Description

This was my first build that I properly attempted. Had a great time getting all of it put together, I feel like the choice I made in terms of parts was good simply because I don't do a whole lot with my computer. I was an inch close to buying an i7 but dropped out at the very last second.

A note as well, I'm actually reusing my GPU from my previous build. I'll be replacing it soon with the next series of AMD GPUs. It's a temporary thing.

Overall, this PC has been a pleasure to use as well. It's more than enough for everything I want to do, which is great :) The main reason I went with this over the AMD counterparts on offer was the presence of PCI-express 3.0. The GEN3 sabertooth is not for sale as far as I know in Australia.

You may be questioning my decision to get a ROG board, and I'm justifying it because I'm starting to get into lan parties (this is where the scout 2's handle comes in handy!), and I've always been an avid PC gamer. The only reason I avoided PC games earlier was because I had a PC that couldn't handle them! I wanted to go all out, without breaking my wallet in half :-P

I know the build can do with some improvements in certain areas, such as an aftermarket cooler. I will in fact be overclocking, but I'd like to do my research on this first coming from the Phenom II world.

Hope you like it, and I hope my cable management wasn't too shabby. I've definitely seen better, though.

PS. Apologies for my shady looking room lighting. I've been waiting to get my lights fixed, so it's a bit dim in my room!

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Platinums and a 7850... :(

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah, I hear ya :P! Planning on a DirectCU card to match, just playing the waiting game to see what AMD comes up with for its next gen GPUs. The vid card came from my older PC.

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

You should throw a mention in the description that you are re using that GPU. Might save you from some down votes!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers, will do.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

If he was in Canada the 7850 would be a great choice, unfortunately in the USA a Radeon 7870 cost as much as a Radeon 7850 in Canada :(

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything costs more in Canada, at least in terms of pc hardware and electronics :(

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Ik, UK and Australia are even worst!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm Australian; so it cost me quite a bit. :P

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Not saying the 7850 is a bad card, but if he were to get Corsair Platinums and then a 7850, I would be sad.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

PCI-E 3.0 may be the latest and greatest, but it's been proven that PCI-E 2.0 works just as well. the only time you may see some limitations is using dual-GPU graphics cards, and even then you might see about a 5 percent drop in performance in a worst-case situation. even then, the Asus Sabertooth 990FX/Gen3 is an AMD board that offers a third-party PCI-E 3.0 solution.

other than that, i don't criticize the build as a whole. now your next step will be to put an aftermarket heatsink and overclock that Haswell i5 :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you about it now being more than enough. I'm planning on keeping this build for a little while, so I didn't want to run into any issues later on with bottlenecking.

Now as for the AMD boards having PCI-E 3.0, I noticed this, but that particular board is not for sale in Australia, unfortunately. :(

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

nothing wrong with planning ahead, of course. just bear in mind Intel changes sockets and chipsets like any normal person changes underwear.

ah, i did not realize they sold it in Australia. that's a shame...

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Dominator RAM, and no good CPU cooler? You could have spent less on the Ram and gotten a Corsair H50 or something

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

As I said in my details, I'm getting a h80i. I wouldn't have bought Dominator RAM if I didn't plan on prettying this build up. :-) I already have a h60 lying around, I just wanted it to be brand new.