Well, it all started some months ago as an interest that transformed into a full blown ambition. I faintly understood the significance of motherboards, cpu's and such but for all intensive purposes the computer they fit in was magic. I became accustomed to the companies that sold various parts, making accounts to them in the hope of discovering the best deals. I first encountered Newegg which I initially thought to be some chicken company down south. I've come a lot farther then than and as time passed by the primary question became: how would I fund my new found hobby? Well, I had a grand, and I was determined to get as much glory out of that grand as possible.
A quick explanation:
Firstly, my build started without any parts made in China. Since dust is the #1 killer of PC's(except for human ignorance) I made a schematic for a bench that the PC would sit on. I gave it to my grandfather, sort of a handy-guy from the 50's, and he made the bench out of a cherry tree that had fallen in my yard. I thought it was a good way to blend our two hobbies and get some quality time with him. If you want to see the schematic I included it in the photos.
Now for the more common parts: Yes, it's a Xeon. But I still love it. This is an impressive cpu for the price(209$ at microcenter) it comes with 4 cores and 8 threads standing up to the i7 oligarchs admirably. However, it can't be overclocked but with the onset of Directx12 I took threads for overclocking. Following the CPU the rest of my build grew up around it. The motherboard came next with an H97 chipset comparatively to the more popular Z97 chipset. This motherboard is the best for my build coming in at just under 100$ from our southern friends at newegg. It is aesthetically pleasing and has worked with zero problems and is crossfire compatible. The gpu came next. From the onset I liked AMD. Something just wasn't right about nvidia(my personal opinion). This coincides with the personal trait I just love to draw a lot of power. Some may hate on this GPU for the ridiculous amount of heat it makes. If you properly cool it there aren't many negatives to it. I regularly overclock it to 1150 MHz and turn the fan speed up to the almost inaudible 50% on GPU Tweak II and it runs at 76 C (Witcher III, Ultra). All the other parts could be interchangeable in my opinion(except maybe the psu) I purposely got them because of attractive combo deals. I plan to add more ram. If you still want to see my reviews I made specific ones below.
Benchmarks/summing things up:
Benchmarks are undoubtedly important for they show the performance of a build through 3rd party sources. Sadly, however, I only have one Benchmark to share which is from Shadow of Mordor. Understandably, this isn't the greatest source but If you ask me in the comments I will more than happily try more(got this build up pretty fast).
Shadow of Mordor, Ultra, 1080p: 100.57 FPS
(I did this in regular gaming mode: 1070 MHz)
Altogether, to come in at a grand I needed to understand and follow 3 tenets: the best deals; the future and; a reasonable wait. This isn't my first build but by far was my most intense. It's been an awesome journey and can't wait to do it again. I'm hoping to add another 390x down the road and a 1440p freesync monitor as well. I think it was worth it: for the Glory, would you agree?
Perfect for those people who don't need to overclock and don't want to spend as much money for similar performance. Great CPU deserves every star.
Wasn't easy to install but afterwards worked great with minimal noise. Otherwise great "bang for the buck" closed-loop water cooler.
If you don't want/need to overclock this is a great board. Everything is great: the aesthetic feeling, installation, bios ect... Good deal, thank you Asus.
It's ram. I'll get more. Done.
Wouldn't buy separately. The Evo is a better choice. I got this on a combo deal that came in line with other ssd's so I got it. Well, now that I have it, it's great. System boots in 5 secs. Would get again(with combo deal). (:
This is hot. Yes, in the sense of being beautiful and having the special ability to make scrambled eggs. If you can't cool this don't get it, simple as that. I was skeptical with the release of "Grenada". But this takes the fight to the gtx 980, somehow. It has decent overclocking capabilities no problems to about 1160 MHz. Oh, and those 8 gb's of vram, why? I plan on having two of these in crossfire. Would buy again obviously. Great card!
This case has everything going for it: great organization; nice airflow and; so on and so forth. HOWEVER, the window is a piece of utter unspeakable crap. Jeez! This thing scratches so easily I think if I were to breath on it the water molecules in my breath would scratch it. This is a fatal flaw and if NZXT hadn't of given me a new one things would of gotten ugly. All in all I must say it is a good case except for that window!
Nice fan. Led's are great light up my case like Christmas. I'd buy another if I hadn't already bought one.
Nice fan. Moves a lot of air and lights up my case respectively. Would buy again!