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Not exactly sure what to put here. This is my second build and the first one for myself. My first was a couple years ago when I wanted to build a computer for my parents. I was 13 at the time and felt pretty proud of it. Flash forward to now, I've just turned 16 and this was my gift... well, $1400 of it anyways. I have some regrets but there's nothing you can do about it now. (The last picture is before I did cable management.)

First off, the CPU. I was debating between the 6300 and the 8350. Some people said that the 6300 would have been fine while others said that it would be a future bottleneck. I pulled the gun on the cheaper one since I thought that it would have been just fine. Unfortunately for me, I didn't realize that it would be a big bottleneck when I do decide to crossfire which brings me onto my next part, the CPU Cooler.

Knowing that I would have to overclock I immediately went on the hunt for a good cooler. (Note that at this point in time my build had already been completed. Anyways, I did much more research this time around and found the best cheap cooler. I'll have to admit, installing that thing was no easy task and it forced me to move my RAM down but it was well worth it. That thing's a gigantic chilling beast and it keeps my thing super cool. I'm not exactly sure about the exact number but I know that it hasn't gone past 50° C. I've beaten BioShock Infinite on max settings and it's been as cool as a polar bear.

My motherboard is another regret that I have. By no means is it a bad motherboard but the damn I/O shield is tool tall and I can't do anything about it. I refuse to go bareback and Asus won't send me a new one because I'm in Canada. They want me to pay $30 for it. No way hosay. I'm definitely going to go with a different motherboard next time around.

Not exactly sure what to say for the RAM. It hasn't caused me any problems and I'll probably be upgrading to 16gb if I can score a good deal around christmas time. If I do then I'll give the 8gb to my parents.

Storage was another minor regret that I have. SSD has been perfect although it didn't come with a SATA cable so I had to go online and order some more. The 1tb was a bad deal since I could have gotten a 2tb drive for an extra $10. Oh well, what's done is done and I already have a 1tb external hard drive so I'll be fine for a long time.

My biggest regret was probably my video card. I'm not exactly sure why I didn't just go for the 7970 but it's too late now. The 280x wasn't out then but if it were then I definitely would have gone with that. There's nothing wrong with the 7950 and it's the best bang for your buck card but it's that extra performance power that I really lust for. It gets to about 66°C when playing BioShock Infinite on max settings and there's a little bit of coil whine at times but in the end, it gets the job done.

The 400R is a beauty. I don't need any side panels since I keep it between my desk and drawers. The case is super easy to open and I love how the screws on the back stay with the sides. I'm the kind of guy that loses these things and with those there I'll never be losing it. There's tons of room in the case and overall I'm happy with this purchase.

I didn't know what a modular power supply was at the time so I paid no mind to it. Looking back, I really should have gone with the modular one. This ******* took so long to manage. It was well worth it in the end but next time, I'll be getting a modular and saving some time for myself. I decided to get a 750w so I can go crossfire 7950 in the future if I ever decide to.

Optical drive is optical drive. is good.

These two monitors are great monitors if they didn't both have dead pixels. My friend recommended these to me since they had a tiny bezel and he didn't have any dead pixels on any of them. Both monitors have at least two dead pixels and one isn't as tall as the other so I have a piece of cardboard underneath to even them out. The colors are also a little bit off on both of them even after hours of adjusting. I don't think I'd recommend these and for $200, I should have just gone with a different monitor. Maybe the Asus Mx239h or the AOC IPS i2367Fh. I would have gotten 3 but my desk isn't big enough so 2 is the maximum.

I got a great deal on the keyboard. I told the lady to price match NCIX's blackwidow which was a cheaper and not 2013 edition which saved me about $60 since the original price at best buy is about $160. It's super clickity clackity and I love it. This is my first mechanical keyboard and I can't stop typing on it. I used to be around 90 wpm on a membrane (g510) but now I'm at least 120 wpm when I concentrate hard and know what I want to say.

