Description

I will start this off by saying that I personally like the Windows 8 Operating System, because of the gesture shortcuts and start menu. Don't criticize the OS when it costs the same as Windows 7.

I chose the parts for the need of a well balanced computer capable of rendering animations in Maya and 3DSMax. This build costed, in all, about $1450 w/ tax, I purchased all the parts locally and got two great games -- Bioshock Infinite and Simcity -- and Metro: Last Light pre-release code. My local Microcenter matched NewEgg and Amazon prices if my hardware was cheaper elsewhere.

Testing games has been much smoother than I would have believed. I have been concerned with over heating especially with the small case. I played BF3 on the Ultra preset for around an hour without any lag(with the exception of during an autosave). The Bioshock Infinite Benchmark utility set to Ultra in 1080x1920 scored an average of ~55-60fps.

The SSD holds the Operating System,My Games, and My Program files comfortably with space left over.

I am very pleased with the size of the build. I am concerned about the airflow of the system, but the more experienced computer builder at Microcenter said that it wouldn't be an issue because the GTX 670 does not generate too much heat, and there is plenty of air flow in the case design. During the Bioshock bench marking test, the graphics card ran around 47C/116F with more noticeable fan noise as it sped up. I have not heard the GPU fan speed up while playing BF3 on Ultra.

3DMark 11 Score: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6504960

3DMark 11 Score 2 (Slight OC) http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6505557

3DMark 11 Score 3 (More OC) http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6505741

In conclusion, this computer will be used for programming in conjunction with UDK and will be used for 3D Modelling/Animation and Illustration.

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Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Very well balanced build! I would've recommended an i5-3570k if you aren't going to do any gaming but the i7-3770k isn't as overpriced as some make it seem. It's may be a bit faster but at least you're computer will be more prepared for the future with the hyperthreading on it. How's this build running for you so far?

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

I really enjoy it! I actually got the i7 for $80 off at Microcenter, (I was originally going to do a Xeon chip) It is my first Desktop computer, and my laptop is real old but very well made and powerful. It has no issues, other than during the first boots where it wasn't running the display with both RAMs installed, but that no longer happens after W8 was installed. I do quite a bit of gaming, but I didn't want the build to be gaming focused. NFS Most Wanted looks gorgeous on it

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

47C is pretty cool for a GPU of just about any sort. I've become more and more fond of these "little" builds and I think maybe next time around that's what I'll do.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

the msi twin frozr cooler is really good, explains the low temps.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

The Microcenter employee who helped me gather my parts said that it shouldn't run too hot unless I try overclocking it. Otherwise, I don't have any more powerful tests to perform on it. I will get a 3DMark on it sooner or later, but the Bioshock Infinite Benchmark Utility ran it hotter than an hour or so of BF3 on Ultra preset.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

really depends on the game and what parts of the card it makes the most use of i'd suppose.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and well balnced

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you likin' that ITX board? I want to go ITX for my on the go build, but I don't have Z77i Deluxe kind of money.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I am liking it a lot! I am getting really nice benchmarks compared to the more expensive builds I see around the site.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice I love mini Itx builds there so cool, and Oh Yeeaaa happy happy happy gaming.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Go with an aftermarket heatsink. There's no point to getting the 3770K over the 3770 if you're not going to overclock. And I wouldn't overclock, especially in a case like that, on the intel stock heatsink.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

how much space did you have for the GPU, I am looking a a slightly bigger gpu and want to know if it will fit

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure how much space you will need but my gpu has quite a bit of room, it really isn't up against any other components other than the wall of the case

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

Nicely done. The Geforce card gives you the cuda cores which may help.

Edit: Hijack removed. My apologies to anyone who I offended. Buy whatever Ram you like.

Nice build. Upvoted.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I use this for gaming too :) The cuda cores are going to help with my Video Encoding

  • 82 months ago
  • -1 points

Wouldn't the RAM section of the forum be more appropriate for a PSA?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny story, I'm actually going through all the elite 120/130 builds right now to see what RAM people used as I'm concerned about whether I need low profile to avoid blocking airflow. I hope that's not what the edited-out comment was about.

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  • 82 months ago
  • -1 points

Windows 8 might cost the same but the user interface is just bleh to me. I tried it on another dell we deploy here at work. One thing i didnt like was the 2 screens it switch back and forth. If its not from the app store, it doesnt look all "metro". It switches to the screen that I call "The Win7 Screen". Switching back and forth between screens didn't make sense to me. There was some other things like our mcafee and print services not working. Theres another guy here at work thats using Win8 as his primary system, he wishes to switch back to win7.

Anyways, nice build. I like these little "LAN boxes".

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't use any metro apps. That **** is annoying. I like the start menu because I can keep my Desktop void of program shortcuts

  • 82 months ago
  • -1 points

I like the start menu because I can keep my Desktop void of program shortcuts

You could do that in Win7 very easily.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

There are probably a dozen different programs that disable metro and bring back Win7's interface permanently. It is still a much better operating system in general aside from desktop user's loathing of the metro screen.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

The i7 3770k comes with a cooler, otherwise I'm not using any other coolers besides the case fans.

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