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Pricing is Relative to the parts I purchased myself, All parts marked at $0.00 were bought by my wonderful dad for various reasons such as wanting his kids to have PCs 7 years ago (Q6600 and 8400 GS combo x7) <---Quite expensive To a birthday present VG248QE and other tidbits.

I will use this machine for everything... Except sleeping because it keeps me awake. Everything works well except for perhaps my thermal paste application due to a high 82C under maximum PRIME load.

CPU: I tried to buy this for $225 from NCIXUS but they admitted their mistake and did not follow through with the stated price. Their counter offer was $300 with free shipping but I almost said no, and went with Newegg for $309 + free shipping since they are more likely to follow through. Still, bought from NCIXUS and am happy. A huge step up from the Q6600 OCed to 3.2 Ghz.

Cooler: Bought this after I found out that the i7 4790K could not do Maximum load in PRIME. Overall, I have no clue whether to be happy or not with it's performance but I bought it know that I could achieve almost NH-D15 performance with an added 140mm fan in the future.

Motherboard: I won this from a Tech Gage giveaway! It's an easy choice even were I to buy it and looks great in my PC as opposed to the nice but not matching to anything copper RAM of the P5K PRO I used to have. also the 24 pin is in a convenient spot... not near a random spot in the middle of the board. I still like the old BIOS of the P5K more.

RAM:
I wanted something to match my PC and it worked. Kingston has treated me well with my sticks of DDR2 RAM that I upgraded from. The reason I went for 16GB is I wanted a real upgrade from 8GB of DDR2 @ 800 Mhz.

Storage: I filled up a 1TB HDD after filling up a 500GB and my dad got me a 2TB... He is awesome.

GPU:
This is the first Graphics card I have bought. I got it two years ago to make DayZ run faster on my Q6600... Lets just say it didn't... However, it was a huge step up from the GT 520 my dad gave me which was a huge step up from the 8400 GS. It introduced Bottlenecking to my PC and is why I Overclocked it to 3.2 Ghz @ 1.312 Volts. Now that I have a better CPU, PCI-E 3.0, and no bottlenecking I can finally use it's full potential.

Case: Beautiful front, inside, and horrid cable management. I think I did okay in the pictures and awesome considering my options. The fact it is not painted black is actually a pro as it reflects the blue light and illuminated it's guts.

PSU:
A solid Rosewill Power supply. Not much more to say other than it's the noisiest thing in my (pretty quiet) system. I found a Version 2 in the livingroom PC and threw it in after a good dusting. It had sleeved cables which is why I took it.

Optical Drive: I have no clue what brand this is... reads CDs/DVDs and writes both.

OS:
Not sure how my dad came into owning the best version of Windows 7. But is is nice to be able to say Ultimate albeit empty and not worth much considering maximum of 32GB RAM in this system. I might add I have a dual-boot to Ubuntu as well but Windows is primary.

Monitors: I started off with a single G2410. It was nice and served me well... I was crazy when young and said "Resolution just costs performance" and at that point and in my perspective... it was true. However, I might (perhaps unlukily) disagree now. Later, being my creative self I asked for 3 monitors for my birthday. My dad instead bought 2 VG248QEs and gave one to my brother (with his amazing GT 520) and my GTX 660 "monster GPU" which I got his other G2410 I will add the stands are not original but came from two of the 3 4K Dell monitors my father owns but are now in custom mounts.

Keyboard:
Too big for a small desk tray... I upgraded that. This keyboard is upgrading from a old, Reliable Microsoft keyboard that had just broken the bubble of the shift.

Headphones: These are my stupidity in material form. Not only are they bad headphones but they lack amplification that I didn't care enough about it to buy. Do not buy these.

Speakers:
Great speakers that sound very good. Gives me reason to never tough the G230.

Mouse: Logitech Trackman wheel A wonderful mouse, It is my favorite and I can safely say I am a lot more accurate with it than any index trackball or Mouse. Unfortunately, THERE IS NO WIRED VERSION FOR SALE NOW. The wireless update is fine but whats the point of a wireless trackball?

Webcam: Much to many people's annoyance, I wanted this to be a microphone and still use my speakers. Usually I use a push to talk button, far better than the G230's mic (though, at one time I had manged to make the G230's sound good... as if it were nerfed)

Extra: Logitech F310 It is not perfect, but it'll do. I found that I do like the D-pad where it is as I love D-pads far more than joysticks and find them more accurate and this one is pretty nice.

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  • 57 months ago
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Good build! I see a GPU upgrade in your future, though.

  • 57 months ago
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My dream is 144fps Gaming... I've dealt with 20FPS with that GT 520 and 60 FPS now. I want the opposite and I'll buy it sometime... probably in line with a GTX 1070 in the future.

  • 57 months ago
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Eh, I wouldn't wait that long. The earlier you get a new GPU, the less you'll have to deal with your current FPS and the happier you'll feel. Imo waiting for newer stuff is pointless unless the release is imminent. As in within 2-3 weeks.

  • 57 months ago
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What GPU would you suggest then? I could go AMD if prompted to... give me both options in your recommendation. (I prefer Nvidia)

  • 57 months ago
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GTX 970 or R9 390. Both are $300 GPUs that'll give you over triple your current performance. The small details are up to you, but I'd choose Nvidia as well.

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you for the suggestion and recommendation, I probably will wait but I might not as well...

  • 57 months ago
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If you do an upgrade at that price range its much more worth getting the 390 it performs better for less

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

144 Hz or 144 fps? Unless you have superman eyes, you really won't tell the difference between 60 fps or 144 fps. 144 Hz makes more sense.

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks, I must be a descendant of superman since I can tell the difference and love 144FPS in older games like Unreal Tournament! 60 FPS is smooth, 144FPS is butter smooth. I don't quite understand what you are saying but if I guess right you should know I have a 144hz monitor in the build, hence 144FPS gaming.

  • 57 months ago
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I wish my eyesight was that good, I can't really tell the difference, but hey whatever works! How is that monitor? I've been looking at it for a secondary.

  • 54 months ago
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I'd recommend it unless you seek to put it in portrait mode. :)
There, most TN panels are unbearable. If it's secondary I'd recommend something 60hz mostly due to the fact it won't help much for a secondary monitor........ but the again triple surround in 144 FPS :) There is one reason I'm waiting for Pascal, a R9 390X or 980 can't do that.

  • 57 months ago
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Why do I keep looking at the pictures over and over again?
Either I'm proud of it or I love how pretty it is.

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  • 57 months ago
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I appreciate the offer and I bet I could get some more FPS out with overclocking but I will decline for now as I intend on keeping the 660 as either a Physics card (if possible) or having it live on with a sibling's PC Q6600. It does OC well enough however.