Description

Bought for my Golden Birthday present to myself. Old Dell circa 2005 ran ok, but had to upgrade from Windows XP.

This was my first ever build; my brother with 1 build under his belt helped me put it together. There were some hiccups such as:

  • not plugging in 8-pin CPU power

  • forgetting to use mobo standoffs, and dismantling to put them in. (PC was in working order for over 3 weeks with no problems before I realized it)

  • installing H100i radiator+fans inside case before realizing motherboard wouldn't fit that way

Live and Learn.

Haven't OC'd much, only used AI Suite II easy OC mode. I want to get to know my PC a bit before I mess around too much. Had it running at 4.4 for a while, then 4.6, decided to go back to factory clock of 4.1-4.2 because I didn't notice any difference besides slightly higher temps.

I need to move the tower off the carpet, but don't want to put it on the desk -- ideas? Will hook up 2nd monitor (old Dell 19") for multi-tasking.

Windows 8.1 was a birthday gift. I probably overpaid in some areas, but I ordered all at once (wanted to meet Windows XP deadline). Desk & Chair were ~ $280 total. Hope to get 6+ years out of this PC, the investment will have been worth it by then. Take into account that I started from scratch on this build (no previous parts used).

<Bonus Items>

  • Daylight game w/ GTX 760 purchase

  • Powerbank phone charger/flashlight

  • $30 IronEgg price guarantee on the AMD FX-8350 (found on Amazon for $30 cheaper after purchase, 169.99)

  • I definitely flaked on my $40 worth of MIRebates, almost not worth my time for the trouble.

Use: Gaming, Streaming/Netflix/Youtube, Browsing.

Will answer any other questions in comment section.

Disclaimer: I claim this build to be no Bea** , this is my first build. Any tips or criticisms are welcome.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 7 points

Great looking build +1

How did you like working with the flat cables of the RM power supply? That was the worst part of my own build.

As for taking the computer off the carpet...Only thing I can think of right now is that IKEA sells shelves. You could possibliy install one down there and put the PC sideways...but doesn't look like you have much room.

Nice looking Dog btw.

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you. The dog is my roommate's, white lab ~2.5 yrs old.

The flat cables are hard to manage, especially when tying down with zip ties. But if you can maneuver them flat, they fit nicely on the backside.

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

how many ghz is the dog?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Compudog like what you've done there

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Great coat, clearly a very healthy dog, +1 from me.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

great looking build but here are a few things I'd have done differently to provide higher quality power and more performance for either the same price or cheaper.

1st. PSU - The RM series PSU's don't have great capacitors in them- just one of the many example articles: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/11/13/corsair_rm750_750w_power_supply_review/9#.U2PTiVd5aCk

At the same price you can get a higher quality XFX (Seasonic OEM) such as this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750bbefx

2nd ~ Also the motherboard is not benefiting your build in any way but taking up a lot of the $ budget that could have gone into a more powerful Graphics card which would have improved your performance making your system last longer before feeling the need to upgrade.

~ Example Motherboard I'd have suggested:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990fxaud3

~ That is a $100 savings that could have bumped your GPU to this:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-112210140g

3rd. ~ Memory unless you are planning on doing a lot of coding or tons of video rendering / photo editing 16GB of memory wont be utilized in a mainly gaming computer. Even when making Youtube videos / Live streaming it is really difficult to use more than 6gb of memory. Here is a screen shot of memory usage when trying to maximize as much memory as possible while gaming:

Example 1: https://www.facebook.com/IamApropos/photos/pb.329126627146166.-2207520000.1399051599./519456198113207

Example 2: https://www.facebook.com/IamApropos/photos/pb.329126627146166.-2207520000.1399051770./456704937721667

So if you chose 8gb of 2x4gb 1600 memory you'd have had far more than enough memory for a very long time such as these: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m2a1600c9r You'd have saved 77.50 if you stuck with Corsair memory and another $10 or so if you went with G.skill

That extra $77+ could have upgraded your GPU to even a more powerful GPU or been extra spending money for more games to play either way.

if you kept with the same video card but chose the parts I suggested you'd have had the same performance you do now with higher build quality and had an extra $180 in your pocket. Good build non the less and I'm sure it will give you many years of gaming pleasure.

