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So this is the second time i built myself a computer but the first time was back in 2006. So when i decided i was going to build another computer, i knew i had to do alot of research to bring myself back up to speed on what is out there considering the last time i looked at RAM 2GB duel channel memory was like $140.

I decided to buy the bulk of it around Black Friday 2013 and i saved me about $350. Now the unfortunate part was that shipping to Alaska sucks....alot. I believe for about $750 worth of hardware it was going to cost me roughly around $300 to ship it to Interior Alaska. So the new plan was to ship it to my brother in Arizona for pennies and build it there when i visit for Christmas. And that plan worked out pretty well. The picture with two monitors is when i first put it together in Arizona. The video card i have in there is not the one i planned for. I was hoping for an ASUS amd 3GB but with the plane tickets around christmas being so expensive i had to hold off and buy one while i was in Arizona. the Gigabyte was the best the store had to offer without me going broke.

To ship the computer i went with USPS being the cheapest. Total came to $173 with it being insured for $1200. It took two and half weeks to receive it in Interior Alaska. While i waited for it to get here i was debating on what i wanted to get for a monitor. My end result i want a three monitor eye Infinity display with a nice tv above them. But while i was going through the store i came across this 2012 Samsung 3D tv that they were liquidating. So i got it and i have been very pleased with it ever sense.

Future plans are to get three more monitors and another video card to crossfire. More RAM. a SSD. better keyboard and mouse. FASTER INTERNET. running a 2.5 mb down right now. sucks. Welcome to Alaska. fast internet costs an arm and a leg.

I dont know much about overclocking but i have been trying to educate myself on it so i can try it. I feel my computer could do alright. Any comments are welcome. Again, trying to get back into this and can use all the extra help i can get.

(the extra pictures are just fun ones of Alaska. I seen days where the sun never sets. I have seen days where the sun barely rises over the horizon. I have even felt what -60F feels like. But that Alaskan fish is the is the freakin best!)

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

There's a 7870 for the same price for that r7 260x.

Why water cooling when you live in Alaska? Just joking! So sad that you have to pay $300 shipping fees.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

so what is the difference with the 7000 series vs the R7 series? I just went R7 260X because i needed something fast and thats what the store had available at the time. Im kinda at toss up right now on whether to keep the R7 and just get another one and crossfire it. Or pull it and go with something that is going to work better for what i want to do. Im not a hardcore gamer. Honestly, i have played Battlefield 4 and with the Internet i have my ping usually is at 130-150. I have even hit a 999 before. So even with the best graphics i am stuck just trying to move. I have thought about setting my computer up right at the window and just crack it open on are -20 degree days and try overclocking. haha.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Just cut a plexi window and get a hole through it for cables. Set up PC outside and run cables through grommeted hole ;)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

R7 / 7000-7790 = Low-Medium Range GPUs R9 / 7850-7990 = High-Ultra Range GPUs

I'm just sayin' that for the same price you could replace your Medium level card with a high end one. But just stick with your GPU for now.

  • 71 months ago
  • -1 points

Umm basically the R(xxx) series is a renaming of the 7000 series with only minor updates/upgrades. For example, R7 260X is the renamed version of the 7870

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

wat no. the 7870 is the R9 270X. the r7 260x is the 7790, which is ridiculous, because you can get a 7790 for $120 or less. and the r9 290 and r9 290x is a completely new GPU.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoops my bad

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

When I saw the first pictures, the only thing I could think of was a mouse pad, but I see you got one, even a $5 mouse pad makes the difference.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

About $1100 for the desktop (xcluding OS, monitor, n accessories) and you only got a 260x?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build BTW ... Also i think u could had put some extra bucks and got the R9 270x .. R7 260X is also good , but anyways your choice Also how come you got that TV for such a low price .. i mean its 600$ on Amazon now ..

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i got it on a liquidation sale on post at our PX for $400. It was a 2012 model. I guess it was a floor model so i was taking a risk buying it not knowing if it was scratched or not. Nothing big or noticeable so far. I read a review saying the bulbs last 50,000 hours on these LED LCD screens. If it lasts me a two more years while im up here i will be happy.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard good things from OCing on that board. With a case with so much ******* room (wow!), I'm surprised you didn't opt for a 240mm CLC.

16GB of ram, and a pretty pricey motherboard. I woulda cut the RAM in half (still go dual channel though) and saved a couple of bucks with going with a less-than-premium motherboard, and put that money to a 120GB SSD.

Other than that, enjoy your new space heater (I mean, AMD CPU :P ) +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a buttload of really fast RAM and that mobo is a mite expensive for your budget. With the money you could have saved on those, you could have gotten a better GPU, which is what you should do. I'd suggest the R9 270 with a mild overclock, or a 7850, if the 270 is a bit expensive.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

if you're using this in Alaska, just take it outside and overclock it there. the ambient temperatures would be great for the hardware; just make sure to shield it from stray snow and polar bears. :)

all joking aside, yes, your platform is a great place to start overclocking. the ROG series boards are among the best in their class. unfortunately, i don't own that particular board [yet], so i can't give any advice on overclocking. as far as your R7 260X, though, you'd get better performance with a beefier single GPU than multiple smaller GPUs, the reason being that some games don't take advantage of multi-GPU technologies and it would merely be a waste of energy. sucks to hear about dem shipping costs, though...

if you'll be doing single-monitor 1080p gaming, an R9 270X/HD7870 (doesn't really matter) or a GTX 760 would be fine.

also, what's up with 16GB of fast RAM? expecting to do some video/photo editing?