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First build implementing an SSD and the Corsair H60 closed water cooling. I was very impressed with the performance of both. I did have some problems with SSD crashing so I'm hoping that my next build will fix that with use of the 4th generation OCZ Vertex.

I really liked the case that I used too and would probably use it again if I had to. It has great space for cable management, tool-less design, an awesome fan right on the backplate of the CPU for additional cooling of the CPU (which I have never seen before and thought was incredible- 35/40C under loads), very quiet large fan on the side with sound dampening foam and overall great looking design. However the new Silverstone Raven RV03 really intrigues me, and after seeing some builds show that the case still works with the corsair hydro coolers I think I'm going to give that a try.

Overall, build worked great, fastest PC I've ever owned/used. I was working with AMD before so this was also my first Intel PC. Upgraded from the GeForce 9800GTX plus to Radeon HD 6870, which felt amazing. 16GB of Memory might seem overkill, but I liked to video edit as well and RAM is cheap, so I'll keep going for 16GB.

Unfortunately I had to sell the PC cheap because I was leaving the state and couldn't take it with me or afford to ship it. So I'm planning on just making a new build. Lucky ******* I sold it too got it all basically new, barely used, with all the razer periphs and 2 monitors for only $1000 cash.

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  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like the case.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I would totally recommend the case to anyone! It was amazing and I would totally use it again, but I really want to try the Silverstone Raven RV03.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a beautiful setup my friend, if I had the space for a second display I would be all over that. My only criticism of your machine is the cable management. You should open her back up and spend some time making it look nice inside, and this will also in turn give you better air flow.

Also, not really criticism but just a suggestion, You have that great CPU cooler, you should put it to work! OC that 2500k!!! Those things hit 4GHz+ pretty easy.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I should OC and I might off my next wish list: Corsair Hydro H80 on the i5 Ivy Bridge with lower power consumption. Problem is I've never OC'd before, but I've seen the new tools for ivy bridge that make the process easier that make me feel more comfortable about it.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Ivy Bridge is epicly easy to OC. I have a Corsair H80 and 3570k. Literally all I did to OC was go into BIOS and change the multiplier to 42. I didn't mess with FSB, NB, Voltage or anything just the multi.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Good to know that it really is as easy as some of the intel videos showed. The only other thing I guess I'm unsure about is how stable this SSD will be. 4th generation OCZ... I'm hoping it won't crash like the Corsair Force Series GT that I had.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

The crucial M4 that I have is nice and reliable - just a suggestion if you're looking for a quality SSD!

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I would stay away from OCZ SSDs if you can. The best choices are Intel and Samsung.

  • 89 months ago
  • 0 points

you should check out my cable management and see what you think. =]

Honestly, it used to look even cleaner in my case but when I got my Biostar mobo its layout is kinda funky and hurt my ability to hide some of the cables lol.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

6870 + 16 gigs of ram. -___-

  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

6870 is considered the 2nd best price to performance card, next to the 6850, and 16 gb is great for video editing

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no change I could possibly make to this build, except that I would pick a cheaper mouse and keyboard, but that's more personal preference, and a bigger ssd, since I have a lot of applications.

Either way, beautiful build and congratulations! It's a shame you had to sell it.

  • 89 months ago
  • -2 points

Completely unbalanced. You spend $1,381 and you only have a 6870. That's just sad. My $1,000 will destroy yours. I have an i5 @ 4ghz and a GTX 570. 16gb ram is totally unnecessary, you wasted a ton of money there.

  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

He's video editing, which will take great advantage of 16. 8 is great for gaming, but next to unacceptable for editing where you need at least 12.

  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

I built this in January when the 6870 was best price for performance. You see the price that high too because I included the razer products($210).. unless you're also including high performance periphs in your $1000 build. And I went 16GB of RAM for video editing.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't include the peripherals (except a $50 deathadder). You still could've spent less on peripherals and still had really good ones, though. I would've spent less on the case, CPU cooler, motherboard, and I don't really think you needed 16gb ram unless you are doing super intensive video editing. Even with the ram though, you still probably could've fit a 7850.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Plus there is nothing out there that the 6870 can't run on ultra.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

That's not true at all. My 570 (which has bad price/performance, I regret getting it) is barely capable of running BF3 on max graphics. Maybe the 6870 can run anything on ultra, but not at 1080p.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you run a machine with a 6870? Obviously not, because I ran everything in 1080p. And BF3 was the first game I benchmarked the system with (even sold the system with the game and had the buyer play BF3 on ultra when he came to get it). I've not used the 570, but I can tell you that the 6870 ran BF3 on ultra at 1080p with no problems.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

http://media.bestofmicro.com/I/9/336321/original/1302%20Battlefield%203.png And that's not on ultra, that's on high. 42 FPS on high != 60 FPS on ultra.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I usually trust tomshardware's benchmarks However I'm telling you firsthand that I ran it on ultra over 40 fps. It's your choice to believe what you want but that doesn't change what I know to be true about the performance of the card that I had.

Also your whole argument about the cost and power of my machine doesn't take into account that although I posted this machine only a few weeks ago, it was built in january (like it says in the title and description). Prices etc have had plenty of time to change in the past 9 months. Not to mention since then the introduction of ivy bridge, ssds improving/becoming more affordable, and then-higher tier cards now becoming cheaper as well. So if you want to gloat about the power of your machine in comparison to mine you're going to have to come up with a pretty convincing argument about why I didn't have a time machine to buy those parts at the prices they are now.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

We'll guyblow, my 3k rig would rape your mother and sister along with your machine without even getting above 40C, just saying ;-O

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

So? We're comparing value, not pure performance. You got absolutely terrible value for your build. Not to mention a bad cooler.

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