Why not 4GB of VRAM? ;)
Almost the same as my own current build. I approve.
Not true. If you're running 4 overclocked r9 290x cards, using a dual-CPU motherboard, or anything of the like, a custom loop would be almost necessary.
But yes, they do generally run at lower temperatures than AIO coolers.
Not when you're playing CS:GO at 1080p. :P
Oooh, it's not often that I see a nice orange build.
Very clean, and very fast. I question your choice of Windows 8.1 with all those SSDs, but I'll let it slide.
I honestly think that you do not need a custom loop for what you're running. An AIO cooler would have done the job for your CPU and NVIDIA GPUs generally don't hit super high temperatures anyways. Furthermore, you're only playing CS:GO...
I like the chassis though. :)
Oh man, non-modular PSUs are the bane of my existence.
And I was actually a user of Corair PSUs myself until recently, when I bought an EVGA PSU on sale for a friend and realized what I was missing.
No problem, and have a good one!
He couldn't fit another GPU in there with his current PSU. He'll probably need a ~1000W PSU for Crossfire and Overclocking.
Not a bad budget build, but for an extra $50 you could have future-proofed it.
Here are my suggestions (in hindsight):
- Single 8GB 1866MHz RAM module for $10 more (rather than your 2x4GB modules)
- MSI Twin Frozr GTX 960 for $20 more (rather than your r9 280)
- If you decided to stick with the Radeon card, you should've bought a ~850W PSU in order to future proof your build
- SSDs are standard now. Switch out your HDD for an SSD and save money to buy an HDD later
- The phantom isn't a bad case, but it's a bit old. Just a thought.
I realize that these suggestions may seem to serve no purpose (since you already built your desktop), but you may be surprised when someone asks for advice and you can't answer. :)
Not bad at all.
You may have been able to pick up a h87 motherboard for a bit less, but overall a very solid build.
I usually prefer to stick with EVGA PSUs due to their superior cable quality, but that's personal preference.
The color scheme really irritates me, and the redundancy of having a window makes my eye twitch. But I value aesthetics more than anyone should, so don't worry about it. :P
Good choice on pretty much everything. The PSU seems a bit overkill since you can't add more than one extra GPU for 2-way SLI, but I'll let it slide.
But can it run minesweeper?