These are just a couple of examples which would have greatly improved the build quality and performance significantly for lower than the purchased price.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, this is some excellent feedback! Thanks for taking the time to write that up.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Just took a quick look at your Gaming build parts list, I see you used a couple similar parts; Phantom 410 gunmetal, H100i, Asus Monitor. Didn't look at the pics yet -- on my way now.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I've taken a lot of time to learn in depth about parts and their reliability / prices so it is my pleasure to pass on that information to others. My build has changed so much and so frequently since I posted that build and those pics that I just never took the time to update it here. I've updated my build changes periodically here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.507787482613412.1073741832.329126627146166&type=3

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you like the Asus CVF-Z mobo?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

If I was to get another today I'd get a GIGABYTE board. The ASUS board I have has the known issues most people have had with it, USB / Audio connection problems. Can't complain though my wife purchased it for me and it matches my color scheme :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. I haven't had any issues yet after 1 month, and I also enjoy the nice-looking red/black color of the board. Now I have to find a reason to do another build... haha

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Very tidy and clean build. I would suggest getting a cheap stand to get your computer off the carpet...it helps with dust and such.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build your right we do have a lot of the same parts it is funny that all these parts out here in the world people just end up going for the same things eventually. And curious how did you forget the MB standoffs and what made you realize it? +1 from me

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man. I forgot the standoffs because I was letting someone else direct me (he had built one pc, this was my first). His case came with them pre-installed, so he overlooked it and I didn't know any better. I think I was watching a build video on youtube, and that's when I realized it...

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, +1 for choice of CPU.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Please dear god get that beauty off the carpet.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

got it under control now!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL at the dog!

Sweet build.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know too much about ram, but I feel like you could have gotten ram with lower cas and faster speeds for cheaper.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

you're probably right, that may be one of my overspending errors. I don't know much about RAM either.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it isn't... But that dog looks so photoshopped in there. I used my Case box as a base for my pc

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I know it looks pretty weird. I have thought about just putting some wood under it, maybe cardboard will work until I get something else.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build, but be advice that running your computer on the floor (CARPET) won't do your PSU any good. If you are planning on leaving it on the carpet turn the psu around so the fan will face up and it will be able to circulate air adequately (you don't want to kill it before time).

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Look for an IKEA SUMMERA computer holder / hanger. That could help.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip. Will this affect GPU temperatures? Seems like it would be blowing right into GPU fan.

I watched a build video for this specific case, and the guy put the PSU fan-up like you say.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

the PSU fan intakes air. If you had the computer on normal hard floor it would be ok to have the fan facing down intaking through the floor and exhausting at the back. but the carpet.............. The only problem would be that the PSU would be intaking hot air instead of cold outside air from the bottom, so the PSU should run a little hotter (few degrees) but thats ok.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply.

I do plan on getting it off the carpet ASAP

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

that is your best option... but get it off :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for awesome chair and clean cables

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

oh and another +1 for the music channel in the background lol i never use those channels

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I forget about them sometimes, but they are nice when I'm doing something around the house

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

nice looking build bro very clean, organized

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

is that ghost dog from scrubs?

my only critasism is that the MI rebates and a slightly cheaper keyboard could have netted you a 770 and increased the longevity but still +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks tidy. My concern however is that you spent ~$1400 when you could have gotten much more. Your ram choice, CPU, motherboard choice, and unusually high price for 760 all have me somewhat confused. Would you be able to explain any of those?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that an unusually high price for 760? I bought it over a month ago.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah as far as what I've been seeing. I know right now most of them hover around $230. Overall a good build still just not really sure the reasoning behind certain compents

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for the reply -- I didn't have much time to answer your question earlier today. I see now that I definitely spent too much on RAM. Many people recommend Intel CPUs, but I chose to go AMD.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

As long as your happy with it for the time being. Just next time be a bit more cautious and you can better allocate your funds

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't 100% sure about the component choices either. All I knew was that I wanted to get my build started ASAP, researched for ~10-12 days, and did the best I could with the info I had. Thanks for your opinions

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Just put your PC on a little table. For example you can look at my build and see where i have my PC on, I didn't like it on my desk either.