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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!!

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice! what battalion were you with?

  • 55 months ago
  • 7 points

Fox Co. 2nd Battalion / 4th Marines (1981-1985)

"The Magnificent ********"

The banner at the top right of my office is of our coat of arms. I just went to a 30 year reunion in St. Louis with a bunch of Jarheads I served with that I found on Facebook. I printed one of the banners for each Marine that showed up and everyone signed each others banners. Brought mine home and hung that bad bear up!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

You seem to have a bit of gpu sag. Otherwise nice build

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Yes, it is a pretty long card, do not really know what to prop it up with! Let me know if you have any ideas...

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Super thin fishing line. Tie it to the rear end of the GPU and a point at the top of your case. You won't even know it's there!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea, maybe I will give that a shot.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for your service. That is one sick build! +1 :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Appreciate all the kind words my friend!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Appreciation of your service from the UK, nice build hope you are enjoying Battlefield mate :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Mate! Actually got to visit Portsmouth and London while in the Corps, had a blast. One of my buddies actually married a gal that he met in a dance hall in Portsmouth. They were at our reunion.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to hear been to Portsmouth to catch a ferry (as the name would suggest "port"), and live just In what's known as greater London basically just on the outskirts of the city.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build +1. Do you have any temps for that gpu? I was looking at getting the vapor-x 290 to go in my 8320 rig, but thought it might get hot..

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

It runs at 29 Degrees C at idle. I will monitor it after running BF4 for a while and post the temps. Thanks for your reply!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that idles lower than my sapphire 280 with the "dual-X" fans. Those vapor-X fans must work. A load temp would be awesome too thanks. I also overclocked that card to it's limit, that might be why too... Check my 8320 build out if you get a chance.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I ran BF4 for about an hour today and I came up with a CPU under load of 45 degrees and gpu under load of 59 degrees. According to what I have found online those seem like pretty respectable temps.

Thanks for your reply and I will def take a look at your builds.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps ranged from 30 degrees at idle to 60 degrees during gaming and 3D Mark testing. Hasn't gone of 60 degrees yet so I guess that is not too bad.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This is sick man. My only suggestion is removing that bottom hard drive dock thing that's blocking the fan. Might lead to lower Temps on your gpu.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! There are a lot of drive docks that are empty, I guess taking them out wouldn't hurt anything. Thanks for the tip.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Very clean rig. I have used same CPU on two builds. No issues!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Good to hear that about the CPU, I was dreading another crash!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Extra1+ for your service!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was an honor!!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

nicccee

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your reply!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that same case and mine is stuffed with hardware. You can fit a ton of stuff in this case. Very nice build and thank you for your service to our country.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your kind words. The case is massive! Since it was my first build I wanted plenty of room for cable management and the trim was perfect for BF4 theme so all in all I am very pleased with this case. Lots of room for expansion as a bonus!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I also own an FX 8350. Check out my build =)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your reply! I checked out your build as well, great job!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build. Excellent cable management. Really enjoyed the color scheme. Backlit LED Lights gave me a big smile. Have an upvote!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your positive comments. I tried on my first build to manage the cables as best as possible. However, the red gpu cables came with the psu and I have found some blue ones that I am going to order and replace the red ones with them when I open it up again.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

great build, had one of the few first descriptions that actually read +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I appreciate it! Thought describing my trials might help someone else avoid the same problems!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Also, thank you for your service!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was a pleasure and an honor.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build JB, thanks for the post.

How are you liking the Samsung S24D300H monitor? I'm in the market for a decent gaming monitor that has low input lag and good color (as well as low price, unlike those other expensive gaming monitors).

Also, did you get any hours in Hardline?

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Even i got this Monitor recently and its really nice coming from a 15" monitor to 24" is a huge difference.

there is no input lag and i don't see any screen tearing (with gtx 970sc). Battlefield 4 and Hardline looked amazing, especially parcel storm and flood zone.The colors a bit washed but can be fixed with a little tweaking but overall for the price its well worth it as i was on a very tight budget.

would like some input from jb1543 about the monitor.

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Sorry dude, I didn't see your post and just haven't been back on the site! The monitor works and looks really good, I am going to try and put 2 more in the rig for 3. To be honest though, it would probably be better to have something just a bit bigger. I may sell this one and get something in a 26 - 30 range if I can find a good deal. I did play a bit of Hardline but I am focusing on bf4 right now, haven't played in a long while so I am really rusty!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

It runs BF4 great!! I have since added 2 more of the same screen that I already have and it totally rocks!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Death2508/saved/#view=7cqXsY New Rig list. NOW I can't wait to see how BF4 runs. Nice case BTW.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Battlefield!!!

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