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This was a gaming build I did after slowly accumulating parts between September-December.

You can get a good idea of the performance by watching this boot + Battlefield 4 gameplay video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yRSSbmFcB0

CPU: Runs cool and has a lot of oomph compared to my 2+ year old Core i7 3930K build but does not multi task or do productivity stuff nearly as well. Gaming performance is slightly worse with the same GPU

Cooler: At full blast the fans are quite noisy but you get excellent performance. I run them on their lowest speeds and rarely does this machine reach into the high 40s even on low settings. I will try overclocking later using the mobo software but frankly gaming performance is limited by the GPU.

Motherboard: I got this together with the CPU in a combo deal that was to good to pass up. It has a very good physical layout and feature set and Asrock boards have been great overclockers for me in the past as well. I didn't use a lot of the features because I don't care about them but for those who wish to tinker this board is highly recommended even up to $140

RAM: Recycled from my other build from 2013 but it does the job and after taking of the useless red accent heatsinks they are low profile and cruise at their XMP settings.

SSD: I went with this over disk storage since I didn't need it and Crucial is my go to SSD brand for value and reliabilty. It loads Windows 7 very quickly and I can get into a BF4 multiplayer map in well under 2 minutes from pressing the power button.

GPU: The GPU is actually a AMD OEM R9 270 with a single fan cooler so I just used the PowerColor to hold it's place. The reference card is pretty good except for some mild coil whine when under super heavy loads (like furmark on an overclock). It is not very quiet but for the price it kicks but in the performance department. BF4 1080P on high settings 60+ fps

Case: This was a lovely surprise that I risked after never having a Tt case before. I never liked the flashy style they had but this had 2 120mm fans, easy cable management features, good internal layout, and good quality tool-less systems. This case could handle 2 GPU SLI/Crossfire setups easily, but after that you start to run out of room. It can handle most 120mm or 240mm AIO water cooling systems, but anything more extreme would take major effort. All in all a great case for the price

PSU: This was another deal where it was super cheap price I couldn't pass up. The fan is quiet and in this build never really ramps up and it has no coil whine. A great budget PSU I have used twice with great results.

DVD drive: I basically only installed this to make it more attractive to people when I sell it and so I could use my Windows disk to install.

LED Strip: This is my go to device to enhance the bling factor in a system because it is easy to install and fits any system thanks to the "rope" style strip of single leds versus the tape style others use. It has a button on the back of the system for on/off and brightness control. The color is a medium blue and can get quite bright.

Future upgrades: Sell it to finance the next experiment. Really I would go for a GTX 970 and later another SSD for more storage if I was going to keep it. Also, I would change out ALL the included fans for higher speed PWM Scythe Grand Flex fans and control them with software.

Cheers!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I am taking a survey and asking everyone what their serial number begins with I am looking for trends as to which boards serial number are BAD I have found that some boards start with a 46 47 48 are BAD My serial number starts with a 48 PLEASE HELP ME thank you info found on reddit post here http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2jrt1b/psarequest_possible_reoccurring_problem_with_the/

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

it should be noted that the pictures show different RAM installed and in the video that card did not have the higher core clocks running just the increased fan speed @60%