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I use this rig mostly for playing wow, so the GPU is not too big of a deal though I do plan on upgrading it when the next generation comes out. I have replaced the stock cooler that thing was extremely loud and I now have a hyper evo 212, it is much quieter and have added a second fan to it. The PSU is a low end off brand I plan on replacing it here soon, but it has been trucking a long fine for the past few years (it came from my previous rig).

Issues: The front (top) USB 2.0 ports were bad, NZXT send me a replacement part and all has been well since. The Hyper evo 212 was a pain to install, but that is normal with this kind of cpu cooler. The mounts for the extra fan for the Hyper evo 212 are not as snug as I like, but I don't have any issues with vibration or anything like that. The PSU leads were not long enough to run behind the board, so I had to pick up an extension.

Performance:

The rig runs WoW at ultra settings at around 80FPS with little issues.

I played Diablo III at its highest settings and the PC did not lag one bit.

SC2 runs at 200 fps in the menus and cinematic, and 60fps in matches on top settings.

Skyrim runs at 60fps on its highest settings, I cannot get it to go above 60fps. My guess is it can detect my monitors refresh rate.

Counter Strike: GO runs like butter, no hiccups or anything.

When streaming there is no performance impact to games not matter what speed I encode at.

As far as windows goes, 7 second boot times everything runs really fast. Nothing really to note here.

I cannot seem to get the thing to run hot no matter what I do, which is a good thing.

***Edit I have replaced the PSU with a Corsair 500w PSU, I don't plan on crossfireing or SLIing anytime soon so I don't need a really high watt PSU. No issues with the installation and it working like a champ.

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I think the major update here is the GPU, i am sure leds or a cpu cooler can wait. Overall good parts +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a bit late to the replay, I have updated the GPU to an R9 270x. I have not updated the pics as of yet for that change. I also changed to a better PSU, and added 8gb more ram.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome how does it feel now?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

A world of difference as we expected, I wanted to hold off until I could pick a card with a good fit. As far as gaming everything I play is running at 60fps on 1080 on high and ultra settings.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Awesome I've heard good stuff about the 270x, why did you add another 8gb? Does it make a noticeable improvement in your system?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU is rocking, thankfully I don't play anything that needs more then 2gb of vram so its doing great. I do a lot of things with hyper-v and the extra ram really helps when running multiple VM's.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. how is the case is it good.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Dump that PSU it is just a time bomb. Get something from the likes of seasonic or corsair, that little extra costs will save you from headaches in the future.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU I had ran fine for about 2 years with out issue, I know it was one of the lower tier brands but it did okay. However I replaced it with a Corsair 500W ATX12V.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a built-in tool in Diablo III than shows you the FPS. To activate it, it's "Ctrl+R" IIRC (The number should appear in the lower right portion of the screen)

As for the build, here are some recommandations: The GPU could use an upgrade but if it's enough for your needs, more power to you. The PSU is very cheaply made, you should consider replacing it. Your motherboard supports dual channel memory, so going with 1x8GB wasn't optimal.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

The stick of ram was a mistake on my part, I plan on either going to 2x 4gb or 2x 8gb which ever is more cost effective at that time. I may also need to go low profile for the ram depending on the CPU cooler I get.

The GPU is okay for now, I plan on updating it. The PSU is okay for the moment, I don't plan on using it for long. I plan on picking up a modular PSU that is at least 80+ bronze rated in the next month or so.

Any suggestions on the GPU?

I'm not a big Diablo player and did not know that (I suppose I could have goggled it :/), I will definitely get that updated. Thanks!!!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

RAM isn't a major issue, so if you're thinking of swapping 1x8GB for 2x4GB, I wouldn't personally do it. You'll just be wasting money.

Good thing you're planning on swapping that PSU.

For the GPU, it really depends what kind of games you play how much you're willing to go. If CS:GO, Diablo III and WoW are the main games you play, you would be fine with a mid-range card like a R9 270, R9 270X, GTX 760. I personnally got a sick deal on a HD7870 back in November '13 (similar performances to a R9 270) and I'm quite happy with it. On the other hand, if you're the kind of guy who wants cutting edge graphics in every AAA game that is released, if you expect to play on a on multiple monitors, etc... then going with a higher end graphic card might be a better idea. A R9 280X, GTX 770, R9 290, etc... might better suit your needs.

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

Might wanna consider fixing up that chord and route it through the back, that's just pure laziness

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I have rerouted the leads since the cable extensions have come in. This was not an attempted to be lazy, but the fact the "chord"s were not long enough as my notes said.

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