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Hey guys,

This is my nearly completed Gaming Build and also my first ever build from scratch. Using PCs for a long, long time but have only ever upgraded graphics cards, HDDs, RAM etc and when thigns were getting dated I would order a whole new PC and rinse/repeat!

I done a bunch of research about, I have no budget in mind apart from following the typical "bang for buck" theory and my own idiotic "bigger is better" mentality as well.

I have currently salvaged the PSU (700W EZCool) and GPU (HD 5850) from the corpse of my old PC but the GPU will be getting replaced within the next couple of weeks. Both replaced 01/06/2015

PC is running amazingly well so far, really impressed and love the way it looks. previous PC had a Q6600 and 4GB DDR2 so there is a noticeable difference in games even though the GPU is the same.

I actually hadn't bothered to buy an aftermarket CPU cooler but I dun goofed during the build and instead of snipping the tail of a cable tie I snipped the ******* wires on the stock CPU cooler.... Picked up the Zalman Cooler from a local PC store for a great price and it's actually fantastic, looks great too.

CPU: FX 6300 to replace what was a Q6600, noticeable difference here and can't wait to get into some Illustrator and PS work.

Mobo: Slick looking MSI Gaming Mobo to replace my old P5NE-Sli. Reviews were excellent, price was excellent and it looks fantastic!

RAM: Not much to say, upgrade from 4GB DDR2 to 8GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance Pro.

Case: Excellent reviews and looks amazing! Awesome cable hiding features, compared to my old Thermaltake Soprano case this is heaven. Case looks brilliant and the case fans are so quiet.

Possibly looking at getting an XFX R7950 GPU soon, got a couple on eBay i'm watching at the moment - think that will finish off the build quite well for the time being.

EDIT 01/06/2015 Just got a PowerColor 7950 graphics card and learned that my PSU was completely pants after all. Was using my previou "700W" PSU from a company called EZCool which, according to Tom's Hardware, is a Tier 5 snider of a PSU and does not contain 700W of power inside it, only shame and depravity. Ordered myself a Thermaltake 630W 80+ Bronze PSU which should do me nicely now. That will completely finish my build.

Thermaltake Smart SE 630W PSU and PowerColor HD 7950 GPU added and running nice and solid as of 02/06/2015

On another side note, I sold my P5NE-SLI + Q6600 as a combo on eBay and got an instant sell of £35. Could probably have asked for more but just wanted it gone! Old Radeon HD 5850 is currently on eBay as well

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

just get a r9 280 bro!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I had looked at them actually but probably must have found a good deal on others to take my mind away from them.

Am i not correct in saying the 280 is the same as the 7950? I haven't actually ran a GPUBoss on them i dont think.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Hows the cpu fan? quiet? and what kinda temps are you getting?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Seggzy. This Zalman fan is SILENT man, super impressed. I'll post up some temperatures later on when i can but temperatures are staying nice and cool and well within what you would expect, although i guess everything is new so there aint no dust etc to interfere.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Just an update as promised. I've had the PC on for about 3 hours now, done some Illustrator work for about 1.5 hours and the rest has been general internet fuckery. Not done any gaming due to my PSU issue as the new one arrives tomorrow.

Temps are: HD0: 29C GPU: 34C Core: 31C

System is silent and nicely cool, although yeah I am hardly giving it abuse right now.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Good idea sticking the MSI badge on the cable management bar thing - I think I might do the same!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah bro i think it looks great! It's a really cool little addition to the case so it's where i have stuck all the case badges.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I did it! It looks great!

Thank you for the inspiration!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice one dude, let's see a pic :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

is there anything you this wont run?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Well nothing yet. I play with 1 monitor though at 1080p so im not running 3 4K displays etc etc but it's played everything perfect so far.

Currently playing loads of ARK and getting 20+ FPS constantly at High/Epic which is really really good for ARK at the moment considering its EA and fairly unoptimised. Plays Witcher 3 flawlessly, same with DayZ, Dragon Age Inquisition, H1Z1, Planetside 2 and everything else I've tried.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

dude! I've got 1500 hours on ARK now.. its rediculous. Jat even pulled me in to be a tester. Love the game.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Mate it's one of the best games I have ever played, I feel jealous of people who haven't played it yet and will get it on release! So much fun and, to be honest, even though it's 'early-access' etc it's so playable and just epic!

I play on the server danglebaer.no if you're ever shopping around for anew private server.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

What games will this pc run on 1080p at what fps?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it's ran anything I've played so far at the highest settings, including The Witcher 3 and runs ARK at 20+ FPS on a combination of High/Epic.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build how does the PSU perform? Do you recommended it to others? One more thing, is the fan facing the motherboard or downward?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey dude, sorry for the late reply - I haven't been online here in ages. The PSU performs brilliantly, since this build I have added 8GB more RAM, 2 x SSDs and a new graphics card and it still runs perfectly. As far as im aware Thermaltake is a reputable brand and one that I have certainly used before - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

its ok and thx a lot

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I actually plannet to get a Corsair H55 as Scan.co.uk was selling thrm for 25.00 for a brief window there but missed out so decided to stick to the stock cooler untill another good deal came up.

As above, it turns out i have zero dexterity when using clippers and cut the cable on the CPU cooler so when I went to my local PC store they had the Zalman and a quick search gave me some great reviews

TLDR; It was cheap and readily available. Looks cool too.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me about it bro :) I'm sure there will be similar deals flying around soon, woukd love to have experimented with water cooling!

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