Computer is used for remotely working via RDP and gaming. Will be adding a secondary GTX 670 later down the road.
i like your build. its very balanced and looks really good. one question i do have is why the money for the 8GB of RAM? i recently payed $112 for 16GB with DDR-1600. i love finding deals on items and the fact you got that psu for that price makes me jealous ;p have fun and keep building!
16GB is too much, and the previous ram I had was 1333 and not 1866. I decided on this ram both for the aesthetics and the performance. The most of my ram that I've used is about 50-60% usage at most. My original cold boot time was about 14-15 seconds, after swapping out the 1333 for the Crucial 1866, I shaved the boot time to about 12 seconds, quite a bit of a jump just for changing out the ram. I also notice slightly quicker load times in games.
Borderlands 2 as an example shaved about 3-4 seconds load time on the new ram.
Plus, it glows, so that's cool too.
I neglected to mention, I bought the RAM directly from Crucial when it was on sale/cheaper. Total was $67.99 before shipping, which was $15. So still cheaper than elsewhere when poking around online. So definitely worth it both aesthetically and performance wise.
Great build. Did you get that psu when newegg had that sale?
I didn't! I picked it up from NCIX Canada for $159.99 when it was on sale there. It generously came with a copy of Dirt Showdown as well which was a nice touch. I had a previously modular psu but the 6-pin mobo cable was just a tad too short to properly work with the 650D, so I jumped at the opportunity for this one.
Awesome build, and it fits perfect on that desk. You said you're getting another 670, does that mean a third monitor?
What do you think about the H60?
And likely not, I'm doing it for the extra power. Granted, I may end up purchasing a long HDMI cable in the future and running it out to my living room to stream my PC content. But you never know. I'd have to modify my desk a bit to support a third monitor to make it fit nicely, maybe get an extender arm or something.
I totally forgot to mention the H60.. My apologies.
I love it. I picked up the H60 refurbished for $40 from NCIX. I was using the stock cooler previously. It brought my idles from averaging 55-65, down to about 35-37 degrees. Under heavy load, it barely passes 65 degrees. Granted, that's when running the fan/pump at 100%.
I feel like 2 x 670 is overkill to game on one monitor at 1080p that's why I thought you were considering another monitor.
$40 is a good price. Is it loud though? I've heard and seen test results stating that the Corsair Hxx fans are loud.
Not too noisy, the 670 fan clearly dominates the noise levels even with all my other fans running on maximum. I noticed playing Bioshock Infinite, and Metro 2033 totally maxed out there are some significant framerate drops with some periodic lag spikes, and I like being able to play on full on settings. With the "next gen" games coming out like Watch_Dogs and others, I want to be able to play them at full settings without it choking. I still may end up getting a third monitor, but the bezels are a little thicker than I'd like on these monitors to pull off multi-monitor gaming. I'm sure I'd get used to it, though.
I'm not sure but isn't Watch Dogs a PS3 and PS4 exclusive? Because if not I will be very happy I won't have to buy a PS4 :P
Out for almost all platforms!
How are them monitor's?? I've been contemplating on buying one of them here in a month or 2.
Excellent! Their very well priced, picked them up last year in June for about $205/each, and I'd spend that much to get them again. They have HDMI, VGA, and DVI inputs as well as built in speakers. The speakers are a nice touch when I plug in my Blackberry Z10 into the HDMI port so I can play Angry Birds on the bigger screen!
I highly recommend getting one. If for some reason you don't like it and buy it local, just return it. I picked this particular one because of how well it fit on my desk, the 2ms response times, and I trust the Asus brand, that and no dead pixels when I hooked them up the first time!
Good choice on monitors. Colors aren't accurate but the monitor is fast. (I have the Asus VE247T, so I know about the speed compared to my 8ms Dell 2311H)
I really like your build. Looks really slick in there. My only question is, why spend $196 on that SSD when you can get the faster samsung 840 for less than $100? +1 nonetheless.
I actually picked up the SSD from Craigslist BNIB for $120. Not sure if it 'fell off the back of a truck' or not, but it's a genuine Intel SSD. I've had two OCZ SSD's fail on me. And I heard about the Intel 320 series SSD's just not dying, and being really quick. I've had the SSD in use for about a year now, and I've put this thing through hell. Installing and uninstalling games, using steam mover to move games back and forth from my HDD to the SSD. Extracting movies from archives, ect.. The SMART readouts still place this drive at 100% for performance and 100% for remaining life. I run TRIM about once a week on the drive for garbage duty.
Nice build! I personally would have put a little less money toward the case and maybe upgrade to a 680, but that's just my needs. Also, a bit surprised you only had a 1 TB. Still, awesome photos, how are the montors doing? I want to get those too!
The case was an impulse buy due to it being on sale, I wanted to shoot for two 670's rather than a single 680. My "starter" case was too cramped with the MSI board and the 670 in there, so a bigger case it was. I have a ESXi Hypervisor server running on a spare Dell PowerEdge server with 5TB's of room, and two external LaCie 1TB drives. I don't need too much space on my main system. Monitors are great, I don't have any complaints about them at all.
Same here, my case really sucks... Bought it because it was cheap and it looked decently cool. That was before I realized I needed things like airflow and cable management.
did you try to overclock your ram? and very nice desk you got there. I wonder where you got it. it looks like it can fit up to 4 displays don't you think ? very nice build by the way.