Description

This is the updated version of my old build. Once again, the only incorrectly listed items are the keyboard, which is the original Quickfire Pro, and the HDD, which is a 600GB Caviar Black. All other prices that are different from their retail are the prices I bought them at, whether they be old prices or sale prices.

Nevertheless, I grew up building this computer bit by bit, upgrade by upgrade. From a Core 2 Duo E6600 to an i5-2500k, to a 4670k. From a 9800GTS, to a GTX 265, to a GTX 560, to the HD 7870, and now to the R9 285.

The Phanteks PH-TC12 is actually overkill for my i5, since as I posted, I can't get it above 60C with its already high overclock (The clock is the boost clock, which is the only one that matters. 3.8 GHz -> 4.2@1.35v)

I bought the M500 just a few days before they announced the MX100, but it's a solid drive that has never given me problems.

The R9 285 is a wonderful card. At 1920x1080, there's virtually nothing that you can throw at it that it can't take. Its advanced feature set also makes it wonderful for recording, streaming, and optimizing Battlefield 4 with Mantle. HIS's cooler is also bigger than the PCB of the card itself, so this thing never has a chance to overheat.

The HAF XM is a mid tower that fits the description of a small full tower better. The hinged side panel is a godsend for dusting out components regularly, and making the occasional modification. And, of course, showing off the goods. A very solidly designed case with great airflow options.

The VS229H-P is an e-IPS panel, which means it's a cheaper IPS, but its color quality, brightness, and response times have never ceased to amaze me. It's a little on the small side, but it's a great monitor for doing anything and everything.

The CM Storm Quickfire Pro has Cherry Brown keys. My brother has had connectivity issues, but I lucked out and got a good USB cable with mine. I find it difficult to use non-mechanical keyboards these days, that's how spoiled I am by the keyboard.

The Omen was actually from a care package that my brother received. He had no use for it, since he already has a top of the line Logitech, so he gave it to me. The Omen is a bit on the large side, but it has no acceleration, no prediction, a very short liftoff distance, and excellent tracking. It's just a straight-up great mouse.

The JVC HA-RX900 is a pair of headphones very people use or know about, but from the few professional reviews I've seen of it, it sounds like it's a pair of audiophile headphones on an extreme budget. So far, they blow every pair of headphones I've ever worn except a $150 pair of Koss's (Friend from college).

As you can guess from the equipment I have, this computer serves as my gaming computer, but I do everything from video encoding/decoding to music listening to homework on this thing. It strikes a good balance at being an all-purpose computer, but the fact that it's pieced together over the years means it's always a step behind of the cutting edge, but I'm okay with that.

Note: the pictures above show the previous build, with a HD 7870 and Cooler Master Storm Recon instead.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

i hope that ssd was worth it, cause the kingston hyper x 3k 128 is only $99, and its one of best ssd's

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that ssd is expensive. Do you notice any diffrence in between a cheaper ssd, well if you have owned a few ssds?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

@BranToast & AmplifiedLlama:

I clarified this in the description: That's not even the correct drive. The actual drive is a Patriot Wildfire 120GB. The price is also the price that I bought the drive at, back when the Wildfire beat the snot out of every SSD out there. It's not worth much now, but it's very fast.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

how is this cooler compares to the Phanteks PH-TC14PE?

which one do you recommend?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the TC12 is smaller, but gets about 98% of the performance of the TC14. If you have an 8350 or an Extreme Intel chip (both are 120+ TDP chips), the TC14 has a greater heat capacity, meaning those chips will be cooled better.

In terms of a 4790k or lower, the TC12 gets you all you need.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

i got a 4690k.. will i be good with the tc12? isn't it will be noisy?