Description

First rig. Runs like a champ, just beat BioShock Infinite on ultra with very few hiccups. One of the hard drives is older than the other, reason for not buying a single 2tb. Sound Blaster is because after 3 days of trial and error with drivers I said **** it and went to Fry's.

Only complaint I have is the mouse to be honest. If anyone reading this has considered getting this mouse, don't. It has a quirk where if you leave it idle for a few seconds it will actually deactivate the laser and take a few seconds to start up again. So if you're setting the bomb in counter strike and don't move the mouse then start getting shot too bad, your dome piece just exploded because your mouse sucks balls. Definitely replacing it soon.

This is my first actual rig, the build prior to this was a cheapie $300 bundle from newegg for internet surfing (Origin of the old 1tb HDD)

edit 11/13 - replaced keyboard and mouse - cm storm quickfire tk and logitech g9x

Pardon the dust on the front grill, as you can see the inside is relatively dust free. Also I know it's sitting on the carpet, I just moved it there for pictures. Ran out of dust off just now, which blows (no pun intended) ***** like $10 a can in California. Weak.

C&C Appreciated!

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

I wouldn't have gone with 4GB of VRAM, since you're only running on one monitor, and I would assume it's 60hz, just because nobody really has 120hz, so you won't see much of a difference.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build over all, perhaps the 3570K would've been a better choice but often budget constraints make it impossible. Also, that power supply. Corsair, Seasonic, etc are usually preferred over Thermaltake.

But excellent job on the cables and enjoy your computer!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! would have definitely gone intel if the cash was available, like you said. only grabbed this psu because it was a smokin' deal. plans to upgrade in the future include more/faster ram, 1000w psu and a better video card. probably some time early next year.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

let's just hope it doesn't turn into a literally smokin' deal! Ba doom tsch...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Well there isn't really any reason to upgrade your GPU, just grab a second one and put them in SLI. As Apropos will testify, SLI 670's are more than enough for gaming unless you want 120 Hz at 7680x1600. Which would be insane.

Also you shouldn't need 1000W for SLI 670's, or 680's. An 850W will be plenty.

Do you really need more RAM 8GB is plenty for gaming, only frequent work in video editors, CAD, etc will really use 16GB. Same with the faster RAM, 1600 is plenty. Faster RAM only really makes a difference in artificial benches, in real world situations it will make no noticeable difference at all.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

change to a i5 3570K, or at least a i5 3470. pretty good overall

  • 80 months ago
  • 4 points

Is a 3470 really the better deal though? Surely an overclocked 8320 will out perform a 3470?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

i would if i didn't have to buy a mobo to put it in! a bit strapped on cash as i'm building a bedroom studio. gaming is more of a secondary function for this machine, but i'll keep that in mind. might do a new mobo/cpu with the upgrade planned for 2014 :)

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

and...i dont really like that case , but it should be okay for you :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Never take computer building advice from someone with X's before and after their name. 'nuff said.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

That motherboard. Very nice. +1

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious, since you stated that you played BioShock, did you get bad framerate issues in some areas? Or was it completely smooth?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually played without having the latest drivers. When I went to download the drivers the notes said "This is the BioShock Infinite driver. Will make the game 41% faster". Haven't gone back to check but something tells me that will solve any issues I had..

The only drops in frames were when I walked into huge areas and all the textures were loading. I think this was due in part to the game not being installed on the SSD, but I think the driver was the bigger problem. Action scenes and intense gunfights ran absolutely smooth maxed out on ultra.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I know this build was a long-*** time ago, but do you mind telling me if I need Thermal compound for the Corsair H50? Or is it pre-applied?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

it came pre applied but i applied my own anyhow.