Description

Put this system together with the idea that a) I needed a new gaming computer b) I didn't need 8 drive bays, 1000W PSU, and 12 expansion slots and c) I could get pretty close to the top end and semi-future proof myself for ~$1000 (besides monitor). Ignore the prices on the page, I ended up putting everything together for $965.

Some findings: 1) I LOVE the case and I LOVE the power supply, but I don't love them together. Why? Because the power supply is semi modular, not fully modular, so the main rail doesn't necessarily fit perfectly on the back side of the case. I was able to make it work, but it took some work

2) I don't think I put on the thermal paste for the CPU all that well, I feel like redoing it would shave off a few degrees, but it's not worth it at this point.

3) I could probably squeeze at least another 100-200 MHz out of the CPU but haven't bothered to do the testing it requires.

Comments

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! I just have one question, how much room is there to work around in a matx? Seems like a good idea!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Just realized I didn't have the power supply listed. Added now - Seasonic M12II 520W modular. As for the RAM, I actually purchased it when it was $30... not totally convinced anything faster would make a noticeable difference.

Malenskii, the install itself was pretty easy. The only snug bits were the cable management on the back side (not as deep as I would have liked, which is what caused the problem with the main non-modular rail on the PSU... that is one fat cable!) and when I adjusted which fans were connected to which mobo connector. Other than that I had no issues!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build!!! for the space you had to work in you did a amazing. You are actually correct about RAM speeds past 1600Hz the differences are extremely small to the increase in price. Its similar to the difference in the graphcis card you have, which I have too. If you overclock that card, it should easily reach 1.2Ghz / 1.3Ghz. Now if you compared that to a Gigabyte GTX 680 same type of card with a maxed stable overclock the difference would be as small as 2-5fps for what $100-$150 more for the 680 :P Thats very similar in RAM vs Cost.

- Newer write up: - http://techreport.com/review/20377/exploring-the-impact-of-memory-speed-on-sandy-bridge-performance/3

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  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Apropo! I completely agree... my whole philosophy was "Get parts that are "Great" enough that I won't really even notice that I got the top end."

OH, and I love the card... I actually took a slight risk and bought it used off of [h]ardforum for $310, but so far don't regret it one bit, and have overclocked it to 1241Mhz.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you test it in heaven? Oddly I can run any game with mine overclocked at roughly 1289Mhz but if I go over 1200Mhz and try playing Planet Side 2, the game crashes on me. Are you using the Gigabyte software to overclock the card or something else? I found Precision X works well and doesn't cause issues with most games, though the gigabyte stuff wouldn't let me load Guild Wars 2 or BF3.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good. I'm currently doing a build in this case with the ASRock H77M board. Did you use the fan controller that came with the case, or plug all case fans into your board? Your pictures helped me consider different cable routing options, my psu isn't modular.

  • 85 months ago
  • -1 points

I would have gone with the faster corsair RAM for $5 more. What power supply are you using, it's not listed?

  • 85 months ago
  • 3 points

Faster RAM doesn't make a noticeable difference, it would give less than half an extra frame per second in games: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-scaling-choosing-the-best-ddr3/6

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

But still, Samsung? Never heard about anybody buying them for RAM. Would have still gone with Corsair or Crucial just for the reliability and customer support.

  • 85 months ago
  • 6 points

Samsung make perfectly good RAM, there's absolutely nothing wrong with them and no point in paying more if they're the cheapest.

  • 85 months ago
  • 5 points

Samsung actually makes some of the best RAM. They're very easy to OC.