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    Rate my latest build!

    When I built the last machine, it was purely to get back into PC gaming, my computer before it died. So, here is the previous build:

    Motherboard:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=3975887

    CPU:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=3740794

    CPU Cooler, I went with stock for about a year, then I got into overclocking, so I needed more "oomph" with cooling:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118074

    RAM:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=2937546

    Vid card:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=6075290

    System Hard drive:
    Some 5400 RPM 80 GB HD I got from my college, we used to use them for labs, but they started handing out portable USB drives, so the hard drive was mine to use as I wanted.

    Power Supply:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=4256917

    Case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=3911521

    Monitor:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=4942567



    Just within the past month, I built a whole new system, designed for the FX processor when they work out the lack of power issues and get the Bulldozer a little more on track with Intel's CPU's, and to check out the Scorpius platform when I do upgrade the CPU again:

    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131735

    CPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103913

    CPU Cooler (cheaper on Tiger Direct for some reason):
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...p?EdpNo=581556

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145313

    Vid Card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125371

    Main Storage Drive (which is what my OS is installed to, along with WoW, BF3, and Starcraft 2):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233220

    Same power supply, no need to replace that, same with monitor.

    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119225

    Notes:
    Keyboard is the original Logitech G15, I have a G500 mouse for non-MMO games, and the Cataclysm edition WoW mouse for WoW & other MMO's. I also use the Belkin Nostromo n52te (before Razer took over) for all games except SC2.

    I have a 1 TB HD for holding fraps footage, and a 500 GB drive for media and other stuff.

    The main reason I upgraded was for streaming. Before, I could stream raids and pvp at 720p and it would be decently smooth, but it would be fuzzy due to my system's limitations. Now, with this build I am streaming raids and pvp at 1080p, and it's almost crystal clear. The only thing holding my stream back now is my internet.

    Other games are much smoother as well, Battlefield 3 on a 64 person server is smooth as hell. I will be getting a second video card (same one) for Crossfire in January.

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    It's nice build, too bad you didn't go with i5-2500k (and Intel MB) since it's mainly for gaming but I'm sure it'll work out for you. You should supply some pictures now that you're showing off.
    Last edited by Notarget; 2011-11-11 at 08:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notarget View Post
    It's nice build, too bad you didn't go with i5-2500k (and Intel MB) since it's mainly for gaming but I'm sure it'll work out for you. should supply some pictures now that you're showing off.
    Yeah, I should. The only thing I don't like about this case is that there is only one red fan, but after my next check I am gonna buy a few red ones to replace the ones without LED's so it'll have a nice red glow. After that I'll borrow my room mates camera and take some pics

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    It just gives it a little more "umph" when you got something cool to look at and not just a long list of links look forward to it.

  5. #5
    You wanted rating, so here goes. It's mostly all good, except...

    PhenomII x6 1100T is not a good value gaming processor, as x4 965 gives the same performance in everything else except BF3 (whre you lose 0-5%) for $50 less. i5-2500K would have been better investment for any current gaming use.

    Also I wouldn't have paid $40 for RAM decoration fins, as $50 8GB kit would've been just as good.

    edit:

    9/10 for power, 8/10 value for money.
    Last edited by vesseblah; 2011-11-11 at 09:59 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vesseblah View Post
    You wanted rating, so here goes. It's mostly all good, except...

    PhenomII x6 1100T is not a good value gaming processor, as x4 965 gives the same performance in everything else except BF3 (whre you lose 0-5%) for $50 less. i5-2500K would have been better investment for any current gaming use.

    Also I wouldn't have paid $40 for RAM decoration fins, as $50 8GB kit would've been just as good.

    edit:

    9/10 for power, 8/10 value for money.
    I see where you are getting at, but one thing I have noticed is that having the 2 extra cores when streaming is actually quite helpful. I use Xsplit to stream the games I play, and that program is very CPU intensive, especially since it is still in beta and they are working out the CPU usage bugs as they go...in the past 2 months CPU usage with Xsplit updates has gone down around 10-15% or so. Having the extra cores has been nice, as if I am playing something that stresses Xsplit, such as BF3, I can set affinitys and smoothness on both my end and the stream come in, instead of choppiness.

    The RAM wasn't a buy for fins, it was the only 1600 mHz 2 x 4 set that I seen in the mobo's book that was in the QVL.

    If I wasn't curious about Scorpius & Bulldozer, and an overall AMD fan, I would have went with a 2600, budget for the most part wasn't an issue. My previous build handled BF3 fine, I just needed more power for people to be able to watch me fail at gaming >.< .... and have it look smooth on their end. The only thing killing my streams now is my connection (20 down/3 up), which is changing to FIOs next week (25 down/25 up).

    Thanks for the rating tho!

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