Description

I wanted to bring in my first build in the $1000 USD range, and I wasn't interested in doing any overclocking with this unit. Everything fired up just fine, and runs pretty quiet. The only extra hardware not on the parts list is a Seagate 320GB HDD out of my old HP that died after 7 years of almost daily service, and my old Hitachi SuperScan Supreme 752 monitor. May my old HP A1730N RIP. **Update 04/03/15 - Temperatures under Load and Idle for the CPU and GPU are maximum numbers as measured by MSI's Afterburner software. Load temperatures were taken with Afterburner while running Open GL2 with MSI's Kombuster software.

Lou

April 2, 2015

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

The cable management...it hurts my eyes! It looks like Dr. Octo has taken over the computer... O.o

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

What-ta? You-a no like-a da Spaghetti?!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You've budgeted very well; you firmly sit at the $1000USD mark (since I'm viewing from England the exchange rate is in effect) and while some parts don't have a price, I can tell you've gotten value for money. The only thing I would have done differently is gotten an i5-4460, would have saved around £30 (close to $50) and allowed you to spend a little more on a semi-modular PSU for better cable management.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd rather spend my money on hardware (ie. i5 4690 vs. i5 4460) than on overpriced PSU's that are modular or semi-modular, or on a case. Zip ties and Velcro straps are dirt cheap, and as long as the case has good air flow....well, a case is a case. I can clean up the wiring anytime for no cost.

Example: With the money saved going with a cheap case and regular power supply, that about pays for a 128GB SSD. With this SSD for my OS, and other odds and ends software, means this little piggy boots up in around 40 seconds from the time I push the 'On' button to me clicking an icon! I timed it with a stopwatch today.

Cable Management vs. Firepower......Choose.

Thanks, Boomstick

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess you have a good point there, I was simply suggesting it for convenience in future builds, IF you have a little bit of extra cash to splurge when it comes to it.

I hope the build gives you many happy hours in games!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You did an awesome job sticking to your budget. Very good part choices, especially for the power it offers while keeping it at $1000! I'd say thats a killer deal. only thing is I'd get some zip ties if you have some free time soon and tidy up the cables a little. Overall, great build and congrats!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a little tough sticking to the $1K, since I really wanted to have a decent SSD for my OS, and still have all decent, quality components. I did plenty of shopping, and I don't think I could shave much more dough than I did from my 'Performance and Features' I wanted for this rig vs. 'Price in $$$' standpoint.

'Sigh"......yeah, yeah, yeah, I got a bunch of zipties with the case, and some Velcro straps with the MB, so I'll clean up my room soon, Mom....;)

Thanks for the head-pat, Violet.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha, good! ;)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, man.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This was your first build? Great job selecting those parts, you've got a nice machine there. It's too late to make changes, but a few tips for future builds - if you're going to use the stock cooler, generally they have thermal paste so you can save a few bucks not buying a tube. As well as the DVD drive, do you still write discs? I haven't had one in a good 6 years, everything is available online these days (or through USB).

And I'm just curious, why Windows 7? (And next time search around online, I recall paying $40 for Windows 7 when it came out and $20 for Windows 8, all through student discounts (I'm not a student) and such!)

+1 for a solid first timer c:

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, my first build. I went with the paste, since the stock stuff on the fan was probably cheap poop anyway. I occasionally use a DVD writer, but not very often. Actually, I didn't use the one out of my old machine in so long that I didn't realize it was busted until I installed it into this new rig! That cost me some pulled hair trying to load my OS! Not to mention having to blow $40 retail at the damn store 'cause I couldn't wait! I wanted a copy of Windows 7 on CD (and a drive) for my peace of mind. I'm old school. Like Commodore Amiga 3.5" floppy drives old school. I opted for Windows 7 over 8 because 8 seemed like it was designed for a smartphone. I just liked 7 better, and it comes with a free upgrade to Windows 10.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Good reasons, stick with the disc drive if it makes you comfy c:

I won't argue OS choices because to me it's much like the computer case - all down to personal preference. Though with Windows 8 you can disable Metro if you wish (I personally like it!) and I found it well optimized for gaming.

I was using the Windows 10 tech preview on my old PC (2.2 Ghz dual core, 4gb ram) and it doubled my FPS in WoW. It's a real slick OS, can't wait.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 on the rainbow colour scheme lol.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Red, White and Blue, man.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning to get out the fork and start wrapping the spaghetti soon. Everyone here's tellin' me to clean my room....

Thanks, Smitty

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning to go back to the wonderful World of Tanks (my on again-off again addiction!) this weekend to do some baby seal clubbing, and give this GTX 970 something to do for a couple of hours. My latest addiction is for Banished. FYI: The GPU didn't even break a sweat at maxed out settings on WoT. I took it for a quick test drive (one fight) two days ago. The Sniper MB has great internet connection with the Killer Network Manager software. Ping was in the low 30's(!) if I remember right!

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