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Build is a bit of old, bit of new for the niece.

Upgraded her from 32bit windows vista on an old quad core intel and 4 gigs of ram... had upgraded her old 8400gt to the 750ti a few months ago, but it was time to do some more serious tweaking to the machine, as she is getting into photoshop and gaming.

Ended up getting a good deal on the cpu, mb, and ssd... and the wattage seems to be okay for now on the psu, will upgrade that down the road if needed, haven't had any issues with this series back when i used them for budget builds, so we'll see. I will say that the 8pin mb cable could have been 2 inches longer to allow behind the tray routing, so i might get an extension cable right now, but no one is really looking into the case.

The only issues I had with this build were care of PNY and BBUY, which is why you see a graveyard kit of the crucial tracer ram (only 4 gigs). This was supposed to be 8, but the XL8R ram dimms i got via rewards points at bbuy ended up throwing all sorts of problems (windows wouldn't even boot, mb would stop posting). Both kits failed memtest on my test bench, so they're going back tonight, ordered hyperx dimms from an online retailer to go in hopefully friday.

Part reviews: CPU - i've used this on two other builds so far, runs hot, but hasn't been anything but a pleasant experience for gaming and general use

cooler - arriving today - i've used it before and love CR's installation method, performance, value etc... it's now between them, phanteks and noctua for air cooling in my humble opinion.

mb- first board i've used in a while that doesnt clearly label the pins and such, necessitating using the manual (sarcastic gasp). There also seems to be NO qualified vendor list for memory, which had me thinking that the pny memory was just not supported, did a bios update from MSI that expanded the supported ram, to no effect. Tried underclocking and loosening the timings, still wouldn't work. NOT purchasing memory from PNY (or best buy) ever again, first set of memory where both sticks failed memtest. Will be using kingston hyperx (black) going forward.
pros: solid feel, really nice look and feel to it when handling and inside the black case, the illuminated trace along the mb separation for the sound card also looks great if you're into the whole red and black thing. Included driver software was not really bloated and didn't sneak anything on. DO wish they included 2 more sata cables in the package instead of the door hang tag.

storage - you know em you trust em... both are great, reviewed ad nauseum everywhere...move along

video card - works just fine for her sims games, sai tools, photoshop, ceasar, etc... she's not yet into things like crysis... also nice that it doesn't require external power considering the psu i had to work with.

case- great for the 35 i spent on it... more than that i would consider the new phanteks budget case, or the nzxt s340... I Loathe the pci slot retention method in this case with the removable panel requiring the screws, and poor threading in this whole area by the factory (had this in 2 units now). Also replaced the front fans with 2 purple led corsair AF fans i had laying around.

next upgrades are certainly the psu/case/gpu.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

hey one question what are your thermals with that cooler? looking to pick it up as well for my 6300 build :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, another Antec VP-450.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

quaint, aren't they?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job but in light of the theme I would've gone with the MSI GTX 750 ti twin Frozr variant

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

card was from a year ago for xmas, well before the board and such were picked, options were few at the time of ordering, at least it's black ;)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

u spent 130 on that 750 ti. if u saved a little more, you could have gotten the GTX 950 Twin Frozr. THe gtx 950 is the best price to performance card on the market

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

as i mentioned in other comments, that gpu was purchased for xmas over a year ago, and I didn't pay 130 for it, more around 94 for it. 950 didn't exist at that point.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok. I guess the GTX 750 ti was best price to performance then eh?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

that and the person being computer illiterate, the nvidia drivers setup with the geforce experience app made more sense for her vs amd drivers.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Your rig has a boner lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

At least it's only a strap on

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

it was aroused by finally getting cleaned after a year.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The QVL is not hard to find. http://us.msi.com/file/test_report/TR10_3193.pdf What keeps the cpu power wires from hitting the fan? You should run that up the back side of the case.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

cable length is not long enough, re-wired it (uploading shots) where i ran the 8pin along the IO and attached it to the side of the fan, then down the pci area where the gpu and wifi card had cutouts.

and i swear to god i googled "QVL for MSI 970 gaming" and nothing came up other than the product and support page, where they only showed compatible cpus... That being said and looking, the crap PNY memory (failed memtest on 2 other boards ASUS z87 and ASRock Z97)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks a lot better. Still $225 for that mobo/cpu/hsf seem a bit too pricey to me.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

i paid: 89 for cpu, 54 for mb, 29for hsf (with credit i paid 13 for it) pcpp is just reporting the latest prices for each part.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

"thermal grease"?

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

damn, wrong again.