The deathadder is big. Real big... but it's perfect. I was used to using apple's crappy magic mouse which was super small and flat and would hurt my hand after extensive use. This bad boy is like a massage on my hand and I love it. I wish I could make it stop pulsing since that's the only gripe I have but it's still good.

I think that's about everything important. My future plans are getting another 7950, upgraind RAM and upgrading CPU and maybe grabbing a 3TB barracuda if they're on sale around Christmas time.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It is almost always best to sell your card to get a better one instead of crossfiring. For a high end build like this you should have gone with a series better than the cx. By the way how is overclocking on that mobo?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not designed for overclocking. Around 500MHz is as far as I feel comfortable.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you explain? I assumed that overclocking was more based on the CPU cooler and PSU.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

the power phases and VRMs man. I thought that the mobo didn't matter too much when overclocking as well because everyone says it's so easy. Recently I have come to find out that the motherboards heat dissipation matters quite a bit when overclocking.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I overclocked it out of curiosity and now I have prime95 going. I upped it by 500MHz but everything seems to be cool so if necessary I'll push it harder.

Also, is it better to increase the CPU ratio or the bus? I just upped the ratio this time so its at 20 now.

http://imgur.com/inzURCK

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are some really nice pictures... What camera did you use? Great build, although this is an OCD thing I have that really feel the need to fix those cables at the bottom of the case... fjklgsdssuardg

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

What cables? Also, I used a d3100. It's all in the lighting though.

  • 74 months ago
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On your last picture all of the cables by the psu are just hanging there :P

  • 74 months ago
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(The last picture is before I did cable management.)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice setup, +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

CABLESSSS :(

and bad choice on the CX series corsair

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the cables? The picture of the cables are behind my computer and they used to be much much worse. I'd remove all of it and adjust but I can't move my desk out of the place.

And yeah, too late now. A bunch of people recommended it to me so I assumed it would have been fine. My next PSU will definitely be a modular 1000w + good one.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

You wouldn't need a 1000W+ unless you were going 3-way SLI or something.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It would be future proofing no? Or would it be overkill...

I plan on getting this http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu850ax if it ever drops below $150 although I'm not sure if it will fit... will it?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

1000W+ is overkill for sure lol.

I actually use the AX760 and I love it. I would recommend the AX760/860 vs the AX850. The 760/860 are rated platinum.

  • 74 months ago
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What do the ratings all mean? The 860 looks sweet. Will it fit in my case though?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I could have Best Buy price match with NCIX here in the US. It sure would save some money sometimes.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice - the monitors look great too :)

How is the 7950 performing for you? I know you mentioned it briefly but do you have any more notes/benchmarks? I plan on getting the same one.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been great, I'll reply back with some benchmarks when I'm at home.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.3dmark.com/cg/917892 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1028486 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1028486

I thought my score would be higher but nope. :0

That's the demo, not the full version.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice write up and cool Pc +1

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  • 74 months ago
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I wish somebody would have told me. Both reddit and here gave me the a-ok.

  • 74 months ago
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blow up??? I can't tell if you're exaggerating or not.

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  • 74 months ago
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So do they only explode when running close to full load or no. I recently got the cx750m for $50 so I assumed I was getting a good deal but if the quality is so shotty that it risks taking my other components with it I may sell it. Btw I only play on running about 500 watts at most.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

As of right now the cx750 is fine for me since I'm not even using 450w. It should last me until I find a better deal right? I'm looking at the AX860.

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  • 74 months ago
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Erm this is quite a large exaggeration. Yes, CX series are not the best but they are Corsair and Corsair products do not 'blow up' very often if at all. They are known to be decent for basic to low-mid end builds however they aren't great for Crossfire or SLI. The only problem they have is cheaper capacitors which means they aren't great for 100% usage (never really going to reach that) and don't handle massively high temperature (75/80+). See here http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1717401/series-power-supplies.html http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1717980/series-good.html