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I wanted to stretch this build out over a couple of months, and get the best bang for my buck. Well, I ended up buying everything within 15 days of buying my first parts (mobo & cpu combo). However, I still think I got some great deals, and an amazing machine for what I spent. My only future upgrades planned are upping the ram to 16gb (something blue would be nice to match mobo) and an SLI when the 760 starts to slow down (a year or two hopefully). I have been extremely happy with the performance of this machine.

It was a huge upgrade from gaming on an old laptop with a 3 series Nvidia video card on it.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

So... did you hire the dancers or what?

But seriously, great build for the price.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank you, I'm still dumbfounded by it!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Gr8 build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were you, unless you're desperate for more storage, I'd prioritise scrapping that PSU. I used a TR2 for my first build and it wasn't a pleasant experience. Completely fried and it wasn't even close to drawing its rated capacity. Took the video card out with it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I have heard a lot of people saying bad things about cheap PSUs, but you are the first person I've heard of saying that it actually took something else down with it. You may have just scared me into buying an new PSU in the next month.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Go with Corsair or something. I have a Corsair 500-something and it's doing it's job swimmingly but that's just my preference in brands. I'm sure there are other trusted brands.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out this list HERE. It's just a basic tiering guide. With the exception of a couple Rosewill PSUs that some people swear by, it hasn't steered me wrong.

EDIT: As you can see, that TR2 doesn't sit very high on that list.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, someone linked me to the same place when I posted my build on reddit/r/buildapc. Don't worry, I will be replacing the PSU within a month.

Anyone want to buy a ****** PSU?!?!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You might be able to find someone who's had their rig fried by a RaidMax who'd want it for target practice... ;)

EDIT: It's not just about the price. I have some strong opinions about PSUs around here, mainly because aside from a water cooling spill, they're the only part in your build that can kill other parts. Also, if you buy a good model, there's no reason not to use it in future builds. Do some research on part/component/build quality and you won't be disappointed. If you take a look at my build, you'll see I went way overkill with mine. However, that's because I intend to use it for a good long while.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, you did go a bit overboard on that PSU... but it is awesome. You have yourself one fine looking rig! That cable management is beautiful as well.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I second that.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Upgraded the PSU, pretty happy with the semi-modular version I put in. Was able to sell the TR2 on Ebay for what I bought it for as well!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the price.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm still in disbelief of what I built for the price I spent.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd have gone for the 8320 and overclocked it to 4+GHz with that H100i. Speaking of, how did you get that for $70?

Also, why the 2 star rating for the V4?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The H100i was a refurb from Frys.com so I was able to pick it up for $70.

The V4 is a horrible SSD. Transfer rate is just barley over 100 mb/s. Luckily, I didnt buy it. It was taken out of an old laptop and wasn't even being used, so its good for an extra 128gb of storage! I may just take it out when I get another HD (looking at the 1tb WD Blue).

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, I'm off to browse Frys.com for a bit...

Ah. Well, that makes sense. I've found that a very therapeutic thing to do when I'm frustrated with a slowarse piece of hardware is to gently throw it as hard as possible off the top of the nearest 20+ story building and then listen to the almost sensual sound of the hardware hitting the ground and cracking into a million pieces.

I tried doing that with my brother's Nokia last week. Needless to say, I barely escaped from the detonation.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

lol +1 for Nokia joke. i had a Nokia smartphone that simply wouldn't die; i'm not kidding when i say it literally came back from the dead.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the few benefits I got from using gaming laptops for the last seven years was the massive amount of external drives that I've accumulated over those years. One 3TB for music, another for movies, yet another for TV shows and programs, and a 2TB for my gog.com library and the Steam library overrun from the 500GB SSD in my actual build. On top of that, I've got a couple 500GB HDDs from damaged WD Books and some 2.5" laptop drives that require enclosures (of which I have several) if I need more space.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Well done for upgrading your PSU, as per the previous comments, you won't regret it.