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This is the first time I've built a computer for myself (I've done a few for the family business). Setup was pretty much a breeze, aside from the 212 being a bit of a pain to install. Everything worked the first time.

I'll be mostly using this for gaming, but also a bit of After Effects, animation, and maybe some 3D modeling on the side. It's only been in use for a day, but it can run Bioshock Infinite on max settings beaaaaautifully. Haven't checked the FPS, but it's buttery smooth.

Haven't tried any OC yet, but I plan to do a little in the future. No need yet, though.

Only minor regrets I have are the memory and the PSU. Memory, thought I was getting a good deal on it, but 1600 is the same price pretty often, so not so much. PSU, I just haven't heard great things about OCZ. But I haven't had any trouble from either component yet.

In the future, I'll probably upgrade my memory to 1600/1866, perhaps expand to a multi-monitor setup, and get some real headphones (these were $10 after rebate - they get the job done, but eh). Wouldn't mind getting a Ducky, too (though I'm loving the Trigger - it's my first mechanical keyboard).

Edit: Forgot to add, the $1200~ was for the base components, while the peripherals + OS added up to the total of $1500~.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful parts, but please, for the love of god, try to run that 8 pin power connector behind the motherboard, although I'm not sure how long the cords are on the ZT PSUs.

Edit

Okay I'm sure you tried, its probably the fault of the PSU.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I did, and I hate the fact that it's right there. Darn short cables.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I read some reviews that complained about its shortness.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

The fx 8320 has the same performance in games and is only 149.99 at microcenter which u wouldve used to get better ram :/ and i honestly wouldve gotten a different brand keyboard for that price like the Logitech G710 but i mean for $1200 gaming build this is going to suit your need and i enjoy seeing metroid so +1

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

many props to you on such a fantastic and clean build. you pulled all the stops i would've done with a $1200 AMD-based system. don't worry about the power supply too much; the ZT series is actually one of OCZ's better product lines.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that a baseboard heater vent behind the computer? That could cause nightmare airflow problems blowing hot air into the back of your case and power supply.

I love the build though. Consider flipping the PSU so that it intakes from the bottom. That may make the cpu power connector long enough to reach behind the motherboard tray. You would probably want to put something flat underneath the computer so there is enough clearance for the intake.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

It is a heater vent, but it's blowing cold air since it's summertime. And it doesn't blow directly into the case for airflow reasons.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

You should rotate your cooler 90 degrees so the fan is over the RAM.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

An awesome build, but you might want to go for 3 TB storage instead of the 2 TB and 120 GB. It would be more storage, and cost less.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get idle temps that low with just air!? 12C is crazy!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I hadn't actually noticed how low that was. Huh. And not a fluke, either; right now it's hovering around 12-18 C.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

thats crazy! ive got the same MOB, cooler and CPU as you and seeing 26C idle

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

leave the ram to 1600 cause apparently its faster ?

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

Great prices on 8350 n 990; and a 7970 for $400! Awesome.

Love this build. that monitor...eeehh.

Litle overboard on case $$

  • 81 months ago
  • -1 points

Well, it is a very steady build, but in my opinion, you should have gotten a Haf XB for your case, save 50 dollars, and invested in an I5 because I have had some overheating problems with my old FX 4100.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

So you think an 8 core and 4 core with different tdp And architecture will generate the same heat?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

My FX-4100(Current build, upgrading soon) doesn't overheat but the case can get very noisy! But your cooler is better than mine. So your fine from my experience!

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  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe that DDR3-1600 is the point where there's not much improvement for Intel, but DDR3-1866 is the point where there's no much more improvement for AMD. I think it's because Intel has better memory controllers?

Anyway, nice build.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed. That's probably my biggest regret - which I suppose means I don't have too many regrets.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't noticed any issues yet. I think it would be more of an issue if I had like 4Gb.

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