So it seems like the best options are either stick with stock or go liquid. Of those two which would you suggest for me? I'd rather not spend the 50 unless there's a good reason to.
I was told that it's worth upgrading to at least a decent aftermarket air cooler over the stock even if not overclocking, is this true? And if so, is it worth upgrading to the Noctua over the 212 EVO which I was originally going to get?
Monitor is basic 1080p.
Do I really need a liquid cooler if I'm not overclocking?
I peed a little
I had the same problem with the case, although not my fault. My dog decided it was a good idea to see if we could dig a hole in the side of the case where the window is, so now I got some nice scratches going on.
That kid must be ecstatic, I know I would be. It's awesome that you guys built this together, I hope he really enjoys it.
No the stock is fine, but like Noob said, you should strongly consider getting a reliable PSU like a Corsair or Seasonic.
Really solid build for the price. I just can't believe how much RAM costs now when I got my 8GB for $45 only 4 months ago! :o
The only thing I would say is to maybe work on the cable management a little.
I just need to say: The Extreme 4 is not a cheaply made board and is just as high quality as the board he chose, if not better. In addition, it's also extremely reliable: I have 3 of them running right now and none of them have had problems. This is actually the first time I've seen someone not recommend the Extreme 4 on this site so I'm a little surprised you said that.
While I sort of agree with Spirafall here, there's just one thing I have to say. There is a difference between extravagant spending to get the best parts, and just wasting money. A build with identical specs to this build could have been made for well under $5000. Now again, that's not to say it's a bad build - clearly it's a beast - but it just seems like the builder spent money just to spend it on some areas of the build, and not to get the best possible product.
But for the builder: I REALLY like the color scheme in the case, it looks like a boss in there. And I'm sure this thing eats everything you do with it alive, so enjoy your beast of a computer.
The only things I would change are a better SSD, the ASRock Extreme 4 Mobo (usually under $130 on newegg or Microcenter), and a better priced 7970. Also, you won't really notice much of a difference between the 2400 RAM and the 1600 RAM, which probably could have saved you 120 dollars if you got 8GB.
But with that being said it's still a really nice build and looks pretty sweet in that case.
Or if you can spend a little more: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-400r
Hey, sorry I haven't responded in so long (although it's probably better because you get a long-term opinion). It's holding up really well. I haven't done any overclocking as of yet, but after playing games for a few hours on max settings the highest I've seen it go was 43C. So I'd say it's doing its job.
I can vouch for that, I have the same setup, along with another with a 3570K and 7870 and I get about 150-200 with everything maxed out.
Thank you. :)
Yeah, my brother played some Minecraft with it and it runs pretty sweet. :p Inspiration for his build I guess.
Yeah the cables look a little bunched up and such, but I did what I could. I'll work on it when I get a chance.
LEDs actually, but I still like them. :p
Be back in a second, have to go change my boxers...
I just built mine this Saturday actually with the same cooler/motherboard. The Ripjaws X fit under the fan, as lutzee said.
Nice build overall. Does that 212 cooler cover your first RAM slot?
Was there a reason for W7 Ultimate? And why 16GB of RAM?
Even so, it's a $10 difference.
I don't understand the reasoning behind the motherboard choice and the overpriced RAM. It's still a very nice build, you spent a lot of unneeded money here.
Other than the wasted money on the motherboard, looks like a really solid build. The fan controller looks pretty cool on the front as well. :p
I feel like this might be a troll build. Either way the part selection and cable management are a little iffy.
Jealous of that monitor. Nice balanced build though. Cable management is lacking a little.
No SSD? That's a little bit of a shame. :(
RAID 0 with SSDs is a little silly. It cuts the reliability in half, and then you lose everything if one of them dies.
There might be a problem with the HDD. Grinding noises doesn't sound good.
Should have just gotten one high-end card instead of 2 mediocre 560s. Other than that looks pretty nice. The case is pretty sweet. :p
It's $10 more.
What keyboard is that?
I don't understand why you got a case with a PSU and then got a PSU double the wattage you actually need? You overpaid for that motherboard, and probably should have gone with 8GB of memory. And no SSD? The saved money on the PSU and motherboard could have been used to upgrade the GPU and maybe buy an SSD. You should have gotten an Ivy Bridge processor as well.
This is practically the exact same build as the one I have planned, minus a few minor choices. Looks like a really great build for the price you got it at. Only thing I would say is the cables are a little messy.
It's awesome that you built this for him, really nice gesture. I hope your friend is doing well, and enjoy gaming with him.
Oh, and nice build too. :p
Nice build, although you spent a little much on the motherboard.
I'm surprised you didn't get at least a 7200rpm HDD or an SSD to go along with the Green, especially if this is a gaming rig. Other than that it looks pretty nice.
This is quite the build. 4 awesome monitors to go along with it just adds to it. Nice job. :)
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.
You're right, but usually people go ahead and change it, especially when water cooling.
Good choices across the board. The only thing I would say: water cooling but no overclock?
But then he needs a new motherboard too.
Well seeing as it was built 5 years ago, it's not too bad. But the thing i don't understand is, why 4 x 1GB RAM, instead of 2 x 2GB?
Yes, and why get a nice house? You can easily just "make space" in the house instead of getting one that's big enough for you. I'm not saying having a nice house isn't nice, but you can easily just buy a smaller one.
There's really no need to comment on the case in my opinion. The case is the one part that has no effect on the computer's performance, and is really just an expression of how the builder wants their computer to look.