Description

Setting aside the obligatory cable management comments (Modular PSU is on the priority list), I am seeking any other helpful hints.

If (really big IF) I decide to do any gaming, it will be light. (I am an old school command and conquer guy)

The main reason for this build was to provide an efficient system for generic everyday use. Overkill for that reason, yes, but left open for other uses.

Shopping list:

SSD Modular PSU

Skee-ball unit New house Cadillac for wife........ (In no particular order)

Comments and suggestions more than welcome.

You folks have helped more than you know already.

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 5 points

Really even, good overall build! When upgrading your PSU, go for a straight 12V Rail, they are the most dependable. When upgrading to a SSD look at the samsung 840 pro version, best read/write times and very reliable.

Also the motherboard and RAM is a bit overkill, 990x chipset is pretty much only neccesary for sli/crossfire and major overclocking, and 2133 ram will not notice the difference from 1600, as the difference in performance is minimal.

Enjoy your build! and I love the monitors.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip on the PSU, upgrading is honestly for cable management only. I left the bundle of wires on the bottom off camera on purpose. (lol out loud, right?) But seriously, much appreciated.

As far as motherboard and RAM, I wanted to leave it open-ended when thinking about their application. I am thinking the evolution of the build's use will allow for those items to grant me a leg up. This may all be moot considering the enjoyment of actually building from scratch, as opposed to upgrading the system.

The only downside I have heard while purchasing parts is the use of two monitors with Windows 8. Personally I love it. With a cellular background I love the mobile version. Live tiles on the left and typical desktop on the right is fantastic. (Best of both worlds if you will)

Monitors... best purchase I have made, and they were a steal. I am a Samsung guy in the area of TV's, surround, br/dvd etc (I accept no alternative)... Always reliable, personally speaking. I finally accomplished the hurdle of dvi to mini display port with the adapter, and have not noticed any issues.

Thanks again.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers to Samsung!

And sneaky with the cables ;p

Enjoy your build!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

How are you playing Tiberian dawn? I keep my win98 machine around specifically for this and some other older games. I tried dosbox (and the dos version), but it didn't feel the same.

As far as the build goes, those Phenom II chips put out a lot of heat. Get a decent cooler for it to extend it's life via lower temps. It's a balanced build for gaming. Maybe a little overkill on the RAM though. Phenom II only officially supports 1333 mhz, so running anything faster is technically an overclock on the integrated memory controller. Most faster ram runs fine at 1333 though.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

For compatibility I also have an older system. Honestly I prefer the older versions. With that said, Tiberian Twilight is a brown note for me. I am all about base defense, so being limited to the offense, defense and support structures... securing a larger base defense is not easily done, without the help of a support AI in skirmish mode.

Lets not get started on Renegade... rubbish.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

How about Red Alert 2? lol

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Shake it.........baby!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Tiberian Sun is the best for base defense because of the gates and the firestorm force field, and laying concrete. I hated the "feel" of it though.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean Desk. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

something i couldnt acheive if i tried.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

No criticism from me, this is a really balanced build.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the desk in the pictures? iv'e benn looking for one under 120 and have had no luck.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

No BS... IKEA.

Costs $85.50 plus tax at time of purchase. (3 days ago) Proceed with caution, though, we all know how IKEA furniture can be chincy. They want you to buy the frame, or under-carriage. Not needed because I am not looking to add extensions. You can avoid issues (cracks, splits) with the processed wood by drilling pilot holes for the legs they have. Use washers as spacers, as the screws that are provided with the legs are too long.

Keyboard drawer was $10, and easy to install.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****!, do you happen to have the links you used to build it? like the table top and the legs? if you gave me the names of the parts that would be great!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

GALANT corner table top left 63x47 1/4" black-brown (The website is only showing a complete set for desk, I'll keep looking. You may have to order by phone or directly in store. For that use article #) Article # 801.052.39

ADILS leg black http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70217973/ Article # 702.179.73

SUMMERA Pull-out keyboard shelf Article # 500.866.90 http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50086690/

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, i was thinking about using the LINNMON Corner table top, black-brown but i think it would be too small. If you can find the table top free free to message back XD thanks

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking first build! I probably would have gone with the 965 instead of the 955 for your processor, for a little bit more power. But you can always OC your CPU in the future. In case you need mad FPS in Word.

I'm a little confused by the DDR3-2400 RAM. Anything over 1600 MHz doesn't really provide that substantial increase in performance (except AMD APUs), but since it wasn't too expensive, I think you're good.

That mobo is also a little more than you would need - you would probably be set with the 970 chipset.

Other than that, looks good!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Correction on the RAM... Its the 1866 (parts list corrected to show)... brain fart.

I appreciate the advice!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good day to day build. The only thing i dont like is the case, but thats personal taste.

Corsair has a nice CX600M (semi modular) psu that might work for you.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The build looks nice, I like it. I really like that case, it looks pretty awesome. One thing that's probably been mentioned is the RAM, 1866 is a bit high, especially with that CPU, unless you're looking for future upgrades, then nice job.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

i personally would've gotten an FX-6300, but those Phenoms are really phenominal (pun intended). at least you didn't go too unreasonably overboard with the PSU like some people tend to do here.

i like it and i hope you do too.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really good build. I have almost no criticism, to be honest.

However, I would've gone for a WD Caviar Black instead of a Barracuda (they're crazy fast for a mechanical drive).

Also, like others have said, the RAM is slightly overkill, but that's not really a point for criticism, I suppose.

I suppose you could've gone for an FX 6300 or something, but the 955 is still a great bit of kit.

Really nice build, man. :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build. I agree with edman a cpu cooler migh make sense here.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The ssd is very good and very fast but with AMD you should not have water cooled especially with this water cooling make. overall nice build

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU is not very future-proofed, its got no support and is bit out of date now. also combine it with that GPU and thats a bottle-neck if i ever saw one.

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

:( that was a bad move putting the phenom in there...if your gonna be gaming on bf3/bf4 this year your going to bottle neck baaad if you didnt purchas it yet remove the second moniter or if u already have one save the money and buy an i5 3570 or 3770k.