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! :)