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My first ever PC build!

I decided to cast off my console gaming career this year and replaced my 360 with a PC for Christmas.

Originally, I intended to spend $750 or less, and I think I did alright sticking to that. Worst part was the $40 worth of taxes just for living in the state of NJ.

As for the build itself, it achieves everything I was hoping it would (no problems yet!). I gave myself around 2 months to research and decide what I was going for, and after a lot of headaches it has finally been completed (as of last week).

Some things to mention:

  • Ditched the optical drive and did all operating system/driver installation by USB. (Yes this was frustrating)

  • I wanted this computer to essentially be a beefed up console. I use Xbox controllers for gaming along with a wireless keyboard/mouse for when I need them. My 40" Sony Bravia TV is my "monitor", and it does look great in 1080p :)

  • Disregard the TrendNet powerline adapter in the first picture; I returned it and now use a PCI-E adapter for a wireless connection (does the job but not too fast i'm afraid)

Bonuses: I got a free copy of AC IV: Black Flag, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon with the parts I ordered

That's all folks, feel free to leave any comments, questions, or hate.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

Very nice build, sir.

Happy gaming. :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

i was using the same mobo as you and an fx 8350, putting in the cpu went fine, but did you have any trouble strapping down the cooler that comes with the cpu? the hooks were a tad bit short to reach the things they needed to hook up to on the mobo for me. just wondering

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it sucked securing that. I had to be a little bit risky and rough pushing down the hooks, and luckily nothing broke. I think I may have had to use a flat tool to press the hooks into place.

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Welcome to PC gaming sir. Liberating, isn't it. So much richer and fuller sound and graphics.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure is. The beautiful graphics themselves make me want to play more than I did with Xbox.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 nice build and part selection. According to the price history for the GTX 760 on this website, the price reached its all time low of 239 on 11/29 which was around the same time AMD card prices inflated from Litecoin. The 7950 would have been a much better value had you been able to buy it at a fair price. Props for saving money by not getting a DVD drive. When I installed Windows on my new build, I just took apart an old laptop I had laying around and used its slim SATA drive for the installation. Enjoy your build.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I really don't think a 7950 is really any better than a 760 except maybe in overclocking ability. I had a 7970 that didn't really give me much of a boost over my 760 stock other than the Heaven and Firestrike scores, which were only marginally better. I overclocked it as well and it helped but not much. Agree with the DVD drive though, really useless for me except for my GH3.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

You're partly right. The 7950 isn't that much better if you are only gaming in 1080p. Ultra high definition resolutions not made for mere mortals is where the 7950 really shines with its insanely high memory bandwidth on a 384 bit wide memory interface. Gaming on multiple monitors would cripple a GTX 760.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I kind of knew that but haven't got to try it out myself. I have 780 Classified but I probably didn't really needed but I plan a 1440p monitor after I receive a tax return.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Lucky you. I think I've withheld too much this year to get a tax return lol. Check out my new multi monitor setup - http://pcpartpicker.com/b/JCT

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Um. No. I've gamed on 760 GTX (SLI mind you, this is 780 Ti level power we're talking about here) with 2GB at 1440p. The 4GB editions didn't do any better, and I highly doubt the 7950 is going to do any better. As long as it's fast enough, it's not going to be a problem. The thing that does better than the 760 is the 7970 Ghz (aka 280X), which is about equal to a 770... and also costs about as much.

And if we're talking multiple monitors, you probably don't want to approach those with a lone 7950 anyway. A lone 7950 isn't going to do any better than 760 because of lack of processing power to use all of that VRAM/bandwidth anyway. Multiple monitors is the playing field of R9 290/780/7950+ crossfire/760+ sli setups... well if you want decent performance.

And if you're talking about 4k, a 7950 OR 760 is a joke, SLI/crossfire or not.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Doubling the memory capacity does not double the memory bandwidth. You would have to double the memory clock on the GTX 760 4GB version to take full advantage of the added memory.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

adding a card in CFX or SLI doesn't add any additional memory, all it does is enable the two actual GPU chips to work in tandem.....with the primary card's memory pool

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Memory speed, capacity, and width are all factors... and they aren't a factor at the power level of any of these cards. That's the point.

This is your precious memory bandwidth working at various resolutions: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/854?vs=855

If you scroll down to Crysis 3 at 1440p, you'll see the single 760 still outperforming the 7950. And neither of these cards are really sufficient for 4k or surround anyway, so that's a moot point if one marginally outperforms the other at that resolution. I also doubt they would be in Crossfire or SLI.

Edit: Further reinforcement:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/766?vs=813

On almost all of those, you'll see the 680 SLI's lack of vram or memory speed no mattering at all compared to the 7990 (except that one game... but both of these cards are a far cry from just one of the card we're talking about in terms of power).

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice- I like the Christmas lights!!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Flip that PSU over if you have bottom vents on the case for the PSU. This way PSU pulls air in from outside case and pushes it out the back.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

yes that is the conventional way of doing things (i did it for mine) however it is not required (some ppl actually like them upside down so it acts as another exhaust fan) also his case may not have a vent on the bottom. furthermore having it "right side up" can actually create a few more dangers, like if something clogs the bottom, like a carpet or dustbunnies or a stray piece of paper etc

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I do have a bottom vent but didn't even think about doing that. Thanks for the advice!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

do it. Almost everyone does. It is the norm.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

i also use a 360 controller for my pc :) but i use a wired one (plugs in and its good go instantly from the get go) i'm just cheap and lazy lol

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

How does your monitor treating you? Does it strain your eyes since its too close and too big?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

A little straining on the eyes, but it's the same as when I played Xbox using the same TV. Other than that, everything looks great.

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