Description

This desktop was built to replace the MSI laptop I had for about a year. The laptop was tragically killed by my jeep liberty along with my calculus book and everything else in my backpack because I am a moron and left it under the tire. The laptop actually still worked sort of but the Nvidia 650M was struggling in games like Fallout 4 and heavily modded versions of Skyrim (I use around 150 mods). I decided to replace it with this stunning example of the PC master race and now a few of my console friends want to build similar computers. This thing hits around 50 fps with Fallout 4 on max settings (including max god rays and 16x filtering with max LOD distances).

Notes on installation: The Thermaltake cooler is fantastic and the pump is easy to mount but the fans and the bolts used to attach them are a nightmare and there is no powered hub just a fan spliter so you will need to buy a powered hub or let the fans run at only 1/3 speed at best. Also the fractal design fans are awful to mount as well. they came reinstalled but I wanted to move one and it was terrible. The screws are made of really weak metal and very easy to ruin.

Performance: The samsung 950 pro drive is a beast but I can't get it to run all the way up too 2gb/s as advertised even when using the samsung magician benches. The CPU overclocked well, stable at 4.9 GHz but crashed instantly at 5GHz. That was a bit disappointing but everyone bites it in the silicon lottery occasionally. The Power-color card doesn't overclock at all without ******** the bed (artifact hard and unacceptable temps approaching 200F) and is very loud but it preforms a lot like a really cheap 390 should and I am happy with it. Plan to upgrade too an Arctic Islands or a Pascal (next gen AMD or Nvidia cards) when they come out.

Conclusion: PC is a beast despite being a pain to build. The MOBO was complete overkill but I like it and the SSD is just stupid fast and I also like it too. The GPU was a dumb choice on paper but I just wanted something to hold me over until the next gen AMD cards. A lot of you are thinking this computer as it sits is stupid and a complete waste of money and you are absolutely right, however this is my computer and it is special because it is mine and I love it. Except the power-color card. Its trash and it knows it.

Note: All aprox FPS were on the 2560x1080 screen shown in pic. Don't ask how i got fallout 4 to work at 21:9 its a combination of tears, magic and screaming.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

That MSI laptop story OMG. AT least it survived

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build but cable management needs some TLC. I would suggest CableMod for an easier and much cleaner look. You can view some options here (https://cablemod.com/products/) but cable sets depend on PSU model so watch out. Watch for the AMD Polaris release later this year. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I know the cables are a mess but there isn't the room i expected between PSU and mobo. Kinda wreaked some of my plans. I plan on redoing some of it when I get the new GPU

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I current have a FX4350 with a 260X in a Corsair SPEC-01 and it's a nightmare with cable management. Part of the reason why I haven't posted pics of it but I'm working on a DIY project case in my computer desk so that's been what I've been working on. I'll probably post that within the next two weeks but cable management is a pain depending on the case and PSU model.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

RIP Backpack

nice build +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say 4.9 on anything is a hell of a chip, dude.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering I was using a very high end mobo and pretty much the best AIO available I expected 5.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Linus just barely managed to get 5 ghz on the 4790k with LN2. Don't feel too bad about it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

why not nvidia :'( i cri evrytim

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to go Nvidia at first but I got a deal on the 390. It was less than $280 but when the pascal chips come out i will be all over that :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah if was less than 280 bucks then that was a steal. I got the 970 on a sale for only 290

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1, good build/parts. My only concern is the direction of airflow. Doesn't appear to be the most optimal. I believe your cooler fans should be in pull/intake and the top/rear fans as exhaust. Just feels like your trying to fight nature by forcing cool air down rather than up.

That bad of an install with the Fractal fans? I've put a number of them in different sizes in my case and they seemed to install fairly easily.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah The front fans with the rad are the exhaust. I just wanted those to blow a bit of air on the v regs and to help with a positive pressure. At the very least they shouldn't hurt anything

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, I dig the command center too! haha

Just starting my first playthrough of Skyrim with a handful of mods myself.

+1

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