Description

(Yes, I'm aware the cable management is crap. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot I could do with the short cables the XION PSU came with. I'll work on it some and put up new pictures.)

This is my first build. I've spent years gaming on mediocre to bad machines, so I wanted to go all out and make an AMD based rig that would game everything for the next year or so at ultra graphics with no lag, and I hope I've achieved this.

Haven't had time to test it out much, still installing drivers and the such, but I look forward to some gaming.

I'm running it into a set of cheap dual monitors. 19inch 1080p AOC and a 17inch 720p HP.

G510 Keyboard G500 Mouse

CPU: I chose AMD because I've always been an AMD fan, and I couldn't logically see spending more money on a quad core Intel with only slightly better performance, when Mantle will almost take the CPU out of it completely.

CPU Cooler: Looked around at cheap, efficient coolers, and this one was recommended. I had trouble fitting the ram into the board with the cooler. I'll need a different one if I choose to upgrade from 16 gigs to 32.

MOBO: This one was pretty well recommended by Tech savvy friends I spoke to, and it has everything I need and more. It supports up to Three-way crossfire, though I doubt I'll ever have more than two cards in it.

Memory: The Ripjaws X Series was most reasonably priced at the time, for 16gigs of 1866.

Storage: The 840 EVO was recommended as a good, reasonably priced SSD. I'll host my main games on it, in addition to the OS. The Barracuda is storage, mainly, and less important games. I do have a secondary SSD in place that's 64 gigs with a 150ish Read/Write, nothing too impressive, it contained a few games from my old system.

GPU: From the get go, I wanted the 290X. Given the price, I almost went with a 280X or 290 and planned to just pick up a second card in a few months, but I decided to sell a guitar amp of mine, and go ahead and fork out for the 290X. I picked it up for $700 from a private seller on Amazon.

Case: The original case I had planned to buy was a Cooler Master N600, but they were sold out everywhere. I ended up getting the 500R, it and the Barracuda was in a combo for a total of 30 bucks less, and I'm happy with the case.

PSU - The 800W PSU I had picked out was sold out in most places, and was 40 bucks more in others. So I went with the Xion. First time I've tried their brand, but the warranty's good.

Optical Drive - Cheap, and designed to read Windows when I went to install. Doubt I'll use it for anything else, afterwards.

OS: I went with 8.1 because I read that it was more light weight (Only 8 gigs to install) as opposed to the twenty gigs or so of 7? I'm not a fan of the layout, but I'll get used to it.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

that cable management... SO WOW

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Work on cable management.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Seeing pretty mixed reviews on that PSU, also don't think you need 1kW unless you plan on CF later. For such good parts otherwise you trashed it with your cable management

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Not trying to be mean, but there is really no excuse for cable management like this. That case seems to have really great management options that you simply chose not to utilize. Really disappointing. All you need to do is take the back plate off, pull all the wires all the way through the lower management slot, then pull them back through the appropriate hole leaving the excess BEHIND THE PANEL, not in the front like you have. Please give it another try or else you really bought that case for nothing, you could have spent much less on a case with no management options if you were going to waste them.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

There's actually a lot of cables running behind the case. Unfortunately, the XION has pretty short cables, and I couldn't reach the top parts of the system by running them behind. A different PSU with longer cables, I would have hidden everything.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's too bad about the short cables, maybe you could get some cheap extensions from your local electronics store. I got some from Fry's for about 6 dollars a piece for my build because I had similar problems with a few of my cables. Much cheaper option than buying a new PSU.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to look into it. It's really not -that- big of a deal, playing BF4 on Ultra at 1080p, My temps are staying cooler than the 290X typically runs at, so I'm not too concerned. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Work on that cable management. Also, PSU is pretty overkill wattage wise. You could have gotten a better quality Corsair power supply.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management? Also, your RAM sticks are on different channels. Check your motherboard manual.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

duuude 1000w psu for $120 id dont think so

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really not the worst cable management out there (cough, cough, myself xD) Any way, great build!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have done MUCH better than what you did with what you paid.. -1

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

Other than me paying 150 bucks more for the 290X than it's original MSRB, I don't think there's much I could have changed to get more performance for the money.

I'm open to hear your side, though.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Why your RAM isnt in dual-channel?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It is now. I had trouble getting them in there with the CPU Cooler, but I've gotten it taken care of.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah nice! Great build mate +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, $700 for the GPU?! I'm getting the 3 Fanned Sapphire one for $279. I'm going to order it all today or tomorrow. Really Exited!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

When I made this build, they were very high. They're all around 200 bucks now.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

780 ti wins. Why you do dis???

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

It also costs a lot more

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

Good choice on the SSD. How are you liking that Case? It looks pretty nice in my opinion. Yeah, I think a 780ti would've worked out better for the money, also, that PSU Seems a bit iffy, keep an eye on it. However, aside from those 2 things, extremely solid build. (ALSO: The cable management isn't THAT bad. Does it need working on? Yes, but I don't think that's the number 1 thing you should be focusing on at this time.)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. And I love the case, I spent about 3 hours straight playing BF4 on ultra at 1080p, and with the headphones I keep on. (I keep my sound low enough to hear others in the other rooms) I could barely hear the system running at all. I considered getting more fans in the beginning, but I think it's fairly pointless. This system runs way cooler than I expected.

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