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My first build. I've been planning one for two years and updating parts along the way until I settled on this one. And it is awesome! - especially compared to what I had been using (last picture), it was good but obsolete and lacked any kind of cable management.

Main uses for this build: College assignments, gaming, photo editing, playing music, procrastinating.

Assembled September 7th. I included the original performance score as well as one from last week, hasn't changed since. The drop in score for ram isn't too concerning as this computer is a beast. Nothing has let me down for the first month. Also, do those orange, green, blue, and yellow balls ever touch or anything on win7 boot? lol - it's so fast I never see what happens once they start moving (23sec boot). It runs very quiet. Under high quality gaming it gets a bit warm and a bit louder, nothing absurd. Arma3 is the most demanding game I'm playing and this rig runs it extremely well at near ultra settings. The case is great, I recommend it - holds everything nicely, fan filters, good airflow, all panels removable, many bays. Each component is of great quality in my opinion and when assembled isn't too heavy. No overclocking in the near future. No desire for 3D.

So for this build, everything went together well with minor issues. I did my best at cable management so be gentle.

The PSU is semi-modular and the 4+4 pin plugin for the GPU would not fit so it's just sitting on the bottom of the case :/ I had to run an additional 6+2 pin connector.

8pin power connector to the mobo was just short to wrap behind the frame so it went across the front.

The GPU's mounting plate(?) that attaches to the case was a little long so it didn't sit perfectly but it's in there pretty darn close and runs flawlessly.

Ethernet strength is a little weak.

Additional: It's running Microsoft Office Professional, got it for cheap. Monitor is a year old, originally at $160. Salvaged compact flash card reader, the cable is too short to mount so I manually install it when I need it, I'll try to fix that. Solid state I've had since January, originally $180. Contains the OS. 1tb drive is from the previous computer, its about 5 years old... but still going strong. Optical drive was salvaged as well. I'm waiting for a 3tb internal drive for media. I need a wireless card too. Stereo and speakers are closer to 10 years old but still rockin great volume and sound quality.

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Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 7 points

Order of use frequency from most to least: Gaming, procrastinating, playing music, photo editing, college assignments. Lolz.

That's me, anyway.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

Very good build overall, great part choices. +1

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Great part choice, and I love your nice clean setup you have. +1

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I like how you spent a grand on the parts and are using a default dell/HP mouse and keyboard. But all in all nice build.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

It humors me now that you mention it. Ive had both for 4 years now. They get the job done

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

There not good but with that said when you get use to them most of the time I cant feel the difference. Plus! They last forever.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

By the way, where did you get that desk?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Came with the apartment but its got a University Loft Co. sticker

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Might I suggest re-positioning your speakers. They are too close to the wall. It's gonna create some bad bass. I have similar size speakers and I had to use position tables to left and right of desk to give greater distance from me and the wall.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

What distance would you recommend from the wall?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

at least a foot. I know that seems like a lot but you need distance. Ideally you want nothing around a foot of the speaker. Also, you should be at least 3 feet away.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

That puts me a little short on space haha, the desk isn't wide enough. They sound great as is on low and high volumes.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that case? Seems well made from the pictures as in not flimsy !

Nice build enjoy it !

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Its great in my opinion, I had been eying it for a few months. Plenty of space and well built. Comes with intake and exhaust fans with front and bottom filters. Cable management is easy to pull off. Bays are easy to work with - they come in 2 sets of 3 and those 2 sets are each removable. Great for the $60-$75 range

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Try to find an 8-pin extension and get it run behind the mobo :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm looking into that

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you find the case? I'm thinking about getting it for my future build. I also think you should invest a few dollars and get a new CPU cooler. You can get a good Cooler Master for pretty cheap -pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rrb10212pg1

But, overall great build!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

why you do dis stock heat sink

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

Awesome system, What games are you playing? What kind of fps are you pulling down with the Geforce 760?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly its Arma3, I haven't run an on screen fps but when looking at the graphics settings screen it says I should be getting 29 to 32 with my current settings (highest option on most settings, terrain draw at 4000M, object draw 2000M and 1920x1080) however, while playing I do not notice it slow down or lag at any time. I also play Shogun 2 and Crysis 2 maxed out and there's no visual lag. I do tone down the settings if I'm playing for over an hour just to keep the temperatures down, I really don't notice much of a difference in gameplay when I do that. StarForge Alpha on 'Fantastic' can lag a little at night and/or during firefights. I'll get some numbers on Metro 2033 maxed out soon.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Well i mostly play World of warcraft and on average am only doing about 30-40 fps in major cities, and having spikes of 90-130fps out in the middle of nowhere. I imagine the card can do a lot more work, but i think my system overall is bottlenecking the ability of the card:P 4g of ram with a 2GB Graphics card, and my system was constructed in 2007, still a good system but its age is starting to show.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah could be the age. Also could be the game having updated its texture packs over time, causing more stress on your card.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe he wants to use physx?

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted the physx feature but its not that widely used. Also, certain games excel more whether you use nvidia or radeon - donno why. I did consider the Sapphire 7950 for a while, however I enjoy nvidia and am willing to pay a little more for their product and services. (••) ( ••)>??-? (??_?)

If that doesn't work then imagine someone putting on sunglasses; deal with it

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Games work better with AMD or Nvidia cards because both of them pay developers to do optimizations.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nvidia seems to be really user friendly with their driver programs and optimization programs.I like their website a lot and haven't really delved into many other companies because nvidia has been soo good in the past with their graphics cards. With Nvidia Geforce Experience I think all the better of their product line as it will automatically peak out your card to each specific game that you play. :/ handy little tool.