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I have had this build a few months now because I wanted to make sure it worked before sharing it. The new consoles that where shown earlier this year didn’t really inspire me to get one at all. Although I will miss killzone and gran turismo, I can move on. I missed out on a lot of good games that came out about three or five years ago like bioshock, portal, borderlands, and others, so I wanted to play all those but with them looking a lot better than they do on console. I got a laptop a few years ago when the A8-3500m chip came out and fell in love with TF2 and the feel of having a mouse and keyboard in a FPS.

So here I am, maybe not with the best of any world, but a damn could pick from all of them. I like having more than just one thing going at a time, this is the reason I chose the FX over the i5. The 7870Ghz just seemed to have the best bang for the buck at the time. Maybe I should have waited for the 760 but who cares, this still plays crisis 3 almost maxed at 1080p. I chose the motherboard for its longevity, the PCIe 3.0 was important for upgrades, and with a five year warranty who can complain.

The memory seems excellent; haven’t really put it through it’s paces. I love the speed of the Samsung SSD and I pulled the Caviar Blue out of an external hard drive I had as back-up. I am a little disappointed with the wireless card doesn’t seem to be able to get above 10Mb/s download. My laptop can do 25Mb/s.

I love the case as it is very quiet and beautifully built. There is one nit-picky thing that really bugged me however, one of the catches on the front fan grill was broken on arrival so one corner sticks out at an angle. Its ok as it is hidden behind the main door, but, well, you know… I bought some extra fans just to keep the air flow up; I hope to get a closed loop in the future, or even a custom one. The fans are wonderfully quiet but it would be nice to have some Noctuas, which put out a bit more air flow. Power supply is great I have never heard the fan come on (hope it works). I would really recommend a modular supply if you are not going to use all of the cables. I kind of wish I had bought the 750W instead, just for some upgradeability. And finally, you can’t go wrong with the solid Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer, it’s not as complicated as its name makes it sound.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Could've fit in a 7950 or maybe even a 7970 with a $1K budget but nonetheless, a good build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I was looking at that, but I don't think ill keep the 7870 for too long though. maybe ill get a 9970 or something. thanks.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I was able to fit a 7950 into my $750 build :P

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

what's your processor?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

FX-8350

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

DAMN! That's a sick *** build for the price! You lucky *******! :p

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's here if you want to see it :P I soon plan on adding a H100i in a few months http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1FwO3

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

If you have the extra cash, I highly recommend you grab something like the CM Hyper 212 Evo to attach to your CPU. It'll really help lower temps and noise. It will also allow you to overclock the FX 8350 to around 4.5GHz or more.

Other than that, this is an excellent build. Everything is well balanced. Also, since the new consoles are sporting AMD hardware, I'm rather certain most games are going to be optimized for AMD. I know Battlefield 4 will be. I'm thinking about switching out my GTX 670 for an AMD GPU, but I think I may wait for AMD's next gen GPUs. Either that or I'm going to get another GTX 670 for SLI.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, I cant wait to see what AMD will bring out next for their GPUs

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice cable management. Although I stopped playing consoles as much in 2005 and became a pc gamer the new ps4 does have decent specs for a console. I prefer intel and geforce products, but since Haswell is a tock so not going to upgrade to it.

AS stated mobo is a little overkill. Lets hope pc ups their games when threatened by the new console tech.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really nice, cable management is excellent from what I can see!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i too jumped from console to pc gaming, i feel lucky i did it when i did ram was cheaper back in march when i made the jump. nice build the sabertooth is a bit to much unless you really like to tinker with mobo's to get the best performance

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I was suckered into the PCIe 3.0 really, hope to have it until the warranty runs out (five years).

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a Maximus Hero for AMD? Because I got one for my 4770k and it's awesome. I was considering the Sabertooth, but I heard that the shielding increases temps, and also the Hero, at least when I bought it, was cheaper than the Sabertooth and had more features. How's the mobo doing for you so far?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo is great, it gives you loads of control over all of your components. There is a ROG board for Asus but it is a bit dated now. This sabertooth board is the newest AMD one on the market I believe.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

don't most modern ATX boards have at least 1 PCIe 3.0 rail. i know mine does

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD only had PCIe 2.0 until this board, it has been on Intel boards since the start of 1155 I believe.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

could have done a little better with prices. Corsair drops their prices a ton sometimes. you can get 650w for $40. And i hope that motherboard was worth it... besides that..it's great! i have a 7870 and love it

