Description

This build replaced a 12 year old+(?) Win XP system that started showing signs of age by not booting properly once in a while. The new system was designed to not just allow us to play games, but hopefully last as long as our old WinXP system did. That meant it had to be near the bleeding edge for hardware now, so that even a few years out, it will still be able to run enough programs to remain relevant while having the capacity to upgrade to extend its useful life. Research here found that 3/4 of the parts could be found for the best price at my local MicroCenter, so off I went with tax refund in hand to get a full build on the spot. The system actually went together quite smoothly. The only problem came from not getting the CPU installed on the MB quite right and apparently shorting out a few pins on the new LGA1151 socket along the way. MicroCenter, though, came through like champs and allowed me to exchange the MB and CPU and not an hour later, everything booted up. It took a little bit to figure out exactly how to get the SSD formatted and partitioned as the boot drive, but the system had Win10 installed by the end of the evening. The new system now leaves enough space for more than doubling the RAM if needed, and for adding yet another GTX980Ti if needed. The use of the 950Pro SSD will mean it will probably fail before any other component, but by that time, it can be replaced with something better.

In the meantime, we get a screaming fast system capable rebooting in less than 30seconds and capable of maxing out many current games while being more energy efficient than our old quad-core Dell. Running the Unigine Valley benchmark with 4X anti-aliasing and Ultra detail settings at full 4k resolution, the system was able to pump out 31-36fps and produce incredible views. The 28" 4k monitor also makes it quite comfortable for the two of us to play Skyrim together comfortably (one runs the mouse, the other the keyboard) at 4k resolution with all the hi-res graphics mods available. To top it all off, the case provides a nice view to the interior while having 3 fans active for the case to supplement the Hyper212 EVO cooling system all illuminated by a set of red LED lights on the case and motherboard.

Overall, it was definitely more expensive than what I originally planned to get, but certainly does the trick now and should do the trick for quite a while to come.

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my new system! I realize a few choices were a bit odd, but as this is my 4th build (since 1991 when I did it for a living), I don't mind upgrading later if necessary and admittedly got impatient as I took advantage of what was at the store at the time. The choice of cooler appears to have spurred a few comments. Just for the record, I do not plan to overclock the system and with the air flow through the case now, this cooler works perfectly well for now. Fortunately, as all of you know, systems like this can be upgraded and if I change my mind about overclocking, then a new cooler can be part of that upgrade. Enjoy your own builds!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to agree its a nice build but if you are spending that much cash i would have looked at a 144hz panel and that cooler is just not right on that cpu for a bit more cash could have got a noctua that is quieter, has a better warranty and performs better. Moan over great build though it will def be relevant for years to come!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you stating that that the builder should have bought a 4k 144Hz monitor? As far as I know, there is no such thing for sale right now.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

dont think i mentioned 4k, i would have gone for 1440p and 144hz as a gamer.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

i like the m.2 drive

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build but..... did you just spend more $ on the optical drive and got the cheapest ok at best air cooler on the market? And also did you just got an optical drive that costs the same as the case?... And that TN panel monitor with 60Hz refresh rate with a GTX 980 Ti.. It's kind of hard to like the build based on this decisions but then again it's your money and you decide what to spend them on, enjoy your build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Enjoy the build itself, who cares about an optical drive and monitor.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

One who wants to manage the budget performance-wise based on his needs.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

As someone with that O-drive. Its the best bluRay O drive i have used, great for movies on a mini NAS in my room

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like the builder is playing games like Skyrim in 4k. What monitor would you suggest that is 4k and has a higher refresh rate?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I suggest a 1440p IPS panel monitor with 144Hz rr if you have one 980 ti and 2x 980 ti for the 4k.. Why? Because I'd rather play games smoothly than have a nice image and witness the lag! (even if 1 980 ti 4k isn't lagging especially not on skyrim)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I get what you are saying, but for some people with the type of games they play resolution>fps. Even a 980 ti will not be able to push over 60fps on a 1440p panel with new AAA games maxed out. You would still have to turn down some settings. I do agree with an IPS panel being superior after using both.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

$50 actually is not a bad price for a blu-ray burner.