Description

As my G73jh faded away into the night I decided to go for a new build.

This build is used primarily for Gaming and as a workhorse for my GIS student work.

I completed this build early September, and this is actually a 100% MicroCenter build. I was really aiming to get as much raw power as I could for a (roughly) sub $1000 machine. Fortunately I was able to snag some great sales during their BYOPC month. This is my first build and it was slightly nerve wracking. Once I completed the build it was nonfunctional-massive bars on the loading screen and it crashed on OS install. Ultimately it turned out to be a faulty motherboard, and since I bought it all in store I was able to swap it out for a new one. Overall I'm happy with performance, but I haven't had a chance to dabble with overclocking yet.

Feel free to comment, I would really appreciate any feedback.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 8 points

Nice build, Radeon 7950 is meant to be an amazing performing card for the price.

My one concern is the PSU. You shouldn't ever go cheap on it and I personally have never heard of CoolMax. They may be just be an OK brand, but in general you should never cheap out on your PSU and instead get a more well known brand, say Corsair or Seasonic and pay a bit more. 700W is also more than you need, but some PSU manufacturers claim their PSU(s)have more wattage than it actually can output!

Did you absolutely need 16GB of RAM? Because you could have got 8GB and put the extra money towards a better PSU.

Just something to be aware of.

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

i would not recommend Coolmax from personal experience. the unit i got felt cheap and was DOA, and the reason i didn't RMA was because it felt cheap and would likely go through the frustration multiple times. apparently, i was lucky to only have a DOA unit; Coolmax PSUs have been known to explode.

  • 74 months ago
  • 7 points

My only concern, and it's a high concern at that one, is the PSU. Coolmax PSUs are considered tier 5 power supplies meaning they are NOT recommended and should be replaced ASAP if you have them

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

All of your other part choices are very nice, I had some friends in college that worked in GIS a lot and I've seen a few apps

Nice build overall minus the PSU, +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

While it varies on each unit. They're the best of the cheapest. article1article 2

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you read the conclusions? article 1 the psu is actually a 450 watt article 2 the reviewer says this is a textbook example of why you should not buy a 20$ power supply

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

Also, the first link is actually about a 750W only supplying 450W - supporting the bad reputation of CoolMax. From the second link, "a textbook" was a metaphor to explain how horrible the 500W from Coolmax performed. These are actual reviews from a decent source.

No offence SethMatrix, I don't think you read them at all.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

No offence Marcus_CA i don't think you understand that you said they are the best of the cheapest. The very reviews you provided showed no they are not. I never said anything about the source not being reputable. I simple pointed out that you a false statement and proved yourself wrong in the review you provided. Yes i know what a metaphor is.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I was replying to RyneSmith's post and only stated it varies on each unit. The articles are full general knowledge - not exactly sure what you thought I meant.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

You stated they are the best of the cheapest. That just isn't true.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Just isn't true or is not true? Is it known as a fact or just based on opinions? I don't see the point on following up on that. Regardless, I meant worst of the worst - if that's even grammatically correct.

To me worst of the worst means: worst at being the worst ... (- and - makes a +)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback, I hadn't realized how poorly rated this PSU was. I've had a chance to recover since the build, and I'll go ahead and pick up a replacement today after class.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

No Problem! I'd recommend this PSU : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx750m

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

I can back up RyneSmith on this, the Corsair 750 is the same one I purchased for a friend's build about 6 months ago, and she been very happy with it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

A friend of mine bought that very coolmax psu. It couldn't even run a 7870 xt at full load with an i5 3570k. Good luck with that 150 watt bomb in your system.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

A $30 mobo? So jealous! That's a very good build for the price.

The 212 Evo should give you a decent overclock, and if you need to, you can always add an additional fan.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

$32 for the mobo?? how did you get it so cheap, even at microcenter with the bundle it only brings it down to around $100

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, I thought the market price was around $100~140 :o wow... that's a huge bargain...

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Where did you get that mobo for that price????

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Microcenter is a wonderful place, I'm lucky that I live relatively close to one now.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

did you get a bigger discount on it to because when i go to the website and do that bundle the mobo comes to $97

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotto love them microcenter prices. Nice build +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Upgrade PSU. +1 on overall build. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I would upgrade the Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM to a 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Blue. Only about 10 dollars more so your still under 1k.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I agree, I went just a little more into the build than I had anticipated and cut there. In retrospect, I should have definitely gone for a TB drive.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay you guys, due to overwhelming feedback I just swapped out the CoolMax PSU for the Corsair cx750 recommended by RyneSmith. As far as the motherboard goes: I was able to pick it up at such an awesome price because it had been a verified in store return that had been sitting on shelf for awhile (I have had zero problems with the mobo in the two months I've been using this build).

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Quality over wattage pal. Quality.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have any issues installing your 212? I have one on my asus m5a99fx and even tho it said it fits am3+ it seemed to barely fit in the mounting holes on the board and i followed directions and was using the amd mounting arms.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build for the money, but as others have already suggested, that PSU needs to be replaced with a higher quality and more stable one. I'd recommend something Like an Antec High Current Gamer.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

that motherboard for only 33 $ how?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the hdd?