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UPDATE: 08/03/2013 AUDIO (3 sets of speakers, 2 Sound cards)

I started out with a set of Logitech z313's that I had purchased about a month before I decided I would do a complete build. For the money, these are great speakers. Nothing bad to say about them, just wanted a little more power since I listen to a lot of music.

Next came Logitech z623's. Big improvement. A ton more volume with great bottom end. The do distort a little on max but for $129 this was also a great value for the money. (BTW I purchased and returned all of this stuff to Microcenter and made them price match EVERYTHING. Did you know they'll price match Amazon, too?) I was happy for a few days, except for one little thing: The RCA jack for the left speaker was loose where it connected to the Sub. Wiggly. I tried to fix it by removing the plate it was attached to but still couldn't get to the back of it to tighten it up. I went to Microcenter a couple days later for something else and checked their display set. Get this: It was loose too! Same jack! I had wanted the Corsair SP2500's all along but couldn't convince myself spending over $200 (Now everyone seems to be marking them down) on a set of computer speakers was a wise choice no matter how much music I listened to. But since the Logitechs were going to go bad eventually, I had my excuse.

I was so happy to be finally getting the Corsairs, I decided to get a sound card too. Why not take full advantage of their capabilities, yes? I installed the sound card, a Creative Recon 3D fatality Pro and the speakers at the same time. I turned them on, cranked it up, and...was really disappointed.

At first I thought it was just a matter of "dialing in" the settings on the card. So I spent a couple days tweaking the settings, but nothing really improved. Then I wondered if it might be the Corsair speakers. Maybe they just didn't sound that good after all. I was crushed. All that money and the system didn't sound any bette than the Logitech z623 set.

Two nights ago I returned the Recon 3D card to Microcenter and decided the last thing I would do before I returned the Corsairs was to try a different sound card. Before installed the Asus Xonar DX, I reinstalled the drivers for the on board audio and spent an hour or so listening to just that so I would have a reference point. It sounded pretty good, better in fact than with the Sound Blaster card. But nothing like the Asus Xonar DX.

The difference in sound with the ASUS card is simply amazing. Even with the very first first song I played with no fiddling with the settings, I was stunned. So clear, and my faith in the Corsairs has been restored. They now sound Awesome. Totally different than before and well worth the money. Sure, there are some drawbacks with the ASUS card; like no nifty red LED.

But I think I can live with that. ;)

Got a little burned out on the 360 so I decided I would switch back to PC gaming after a fifteen year absence. My laptop was 6 Years old so I bought an FX-4100 based machine (complete with fanless MSI 5450 card) off Craigslist. My original plan was just to update the GPU, and start playing some PC stuff off Steam. Before I knew it I had the "Build a better PC fever."

That was over a month ago. I finished this last night, and will finally try gaming with it tonight.

Things went remarkably well. I had an average working knowledge of computers a couple months ago, but I never thought I could pull something like this off. But there are so many great resources out there (this site especially) it seemed foolish not to try.

The RAM was a find off Craigslist still in the original packaging. The smallish HDD drive wasn't in my original plan. It was donated by a non working laptop. I was going to pull the 1TB HDD from the machine I was selling and put the smaller HDD in it. But I could never get the machine to boot with that Drive. I cloned it onto two other drives and THEY worked, but the Western Digital Cav Green I had never did.another drive and put that in and it booted no problem. So I put the 320GB because I didn't have anything else and it worked.

I might have been better off with a different power supply, those Corsair cables are stiff and don't bend very well. But other than that, it was actually really enjoyable. And I'm amazed at how quiet it is. That desktop I bought 2 months ago had only two 80mm fans, and it was WAY louder than this one.

Update:07/16/2013 This didn't happen to me of course because i read all documentation and directions thoroughly and am not impatient in any way. But some guy I know with a case just like this spent a couple hours checking his wiring for shorts when he found out that none of the USB 3.0 ports on the front or back of the unit worked. He had failed to download and install BOTH sets of drivers. Man that guy must be stupid or something. I'm glad I'm not him. Next I'm going to add a fan controller and add Crucial Tactical Tracer RAM that has the programmable blue LED's. My rig is going to look like some ***** wearing too much eye shadow.

Cheers,

Johnny

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  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Would have gone with the 7870xt, overall amazing build.

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Me too. I went to Micro Center to buy it, it was in their ad even, but they didn't have any left, and "no we won't be getting any more, when their gone, their gone. And your crazy if you think we're giving you a rain check."

