Description

I had a lot of fun with this build. It is my first build since 2005. Not much has really changed in the process except one thing, HOLY CRAP GPUs are HUGE NOW!!!

I'm waiting on buying the storage hard drive on black Friday, I have my eye on a 3TB drive, but everything else was great.

I loaded up Borderland 2, and was clocking in at 80-90 FPS @ 1440p. It would dip down below 70 FPS every now and then when there was a lot of physx crap flying around.

I played PS2 at 1440p on ultra, and never dipped below 60 FPS had over 100 FPS at the warpgate.

Loaded up Batman Arkham asylum and Arkham city, and for some reason those games were pushing the crap out of the rig pretty hard at 1440p, (I was using 4x MSAA though) and it was dipping to around 35 FPS with a lot on the screen.

I will be overclocking the CPU tonight, and will prob bump the GPU a bit as well.

Issues: I didn't install an optical drive which wasn't a huge deal, but you need to download the NIC drivers from MSI since Windows 8 could not install it.

EDIT: I cannot give enough thanks to this website and the community here! I used this website to find all the deals that I got, and the community is awesome. I received some very valuable feedback on the forums that helped me put this all together!

So huge props to PCPartPicker.com! I will be making sure that all my friends use this site in the future.

**Edit. I have the processor overclocked to a stable 4.4, if I push it beyond that I get frequent crashes. I haven't bothered overclocking the the graphics cards since everything so far runs flawlessly on it.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

How did you get Windows 8.1 Pro for 30 bucks?????!!!! BTW Great job on the build!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

reddit.com/r/softwareswap from what I hear on the forums it seems legit and a lot of the people here recommended it. It worked out great for me.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

shhh, don't tell them our secret!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Noob question - If I purchase a product key would I just download Windows onto a usb and install it that way?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes. That is what I did since I didn't want to bother with a DVD driver for this build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Been thinking about doing this, but was confused on how it would work exactly.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, nice build but your RAM is in the wrong positions, if you dont know them it should be a1 with b1 and later if you get more a2 and b2. nice build though :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh crap! I will fix this ASAP. See, this is why I like this site so much.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks, it was fun to put together.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Is your new machine..quiet? Is the case OK? Just wondering.

btw, awesome build..you make me want to do the same! Thanks again.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I was floored by how quiet it is. When I did my initial test boot I thought I had done something wrong since everything was so quiet, but all the fans were running and everything checked out.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get all those parts for so cheap?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Rebates, sales, and an iron egg discount from newegg.com

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Love the gtx 780 hoping to get one myself for my build! Also how is the MSI G45 for stable overclocking???

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

The reviews say it is stable with a decent 100MHz overclock. I will prob just use the included software to OC it. After my play testing yesterday it doesn't really seem worth it to overclock it until I get a game that will really challenge it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

4.4 Ghz with a 212 EVO at 55 degree load temp. Impressive.