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This is a first attempt at building a pc. I even used the new stock cooler (the Wraith) that comes with the 8370. It's quiet and the Define R5 made putting the whole thing together a snap. The parts list doesn't quite reflect the build cost as I had the GPU, mechanical drive(s), dvd burner and OS going in. I just wanted to give everyone a complete list. I'm still using Windows 7 because I use Windows Media Center.

I can play Crysis 3 with High settings, fps hovering in the low 40s.

[UPDATE 2016-03-19] Well I finished Crysis 3. Great game and by the end I was pulling in frames in the high 50s. That is probably because the final levels don't have waving grass, etc. Also I don't know if it was a smart idea but I downloaded EasyTune from Gigabyte and increased my GPU setting to medium (4.5 GHz). So far so good. No discernible increase in noise level and temps seem pretty good. I'll leave it there for awhile.

[UPDATE 2016-06-05] I don't know if anyone is still reading this but I have since learned that the Easytune really did not overclock the processor despite indicating that it did. After learning how to adjust the bios I was able to overclock to 4.7, voltage 1.48125, as well as clocking the ram to 2200. Overclocking the cpu required substituting the wraith cooler for a Noctua NH-D15. Great cooler. Even with 2 fans it's as quiet as the wraith which was actually very quiet. Its also a lot more effective. The thermal paste is as well rated as the arctic silver I was going to use (looks like the same viscosity). The cooler was easy to install because it uses the stock backplate. I did not have to take the motherboard out of the case.

The overclock has brought noticeable everyday performance gains. The next step will probably be an RX 480, unless someone has a better idea.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

great job for a first attempt!

although cable management can do better since you have a fully modular psu and because you can't see the internals all the time, it will give you that great feeling like "opening a chest that has great treasures in it" because of very clean cable management lol

if i were you, i'd choose the 850 EVO over the 850 Pro for the price but that's just me... lol

cheers!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I appreciate the input. That last cable you see in front of the psu just wasn't long enough to route behind the motherboard.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job not going cheap on the ssd! I made that mistake the first time. When you have a 10 year warranty and Samsung's name behind it you know it is quality.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I've had great results with the optimization settings in Samsung Magician.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to check that out on mine. Did not know about that.