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EDIT 10/16: Did more benchmark tests with Unigine Heaven 4.0 with different settings during each tests. Here are the following results: (score will be in format of [FPS, Score, Min FPS, Max FPS]

Quality: High | Tessellation: Disabled | Anti-Alias: Disabled = 55.8, 1405, 23.2, 119.4

Quality: Ultra| Tessellation: Disabled| Anti-Alias: x2 = 49.3, 1242, 21.5, 97.2

Quality: Ultra| Tessellation: Extreme | Anti-Alias: Disabled = 33.2, 836, 17.7, 78.1

Quality: Ultra | Tessellation: Extreme | Anti-Alias: x8 = 26.6, 671, 7.0, 61.1

EDIT 10/16: Maxed out my core to 1200MHz which resulted in a decent boost without increasing my temperatures of my GPU. ( http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7325575 ) My current memory clock is also maxed out at 6400MHz. I do not want to play with voltage so I believe this is the best it will get.

EDIT 10/16: My GPU is originally factory OC. I am now playing with it to find it's maximum potential, slowly raising the MHz (currently at 1085). New 3DMark 11 score http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7325443 .

EDIT 10/16: I just ran 3DMark 11 (http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7325317) using the Benchmark Test Only option. Very surprisingly during the test, my temperatures didn't fluctuate as much as I thought it would. CPU temp reached 48C as expected. My GPU temp MAX was 63C and is now 41C after the test. This is testing with default settings. During the 3DMark 11 benchmark tests, my CPU and GPU performed much better than I thought they would have. Cheers to that!

EDIT 10/15: So I ran PCMark 7 (http://www.3dmark.com/pcm7/727759) and it looks like my CPU didn't quite fluctuate too much in terms of temperature. I used three monitoring software's while running the test; MSI Control Center, GPU Monitor, and CPUID HWMonitor. Where I really noticed a peak in temperature difference was my GPU. Idle time is great or even while just using the computer for basic things (browsing, watching videos, etc) and fluctuates between 45-50. Now the interesting part was when it went under load while playing 3D Videos from the PCMark 7 software. The temperature spiked to 80 and as soon as the video is finished drops immediately back down to 60. Aside from that, saw no major red flags while doing the PCMark 7 benchmarks. Next to do is a 3DMark 11 benchmark, will update once finished.

I've always been wanting to build a computer for the longest time but never really saw a point to since a lot of my work comes from my laptop. I finally had a reason to when my nephew entered college and my brother entered high school. So instead of doing a really cheap budget build, I did put in a little more to have a decent upgradable computer. I shopped for most of these parts on Amazon since I have Amazon Prime which offers free 2 day shipping, then as for the other parts I got them from Newegg or local stores such as Fry's Electronics.

CPU

Even though clearly Intel is better than AMD, you get more bang for your buck with AMD. I could have got a four core processor but for $10 more, I saw no reason why I shouldn't have gotten a 6 core! More the merrier, right?

CPU Cooler

Instead of sticking with a stock fan cooler, I upgraded the cooler to a CM Hyper 212 EVO and used Artic Silver 5 instead of the stock thermal paste. I also attached an additional fan on the cooler (2 fans now) to improve the cooling rate. The two fans on my cooler are controlled through my MSI Bios and act as an exhaust blowing it out at the rear where there is also a fan.

Motherboard I couldn't really decide on what kind of brand to buy regarding motherboards so I spoke with multiple friends and coworkers who also do builds. MSI seemed to win their hearts so I went with the MSI 970A-G46 . It wasn't too bad for the money and can always be upgradable for the CPU as it has a AM3+ chipset. NOTE: The motherboard does not have integrated graphics so you must buy a graphics card.

Memory

Went with Ripjaws at 2133MHz for future cases when I would like to OC. I really should have gone with a single 8gb ram card instead of dual so I can utilize my 4 ram slots on my mobo. Well, when the time comes I can always sell the 2x4gb sticks are upgrade to single 8gb sticks. Ram runs great and smooth.

Video Card

Ah, the good old video card. Where should I start? I was gonna go with a basic 1GB Radeon 7770 but for about 20-40 more, I was able to get a 7790 2GB without hurting my wallet. Dual screen capabilities and runs real cool (35-37C). I haven't had a chance to benchmark it but will definitely update the stats while it's under load once I do.

Case

A case is a case, right? I'm looking for a budget friendly case and this Thermaltake case does it good. Plenty of room for multiple HDD's, 1 SSD, and a few 5.25" slots. PSU mounts on the bottom and helps with the cooling since I faced the fan downward. If you're a real "I NEED CABLE MANAGEMENT" kind of person, this isn't the case for you. But from the images I posted, you can see that the cables are decent and aren't too obvious or obstructed the air flow.

