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AKA "The Potato Destroyer". This is a build I chose for my room mate as a purely gaming performance build with the budget of ~$1000 (yeah, all the parts are being shipped to our campus...no big deal, just a couple of college kids hauling parts across campus). He sold his Xbox One after the network card crapped out, along with his 360, and opted to go for a gaming rig that could be much more powerful than the consoles and less hassle.

I chose these parts with consideration to making it as cheap as possible in this budget without sacrificing any bit of performance, while at the same time being parts that he would like to keep for a long, long time. Finally, I considered some aesthetics (as this can be expensive) and making sure this will be a build where he can enjoy every aspect of PC gaming and tweaking. I chose AMD FX as it is just as good as Intel's upper i5/lower i7 line, but cheaper along with the mobo (a smidge...every dollar counts). He bought a Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard and Logitech G502 outside of this budget and is impressed with the Chroma's programmable lighting (hes already made several profiles as well as downloaded some), and kept one of the Xbone controllers. The Wi-Fi card is because our housing living room does not have an Ethernet port, and this rig will be used on our TV as the main entertainment system (until next year). However, this card is ultimately amazing, the computer has a stable connection and is the only PC that has ever utilized all 450Mbps on my Asus N65-U router, which is the highest the router can go.

And after some tweaking in the original list I had for the parts (which was pretty similar), I gave this to him, and he couldn't be any more happier to ascend with our fellow members in the PCMR. Could some parts be better chosen? Possibly, such as an 290X for not much more, but the performance jump was not much worth the extra cash IMO. The most complicated part was the H100i in a Push-Pull....but being the first pc he ever built, and the first PC I have ever built (this was exciting for me too), I am impressed by the results of this computer. On average, with basic 3DMark 11, you get 70FPS. The temperatures of the Mobo stays at a constant 35-36C, while the CPU stays at 16C (Thats below room temperature! I was seriously impressed...test benching it with the stock fan provided temps at 60C Max which was horrible, but at the same time the thermal paste was not fully settled in as it was a test bench.) We got Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro from Dreamspark installed on the PC for free. Overall, for being a first build, I am extremely satisfied, and most importantly, I am glad my room mate fully enjoys his new PC which matters the most. This was a learning experience for us all, and byfar a B.A computer. The pictures are not much, but I may post more later.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Was this "destroyer" free? where do I get one? +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha sorry, I put the pricing back in. Really, the true cost is about 1100$ without the combo discounts, and 50$ total mail in rebates.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww, phooey

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the CPU cooler do a lot of noise in this case when it's top mounted? Like can you hear it in idle/load etc?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The cooler makes little noise at all, Even upon load, it will never reach or touch near its full max, where it sounds like a jet, but you will hear it. There are several modes you can set it to, default mode watches through the CPU pin for however much the Mobo requests, and it performs as I said. There are several static modes you can switch to, such as "quiet", "performance", "balanced", and "maximum speed", that set it to a fixed speed. You can hear it on everyone except "quiet", which is similar to idle on default. However to use Corsair Link for these features and the LED colors for Windows 8 you need to fix the registry error, which is a very quick and simple fix here:

http://corey.degrandchamp.com/2014/11/09/guide-fix-corsair-h100i-not-detected-in-corsair-link-windows-8-1/

Otherwise, it will operate at default.