Gaming/Office PC!

The build came together pretty well! I had this Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower case laying around and decided I would put it to use in this rig. It is awesome in a lot of ways. Great airflow and AMPLE space. You can easily fit crossfire/sli rigs with multiple processors if you'd like. For me though its just a classy looking case with a bit of an extreme overkill factor going on, and I like that.

Processor, went with a reliable 24/7 ready xeon processor. I dont like built in graphics as I always use dedicated, so I prefer not to add extra draw for such things. This xeon runs on 80w, 3.9ghz turbo, and is hyper threaded (some see that as a downside, I do not.) Yes it doesn't mean eight cores, but I DO see 6/8 of them active frequently, meaning it is helping my multitasking ability, and ill take it since this is not an overclocking chip! It seriously kicks @$$ in processor heavy applications. Since this is indeed my processor I wanted something that will do exactly that, central processing. I leave my graphic tasks to my graphics card. I threw on a cooler master hyper t4, as I wont be overclocking I knew I wouldnt need much of anything in that regard, it works well and the cpu never breaks a sweat.

Mobo, Had to go ASUS, I love their UEFI bios. Great price point for a sweet board. M2 capable, sli/crossfire ready. Supports everything I need and more.

RAM, Went with Team Dark Series 2x8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHZ. Love this ram, love the look, love the price, perfect performance. Both came fully working, dont hesitate to buy Team products.

PSU - went with a 750w corsair modular, good power, cable management, and corsair name.

Went with a sandisk 128gb SSD to act as boot drive, along with choice apps/games.

1TB Seagate Hybrid drive for mass storage.

Windows 7 Premium, 64 bit.

GPU - Many people will wonder why I went with a 290x of this price when gtx 970 just came out. I understand your logic and pondered over it a while. I really just love the red team when it comes to gpus. I have had many of both and its just my preference. When it comes to frames per second they trade blows, the only thing that the gtx 970 is a clear winner in is efficiency. But for a year old card the 290X is no slouch. If you dont care about it drawing more and like AMD gpus you will not be displeased. I love the lightning edition, im currently overclocked to 1195 core, and 1563mhz mem, producing over 400gb/s of memory bandwith. You see these cards shine in the higher res, and they do infact preform better than the gtx 970 at high res. Being as BOTH cards are complete overkill at 1080p you cannot go wrong with either, but I went with the card that provided higher performance at higher stresses such as 4K. This MSI lightning edition never goes above 70C with my mentioned overclock, pretty sweet.

Any questions feel free to ask.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Did not see my Xigmatek case as an option so I left it out, but I believe I paid $230 for it a few years back.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Can we get a picture of the whole build with the case without that weird angle that is in the rest.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a couple pictures that allow you to get a feel for the build as a whole, what are you wanting? Same shot leveled out of the rig running case sides attached?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems plugging in PCIE connectors into the card? Mine were a very tight fit since the metal below the sockets was preventing the plastics clips from being pushed into place. I hope I haven't damaged anything. : /