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I plan to use this mostly for gaming. Everything went smoothly. It was my first build in over 6 years. Still hate cables and routing, something the 900 lacks a bit. I chose parts based on performance and price. I initially had cheaper items slated for purchase, but some good sales pushed me to nicer items like the CPU, Case, and Motherboard. Rebates mostly counteracted tax and shipping.

The biggest scare was when I set aside my modular power cables and then forgot about them. After cursing Antec for a few minutes, I found them and all was well. I think I went overboard with 16gb ram especially given the price increase lately. The Video Card is big, but luckily the case is spacious. I'm still rocking the classic Logitech G15 keyboard and MX518 mouse but I don't see them on this list. I also have an ancient Logitech X-530 5.1 system as well.

The boot-up speed is crazy fast on the SSD. I had to get Win7 to recognize the 1Tb HDD. The antenna on the Rosewill card was giving me 30-40% so I used my old wire/base antenna from MSI and now I get 85% connection. The monitor is awesome. Still need to test out everything some more and benchmark it. The first time everything shut down for power-saving mode, it made me think I had a big failure. Just hit the power button and everything was back to normal. Phew.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 9 points

Ok, quick question regarding this statement:

I plan to use this mostly for gaming. Everything went smoothly. It was my first build in over 6 years. Still hate cables and routing, something the 900 lacks a bit. I chose parts based on performance andprice. I initially had cheaper items slated for purchase, but some good sales pushed me to nicer items like the CPU, Case, and Motherboard. Rebates mostly counteracted tax and shipping.

If you chose cheaper parts originally and wanted quality; why pick a $200+ mobo and CPU for quality when it would have been more efficient to do your research and find a good Gigabyte or Asus board for almost half the cost and the same OCs? Just curious as to why this choice was made and then slated to have a very mid ranged GPU to top off this "quality" build? Personally (and this is MY opinion) but to go with a very high end MOBO it would be in your best interest to have a i7 CPU and use this for more heavy processing. The fact that his went to a mostly pure gaming rig kind of defies the point of these purchases and is very unbalanced and well "wasteful."

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Mainly I make this point as you choose an expensive MOBO while at this very moment is cheaper with and without shipping to buy... and its not on sale...

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

A lot of people like your comment, so let me pose this as a possible counter without outright disagreeing with your final statement.

Since we're not privy to the OP's financials lets look at this from a current and then future performance state - the OP has a good MB, a great gaming CPU, and a decent GPU. Out of those three, which is the easiest to replace and also the most frequently updated price-wise as newer parts come out?

To clarify - I think he did the right thing buying a more expensive MB/CPU as those parts will carry him through at least a few different GPUs he can easily replace as needed.

In the end, I'd have recommended that the OP take it one step further and upgrade his PSU to something Tier I or II and of a higher wattage. I would have also recommended that he look at the R9 series of GPUs but I'm not sure what his personal opinion is of Radeon nor do I know where he was financially at the time of purchase.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not saying your wrong at all! I don't know this person's budget or financial situation. But you are right, its full of great parts that will last. But just because it has a higher price tag does NOT by any mean guarantee his parts WILL last longer. A good Gigabyte board and CPU would get him just as far as most enthusiast boards.

My gripe stands. He had cheaper parts down... how much cheaper I don't know but the OP made it pretty clear he had CHEAPER parts. When I see cheap I don't see different in .xx amount of dollars im assuming 40 or 50+ dollars saved or gained! You have perfectly good points.

The downvotes come because I am right, this is very unbalanced for a gaming and or any build. This is like trying to grab grandma a computer to keep up on the new on the internet and throwing together a high end system to do it. He has a high end system in terms of MOBO started. But then he threw in a mediocre CPU into it and top it off with a mediocre GPU (YES it is a great card, but if this is for AAA games then it will be slowing down soon in performance). Its just very unbalanced for any build, but has the right idea started, just neglected the rest of it... the build is there, just not how it should have been done for the money spent.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

You sure like those Gigabyte boards. Which one should I choose for the next build?

I don't need to crush the Unigine Valley benchmark. Or run any game ever made at 150fps. I assume the next gen of GPUs will still be compatible with the MOBO and I can upgrade when it does slow down (although my old E6750 Conroe and 8800GTS ate up most things for a long time).

Unbalanced is a pretty fair description.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree that I phoned in the power supply pick and went with the first decent option. I don't plan to do SLI so I didn't need too much and I have had good luck with Antec PSU's. I was getting over that stomach flu at the moment, which is why I had some free time, but maybe I wasn't thinking my clearest.

Definitely wanted a good motherboard since, as the name suggests, it is the mother of all parts on it. And dealing with crappy a BIOS is doubly annoying.

I like EVGA and the 760 is their last new card for awhile in that performance-price range. My first card was a Radeon and always had issues, but I could have reviewed their options more this time around.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

As to the rest of you that down voted this build - why? For gaming it's great. For a first time build in 6 years it's great. So instead of reviewing the build yourselves, you lemming with Jared who has no builds and blindly down vote this??

