IMO keeping things cool isn't unnecessary. But, yeah... it is unique, and does add a bit of over the top aesthetics.
It came with the RAM. I guess the G.Skill Trident X DDR3 can take a hell of an overclock... the air cooler probably helps with longevity/endurance in extreme conditions.
No... I like AMD hardware. Temps are not excessive like everyone says. This thing operates cool and quick.
It probably won't be able to fit any fans on the top if you are using a Cooler Master 212 Evo or similar aftermarket cooler. There is almost no room above the 212 Evo with this case.
Well... not now, my library has grown. This thing will play anything smoothly single monitor 1080p ultra. I'm sure it'll do higher resolution also... but I can't confirm that because my monitor is only 1080p.
+1 for sure! Awesome... good job. I don't know what age children will be using those machines... but another all time favorite game you should install is Team Fortress 2, it's totally free also on Steam, so you can put a copy on both of them. I'm sure they will have tons of fun using these machines . It will also work perfectly for their schoolwork and research online. Again... nice work!
Nice looking PC there. I have a few questions though - if/when DX12 enables SLI/CrossFire to combine the VRAM of both GPU's... how many GB of VRAM will this PC be able to use effectively? And for a GPU total of $810.00... would it have been a good idea to just get one of those cards that have 8GB VRAM? Also... is that kinda GPU horsepower needed to operate a single monitor at that resolution/refresh rate? Sorry if I'm asking such noob questions... I'm kinda new to pc building, I don't know much about Intel or NVidia, all I know is that it's good stuff and you get what you pay for.
I saw a backpack in one of the pics... I'm going to assume you are a student? Anyways, if the tech preview of Windows starts to cause weird issues (peripherals & whatnot) when it gets updates... and the time comes to get a legit copy of Windows, go to their website. Students get a very large discount... all you have to do is call the phone number and talk with one of the operators. They asked me a few simple questions to prove it would be used by a student... and then that was it. Good luck and have fun gaming!
Did you paint your DDR3 blue?
Heck yeah... operating Windows 8 like a boss!!!
An amazing CPU, fast and reliable... AMD never fails.
That all black parts and pieces look great.
dude... that's how hardcore design/dev/gaming builders get down, and they don't even wanna mess with the wire management. They are too busy to worry about fan orientation or airflow... duh. They even figure out a way to do all that work while using only 250GB of storage space, for reals hardcore yo.
Advanced Micro Devices 8 core will be a great chip in the history of CPU's. Original, and on top of the game for years now... preferred by hard core enthusiasts who really game on their PC's. Nice choice.
Looks like a great setup. The only thing that looks odd to me would be the RAM, 16Gb might be more than you need... but I don't know what you are going to be using your pc for. If this will be for gaming, most gamers find that 8Gb is more than enough. You could save a good bit of money that way also, then you could buy more games! Anyways, if you do need the 16Gb... your system looks like it will do just fine. Good luck.
Do you have the original directions for that Seidon 120? I think I've read that when you mount the radiator in the case... the hoses are supposed to be on the bottom side. From what I remember, this is recommended so that an airlock isn't created... which would stop the coolant from flowing.
I built my son's pc with an 8320E... it's been working very well so far. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/3Hbj4D
I like it
that 970 4GB though...
There is a phone number on the Microsoft website to call, you gotta look there.
Hello, I have watched several of your Twitch streams and some of your YouTube vids. I am a member of the "Red Team" by Darren McPhee (the list on Twitter)... that's how I found your vid channels. Anyways, I was just shopping for new AMD RAM and I coincidentally found your builds... what a trip. Well I can see you do good work... but I have 1 question about your builds, why the Nvidia & Intel stuff, I thought AMDRT+ members only use AMD parts? Have a nice day iamapropos... and if you get bored, please check out my builds here http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MAXXHEW/builds/
And if you get really bored follow me on my social media areas. AMDFTW!
Thanks and have a nice day.
What is the point of removing the heat dissipation covers from that RAM? G.Skill usually has a lifetime warrantee on their RAM... taking the heat dissipation covers off probably voided that. I would have just left the red RAM covers on... it would match that PSU & sata wire nicely.
Yes... Plenty of room.
Nice build... if you do a lot of LAN partying, check these out: http://mnpctech.com/pc-case-lan-party-gaming-carry-top-server-tower-handles/ They might come in handy... plus for security you could use the handles to route a bicycle chain lock through if you leave it sitting at the party.
Some of these Christmas builds might have some odd choices as far as PSU goes (overkill). But keep in mind that Newegg had Thanksgiving sales on their Corsair PSU's... and some of the higher wattage items were priced less than the lower wattage items. In my Christmas build I originally chose a 500 watt PSU from Corsair, but I ended up buying the 600 watt model, because the sale price was lower.
Holy shxx... I just looked at the current prices for the parts in this build. I can't believe how much the retailers jack up the prices after their Thanksgiving sales... it's ridiculous. One bit of advice... Newegg has some really great deals in their refurbished area, have a look at that area before you buy from other places. Some stuff isn't worth buying refurbished, but some of the stuff is still covered under warranty.
