Nice build man. Very clean and I love the overall look. I have the same GPU in my current build and I love it. The R9 280X is the sweet spot for about-to-be-last-gen AMD cards in my opinion, and Sapphire makes some of, if not the best, Radeon cards especially the Vapor-X series. It just looks so sexy, and the factory overclock makes it perform like a beast. I agree with your sentiment about nabbing a 280X as opposed to a 970, particularly for people on a "tight" budget like you or me. +1 from me, the only thing I would have done different is spending that last eighty you threw down on the second SSD on a fifty dollar mechanical drive for mass storage and a cheaper air cooler like the Hyper 212 Evo instead, but that's just nitpicking honestly.
Oh, and Blue/Black builds FTW!
Youre problem is actually quite simple. You don't have a video device. The Athlon series doesn't come with built in graphics, the video ports on your motherboard are not attached to an onboard video chipset as they are intended to allow the built in graphics from an APU to be accessed, which you don't posses with the 860k. Simply put, you need a graphics card. That's it, there's no way around it. Unless you swap out your Athlon with an A- series which comes with built in graphics, which would be a waste of money if you intend on buying a discrete GPU anyways.
Nice budget build, bro. Cable management's definitely not bad, and I like the overall look. This would be a good framework for anyone looking to build in this price range. +1
They told him he was crazy.
"A Noctua NH-D15 in a Mini-ITX case? You're insane!"
Well, on this day he proved them wrong, but so very right at the same time.
+1 for Tesla-esque insanity.
Haha, I know what you mean. It's definitely a transition coming from a controller. Once you get used to it though, you feel like you have more stable and consistent control.
Nice build man. +1
The simplest way to check the FPS is Fraps. As far as the temps go, there are several different programs you can use. For just checking the idle temp of your GPU, you can use Catalyst Control Center. It's listed under the Performance tab along with a few other specs like fan speed and power consumption.
Not bad, dude. That case looks pretty sick, I like the front panel. If you're looking to get into gaming, you might want to upgrade the CPU in addition to adding a graphics card. You might also want to up the wattage on the power supply, especially if you end up going with an AMD card. It doesn't sound like you're too worried about it though, so it's no sweat. Just some friendly advice.
Makes sense, just curious.
Nice build bro. I like the color scheme, black and white set against a hint of red. Any particular reason for the dual optical drives?
60% of the time, it works everytime.
That heatsink though!
Nice build, very unique and eye-catching color scheme. +1
Let me know how the Hyper 212 Evo holds up. I have an 8350 currently and I'm not liking the temps with the stock cooler, was thinking about picking one of those up off Newegg.
Nice build. Love Sapphire cards, always been my personal favorite. +1
What fans did you use for the blue LEDs in front? And you should upload some internal pics.
Nice build, +1 from me.
Holy storage space, Batman!
Nice build though. +1 for extreme overkill.
Best analogy for unbalanced builds i've heard thus far. The SSD and PSU in this are totally unnecessary. That money would be much better spent on an aftermarket cooler or an upgrade to a 970. Hell, with a little reassigning of the budget I'm sure you could find room to put a 980 in this rig. Downgrade the PSU, RAM and buy a cheaper SSD and upgrade the GPU and CPU cooler and you have the makings of a mean gaming machine. But, to each his own, it's his money to waste not mine.
I can't stop the tears...it's so beautiful. I have gazed into heaven and beheld the wonder, the magnificence. I can die happy now, knowing that there is nothing greater in life to see or experience.
In all seriousness though, this build is unbelievable. Love to see the next step up from this when you need to upgrade, but unfortunately I won't live that long. +1
Hahahaha, a truer story I've never heard. Honestly it wasn't a bad little laptop when it wasnt blue screening. I got about 50fps on mid-high settings in Arkham City which isn't bad at all for a six hundred dollar laptop. It just never wanted to work right. The switchable graphics between the Intel HD integrated and the Radeon HD 6490M it had always gave me trouble, and it overheated badly. One time I left it sitting for a little doing nothing just sitting on the coffee table and when I came back fifteen minutes later and picked it up the bottom almost scalded my hands. When I tried to open Firefox it blue screened immediately. And don't get me started on HP's dog crap disc drives...
Huh, it's strange that you had artifacting with the Sapphire R9 280X. I have the Vapor-X version of that card which also comes stock with 1500 on the memory, and I haven't had any issues with it so far. In fact, I'm pretty certain the R9 280X has 1500 on the memory to begin with, I don't think Sapphire overclocks the memory at all on those cards.
No wait, I do know why. Got it mixed up with the i7 in my laptop. I actually did have overheating issues with that one. That HP gave me all sorts of issues.
I meant 55 - 60. Dont know why I did that, Ill change it.
There you go. Had to bring it upstairs to get good enough lighting. Hope everything visible and clear enough, I'm not the best photographer.
Definitely, as soon as I get a chance to go downstairs and open it up I will. Hopefully within the hour.