Description

My first build, Mostly for gaming. Sorry for the blurry Pictures.

CPU: Great processor, fast, with quite a bit of overclocking potential. [$20 newegg gift card]

Cooler: One of the best air coolers you can buy. Keeps it chilly. [$5 Mail-in Rebate]

Mobo: Its cheap but does what I need. Sata 3, USB3, PCIe3, Overclocking.

Memory: DDR3-1600, No huge heatspreaders.

HD: The gold standard in hard drives, stores my stuff.

SSD: Got as christmas gift. Setup for intel RST, See below for speed improvement.

GPU: Factory overclocked, runs all my games at highest settings. Great price. All the GPUs I have owned have been AMD. (other than intel integrated) [$10 Mail-in Rebate]

Case: Big enough for anything, Comes with 3 120mm Fans. Front panel usb ports leave something to be desired (I broke one in less than a month, but was easily fixed with hot glue)

PSU: 700 Watts leaves plenty of room for upgrades, Modular would have been nice, but I got a great deal on it [$25 Mail-in rebate]

OD: Its a DVD drive, What more can I say?

OS: Windows 7 is in my opinion is the best version of windows to date. Windows 8 isn't bad, I just don't think it would be the best choice for a dual screen desktop

Speakers: Great sounding speakers, Dual inputs so I can plug in my iPad

Displays: Dual 20” 1600x900 displays. Will be upgrading sooner or later


Cost: $892.87 Rebates: $60.00 Total: $832.87


Boot Times (Measured from power button pressed to login screen up)

No SSD 1. 40.68 2. 35.23 3. 34.80 AVG: 36.9033333

With SSD 1. 28.50 2. 28.20 3. 28.13 AVG: 28.2766666

Difference: 8.6266667


Firefox load times

No SSD 1. 3.70 2. 1.93 3. 2.53 4. 2.11 AVG: 2.5675

With SSD 1. 2.18 2. 1.96 3. 1.90 4. 1.86 AVG: 1.975

Difference: 0.5925


Games:

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 60fps

Counter Strike: Global Offensive 200-300 fps

Minecraft 1.7.4 60fps

Minecraft 1.6.4 120fps

DiRT3 100-130fps

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Still some pretty high temps on that CPU under load, maybe re-apply the thermal paste?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using the paste supplied with the cooler, maybe that's the problem? I don't think I will be re-applying anytime soon. Ive read that anything under 80 is acceptable, and Ive never gotten anything even close to that under normal use. (The under load temps were produced with intel burn test)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is what I want to say about your first build

Congrats !!

Looking at the two of you build this is worth way more than $892.87 Congrats again!

I would do a 180 with the HDD and have the cable attach on the other side of the case.

This is a priceless build !!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I thought long and hard about which way to put the HD, and decided this is the way I wanted it.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

If this is mostly for gaming, then I probably would not have spent as much on the CPU/Mobo and put that money towards a better GPU.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The 7850 has enough power for me for now. It is mostly for gaming, but I do some work with virtual machines, and someday would like to get into animation. I also wanted to overclock (just because I could) :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, alright. The 7850 is a really good card for the money anyways.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you lose half of your fps in minecraft just by going to 1.7.4?!?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Minecraft 1.7.4 is quite buggy, many PC's including mine have problems running it.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhhhh I see. I haven't played minecraft in a while because my laptop is crap :(

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried optifine? It took my i3 laptop from 10fps to a playable 30fps

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Sort of, to increase performance, do you use the simple one or the more feature packed one? But what happens is I am too lazy to update to the newer versions, lol. Another thing is it is a family computer and my dad doesn't like me "messing" with it. http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c02497777

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I use "standard". Version 1.6.4 is what I use the most.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I have absolutely no idea :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were you I would've gotten a 128gb drive but your choice, since it looks like you play with your brother (and host the server) you can add an extra 8 gigs so the server will run better but it is not mandatory. Nice build +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

For now I prefer using Intel RST. Which uses the SSD as a cache (It puts the most used files on the SSD and leaves everything else on the HDD) and only supports SSDs up to 64GB

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! PSU is a little overkill but leaves room for upgrades AKA crossfire. I have a similar build but with ivy bridge and CF 7850's. Pretty much I see no reason to upgrade with 2 7850's unless I go GTX 780 if you ever plan to go that root.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Crossfire is exactly what I was thinking when I chose it :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the case chair

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Its actually a guitar amp, But it worked :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

oh lol. plug the bass to it