Description

I made several novice errors (disconnected SATA cables; other general confusion over cabling, etc.), but finally finished this thing. I went off of Hazaro's useful spreadsheets from the NeoGaf PC builder thread. Also watched dozens of tutorials, especially Tested's vids, which were entertaining. As commenters have suggested, I need to get back in there and clear up the cabling mess. Slowly, I'm figuring out how to get the most out of this machine (eliminating screen tearing, upping FPS, etc.).

I encountered a problem with MSI's onboard wi-fi. It's deadly slow. I added the ASUS PCE-N15 wireless adapter, and it's...a little bit faster. Wondering what I could do to improve download speeds...my three year old laptop's wi-fi is fast, so what's the deal? I'll have to do some research to resolve this issue. Speaking of the adapter, it didn't quite fit inside of this case; the mounting screw (which attaches the card to the case) wouldn't go in when I plugged the card securely into the motherboard.

Adding the aftermarket heatsink was a bit of a pain, due to the center, X-shaped mount thing not quite lining up initially. Somehow I got it screwed onto the motherboard. I wasn't sure how to get my WD hard drive, or my game controller recognized by the PC...I finally figured it out by searching online. I have a lot to learn.

I'm a reformed console gamer, and I always wanted to see what I'd been missing for years. I'll be catching up on some games I haven't played yet (Witcher series, Crysis 1-3, Jagged Alliance, Diablo 3, Torchlight 1-2), including some upcoming new RPG's (Project Eternity, Wasteland 2, Shadowrun Returns, Torment 2: Numenera). Also, I will once again delve into Skyrim, modded and amazing-looking (unlike my f'd up, buggy PS3 version). And I'm waiting for the next Fallout to hit. Will probably let this do some Folding at Home, too. I hooked my rig up to a QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution ll, 27 inch 2560x1440 PLS, and ran Unigine benchmark tests...astounding. Someday I'll overclock the CPU, as soon as I learn how to do it safely. ;)

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 6 points

If you ever go inside the build again and try to redo some wiring, zipties help alot, just group a buch of cables together and ziptie them onto the case somewhere, it will make the build look neater, and it will also improve airflow through the case.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

You see the rubber grommets on the back of your case when you look inside? You need to route your cables through the one at the bottom next to the PSU, and then have them come back out next to the grommet next to the place they plug in at. Then go around to the back panel of the case and use zipties to attach them to the back, then close it all up. Cables retain heat really well and disrupt airflow, so you want those tucked away. And could you please tell us what you are using this for? :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build man! Like Oliver said, if you get those cables cleaned up, it can only do good things for you.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey excellent build! You definitely did your research and bought the best of the best brands & models. One of the first builds that I don't have any critiques on component selection.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you tried using onboard sound compared to the soundcard? Is there a big difference? Honesty would be appreciated :) Just wondering if its still worth getting a discrete soundcard these days. I just use headphones, so no 5.1 system or anything like that.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not tried it, sorry. I'm not even sure if it was worth getting, as it added to the already hefty price tag. Maybe I'll take it out someday and try it out.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the helpful comments, everyone. I'll get back in there and fix the mess soon enough. @OhKrez, shee-it, wished I'd known about it. But I wanted this now, so oh well.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't meant to be rude but anybody who buys and evga 680 probably didn't do enough research on their build or enjoys spending more money for the same performance as the 670. Now the Asus 680 direct cu2 top is worth the money.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

It's okay. I'm new to this, so I appreciate the informed observations.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

How was getting the GPU drivers for Windows 8?

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

I dislike the CPU Cooler.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

I believe they made the right choice with the 680 as the 700 series is a Kepler refresh. I would wait until the 800 series so the chip set won't be a refresh.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, a Kepler refresh with a GTX 770 with a tad bit better performance than the 680 for a hundred less.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I know...luckily I sold a lot of crap I had laying around on Ebay to fund the build.

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