Description

This was my first build. I am new to this site and actually found PCPartPicker after I built this computer. I'm mostly playing around and exploring this awesome web site... and looking for some new ideas and a little feedback on this build.

This computer is used to replace my store bought HP Desktop from 2009 and it does exactly what I want it to. I like my build, but the GPU was purchased almost 2 years ago (I saved a little money there by not buying a new one at the moment, and I want to buy a new GTX 780 to replace it, maybe in a few months I will.) Other than that for my first time building from the ground up, I am satisfied with the performance and I love how snappy it feels compared to my HP computer. I have never gamed (heavily) on a PC before and have always been loyal to the XBOX, but now I think I might slowly make my way over to the PC world and hope to build off of this to a bigger, better, faster computer in the near future now that I have a little bit of a better feel for this kind of stuff.

The total amount paid for the new Hardware was 603.21 (773.20 with the O.S. included) since the GPU was not purchased at the sometime ($893.18 total investment) not including Monitor,mouse,keyboard,speakers, etc...

Edit: Build date August 23 2013

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! how is that case working for you? I'm thinking of getting the same one. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it it is very study and feels good. It doesn't have much for cable management, but It can be worked with. I feel I did an alright job. for the price I think it is A-OK. The ONLY thing I noticed though, a few weeks down the road I pulled the side panel off to dust it out and the Graphics card fell down a little (not off the MOBO) but just went loose. The screw hole in the back of the case (I don't know the correct terminology) where you can access all the ports had stripped out. took a little doing but I managed to get it to hold tight again. could be a on time fluke or it could be a manufactures defect, I don't know. All in all. I like it

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I have actually decided to go with this case:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r

It's only about £10 more but I really like Corsair, so it's worth it.

Glad it worked out for you, enjoy your awesome build ;)

(+1 again if I could ;)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a good looking case. Hope it works out well for you!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

yesss gooodd, come to the dark side.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little first time build and welcome to the PC side!

For a few upgrades I wouldn't look at a gtx 780 but instead a gtx 760/770 or 280x. I think the 780 might be a little over kill on that monitor you have? Also I know you didn't know about this site before you bought the parts but maybe try buying a new case that supports cable management? But other then that nice first time build!!!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice. I'm always looking to just get what I need and cut spending where I don't... ( I sound like the government)... appreciate it!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree that the 780 would be a bit more than you need. A 280X or 770 would be really nice, and overclocking them would give you some free performance if you needed it.

If you've got the money, the 780 is good though. You could always wait a while for NVidia's Maxwell though if you're planning on waiting a while! From what I hear, Maxwell will be sometime in 2014. I've heard anywhere from Q1 to Q4, but prices should only drop on existing cards, so waiting a while could be OK. Might be a good idea to shop on black friday though! Should be at least one killer deal on Newegg or wherever you like to shop :-)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is great, +1

But...

B series chipsets are intended to be used for businesses, an H77 chipset would be more suitable.

Again, great build.

P.S. How's that GTX 550 Ti? I'm looking at one for my build right now.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious as to why you would look at an old GPU for a new build?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Heh... not a "new" build per se... more like a slight upgrade... no money :( There's usually a few of those on KSL.com for < $100. It would be a massive upgrade from my Radeon HD 6450 xD

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I would think that you could get a 650 ti or a 7770 for under $100. Just a suggestion though.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

It's things like this and this that catch my eye.

There are things on Ebay for less, but... Ebay... shudders

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

No idea if this will give you any info that you need, but these are my FurMark scores for the 550 Ti

Not O.C. http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z99/millerlite_68/furmark_900_zpsb679d5d6.png

O.C. @1040MHz (couldn't get it to be stable at 1050MHz again) http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z99/millerlite_68/furmark_1040_zpsa1b75e37.png

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't know that. learn something new every day. Could you expand on that maybe? whats makes it more business oriented than the H? or the X or Z? I honestly have no idea. lol. I can do some research tho.

I like the 550 Ti. It is a great mid range card. I can play skyrim on Ultra at 45FPS. that's the most graphically intense game I play so do what you will with that info. But I think its a great card for the money! been running strong for 2 years, I've overclocked the core to 1050MHz (from 900MHz) and it still runs great. but clocked it back down because I didn't really need it to be O.C.'ed

Edit: but I agree with skemble. It won't get you anywhere near what the future holds for gaming. but if you think its what you need, It has held true for me for a while

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

The main difference is features. I'm not exactly sure what features, but I do know that different chipsets are optimized for different tasks. I believe Q chipsets have better virtualization technologies. I imagine B chipsets are better at handling large data reads and writes. I also know that some chipsets do not have integrated graphics support, though I am not sure which ones.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I found this today. http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Z87-H87-H81-Q87-Q85-B85-What-is-the-difference-473/

Thanks, I never would have even known to look for this info

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool story bro! the 7850 debuted a whole year after I bought that card, and hit the shelves at $250 (not $119). I really should have known better.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Those damn cooler master cases are awful cable managers, I feel your pain I have a similar case in my build. +1

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