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YinReaper BIM/Gaming Rig #1
by YinReaper
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Description

This is my first major build for myself. I normally help others out. Part of what guided my decision on some of the components were the major sales going on at the time.

I've had the machine loaded with Windows 8, which I acquired at school for dirt cheap. I like it so far. 6 months in, and it has handled everything I've thrown at it. Not a huge PC Gamer, but it runs Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider at max specs.

The main reason I built this guy was to run architecture software, which are just as demanding, if not more so, than games. I actually looked at the recommended specs to Lumion (http://lumion3d.com/) and kinda went from there. Runs pretty smooth, and not very loud.

Breakdown of the components

CPU - No complaints

Cooler - Was pretty huge, barely fit in the case. (Do your research if you're picking one up) But works like a charm, looks cool, runs quiet. Was gonna go with liquid cooling, but I'm not much of a risk-taker, especially since I'm just a grad student with a budget and a ton of debt :(

Motherboard - Very good insulation, a solid design, and keeps the dust out. Dust covers for unused ports were a nice addition. My only complaint were the optional fans that came with it. Tiny little things were noisier than the CPU Cooler. Really high pitched sound, bugged me. Read about it in the reviews, and yeah it's pretty annoying. So I just took them out. All good now.

Memory - 16gb is good for my current needs. I've still got two free slots to go up to 32gb.

Storage - Huge fan of the M4s. This is my 3rd. Have one on my HP Envy 15. Thing is blazing fast. If you haven't switched over to solid state, DO IT!

Video Card - Only complaint is I wish there were more output options, with only 1 hdmi, 1 dvi, and 2 mini display ports. But some cheap mini display to DVI converters from amazon solved that problem.

Power Supply - Does it's job. No complaints.

Optical Drive - Good cheap bluray player. Running VLC Player with Bluray Plugin. If you want to avoid paying for PowerDVD and other bluray-compatible software, VLC is always the way to go (http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/)

Case - I LOVE IT! More than enough space, decent cable management, good ventilation, easily removable hdd slots (plastic holders, but durable), the ammo box-like handles make it easier to carry, and it looks great. While the olive drab green version with military decals looked cool, I always go with black.

I'll post pics of my current setup soon. Waiting on a new 23" Acer monitor (Currently have a samsung 22" Syncmaster TV which I'll keep, and an old Dell monitor which I'll be tossing out soon.) May order a second acer to run 3 monitors once the tax refund comes in (w00t).

Hope you all dig my rig.

Peace!

Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.38Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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xx116xx [3 Builds] 3 points 10 months ago

Very nice! That cooler is sick. Put up a description maybe to avoid some downvotes.

 
 
YinReaper [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! And done!

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Nice! +1

 
 
nada190 [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Nice V8 man.

 
 
YinReaper [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! 6 months in and going strong. Was a afraid the cooler was too big when i opened it. The case barely closed. Crisis averted haha.

 
 
rOjOdogg [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Nice looking build with some really good parts that you selected. What is with the extra ram?

 
 
YinReaper [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks. I primarily use this machine for architectural drafting and rendering programs. They are pretty demanding in the RAM department. One can never have too much ram :)