Wireless Network Adapter
Wireless Network Adapter
So... It would appear that I've pissed some people off by not including a description, and stating that this was a place holder until I got back around to it.
To start off I chose the Asus M5a97 R2.0 because Asus provides solid parts that have never let me down. I find their AI Suite to be really useful as far as custom fan curves go. I realize that speedfan is probably a better solution, but I've just never bothered because AI suite does everything I need. It's a solid board with plenty of overclocking functionality. One gripe I have is that the chipset heatsinks get very hot under stress.
The CPU, the FX-6300 is clocked at 4.3ghz with no change to voltage. I'm happy with that, and as you can see the temperatures are still relatively low, leaving me with more headroom, should I choose to do some more demanding emulation than I am doing now. (Wii, Gamecube)
I love the Seidon 240m. Though it wasn't my first choice, the H60 I had originally ordered was damaged in transit. This one happened to be on sale for the same price. For that i'm pretty glad. The pump on this thing is near silent. and as of right now the fans are running at 20% capacity, so all around it's a pretty quiet AIO cooling solution, and I'd recommend it highly to anybody.
The ram... is ram. I actually only ordered 8gb, but they double shipped it and told me to keep the second shipment. No particular reason I went with this brand aside from the price and reviews.
I originally had an intel 520 SSD that died after around 5 months of usage. After careful deliberation between OCZ and Samsung, Samsung came out on top mainly because it of price at the time I ordered. The 640 gig hard disk is used for archival of photos and videos, as well as my recording drive for fraps and shadowplay. The 2TB drive is used for a multitude of steam games, and weekly backup of the 640gb drive.
Prior to the 770 I had owned a Powercolor 7970, I got tired of RMAing the thing, so after 3 RMAs over the course of 8 months, and the prices of AMD cards at this time, I decided to flip to team green, Sold the still packaged RMA'd 7970 for $425 and ordered the 770. Upon reviews of different cards, I felt the WindforceX3 cooler as well as the factory overclock was worth the 10 dollar difference between the lower priced Asus and MSI cards. This card is super quiet unless I want it to be loud... though the three fans and cooling rated at 450w make this a very unlikely scenario. Also, when I set the fans to 100% it doesnt sound unlike an F1 car, very abrasive. Luckily my fans have never needed to go past 50% to achieve the temperatures noted in the right hand column. Highly recommend this card... but if you're looking to voltmod it I've found no utility to do so, and you're best to look elsewhere. (somebody point me in the right direction if I'm wrong)
Ah... the two wireless cards, I did see something in the comments about this, and yes it's a valid point. I bought the Asus card first. It worked just fine in Windows 7, but when windows 8 came around it stopped working properly, so I bought the Netgear. Asus finally caught up and released reliable drivers for it and I was stuck with 2 wireless NICs, So I use the Netgear to connect to my network, and I use the asus to extend it with a nifty program called 'Virtual Router Plus'. Yes I do know that you can do all that stuff from the command line, and also asus's bundled utility. Unfortunately Asus's utility does not work in windows 8... at all. The software I use can be turned on and off with 1 click. That wins points for me, and I can change my secondary network name just as easily. Currently it is called 'RCMP Drug Trafficking Enforcement #4'. My crack dealer neighbor has had considerably less traffic in and out of his house as of late.
The case... Garbage... well not really, but good luck installing a 2x120mm rad in it without butchering the top plastic shell of the case to make room for the fans. It's an oversight that MSI should have caught onto, and would have been much easier if they had. I instead was forced to take tinsnips (I don't have a dremel anymore) to the underside of that plastic shroud and cut out the honeycomb shaped plastic grate they had in addition to the steel mesh covering it. So if you're looking to install a larger rad in the case, it won't work, unless your motherboard sets the ram about 2mm lower than my board does.
The PSU is great, not much to say about it. It's reliable and reviews will back this statement. I've had it for a little under 2 years. Also to the guy saying that there's no way my build uses less than 550w, yes it's a close cut, but the wattage estimator on this site puts it at 464w consumption. This is the reason I've chosen to not push the CPU further than it is at already. I've not experienced any symptoms indicative of the power supply not having enough power delivery, no random resets and my overclocks are completely stable. Though I would assume I am at the limit of my PSU's capacity.
Yes... I need a bigger desk, My math was off and I came up about 7 inches too short (story of my life). I'm actually intending to sell off 2 of the monitors to buy a 1440p display. The hockey tape on the left monitor isn't completely necessary due to the balancing of the monitors, but I have a 2 year old child and it's better to be safe than sorry.
The keyboard is great. It's a completely solid keyboard with simple non intrusive software. The mouse on the other hand is garbage, and they know it because I emailed them about my first one when it stopped registering 3/5 left clicks, and they didn't even ask me to ship it back, 3 days later I had a new mouse in my mailbox. So that at least says something about their commitment to customer satisfaction.
More pictures are coming, the chassis isn't even in my desk but off to the right on a coffee table so as to display it.