Just the regular games 10 year olds play...MineCraft, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim etc... When he gets a bit older I'll share my Steam library with him - GTA (all editions), Hitman (all editions), Thief, Payday2, plus some other rated M games, but now he's too young for that stuff. These are his favorites, and the ones he records with the AMD Gaming Evolved powered by Raptr screen recorder: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNDWorld/videos
Very true... the SSHD's are what I will use from now on, unless SSD prices drop drastically. Only thing I worry about is mechanical failure... but since my son is just gonna be storing games and nothing really important, we won't lose much in that case. I highly recommend the SSHD hybrid drives, I have 2 of them now, the first one is fast and reliable after about a year of daily gaming usage.
I do plan on overclocking if we need to, now it does just fine at stock speed, it turbos up also if it needs to. Temps at idle for the 8320E have shown 27c.
the fans I did set up kinda odd. The fan on the back top is an "in" fan, the 2 fans in the front behind the grill are "out/exhaust" fans, the fan on the bottom of the case is an "in" fan, and the 2 on the Hyper 212 are pulling cool air from the top rear "in" then blowing the warmed air toward the front where the 2 "out" fans exhaust it. But now you made me go and double check the Hyper fans orientation... I thought I did them so they both pull/push air in the same direction toward the front of the case... i'll fix it if they are opposing or facing eachother.
Nice one for the Red Team. Quote: " All in all, dollar for dollar, I challenge you to find a better gaming or all around power house for less money." Ummm... that won't be easy, unless I add an R9 to my build called =NonosTrophy=... but that ain't happening any time soon, just finished =Banevader=. Now it's time to start saving for some GPU upgrades. See you in the Gardens or Graveyards. Nice build player +1!
I don't understand why everyone always suggests "you should have gone with a better GPU because..." I have built 3 different pc's with the R7-260X and believe me, it runs all the newest games from medium to ultra settings smoothly with no problem on a single monitor 1080p. I think that if someone was gonna be using multiple high resolution monitors... then a heavier GPU would be needed, other than that, the R7-260X is a great FPS/$ choice. Nice build BTW OP.
I'm looking at the last picture of this build... is that the normal/recommended amount of thermal grease to use? If so... I've been doing it wrong.
I see your screensavers... ROG. Did you build with any ROG parts?
Hmm... haven't thought of that. Maybe on my next build, I'm doing another one with pretty much the same parts this Christmas. Thanks for the suggestion.
My son and I are very happy with it... if you want to see gameplay vids of how it works go to YouTube and search: "Noah2234718" that's my son's channel that he uploads his gameplay. I have a few of my older vids also using the R7-260X... search YouTube under "MAXXHEW"
Why'd you get rid of the Platinum Seasonic?
Yeah anyways... my son doesn't game on this build anymore, this is MY rig now that I game on. I built a second one for him http://pcpartpicker.com/b/NrTWGX .He just plays Minecraft, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, TF2 & other kids games... I don't let him play the really bloody adult games yet.
$1900(price without rebates)includes everything... all peripherals, antivirus for a year, plus a beast all in one printer. This machine does everything I need it to do, and I'm very happy with it. It even scores better than other "high budget/high end" systems posted in pcpartpicker benchmark leaderboards... check it if you don't believe me (it's #325) http://pcpartpicker.com/builds/leaderboard/?page=7 Go ahead and compare the performance/$ with the other builds next to it on the leaderboards. All the hardware/software in this thing works very well together, sure there are other more popular configurations... but this is perfect for me and my sons needs. Good day.
Look at the 3rd and 4th pictures of my build called =SCOUT2=... that's the correct placement for the memories according to the FORMULA-Z manual.
nice... I've been thinking of getting the speakers you have. Any downside to them, or are they all good?
No problems. I have 2 in my pc, my son has 1 in his (my other build). Neither of our pc's have any problems with black/blue screens, glitching, artifacts, tearing etc... We use the stock settings and stock speeds... no overclocking. We also use the stock drivers that came on the disc the card was shipped with... never did any updates either. The only changes we ever do is turn the fan speed up a bit when the cards heatpipes are very hot to the touch. I would bet that the people who have all the problems with these cards just don't leave their cards alone... they probably overclock, mess with the power settings, and use incorrect drivers that they got from the wrong place.
Yeah... it's 24/7 server with 500 slots.
There are a few screws that will take it out.
High end AMD for once? I've seen plenty of them on this forum.
Nice... we have 4 parts the same.
I use 2 of the R7-260X in CrossFire. In Minecraft it gets like 400fps, I haven't really measured fps in any other games... but we play Battlefield 3, Hitman (all of them), GTA (all of them), Plants vs. Zombies, Payday 2, Team Fortress 2 plus many more popular games without any lag at all. I was just playing Battlefield 3 last night (on Ultra settings) and everything was completely smooth with no issues. That is how all those games work with this card. On YouTube there are gamers playing the newer games on high settings also if you search it up. My son's pc uses 1 R7-260X, but he only plays kids games like Minecraft... with 1 card, he gets like 300fps on multiplayer crowded servers. It is a very good card for 1080p single monitor gaming.
Hmmm... new benchmark leader, did you happen to take any screenshots of that score?
What a trip... I've built with 2 8350's, and neither one came in a box that looks like the one in your photo, where did you buy it from?