Built for a customer. Incredibly Speedy. Excluding the Start up Bios Sequence, Start up time is appx. 4 seconds <<<<<<<<<<
If I was your customer I wouldn't be happy.
Locked CPU with a Z MOBO and an i7 for gaming... not needed and money wasted IMO
16 GB of overpriced RAM? 8 gb would have served your customer well and saved money
250 gb HDD for $49? You can get a 1 TB drive for $10 more
Raidmax PSU is the biggest disappointment. They make crap PSUs.
Microsoft windows 7 ultimate? If they requested it sure but is it needed?
I'm sorry but I would not want to be your client.
All that being said the build is easily going to destroy whatever he/she throws at it so no problem performance wise.
Sorry I couldn't be a bit nicer towards this, just many areas I see wasted money.
Please feel free to defend why you did certain things because I don't want to down talk a build not knowing the reasoning behind part choices.
You can't always say that a locked processor and zX7 motherboard is bad unless you consider the options. How many CF/SLI capable H87 motherboards are there and how easy are they to find? It seems like the z boards that support SLI/CF in a x8/x8 configuration are always easier to find than the h boards that do and therefore are around the same price. If the price is similar, might as well get a z board that gives you more options than an h board.
About the CPU, if you look at more current reviews, the games that can support hyperthreading like BF3 do show noticeable improvements in gaming for the i7 over the i5. If you have the money, might as well get the best chip because it will make a difference in some games. Using the price performance argument doesn't work here because at the higher end, you get diminishing returns anyway. All that extra money you are paying is going towards squeezing every last drop out of your system.
For everything else, and especially the PSU, I agree. I don't know how anyone, especially someone that gets paid for his recommendations can put a raidmax PSU in a system. The memory might be overkill, but who knows why it was needed. The hard drive is an odd choice in size, but maybe he just kind of threw it in there as a bonus for the customer because his cost was a lot less.
Thank you for the information on the CPU and games :)
I know that the locked processor/z mobo isn't a terrible it's just a common theme people bring up. Many z mobos come with way more features so it's not a huge deal so I should have been a bit clearer and I'm sorry for that
Ryne brings up many good points but I would like to ask what are the needs of the client? Editing and rendering may require more memory but I am not too sure that 2133mHz is necessary.
Lastly, I wonder if the customer overrode the suggestions f the builder and wanted certain parts regardless of advice??
your last point makes me wonder, too. hopefully OP can get back to us with a reasonable answer.
Ya I mean if the customer asked for this.. the customer is always right is my motto but still...
Not sure that the i7 or the Raidmax PSU were the best choices for this, but it should perform nicely.
should have got windows 8
Poor customer got ripped off :(
Your customer got cheated.
Blown any capacitors yet?
You best run because that customer will come back for their money.
I like the fact that this user uses "we" and "us" in his profile description when we all clearly know it's just one teenager.
I feel sorry for your customer.
Raise your BCLK to 1.08 and see what you get on your locked i7.
ok seriously. You can get a locked processor to overclock. You will have to just mess around with your BCLK and your voltages then adjust the DRAM voltage after to lower it back down. Look it up on Google or whatever search you use. I'd rather pay for an unlocked version, but it has been possible to overclock locked processor since....... hell, the late 1980's. I was actually trying to give something that would help your customer get more out of that machine you built.
locked i7 on nice Z87 motherboard? for gaming?
the RAM i can kind of understand, if the customer knows how to make and use a RAM disk (isn't too hard to do). 250GB of HDD space in a $1600 build is a bit lacking if you ask me. you probably could fit at least 2TB of storage space if it was properly re-balanced with less (and less expensive) RAM.
all in all, your customer doesn't need an i7 and 16GB for just gaming. shaving it to an i5-4670K and 8GB of RAM would bring at least $120 in savings, leaving room for an upgraded CPU cooler (like a Corsair H80i) and a higher-capacity HDD.
something tells me there's more to this build than the listed parts...