Description

I was tired of my low-end consumer laptop and decided to take my gaming setup into my own hands. I was trying to get luxury on a relatively low budget. I really liked the Stryker and the timing just worked out perfectly for the 4670K. I did a lot of research, and for my use, ASRock looked to be the best value. The Extreme6 was the best I could afford. I felt like I got the Ballistix and the HIVE for good prices, and they looked (and have proved to be) reliable. I grabbed the Toshiba HDD because I was driving 3 hours to Microcenter anyways and it looked like a good deal for its size. I got Windows 7 because I don't like Windows 8. I'm not here to argue about it, and I can't give you reasons. I just don't like it :P.

The integrated graphics seem to be holding up pretty well on low settings, but I'm looking to buy either a 780 or both a 770 and a shield. I don't think it can be a true "gaming computer" until it has discrete graphics.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

looks good. a 780/770 would be a nice addition

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice start. How was the fit and finish on your Storm Stryker? Used one in my recent build and was very disappointed. I planned on exchanging it earlier this week, however an illness has kept me in my apartment for the last few days.

Personally, I put a 770 in mine (on a Sabertooth Z87) and am getting pretty good benchmark results so far.

I would also suggest tossing an SSD in there (if only just for your OS). I put a 500GB Samsung 840, and am just astounded by the boot speeds (about five seconds from the mobo's splash screen to Windows login).

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't be happier with the Stryker! My one (extremely small) issue was connecting molex cables and a sata cable to the front part of the case and the X-Dock.

I'm glad to hear that! I'm leaning towards the 770 just because the shield just looks amazing to me.

Yeah, I think after my big graphics upgrade I'll be looking into graphics cards. I might want to run a Minecraft server in my background so I'm thinking about a pair of 32s or 64s in RAID 0.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

toss the toshiba harddrive tehy re crap

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

they fail a lot

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're going to try to host a Minecraft server, get a whole different box for it. Minecraft servers are EXTREME RAM hogs, and they need it in high frequency. When I say that I mean 16+ GBs of 1866+ Mhz RAM(2133 for Minecraft a lot of the time). Also a CPU that can run at full load for a long time is a must-have, along with low latency, fast transfer, efficient storage (That's where your RAID 0 SSD idea comes into play).

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I should have chosen my words better. I didn't mean a full-time server, but just a private one to explain my redstone ideas to friends that don't understand. Twitch isn't always enough. I think SSDs would be very helpful as some of my creations might take up thousands of blocks and a ton of computations that can be slow on a HDD.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh in that case, you should be fine :) And yes, SSD's would be VERY helpful.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

why spend so much on a case but no gpu?A nzxt 210 would of did fine for 40 bucks

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

If you read the description you'd know why....

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question, wuts a shield ?

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  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

according to this that PSU is fine, and this reivew looks good on the 750w version.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't sure how long it would take to acquire a graphics card and from almost everything I saw, the HIVE looked like a good PSU. I might have to upgrade to a higher wattage in the future if I add a new video card and the new storage I've been thinking about and that's when I'll go for a very high-end PSU.

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  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked through a lot of reviews, so I'm not positive, but I think I might have actually read, or at least partially read that one.