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This is my first run at a gaming PC that I built for my girlfriend and myself. She uses it for gaming, I use it for general use and running Cisco simulators. I purchased the majority of the parts on sale during the holiday season. My girlfriend is not as hardcore about her gaming as some, and for what I do with it the Bulldozer cpu is plenty.

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  • 86 months ago
  • 5 points

Hope you didnt have to pay full price for your OS...

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

probably selected the wrong one

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks like I did, I've downgraded it in the build.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

what do u mean? is oem a trial or something

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

no he accedently selected selected 3 copies of the operating system

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not have to pay full price. I was fortunate enough to have a contact at an academic institution that was able to offer me the OS at a highly discounted price.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

"Highly discounted"

Don't worry op, we know what you mean.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you explain why? How much was the actual price you paid?

  • 86 months ago
  • -1 points

Total it was a little over $1200.

As to why..I chose the parts based on the fact that going with more expensive/better parts would be overkill (I believe) for what it was going to be used for. I always wanted to build my own PC, I had the money, so I did. Plus, I needed a fairly robust computer to run GNS3, which I use for cisco. It can be very resource intensive, but not so much that I would see a boost by using an i7 over the 8120.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Check my build and compare to yours. Mine is lot cheaper (900$) but the beast over yours. I do not see how you spent a little over 1200 dollars for this kind of build. How much did you really pay for your PSU? I got full modular PSU 750w for 99$.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything looks pretty good. Nice build.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you very much!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

You could have done a little better job tucking the cables away, how's the two sets of RAM working for you?

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

I agree about the cables. I had them tucked away and tied to the frame, but after cutting the ties to make adjustments and additions so many times, I decided to leave them until I was at a point where I didn't think I'd be making any more changes.

So far, the 2 different types of RAM haven't caused any issues. Admittedly, I'm still very green at this, so I'm not really sure how to stress test them. Very interested in it though, can you suggest any programs to run?

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not really a big memory tester but one I've seen people use that seems to be reliable is memtest. If anyone else has suggestions, they're probably better than mine for this. I know what you mean about cables though, I wasted probably 20 - 30 zipties on mine!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Memtest86+ is used for testing bad memory for errors, where it can be used to stress test it doesn't put any real load on as it writes, then does an instant readback of each block then moves on, something like prime95, but at the end of the day RAM is RAM, it doesn't really need a stress test, it should just work perfectly when the RAM is full

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I spot some cisco switches back there. Using them for any crazy LAN parties?

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