, just as the mining boon started again.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thank you I was worried lol. I was gonna say you should've got a 1080ti instead

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

If I'd been spending $700 Australian, I'd just be getting a 1080 (the Asus Turbo model) and that's as good as you can do

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Voltage on OC? Nice gift for your brother :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The voltage of the OC was 1.325V, I reckon with a better cooler we could hit 4 or 4.1GHz at reasonable voltage. That said the memory controller wasn't great and could only handle 2933MHz RAM

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Happen yo have a very similar setup to my old rig Ya know I'm not complaining about that +999

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I rather enjoyed this build

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't blame you it looks awesome

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

can you please tell me what the temps were like at 3.9 with the stock cooler? i know you mentioned 75C but in other reviews its said that it reached 80C at 3.9

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for taking so long to reply but the 75C was for the 3.9GHz (whilst running prime95 26.6, so no AVX used, for 12 hours) but room temperature would have been like 19C at the time which helps. Also silicon lottery will make a difference too, as that will make a difference to the voltage needed and the heat that it generates

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering if the stock cooler could take overclocking

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

It certainly can for a low to moderate OC depending on how good the chip is. The stock cooler handles 3.9 GHz @ 1.325V and kept the CPU under 80C using Prime95

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Got the same GPU. Just overclocked it, (+31 mv, 1425 Mhz clock, 2000 Mhz memory) stable and the performance is incredibly improved. Almost disappointed in the stock settings with this card, the power draw alone was almost 50 W less. So glad i took the leap and OC'd it, this card is much more impressive than it's rather lack luster out of the box setup.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

They're good cards, especially compared with the RX 480 version of the card which was utter s**t. My brother is very happy with his and it has done what he wanted which was 1080p maxed for his games

  • 29 months ago
  • -1 points

Rx 580 I see -- you must be mining for bitcoins

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, not mining at all, as that is a quick way to kill GPUs and on top of that, there is zero point trying to mine bitcoins on a GPU, as these days it would probably take 10-20 years to manage it which is why everyone uses ASIC based miners

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, the case makes it really easy to do good cable management