At the year 2009, an upgrade from my old HTPC was needed. I had to find a balance between a cool and quiet computer, and a computer that had the muscles to game. From my needs the PC that I have specified below is what I got. This was very expensive, it costed a whole 12000 SEK when it was bought new. And that is close to $2000. This little machine is a great performer, and it is still rocking new games at low settings. But I grew tired pf low settings, so I decided to upgrade. I threw a Gigabyte windforce 660 in there and god, I love it. This card costed be $200 an gives me 50 fps at BF3 Ultra. To go along with this card I use the U2412M monitor from Dell. A solid, wellbuilt, nice looking IPS monitor that only set me back $300. I'm not really looking for opinions on this build, because it is from 2009, and I know you are already screaming after more RAM, but it holds up for me. I don't play BF4 yet, but when I need some more ram I will probably throw in 2x4 GB ram for an total of 12 GB ram for about $100 more.
I use this computer for gaming, editing, browsing the internet, and a lot more. It does it's job very well, but I think I should have spent a little less on the graphics card to get the 750 ti, and give it a mild overclock.
The pictures, shows how the computer looks, and I know you guys will hate me for the cable management, but I can do nothing about it! The cables are not long enought so I have to make them go straight over to have enought lenght. It is quite annoying, but I still get some good temps in this case. The graphics card only goes up to 45 degrees when I play BF3, and it is quite silent. I'd recommend this graphics card if you need that little extra horsepower over the 750 ti, but don't want 760 performance.
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