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This build is my first one and i wanted to get it done right. It took a while to find all the right parts that fit my budget and would still give me the best gaming. Putting together this rig went off without any problems other than the cable management... But in the end i am very happy with this build and was even able to get a lot of the parts on sale and was also was able to use my keyboard and mouse that i had bought a while back.

After putting it together and running its paces i started the overclocking for the CPU i went with a safe 4.0 GHz because this was all i needed for the games that are CPU intensive like Rust and Arma 3. I also put a small overclock on the GPU of +80 to the core clock and +220 to the memory clock which runs very stable. With the overclock done for each one i got a score of 10002 as you can see here http://www.3dmark.com/fs/7176232 .

For gaming this thing runs like a champ hitting 60 FPS in most of them i play while at ultra settings which i a huge step up from playing on my old 750ti. Here are some results from testing a couple games while playing for extended times: Fallout 4 Max out except for shadow quality: 60 FPS lock . Rainbow Six Siege with HD texture Very High: 70 FPS . Arma 3 Very High: 60 FPS lock single player . CS:GO ultra: 260 FPS . Rust High Around 60 with dips down to 40 depending on the server .

Other thought: SSD: I love this thing, not only was it cheap but the computer boots up from off in about 14 seconds. Monitor: very sharp image and was easy to set up. But most of all is the response time a 1 second, it is very helpful when playing twitch shooters. Case: This is the only thing that i am not crazy about it lack space for a larger cpu cooler and the wire management it a pain in the butt because of the lack of space on the backside. CPU Cooler: This was the most problem some when putting this computer together as it was not the easiest to install but it keeps the temps under full load at about 60 C.

This computer is a beast and i will be using this for a while before i even think about upgrading any of the main components as i can only see myself getting another SSD in the future to put more games on. This was well worth the time and money putting together.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

That PSU is very risky, especially if you are going to overclock.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

The PSU isn't really risky and its risk won't change if they're overclocking. The PSU tier list has quite a few noticeable flaws which is why I recommend people to avoid using it.

Edit: A big problem with it here is the sleeve bearing fan which won't last very long especially with the heat that it might have to deal with. As long as the PSU is replaced soon it's fine until then.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Eh the problems with the CX are pretty well documented across the internet even outside of tom's. For a 1,100$ rig with a 970 and unlocked CPU I would never recommend putting that PSU in this system for any amount of time. That's just my opinion though.

I just noticed that the mouse on this build costs more than the cooler and PSU combined.

  • 48 months ago
  • 4 points

I will be doing a PSU upgrade once I have the cash, not only for a more reliable power supply but I want to go with a modular one so cable management isn't such a pain in the ***. Also the mouse I have had for years and its has been well worth the money.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points
Sounds good to me about the PSU. An EVGA GS, G2 or P2 comes to mind but of course there are more then just this. And I heard the SPEC-01 is a pain in the arse for cable management, many times. So not faulting you there.
Some managed it before but then again I can only imagine the pain staking process of wires wobbling around and hanging. Anyways, good work with your build and enjoy it! +1
  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I suggest a CPU cooler and PSU upgrade next.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

There is barely any room to cable manage and the power supply isn't modular so couldn't do much more than i did.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same issue with my mid-size case as well. Super old case, but upgraded to a 850w G2 for better management.