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First build, purchased entirely at Memory Express in Edmonton except for the case.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 6 points

Move the RAM one slot over so there's a gap between them. That enables dual-channel memory :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I will do that, thanks for the tip :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

This is an amazing build, very balanced. If you play games that take advantage of PhysX or what not, as I do, this is a great system. Room for adding sli because ofmthe 750w power supply will save you from needing a psu upgrade too. Great job! Sure you could have saved some money on same tier parts but the quality of your parts choices are good. The ssd shoild improve map laod times, travel times and what not. Happy gaming.

You could benefit from routing your cables tucked back behind the motherboard.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to man but the main 24 pin cable and the 8 pin cpu cable are so big and stiff. I was in a rush as well, really excited to get it running haha. Im gonna have to take an hour later today to open it up and try and manage the cables better.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

It will help with airflow. Also pick up a cheap cooler master 212 hyper evo and put a little overclock on that cpu or atleast you have room for that upgrade for later.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

i like your selection for this price point except for one glaring problem... where's the aftermarket heatsink? you've got overclocking-capable hardware, and i suggest you learn how to use it. it's a great way to get a simple upgrade and to get the most out of your equipment.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep your right I will need better fans/heatsinks if i want to OC. But for now every game ive wanted to play has been running at 60 fps. I wasn't planning on overclocking right away, i just wanted to keep the option open if i decide to later on down the road.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build, I wish I could have made something like that for the build I made.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely balanced and good choices. Enjoy it!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Good, but I have a question. Is there a reason you didn't go with an 840 pro? Not a big problem, just wondering.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

You're talking about the Samsung 128 gb SSD right? It actually was my original choice and I was about to buy it until the salesman recommended the force gs. The price was $30 more for the same size drive but he showed me the specs and the write speed on the force is significantly faster. I did check the specs myself just to confirm. Note that the bigger Samsung drives, such as the 256 gb model, have faster write speeds then the 128 gb version.

EDIT: The corsair was $20 more at memory express, but I was going to price match the samsung with a ncix.com sale price of $99.99, making the total difference $30

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I see what you're saying, but I'm not sure if corsair's specs are entirely accurate. Anyway, it doesn't matter, they're both good ssds. Also, to note, the corsair has a sandforce controller while the Samsung has it's own newer controller.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

eh.... you got me thinking and i did some looking online today. Turns out the SSD i was orignally looking at was a samsung 840 series (no pro). The 840 pro looks a bit better than the one i got. No big deal though

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  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL 6 months ago you said, "SSD is great, about 25 second boot time, almost instant game loads, perfect for me."

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU and RAM, yeah I could've gone cheaper. The 7970 is better price/performance, I picked the 670 cause I prefer nVidia cards. The 7970 beating the 680 is debatable, its better in some games, in others its not. And it is about $20-$50 more than the 670 from what I've seen around here. The RAM i couldve got around $10 cheaper for sure.

I was gonna get the HX650 for $129.99 but I found I could get the 750 for the same price so I did.

I picked the case cause HAF 912 doesn't have USB 3.0 on the front, 922 does. Now is that worth $40, ehh i dunno but its too late now haha.

Don't know about the SSD, booting windows and just using it all around is really fast and crisp, but Ive never used a good computer without an SSD to really compare it too.

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Though I disagree with nearly everything the person you replied to said, I will have to state something. If you look at benchmarks for the majority of games and since September of 2012 the 7970 has been in the lead with very few games in which the 680 leads. Online you can find many 7970s for the same price as 670s.. though I personally play more games that run better on nvidia cards.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay no, no, no don't recommend a power supply lower than the manufacturers recommended - I've kept pretty quiet about all the other interesting things you've been saying today but this just needed to be corrected.

"Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 30 Amps.)"

Yes the manufacturer gives a safe number but you are asking for trouble if you go bellow their minimum recommended. Will it run with something lower? Sure, but why would you ever risk it? (Rhetorical)

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

650 Ti minimum: "Minimum of a 400 Watt power supply." So no you don't always need 500w.

660 Ti only needs 450w.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130810

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

That SSD has almost as fast of a write speed as read speed, look at the specs...

A 430W? I'd rather be on the safe side and make sure I have enough power. And i would just end up having to upgrade the PSU to make any other significant upgrades. Bad idea IMO

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  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

" Keep in mind that if your saying you require 500Watts for a single gpu, your saying you need 1000W for crossfire, where as 800Watts should suffice. GPUs and CPUS should only use less power as time goes on."

No the manufacturers recommend minimum 500Watts for Total system not each card. The cards power draw maybe max 200W so you add that to the total system wattage to have a safe estimate of usage + headroom for overclocking. For instance 7970 power draw is 250W they recommend a 550w PSU for a total system with a single card so though a 750W will do fine to have headroom for overclocking and what not a 850w would be great. A lot of high quality power supplies run most efficient from %50-%80 or just a little higher load. There is no way you want to run your system with $400 graphics cards or x2 of those for that matter at near %100 load - that just isn't logical or safe.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I have never heard anyone say they wished they didn't have an SSD before. Why don't you sell it instead of suffering?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I have usually felt the same everytime I've worked with ocz products. But agree, I've never heard anyone complain about having an ssd... quite the opposite.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I would have objected a month a go but I just had a vertex 2 fail on me. Thanks to that I had to spend a $100 of my not so huge 14 year old bank account on a new one and reinstall half my games, Never EVER buying OCZ again.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Vertex 2? When did you buy it? You know that SSD's have a life, and won't typically last more than 5 years if you're constantly using it (boot drive, apps, etc.), which in your case, you were using it for games.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't buy it, got it from an uncle who was using it as a spare [Ironically his original drives are still working]

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