Wow 2 years already! I still love the headset, sound is great still though the ear cup fabric gets a bit dirty. My guess is that now there are better options (newer tech and all), but ya I do still enjoy my headset. The keyboard is sort of a different story. After the first year I began to have some issues with the LEDs. Most of them still work, but 9 of the keys on the left have gone out (and no it's not a custom mode). Also the cable is flaky has heck; any micro movement and it loses connection (with any port).
Ya I know Linus did a video on these monitors and was impressed by them. To me that means a lot since he has a much more first hand knowledge of many, more expensive monitors. To my eye it is superb. I do quite a bit of photoshop work and find the colors/contrast/brightness/viewing angles all to be great. Hard to call it top notch since that title is probably held for the $500 asus monitors but for >$200 I wouldn't get any other.
You're right, it would have saved a good bit of money; though I believe any "new" computer should have an ssd at this point. That's just my opinion, and you are entitled to your own.
Do you mean you would have preferred a blue over an ssd?
That's great! For $4 I might as well put them in. Thanks for the info.
Thanks! the led strip has been changed from the hue strip to a much better 5050 strip. For the original build I shopped around like crazy. Ebay, open box, you name it I searched for it. The base tower was ~$650 total. Do mind this setup was build 1 year ago so prices have since fallen.
I cannot accurately describe the overclocking potential, since it is not something I have felt the need to do yet. Other than that it does what it needs to---nothing too fancy, though. The UEFI BIOS interface is great and the fastboot options are wonderful. There is really nothing to hate, but there is not much to absolutely love. Don't misinterpret that however; it is still a very capable motherboard for it's price.
I'd argue, for the price, it is the best out there. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
It took me 2 times to cut it the way I wanted it with the dremel, but I am terrible with that thing. So no, it was definitely an easy swap.
I think it is pretty good. Nothing too fancy on it but it does what I need. UEFI interface is quite nice.
I found it on wallbase.cc though I can't find it on there now. I re-uploaded it to imgur and posted the link in an earlier comment.
If it helps I can tell you a bit more detail.
First the left & right click have a good force required for them, they are not super light like the deathadder. There is no accidental clicking.
The wheel lacks a bit for me. It has a decent semi rubbery texture to it but it is quite thin and the scrolling feels a bit cheap.
The 6 MMO style buttons above the thumb are perfectly placed, I never accidentally hit them yet still easy to reach. The problem is they are thin buttons and kinda smash together if you aren't very accurate with it. Also, these buttons are hard plastic and triangular, so you press the point of it which isn't the most comfortable, but it doesn't really bother me much.
I love the materials. The thumb area has this nice hard textured rubbery material that I like. The grippy palm area is a softer rubbery reeling but not in an annoyingly sticky way. And the left & right click has a good quality feeling plastic. Unlike like the plastic you find on those $10, it is a thicker heavier plastic.
I had a bit of tracking issues because I had my wireless headphone receiver right next to the mouse receiver. If you have skipping problems just use the receiver extender and place it away from the other receivers. I haven't had any tracking or skipping issues since.
I use a soft/velvety mousepad and it slides quite smoothly along it and doesn't have any slipping. If you use a hard mousepad and prefer it to slide around it will. On my bare desk it is quite slippery. It slides about an extra inch after a normal push.
The only complaint I have when it comes to the grip of it is that my pinky kinda gets lost off the right side of it with no real place to lay. I rest my pointer on the left click and my middle finder on the right click and there is only a bit of room left on the right side for my ring and pinky finger which usually results in the tip of my pinky to be on the mousepad.
Thank you! Feedback like this means a lot.
I enjoy it quite a bit. I am a palm/claw grip hybrid and I find it comfortable. It has good weight to it and the wireless aspect is wonderful. Also, it has been nearly 6 months now and I am yet to change the batteries. I think for the price it is hard to beat, though the new g502 logitch is showing off looks interesting.
Sure thing. This is the NZXT Hue I bought for the case: http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Technologies-5-25-Inch-Controller-8c-hue0000-00b/dp/B008RWT2IY]
And this is the LED strip I will soon buy for my desk underglow: http://www.amazon.com/SUPERNIGHT-Waterproof-Flexible-300leds-Changing/dp/B00ASHP1CM/ref=sr_1_7?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1394466506&sr=1-7&keywords=led+strip+5050
Thank you! Go for it man, I feel this is a great system for any 1080p gaming. The 3GB VRAM on the 7950 is great for large textures like skyrim and diablo. Perhaps take a look at some of the new r9 series cards if you don't want to be a generation behind though.
Best of luck.
Thank you. The power supply was purchased during the time when ascetics didn't matter to me. Now I regret that. Though I will more than likely be "debadging" it soon.
np. If you need me to take pics of how I did it I will do that. Though like I said, it is fairly self explanatory.
Ahh no need, you can do it because it is very easy. Just go to home depot and grab a $10 sheet of acrylic, trace the old panel onto it, and cut the lines (slowly) with a dremel. If you mess up (like I did) just go grab another $10 piece of acrylic.
140mm intake in the front, two 120mm exhaust on top, PSU is bottom intake, and the H80i is in push pull.
I made it.
