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My First Rig

by _FaNtAzMa_



Date Published

Dec. 11, 2014

Date Built

July 24, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.5 GHz


I use this PC for light gaming such as COD, BF, Minecraft and some Steam Games. It work well except for some drivers bug, i just need to update. My friend and I didn't got any problems for building. Start very fast, can run almost all actual games at High and very easy to build.

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PCPickerN00B 8 points 52 months ago

Your PSU is a bomb, take it out asap.

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Well for some reason it's rated four eggs on newegg...

RinHato 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

The folks who leave reviews on Newegg and Amazon are the kind of people that turn it on, game for a week and then leave a good review if it doesn't explode.

Actual reviewers and the people who read those reviews wouldn't put a Raidmax in their system even if they were paid to do it.

Short answer: if you care about your hard earned cash, DON'T buy a Raidmax.

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

Well that's pretty annoying...people should learn how to rate properly.

_FaNtAzMa_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Ok thanks.

johnAtheAwesome 1 point 51 months ago

I agree. Get a psu from a reliable company like Seasonic, Corsair, NZXT, Thermaltake or Fractal Design

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RinHato 1 Build 4 points 52 months ago




_FaNtAzMa_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Ahah, ok thanks.

Interro-chan 1 Build 3 points 52 months ago

remove that psu in heartbeat and you got a nice build

_FaNtAzMa_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Ok thanks.

DeusAres 2 points 52 months ago

To be honest, you could have done much better for the money. Here's what I would have built instead: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/mmX8XL

It's cheaper and far more powerful than your current machine. If you care about price to performance, there's truly no reason why you should get the H100i rather than a Noctua NH-D14 or something similar.

The motherboard is a solid choice, but to save a few bucks, you could go with the EVO version. It's basically the same board with some minor differences.

As of now, there's really no need for 16 GB of RAM if all you're doing is gaming. I say grab 8 GB for now, and then upgrade later on down the road.

The Crucial MX100 is a bit cheaper than the Kingston. You also get 16 GB of extra storage. In real world scenarios, you won't notice any difference between the speed of these drive. They're both extremely fast compared to a traditional HDD.

Instead of the WD Black drive, I personally would have went with the WD Blue drive. It's around $30 cheaper. However, it may be worth it to some to have the extended warranty that the WD Black drive offers.

Prepare yourself! I present to you the Asus R9 290 Direct CUII! 'Nuff said.

Case is personal preference, so I stuck with your original choice. I personally would have went with the Fractal Design Define R5. But if the Raidmax Viper makes you happy, then that's your choice. No right or wrong decision here. Pick a case that you're going to like for years to come.

No offense, but the PSU you chose is garbage. It's been said before, and I'll say it again. When choosing a power supply, pick a reputable brand. Make sure the PSU is 80+ certified and utilizes a single 12V rail. Give this a read: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-psu-brands,3762.html

I hope someone finds this long-winded response useful. Good luck, and welcome to the PC community!

Reconmidget 2 points 52 months ago

Those links gave me a good read

Reconmidget 1 point 52 months ago

I would advise against the Asus R9 290. IT's the same cooler as on the GTX 780 and 780Ti. Gk110 is smaller than Hawaii so temps will be high. The Windforce would have been better and it's the same price. I don't like Gigabyte though.

DeusAres 1 point 52 months ago

Temps are expected to be high. These cards run hot regardless of the cooler you use (with the exception of the more expensive Sapphire cooler). The differences between the two (Asus and Gigabyte) are minimal at best.



Reconmidget 2 points 52 months ago

Well, for $30 more you cold get the Tri-X which runs extremely cool

DeusAres 1 point 52 months ago

True. And if it's within the confines of the OP's budget, the Tri-X is what I would go with. I chose the Asus for its price to performance ratio. Regardless, the OP could have one hell of PC if he's able to return his current parts for a refund. Definitely worth the hassle IMHO.

Reconmidget 2 points 52 months ago

Also the Tri-X has more room for OC'ing

_FaNtAzMa_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Wow... Thanks but i don't really like Noctua's color and I prefer the look of a BADASS water cooling. For the motherboard, I was planning to get a CrossFire, that's why I bought the Pro version, because it has a better multiple GPU speed. I bought 16GB of RAM to run WMware machines and do some editing. I choosed the Kingston SSD for it higher speed: Read: 555mb/s - Write: 510mb/s (MX100 it's 300mb/s Write). I choosed the WD Black HDD because it was looking better for gaming. I'm not against the R9 290 but the Direct CU II... not really. And for the case, I choosed this one while waiting for the NZXT H440 Razer Edition. But thanks for this build :)

michaelpartpicker 1 point 45 months ago

Ok, pretty good build, but I was able to stuff an octa-core 16 gigs of ram, an ssd with a 2 terrabyte hhd and an r9 380 in my system build for 900. You should at least be able to stuff a 980/ti and a Haswell-e processor in there for a similar price point.

DeusAres 1 point 45 months ago

This build was 6 months ago. Times have changed. Prices have fluctuated. New parts have been released. If you weren't able to put together a better build at this point in time, then something is definitely wrong.

michaelpartpicker 1 point 45 months ago

still, pretty good build. mad props to you.

beepic117 2 points 52 months ago

RaidMax has set you up the bomb!

_FaNtAzMa_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Ok thanks.

aBanana144p 2 points 52 months ago

Terrorists: Bomb has been planted! Better have a defuse kit... PSU pls

_FaNtAzMa_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Ahahaha, ok thanks.

Reconmidget 1 point 52 months ago

Look at the PSU Tier list for 2014, Raidmax is Tier 5, don't buy.

_FaNtAzMa_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Thanks, i'll take a look at this next time :)

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