This build was 6 months ago. Times have changed. Prices have fluctuated. New parts have been released. If you weren't able to put together a better build at this point in time, then something is definitely wrong.
That's awesome! Using it for Firefox now. It works extremely well. Thanks for the tip!
Yup, I had the same problem with my CX600. And here I was beginning to think I was the only one...
There's mods out there that will single-handedly bring this PC to its knees...
I'm looking at you SEUS.
Yes! I love alternate dark themes for websites. Much easier on the eyes, especially at night.
I know there are browser add-ons for these sorts of things, but I haven't found one that is suitable for every site I visit. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I would prefer a local solution if possible.
So what does your link have to do with anything? It doesn't provide any hard data...only opinions.
People build custom loops for a number of reasons. They perform better than AIO water coolers/air coolers and produce less noise. Furthermore, custom loops are modular in comparison to AIOs. They allow you to not only cool your CPU but your GPUs as well. If you really wanted to, you could also water cool your RAM and HDDs.
As far as AIOs are concerned, 360mm rads provide a miniscule performance improvement over 240/280mm rads. There's more to water cooling than a rad's length. FPI, thickness, tubing, and flow rate also play a major role.
Not trying to be abrasive. Just a little FYI. :)
Take note of the chart comparing the water coolers using an overclocked CPU. This is where water cooling shines. As you add voltage, water coolers begin to exhibit their superior ability to dissipate heat. However, you'll notice that the 360mm AIO isn't much better than 240/280mm AIOs. This is what Jacked153 was trying to point out.
True. And if it's within the confines of the OP's budget, the Tri-X is what I would go with. I chose the Asus for its price to performance ratio. Regardless, the OP could have one hell of PC if he's able to return his current parts for a refund. Definitely worth the hassle IMHO.
Temps are expected to be high. These cards run hot regardless of the cooler you use (with the exception of the more expensive Sapphire cooler). The differences between the two (Asus and Gigabyte) are minimal at best.
Not gonna lie, I'm a little jelly. I wished I had $2000 to blow on a gaming PC. I would have went with a more cost effective solution, but to each their own.
inb4 "get a job"
I've put in 9 applications. No responses. :(
To be honest, you could have done much better for the money. Here's what I would have built instead: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/mmX8XL
It's cheaper and far more powerful than your current machine. If you care about price to performance, there's truly no reason why you should get the H100i rather than a Noctua NH-D14 or something similar.
The motherboard is a solid choice, but to save a few bucks, you could go with the EVO version. It's basically the same board with some minor differences.
As of now, there's really no need for 16 GB of RAM if all you're doing is gaming. I say grab 8 GB for now, and then upgrade later on down the road.
The Crucial MX100 is a bit cheaper than the Kingston. You also get 16 GB of extra storage. In real world scenarios, you won't notice any difference between the speed of these drive. They're both extremely fast compared to a traditional HDD.
Instead of the WD Black drive, I personally would have went with the WD Blue drive. It's around $30 cheaper. However, it may be worth it to some to have the extended warranty that the WD Black drive offers.
Prepare yourself! I present to you the Asus R9 290 Direct CUII! 'Nuff said.
Case is personal preference, so I stuck with your original choice. I personally would have went with the Fractal Design Define R5. But if the Raidmax Viper makes you happy, then that's your choice. No right or wrong decision here. Pick a case that you're going to like for years to come.
No offense, but the PSU you chose is garbage. It's been said before, and I'll say it again. When choosing a power supply, pick a reputable brand. Make sure the PSU is 80+ certified and utilizes a single 12V rail. Give this a read: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-psu-brands,3762.html
I hope someone finds this long-winded response useful. Good luck, and welcome to the PC community!
Awesome build. I offer you my sincerest condolences for your loss. My uncle passed away in 2011. He was a swell guy. If it was within his power, he would have done anything for anyone. He served as a great father figure as well. I'll be sure to pour a couple extra in honor of these guys.
