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Recently my EVGA GTX 950 died forcing me to buy a new GPU, My friend upgraded to a 1080 and sold me his bought new never mined on XFX R9 390 for $90, This upgraded the graphical power of my PC immensely but was also a thirsty card, So I bought a Certified Refurbished Corsair CS 650M for $45 that's literally spotless and looked brand new with cables tied and everything. The new GPU improved texture memory greatly and raw power compared to my 950, However my Core i3 4170 was now bottle necking my PC very hard, Which led to the CPU hunt.

So when my friend also decided to upgrade to a Core i7 4770K he sold me his i5 4670K for $70 and it's currently OC'ed to 4.2 GHz running completely fine on a Hyper 212 EVO, Compared to my i3 4170 and GTX 950 my new upgrades put this system at just over 2X faster overall on Cinebench R15, Also went from a 1510 to a 1740 on Novabench 3. Quite an improvement for around $200 spent all in. A little extra for the case stickers but they add a nice touch that I feel completes the look of a PC.

Now I can run more modern games with ease and render videos in half the time I used to be with no issues whatsoever. It's finally nice to have more cores to play with over my old i3, It truly increases enjoy-ability of using a PC. Future plans are to probably add another 8 GB of RAM, Some more blue case fans and a fan controller.

2K-Tan is feeling faster than ever now!

My previous config (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/b8kdnQ)

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  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job good to see someone who is looking for a deal.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure! Anything to upgrade on a budget!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your enthusiasm for the PC and appreciation for a good value! 1600 X 900?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes 1600 X 900 I need monitors lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

You probably need to change the thermal paste of the GPU, because 84°C is on the hot side of things.

Some undervolting will also help a lot. You can use OverdriveNTool to undervolt. For driver 18.12.2 or newer use OverdriveNTool 0.2.8 beta1 or newer.

Cheers.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I re thermal pasted it and still hits 84 C but I noticed it cools down faster now, The R9 cards just ran super hot.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you tried a more aggressive GPU fan curve?

A more powerful case airflow should definitely help - for example two front intake Cougar Vortex PWM or Noctua NF-F12 PWM, move the front Corsairs to the top position, and get an extra fan for the bottom position, which will blow directly at the GPU.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

A more aggressive GPU fan curve and more case fans would be a good idea I think, Although the fans will go to under 100% under high temps it does jump to it rather abruptly and then ramp back down rather than approach 100% fan speed steadily.

The codename for this architecture was Hawaii so I lol'd at that, AMD roasting themselves with that name haha. However I can't complain as 8 GB of VRAM and so much more raw power than my 950 for $90 And it's already outlasted my 950 that ran at only 65C max ! Granted I had a big OC on that card but it was stable on not overvolted! So this R9 390 is a champ in comparison!

Thanks for the advice!