Description

What it should be 1) Priced below $1200 2) Quiet - this may or may not involve watercooling. The missus will not be impressed if I end up with a PC that sounds like a jet turbine. 3) Sleek / Minimalist - as above 4) Fast - mainly for gaming, but will also need to be capable of reasonable processing and video editing. Fast boot times - maybe SSD? 5) Upgradable 6) Not requiring an upgrade for at least 3 or 4 years. 7) Reliable - quality components, particularly in the PSU.

What it isn't 1) No bling / LEDs 2) Not a media centre - doesn't need massive amounts of storage. 3) Doesn't need to support multiple high resolution displays (so 4GB graphics cards / SLI / Crossfire unlikely) 4) Doesn't need monitors / peripherals

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 6 points

"Doesn't need to support multiple high resolution displays" and mentions 4 GB graphics cards; gets a 4GB 770

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw that too and had to scratch my head.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have gone 2x4gb for the ram instead of 1x8gb

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

He probably wanted upgradeability, if that's false, than you are right.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

He said mainly for gaming, but needs to have good compute power and video editing, so if he does edit video and he gets a second stick soon, it would make sense.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Is a single stick of ram less faster?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes its slower

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

there is only about a 5% performance hit instead from going dual channel. Not worth it for losing the upgradability.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally had 2x8GB RAM in there for video editing but pulled it down for cost reasons. I'll throw another one in in the next couple of months. Erik is dead right on the cost & performance hit vs upgradabilty.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I hate how that motherboard is brown. Looks black in all the pictures and looks awesome, but noooo. It's a good motherboard, just hate the color. Noctuas are like this too though and look how that works out for them. I'm rambling now. +1, good build!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I kinda agree with you. I thought it was all black and red when I bought it but the brown really shows in the pictures. It's actually less noticeable in situ with the the all-black case and no lighting, and there's absolutely no impact on the build as there isn't even a window in the case - aesthetics weren't a consideration other than a 'wouldn't it be nice'... ;)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I noticed the no-window. If it looks black in person, then that's a good thing! :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice solid basic build with a good foundation for future expansion.