Case Fans

Bought three of these babies along with a NZXT Sentry 2 ($25) fan controller to help me regulate the speed since two of my mobo fan pins are being used for my CPU. Attached one in front, one on bottom, one used with the CPU. Installation of the fans went smooth, the installation of the fan controller went smoother. A lot of people complain about how messy the wires are. Realistically, if you think before you do anything with it, the cables aren't too bad. Fan controller works great and regulates the temperatures with 1C accuracy.

Power Supply

Thought of buying a non brand but I didn't want to give chance to anything being shorted out. Threw in $10 more and got a Corsair Semi - Modular. Worth the money since not all cables were needed for this installation.

Overall

The build went great, took about a week to get everything nice and tidy and installed. Runs real quiet and haven't really had a hiccup from it unless the internet lagged. I haven't even reached 50C on system temp or CPU temp. I really think the extra fans really do help with the proper air flow. Definitely worth looking into if you're worried about it running hot. I'll be benchmarking the system real soon and will post results.

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Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 6 points

Only thing I would suggest is to move one RAM stick over to occupy 2 & 4.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh nice catch! I guess I just got overly excited during the build lol.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Excited is an understatement :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

RAM sticks are in the wrong spot! they should be in A1 & B1 or A2 & B2 Check your motherboards manual :) all in all, nice build :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for pointing that out! I did just check my manual and indeed you are correct :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

not a problem at all man, glad to help out! :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

i'm pretty sure that ram is installed incorrectly. check your mobo manual, it should be either in both blue or black slots, not side by side...

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was :( Being overly excited has its cons lol. Thanks!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build, I have one that is very similar. I also have the V3 case. It's small but looks nice. You just have to be very creative with cable management! Yours ,however, looks pretty good!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I tried doing as much cable management aa possible, lol. Not too much room for it like you said, gotta be creative! Lol.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the cable management is hard with this case. It's especially hard when your power supply has short power cables! But like you said, gotta be creative! Hah

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like the display above the optical drive, what is it called?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

It's called a NZXT Sentry 2. I grabbed it off of amazon for about $25. It's a great fan controller, I use it to control my case fans as I don't always need them on.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

absolutely beautiful budget build.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you use as storage?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I had an old 1TB Western Digital HDD hanging around that I decided to use.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything about this is good, except i would have spent the extra $30 it would have cost and gotten a 7950 :T You would have seen a huge frame improvement. Just my 2 cents

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I was originally starting off with a low end Sapphire Radeon 7770 1GB actually lol. So really it'll be an extra $100 :p My local fry's or electronics stores don't have a 7950 also. I'm finding a 7950 to be a bit more than $30 more than my 7790. Care to share a link of where I can find one?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

this Sapphire HD Radeon 7950 3GB has a $20 Mail-in-Rebate and Free Purchase of up to 3 games from Newegg.com

This is the exact same Graphics Card I'm about to get for my build here

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PkOn

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh very nice. I would need to look into my local electronics store return policy to check if I'm still within the return policy. Thank you!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I found an Even Better deal today.. Look at this one..

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx795atdkc

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow! Nice. I like buying from amazon as it really trust them and I have free shipping with them. How much do you recommend the brand?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful, what camera?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I used my Sony A58 with a SAL50F18 lens with my aperture set to 1.8 :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh nice :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the second stock fan for the 212 EVO?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

The hyper evo 212 came with an extra pair of brackets and two screw. With the brackets, you're able to screw the fan with the brackets to the cooler. The way I set up the two fans are both blowing towards the rear acting as an exhaust. Keeps the CPU real cool, 50s even after a heavy load while benchmarking with 3DMark 11 and Unigine Heaven with extreme settings.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm aware. What I'm asking is how you got the second fan, because as far as I know it only comes with one. I want to buy this cooler, but I need to know how to get a fan that looks/is the same as the stock one.

EDIT: I see now that it is one of the blue LED ones, which wasn't clear in the photo's but was in the description.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yes, sorry I misread your question. I bought 3 additional CM f120mm fans. I used one on the cooler then the other two helped with ventilation in the front. The cooler is great! I love it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! Almost the exact same build as mine :D http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Toat13/saved/2FFX

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this build play games like Arma 3 good? i want a good $600 gaming desktop and it seems like you got that good build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

What OS are you using?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to remove those little black stands near the CPU socket before you installed the EVO?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

hello i am new to pc gaming would this play bf4 on med/high settings?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

it depends, if you have it on 720p, 1080p, it will run it on med, to high settings

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

What was that display just above your disc drive in the last photo. Just curious :)

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