| Disclaimers |
Disclaimer: The accessories and the OS were discounted to me, so I got them cheaper. Disclaimer 2: With that in mind, this is also an upgrade from my 'less than' $2000 budget found here.
| Base Build |
'Bare-Bones, more accessible build': http://pcpartpicker.com/user/critical-hit/saved/#view=8jcNnQ
| What did I want in this build? |
I wanted a computer that could do it all. Except for 4k. At the time of this writing, the consumer grade graphics card to achieve 4k is not possible for me. If you love your computer, you'll treat it well. Initially, this build was a one monitor, one GPU card setup. However, I wanted to take it a step further and take full advantage of my motherboard. The build ended up becoming a 2-way Crossfire and a Triple Monitor.
I wanted it to:
Be able to multitask and to be able to have all my important windows up constantly. Playing games in high fidelity. This includes hooking it up to use triple monitors with Eyefinity Setup or nVidia 3D Surround Technology. Livestream me goofing off in video games while managing the chat easier. Be able to store and edit videos for later. Draw digitally on my PC with my tablet. I value performance greatly over storage when possible. *Reliability is an important factor, I'll spend extra for it as well.
This is my first build, so NO WATER COOLING. I wanted this to be air cooled. In return, I can only clock mildly. At best, 4.8 GHz (+100 MHz overclock) and 1140 mHZ GPU Clock Speed (+100 MHz overclock). The difference can either be noticeable on an older game, or modest at best on a newer game.
Edit: I switched over to Corsair H100i GTX, have no problems with it since as I noticed running very intensive games, the air cooler had problems there.
|Reasoning Behind the Parts|
With the help of a lovely friend (yet again), helped me out with a $2000 budget in mind [here] (http://pcpartpicker.com/user/critical-hit/saved/#view=8jcNnQ).
I swapped out the Samsung 840 to the Samsung 850 PRO and called it a day on the base build.
I saw that with the kind of power I wanted, AMD had the better price per performance ratio and made my CPU and Video Card an AMD based rig. So I went to look at an afterstock card, Sapphire and made it Dual R9 290X's because why not, you got to run THREE monitors at 144hz.
For my secondary storage, I went with the WD Black series since they are known for performance and reliability, hence I went with that for my second storage.
Note: The numbers are not too shabby. However, if you want to 4k game... You'll have to get a higher memory GPU card to do that if you want to see past 30 fps.
/Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn/
Maximum Settings 1920x1080:
Range: 80~150 FPS
144 FPS average in Instances/Dungeons/Indoor Housing. 100 FPS average while roaming Eorozea/Raids/Outdoor Housing. 70 FPS average under Heavy Traffic in Mor Dhona. 60 FPS average under Extreme Traffic via S-Rank Hunts.
Maximum Settings w/ Eyefinity 5760x1080
Range: 60~100 FPS
120 FPS average in Instances/Dungeons/Indoor Housing. 85 FPS average while roaming Eorozea/Raids/Outdoor Housing. 50 FPS average under Heavy Traffic in Mor Dhona. 30 FPS average under Extreme Traffic via S-Rank Hunts.
/Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist/
Ultra Settings 1920x1080:
Range: 80~144 FPS. Average: 100 FPS.
Ultra Settings w/ Eyefinity 5760x1080:
Range: 60~90 FPS. Average: 75 FPS.
|Pet Peeves / Improvements to Work On|
*The PSU is a bit of an overkill in terms of wattage. It all happened when the EVGA 1050W from Newegg went dead on arrival. I RMA's that part. I ended up returning that and grabbed the Corsair 12000W at a nearby TigerDirect store.
*The Top fans should be the 140mm instead of the 120mm. Only the OCD inside me really bothers me. Otherwise, I'd switch those fans.
*Need to update the picture of that cable management since I fixed that already. I used an older picture of when I just had it set up. Eugh.
*I had to get a Club3D Adapter, and then an additional adapter to change the minidisplay port to displayport, in order to get the third monitor to run at 144hz.
|Advice and Thoughts|
If you want to attempt to run three monitors at 144hz, make sure not only your GPUs can handle it, but you have the Dual DVI Ports and adapters (when you run out of Dual DVI ports) to do this.
From my experience, AMD cards ran better with MMORPGs and editing programs than nVidia. Plus with price per performance, at the time I went with AMD.
Pre-Critically Fractal "Base Build": http://pcpartpicker.com/user/critical-hit/saved/#view=8jcNnQ IMGUR Format: http://imgur.com/a/ycFy5
This thing runs ridiculously hot without a decent afterstock cooler (air or water), which is expected for a CPU of high performance. Huge props to making the CPU a great, affordable workstation tier CPU.
A modest price-per-performance RAM. Runs well without error.
Sapphire, along side Vapor-X know how to cool their AMD GPU cards well. It'll only be noisy if you choose to overclock it. The price and performance you get out of it is a main feature despite it being an afterstock cooler. I've benchmarked it with single and 2-way Crossfire. It's an overkill in terms of 1080p for one card on just about all modern games. 4k on one card struggles even with overclocking. Less than 30 FPS is not viable with it. 2-Way Crossfire is fair game, however and is playable on that resolution.
Another benefit is that it has TWO Dual-Link DVI ports.
With all that performance, comes to slightly more noise. It's surprisingly not overwhelming and it's tolerable. I'd look elsewhere if you're attempting to find a quiet card to work with.
A really lovely Mid-Sized case that even has its own section of the case in the back panel made for cable management. Customization is another key to have the ability to take off panels, unscrew HDD trays if needed.
While 8.1 is an improvement over 8 in terms of performance, and they managed to place the start button on the desktop.... The UI choice is horrendous, should of been it's own thing for touch tablets.
Swiping things in certain places on accident brings up search charms, and all this other crazy non-sense. Moving your windows occasionally minimizes everything. It's a hassle to just have to turn all this stuff off as well.
If you have to get Windows 8 or have that thing pre-installed, get the update as soon as possible to 8.1.
Gets the job done. Changing band colors is a bonus. Be careful not to screw it in too hard, or it can ruin a hole. The rubber ends on the corners is a bit flimsy after unscrewing and re-screwing.
So smooth, I can't believe it's not butter smooth.
The price of a monitor of that size sounds ridiculous, I admit. However, you get what you pay for. It runs 144hz, supports 3D vision with nVidia/eyefinity setup. If your GPU is nVidia, you can take advantage of the G-Sync features. Pleasantly happy with the monitor overall. There's such a huge difference with 30 fps, 60 fps, 120 fps, and 144fps with gaming when you stare at this monitor long enough, and then change the refresh rate to anything lower than 100 hz.
This particular mouse is lovely because you can plug this in and treat it like a wired mouse. Or if you're feeling lazy and want to lay down, you have that option as well to pull the cord and make it wireless with the wireless usb dongle.
It comes with a wired USB cable, and wireless dongle. Good if you have long hands and need only a few buttons to work with.