Thermaltake R9 270X Gaming PC

Thermaltake R9 270X gaming PC with Intel Core i5 4430 3.1GHz Quad Core CPU and Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270X gaming graphics card in a Thermaltake A31 Thunder gaming chassis for R10 995.

Available in a black or blue case, this gaming PC has what it takes to play your favourite game, including 2 x 4GB Kingston Hyper-X Blu DDR3 1600 DRAM modules.

Let’s look at the Sapphire R9 270X first – 

Sapphire R9 270X Vapor X graphics card


The 2GB DDR5 256-bit SAPPHIRE Vapor-X R9 270X model features a second generation Vapor-X cooler design making it the perfect match for gameplay at 1080p with maximum settings. And, yes, it supports up to 3 x monitors!

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270X specifications:

GPU 1050/Boost:1100 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Chip
1280 x Stream Processors
Video Memory 2048 MB Size
256 -bit GDDR5
5800 MHz Effective
Display Support 3 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support
Output 1 x HDMI (with 3D)
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x Dual-Link DVI-D
1 x Dual-Link DVI-I
Dimension 264(L) X 103(W) X 35(H) mm
2 x slot
Software Driver CD
Accessory CrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect Cable
DVI to VGA Adapter
6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable x 2
HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)

Asus H87M-E LGA1150 Motherboard

The Asus H87M-E is a little beauty. We say “little” because it is a micro-ATX that measures only 24.4 cm x 19.3 cm yet is feature-packed, sporting the latest Asus high-endurance 5X Protection and the new UEFI BIOS.

Asus H87M-E LGA1150 Motherboard

Asus H87M-E specifications:

  • CPU Support
    Intel® Socket 1150 for 4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
    Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Chipset
    Intel® H87
  • Memory
    4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 1600/1333/1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
    * Due to Intel® chipset limitation, DDR3 1600 MHz and higher memory modules on XMP mode will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR3 1600 Mhz.
  • Graphic
    Integrated Graphics Processor
    Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI-D/RGB ports
    – Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    – Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    – Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB
    Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
    Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously
  • Expansion Slots
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode, yellow)
    3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Storage
    Intel® H87 chipset –
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), yellow
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *1
  • LAN
    Realtek® 8111G, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
  • Audio
    Realtek® ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC *2
    – Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
  • USB Ports
    Intel® H87 chipset :
    6 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
    Intel® H87 chipset :
    8 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)
  • Special Features
    ASUS 5X Protection :
    – ASUS DIGI+ VRM – Phase digital power design
    – ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection – Short circuit damage prevention
    – ASUS ESD Guards – Enhanced ESD protection
    – ASUS High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid Capacitors – 2.5x long lifespan with excellent durability
    – ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O – 3x more durable corrosion-resistant coating
    ASUS EPU :
    – EPU
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    – GPU Boost
    – AI Suite 3
    – Ai Charger
    – Anti-Surge
    – ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
    – Network iControl
    – USB 3.0 Boost
    – Disk Unlocker
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
    – Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
    – ASUS Fan Xpert 2
    – ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    – ASUS EZ Flash 2
    ASUS Q-Design :
    – ASUS Q-Slot
  • Operating System Support
    Windows® 8.1
    Windows® 8
    Windows® 7
  • Back I/O Ports
    1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
    1 x PS/2 mouse (green)
    1 x DVI-D
    1 x D-Sub
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    4 x USB 3.0
    2 x USB 2.0
    3 x Audio jack(s)
  • Internal I/O Ports
    1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
    3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (2 x 4 -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel connector(s)
    1 x Internal speaker connector(s)
    1 x System panel(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
  • Accessories
    User’s manual
    I/O Shield
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • BIOS
    64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS,
    ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions
  • Manageability
    WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE
  • Support Disc
    ASUS Utilities
    ASUS EZ Update
    Anti-virus software (OEM version)

Thermaltake A31 Thunder gaming chassis

In our review of the Thermaltake A31 Thunder, we said, “looks good in pictures but it looks even better in the flesh.”

To recap, the Thermaltake A31 Thunder is a mid-tower gaming case with a windowed side panel and a top panel that features 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, a HD microphone and headset jacks, plus a placement platform for electronic devices such as USB/drives/mobile/MP3 players.

Thermaltake Chaser A31 Cases

i5 4430 and much more

The Quad Core i5 4430 is no slouch, as you know. It has a clock speed of 3.0GHz and a Turbo clock speed capable of 3.2GHz. You can see a full review on CPU Boss.

Needless to say, in gaming you also need fast memory and the Kingston Hyper-X Blu is it. The Hyper-X Blue features, as Kingston points out, the new streamlined clipless design and heat spreaders for seamless thermal performance. With this bundle, you get 2 x 4GB 1600 modules.

Last, and not in the least, this gaming bundle includes a 24x DVDRW.

Furthermore, you’ll need a big, fast hard drive. The 1 Terrabyte Seagate SATA HDD gives you ample space and speed for your gaming needs.

Thermaltake R9 270X Gaming PC

(Please note that the OS, keyboard and mouse is not included. Please see the Gaming Gear category for the latest offerings.)

Need more info? Do not hesitate to call us on 021 853 4790.

Date: 30 Jan 2014