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Greetings fellow PC Building Enthusiasts!

Recently, I upgraded to an X299 setup (i9-7900X, 32GB DDR4, GTX 1080ti) and decided to repurpose my Ryzen parts to sell in a build so I could cover some of the upgrade costs. I was able to use an older R9 290X (for free) that my little brother recently upgraded from so technically the $250 I put for the price was just an average of the prices I saw on eBay at the time. The rest of the parts (CPU, Mobo, SSD, Case and fans) were all leftovers from my previous watercooled Ryzen build.

One particularly interesting part of this build was using a Raijintek Morpheus II with the R9 290X. I was seriously surprised at how cool it kept the card and I was even able to overclock it a bit without worrying too much about temps. I used 2 EKWB Vardar fans that I had lying around from my old loop and they worked great!

The Ryzen 7 1700 was able to overclock comfortably to a stable 3.9GHz while remaining under 65 C most of the time, the stock Ryzen 7 cooler is really impressive! It also does a great job working with the R9 290X, while gaming and streaming both parts were being utilized to their best abilities.

I know it's kind of a brief description but aside from the Raijintek Morpheus II there's really not much else "different" about this build, both the CPU and GPU perform just like an R7 1700 and an R9 290X should perform lol Can't complain!

Thanks for looking! Feel free to leave a comment and I'll try to reply to anyone that has questions!

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm looking to pair this CPU with a 1080, good idea? or bad one? I currently have the R( 290 and I just need a bump in GPU and a bump from my AMD FX 8320 that can barely handle 48 fps streaming at 720p.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I think a GTX 1080 paired with an R7-1700 is a pretty good match but I would recommend trying your R9 290 with the R7-1700 initially to see if that works well for you. The R9 290 is actually a really great card even in 2018 and I can almost guarantee that you'll see a pretty significant performance boost by upgrading from an FX chip.

If you decide that you still need more GPU power after upgrading your CPU then by all means snag a GTX 1080 but it might be worth holding off just to see how well the R9 290 performs with a more adequate CPU in the meantime lol

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your input! Maybe my card is better than I thought haha

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Q: What were the temps of the GPU idle/under load vs after you installed the RAIJINTEK MORPHEUS cooler? Also what is the width of the video card with the cooler installed? I'm thinking about buying it. Thanks! +1

  • 20 months ago
  • -2 points

How are you going to stream on a 4gb graphics card?

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Quite easily actually!

You'd be surprised at how well GPU's with older architecture and less VRAM still perform in games today. I recently built a PC for someone that had an older i7 and a GTX 770 (2GB model) and it handled gaming/streaming with no issues at all.

I'd advise you look at benchmarks and perhaps do some research into what computer hardware programs like Xsplit/OBS actually leverage when it comes to a real-time video encoding!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks! So what GPU would you recommend for streaming on OBS? I really want to build a streaming PC and this would help greatly!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries!

I would say that if you're looking at building a streaming PC that you should be more concerned about your choice of CPU not GPU. Streaming applications usually encode using the CPU and by nature when you're multitasking (running OBS, Discord, multiple Web Browser windows/tabs, etc.) it's important to have a strong CPU that has a sufficient amount of cores/threads.

I've experienced issues on CPUs with 4 cores or less when trying to run games and stream while running multiple applications; I'd recommend at least a CPU with 6 cores and preferably 12 threads. Something like a Ryzen 5 1600/2600 would be a great choice for a price/performance streaming/gaming rig.

As far as the GPU goes, it really depends on what games you want to be able to run, at what resolution, what framerate and what quality settings. If you're looking for a good budget GPU then something like a GTX 1050 or RX 560 would be good for 1080p gaming at medium-ish settings but if you're looking for more power then look up some more benchmarks online to find the sweet-spot for the performance you want.

Hope this helps and feel free to PM me if you have any more questions lol

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

So I already have part of a PC going and now I'm just looking for a GPU to go along with it. Right now I have a AMD fx 4350 with 4.2Ghz and 4 cores along with 12gb of ram. I have a cheap old graphics card I took from my family's dead computer. I want to be able to run games like fortnite at like 100fps with medium settings while streaming at 720p 60fps.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not going to lie to you, that's going to be difficult to do without significant frame drops on the viewers end with an FX series chip. As much as I like the older AMD FX CPU's, they just don't have the prowess to do heavily threaded tasks like gaming/streaming at the same time, especially in the case of the quad core 4XXX variants. Have you considered upgrading your CPU to maybe an FX-8350? They sell for pretty cheap these days but I'm not sure if even that would be enough to leverage the kind of workload that gaming while streaming at 60fps would deliver.