Hello all, its been a while since I have posted on the forum from your fellow Kiwi #ATGC Member (remember yes I have a second twitch account named hardwarediversity which I do plan on using for streaming in the future, but its the account logged into my phone at the moment, but we wont go into detail with that yet.)
Well I have had many many revisions of my gaming computer over the past 2 years, and I just very recently had large one as my Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 fried last week and stores could not get a replacement in and I was not patient enough to order one off eBay/Amazon.
So I have upgraded/downgraded and upgraded for the future all in one leap, how? let me explain
Well my build had consisted over the last 5 months:
AMD FX 9370 (was looking for an 8350, but found this cheaper new in clearance)
Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 (bought because I do also have a 990FX UD3 which I thought would be compatible with that 9370 but realized that there was some intermittent issues so decided to get a board that was)
Noctua NHU 14S (bought as my 9370 didn't have a cooler and I deemed it sufficient at the time which it was despite its price premium)
16GB Kingston HyperX Fury 1600Mhz (Had 8 decided why the hell not)
Powercolor Devils 13 "Dual Core" 290X (Effectively a 295x2) (Bought mid Jan 2015, had intermittent issues ever since I had it and basically kept me from having a smooth gaming experience, was an absolute beast when I had it going properly, but it you want to ask me more about it im free for a tech chat anytime lol)
A Samsung 840 EVO 240GB (was one of the original 2 parts I had bought new in 2014 which I still have)
A WD Black 1TB (The only other part that I had in my rig since 2014)
An FSP AURUM PRO 1200W (Bought as an initial remedy for that Graphics card as I thought the Raidmax Unit wasn't capable enough but was happy to change it up anyways)
and finally my case which is currently a Silverstone Raven Rv04 with a Nanoxia DS3 1800RPM 120mm for exhaust (Has a LNA attached as that motherboard didn't have very intuitive fan control, not that my new board is much better)
So that all went well up until the point where I decided to mess around with some old Thermaltake custom water-cooling gear I bought cheap thinking it would be alot more practical that it was (I have a photo of the rig I had it in somewhere which ill post ). That inspired me to "dump a bucket of water into my computer" as my dad says. The issue was that my specific model of graphics card does not have a water-block made for it, and I did want to risk it with a universal block or those pesky GPU mounts for CPU AIO liquid coolers.
So I decided to sell, after about 3 weeks of it advertised on Facebook, another week on my local version of eBay called Trademe whilst driving a hard bargain it still didnt sell. at that stage I had already pre purchased a reference 290 which was a little stupid initially as I didnt even know weather I was going to be able to purchase the other 290/X let alone the WC gear I wanted.
The inital plan was to sell the card for about 600 NZ (lol you can convert that to your own currency) despite me purchasing it for 500 pounds mid Jan 2015, which would give me enough for the loop and alteast one of the two GPU blocks and the 290X he was selling, however he changed his mind once he came back from my holiday, and his as he decided not get WC himself so he wanted to sell the card instead. I had no money for it at that stage and I was getting a little desperate to sell my card. So we finally came to a final deal of a swap, in rip off in his favor unfortunately. We decided to swap my card and my 1200W psu for his single 290X and his 1000W PSU, which was actually unknown until very close to the time of sale, but I was pleasantly surprised to him telling me that it was a Seasonic Platinum unit which I have always dreamed of owning. So that went ahead as I was building my computer at a local shop which went well.
Onto the motherboard, well that was a weird phenomenon, yes Im mentioning prettyphenom, I hope she 'preciates it , but I turned on my PC one night after getting a money shot of my graphics card then putting it back in and it started to smell funny, i instantly turned it off and discovered a small scorch mark on my motherboard, luckily it was new and under warranty, so that was sent away and they decided to give me a refund as they couldn't give me a direct replacement of any board that would support the beastly 9370, I had either one of two options, wait a week to see if I could order a board elsewhere or take an offer that I really couldn't resist, despite its cost- an extra 340 NZ. So I walked out with:
An Intel Core i7 4820k
and a Gigabyte X79 UD3- could have gone with a UP4 but my budget wouldn't allow it
It has yet to sink in how much of an upgrade over the 9370 this is is and i cant wait to dive into some games with thr ATGC and finally share more of my passion which is building computers, there will certainly be more blog posts on this page, including but not limited to- the history of my personal rig and the Watercooling updates.
I dont even think this post is complete so feel free to ask some questions as it is 2:33am i probably have forgotten some things.