To start off this description, I want to say I tried my best on cable management. This case didn’t have a lot of options for management, Zip ties helped a LOT though. I now know that I need a Modular/Semi-Modular PSU next time! I am also only 16 so this is my first build on my own, I did have some help with parts from friends at school though. I had bought these parts over time starting on January 28, 2014. I have helped with Friends' builds but this one I can call my own!
This build is used primarily for Games but is sometimes used to do schoolwork and surf YouTube.
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The name: Semper Fidelis is the Latin term for Always Faithful/Loyal which is how I feel about the build, I may have a custom sticker made sometime soon.
Reasons I chose these items:
CPU: I chose this processor because I found a good deal at TigerDirect and it was only a two-day deal! I was originally going to choose the FX 6300 but this was only $20 more, sadly I couldn’t afford the 8350 though :(. Highest I’ve hit is about 50°C (122°F) with it. I have read it’s physically the same as the FX 8350 but is just underclocked and with a crappier fan/heatsink. Around 18-23°C (64-73°F) when idle.
Thermal Compound: It’s thermal compound better than stock, need I say more?
Motherboard: I chose this because I was originally going to buy the ASUS R9 270x (Possible future crossfire) but then the miners drove prices sky-high. I love the features that ASUS has in their boards, RemoteGO! has been really helpful for turning on PC from other side of house etc. Stays at about 26°C (78.8°F [Room Temp]). Got a great discount in the beginning of February.
RAM: It’s G. Skill, great for starters and it’s Blue to match the motherboard! (I’m pretty sure the colors are exactly the same…) It was also on sale cheaper than the 1600 MHz edition so I got the 1866 while on discount.
Storage: 500 GB HDD: I had this laying around, currently the main drive, it’s a bit slow on 3 GB/s but not bad. 1 TB HDD: Don’t have it for myself yet but my parents have it in their computer because our old HDD died. It’s amazing at bootup, we literally have an 8-10 second boot on Windows 8.1 and it feels like an SSD even with over half of this baby filled! The Drive is cooled well and stays at a chilly 22°C (71.6°F)
Graphics Card: This was one of the best choices that I have ever spent money on in my entire life! I love this and it stays really cool under load, I’ve only gotten it up to 70°C (158°F) with the fans at 65%. I used to have the fan speeds too high, under full load I could only hit 60°C (140°F) with 100% fan so it was a bit too high. Best decision ever + great $20 MIR.
Case: A few of my friends thought it looked pretty bad and a few thought it looked bad-***! I personally really like it except the Cable management is a bit iffy. I recommend it more for a new builder than someone who really knows what they’re doing. If I had the money I would have gotten a NZXT Phantom. Got a $20 MIR with this.
Power Supply: Almost the most reputable brand out there! It has 600 Watts, what more could I ask? I recommend this but it isn’t modular so might want to stay away if you’re more advanced. Got a great deal + $20 MIR.
Network Adapter: It reaches my neighbors WiFi (They are 600-700 feet away!). Does this need to be any easier to use? It also came with a free cradle back in the beginning of March.
Case Fans: Rosewill Blue LED Fans: Loudish at max w/o headphones on, I need a fan controller :(. I love the Blue LED Color though, it’s very soothing. Also these were at a discount so it’s not like I lost anything.
LEPA Fan: It’s pretty quiet at 12v. I really recommend this fan to those out there looking for fans! These fans keep the internals at a VERY low temp, the case with both the GPU and CPU at full load is about 40°C (104°F)
All in all I am really happy with how this build turned out! I can run the newest Triple A titles at 60 FPS on High-Ultra! I am very happy with my Mid-Range!
Here are some game titles that I can run easily:
Titanfall-Max Settings: 60 FPS Constant (Capped at 60) minimum drops in intense Close Quarters is about 45-50 FPS.
Battlefield 4-Ultra/Max Mix: 60 Constant (Capped yet again) with minimum drops of 30 FPS in the intense scenes.
Assassin’s Creed IV-Almost Maxed: 60 FPS with drops to 25 in high render areas.
Garry’s Mod-Maxed: It’s capped at 60 and never drops so I assume that’s a good thing.
If you have made it thus far in the description I would like to thank you for taking your time to read my opinion on my build and why I chose what I had chosen.
No I didn’t intend to make the price exactly $700 but I rounded the prices to the nearest 0. The budget for me was about $750 and I think I did great for that price range, if I could have afforded it I would have definitely gone Intel for SURE!
- I really like Windows 8.1, it's been great so far (I got it for free from My Uncle's Job :)
- The Rosewill case fans are a bit loud, but I suggest getting them!
- Rating for the 500GB HDD is for the slowww read and write, not bad but it's not great :(
- Thanks for checking out my build. Any suggestions? If so, please put them in the comments, I'll see what I can do!
I also plan on adding some stuff, take a look at this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/tjb423/saved/3Ox5
FYI: If you read this whole description it is 1048 words including this line.
ADDITION: This is a re-post, I think it didn’t post correctly last time.