Description

I am replacing my old 2009 Asus pre-built computer that is using the now obsolete lga 775 connector.

CPU: For the budget I had it was a no brainer. Excellent performance for it's price. Multitasking and gaming is not an issue for this CPU. I plan to OC this later on after stress testing all my parts. (NEW UPDATE) Swapped out my 6 core processor for a shiny new 8 core processor. Preforms much better in ARMA 3 and in other multi-core based programs.

CPU Cooler: Initially I was planning to install a H100i in this system but had ran into some drawbacks that I will address later with the case. In light of the problem I went ahead and bought a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, as I had heard positive reviews of its performance. With the stock cooler I had idle temps at 35-38C and 60-75C while on load. It dropped dramatically when I installed the Cooler Master. At idle it runs at a cool 25C while on load it barely touches 60C.

MOBO: The mobo is excellent and has a very sexy red and black PCB. Optimized for OC'ing both CPU and GPU it is also a painless interface that allows you to optimize your PC parts to your hearts content. Installation was a breeze but the back plate was my only issue. The manual that came with this board was also very helpful.

RAM: The memory is phenomenal and runs like a charm. No issues with it yet and i seems to streamline all my task seamlessly

Storage: I am using a 120gb Samsung Evo as my boot drive and a Seagate Nas HDD as my mass storage. Both work phenomenally and have very little issues handling multiple programs. The boot drive fit both my OS and about 20+ programs with 50 gb of space to spare. My HDD doesn't click or have any audible noise and runs very well. No signs of it slowing or being defective. I would recommend this setup of storage to anyone looking to have a gaming PC or a personal workstation.

Video Card: The Card runs great but if you plan to OC, buy the ASUS STRIX 970 or reference card. Despite its great specs on paper is that it is limited by software limitations imposed on by the card. Zotac flopped hard on this but nonetheless it runs great even at is factory overclock which is slightly higher than the reference card.

Case: The case was a pain in my *** at first. I should've gotten a Corsair Mid-Tower but decided this was the best route. I mean the case had already 5 pre-installed fans with expansion for 5 more. Asides from that, I was slightly pissed that full sized radiators aren't compatible with the case. Small radiators are but I wish this was more clear when I did research on the Rosewill Blackhawk mid-tower case. However I've switched to a complete aircool build and I am happy nonetheless. I am currently running 7 fans but need extra screws to fit two more on the chassis and one more on the heatsink to have it in push pull. The case looks sexy too. Almost forgot to mention that cable management can become a nightmare. I literally forced the cable down into place with the back panel. There is a slight but unoticeable bulge on the side of my case. A small gripe with the packaging not soo much the case. Very abysmal packaging. The case had a couple of scratches already out of the box.

PSU: The corsair RM550 does wonders for my build no complaints on it soo far. Very quiet and effcient. I will consider buying another modular Corsair PSU when I plan to SLI etc.

Monitor: The monitor is excellent. Although people are on board the 120hz to 144hz monitors I still believe 60hz is the way to go. Unless you plan to use 3d VFX programs like Nvidias 3d Vision Photoviewer it is not necessary. This screen has a very fast response time and has excellent features. (Default video settings makes screen look faded or foggy I recommend you edit of change presets.)

OS: Windows 8.1 has won me over. I don't think I can go back to windows 7.

Optical drive: It works but I'll rarely use it. Still, I'd like to have one around just in case I ever need to burn a cd/dvd or need to install via CD.

My thoughts: Great build but I don't plan to stick with this case on my next build which my be two/four years from now.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You should of got a cheaper Graphics card and PSU and no SSD.

  • 62 months ago
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I disagree, a SSD is pretty much a must-have thing.

  • 62 months ago
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Not really, It is a luxury not a necessity.

  • 62 months ago
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Thats kinda true, but leaving out a SSD in a $1000+ gaming pc makes no sense.

  • 62 months ago
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So is having an FX 6300

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

i think everything is fine the psu little pricey but the GPU is fine great card and is better then most of the company's making the 970 chipset. your right about the ssd but having a ssd is very helpful in gaming which this pc probably does a lot of

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The FX 6300 is capable for most tasks besides gaming, it's 6 cores are split up between 3 schedulers and caches but unless the schedulers are running at max it utilizes all cores unless a game doesn't use 3 logical cores :P and even for gaming it isn't a bad choice though I personally would have gotten an i5 at the very least

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know a 970 ASUS strix as I said in my overview was a more optimal choice.

  • 62 months ago
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My Zotac Extreme 970 runs at 1510Mhz at stock power and volts. Have you plugged in the OC+ USB connector?

  • 62 months ago
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And don't use firestorn for the OC, use MSI Afterbruner.

  • 46 months ago
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Update: I got mine to 1494MHz at the core clock with 1931MHz on the memory.

  • 62 months ago
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yes I was hopping to get more than that but watching some reviews after i find the card not accepting some of my settings. Reference cards and non zotac cards get slightly higher OC clocks. :P

  • 62 months ago
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I'm very happy with my SSD actually. The PSU is personal preference. I like corsairs PSU's and was gonna get one that I really like.

  • 62 months ago
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Is the Cpu Cooler quiet?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a pretty quiet cooler compared to the stock cooler.

  • 62 months ago
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thanks man/lady

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

i laughed longer then i should of at your name

  • 62 months ago
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Stock is NOT Cooler masters is

  • 62 months ago
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CPU idle at 11 celsius degrees ?

  • 62 months ago
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Ik I'm like wtf. It's an AMD CPU...

  • 62 months ago
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Plus it's pretty cool where I'm living so that might be why temp is low

  • 62 months ago
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Yes. I have about 7 seven fans running and the cooler master hyper evo 212 cooling everything. Airflow in this case is amazing.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

a rosewell case rare for that price

  • 62 months ago
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Yea I know I was surprised myself. Don't try and use a full radiator on this case. Your wallet and build will be sad.

  • 62 months ago
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yeah i like rosewell cases but around the 8 hunderd and up price range there not to many of them

  • 62 months ago
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WOAH DUDE for the price of your 970 you went really close to the price of the 980!! Nonetheless, the build's okay...just a bit unbalanced...but it'll pass a +1.

  • 62 months ago
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I know The ASUS 970 Strix is what I should've gotten. To be fair the zotac 970 amp sounded amazing on paper but after using firestorm and OCing it I was not impressed. Still a great card just don't make my mistake.

  • 62 months ago
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Hows that zotac 970 amp extreme? looks like a pretty baller card. anyway, +1 from me!

  • 62 months ago
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I know The ASUS 970 Strix is what I should've gotten. To be fair the zotac 970 amp sounded amazing on paper but after using firestorm and OCing it I was not impressed. Still a great card just don't make my mistake.

  • 62 months ago
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BTW I BOUGHT ALL THESE PARTS WEEKS AGO. THE PRICES NOW DONT REFLECT WHAT IT WAS WEEKS EARLIER. THE BUILD WAS AROUND $1,500 PRIOR TO PRICE DROPS.

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

You could've gotten a gigabyte msi evga Or asus video card for a lower price

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I already addressed that I should've gotten a ASUS 970 strix in my overview.