Yes it can.
60 fps at 1080p in Batman arkham city on very high with gpu overclocked to 1000mhz.
40s and 50s on games like witcher 2 and gta iv with settings on high.
I'm in the same boat as you guys and use Fan Xpert. I love it and it's pretty much the only reason to use AI Suite II.
Side Window, cable management options, toolless optical and harddisk drive bays, front panel USB 3.0, included pc speaker, indicator lights, number of internal and external bays, number and size of included fans, size and number of optional fans, etc.
Heh, this is nearly identical to my build.
There is just no reason for your cables to look like that with this case. Otherwise, good part selection.
Is your glut of desktop shortcut icons a revolt against Windows 8? I am doing something similar so I never have to look at that abortion called the Start Screen.
Seriously, it's certainly harder than it needs to be. The disks that come with gpus and motherboards could have little apps on them that autodetect your system hardware and settings and download the appropriate driver from the manufacturer website.
For a really good tutorial on installing Windows and drivers, check out this Newegg link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok
I agree that the BIOS options can be a bit overwhelming. Really, you don't want to go messing with clock rates and voltages unless you know what you're doing. If your BIOS reports your RAM clock lower than advertised, that might be a good opportunity to learn some of that stuff as you work towards safely clocking it up to what it should be. A lot of modern motherboards come with utilities than run under windows and accomplish a lot of the same tasks as the BIOS. For example, I changed the fan profile on my ASUS board in Windows.
Ah yes, tax. I ended up buying a lot more from Newegg than I planned to because they don't charge tax to nearly as many states as Amazon. Even with Amazon's free shipping, I came out ahead by buying from Newegg.
And for the benefit of the NSA agent listening in, OF COURSE I plan to eventually pay the use tax to my state of residence by filing the appropriate form! ;-)
The $100 figure comes from the difference between what you spent on this build and the $700 you plan to spend on the next one. I'm just saying I would change very little and use the extra cash on the video card.
You commented on my recent build that you just made something similar - I see what you mean! It's funny because your cable management issue is something that I ran into as well. I spread out the cables behind the motherboard and zip tied them as best I could, which helped, but it was still difficult to close the panel. What ultimately worked was laying the chassis on its side so I could press down on the whole side panel as I slid it into place.
I just built something extremely similar for about the same money. I have a 2gb 7850 and a bit better psu, but went for the non usb 3.0 version of that motherboard. Also got hurt by higher ram prices, and didn't get as fancy a case.
With an extra $100 to play with, I'd say put nearly all of it in the gpu.
One thing I found extremely helpful was my Petzl headlamp.
I also used a pair of needle nose pliers to gently unplug one of the case fans from the motherboard after I decided I wanted to plug it in a different place.
A small box cutter is nice for opening all those boxes.
A camera for taking pictures to show off your work.
Finally, a glass of scotch on the rocks to calm the nerves.
Getting 40-50 fps @ 1080p on High. One of the default settings for High is actually Low draw distance, which I turned up to Medium, so my settings are slightly more demanding than High.
No issues to report, but to be honest I have no idea how to answer this question. I ran Prime95 to test the temperature under load (temps reported above) but I don't know how I'd gauge the actual performance. Even if I ran a demanding game and performance was less than stellar, I wouldn't know to attribute that to the cpu or the gpu. However, if you give me more specifics on what you're looking for, I would be happy to come up with an answer.
I am installing the Witcher 2 (most demanding game I have right now), and I'll let you know when it's up and running. Right now it's downloading a 10.5gb patch over dsl. ugh.
Maybe one day when I learn to wrap my head around voltages. That day will probably be a few days after I try to run some fancy new game on high and get lousy fps ;)
No immediate plans to overclock, but if I get the itch I may add one down the road.
Cool, thanks for the response!
In my experience, young intelligent people just want to be treated like everyone else.
That's not really true. We have a hard time appreciating more than 30 fps on the silver screen thanks to motion blur and consistent framerate, but a video game where every frame is a perfectly drawn crisp still image is a different story. Here, check this out: http://www.tweakguides.com/Graphics_5.html
No, but I agree that the fx6300 is more bang for the buck. Here is a good motherboard to pair with it. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20
For a little more money you can get a 990fx chipset which as I understand overclocks quite well: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990fxaud3
This is my first attempt at giving advice instead of asking for it: Get 1.5 voltage ram, and go with 2x2GB to take advantage of Dual Channel.
Also, be aware you are paying for a motherboard that can overclock but buying a processor that cannot be overclocked. An H77 mobo would be a better match.
OK, glad you had an easy time with it. Seen some scary reviews.
I've read you have to upgrade the BIOS on this board to get it to work with the FX cpu's. Was that your experience and was it a pain?
Your Ford Focus is nicer than my Ford Focus.
That Asus is literally the only 2gb 7770 card. Do you think I should get a 1gb card or go with a different chipset?
Edit: I think I answered my own question; see revised description.
Yeah, it would be great to sort by descending rating within a specified price range.
Ooh, can I guess? You'll be able to check a box for two or more of the parts in a build and Search for builds using those parts together? That's how I would do it.
With this system, he should have no trouble locating Jason Bourne.
I think I get what you're saying. Looking at some prices, it may not even be that much cheaper to put in a second 7870 in two years vs getting a new card, plus not having to worry about the potential headache of getting crossfire to work. Still, I see some value in having the option, but you've definitely helped me to adjust my expectations.
I should have been more clear about swapping out the cooler. I meant after I put the whole business together, will it be a pain to go back in there in a year or so and swap in an aftermarket cooler.
This build is a good price point for me, so I'm not necessarily looking to downgrade anything unless I'm just wasting money somewhere. At the same time, I'd rather not upgrade unless there are some huge benefits to be had for minor upcharge or I've made a bad choice somewhere.
Thanks for the advice. The fx6300 is looking like the frontrunner, and the 7870 seems new and popular enough that I can crossfire if i ever want to.
Thanks for the helpful info and partlist. It's very close to what I was imagining. Thinking about pushing the ram to 1866 for $20, not sure if it's worth it.
I can get Windows Enterprise edition for $30 where I work. Sweet deal!
Thank you for your suggested build.