Description

I originally built this rig to multibox 10 WoW accounts. I play on a 1.12 private server. This build was a complete overkill, but I won't have to upgrade it for some time. I get 60+ fps on all accounts at max settings. I haven't really tried any other games. I have installed a bunch (Skyrim, GTA IV, GTA San Andreas, Sim City 4) but haven't really played them. I have left the rig stock for now. I plan on overclocking the CPU and GPU at a later time. I am getting some slight video stutter. I'm not sure if it's a driver or setting issue. I know it's a new card and AMD drivers are terrible at first.

My budget was $1200-1500, and I went completely overboard. I was intending to use an older power supply, it had the wattage, but not enough outputs. I bought 2 additional Hard drives, and a second monitor. I also bought a more expensive "FX" motherboard so I can utilize 2x/16 PCI-E pipelines in crossfire if I ever decide to go that route. I also didn't expect to pay so much for a video card. But the new generation came out, so I got it. The parts list shows Gigabyte brand, but I got an MSI from amazon via tigerdirect. Same thing though, both have stock coolers.

Other thoughts: I didn't really need the wireless adapter as I used cat-5, but it keeps my options open in case I'm in a pinch.

Seasonic has been a great vendor. They shipped me some flat SATA connectors for free. They only give you 90 degree connectors with the PSU. If you install an SSD on the backside of this case, you must get a flat SATA power connector. I think I will buy some custom braided cables, because I don't like the way the 24 pin connector pulls on the motherboard connector. It's a pretty stiff cable. Same with the USB 3.0 cable that comes with the Fractal case.

The Fractal Case is terrific and highly recommended. Build quality is great, and it doesn't look like a spaceship. I wish it was slightly deeper on the backside for cable management, but I made it work. I did buy two additional fans for it. I bought a 140mm for the front, and another for the top exhaust. It has plenty of room for large video cards.

I got 2 SSDs, one for Windows and all the bloating that will build up, and one for games and other programs I want to load fast. I think SSDs are overrated personally. Yes, it loads faster, but it's not mindblowing as some have made it seem. If you are on a budget, I would just get a 7200RPM mechanical HD.

Arctic Silver has very specific instructions for thermal paste application. Use their instructions. http://www.arcticsilver.com/amd_application_method.html#

The motherboard doesn't recognize the 1866 RAM right away, you have to go into the BIOS and change a setting. This RAM is on the approved vendor list(AVL) for the motherboard. ASUS is constantly updating their AVL on their website. The BIOS settings are very customizable in the interface.

The CPU cooler took a little head scratching to setup correctly. The instructions are terrible, I ended up watching Youtube to figure it out. Also, I wish it came with an additional fan to setup a push/pull configuration.

I have a gripe about the keyboard. Maybe I'm used to my old one, but I keep accidentally hitting the capslock button with my left pinky. I am getting better at avoiding it, but it has been annoying thus far. It's also loud. It's not a true mechanical keyboard as I thought.

Prices reflect the base price that I paid at the time of purchase. They do not include any tax/shipping or rebates.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

I personally would have waited for the non reference 290s to be released. I heard that stock cooler sounds like a jet engine at 100%. Great build nonetheless! You probably could have spent less as your main intended use isn't massively resource hungry.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I tested the noise level of the card. With this case (which has sound dampening material), I got 71 dB at 100% fan. Now, granted, it was an iPhone app, and it wasn't in a lab. The fan is audible, but it isn't horrible. I'll probably get an aftermarket cooler once more become available. I was running 2 7800GTs in SLI (old cards laying around since 2005)to get Windows installed etc. This card is about as loud as those. I started this build in mid-October. Once the R9 290 series came out, I waited about a week and then pulled the trigger. I couldn't wait until black Friday.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree

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  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I can play 10 accounts simultaneously. So, I can create my own groups, and do content that would normally require multiple players. This allows me to gather items faster, make more gold etc. But really it's just fun.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

u need to do it on eve thats true multiboxing i have heard of groups that require more then 7 accounts

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, I hear the learning curve is very steep on Eve. 7 accounts would put me on my 3rd marriage!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

So what's up with the 1.12 private server? Is it just that you have your own server and only have vanilla WoW installed? Like, way back in the days when the level cap was 60, there wasn't any dual speccing, or any of the other updates? And then the private server means that you're just playing with yourself? Nobody else? Or am I just not understanding very well?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

No, it's a server that has 1.12 installed, which is basically original WoW before the first expansion. There is a 3000-5000 player base with raiding guilds horde and alliance. I don't want to advertise or get hit for spam on this website, but if you google 1.12 wow private server, it's the second hit. The server is named after a bird that rose from the ashes. Check it out!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, sounds awesome. I may actually check it out at one point in time. Go back and hit up vanilla content, spec characters out like the good ol' times.

Also, it really wouldn't be considered advertising or spam unless you were continuously promoting it or bringing it up to get it attention out-of-the-blue. I'm pretty certain you can say what the name of the private server is, haha. The server is called "Emerald Dream", right? Because that was the second hit.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Well the server is called Feenix. Feenix is the dev team, they offer 3 servers. Emerald Dream is 1.12 at 1x XP rate. Warsong is 1.12 but at 12x XP rate, this is the most populous server. Al'Akir is instant 60, and is more PvP based. And Archangel is 2.4.3 Burning Crusade Expansion. This is 14x XP rate. Just google "wow one", all your answers are there. Happy questing! Everything is free, no catches, no advertising.

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