Description

Ok guys, I've finally got some time to give a detailed description of my experience with this PC. I'll break it down part by part.

CPU: I can't say much about the CPU because I am no CPU expert, but I do know that it is top of the line for its price point and it is definitely performing that way!

CPU Cooler: Again, a top of the line air cooler that I haven't used yet to its full potential (I only have the turbo clock going ATM). I will definitely put this cooler into effect with a better overclock when required.

Motherboard: Great quality mobo with the right amount of features that I need. Very easy to build with and no wasted features with this board.

Memory: Got a great deal on these DIMMs as they were regular $64.99 (In Canada). They seem to be performing well and I have no complaints about them!

HDD: There are many debates about whether WD or Seagate makes better HDDs, but my caviar blue has been treating me well with pretty fast boot and load times for a hard drive. If I were to build this computer again, I would have opted for a caviar black instead of a blue for that extra performance.

Video Card: I consider this part to be the gem of the build. It tears up any game on max settings at 1080p and won't go beyond 70 degrees. the only concern I have with this video card is the idle temp of 35 degrees which scares me a bit. If someone in the comments could confirm this is normal that would be great!!

Case: The case is a good one for any kind of build whether it's a mATX build or an ATX build. The cable management holes are great and it is nice that they also preinstall the motherboard standoffs for you.

PSU: My least favourite part. I am a bit of an audiophile, and I feel that this PSU is pretty loud. Also it is non modular which is a pain to manage the cables as you can see at the bottom of the case. Looking back on it, I could have got a modular power supply of equal wattage or more for the same price, but I'll live it.

Optical Drive: Not much to say here except that this thing is loud as hell. Good thing I only had to use it to install the operating system!! =D

Cathodes: They are the cheapo ones from Logisys, but they do look pretty sweet!! I could find a good place to hide the inverter so if you guys have suggestions, I'm all ears.

Overall this system took 3 and a half hours to build which I don't consider that bad for a first build and I had lots of fun doing it. Future upgrade will include an SSD for ultra fast boot and load times, and possibly another video card for crossfire.

Thanks for reading! hopefully you enjoy my build!

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Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

The GPU idling at 35 is fine. (I have a GTX 570 and that idles at 35 as well; shouldn't be a problem)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for the clarification.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting enough, we have almost the same benchmarks, which is funny you have a 7950 and im with a ghz 7870. Although, when you will overclock your gpu or cpu, you'll beat me easily. :P Nice built, where did you get cathode?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the cathodes from Newegg. Hopefully I don't have a faulty gpu or something.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I just got some blue leds from amazon, but nice cathodes

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I think your GPU is fine. We've got the exact same one, and mine idles at about 31, but that's at 30% fan speed. What do you keep your fan speed at? I think My 7950 is cooler than one of my friend's, so it could be my card and not yours. I think mine is 50-60 degrees load at 50% fan speed. I also have a side fan supplying my card with fresh air. Either way, 68 isn't too high at all. Start worrying when it hits 85 or so.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I keep my fan speed at 21%

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, there's your problem right there. Enable AMD Overdrive (I think that's what it's called) and set the fan speed to 30 idle and 50 load, or whatever floats your boat. That will considerably improve temps. Just be warned that once you amp the speed up to about 65 or 70%, the fans get REALLY loud. I haven't dared to go 100 yet.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

My 7970 idles at 31 so guess it's pretty normal. Wiring is something you can work on, but it's not nearly the worse i've seen, good balanced build tho. If you want a luxery like a SSD it would probably be that! But awesome 1000 Canadian dollar build, donno what that is in USD.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

believe me when when I say it's impossible to hide the inverter. suggestions would be nice.