Description

Built this PC mid-year of 2013. My intention was to get an i7 overclockable CPU. I wanted to have a pair of SLI graphics mid-range. Rather than traditional 16 GB I went with 32 GB. 32 GB of ram will be overkill I already know. I wanted the operating system to run on a SSD and it is amazing. 3 tb of backup space is there if I dare to fill it. Tasks: Play games. Do homework. Edit videos. Stream Live. Surf the web. ETC…

Things I changed or wanted to note. My first Motherboard was Faulty I had to replace it. Another thing is the psu is garbage I’ll be replacing that soon. I had some trouble mounting a closed loop water cooler on the first motherboard and stripped on of the screws so that’s why I have the water cooler I have. I just went to best buy and got this. But I’m not using the fan that came with this cooler I got two additional fans that are mounted on either side for increased air flow.

I don’t plan on upgrading it however I know what you guys are trying to tell me and I appreciate your input if any. I've replaced the cpu cooler after these pictures.

this was my first build and i was happy to be able to share it on this website.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 7 points

(All opinion)

Raidmax PSUs are time bombs, suggested PSU to go with - Seasonic USA, Corsair, XFX.

Dual 7850s>650tis and they're cheaper as well.

Samsung 840 series 120GB>Sandisk SSD you got @microcenter for $2.00+

Evo212 would have done you better for cheaper than an H50.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't want to be "that guy" but for the price, he could have done significantly better: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GsCH

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, yes.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I don’t know about it being a time bomb, have you had one before? If so what model? I just got it because it was a bargain. thanks for the suggesting tho. I didn’t want crossfire, I do believe sli is better and I was willing to spend the extra money. These video cards do everything I need. I appreciate your opinion tho. I do plan on getting a new cooler eventually.

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

uhhh wat? a lot of ram and 650ti BOOST in sli? if this is being used for video/photo editing only 16 gigs of RAM would have been needed, and you could have gotten a better single gpu

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

SLI and Crossfire are getting more affordable and there will always be better single cards that cost a small fortune. I’m primary streaming, video editing, and gaming. After having it build I don’t doubt I made mistakes, it was my first build but it works for me. As for the entire RAM issue, I’m running Ultimate edition of Windows 7 so it is able to use it. Also there are various virtual ways to utilize extra RAM...

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

This is a rather unbalanced built...

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Explain? I'm interested in possible upgrades. What should I do?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Changing your graphics cards and psu.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

idea noted thanks bro

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell me this isn't a gaming build, also that PSU needs to be replaced asap.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s a build. Its psu wasn’t the best on the market but does it mean it’s a time bomb for every customer with one?

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

It kind of is a time bomb.

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

people know how to call out the psu. are you speaking because u have owned this brand of psu. i doubt it so you are slandering the band.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive got a raidmax 530 watt, forget what model it is but I've had it for a year and no problems. Plan on replacing my system soon anyways.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram cost just as much as your graphics cards... y wouldn't you decrease those a little and put the money back into better graphic cards sli'd or single??

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram didn’t cost as much as my graphics cards. ($180 per graphics card) {$143 per pair of ram} 180.00x2 is 360.00 143.00x2 is 286.00
$74 dollar difference The one graphics card that had matching performance was $150 more dollars on top of $360. I don’t have a 3D monitor yet so I don’t need to go all out if it’s not in my price range. I just wanted to set up SLI not Crossfire. After benching them it was a good deal and I’ve had no problems.

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

What is the Usb thing sticking out of the end of your pc? If it's a Wireless reveiver can i have a link to it?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.amazon.com/Medialink-Wireless-Adapter-802-11n-Compatible/dp/B002RM08RE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381062379&sr=8-1&keywords=media+link+wireless+adapter

It is a wireless adapter and that’s the link. It was very high in positive reviews and for the price it’s a steal. Its a few years old.

  • 78 months ago
  • -3 points

i wanted the best sli vs cost and the price on this was 3 hundred dollars cheaper than 1 card with the same performance potential

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

can you please put a detailed description? If you could include what the use of this machine is and reason on choosing parts would be appreciated.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

I agree. What's this thing for?

Also, from the research I did before my build, I came to the impression that it's better to go with a single higher end GPU and upgrade to SLI later. You probably could have gotten a GTX 770 for the same price and basically the same performance, and then gotten a second later for SLI. This way you're stuck with those 650s until you decide to completely replace them, costing you more in the long run.

