Description

Firstly, sorry for the pictures. iPhones aren't the best but I really hope that the awesome meerkat can make up for it :D! Secondly, this build is primarily for games and a little bit of video editing, nothing too hectic though. The parts which are marked as "£0.00" are from my old computer but they still work fine and dandy. So, the components and why.

CPU: A great CPU for the price with the power to do what I need. The price to performance is great so I couldn't see anything against this at this price point, apart from the stupidly loud CPU cooler, but it isn't so bad if you're not playing extremely demanding titles and such.

Motherboard: This motherboard was a breeze to use when installing windows and such and as far as I can tell, overclocking doesn't seem to have too many complications with it either. I was stuck between the Asus M5A97 R2.0 and this but I opted for this because it seems like a solid board (and it looks cool as hell). I also have the opportunity to SLI/Crossfire if need be but I don't think I will anytime soon anyway.

RAM: It's green, looks aesthetically dis-pleasing but it works.

HDD: Recycled from my old computer, 500GB 7200RPM from a solid brand. Does what it needs to do until I get an SSD.

Case: This was a tough choice. I wanted something elegant and clean, not something that looked like a transformer so this was definitely a good choice. Managing cables in this system was extremely easy because of the difference places they could get routed through. The case in general looks extremely nice, it's very spacious inside and the little cover for the PSU makes it look extremely tidy. The top does scratch very easily however.

PSU: I wanted something that wouldn't blow up if I left it on for a day or two (R.I.P Thermaltake Berlin 2014 - 2014) as well as having a fully modular style so cables wouldn't be too much of an issue and this seemed like the way to go. I've had no issues so far. The supply it's self looks very nice and comes with a variety of cables (and lots of them).

OS: It works and it's Windows 7 so ya.

GPU: I got this of eBay a couple of months ago for £115.00 as an upgrade from a old GT640 so it wasn't a bad deal. It's definitely a great card, it's quiet. I have it overclocked a little bit as well because the twin frozr cooling is pretty good.

Keyboard: Had this for about a year now. No issues with it so far so there was no point in getting a new one. It looks cool, it's pretty comfortable and it works.

Headphones: There nice and comfy, the mic quality isn't bad but you can't expect it to be great from a headphone mic anyway. The sound quality is nice and they're great for gaming too.

Mouse: £2 car-shaped mouse with blue LEDS!!! In all seriousness, it's crap. Previously, I had a Roccat Kone Pure which was nice until it started randomly disconnecting and then a SteelSeries Sensei until the cable got chewed.

Monitor: It has nice clear quality, HDMI, VGA and DVI which is always nice. It also has built in speakers but they're pretty crappy so I don't use them but who does? The colours are nice but the only small, tiny thing is if you turn it off the button doesn't feel as if it's being pressed in but other than that it's a solid monitor.

Upgrades - SSD: Already ordered a Crucial M500 120GB for more storage and some nice boot times and such. Mouse: Buying a Zowie FK 2 next week to replace the good ol' car mouse.

That's pretty much it! Thanks for checking out my build and please feel free to give me some constructive feedback and ask a question if you want.

03/01/14 - Bought a Crucial M500 120GB SSD.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

How do you like your evga g1 psu? I know that there is also a g2 version. Is your psu really loud or is it quiet?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it, I've had no problems with it what so ever. It's actually really quiet, most of the noise (if not all) comes from the CPU cooler. Personally, I was stuck between this and a SeaSonic M12 630W but I went for this after a few hours of looking between the two.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

what games do you play and hows performance?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Anything to be honest with you. Mainly Counter-Strike GO, some Battlefield here and there and maybe some GTA SA with a few mods. Performance on CS is great (it should be since the engine's old as hell), Battlefield was alright but I haven't played it with my new CPU yet but the performance with my old FX-4100 on Ultra on a 32 man server usually sat at 35/40 FPS.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build, I wish my first build was this good.. It was a Pentium 4 2.0 GHz with 4 GB of DDR RAM and an Nvidia 6200GT AGP, and now I've dated myself a bit lol.

The one recommendation I'd make is upgrading the CPU cooler. A Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO would be quite a bit quieter than the stock AMD cooler and allow some nice overclocking. You should be able to hit 4.0 to 4.4 GHz with it depending on how you did in the silicon lottery with that chip. There are better coolers and the AIO liquid cooler options, but they are pretty pricey.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I was thinking about buying a CM Hyper 212 or if I wanted to go for the AIO Water Cooling go big and get a NZXT Kraken or Corsair H100i/H110 but I'm in no rush at the minute to upgrade the cooler. If I ever do get a new cooler I'll be sure to OC and post some results back.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want the best performing and quiet AIO, then the Swiftech H-220x or H-240x are the best and they are expandable if you want to go that route like I did. The Hyper 212 would still be great for a nice mild OC. If not, the Kraken is a great performer. I personally avoid any Asetek rebrands because I want to avoid supporting them.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll definitely take a look at them! Thanks for the recommendations mate :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build! I'm going to build something similar but with FX-6300. Do you think it's still worth buying FX cpus? Intel is out of my budget and i don't want to buy a dual core...

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely. My friend purchased a FX-6300 2 days ago as he didn't have lots of money and needed a good CPU. I personally told him to get it over anything else in the price range for what he was planning on doing. The price for the amount of power you get with the 6300 is amazing as well as the 6 cores it has, plus, once more games start to utilize more cores it's going to be good.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! +1 Looks super clean! Nice job on the cable management. Just finished my first build in a NZXT h440, these cases are great for cable management. Only thing I would change is swap out that stock cooler for an h100i or an h80i. This would almost eliminate the noise issue and also give you sufficient cooling to easily overclock well past 4.0 GHz with no issues at all.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback :)! The H440 and S340 are amazing for cable management and they're very roomy as well! The stock cooler will more than definitely go eventually but getting a aftermarket one isn't mandatory at the minute but it's a CM Hyper 212 Evo or a good AIO cooler like you said :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The best all in one liquid cooler is the Kraken x61.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

O.O Are there even any cables in there?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha ;) The S340 certainly does a good job at managing cables.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, your build is extremely clean. Well done! +1

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

whats slow about the ram ? the timings or something ?

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the Small Speed version, not the control.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It's soft and smooth, it is a tad small if you're gaming a lot though.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM speed isn't extremely important unless you are going to have an APU in your system.It ussualy gives small increase in performance.

  • 56 months ago
  • -2 points

Actually it doesn't give you performance, but 1866MHz RAM with AMD processors give you better details in the screen, and 1600MHz for Intel too.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

1866MHz RAM with AMD processors give you better details in the screen, and 1600MHz for Intel too.

This is a load of bull. It doesn't give you "better details in the screen" the detail of what you're looking at is determined by how it was made, like turning up the settings in a game. ram speed increases the performance of integrated graphics.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to say that, but you're wrong, 1866MHz is the default limit with non-overclocked AMD processors, that memory clock WILL give you better performance and remove stuttering. You probably say: ''Nah, there's no difference bro, 1 FPS more, pff''

But that's is a fact, with 1866MHz you will get better bandwith speed, and listen me, you will see the game looks better.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Show me proof from a reputable source.

1866MHz RAM with AMD processors give you better details in the screen, and 1600MHz for Intel too.

I want some proof of this.

1866MHz is the default limit with non-overclocked AMD processors, that memory clock WILL give you better performance and remove stuttering.

And I want some proof of this gem.

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