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Okay, i'll start with the PC name, "Challenger" is a reference to the Shuttle, all the PC's my family owns are named after one of the Rockets from the space program, My own has always been Challenger, as this is the biggest, fastest PC I've owned, reborn it is.

This was build for multitasking in mind, I'm about to go off to uni to study computer science and I needed something that wouldn't take a big hit if I was to write some bad code, and of course, I will be gaming on it ( I play MMORPG's mainly and i'm a big Minecraft fan) I expect to be running Chrome, hexchat (IRC client), Some programming IDE, Photoshop and maybe other heavy applications I don't know about yet!

It runs, so far flawlessly, stunned my dad at the start up speed (19 seconds) The SSD is worth while. I am expecting people to ask why not a Samsung 830 or a crucial M4 and point out that OCZ aren't the best choice, i'm expecting this, but it was cheaper than an 830 and the M4's were lacking in the write speed performance I felt. However if the drive fails, people can say "I told you so" and they did, I spent 7 months researching (parents wouldn't let my buy till I had my uni results) The black drive is damn quick too needless to say.

I didn't shoot high on the motherboard though, but it works well it's probably the first thing I plan on upgrading and it will probably be soon, Any suggestions on what would be best for it are welcome :)

Graphics wise, compared to what I had the 7850 is a beast. I was planning on having a 7770 but my local shop managed to order the wrong card! :o So now I have the 7850 2GB

The case is great, and Fractal Design are great! They released the R4 recently but it wasn't available (It has USB3 which the R3 wasn't advertised as having) So the R3 it was, it arrived and it had a USB3 port as well as 2 USB 2's and all were on internal headers, not annoying USB3 pass through's! I plan on adding another fan in the front too, and it was nice to see a fan controller, albeit a cheap one but it works and there was a handy whole in the motherboard tray to put the cables for it through as you can see.

The 3570k is all I need, I plan on overclocking in the future but atm I've kept it at clock speeds as I haven't had time to have a go (I've never done it before) And the 212 Evo is great and quiet! Also RAM is RAM, so the Ripjaws look awesome (and perform well)

I currently have an old dell screen (1920x1050) hooked up as well as my Sony bravia 23" 1080p TV (The dells colour depth seems a lot better)

I'm not one for fancy peripherals I have a cheapo semi-membrane(?) keyboard not entirely sure if it classes as mechanical, it doesn't feel like my laptop keyboard (but I can't pull the keys off easily so I can't see it breaking any time soon? ) and a mouse branded from my mums work that's lasted me 8 years, I feel like I need nothing more at this point when it comes to these

As for sound, I hear gamers saying "a sound card is a must", with my PC plugged into my TV via HDMI I get the sound through that, I believe it will use the TV's sound card, but someone can correct me if I'm wrong! or plugged into my stereo by a just as old 3.5mm aux cable I see no point in buying an expensive or cheap sound card, it's just unneeded for me. (But if someone wants to buy me a 7.1 surround sound system with sound card go for it!)

Any other questions feel free to ask, I will be keeping an eye on this :)

[Additional]

Recently purchased two extra items to complete the build

1st the LG IPS234T-PN Monitor, this is a great monitor for the price, IPS panel (LG's gen 4 - they are at gen 6 now I believe) So great after seeing it my friend has bought one, and my dad is getting two for his office at work. I can see further purchases of these monitors in the future.

The second was a proper typing keyboard When I went to my local shop I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted, which was the K90, except being such a high priced keyboard, I wanted to try before I bought.... just the shop wasn't allowed to open any boxes for keyboards due to hygiene reasons ( understandable ) They did however have the black widow as the till keyboard.. (Independent PC parts shop, they probably game on the machine in the free time...) So I was able to try the black widow out there and then..... and I really liked it.. the blue key switches were perfect for me. Now the only problem I had was with Razers "Synapse" program.. which would not start, kept trying to update the synapse framework (which is pretty much .net framework 4... ) and wouldn't download anything, probably due to university internet. After an hour of searching I found the proper drivers only for the keyboard, which work perfectly.. but it took quite a search.. Other than that I can't fault it!

Further, I now have a 1TB Barracuda in here, and now grub is installed, I have Windows installed as before but I also have Linux mint Maya installed with the Cinnamon desktop. Also there is a server version of Ubuntu installed on the barracuda too for when I tested it in my other server build.

The drive is good, I moved my movies off my WD onto the seagate, the copy speeds were ~140MB/s I was very surprised hehe.

I had my dad do the photos with his Canon 5D MkIII In case the site down scales the image sizes here some HD links The zoom on these are great btw, they are 5760x3840 in resolution ;)
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/73774243/PC/_O4A2454.JPG https://dl.dropbox.com/u/73774243/PC/_O4A2458.JPG https://dl.dropbox.com/u/73774243/PC/_O4A2459.JPG )

Additional photos added which I've pulled off my phone, one from uni which includes the screen but not the keyboard and some others from build day that i took myself

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Integrated sound is fine, so unless you're a competitive gamer, or a professional worker you'll be fine with what you have.

You could go with an Asus if you want a motherboard with a great background but I know ASRock, and Gigabyte or pretty good too. I've heard that Msi's are fine, so I wouldn't worry about you having a bad one.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

And yes i know which brands are decent, i was hoping for a little more input on specific boards people have gotten on well with, but thanks anyway! :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you get for FPS on Minecraft, and at what settings?

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh my,
straight vanilla like ~180FPS || Modded minecraft ~150FPS || Modded w/AA, AF and mipmapping(the thing that affects things the most) ~80FPS || 512x512 textures ~60FPS || Sonic ethers unbelievable shaders ~60FPS || 512x512 textures + Sonic ethers ~30FPS ||

I normally play with modded with an x128 textures and mipmapping Also i have a new screen, which I'll add to the build

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Thanks for all the info, I've been trying to find out all of those things for a while now.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you were expecting that were you? :p I forgot to add that i tested recording with fraps, x512 textures and shaders, still got 20fps and was just about playable hehe (was set to full size capture too)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, sounds like I'll probably be getting a 7850 then. :p

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Final part of my build has been added, new keyboard! Also i acquired a generic microsoft mouse from my family PC when my brother got a R.A.T 5 for his birthday, the MS mouse is fine for what i need, i don't ever feel i'll need a decent "Gaming" mouse with extra buttons, i don't think i'll ever use them. Also this keyboard is great..... and clicky xD

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

Personally, I'm an Nvidia fan, and I would have gotten a 256 gb sad and 16 gb of RAM, but that's cause I use Adobe CS Master Collection.

Either way great build.

Also, Minecraft for the win!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I was rather limited on my budget, and i haven't the need for all that RAM at the moment, maybe in the future if I start using VM's And yes, love minecraft!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Minecraft FTW!!!

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I kind of had to, Parents wouldn't let me build until i had my University confirmation, , but iw as a very enjoyable time, being a patient person helped.

My only niggle at the moment is the the motherboard, it's blue colour scheme, i'd prefer to have a red or black board. Suggestions for a board with decent overclocking ability that is Black/Red and not too expensive are appreciated!

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm only an 8+4 Power delivery, but i'll take a bigger look, £135 is an okay price i guess

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

From what i can see, the more power phases, generally the more stable overclocking will be, and nothing over $150 (or £130, i'm british)