What made you choose such a hefty motherboard? You could have easily been safe with a $100 cheaper motherboard for the parts you have. To each his own, but that was my only curiosity.
You might want to rethink going for faster ram unless the cosmetic adjustment means that much. The differences in real-world performance is negligible unless you're really interested in OCing.
Just some solitaire, maybe some spreadsheet crushing... Possibly a little NotePad writing if he's feeling risky!!
Oh, I didn't see your last two pictures and didnt realize you hadn't purchased it yet lol
Wow, I didn't know about the ports on it. That's awesome. I may have to grab one when I can afford it.
Here's a link to a test of over 1000 users experiences with this model. As you can see, average read and writes are much lower than advertised. This is the most significant data I could find.
If I were to rate mine here, it would be in the 40% range...
It's terrible. This article explains the whole V300 series debacle.
Im just glad I only paid 50 bucks for mine.
We have the same CPU and SSD. I'm the same way. I do some multi-threaded tasks and the price I paid for my 8350 made the choice pretty easy.
I also have to completely agree with your note about the SSD. I am sorely disappointed by its performance. I did just reinstall my OS onto it, switching it from my old HDD, but its overall performance is utter crap compared to other SSDs.
I am totally jealous of that 290x!
I just went through having to reinstall my OS because of a motherboard change not long ago. It was a win-win because I finally had the time to install it on my SSD as well. Holy crap it loads from a cold boot so fast now. I went from like 3 minutes to about 10 seconds. Crazy. Good build, but I have to warn you. I had heard that there were weird incompatibilities with my 8350 and the old motherboard I had, which is the exact one you got. After about 3 months, my board stopped receiving power. Gigabyte (who's customer service is atrocious) tested it and said it was fine, but I swapped the board with my MSI Gaming board and that did the trick. I don't know what the deal was, but the board had just quit on me. I wish you luck, and hope a better video card comes your way soon!
Thank you for pointing out that difference in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. I had to reinstall windows yesterday and I had a copy of 8, so reverting back from 8.1 temporarily had me pretty frustrated. It really let me see the improvements that have been made.
How do you like that keyboard? I've seen it around and would love to give it a try sometime.
Interesting. Could I ask you to run a Firestrike benchmark? I'd love to know your score with those kinds of frames, especially in Batman!
I think I'm seeing red... But seriously, good build.
The only thing I question is the price of that 770. I've seen it or equivalents go for less.
The MSI Twin Frozr card is going for under 300 right now and the R9 290 4gb card can be grabbed for under 300 too.
Otherwise, good stuff.
Well, I wasn't asking about the current build's problems, but more of how you see the potential spanning out when the official release is available. You are only using a beta, so the problems you listed will eventually be ironed out. I'm more asking about the design changes, the functionality adjustments, etc...
Awesome build. I love seeing these ITX builds.
+1 for the second to last picture. Beautiful.
Ahh yes. Their website says the green rpm is Intellipower, which, from what I've heard, runs equal to a 5400rpm drive. And the black series just has higher capacity options all with 64mb cache, as opposed to the varying smaller blue options.
Solid build. Nice job.
Working with photoshop and high-impact games, you might consider getting a hyper 212 cooler to replace that monster jet engine on your cpu.
To your console restriction notes - I totally agree. However, I'm very optimistic for what Windows 10 could do for the Xbox. The integration of an Xbox app on PC is nice, but I'm more interested in what Windows 10 could allow the Xbox One to do. As far as functionality and design go.
Nice build though. I hear the Asus Strix model is the best choice for the 970. Hope i treats you well!
You'll really like the 212 for the cooler. I'm running the stock cooler because I'm missing one of the mounting bolts for mine and the noise difference (and temps) is just crazy. Now do yourself a favor and go grab Besiege on steam. You can thank me later.
I'm surprised by your Farcry 4 benchmark. That's a nice accomplishment from a $750 build!
I've been needing that same accessory kit. It's been out of stock for like a month straight. I tried to sign up for CM's Fanzone to contact support, but their page wouldn't load through. That leaves phone and snail-mail... Anybody else know where I can get that kit?
And I keep hearing nothing but good from them. Can you tell me what the differences are between the blue, green, black, etc..? I've never been able to discern that myself.
