Description

General PC Work / Tons of Chrome / Firefox tabs open / Watching movies on one of the screens while kind of working on the others / Video Editing / Rendering / Converting H264 / Gaming / Managing Web Server - That's It Guys / Virtual Machines / And storage of tons of movies and TV shows

On a side-note, I haven't really tweaked the i5 3570K yet, the stock settings on the board lightly overclocked the CPU to 4.2Ghz. It could probably hit 4.4-4.7Ghz without issue, but I haven't really run into a CPU bottleneck as of yet.

Oh, I need to upload more photos, the one up there was taken just before I swapped out my unlocked Sapphire 6950

Comments

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Very balanced build. I love it, and you could have gone with a 7970, but I don't know much about the video cards. Even though if you didn't put the description in, we'll have an idea for what you were doing.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

The 7970 was $100 more (33% more cost) and only gained about 10% performance increase or so. Plus, this card can overclock higher than a stock 7970.

Frankly, I don't need it unless I'm in Eyefinity mode with Saint's Row or Crysis 1/2.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm a little worried to give you my feedback since you seem to dislike other peoples opinions from other builds but here it goes anyways.

With the amount and type of work you do on a computer and with the budget range you have I'm surprised you didn't go with an i7-3770k, it might have benefited you quite a bit.

I'd be a little skeptical on the PSU rosewell PSU's aren't known to be the most reliable but other than that you have a great build for what you are using it for.

How much improvement past 1600Hz do you see with the RAM? I was under the impression that it gives negligible and deminished improvments after 1600Hz but maybe with your usage it is noticed.

Gaming

Atleast for gaming this is what I was under the impression of: http://93.185.96.114/hardware/procesory-pameti/21635-neutracejte-zbytecne-vykonem-staci-levnejsi-ddr3-pameti?start=8 -

Applications - http://pctuning.tyden.cz/hardware/procesory-pameti/21635-neutracejte-zbytecne-vykonem-staci-levnejsi-ddr3-pameti?start=6

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh.. I just saw this site on Reddit and the first rig I looked at was everyone ganging up and bitching about the guys' parts choices. I don't care about the feedback.

As for the PSU, Rosewill has decent power supplies. They're generally rebranded from solid manufacturers like Seasonic. The RAM - well, I was looking for black memory and for the price, I couldn't pass up on this set. I'm not a huge overclocking nut, as you can see from the 4.2Ghz. I'm aware that pretty much after 1600, you won't see an improvement. You're better off having tighter timings.

Regardless - $80 for those. Pretty crazy, since my first set of DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws 2 X 2GB was $100.

Interesting articles though, pretty similar to the ones I read on Tom's a while back, but I like how they break down and show different timings.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

The description did not keep the formatting I typed. Oh well, I'll fix it later.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

that mobo only supports up to 1866, i have that mobo too

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig. If you are planning on running multiple VMs, have you thought about going for 32GB RAM when your pricepoint is already $3400?

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, I've never used over 12GB, it's more about having buffer room just in case.

Funny thing about the price estimated here is it's not really accurate on how much I spent. I picked up two of those HDDs second hand (that and before the floods, so they were about $110-120 area). The Samsung BR Drive was about $60.

Never thought I'd put that much money into a computer - my first serious build was like $700 in '09. Phenom II X4 965, M4A7AT-E, and 4GB of G.Skill Ripjaws - all of that was $400. Then a Sapphire Vapor-X 4870 and a mid-case.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a fan. I like the build and you cleaned it up nicely.

Trying to think of any negatives... Maybe go up to watercooling if you are going to overclock.

I do have a question. Was the samsung bluray drive worth it? That is an expensive optical drive. I know you can get an Asus bluray for $50 or so and I am just wondering what the difference is other than Samsung being the early adopter of blueray?

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

It wasn't the price listed there, I believe it was around $60-70 when I got it a year and a half ago, which was cheaper than the BR players I saw.

I would consider it if you are going to rip movies yourself or if you are using it as an HTPC and don't want a separate unit.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, regarding watercooling: I've wanted to do it, but I never wanted the hassle of maintaining it.

But yeah, if you are serious about overclocking, watercooling is probably the most cost-effective way to keep things cool.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

I forgot to answer the original question lol.. the Samsung visually looked the best and read BRs at 12X. Plus the price at the time was the same as the ASUS that was available. All the other BR players looked like the side of a NASCAR car with 'BR LIVE, DVD 24X, DVD+/-RW Super Saiyan DTS DOLBY DIGTAL 3D Ultra-4K Superplex' on the front.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, cool. Like I said, I had to think hard to find anything that could be construed as a negative. That was the best I could come up with.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

This is quite the build. 4 awesome monitors to go along with it just adds to it. Nice job. :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Only the Dells are hooked up at the moment, I'm selling some hardware :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Lemme see dem monitors :D

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll post some more pictures when I get my desk put together next week.

[comment deleted by staff]
[comment deleted by staff]
[comment deleted by staff]
  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. You can also get AVCHD copies and burn the ISO onto a DVD. Most of the ones I have in that format look very close to BR quality.

Or.. my personal favorite, have them on an external hard drive and play them through a Samsung TV with a USB port or one of their BR Players. They will play just about every video format and output surround sound from the videos. I have to shoot for AC3, though because optical doesn't handle DTS

[comment deleted by staff]