I haven't used anti-virus software in over a year and a half, and during that time, I haven't had a single virus plague my machine. It's a waste of time and resources. The 2014 version of Common Sense is the best anti-virus you can get. I supplement it with the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware just in case rogue malware finds its way on my computer.
Beautiful build! I'm jelly. Well, at least now I don't feel so bad about dropping $800 on my build.
You could have gotten the same performance and reliability out of this board...
Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
Anywho, what is done is done. Very interesting selection of parts. It's a solid, clean build. Great job. :)
Hey buddy, is this still up for grabs? I'll be getting some money on the 26th, and I may be willing to throw you an offer.
No, never spread it. Here's a vid that gives a better look on how TIM works...
Lapping? I personally wouldn't bother with it, but if you want to, that's up to you. Good luck! :)
Try remounting the heatsink. Make sure you apply the thermal paste correctly; not too little, not too much. Look around online to find the correct method for your particular CPU, HSF, and TIM.
Tip: Do NOT spread the thermal paste. Let the heatsink spread it out for you. Spreading it with your fingers or a business card creates air bubbles, which trap heat.
Finally! Thanks philip!
I'm jelly. Beautiful build. :)
This is pretty awesome. I love seeing budget builds like this.
Actually, the 8350 can more than hold its own in games against the i5. They both trade blows in various titles. In some games, the 8350 wins. In others, the i5 wins. Yes, the i5 has superior per core performance, but for the price, the 8350 is a very solid gaming CPU.
Overall, the submitter created a very solid build. The 16gb of RAM was a bit unnecessary for gaming, but more RAM never hurt anyone. And so long as the owner is happy with the performance of his/her computer, that's all that matters.
If you have the extra cash, I highly recommend you grab something like the CM Hyper 212 Evo to attach to your CPU. It'll really help lower temps and noise. It will also allow you to overclock the FX 8350 to around 4.5GHz or more.
Other than that, this is an excellent build. Everything is well balanced. Also, since the new consoles are sporting AMD hardware, I'm rather certain most games are going to be optimized for AMD. I know Battlefield 4 will be. I'm thinking about switching out my GTX 670 for an AMD GPU, but I think I may wait for AMD's next gen GPUs. Either that or I'm going to get another GTX 670 for SLI.
It won't make that much of a performance difference. May as well save the $20 for Steam sales.
Wow dude! Congrats!
Should have went with this power supply to help match the color scheme...
Beautiful build though. Portal 2 was awesome.
No problem. :)
lol, I had a similar problem with those fans as well. And believe it or not, I did the same thing you did until I found the correct screws. Picked up some longer ones from work.
Does the Bitfenix case fan fit well in your case? I've been thinking about replacing my HAF 912 with this case, and then replace the fans with BitFenix Spectre Pros.
If you want more of the Win7 feel, try out StartIsBack.
Fair enough. :)
That's one game, not "a lot of cases."
Furthermore, you generally have to overclock the 7950 yourself to squeeze out enough performance to surpass the GTX 670. Regardless, it's a great card for the money.
Bumpity bump bump...
Well, that depends on your budget and how much you're willing to spend. Personally, I would be fine with a $10 standard Microsoft keyboard. The mouse would be my primary concern. If you're looking for a gaming keyboard, I would try out the Razer Blackwidow. It's a mechanical keyboard. You can find it on Amazon for around $80. You can also give the Logitech G110 a shot. I personally prefer the Razer Blackwidow, though.
For a mouse, I would recommend the Razer Deathadder. Great mouse for the money. I think it's $45 on Amazon and Newegg.
Lol, nice build. :)
Overall, it sounds like you're very happy with your build.
That's all that matters. So long as YOU are satisfied with the performance, it's a great build.
Thinking about going with a similar build myself, but I'm having trouble deciding between the GTX 660 Ti and the HD 7950.