Sorry about the lengthy wait. I didn't use that one. I went with the 7900 series which now is a Legacy card. The system I finally built is 4 years old now. I'm thinking of building a newer, much more expensive (because, being 60 yrs. old, I think this next one will have to last for a long time) tower using the latest and greatest hardware.
Yah. I'm thinking of upgrading to a liquid cooler for the chip and a more robust PSU along with a GPU upgrade. Also adding RAM. Pulling the old and buying 2 16 g sticks. I love this case. I can add BIGGER fans than what I run now. :D
No. The video card will run it, only on minimal graphic settings.
After replacing the 7700 series card, about $900
I haven't tried as I am not well versed in over-clocking and if I screw it up, I can't afford to replace it. :D
Where would I find the BIOS version before I build? And, how do I update a BIOS to use my chip?
This isn't a complete or preferred build but, the compatibility issue shows up between the CPU and MoBo BIOS
Yes. It doesn't bother me when it's time for bed and it doesn't interfere with watching TV/movies on my telly. The CPU cooler is a little on the loud side but, for keeping the unit cool? I'll put up with it.
Then, you got a bad one. Only problem I've had was the MSI Update program quit working.
It's a bit light on the graphics side for that. I have gone to a AMD 7800 with 2g of on board RAM series card and love it
I lost my password. Just saw this. I am totally happy with this MB.
Doing well. Never overheats, runs with my 7980 vid just fine.
That is correct. I added 4 120mm case fans and my mobo runs around 35C all the time now.
Temps run from 30C to 35C. No problems thus far. Added a TX3 CPU cooler and dropped my CPU temp to 45C constant under load.
It's all good except the video card. Mine was refurbished. It sucks. Spend the extra cash and get a new one. Good combo's available with PSU and video cards.
Updated Complete build with specs and performance data.
According to all the recommends and reviews I have seen, this cute little set-up leaves Cyrsis crying in the dirt at max res and FPS.
Well....I am considering trying something a little more, shall we say, gwafic-wee intenswive
With shipping, a little under $610 w/OS. Windows is way too expensive :/
Yep. Update coming next week
120mm. Came with the case.
Can't afford 8. Managed to get Win7 for $80. Thanx for the link. I saw that in another post and saved it to my fav folder. Question...How do I post pictures of my completed build?
Another suggestion, go to Tiger Direct. Much better prices.
I've been doing some research. From what I have learned so far, STAY AWAY FROM OEM VERSIONS!!! Those are manufacturer type OS. Everything I have read has said that OEM's bind themselves to EVERY part in the computer! I take that to mean that if you decide to upgrade any part, the OEM will NOT perform AT ALL!
I am watching this topic closely myself. GL
All parts have arrived. Looking at OS now. Win7 or 8? I do know I DO NOT want any OEM version due to it binding itself to EVERY part in the computer. Which would you recommend? 7 or 8?
Nope. No APU for this guy. Did alot of research and talked to alot of people, I wanted the ability to upgrade the chip in the not to distant future to a 6100 or better. And I can crossfire on this board with no problem. This board is a start, I'll probably upgrade again once DDR4 hits the field. And that will be sooner rather then later.
Ah, but, the price was so right! AND I looked at a benchmark test run by someone who compared the Black against the Blue. In most tests, the Blue slightly out-performed the Black. I'm also looking forward, building for expansion :)
lol, the rebate, yessss. I tend to stay away from them. Rebates are like sex with a condom, more work, less pleasure!
As for trusting you, you verified a lot of what I had learned and researched. Thank you.
Pics? Oh Yes! Many pics! Last one will be of me bald. lol
Super powered CPU, check.
Wonderful case, check,
CPU cooler worthy of a Mercedes-Benz 15 litre diesel engine, check,
HDD looks ok, who made it?
RAM set for speed, check
MoBo...Gigabyte D3??? Should be ok, check,
PSU looks weak, I'd be up around 500W plus.
AMD Radeon card should perform well for you, check.
You may have some technical problems, i.e. settings for BIOS, RAM needs matched, etc. I'm nowhere geeky enough to even get into that!
If it were my rig? I'd get a new PSU, bigger. Also, plug your hardware into a system build on this site, make sure everything is compatible. Once you do that, you can research the specs on the hardware and see if they are all working at optimum together. HINT DOUBLE the wattage recommendation you see there. That's IDLE wattage NOT power draw.
