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Armada (first build)
by Ironarcher
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Description

Note: These are the prices I bought the parts for, I had about around $90 in rebates! Furthermore, I purchased this during Black Friday sales, so prices were considerably lower than usual

Part comments: I plan to use this machine mainly for 3D gaming, such as battlefield, etc.

Most of the parts I can't tell wether they are good or not, since this is my first build. The RAM, CPU, Graphics Card, HDD, Keyboard, Monitor, and Wireless Adapter are all working perfectly.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 was a pretty good board, however, as a first time builder, it was VERY confusing about where to plug in case cables. I had to search online where to plug in power LEDS, power switch, etc. I initially thought that you had to pull off the "Smart switches" from the power button, but everything went into the system header.

The case was well built, and I liked the tool-less hard drive bays. Everything comes off with thumbscrews and the other screws in the case were well labeled for distinction. The only problem was that cable management was hard without rubber gromits, etc.

The power supply was non-modular. While it didn't really get in the way too much, I consider it a mistake. Very good power supply otherwise, however.

I bought a wireless adapter because i play many online, multiplayer games and watch streams, videos, and etc.

Note: I received a free Battlefield 4 mousepad with my purchase from newegg.

I did not buy an aftermarket CPU cooler, because i don't play on overclocking much. Also, i did not bother with a SSD. If i were to expand this build i would definitely buy some more case fans, a CPU cooler, an SSD, and a microphone or something.

The Asus GTX 660 stopped accepting NVIDIA drivers, so i got a refund and went for the same Asus graphics card model with a Radeon 7870 chip. It works perfectly.

Comments on cable managements would be appreciated, i tried to do the best i could with zipties. Also, is that just me, or does the PCI-express power cable connected to the graphics card really out of place?

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.02Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
Comments
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SethMatrix 3 points 12 months ago

I hate the gtx 660. I mean i hate it. You can get a 7870 for less money, and get better performance! http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_650_Ti_Boost/8.html

 
 
Ironarcher [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

In the benchmarks, the 660 scores only a 1-3 fps lower than the 7870. I was recommended by my friends who have built a PC that if you want to game, an NVidia graphics card is the way to go. They said the Radeon is significantly better for rendering though. Thanks for the comment. On other builds i will consider radeon cards more closely.

 
 
atifahmed33 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

AMD Radeon GPU's has the best bang for buck , agree with SethMatrix !

plus you could also mine cryptocurrency :D

 
 
Ironarcher [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

I would also like to add that i received the card for a very good price of $189.99, which came with a $20 rebate card. Additionally, I got Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Splinter Cell: Blacklist (A $110 total of games) as a gift from nvidia.

 
 
Electrospeed -3 points 12 months ago

Does the 7870 have G-Sync? Shadowplay? Superior (even if slightly so) drivers? The difference is negligible.

 
 
SethMatrix 2 points 12 months ago

Does the 660 have better fps? Does it have AMD Rapt? What about Mantle? The difference is obvious the 7870 is better.

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

The AMD equivalent of shadowplay is Predator

 
 
TheEpicness92 1 point 12 months ago

Literally no-one has G-Sync, but ShadowPlay and Shield streaming are nice. But they're not deal breakers.

 
 
FreeFireXI [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

You can just use Open Broadcaster if you want open source (free) software to record games. The options stink to get used to, but preferred over Shadowplay.