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CyberPower Fang BattleBox R9X needs some love

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#1 Robotbrain


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Posted 26 December 2017 - 03:21 PM

Hi all.


I live in a small apartment in Brooklyn, NY so I try to buy computer rigs that are small but powerful (a tower will take up too much desk real-estate).


I bought a Fang Battlebox R9x from CyberPower in 2014 and it's served me well--but now it's struggling to keep up with new graphics demands, and I think it could use a refresh in general.



Here are the specs:



CARE1:Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]

CAS:Fang BattleBox Gaming Case

CPU:Intel® Core™ i7-4790K 4.0 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150 (All Venom OC Certified)

CS_FAN:Maximum Corsair AIR Series AF120 Performance Edition 120MM High Airflow Case Fan [+39] (Maximum Corsair AIR Series AF120 Performance Edition 120MM High Airflow Case Fan)

FAN:Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Extreme Cooling Performance (Single Standard 120MM Fan)

HDD:128GB SanDisk SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 490 MB/s Read & 350 MB/s Write (Single Drive)

HDD2:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

MEMORY:16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/2133MHz Dual Channel Memory (ADATA XPG V3)

MOTHERBOARD:* GIGABYTE Z97N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX w/ 802.11ac WiFi + BT 4.0, Killer GbLAN, 1 PCIe x16, 4x SATA 6Gb/s (Extreme OC Certified) [+13]

NETWORK:Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

OVERCLOCK:No Overclocking

POWERSUPPLY:800 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready


VIDEO:AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card [+69] (Single Card)



I am open to insights, suggestions, critique, etc. 



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#2 MDD1963


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Posted 27 December 2017 - 01:46 AM


Assuming gaming is an issue, the GTX1060 is often faster than the 290X,  but, it's not what I'd consider 'significantly so' for the money spent. I'd probably try to stand pat several more months, waiting for the successor to the GTX1060, as the 'significant boost' upward now would be with a GTX1070, but is also pretty pricey. (Your processor is still pretty darn fast for about any game load today...)

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#3 Drillingmachine


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Posted 27 December 2017 - 04:23 AM

Agreed. Video card is only that really needs upgrade and prices are so high right now that only wise option is to wait until prices calm down.

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