But yeah, seriously, the space on the other end of the case is razor thin. Pretty much only the I/O cables can fit over there, and even if you wanted to do that they're on the wrong door. Still don't get that design decision. Even with a modular PSU it was cramped. That being said, I've learned my lesson about putting full-sized video cards and tall CPU coolers in Micro ATX systems - those are strictly for ATX and up for me from now on.
And if it makes you feel any better, I re-did some of the cables, bundled them up stiffly above the PSU and partially reinstalled the strange internal 5.25" bay as a container for them. Unwieldy to put together, but it looks more pleasing. Well, rather, less hideous. Let's face it, unless you really put some work into it, most computers look horrendous on the inside. The I/O cables still make me cringe when opening up, but it's much cleaner.
That's sucks, that's like $65 here. It may go back down if ThinkGeek gets more in stock. I got it as a gift, so I wouldn't know how quick theyes sell out once they're back.
Crap, I glossed over that, sorry. If it's just for gaming, I would stick with the i5. The hyperthreaded ones are quite impressive and handle applications like Illustrator and InDesign and AutoCAD under normal loads rather well. Even does well editing and rendering shorter videos. I would only get an i7 (or Xeon, like mine, which is basically a 4770 without graphics and is cheaper) if you have some heavy duty work applications in mind. Games are nowhere close to taking full advantage of them to warrant the expense.
Bottom line: even a non-threaded i5 will yield excellent performance, no question.
Cool build, looks very well optimized for what you're doing. Having worked in IT, I'm curious about the memory management errors - did Windows say it ran out of memory or something along those lines? In that case you may not necessarily have to disable virtual memory, but rather the paging function. Windows 7 is great, but does a bad job at managing its stacks, which leads to heaps of memory problems if you work for long periods and put it to sleep inbetween.
Sucks about the monitor, but I'm glad they gave you what you deserved. Well-earned, and it looks like a powerhouse.
Quick question: Does the case have an open grate under the PSU? If it does, you may want to consider turning it over so it pulls air from outside the case instead of away from the GPU. In all honesty, everything should work just fine, but if you want your video card to efficiently pull in air and stay a bit cooler, this may help a bit.
Regardless, +1, looks awesome!
That framerate's going to take you into the 5th dimension! That's awesome.
Also, nice color matching! +1
Haha, consoles aren't pathetic! I'm still a fan of the plug-and-play mentality on weekdays. No shame there.
You should be okay with that CPU, but I'm not sure for how long. The GPU will be doing most of the heavy lifting, but some recent titles have been known to utilize more cores when gaming, like Witcher 3. I'm no expert on the science of it, but a basic quad core (no hyperthreading needed unless you're a hardcore multitasker) should more than cut it.
Take a look at this benchmark alongside a 4790K:
The extra CPU strength/cores can push more frames, but for most games probably won't make or break the experience for you. Keep in mind though that the Pentium in that scenario is intensely overclocked.
All that said, the safest option for gaming is usually going to be a quad-core - i5's are great for this, but don't forget AMD either.
Actually, that belongs to my girlfriend's little brother. I have a PS3 and PS4! Good to know if you want to update that restraining order!
As much as I love PC gaming, Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid will always be console experiences for me. Just part of being born in the 90s.
Luke's derp face is the pride of my desk.
If it makes you feel better they tuck in on top of the PSU when it closes. Unfortunately I can't get a picture from the top. It's just that the case I/O and power cables are moronically placed on the most commonly used access panel, so they yank everything out when opened. It is a straight up poor design decision and should have been placed on the other side to keep the I/O cables from being intrusive. I like the case, but this is what I hate about it and it makes building ten times harder than it ought to be.
But yeah DAT MONITOR THO. I love it dearly.
Thanks! Yeah, I love the community here. I would have been clueless on my first build without all the tips everyone gives each other here. The community lends truth to the fact that not all of the PC Master Race is comprised of elitist Internet trolls. I actually got my last job maintaining servers because I learned to build from this site! Supportive and practical!
This is the consolation I never knew I needed. *tears*
ThinkGeek makes them and they sell out often. But, it also comes back in stock often. Amazon has it, but don't pay more than $30 for it! That's the actual price.
Also very nice build, especially for the price. +1
I use RealTemp. So I recommend RealTemp. https://www.techpowerup.com/realtemp/
Haha, true. I love when people describe their custom cases and cabling. I'm too much of a coward to try that stuff, so I'll let others do it for my enjoyment.
That's awesome! Yeah, I think the Xeon is probably more future proof than I realized, but for the price the performance is astounding. Good to know the i5 follows suit.
+1 There's a lot to be said for a build description that is straight and to the point. Unfortunately I do the exact opposite. Great build, and quite a nice aesthetic.
How does the i5 fare on your CAD program? I know Xeon and i7s are optimal, but I use Inventor (not quite the same I know) on a Xeon 1241 and it doesn't push it all the way. The only thing that it has been pushed to the limit for is video rendering. Just wondering if I can skimp a bit on my next build.
Got the cooler at Fry's and installed it (pain in the ***, by the way, I dropped those washers in at least 5 crevices in the case I never knew existed) not 20 minutes ago. Ran the system at 100% load on Cinebench 3 times and temps never got higher than 56 C, which is quite an improvement over 71 C that I got with the stock cooler last night. Also, the system is even quieter somehow, so I can't thank you enough for pointing me in the right direction on this. Cheers.
Haha, thanks. I keep kicking myself thinking that if I got a modular unit, I would not have had to RMA anything, but the more I think about it, it's probably more rewarding knowing I cleaned up okay with a non-modular PSU.
Well, cooler is most certainly better, so I know what I'm getting tomorrow.
He probably didn't make the cut because he couldn't transmit any audio.
I was wondering about this and was on the fence about it for quite some time. I can definitely spare the expense, but wasn't sure if it would actually prolong the life of my system.
Every debate I see online is basically concluded when someone says you only need it for overclocking. However, aftermarket cooling never seems like a bad investment, and this case has a little cutout for easy installation of a backplate, so I may as well. I'll monitor the temperatures and make a decision when I get paid this Friday, haha.
Thanks for the suggestion, though. Before now it was just speculation.
I don't think they ever liked talking about him.