Though most of us knowledgable builders will frown upon the wasted resources in this build, I will have to say its quite a looker.
It'll stomp anything you throw at it deep into the dirt and Allow the builder to do anything and everything he wants. Game Sure it'll be equal to the i5. rendering / editing / programming sure if he ever wants to pick that up he certainly wont need to ugprade. I probably would have gotten 1 120Hz monitor with this budget and a little more powerful PSU because 750W to SLI 2 Superclocked GTX 680's is cutting it a little close to me.
I'm personally not a fan of Big air coolers because I'm a hardware **** geek and like to look over into my build from time to time and see everything : D
Happy gaming with your work station build ;P
Gotta love the downvote brigade. Haters gonna hate.
Its because this isn't a gaming build. You are calling it a gaming machine but you used parts that are better utilized in a Video editing, programming, rendering build. Though money wasn't an issue, the i7 wont benefit you in games, not now, not in the near future. 16GB of RAM. You claim you reached 8-9GB of ram usage in Skyrim, what are you doing to unecesarrily over use RAM? I render, record, live stream, play music and play BF3 or Planetside 2 and barely touch 6-7GB...
You don't have a bad system per say its just seems like willful naive over spending because it was the highest price item so it must be the best and money isn't a issue. Atleast that is how you are coming across :P
It's his money to spend, why come on here just to point out that he bought too much RAM or a CPU that's stronger than he may or may not need. Maybe he like's i7s, maybe he got a good deal, it's his prerogative.
I bought 16GB of RAM - why? Because it's less than $100 now and I run 80+ tabs on Chrome while video editing and running a couple of VMs. Not usually all at once, but I might utilize more than 8GB of RAM doing work. It's his choice on what he puts his money into.
I'd hate for this build to mislead other builders into thinking this is actually something that you should consider for a "Gaming Machine" when it really shouldn't be.
So to simply answer your rhetorical question of "why come on here to point out that he bought too much ram or a CPU that's stronger than he may or may not need"? Because there are way to many people on this site looking for examples of what to do so they can build a good correct system without WASTING MONEY.
I don't see anything wrong in pointing out FACTS about how system resources wont be used so people can make informed decisions instead of continuing to be naive and ignorant and waste money on uneeded and useless things. If I was a new builder and I learned that I wasted money on items because I followed examples of builds like this, I'd be absolutely upset.
Make a review of the i7-3770k and state that its a good choice for a "gaming machine" and see what happens to your youtube channel...
Can you post some pictures of its insides? I'd love to see what that beast looks like from the inside.
if this is for gaming a i5 would have done the same as the i7
Obviously, but money wasn't an issue. Was not a budget build.
I sure hope you are utilizing that i7 because its just a waste if you got it to only game with.. I might add the i5 is far from a budget choice. If money wasn't an issue and you wanted a "gaming machine" why not go 2011 Socket instead? heck you could have easily on this budget.
You don't need Windows Ultimate.
Got it for $50
that is one heck of a steal.
Who are you to judge what he needs - maybe he's using Bitlocker or needs more than one language on the OS.
Are you using this for anything other than gaming? For a gaming only build there is a lot of wasted money here, an i5 would perform as well for gaming, and 16GB of ram is barely used at all in any game. Not to say that this is a bad build, but for gaming only a few changes in $ allocation would increase performance a great amount, for the same price.
I actually hit about 8-9 gb of ram in skyrim with all my mods (150+).
Last I checked Skyrim is 32bit which means it can only use 4GB of RAM. the only reason to have 16GB of RAM is if you are running certain content creation applications that can use that much. Even if you mod the game to utilize more ram it causes it to be increasingly unstable and does not provide any performance boost. Unless you have new information on this that nobody else knows. I'm all ears and would love links on how to get this to work and be stable.
Okay, because of that specific game it is good for you, but most games won't use more than 8GB, and a lot won't even use 4GB, that is why I made the statement about the non-importance of RAM.
I see a lot of responses to questions about spending extra money on parts saying "money wasn't an issue."
There's a difference between a non-budget build and just blatantly wasting money. This is the latter.
An i5 3570K would be $100 less, and would perform exactly the same if not better in games than your i7. You will never use 8Gb in gaming, let alone 16 (useless 1866MHz I might add), another $45 wasted. There are dozens of motherboards that perform exactly the same as yours for ~120-140, another $60-80 wasted. So for the exact same system performance, you could have saved upwards of $250.
Sorry if that seems like an angry rant, but it just seems like you threw away money simply because "it wasn't a budget build."
That being said, it's still a really nice build with nice parts in it.
I'm sorry $250 means more to you than I.
Yes, great quality for the price.