Also, check your broadband provider, they are NOTORIOUS for throttling!
Whoa! Nice machine. Just a hint...avoid possible future headaches, drop the Seagate, get a WD Blue or Black. In some cases, the Blue out-performs the Black. Just sayin'
That's not bad, imho. I'm building my first one now. Just waiting for the mailman. Here it is Noob Build HINT If you used the little recommended watt calculator on the system build sheet, DOUBLE IT! Mine said 225W. I went to 500W. That lil helper is giving IDLE draw NOT gaming draw!
Seems most 1st timers go with that AMD X4 965 so, I did too. Nice CPU for the price. The replacement FX 4130 is $110 but, I'm a scrooge. I picked up the video card for $90 refurbished from MSI. Now, THAT was treat!
Everyone I talked to said "use ASRock mobo." So, I went digging, reading comments, tech sheets etc. I bought a ASRock. Just make sure the mobo is either SLI or CrossfireX ready! You may need to run it that way for Minecraft and other graphic intensive gaming.
I dropped 10 extra dollars on the case, $59 instead of $49 because a coupla friends had ordered cases thru delivery and they came damaged. So, I had mine sent to Best Buy. I'll go get it myself. Figured while I was there I'd get Win7. It's a few bucks more at BB but, hey, it's faster.
I would suggest a 500W PSU as it will give you future expandability for graphics and CPU, additional HDD/SSD etc. The Corsair I got is a semi-mod so my case gizzards will be clean and neat.
And, I agree with Austn, a dual RAM set is so much better than a single strip. RAM in parallel performs much better. I did a great deal of research on that particular subject.
GL on your first foray into the world of CLONING!! LMAO salute
This is the one I settled on. Parts ordered, waiting breathlessly, lol. Thanx again. Noob Builder
Yeah. I just checked my e mail and saw that on a price drop. MY PRECIOUSSSSSSS! LOL Thx
Yeah. I just checked my e mail and saw that! MINE! LOL
What is your build used for? I do light gaming, nothing along the lines of Crysis, etc. More like, lessee, Starcraft, War Thunder, World of Tanks, Rift...
Thanks for the input!
I saved it so I can refer to it. Thank you!
The Sandisk ReadyCache isn't a SSD, it's a cahe system for storing frequently used program files to speed launching of them. If I WAS going SSD I'd use the Seagate Momentus XT. It's a HDD/SSD hybrid that does the same thing as the ReadyCache but, also has 750GB of HDD also.
Thank you. I bought the Kingston RAM already :P $64!
Yep, either my CPU or nVidia 9800M is wheezing badly. So a new system it is. Thx for the help though! :)
Thanx however, my nVidia video processor is wheezing, so I'm building a budget gamer. I have a few prospective builds up on site.
Thanks. It looks good! I've been messing around some and that's about the price all my builds are coming in at.
Thank you for replying!!
grin Just from recent research, something along these lines, Cooler Bear in mind the INTERNAL dimensions of your case. This is a huge beast. There are smaller. I like the ones that have copper because of heat conductivity.
It's Radeon yes, but, each manufacturer has their own architecture (card construction). The software is the same, the hard parts differ in respects. Card makers pay the software maker to use their software and call it "Radeon". I just gave you my preferences. I tend to stick with things that work and never intrude on my consciousness by failing or making wierd noises, lol. Gigabyte, nVidia, ATI, etc. I've used these in the past for vid upgrades and never had any problems. So, I keep using them. Power Color is your preferred manufacturer, so go with what you're comfortable with.
RAM numbers denote access and RESPONSE speeds. Bigger numbers, better performance. Gamers go with 1866 or higher. Make sure your motherboard and BIOS will recognize the number. There are 2000 and 2400 RAM sticks but, some mobo's do not recognize them. They will work but, at a slower default speed. Say you buy a 1866 RAM stick but, your mobo isn't made for it. It's structured for 1600 max, so, that's the speed it MAY run at. It may NOT run AT ALL. All motherboard makers list their RAM access speeds like this; 1066/1333/1600/1866. If your RAM isn't listed, it probably won't work.
That's the beauty of this web site, if a part isn't compatible, it will TELL YOU!! :) Try it out, pick a part that you know won't work in your build, say a tiny PSU or chipset, pick it and watch what happens.
Also, the APU build came in at such a nice price. Being new to this, I didn't know was limiting the future upgrades.
Maybe something more like this? Gamer III
Ok, ty :D