I have had this build a few months now because I wanted to make sure it worked before sharing it. The new consoles that where shown earlier this year didn’t really inspire me to get one at all. Although I will miss killzone and gran turismo, I can move on. I missed out on a lot of good games that came out about three or five years ago like bioshock, portal, borderlands, and others, so I wanted to play all those but with them looking a lot better than they do on console. I got a laptop a few years ago when the A8-3500m chip came out and fell in love with TF2 and the feel of having a mouse and keyboard in a FPS.
So here I am, maybe not with the best of any world, but a damn could pick from all of them. I like having more than just one thing going at a time, this is the reason I chose the FX over the i5. The 7870Ghz just seemed to have the best bang for the buck at the time. Maybe I should have waited for the 760 but who cares, this still plays crisis 3 almost maxed at 1080p. I chose the motherboard for its longevity, the PCIe 3.0 was important for upgrades, and with a five year warranty who can complain.
The memory seems excellent; haven’t really put it through it’s paces. I love the speed of the Samsung SSD and I pulled the Caviar Blue out of an external hard drive I had as back-up. I am a little disappointed with the wireless card doesn’t seem to be able to get above 10Mb/s download. My laptop can do 25Mb/s.
I love the case as it is very quiet and beautifully built. There is one nit-picky thing that really bugged me however, one of the catches on the front fan grill was broken on arrival so one corner sticks out at an angle. Its ok as it is hidden behind the main door, but, well, you know… I bought some extra fans just to keep the air flow up; I hope to get a closed loop in the future, or even a custom one. The fans are wonderfully quiet but it would be nice to have some Noctuas, which put out a bit more air flow. Power supply is great I have never heard the fan come on (hope it works). I would really recommend a modular supply if you are not going to use all of the cables. I kind of wish I had bought the 750W instead, just for some upgradeability. And finally, you can’t go wrong with the solid Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer, it’s not as complicated as its name makes it sound.