So there you go.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a pretty rude way to say that, customer service these days... anyway nice build for the prices you paid.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Your just lucky, I still have the 8150 and gtx 570(which isn't bad, but it runs hot and overpaid the crap out of it; $320 2012). I wish there was a Micro center near me, people get good deals.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

tell me about it. i bought what would've been an $850-1000 laptop for just under $660 after taxes... and it didn't even have a MIR!

sorry, not meaning to rub it in... :(

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

"went to Microcenter"

You lucky person. I would kill to live near one of those.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not THAT great man. I'd trade you ten Micro Centers for ONE Newegg. Yes, prices on CPU's and Boards are awesome, but the rest of the stuff, well, you know how there are those theaters that are just screening Iron Man now? You know, second run? It's kind of like that. Alot of this stuff wasn't my first choice. The case: I wanted a Thermaltake, 410 Elite. Now granted, I love this case now, it's awesome, but wasn't my #1. RAM? I would have bought G Skill if the Tracers were sold out, but no luck there either because they don't stock either of them. I bought the RAM off Craigslist so I could get rolling until my new sticks get here.You probably already read my comment about the GPU too. No Decent bay fan controllers, I could keep going. It's not all bad, they have a great return policy, and I was able to pick up an adapter so I could start Dual Screening for $8, not the almost $30 Best Buy wanted. Some good, some bad, but you are correct, having one close is pretty awesome on the whole.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't live near a Newegg either. Everything I'm getting is online.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

LOOK MOM I MADE A THING

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang, my dog is smaller than my pc.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to go on record and state the dog did not assist me in the build in any way.

;)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa! Nice.... do you realize that you have the SAME EXACT specs as a PS4 will!?!? (well, Cpu&Gpu-wise)... very nice man! Here's what proves PC gaming over console gaming: If you would've removed some un-needed -(but still nice-to-have)- parts, you would have gotten to a total of about $625-$660... which, granted, does cost more than the ps/xbox will, but... you also get the benefits of- - - much better in-game physics, MUCH better system temperatures overall, and MUCH MUCH MUCH CHEAPER GAMES (Especially during steam sales), and MANY MANY MANY MANY more things to be able to do, like surf the web easily, do any work that you need to do easily, watch po- I mean watch youtube easily, and much more! Kudos man! I built a similar build without the fancy 8-core cpu and all those other fancy parts like the SSD for only $570, I'm really happy with it... and myself for that matter... and you for that matter! Good work man!!!!11onetensixtynine

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

This. I don't even. What is. Okay. Lol.

Btw great build!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have gone with 8320, and OC'ed it. Saved some cash their that I would have invested into a better CPU heat sink. Other than that not bad.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case, I just bought the same one. And I'm going to be getting the Tracer memory too! Gotta have dem blue lights.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

It"s nice and roomy and a good value for the money. In the pictures that blue trim can look a little obnoxious, but in person its not too bad. I added a coolmaster 200mm to the top of mine too.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I see from the pictures you were able to get your CPU cable through that top hole. I guess my PSU cables are too wide because I didn't see any way I could squeeze mine in there.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Slowbird. You are correct, but I didn't get it through there AFTER the Mobo was secured. It sort of went like this: I'd wired every thing up and had it looking pretty clean. Your average person would have thought it looked really good. Then I'd sit there. Look at it. And decide "it would look a lot better if this cable wasn't showing." Then Id unscrew the Mobo and Route whatever the offending cable of the moment was under the Mobo, through some hole or whatever. I did this three or Four times. Being my first build an all, I really didn't have a sense of what went where looking at the board.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm definitely going to have to do that with mine too. I might be able to make it work, or I might need an extension cable.

Edit: I was looking again and noticed another hole in the backplate that I hadn't seen before, above the motherboard. It's small, but my 8-pin connector is the type that splits apart to be used on 4-pin motherboards, so I was able to squeeze it through there. A solid 8-pin connector wouldn't fit, though. Now my cable management is much more awesome :D

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, those light look fancy, can they change color or just like that. I'm going to use the same case for my own build. Maybe try to find some controller so that i can turn those light off before sleep (always keep my computer working over night). Do you know any good controller and light combo that work for this case?

looking forward to your case fan update, maybe I need some later.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Where do you get the LEDs and extra fans? How can I figure out if a case has room for extra fans?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

The thing with three dials under the DVD drive is the controller for the led's. it's an NZXT Hue.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992011

It works well, but sometimes a guy gets lazy and doesn't want to fiddle with three dials to get the colors right. In that case, I've also used this setup from Logisys:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21488/lit-356/Logisys_12_12V_LED_Expandable_Light_Strip_w_Remote_Control_-_RGB_Multi_Color_LDXRM12C.html

I've used both. IMO the Hue has better colors, but the logisys is nice when you're running out of drive bays or otherwise tight on space. The leds on that also seem brighter to me.

Pretty much any case has room for extra fans. And I usually start by replacing the fans the case came with anyway. These guys have about the largest selection I've seen:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/fans-accessories

Good luck on your build!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build. Did you have any issues fitting the hyper 212 evo in the case?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all. That case is HUGE. Sorry for the late reply btw.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

building a PC isn't rocket science. most of it is plugging unit A into slot A.

let me know how the Tracer memory works for ya. i've been wanting those as well :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe that's why the St. Bernard seems so unimpressed. ;)

I'll keep you posted on the Sticks.

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