Description

I built this PC originally 2 years ago for the purpose of gaming and video production and have been adding and subtracting parts ever since. The only parts that I still have that have been around since the initial build are CPU, sound card, RAM, ODD and 1TB HDD that I use for storage as a second drive now. The parts listed that are $0 are the original hardware from 2 years ago, with the exception of Windows 8 Pro, which a friend gave me the key for.

I started with a barebones kit before I knew enough to understand that the only thing in the kit that wasn't garbage was the CPU (and I realize that now, it's a little dated.) and have spent more money than I honestly should have replacing things here and there.

Recently, the cheap mobo that came with the kit failed, and the PC sat for a few months until I could pick up the Asus board I have now, which should give me more upgrade options later down the road. My next purchase, likely, will be a new GPU, the 6770 I have has been good to me, but it is about a year and a half old (the price listed was what I paid for it originally.)

I'm open to suggestions about what direction to go with my build next, or questions about the part choices I made. :]

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

You forgot one thing... Shameless plug!! :D https://www.youtube.com/xMissOfficer

Edit: Also, I'm pretty sure you can move your HDD's to the bottom cage, and take out the middle one for better airflow.

Awesome build though, and I'm glad I could help with it. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

That was indeed the most shameless of plugs. :P Also, both HDD cages are removable, the bottom one is secured under the case. Whichever one I feel like ditching can go. Also also, I appreciate all of the assistance.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, so when you get a new video card, do what I suggested, and you'll have more direct airflow for the card. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

That'll do, pig.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean them cables up and it will look SWEEET! It will help with case cooling too.

I like the rig man.

I recommend a 128GB SSD, radeon 7950, and you can't go wrong with ASUS(mobo).

Also, you don't need water cooler unless you are going to overclock.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I need longer cables/modular PSU to get some of those out of the way, working on that one.

And the plan is to overclock as soon as I get faster RAM. Also, I got the cooler for $50 off a friend, still in the box, and I couldn't pass it up. :]

Also, I'd been thinking about picking up one of the R9 cards instead of a 7000 series.

Also, Also: Thanks! :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

You should stick to the 7000 series. The only changes between the two series are very minor, since the 7000 series also has Mantle. The 7000 series are generally cheaper, and come with free games. You should upgrade the CPU to a 6300 or a 8320, those are pretty good. You should also a get a SSD if you can afford it and load your OS on it so you can have a faster boot time. I love the case too. Good job!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Get it if you really want it. I mean, I don't really see anything that different than the 7970 except that it has an extra fan. I don't really think it's needed though. You have a Micro ATX case too, so I don't think the extra cooling is needed though. That's just my opinion, it's your choice if you want to get it or not.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! I'm also looking at the R9 290 when it comes out depending on price.

RAM doesn't need to be faster than 1600. At 2400, you may see 2fps difference in gaming.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I had my eye on a Sapphire R9 280x 3GB, $350 and I'd be good for a while.

And yeah, I don't need much faster, just a bit better than my 1300mhz. Might go ahead and spring for 16gb.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Just FYI. Battlefield 4 beta was only using about 2.5GB of Ram and about 2.5GB of VRAM. So...

Get atleast 3GB on Video card and I would say 8GB RAM is good, but 16GB ram will future protect you.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

The BF4 Beta ran just fine on Ultra with my GTX 760 2GB, peaking at around 1.8GB VRAM usage. So yeah, I wouldn't say that one would need at least 3GB on the video card. :p

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. :]

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build you should drop a 7970 ghz in there

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

I dont think thats an H100i. Looks like an H80 Edit: also whats the need for 2TB?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the H100, my fault.

And 2tb is for storing a lot of large video files. I deal with a lot of AVI and like to keep them for a while.

Edit: Fixed the cooler. :]

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

My Phenom hasn't become a bottleneck for me yet, seeing as how I can overclock it quite a bit whenever I get around to it. I'm thinking new GPU and/or RAM will be at the top of my shopping list.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

What sort of budget do you have for upgrades?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Right this second, none haha. In a couple of months I might be able to put together enough for a good card.