I've got a Seagate external drive going bad too. I'm hearing more bad things about them than anything lately.
Video editing will see good performance gains if you jump up to 16gb ram and a solid state to store your project files and materials.
Good build though. We share a couple similar parts.
How are you doing with other games, in regards to fps?
I've got an r9 270 that handles Bioshock Infinite just as well as you. It seems to be a very easy game to handle.
Now that you got your hands on the 290, how intrigued are you by the spec rumors for the 300 line? I've go the 270 and I can't wait til those get released.
I'm curious - this is less of a hardware question and more of a software one - coming from Windows 7, what are your thoughts on the current W10 build? I've come to really love 8.1, and I'm optimistic for 10. I was wondering if you thought it was still more of a middle ground between 7 and 8.1, or if you look at it differently?
I'm thinking about setting up W10 on my build as well on one of my SSDs, so I was just curious about your thoughts.
Oh, I'm sorry. I misread your parts list for that.
Good to hear. I have an external 1tb seagate that's randomly disconnecting, so I was unsure whether I should stay away from seagate or not. They seem to be one of the best priced 3tb drives that I was looking at.
If he's doing 3d rendering and multitasking while doing it, he may need even more than 16gb of ram depending on his projects. Good build though.
How's the Seagate 1tb treating you? I'm thinking about buying a 3tb version of it.
Does anyone have an email that they respond to? Their "fanzone" service doesn't seem to be working. I can't login with facebook/google or even create an account as the page just hangs and times out. I work long hours during the day, so I don't exactly have time to call during business hours or write them.
I guess that's what I'll do. I sent my motherboard in for an RMA with the backplate and bolts still on it (my fault, I know) and Gigabyte sent it back missing one of the four bolts :/
Hope they can do something for me.
Holy crap. HBM looks like it'll really skyrocket performance. Damn, I will definitely be waiting for this.
I've tracked my usage in premier a little bit. It seems to top out around 9.5-10 gigs, but it couldn't hurt. It does eat it right up pretty quick though.
Yeah, I'll be keeping a close eye on the prices as soon as they release. Seems like the 380 would put up a good fight against the GTX 980.
Definitely. It's been kickin' strong though. I'll be putting it through the ringer when I begin my next video project.
I don't blame you for waiting. They won't be releasing anything to rival the Titan X, but there will still be some killer cards.
Check out the chart on this article outlining the rumored specs.
Interesting. That's quite a difference. You'd benefit heavily from a new video card lol
Yeah, I'm really hoping the 300 series will be within a reasonable price range. But it'll be a little while before that becomes a need for me.
Thanks! Working very well. My old Gigabyte 970 board wouldn't recognize either of these sticks, so it was a real win win swapping to the new MSI board.
Ha! We sure do. How does that video card work for you? I'd love to see some Firestrike results from your rig.
You're right. I did not understand that part of your title, so that makes sense now.
Sorry to hassle you :P
Your points are valid, but I was simply offering a way to make this build fit even better into more people's budgets. When I think of a budget build, I don't exactly expect to see somewhat future-proof hardware, but I understand.
You could save a chunk of money by just going with the R9 270 series and get yourself a cheap SSD to boot on. I bought my R9 270 for $120, so by the price I see on this build, that would leave $180 which will get you a decent SSD nowadays. Or you could just use the R9 270 and not get an SSD making it even better for your budget. My card plays just about every game at at least 30fps on all maxed settings - some better. For example, Bioshock Infinite is always at 60fps maxed out and I'm using the same CPU. This benchmark was also taken back when I only had 8gb of ram.
$836 for the whole build isn't too bad, but you could spend less and still have a good gaming rig.
Ah. Good choice. Runs like a champ.
I would have upvoted this comment if you would have used "have" instead of "of".
But seriously though, you make very valid points. Gotta question those prices.
Very nice. Love B&H.
Very nice budget PC. My only recommendation is the addition of a solid state drive.
Nice job otherwise.
I got my r9 270 on B&H as refurbed. I went back and they still had them in stock a couple weeks ago. $120 was a killer deal when I purchased it last year.
Very nice build. How much would you say the sound dampening foam helped?
Why did you list the hyper 212 when you state that you're running with the stock cooler?
Otherwise, really nice build.