So, I spent a bit of cash this summer (well, really, from June to when I posted this), and bought myself a nice desktop gaming machine. Those of you who are picky about cable management will probably want to burn me alive.
It was about time I upgraded, I spent the past five years of my gaming life on an ancient HP G60 laptop, then a MacBook Pro with HD4000 integraded graphics. You can tell I wasn't used to the luxury of many FPS.
So, this was born. I had quite a truckload of help, even with building it. I was really nervous about ruining this, because I've heard the stories of just how simple it is to fry a computer part (though, now, I'm much better with working in the guts of these things and actually crack open my case on a weekly basis to manage stuff).
Anyways, there's not much to say about this. I had issues with the RAM I had previously ($30 for 2x4GB from Avexir's Budget Series), one came in flat-out faulty, other decided to start dying after 2 months. I'm going to see about salvaging them for some other kind of usage, so, yeah.
I also had some issues with Windows blue screening constantly, relating to the hard drive and how the SATA connector with the 1TB SeaGate Barracuda drive decided to kind of wear out quickly, and thus .. generate a whole new host of issues with myself fearing the dreaded "hardware failure".
Either way, I'm happy with this build. I did buy a $10 internal memory card reader that allows me to read the various popular memory cards, since I'm in a severe need of an SD card reader that wasn't USB.
I also bent one of the pins on the USB3.0_1 connector. It's not a big deal since my tower only has 2 USB3.0 ports, but it's definitely bent pretty bad, I could try fixing it, but it's simply not worth the effort if I'm not going to use it (aka I'll get around to it some day).
I did some overclocking on the GPU. The 79xx series GPUs can take a boatload of punishment. This is as far as I was willing to put mine, but I've seen clock rates that almost double the factory configuration and they run like a dream. I do not use AMD's EyeFinity Technology, because it ruins literally everything on my desktop. I currently use DisplayFusion Pro to have a taskbar on each monitor, for those of you who want to know. It is a very good application for $20 (there's a 30-day trial of Pro features).
One last thing, I have five hard drives not because I actually bought all of them. I only bought one Barracuda 1TB drive. The second 1TB drive was given to me by a friend who had issues with his external hard drive (I broke open the case, retrieved his data. In turn, he said I could keep the drive). The 3TB and the 500GB were both external hard drives I owned. I, of course, cracked them open and used them for my own divine purposes. The 320GB drive was the old drive in my laptop. I didn't need the laptop anymore and used it for scrap parts.
I'm actually using all of the power connectors on hard drives and I'm using all six SATA ports on my motherboard. I should probably buy some sort of rack for them instead, but who cares.
I did notice that the temperatures are rather extreme, but I live in Florida. Plus, this isn't true idle temperature as it's simply when I load up all of my startup programs (there's a lot of them). That's about it. I hope you folks enjoyed my painful wall of text here. Suggestions on what I could have done or can do for future builds is very much welcome. This was my first build, so do try to go easy on me. :)