Meet Commander Data.... My new and very first attempt at building a real rig that can handle all the things I want to do. I will primarily be using this rig for gaming (FSX fully decked out mods and graphics) and many other games as well. It will also be used for IT school work and real work in the future. I completed this build almost 2 weeks ago and so far so good. It runs like a dream!! Yesterday I even used the Asus EZ tuning wizard in BIOS to OC my CPU to 4.4GHz. Which could be increased upon a bit more manually if I choose to since the system seems to be running stable. But I do not wanna push it to far as it already runs very fast. Boot up time with a few startup programs is a quick 20-25 seconds on the SSD.
3D MARK BENCHMARKS/STRESS TEST:
High Performance Benchmark (Fire Strike 1.1): http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/17106192?
Extreme Benchmark (for OC'd PC's - Fire Strike Extreme 1.1): http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/17106380?
DirectX12 Benchmark (Time Spy 1.0): http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/17106084?
Stress Test (Time Spy 1.0): http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/17106734?
What can I say here really... it's fast and can handle any job I throw at it! See above or go to my completed build for other benchmarks/stress tests I have performed.
Cools my CPU pretty darn well and looks clean. Highest temp it went was 81C under a rough stress test I performed after it OC'd. Under loads during my game it usually peaks at 77C and averages/idles around 32C. Ambient temp at around 21C. Now, I am new to building PC's but these temps seem good to me (please correct me if I am wrong).
I really like the features and look of this board. It was easy to install, manual was clear and it fit my cases default standoffs perfectly. The only thing I would say is that the RAM slots can be confusing as which ones to use as they are labeled weird. But if you take the time to look at the manual it tells you exactly where to put them depending on how many you have. BIOS was very easy to use and has some cool features such as the fan sync and EZ tuning software for easy overclocking (especially for those that are new to it).
Great RAM and looks good too! Got the 3000s on discount so that's why I got those instead of 2133s.
Might not be as quick as a Samsung EVO but it's pretty darn fast and a lot better then what I have ever used (first SSD for me). Not to mention you get more storage for your $. I use it as my boot drive, Windows, and my games. Boots my PC in well under 30 seconds, loads my games very fast, opens programs/installs stuff quickly. Very nice storage drive. Would
Very nice HDD. Best bang for your buck in my opinion! 1TB for $50... can't go wrong! This will be used to store my media/large files/programs.
Picked this model up on sale for the same price as the Windforce model at the time so why not. Best video card I have ever had! Looks great and performs great! Runs everything I have thrown at it flawlessly. Getting frame rates as high as 144fps on FSX (varies between 40-144fps) but never goes below 40ish fps). Keep in mind my settings are maxed out at 1080p and I use a lot of add-on's and aftermarket scenery. Seems to hold under 60C under load (around 55C) but I put 60C in details to be safe. See above or go to my completed build for benchmarks/stress tests I have performed.
First one shipped with the see through panel busted up bad. Amazon replaced it without issue though and the next one came in good shape. Not a bad case for the $.... Like I said above the MOBO fit perfectly and no adjustments to the standoffs were needed. Everything was easy to install and it had plenty of room for cable management behind the MOBO although it was lacking a bit on tie offs. The stock fans run very quiet and keep my system nice and cool. No extra fans required (besides CPU fan). It does have room on top for 2 more fans though so that's nice. One other issue is the front panel has a piece that just keeps coming off (I had to use some tape but plan to use glue later). Also the power button light (which has a light to the left and right of button itself) is only partially working... the right side does not light up. All in all its no big deal and it is a pretty nice case.
Very nice power supply and it's fully modular which makes wiring a breeze!! The cables came with a nice little case and they are very good quality. Top of the line!!! I got this one on sale which at the time was $20 cheaper then the 650W i originally planned to get. So why not get the bigger one cheaper right!?
Cheap and it does it's job! What more can you ask for? I only needed it for installations and the occasional burning so I did not need anything fancy...
This monitor is great. Best one I have owned personally. The 144Hz refresh rate is great for gaming!! I can really get some high FPS on this monitor and it runs so smooth! Had to tweak the picture settings to get it to my liking but it really is a great monitor! Best bang for your buck 144Hz monitor on the market in my opinion!!
Great mouse!! Looks good and works great. You can customize the LEDs as well...
Great budget 2.1ch speakers... They work very well!