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Hello all!

I finally hunkered down and ordered my parts! This is my first build of course, so go easy :) First let me start off with some background of me. I am 17. I love PC gaming, and I am very interested in computers and coding. I am in an advanced engineering class at my high school. I have done several engineering projects involving the Arduino chips. Anyways, I love to just fool around and see what I can make stuff do, or simply what I can make in general.

For you guys out there looking for approximate FPS in games? I have only gotten the time to try Crysis 3. Which is solid at 30 fps and spikes up to 60 every once in a while.

Maxed Out Settings:

Battlefield 3: 90 fps Assassin's Creed 4: 55 fps Crysis 3: 30 fps

I had no problems building at all. took roughly 3 hours to build. Nothing showed up DOA. No troubleshooting involved. Just straight up building. I could not ask for an easy build for my very first!

I will use this for gaming mostly. But as I add more and change stuff around, I will eventually render, and use programs like SolidWorks and Photoshop, etc. Soon as I get a second set of 8gb of ram I will fully unleash this computer. Of course 8gb is enough to game but in my case I will want 16 total to fully use my other programs with ease. Here is why I picked what I did.

CPU: Great for gaming, does fine with rendering. However, I do wish I went with the i7 4770k. But I am happy regardless! My brother set it to a 4.0GHz

CPU Cooler: I was originally going to choose the Corsair H100i but the EVO was cheaper and everyone was saying it performs very similar. I was amazed at how well it performed. Might not even consider water cooling. Not even necessary.

Motherboard: I love MSI! That is why I picked this board. Love the colors, performance, BIOS is easy to use and is very useful.

Memory: I chose the G.Skill 8gb because it performs great and looks killer. Couldn’t be happier! But my OCD hates seeing the other two slots open. I need one more set of sticks :)

Storage: I plan to get a SSD very soon and boot from that and add games like BF4 to that hard drive to increase performance. But I chose the WD Caviar Blue 1tb because of price, and performance. I always trust WD.

Video Card: I chose the 760 over the 770 because I did not want to pay so much more over like 10 FPS, and in the future I will probably get a 780ti or maybe something like a 790 (if it exists my then). But this card will work perfectly and I love it.

Case: I used this case because I thought it looked really stylish and more… futuristic I guess. My other choice would have been the R4 Black Pearl midtower. But I am happy with this case and it has plenty of room. I will save that R4 for my next build :)

Power Supply: I chose this 600w as a starter PSU. Was kinda regret getting this one as I will need to upgrade it in order to SLI or upgrade my card. Not a big deal for me, it will be a little while before I do it.

Optical Drive: Was cheap and had high reviews, so I figured, why not? It came without cables which was okay. I had some lying around my nerd cave.

I paid roughly $1100 after taxes.

I am currently playing on a 1920x1080 23 inch monitor. Loving it so much!

I will be upgrading to dual monitors and I will buy the Corsair K70 blue keyboard. Overall, I am very happy with the build and It is definitely a step up from my laptop I used before.

This computer made me feel happy to have finally done something that i really enjoy. Life in school and my future career seem very hard to think about and even hard to look forward to. But this computer has inspired me and I now know what I want to do in the future.

So yeah, I really like it! :)

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Check out this review on that GTX 760. They were able to get a pretty awesome overclock on it, coming close to a stock 770. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2013/07/04/msi-geforce-gtx-760-twin-frozr-oc-2gb-revie/9

Also, love the case. I really wish I would have went with an NZXT case for my build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not played around much with afterburner yet, but I really want to. I gotta say, this video card is just down right impressive.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build :) Down the road when you get a bit more cash in your pocket maybe invest in an SSD, it will rock your world! Good job Bro +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

Yeah I am working on recovering from that right now. SDD is definitely on my list next.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you very much :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I get more frames then what my monitor will show. If you have 60hz monitor then 60 frames is all it will show. You might try to adjust your seetings to where you get 60-70 fps and up some of the texture, anti-aliasing and such. I usually can get 80-110 fps on BF4. plenty more than what the monitor shows.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

so i should turn off anti-aliasing? I will look into finding the optimal settings, but I have not been able to do very much yet.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

No, actually you should turn it up. For example, if you currently get a solid 90 fps then you really only see 60 of them. So you are wasting 30 fps of performance. You are bottlenecked at your monitor, unless you have a monitor with a 120 hz. I would suggest turning up the settings that will help with quality rather than performance until the avg fps is around 60-70. Check this out. http://lifehacker.com/5985304/get-the-most-from-your-games-a-beginners-guide-to-graphics-settings

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

check your math, man. It happens to the best of us.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

True! :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

okay :) thank you. i will tune it and see what I can do

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

May the force be with you! :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

lol you too thanks :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a fine starter PSU, but I would definitely upgrade in the near future.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i planned on doing a 760w in the near future :) thanks

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

great budget build ^ you just agave me a few ideas for my friends build

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

glad i could help :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Just clocked Assassins Creed 4 in at maxed out settings with 55 fps! I am insanely happy with that. i was running it on the lowest settings and still only getting like 10 fps before!

What a big difference this build has made haha

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

and 90 fps on bf3

  • 71 months ago
  • -2 points

Very generic build. Sorry but spending 1000+ and you get 1600 ram?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Last time I checked, it doesn't do very much for gaming. Not worth the increased price and you can overclock it if you really feel the need to have higher frequency RAM.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

the price difference at the time was only like a $3 difference so i was like "heck yeah i will" but then it went out of stock so this will work too :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i was going to purchase 1866 ram but they were out of stock.