Strange.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Meh. I used this site to double check part compatibility and pricing before I bought everything. I figured why not post it and take some pics? Now I realize I should have put more emphasis on cable routing and looks, told a story, and fudged the numbers about my costs.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

You're right I have no builds listed on this site. But to blindly say I know NOTHING about this topic is incredibly wrong. I know my computer parts, I have been switching them out and adding to computers for almost 10 years.

People downvote and agree that this is unbalanced and the fact that I pointed it out is a clear indicator I have a pretty good grasp of what goes in and out of a computer. I'm in the freaking med school so no this isn't some future job, or my paycheck, but the point is it doesn't take a pure NERD or COMPUTER EXPERT to know what he is talking about.

Its unbalanced and yet it is still a great build. I never said once he did this all wrong and to start over, I posed a question in simplest terms why he upped his costs so much to just drop the ball on the rest of it.

I have defended and protested against many builds on this website and have been for a few months now. Just go look at all my comments. I'm not out to shoot down different ideas, I'm simply questioning the logic behind the builds to see where they intended to go with the build itself. Hence the reason I finished my first post with:

Personally (and this is MY opinion) but to go with a very high end MOBO it would be in your best interest to have a i7 CPU and use this for more heavy processing. The fact that his went to a mostly pure gaming rig kind of defies the point of these purchases and is very unbalanced and well "wasteful."

So maybe not shoot down all the people who don't have builds done and assume that I or any other knows nothing, when we may in fact be more educated in the subject that you predict.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I've read through all of your replies and feel like I'm missing something. Some of your replies are to the OP but seem like they're directed toward me. You may want to review your commentary.

In the end, I never said you weren't experienced with computers. But I do stand by my statement that it was weird for people to up vote your comments and down vote this build without posting any commentary themselves. That's why I said they were lemming you (i.e. they were blindly following your lead).

In turn, having someone with no builds criticize a build published on this site feels unbalanced. On this site, people with no builds are offering advice or criticism and saying they've been building computers for years, etc. But really, how do we know how their builds turn out in the end?

All that said, this site is meant for anyone to post comments about anyone else's builds. If it wasn't, then you'd be locked out of commenting until you posted a build yourself. So the site owners realize there are good people with good skills that just don't want to post a build themselves. I get that. And really, that's great. Because I and others with less skill appreciate any help we can get when putting parts together. But my preference would be to review someone's build to see if they're blowing smoke or coming from a solid point.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The $17 sales tax and $5 shipping made it over $200. I think it was a great price for something reliable and with the ROG name. What makes a motherboard a good one? My 2 previous builds consisted of buying the cheapest one that fit my CPU, GPU, etc. After many issues and troubleshooting sessions with BSOD's that stemmed from the MOBO, I realized a little extra money would be worth it. Plus it has great integrated audio; no more sound card hassles. I haven't even made it through the whole manual yet about all of the customization it allows. I would say it is a good value and nowhere near as pricey as Sabertooth, Extreme, or gasp Rampage.

The CPU with some tweaking is a great option compared to some i7's where the extra 30-40% in cost isn't worth it. Definitely above mid-range, especially with OC. I chose 3 to 5 items for each category and compared them. Initially, I was going to pick an i5-3470 Ivy, EVGA GTX 660 on clearance, and ASUS P8Z77-V for cheaper, but realized the $200 savings will seem like nothing in 2 years when my old cheap stuff is now ancient. It took one evening to pick everything and go (except the monitor, that took an extra day of deliberation). Had I spent more time and nursed my ailing winXP 2007 build a bit more, I'm sure I could have saved more and found better deals; no avoiding the CA sales tax though :(

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not pushing this towards the power that comes from the board and the features. You're right a good board is very much a different definition for every MOBO and each one has its ups and downs. I'm not saying an ASUS or Gigabyte board is the only way to go. I see plenty of builds using Asrock and a number of offbrand names. The point is you can get great OCs and features in those boards. The problem is people who stand up one day and say "You know what?! I want to build a PC and be done with consoles." That is fine and dandy, the problem is they get on see these builds and think the only way to build a gaming PC is to pay $2000 for just the PC case and hardware. Then once we tell them they don't, they just question why everyone else pays so much for these builds.

I'm not downgrading his parts the 4670 is the CPU i plan to build in my ITX that I WILL BE POSTING near the end of the month. It's just that this is an ENTHUSIAST or Extreme OVERCLOCKERS board. It's a GREAT board but in its intents and purposes its being slightly held back by its true powers and capabilities (NOT saying its being bottlenecked in anyway, but would utilize hyper threading and what not.

Like you I have methodically gone over and over this build I have planned switching in and out parts and then just starting completely over. I've read reviews out the *** for every part I've chosen and I'm just saying a bit more thought can go a LONG ways here. Never once told the guy he had it all wrong, just trying the find out why he went the expensive way on some parts but just threw it on others.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building something similar to this. I've had the BP550 Plus PSU you've used for a couple years for my current AMD system and it's more than enough power for a Haswell and 760. It's good to know this build is all compatible and the C6/C7 states of the Haswell work well.