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Gaming/Family PC
by Shade574
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Alrighty, I built this computer to serve as a gaming PC for myself and family (especially in anticipation of Star Citizen!). As well as for other minor business applications with various Microsoft office products. And finally to use for college applications.

I have been piecing this computer together as parts have been purchased over the last few months. And now it is put together.

12/1/2013 However, the first run was not to be. My Motherboard is giving me the "d6" and that is pointing at the VGA card. Hopefully Customer Service at Sapphire can point me the right way or RMA the board.

12/2/2013 So I took the extension cables off the video card in a personal hunch and I was able to get the 280x to run in the second PCIx16 slot. Not ideal, but better than sending it back for another. Let the PC run all night idle and woke up with a solid 26C with fans running hard. I am very confident in this builds heat dissipation for intense multitasking.

12/10/2013 PC has been up and running in full for a little while now. It entirely was the fact that the extension cables were reducing the amount of juice needed to power the video card. I then could return the video card back to the top PCI slot and run drivers perfectly. I can run Rome Rotal War2's benchmark at the highest settings with 50fps average. And I can run the game all day long without bringing case fans out of silent. I had a slight issue getting the 4tb hdd online. And actually had to completely restart and format to stop windows 7 from populating the drive. Preventing me from formatting the drive toGBT to allow usage of the whole drive. I now have one last minor issue. The Zalman case has a 3 in one cage for 2.5 hdd and it is not providing enough power to any drive to bring it online. So I will have to once again resort wires. But it is a minor thing I have a thermal take black x hot swap peripheral anyways.

Part List
Details
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle26.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load45.0° C
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.02Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.2GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load43.0° C
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ESPM400 [1 Build] 8 points 7 months ago

Pretty solid build overall. Out of curiosity, what do you need so many USB ports for? By my count, with the PCI card and the hub you've got 23...

 
 
AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 3 points 7 months ago

Lots of technological gibblets?

 
 
Shade574 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

My family is really big on sharing a variety of media to keep up with each others lives. having all of the USB ports allows me to dump pictures and whatnot onto everyone's thumb-drives at once without having to repeat the process over and over.

So it is practically a mini server in some regards.

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

Ah, I see. I was just curious since I run four externals plus a variety of other USB devices (wireless surround headphones, keyboard, chargers, etc.), and I've only gotten up to ten used.

 
 
Bajubom 2 points 7 months ago

This is one high performance desktop with great value, you also put sufficient fund on cooling system.

Somehow i doubt about the reliability and it's lifespan for i see only a scarce of highly recommended brand on this build. +1 by the way

 
 
Shade574 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

I hope it lasts for a long time! I built it around the idea of it lasting 5-10 years functionally in the exception of fans and pumps.

Thanks for the props though, I can't wait to let this thing loose!

 
 
Bones [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Hey how is that headset? Just wondering, I'm looking for a good set that has a closed back and noise cancelling.

 
 
Shade574 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Sorry for the delayed response,

I really like the headset. It is comfortable and I can wear it for awhile without it being uncomfortable. The sound is great and it has a little preset equalizer thing that is on the headsets volume control.

The noise canceling is fair. I wouldn't say it would drown out kids playing behind you but it would be fine in any other scenario. You will definitely be able to immerse yourself without reality nudging in through your ears.

 
 
mat_tech 1 point 1 month ago

MOAR PICSHURES