Description

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.


Other Thoughts:

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.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

How is the gtx 760? +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm Loving it, I can max out ANY game I've thrown at it so far, it performed amazingly in the 3DMark test I ran!

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

Seriously? Then why everybody keeps saying the gtx 760 is a poor card! have you played crysis 3?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I haven't but I can try to get it off of my friend's origin, He has a GTX 660 and he can run it at like medium with 45 FPS average so i want to see what's in store for me!

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

That cable management isn't bad. Nice build, +1.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I tried my best, this case is abit hard to handle for cable management IMO :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build, one question though, when did buy the gtx 760 because if the prices are correct, an ASUS R9 270x is around the same price as the EVGA gtx 760. I rather have the 760 as well but too bad that motherboard doesn't have SLI capability.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I was originally getting the 270x (reason i got the board I did) and then the price went up to like $350+. I bought the 760 at the end iof February if I remember correctly.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I was waiting :p This is a really nice build for mid range, pretty similar to my upcoming one, except i got a 280x (not really affected by the miners here in the UK) and my case is different, mobo is similar I think... Anyway, nice build and +1 for all the temps, fps in games and good description!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, that feels good that someone enjoyed reading that wall of text :p

Edit: I am going through your saved lists, which one is your upcoming PC?

Edit 2: I think I found it, is it "The Arctic Phoenix."?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah I like them the most :p Yes, the Arctic Phoenix is my upcoming build :D

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, I like the long descriptions too! I love the build you have coming up, it looks it will handle any game at Max/Ultra with Ease.

Looking at your build again made me realize we even have the same WiFi Adapter lol :P

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks man, The mini itx 250d build (obsidian block) is probably going to be my first build, although it's for a friend of mine... Not as powerful as mine but i'm hoping it will serve him well for youtube stuff!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll take a look later, in school

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, and I'm glad you came to visit the server. You are welcome anytime dude. http://rensserver.enjin.com ip is 173.15.60.243:25565

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Wondering what the clearance between to ram and top vent is? enough room to fit H100i?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Actually I think the RAM is fine for it but the real issue is the CPU Power cable not having enough clearance which you can see in picture 12.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that really small picture of?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh sorry the pic is small, that's so odd, It's Speccy.

Edit: I updated the pic, it's now the last one on the build

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Are you using the stock fan that came with the CPU? Also, where did you get those nice widgets on your desktop to monitor the CPU/GPU?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I just bought the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and have overclocked to a steady 4.2 GHz. The widgets are at http://addgadgets.com/gpu_meter/ and http://addgadgets.com/all_cpu_meter/

Edit: And thanks about the nice build part :)

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

That was actually what i planned to get and then I scavenged a few more dollars and got the 8320. I just got the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and overclocked the CPU to the power of the 8350 (4 GHz)!

I should also include that if you plan to OC make sure you get a Great Mobo, I wish I chose a better one knowing that I wanted to OC a bit :/