Description

Primary uses are hobbyist photo/video editing, CAD drafting/GIS analysis, streaming videos and (very) light gaming (I've got two toddlers so we'll see how much time I have for any of this). Components were selected with the intention of dual booting Mountain Lion and Windows 8. The only two complaints I have are that Windows 8 no longer shuts down and Windows 8 has an issue with the Bluetooth (iogear). Hence the desire to get into Mac...

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 8 points

umm...

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

would have been nice to have some kind of description as to why you built it.that being said, aside from the psu not even being certified bronze it looks like a very good build. video card is weak but everything else looks good, well done

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  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Not 100% sure without any sort of description, but, $30 PSU claiming 600w, you get what you pay for, and sometimes that ends up being a bunch of friend components. The mismatched RAM and 32GB of it, also interesting. If one was an old set, it couldn't have been very old since they still sell both.

Why two SSDs instead of 1 larger one (which irregardless would almost run faster unless the SSDs are being run in RAID to increase speed which tends to kill them), the only other possibility I can think of is again, adding a second one recently alongside the original first.

Unless you're planning to overclock the 3770K makes no sense, and in a $1300 build without any sort of PC cooler other than stock, you won't be overclocking anytime soon.

And at the end of the day, the GT 640 isn't too much better than the Intel HD 4000 graphics considering what you may or may not be using it for...

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you mean fried components? I got the psu on sale at Microcenter and it had decent reviews. It's quiet and provides the power (I think) I need but I've been wrong before. Mismatched RAM and two SSD's have already been addressed but you're right, I got a killer deal on the second one recently. $1300? no no my friend, I've been picking up parts since December 2012 from various sources. This whole build has come in below $900 including tax, shipping and a used Apple Cinema Display. Keep an eye out for rebates and one day deals.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Fried, friends, what's the difference? :P

I made my post before you replied to any of the others, so I hadn't been clued in yet about the RAM.

And at the time of posting no price but PC part-picker's was available so that's what I went by.

Under $900 is pretty good stuff. Still think the money on the GFX could have been better spent elsewhere. But if budget was a concern, and for only light gaming use, I can let it slide. (;

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

In the pictures he only has the Vengeance RAM.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm really not sure why everyone is voting him down...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

not sure what to think...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you plan to upgrade the PSU and graphics card... Also you may have accidentally listed the G.Skill RAM, I don't see it in the build. Good build. +1

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Photo was from when I'd just finished the initial build. The G.Skill was recently purchased and installed. I'll have to do my research on the PSU since I saw it as a decent price, decent power, decent reviews deal. If it could be a detriment to the rest of my components I'll definitely upgrade. Graphics has been fine but I may have done just as well with the HD 4000 (I haven't really put the machine to the test yet). Total power consumption with all peripherals on, including a 20" and 27" flat panel monitor, is 180 watts at idle.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Good deal :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

You chose some pretty nice parts but what will you be using this PC for? You sorta cheaped out on the GPU but it depends what you're using it for.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

ahhh see when I typed my comment earlier today there was no comment no description. makes a little more sense now.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm idk what to say about this you went for performance but cheaped out on the important stuff

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your comment, though it would actually be constructive if you had elaborated on where you suggest I went cheap. If it's the PSU and GPU, then it's been said before and offers nothing new.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Need to update photos, case not Air 540 in current pictures.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that's unfortunate, I started a test build on here and it wrote over my actual build... Sorry for the confusion.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Is this a gaming build or a editing rig? If it is for editing I understand the build but if it is for gaming you put your money into the wrong place.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Addressed in description now.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Well now the build makes sense thanks for adding that.

  • 80 months ago
  • -2 points

Nice build..Maybe you should increase the watts of your PSU since you'll OC ur machine.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

His machine use 288W so he can run this with 350W 80+ power supply.

  • 80 months ago
  • -2 points

so you went high end on the cpu and low end on the video card? 2 ssd's and a 1tb 7200rpm? a 30$ power supply? a 27$ optical and whats with the 16gb's of 2 diff ram chipsets? i spent 1200$ for a machine that walks all over this you started out with a great motherboard and cpu then ya kinda just let yourself go.

not really impressed, but hey thumbs up for doing it yourself.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Have you ever considered that this system isn't built for the same purpose as yours? Due to a lack of a description, its hard to judge the picking of parts, so I'm going to assume they builder knew what they needed and did a decent job. Maybe they don't need high-end graphics for whatever purpose it is meant for. Before you trash the build too much, consider what the possible uses could be. Maybe it is a process extensive build that requires hyperthreading and a lot of RAM with really fast drives in RAID without the need for high-end graphics. You don't know. Now the RAM I still think is excessive for most situations, and the two different brands is interesting, but it implies to me that new RAM was bought and combined with older RAM already owned.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

If you actually looked at the pictures you would have seen that he only really has the Vengeance RAM. Otherwise you sir, are correct.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Originally I got the 16 gb Vengeance but later found a great deal on the G.Skill. CAD drafting is a RAM gobbler, no two ways about it. So, can someone enlighten me on whether/why it matters that all 4 sticks be matched?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

It isn't that big of an issue, but there can be compatibility issues. It's just good practice. Don't worry too much.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya got me on the video card. While it has performed just fine for what I've done with it, I should have held out on spending the cash. 2 SSD's to dual boot Mountain Lion and Windows 8. The 1tb HDD is leftover from my old box. $27 optical is natively supported in Mac OSX.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a neat idea, using two SSDs to dual boot.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree - my Windows/Ubuntu partitions have been fighting each other all week, would be nice to give them each their own sandboxes