Also, why did you get a RaidMax PSU? Sure, most of them work fine, but from what I've heard they have a higher than optimal failure rate and when they fail, they usually take the rig with them. PSUs are not a part you want to be pinching pennies on.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

There is massive inflation on new high end single graphics. Being a first time builder I was interested in a single card at first. These cards had good reviews. To prove that one high end card beats 2x older cards in sli isn’t always true when it cost bunches more. “I want a pair of shoes to run in for my first time not just one.” Overkill already in my opinion.

My IPS LED LCD displays 60 frames per second so if i have cards that go over wtf would I be paying for?

My impression was I wanted to see a sli set up in my case and I didn’t want to buy one card that cost over one hundred dollars more at the time of purchase for almost equal performance. I wanted to meet in the middle of the road price vs performance. What can I not do with these cards? lol

RaidMax PSU has worked fine I’m a customer but that doesn’t mean when (if ever) it will crash and take everything else with it. But I do plan on upgrading to a tier 1 psu.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

You seemed to have missed the point entirely. First, what I said was that if you want to upgrade your build in the future (i.e. after this build was completed), you'll be forced to bin the two current GPUs you are currently utilizing. Yes, there is some inflation on newer cards, but the cost of buying low-end established models, only to throw them out in a couple years is greater. When you buy two cards at once instead of one better card, your are essentially limiting the potential of your build. If you had (in this case) the 770, it would cost you the price of another card to upgrade. Instead, you're forced to replace, instead of upgrading.

On the PSU side of things; your RaidMax might turn out fine, it might not, who knows. That's the problem with those, you don't know what you're going to get. RaidMax PSUs just have a tendency to ruin entire builds when they fail, instead of just arriving DOA or dying quietly. Hence, my aversion to them.

The main problem I have with your build is the obvious lack of research that went into it. With the resources available to you in this day and age, you could have made some much better choices. For example:

  • The aforementioned GPU and PSU fowl-ups.

  • The 'dead-socket' CPU that you'll never be able to upgrade without replacing the mobo.

  • The single fan closed loop CPU cooler that won't help you any more than a significantly cheaper air cooling unit, unless you're building an M-ITX machine with limited airflow.

My final word is that I build for future expansion. Yours will stay as-is without a serious (and unnecessary) influx of cash at some point in the future.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the point you make is about future upgrades, and anything is possible. I probability wont upgrade this pc. I’ll build a new one. So I never limited the potential of my build. Using my parts, what is a good example of a power supply I can replace my existing with? I’m not using a single fan I’m using two fans on both sides of the cooler. These fans move more air, and both are new I didn’t even use the fan out of the box with the cooler... my cpu temps sit at 28 degrees celsius. After running a program called prime95 for 2 days max temp was under 50 degrees celsius. My room is very cool so I don’t worry about temp much. I think video card performance now days is out performing the games developers make by miles. Every game I’ve played on this pc I put the setting on ultra. Even the new battle field 4 beta… runs fine. When these games change it will be HDMI 2.0 and 5 K res. We will all need to upgrade. I appreciate your input and I don’t mean to be hostile or want you to think I’m trying to argue. But I thought a lot about this pc and not a lot about what psu brand I should go with that’s about the only thing I messed up on. Plus it was my 1st build ever.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll work on a description.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

I have to jump on your side just a bit with respect to the video card. I have a 650Ti Boost and I know that a lot of people will hate on them and say they are a very low level gaming card, but I put on in my fist build and having come up from consoles I think their performance for 150-180 bucks is very good. I also went with the sli but have since sold the second card because I noticed very little performance increase for the extra 150$.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got no problem with the 650Ti as a budget gaming consideration. It's just in this situation-as I mentioned above-for the same price he could've gotten a 770. Since the mobo he chose only has two PCIe slots, the only way to upgrade in the future would be to replace both cards.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed! I'm saying they rock for now tho. 770 is overkill for cost and later when price comes down there will be another better single card.... never ending cycles.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks for your input. My choice to get EVGA GTX 650ti Boost Super clocked was because it’s effective and in sli costing less than 400. I’ve seen a few charts and I’ve benched mine there powerful. It was my first build and I wanted to get a system that can max out all my games and these have done the trick. For the cost, if you are not planning to upgrade later on, I would suggest this setup before a 680 or a 760. One card for almost just as much power at the time was 200-300 extra…