Description

My wife and I adore this machine. It is quiet and powerful. The Fractal Define R4 case is extremely good looking.

It can do Tomb Raider on ultra, Bioshock Infinite on ultra, WoW on ultra, all at 60fps or just below 60fps. The amount of heat and sound produced is low for the awesome graphics it pumps out (probably because we are using the less-hot i5 and the XFX 7850 which only requires one 6-pin adapter). We performed a minor overclock on the 7850 in CCC which afforded us a few extra FPS in 3DMark benchmarks.

The Cooler Master 212 Evo keeps the CPU under 50C using 1200 RPMs and is inaudible compared to the case and GPU fans. We have air coming in the front and out the back with the CPU fan as part of that track. Even during stress tests, there's only a slight breeze of warm air coming out of the back. Is this the best way to handle airflow? It seems to be working.

16GB of G.Skill memory is automatically detected by and overclocked by our ASRock Extreme4 motherboard using an XMP profile. No config required at all. Windows still reports the memory as 667MHz (1333MHz). Perform well in memtests. We used the ASRock Xfast utility to create a 4GB RAM disk for the Windows swap file and temporary files so that our SSD is left alone as much as possible. Pretty sweet bonus for having excess RAM.

The idea with this machine is to buy a really awesome graphics card in a couple years to give the machine extended life. Will aim to spend $350 at the end of 2014. Can our 620W PSU handle what's coming down the pipeline in the realm of graphics cards?

Any comments on how we could have made this better or how we can upgrade it? Will overclocking the CPU increase game performance?

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks clean :) Perhaps get another fan for your 212 EVO. I recommend the gentle typhoon they are worth the money! So quiet and great air flow!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have opted for 8GB of RAM and spent the extra money elsewhere but this is still a solid system.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, but reason the memory is 16GB and not 8GB is because there was a super Newegg sale one day.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Sale items are always good :) Just alert people of that because they will jump all over you about the "wasted money".

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll mention that the whole process of how this computer came to be was sort of unplanned. We were using a Dell XPS 600 with a 8800GTS which was simply balls for the latest games. Newegg advertised the XFX 7850 graphics card with two free games that we wanted to buy anyway. Bought the card, installed it, and the graphics/framerate were exactly the same in our games. Obviously a bottleneck of an eight year old computer.

We knew it was time for a new PC and budgeted out $600. We discovered Logical Increments and PCpartPicker through r/buildapc and kept pushing the limits of our budget using deals on Newegg. Yes, we went overbudget. Shhh!

If we would have intentionally built this machine from the start, it would have a better graphics card. Now we just get extra incentive to save up for another one.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive just found a case for another pc i decided to build, thanks