I don't but BF3 gets around 45-60
Thanks, little late for that now, haha. I haven't had any issue yet fingers crossed.
I did not.
Ya I thought about buying another PSU but I have a hard time justifying another $100 for a blue sticker, haha. I made the sidepanel myself using a dremel to cut an acrylic panel from home depot: http://goo.gl/rRJlgV.
I bought them at two different times. The $119 was the first from ebay, then I just bought the other during black friday for $129
Haha thanks! I did it myself with the materials from Home Depot and a dremel to cut it.
Thank you! I got the sleeved cables here: http://goo.gl/tqR7Pi.
The 6300 is fine with the 7950, I will try to get some benchmarks here soon, having some problems right now.
As for my OCing I have only done a minor OC on the GPU (960/1380) and I haven't yet done any CPU OCing.
I approve of this title :). Great value build.
Ya that makes sense, haha. I only quickly did some research on the 7850 so make sure that is the one you want before you jump the gun. perhaps look at the new r7 or maybe you can find a good black friday deal. Best of luck!
So far as I know, there aren't any bottlenecks with setup. Your PSU wattage is fine and the 6300 can easily keep up with your GPU. However, there may be a few better options for parts. This is my opinion and if you or anyone else thinks I'm wrong then don't hesitate to reply.
1) I would swap your 1GB 650ti for a 2GB 7850.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7850twinfrozr2gd5oc -MSI TF
There's about a 10FPS difference and the 2GB will come in handy.
2) Are you bundling your CPU with your motherboard through Microcenter? If so, I think there are better combos out there: 8320 + 970A-G46 for $129.99 total.
If not, there are better motherboard options for the price. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-970ag43 970 chipset, full ATX.
Lastly I have just a few questions:
Why the 1866 memory?
Why $80 on fans?
That's the next step. Contemplating hue or not but it shouldn't be long before I complete it. However I still have a new desk to get for it yet :).
Just realized the link is broken. Here is the updated one: http://i.imgur.com/ISZPZzY.jpg?1 - I can't find it on wallbase again, sorry.
Thank you very much. My goal was to help those researching understand my thoughts on the individual products.
My 6300 is superb for the price, plus a good 970/990 chipset board are much cheaper than comparative z77/z87 intel boards. Your choice depends heavily on the purpose of your build. If you need a bang for your buck gaming PC with a CPU capable enough for some rendering, than the 6300 is a great choice.
Glad you liked my build. Much has changed with it and I hope to do an update here soon.
Thank! I'm not a big fan of the mouse/keyboard either, but I wanted all funds to go towards the tower. I will hopefully be upgrading soon.
I'd love to help...but your parts list is private for me :).
Thank, no problem. I'm happy to assist. Have fun building your new PC! I wish I could relive it.
It is a great setup. Whenever I first launch a game I get excited to max all the settings to ultra with 16x anisotropic and 8x AA. I am fussy about my FPS, some people can play on 30-40, I cannot, I need 50-60 FPS and this delivers that.
Bioshock Infinite full ultra: ~60 fps
Battlefield 3 full ultra: ~50 fps
Borderlands 2: ~60fps
Skyrim with 100 mods (including an enb): ~50 fps.
The only thing I've come across which I needed to turn things down was Crysis 3 which I get 25-35 fps on full
Thanks, that is so true what you said. Wish I could have waited a bit but hindsight is 20/20 I guess.
Thanks! and yes it does.
CPU, motherboard and optical drive from Microcenter. RAM and wireless adapter from Newegg. GPU, PSU, and case from Tigerdirect. Monitor and SSD from eBay. OS from Amazon, and keyboard from Staples.
eBay is where the big deals are. As for the major sites (Newegg, Tigerdirect, ect.) just look out for some daily/weekly deals; http://slickdeals.net is a good place to check.
I finished it around mid May 2013, before Nvidia 700 or Haswell, and the final cost was just over $900.
I had a $30 MIR on the GPU and a $10 one on the case. The other deals were from bundling (like the CPU and MOBO)and the other parts were just on random sales. Also, eBay played a big role in finding used, but heavily discounted, parts.
Thank you! The software is the free version of 3dMark 11. I just took a screenshot of my result page. You can download it at http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmark11
Good! I have seen people do it before, but they said there is low clearance so I might have to swap my high profile ram. Thanks for the info!
This is my first build so I don't have previous knowledge of other cards to compare it to. With that said I still complain that the fans are noticeable even when not under load. My case doesn't have the best of cooling but when I did an overclock to 960/1320 (stock 900/1250) the temps get up to 77C under load- those fans then spin up to turbine like speeds.
Still, the card is a beautiful card. The red plate on the front can be easily removed and painted (I painted mine blue to match). It also performs great but I guess that would be consistent with all 7950s.
So yes, the fans are loud but it isn't really that horrible- I can live with it. I would still recommend the card. However, if I were to do it again I would probably get the vaper-x or the IceQ. I would pay $30 more for the silence and OC capability. But if you found the XFX for that much of a discount I would go for it.
http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/2648308 wallbase is without question the best place for wallpapers.
Wow, this is eerily similar to my build I just put up.
Thanks! Exactly :)
Thank you, I'm glad that you said that. I was hoping that I didn't over-buy on the GPU.