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I decided I finally needed a new computer to get Battlefield 4 since I could barely run BF3 on low settings. My old one was amazing when I got it and I used it for as long as I could.

CPU and Cooler: These were pretty easy decisions, and they work beautifully. I gave the 212 EVO 4 stars because of the tough install.

Motherboard: It got pretty good reviews and there was a combo discount with the 4670k. Works fine.

SSD: It took me a bit to decide if I wanted one or not, but I decided to splurge. Found the cheapest 120 GB I could that still had good reviews. It is lightning fast for me, but I have never had one before, so I wouldn't know how it compares with others.

Video Card: This took me forever to decide on. If you are reading this in the future, 2 GB of vram is going downhill right now. I'm guessing Nvidia is going to start making cards with 3 GB of vram of just skipping to 4 GB for most of their cards. For a decision now though, 2 GB of vram is still a pretty good choice. I might have gotten a 3 GB Radeon 7950, but right before I was almost done picking out my parts, the prices of them went up. But I got Batman Origins for free with it, which I probably would have bought anyway. It runs great though, ultra settings on BF4 is 45+ fps.

Case: Many people tried to convince me out of it, they thought it was too tacky looking. I stuck with it though instead of getting their favorite black rectangle (Fractal R4). The big 200m red led fan on the front and the side window look great! I also like the door to the drive bays. Note: There is only 2 fans on this case, so some people either get 1 200m or 2 120mm fans to install in the top.

I am very happy with purchases! It was my first build but I did get a little help from my dad. The cable management isn't the best, but it's by far better than my previous pre-built computer (the case even had a window to see the ugliness).

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Cable management is not that bad; I've seen a lot worse. Looks like a good build. I have the 760, its a fine card imho. :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. Even though I don't normally like a red and black theme, for some reason I like this one.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. That's the card I'm hoping to go for (that or the 770).

+1

By the way, what inch monitor is that? I just want to say my dad brought me home a 23" HP (he works there, can bring things home). I must say it's a huge difference compared to my old 20" square monitor (lots).

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

25.5" 1920x1200

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

oh okay, just looked different in the video. Very good monitor, hope that will make everything look awesome.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

cable management needs work. But, +1!!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for sticking to what you want and not want everyone else wants

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Grats on the build! I just assembled mine last weekend. My goal was a $1000 4650k build as well as keeping it red/black themed. I did however grab a XFX 7950 when it was on sale. I still haven't chosen my free 3 games. I hope they add BF4!!!

Here's my build for the most part. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/nate2003/saved/26Su

I want to buy some different SATA cables, an LED strip light, and maybe a couple of fans to mount in the top for exhaust.

The Corsair H80 seems a little loud. (it was free) I'm not sure if I want to ALSO spend $15 x2 for the Corsair SP120 fans people say are much quieter.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

This sort of thing really belongs in this forum: Part List Opinions Wanted.

P.S. Your build looks good. :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. The parts are balanced, and yes, while your cable management could use some work, it's not terribad. Try running as many cables behind the motherboard tray as you can.

Happy gaming. :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

People were trying to convince you out of something they will never see? What was their argument? Oh, that it was "Tacky looking". If it was that it was too small or cables were a hassle i could see that but REALLY? Tacky is the best they can come up with? Great build OP, +1. Stick it to the man and great on you for going with what you wanted!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for using my favorite sub $100 case

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Wonderful machine! really love the MSI Gaming color scheme. I have the same processor and GPU and I'm very happy with their performance. Congrats for a well balanced, powerful and pretty PC. See you!