Description

This is my first build, quite an upgrade from my previous computer (iMac 2009). I haven't had any major issues and gaming is very smooth. I'm able to encode videos in seconds rather than hours. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this build. I could've got a better GPU, but I'm looking to upgrade within a year or so, so I didn't want to go all out. I purchased everything off of Amazon (free 2 day shipping), so some of the prices are a few dollars more than the cheapest place you can find them.

I'm currently running the CPU at the default 3.4GHz, although I have OCed it to 4.2GHz and maintained lower temperatures. I don't plan on running it regularly overclocked because I don't want to stress it too much.

I didn't get an SSD originally because I feel as though they are too expensive. I bought one off of Craigslist for $40 and am currently using it as a boot drive.

I had a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate that I was running in dual-boot on my old iMac, so I didn't need to buy an OS.

I got the monitor on Amazon for considerable less than everywhere else. It's not the best, but it works enough for me. One day I'll get a 27", but that will only happen after they come down a bit in price.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

That's a really well balanced build! +1 for not going crazy with OP things.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, a 650 Ti can usually handle most games pretty well for the price.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree that the 650ti is a viable entry level card. It's biggest fault is memory, but still plays most games at reasonable levels.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Really good balanced 900~ usd build! Actually quite glad you didn't go with an ssd, people sometimes really enjoy telling everyone ssd is the most important think, but i see it more as a luxery!

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good and reasonable build, I am impressed.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

looks decent man :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Brilliant.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Might have been better to go for an i3 or 6300 and a nicer graphics card. Not bad though, definitely a fairly nice build.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

He did say he does video encoding, so the i5 will help there.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

whenever you find the 650ti lacking, which you will eventually, pick up a 670 or something, but for what youre doing its great

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, you probably shoulda dropped some money off a few of the other parts and invested in a 7870 or something similar.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that a $30 sound card would be noticeably better than the integrated sound on the Extreme4. But very solid build. That psu should give you a lot of leeway when it comes to upgrading in the future! +1

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the audio output physically can't handle my headphones, so I needed the card in order to use them.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, nice

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

What Headphones do you have?

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

not quite sure when you build this, but i seen that you arent happy with the memory in the gpu. in the build im savin up for, the 2gb 650 ti is the same price

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