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BIMYOU (n) Japanese word for: not bad, or "meh" seeing as it's not a bad rig, I think it fits well :P

Was originally given by my brother in 2013 after he upgraded to a new rig, at that time it contained a Q8300 @ 3ghz/GTX 670/4GB RAM. Got a new PSU and HDD to go with it at that time. I didn't really upgrade anything for 2 years until December 2015.

Main uses are for gaming, college work, web browsing, watching films and photo editing.

CPU: Like I said before, had the ancient Q8300 before this and it was a decent cpu, showed its age when new games came out and couldn't handle it. I was planning on getting an i5 6600k and a Z170 motherboard at first. But December 2015 came and my brother decided to buy a 2500k and a Z68 motherboard as an early Christmas gift for relatively cheap so I was extremely delighted about that (woo-hoo!). The 2500k is more than enough for my needs and handles it perfectly. It's overclocked slightly to 3.5Ghz and not planning on exceeding 4Ghz yet until I get an AIO or a decent CPU cooler. Installation wise, it was fairly easy :D

CPU Cooler: Had a crappy Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro Rev 2 but my brother was generous enough to let us borrow his Cooler Master Hyper 412S since he has upgraded to a watercooling loop so he has no use for it. CPU idles at around 28-30c and never exceeds 60c on load.

Motherboard: My brother found this on the OC3D website for cheap so he got it along with the 2500k that was local in my area. Great motherboard, no problems so far. The only annoying thing is that I can't control fans on this motherboard from the BIOS, but I understand since it did come out in 2012.

Graphics Card: In 2013, we had the good ol' GTX 670 and it was a fantastic card for 1080p, handled some games well but the only thing holding it back was the Q8300. Once we got the 2500k, everything was buttery smooth and every game I played was over 60fps so that was a bonus. But sadly, it died on the 11th January. A week later, my brother works with a guy that was selling his Zotac GTX 980 AMP! Extreme Edition. So we got that and had the chance to test it out before paying for it, the temperatures were fine, handled games well at 1080p high/ultra settings. Temperatures were around 25-26c idle and never exceedes 65c on load! AMAZING! and also, that extra 2GB VRAM is a bonus too! Testing the graphics proved excellent and did intensive gaming easily!

RAM: Got Kingston's HyperX Fury because it was cheap and offered great value. 8GB is enough for now. I have room to upgrade in the future so I'm not too worried about that. Also, they look great too!

OS: Windows 10 Pro. Has second thoughts about W10 but it's actually better than I thought it would be. I personally like it over Windows 7. Once it was installed, I turned off the Microsoft settings that collect information.

Storage: While an SSD would be good to have, having this WD 1TB Caviar Blue is enough for me. While I do want one, it's not a necessity. Hopefully I can pick up an SSD soon :)

Case: Simple choice, the Fractal Design Define S. Great cooling and aesthetics too, I was fond of the hard drive cages not being in the way of the airflow so better cooling for the CPU and GPU! The fans only run at 1000RPM which provide decent airflow and they're quiet too. The cable management on this case was a breeze, lots of space at the back for the power supply wires to fit in. The USB 3 ports on the front of the case is an added bonus too (finally no USB 2) We had to get a new case since the GTX 980 didn't fit in the old case, so we had the 980 out on a "ghetto case" for like 2 days until the new one arrived.

PSU: Bought this back in 2013, it has more than enough wattage for this rig to be honest, excellent PSU. No problems encountered so far. Hopefully it'll last a couple more years. Power consumption for the entire system is around 320W so plenty more room left.


Future plans? add more fans / AIO cooler / LED lights / Fully modular PSU

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! So nice of your brother

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That GPU looks so intimidating for some reason. Also, I love the pictures. Excellently document your entire upgrade. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! :) I tried my best ahah xD

it's a shame I couldn't find any pictures of the rig before this new one :(

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That's one sexy GPU. Build looks great.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, it's batman's gpu xD thank you! :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It does look like batman....

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought it was Megatron's GPU lol, but great build though!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Odd question but what screwdriver is that and nice build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Had to have the 980

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yes! it was a killer deal and the price I bought it was a price of a brand new GTX 970/R9 390 :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Sexy graphics card! I love Zotac cards because they are cheap and perform very well for the cost. 2500K is starting to show age but OC should help to fix that. Still an awesome chip!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! :) yeah zotac cards are awesome, shame that many people don't go for them and tend to go for EVGA, MSI, Asus etc. in my opinion, their cards are one of the best out there. the 2500k is still fine for my use, slight +200mhz OC from base. If I see it starting to under perform then i'll consider taking it to 4.5Ghz

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

A 4.5 GHz overclock should put it on par or better with the 4690k and the 6600k. No reason to upgrade just yet!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job. It looks great and that Zotac with the carbon fiber is mean looking. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! :) It is indeed and it's an amazing design along with the beefy cooler too!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Excelent pictures, and a solid part choice!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I find it funny people claim the 25/2600 doesn't hold back modern gpus.