No complaining about the BF4 theme please! I am a Fanboy and won't deny it! I am a veteran of the USMC, 0311 (Infantry Rifleman) and a veteran of the Georgia Army National Guard, 12 Bravo (Combat Engineer). Military games are really the only games I have an interest in.
I have been playing Battlefield since the first release of 1942 in 2002. I have played a lot of BF2 and really like the Project Reality mod and the Forgotten Hope 2 mod! But I always had stock computers that would "just run" the different iterations of the game, I never had anything really powerful enough to run the game smoothly online with a lot of players. So when it came time to upgrade my current computer I started looking for a machine that would do the job right for BF4. I couldn't really find any machines that were exactly what I wanted and then I ran across PCPartPicker and saw what everyone was doing here and thought if you all could do it, so could I!
I had some serious problems though when I first put everything together. After initial assembly everything was running great for a couple of hours. Then I started experienced freezing and ultimately my machine shut itself down and the whole system went completely dead!
I am pretty sure I know what happened though. I had originally purchased the Corsair H105 which was listed as compatible with the Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 on PCPartPicker, but it really wasn't because it would not install properly on this board. After removing the original heatsink brackets and installing the offsets and retaining ring for the H105's block the block and backplate were very loose on the MOBO. I was pretty sure I couldn't leave it like that so in an effort to make the backplate secure I flipped the backplate over and then screwed in the offsets. This made the block mount securly. However mounting it that way must have caused some spot over heating or something because after the crash and alot of subsequent MOBO testing I found out that the CPU indeed went bad. Even though I was monitoring the temps right from the start and never saw them go too high the CPU fried somehow.
I returned the bad CPU and purchased a new one, but before I put everything back together with the new CPU I did some research and called and talked to an Asus tech who said the coolers recommended for that board are the Corsair H80i and Corsair H100i, which actually have a block adapter that uses the original heat sink brackets and not the offsets that are used with the H105. I liked the look of the top mount radiator so I returned my H105 went with the H100i.
After putting it all back together again (for the 6th time) it has run like a scalded dog!! Got all my updates run and installed BF4 and I am having a blast!
Plan on adding another Vapor X and 2 more monitors this year to finish the project off.
I am really glad I found this site and glad I took on the project. It was kind of a pain in the butt but I think it has been well worth it.
I threw in the pic of my USMC Eagle Globe and Anchor tat just for the hell of it. I think it goes along with my theme pretty well and if there is anything you don't like about my rig then you can "tell it to the Marines"!!
Thanks for taking time to check out my build and good gaming!!