Before you comment about how I already uploaded, I felt like there were enough changes to justify a re-upload. I can take it down if needed.
CPU- The Athlon 750k fit my budget and got good reviews. An easy overclock pushed it to 4.4GHz
Motherboard- A great mITX board with wireless AC, which is perfect because I don't have Ethernet near my computer. Overclocks nicely, but lacks any good software features. (Like Asus AI Suite or anything like that)
Cooler- Works fine, but temperatures are a little higher than I like. Probably just a thermal paste problem which can be fixed in the future.
GPU- The 7870GHz is a good card and I easily pushed it to 1300MHz memory and 1250MHz core. Now with Mantle, Battlefield runs a constant 80fps high settings at 1920x1200. Can get a bit loud with the overclock, but I don't really care.
HDD and SSD - The HDD is... well... an HDD. The Sandisk Cache seems to be working...
Case- The case was very good for the price, and it was compatible with 120mm water coolers. I have the PSU facing down and pulling hot air out of the case and exhausting out the back.
Peripherals- The Corsair K40 and the CM Storm Recon totaled at about 100$, and 100$ well spent. Both have excellent software and capabilities beyond what I need. As for monitors, I have a dual monitor setup with a 1920x1200 NEC monitor as the main one, and an ancient 1650x1050 Samsung monitor as a secondary. I got them for free from a shipping mistake. The Siberia V2 I got for my birthday and the mic sounds nice, and the sound is good enough for music.
All in all, the build went well and redoing cable management lowered the core temp 4 degrees. I used velcro ties from amazon and I would recommend them to anyone who wants their cable management to be better. The noctua fan is dead silent, as expected. The dust filters were a welcome addition as a large collection of dust was building up without them. (I did clean out the computer after these pictures.)
Great gaming setup for around 900$. Framerates are over 60 in any game besides Crysis 3, which is just a very intensive game.
Feel free to leave feedback or opinions or suggestions
|CPU||AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$79.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid||$39.99||(Purchased)|
|Thermal Compound||Prolimatech PK-1 1.5g||$3.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2+||$104.98||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866||$52.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" SSD||$29.99||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB||$112.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower||$49.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Rosewill 550W ATX12V / EPS12V||$34.99||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$79.99||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm||$19.50||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Corsair Raptor K40||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Cooler Master Recon Wired Optical||$39.99||(Purchased)|
|Headphones||SteelSeries Siberia v2||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Silverstone 140mm x 2 Dust filter||$12.99||(Purchased)|
|Silverstone 140mm Dust filter||$9.99||(Purchased)|
|Silverstone 120mm Dust filter||$4.99||(Purchased)|
|NEC MultiSync EA243WM||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Samsung Syncmaster 206BW||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Date Published||May 3, 2014|