Description

First build which was decided upon fairly rushed. Computer started BSODing when OCed so won't be doing that for the time being. Aside from that it's working well for now, hopefully it doesn't die on me like electronics usually do. I opted for a higher PSU since I plan on going SLI when needed (or when I feel like it, whichever comes first) and typically have a lot of USB devices attached; I like using my pc as a charge station for some reason. The area I live in also has sporadic power outages this time of the season so I also have backup PSU/surge protector for the rig and other electronics.

As for the cheap sound card, I'm currently using the system with my TV (no monitor atm) so I have audio connections going from TV+speakers; in the future I'll find some other uses for the card so it isn't wasted. It'd probably work better if I dusted dusted off some old speakers (or got new ones) but I'll leave it as is for now.

More pictures will come the next time I open it up (currently busy with volunteering and resting from the aftermath).

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the quality of parts you chose though here are a few things I would have done differently:

MSI MPower is approximately the same price and has built in WIFI / Bluetooth which would have negated the extra $38 on the wifi adapater. Also the sound codec chip on the motherboard has higher specs then the discrete low end sound card so that was an un needed $32.70.

The specs of the chip your motherboard has: Realtek ALC898 Output Resolution (higher is better): 24bit

Max Sample Rate (higher is better): 192KHz

SNR (higher is better): 110 DB

Input: 24-Bit, 192KHz, 104dB

And the specs of the sound card:

~ Playback: 24-bit Digital-to Analog conversion in 16 or 24-bit with sampling rates of up to 96Khz to analog 5.1 speakers

~ Recording: 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion in 16 or 24-bit with sampling rates of up to 96kHz

~ SPDIF output with up to 24-bit resolution at selectable sampling rates of 44.1, 48 and 96kHz

So in short here is an article about Discrete Audio cards - http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1910718

So those two things would have saved $60 there are probably a few other things to mention but since there is no description on the usage of the machine everything looks great! Happy Computing.

  • 78 months ago
  • 5 points

You kinda missed the $330 PSU.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

lol yaaa well I guess I took care of the less noticeable things instead of the glaring big ones.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I remember looking at the MSI MPower but opted for the UD5H, don't really remember the reason but looking at it again either one would've ended up the same price for it here and I did get a bundle deal with CPU. The UD5H with wifi adapter without the deal compared to the MSI Z87 I mean. Sound card would've been unneeded with either and adds the extra cost regardless.

Though would that be the only advantage of the MSI MPower?

Thanks for the info though, the whirlpool was an informative read.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, could use a few more pictures of the inside though. Also why such the high wattage PSU?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, you should post some pictures of the inside of the case. Also, why did you get a 1200w psu? It seems a bit overkill, but then again it seems like everything in your build is overkill.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Psu might be a little but everything else is good

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is cool looking, and the parts seem to be just fine as well. I'd make a few personal changes, but it seems like you've built yourself a nice PC here.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same motherboard...what do you think of it. I love the 10 6GB/s ports and all the USB 3.0

  • 78 months ago
  • -2 points

Well, UD5H + 4770K + H110 : Okay. 16GB of RAM ? What would you do that would require all that ? Concerning the SSD : there are better SSDs than the Corsair ones for cheaper or far better for 10$ more. I don't really get the supplementary soundcard as your motherboard already has a good chipset unless it is for specific type of connections. And the final, why a 1200W PSU ? O_o, going the SLI route I hope ? Or Tri-SLI, because that's the only option that I see that would require such a monster ;). Pictures of the inside of the case and of the components would have been a plus. Good parts though.