Description

This was my first build, moving from the PS4 and consoles to PC gaming once again. I wanted a better open platform to game on as well as run my FL Studio and Photoshop stuff on.

I really enjoyed this build, and had a lot of fun putting it together. I am probably going to upgrade the RAM and move the CPU cooler to the Corsair water cooling system. I am also changing the case, but haven't decided what case to move to yet.

The CPU is great, and as I wasn't comfortable with the idea of worrying about overclocking yet I went with the standard model over the K model.

I cannot sing this GPU's praises loud enough. This rig all together eats Battlefield 4 at ultra settings @1080p with no FPS drops below 65+. I am thoroughly impressed and will probably stick with EVGA cards from now on.

The RAM is good, but no matter what I do always read the speed for it as 1333mhz which is odd and somewhat frustrating. If anyone knows the solution please let me know.

I really hate the 212 EVO. It was difficult to mount properly, the hardware is flimsy and hard to work with, and the mounting bracket is hard as hell to install the way it needs to be to run properly. The instructions were terrible and the mouting nuts have slip when you are mounting the heatsink. Finally, the heatsink itself has slip when installed, I can twist it about 5 degrees one way or the other and that worries me alot as the mounting hardware allows this slip no matter how tightly you mount it. Ignore the cable management. I know it's pretty bad, I need to revisit that. I probably won't until I change cases though.

As of this point I am only using the second monitor to monitor temps and as a Master Mixing screen in FL Studio.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

That locked cpu with that z87 mobo. Why didn't you go with the k version?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

I plan to get the i7-4770K in the near future, I just couldn't cop the extra $120 at this moment, so I figured I would get the mobo that provided "growing room" as it were. :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build similar to the one I'm planning, for the same purpose as well. I'm however going with a xeon e3 1230 v3 (hidden gem of a CPU), similar in price to i5's but has hyper-threading like an i7.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Best of luck - it was alot of fun. Feel proud every time I turn it on. :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

nice colour shceme mate!!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It came together rather nicely, I thought. Runs nice and looks nice. Now I just need a case that's windowed! :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build.

What I'd like to mention is that you can flip the Power Supply which will help it to pull in cool air from the bottom and it will also place the cables exiting the PSU at the back side of the case.

+1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not following you, but I'd like to be. This sounds like a great option, please explain further?

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  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

I got the best MOBO I could for the money, that would also allow me to upgrade to overclocking processors in the future. I stated quite clearly that I picked the standard model because of this. I read alot and you don't need to OC to see the benefits that come from efficiently and silently managing CPU temps. I also wanted the experience.

I wouldn't move to watercooling if I stuck with a non-K proc, but thanks for the advice. The EVO was difficult, and I fix helicopter engines for a living, so I feel pretty comfortable with saying that the hardware is terrible - I work with hardware all day. You could stand to sound a little less superior.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

I really don't care if you believe me. I don't need to prove anything to you, but I am unsure why you feel it is productive to even respond if you think I would lie about something as trivial as this on the internet. Are you attempting to troll me or something?

Furthermore, it wasn't a waste, as I plan on building my wife a PC that can use the i5 so it's not like I am going to throw away the proc when I replace it with an i7.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't mean to come off as rude, but maybe I am too defensive. I am used to people defaulting to childish behavior when using the internet. I apologize if I misunderstood what you were saying.