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd love to see a custom loop in the r4. I was thinking about doing one myself, but to get a rad up in the top, you need a stealth rad, and then a big rad in the front. So i decided to go with the 350d for my watercooling build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have stuck with a 990x chipset mobo and gotten a better gfx card. But still looks awesome, and is a definite upgrade from a console.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice balanced build, and way to pick up the R4 when it was only $75. I was thinking of getting one they were so cheap.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I've gone with your exact build for my first ever home-made gaming pc. Any general building tips? Ordered the case, mobo and fans to get started. Worried about breaking stuff! Does the CPU come with cooling etc? Remember, I'm a noob, be nice.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Its great fun the first time you get to put one of these together. The chip does come with a stock cooler, and compared to Intel's it's quite good, can get a bit loud though.my biggest concern was scratching the back of the mobo when installing it. My best advise is to lay the case on its side and gently position it over the holes, don't slide and scrape it. Good luck and have fun.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the wireless card? What would you recommend for gaming around that price?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe that it is adequate. I have played crisis 3, tomb raider, tf2, and borderlands without any real problems. if possible I would always recommend wired internet. there are too many potential bottlenecks with wireless cards. however, for the price, this is good one . you could also consider TP-link. you want one with no less than 300mb/s.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the corsair power supply, does the fan run loud or anything like that?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. I have never heard the fan turn on in my system, it does work, but it is either very quiet or runs efficiently enough to not need it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Good build its pretty similar to mine but i got a 6300 and a 7950 decided to put more money into my gpu then my cpu so far playing everything on ultra fine and could always upgrade my cpu later.

This is my first pc too i wasent to impressed with the way the new consoles were looking, congrats on your pc! Good cable managment too.

Check mine out if you want? http://pcpartpicker.com/b/ErK

Im happy with my choice of amd i hated when people kept reckomending the 3570k just cuz its "better" when both the amd cpus and intel cpus both give playable fps who the hell cares witch is better.... My 6300 plays everything on ultra and i can always upgrade later to a 8350 or even a 9XXX series when there released since there still using the am+3 socket and you could do the same as well were the 3570k is a dead socket and well haswell runs super hot and not as good as ivybridge. Be happy you chose amd!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to agree with your last paragraph, I may be in luck as this motherboard should be able to handle the 5.0GHz chip. I was also very impressed with the 6300 performance from its reviews. would take it over an equivalently priced i3 any day.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree that AMD isn't as bad as people say and they make great chips for their prices, but where did you hear Haswells run super hot? On overclocked builds using sub-par cooling? Because my 4770k and a $30 CM Hyper 212 EVO cooler leave it at 32 C idle and mid 40s during most games.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Every review iv looked at and read so far all say that haswell runs hotter then its ivybridge counterparts meaning for lower ocing so in the long run makeing ivybridge still better. Haswell was designed mostly for labtops haswells biggest pros are lower power consumtion at stock speeds and high integrated graphics for portable gameing. Haswell was not designed for desktops and for high ocing iivyridge still reighns supreme for desktop gameing

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Welcome to the side where the grass is greener.

Great build :)

  • 71 months ago
  • -1 points

With that budget you could have gotten away with a 3570k and a 7970. The i5 is just fine with multitasking, you don't need 8 cores to have multiple applications open. The i5 would have been better in games too. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ok7k

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

yes, I know that was always an option. I spent a lot of time on this site playing around with the numbers. I just have this feeling that eight cores will soon become the next must have; both of the new consoles have them.I know that it takes a couple of years for these effects to make change, but I plan on having this rig for a long time. I was also not intending to keep the GPU for too long so I didn't want to go all out straight away.

thanks for the comment.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

I agree with your logic here. Next gen consoles will have 8 core processors so it seems to me that games will start using 8 cores. It won't be overnight of course, but that does seem like the direction we're headed in.

Also, benchmarks show the AMD 8 core beating the i5 in some games, so the decision isn't as blatantly obvious as most people like to think. I have a 3570k myself and it's an awesome processor for gaming, but it does feel lacking in some cases. Especially when trying to record gameplay while playing on a PS2 emulator.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I made this build at the same time as one of my friends who got a i5 and a gigabyte 7970. he loves it too. we are sort of curious whose build will last longer (including upgrade potential).

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

at a i5 you have no upgrade potential cpu wise other then a i7 and a i5 performs just as well in gameing as a i7 does so it be a waste of money. Ivy is a dead chipset now

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed. Crysis 3 and battle field both use the new gameing cryo engine and both utilize around 6 cores games will begin using more and more cores in the future makeing amd better but intel quad cores will still be good. consoles are using 8 jaguar cores compared to pc cores its very weak 8 cores. In a couple of years dual core pcs wont be abke to game anymore imo

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

He did fine and didnt need to take that path

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