Description

For the past 3 years I've been using the ASUS G73JH laptop for school. Now that I don't have to move so often, I've decided to build a gaming PC! I really enjoyed building this, and I just LOVE this desktop. The black steel case with its LED fans look fantastic, and the various parts perform stellar. I pretty much built this PC so that I could play Tomb Raider at max settings + TressFx (can't resist Lara Croft :P). The GTX 770 does just that, and it runs smooth. This build left room for future SLI as well.

I threw in the ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card mostly out of curiosity and I wanted to listen to high quality music. After trying it, I was amazed at how it made music crystal clear. For songs I've been listening to a lot, I even noticed new notes! I'm pretty sure the soundcard is overpowered for my speakers and headphones, so I'm looking to upgrade my headphones in the future _^.

With this build, I can play current games at max setting, as well as enjoying awesome music. The IPS monitor provides gorgeous color quality. Really enjoying this setup all around!!

Thanks PC partpicker for helping me in this first build :)

Comments

  • 76 months ago
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What program did you use to benchmark in-game?

  • 76 months ago
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It's a built in benchmark tool in tomb raider.

  • 76 months ago
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yeah it's nice tomb raider provided a built-in benchmark. don't have to go scrambling to find one :)

  • 76 months ago
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I just made a very similar build for a friend (i5 4670k though).

Did you find that MoBo a pain in the *** to work with?

Have you tried over clocking yet?

  • 76 months ago
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hmmm. I don't remember running into any issues with this MoBo. Everything seemed to plug in just fine.

I don't have plans to overclock atm since I can run games just fine so far. Good thing about the Gigabyte GTX 770 is that it's already factory overclocked more than other cards.

  • 76 months ago
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Yup :p, I use 2 760s SLI, and I put a 770 into the build I just did :D

  • 76 months ago
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Looks pretty sick, +1 here

With that budget I would've gone with a bit better CPU cooler but np with this one

  • 76 months ago
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What should CPU temps be under load? I don't plan on overclocking the CPU so I'm hoping this cooler is enough.

  • 76 months ago
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If you're not overclocking that should be just fine

  • 76 months ago
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You got M50 headphones and you want to upgrade? Is this a parent buy or college student buy?

  • 76 months ago
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I'm working now :). No way I can afford this build as a student!

  • 76 months ago
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Really nice build! Get 2 more monitors and you'll be in heaven.

  • 76 months ago
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lol. I used to have a maxed out g73 laptop :) that thing used to be a beast. now my primary laptop is a g75, but i am getting a lenovo y500

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a G73(AJ?)that came stock with that thermal paste issue. Even after re-pasting the CPU the thing would constantly do thermal shut-downs while gaming. Honestly, the only ASUS product that I've been unsatisfied with.

Just built my first PC in over a decade last week, but I've still got my current G74(SW?) safely stored for when I travel for work.

  • 76 months ago
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I've heard of this problem. Do you clean the dust out of the vents? I cleaned it at least once a month and a ton of dust comes out every time.

  • 76 months ago
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Yeah. This line of laptops is still running strong. I think the current model is the G750, which is ridiculously good for a laptop, and it's like $1400.

  • 76 months ago
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I'm scared if I buy that and I can't overclock to 4.5

  • 76 months ago
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Really nice build you have here, excellent part choices and very neat.+1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you :)