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Rover

by Turbo83

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14 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 9, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.441 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.753 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

Description

This is my first pc build and is mostly for gaming. I bought all the parts on 'Cyber Monday' and had a $1700 budget and think I did well to stay under but close to that budget with good to decent parts. I assembled the pc on the carpet for more room, but I put it on a desk [dining table actually] after completion.

The build seemed fairly easy but the cable connections were a little tricky for me. I accidentally switched up the positive and negative at first, but works fine now. The manual was a little hard to follow with pictures only (with only Chinese writing), but online videos helped with that.

I have the Asus PG279Q monitor with little or no noticable backlight bleed and running games in 2560x1440 with 165 fps idle and 70-145fps (monitor and gpu/cpu not overclocked yet) under heavy load (though there are not too many graphic heavy games yet).

I also added the NZXT blue led kit (2Meters) around the Fractal Design R4 window and it looks good but was a little difficult installing since the 3M clips suck and I wish there was more of a glow effect rather than brightness.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Don't know if it's as good as water cooling or other air coolers but was cheap and does the job. Haven't had any problems but haven't overclocked yet.

Motherboard

Lots of features, most I don't think I need or use. Out of the box requires drivers, i.e Realtek, to be installed. I do not like the onboard audio so I am using a Sabrent USB Audio Stereo Sound Adapter until I can get a nice dac/amp and like it a lot better. Would have gone with Asus but this was cheaper.

Memory

Good looking ram, not having any problems.

Storage

Obviously fast but I should have done more research before getting this product. It is a very good product but for pure gaming could have gotten the cheaper and possibly faster 850 Pro 512GB.

Video Card

I don't like red and wish there were more color options available; I also wish there was a backplate. I haven't tried overclocking yet. This was the cheapest 980 available at the time and works fine.

Case Fan

Nice and semi-silent fans. Wish there was more of a glow effect.

Keyboard

Very good value for a membrane keyboard AND a mouse and everything works as it should. Slightly annoying that the keys are mostly not visible in the dark unless the keyboard backlighting is turned on and/or using a lamp.

I don't use a mouse much when gaming, but for everything else its perfect. However, the keys once stopped responding and after taking apart the keyboard, I noticed that the metal bar was screwed on upside down and that the screw was stripped. Replacing the screw helped and the keyboard is working great again.

Comments Sorted by:

SourceSDK 2 points 40 months ago

Very nass. Only thing I'll say is you got the best consumer cpu and ssd, a $200 mobo and a 980 and then there's the 212 evo which is not bad at all, don't get me wrong but with parts of this caliber I giggled a little when I noticed it in the pics. Totally expected a cheap AIO cooler or dual tower heatsink to say the least LOL +1

Yodapal83 1 point 40 months ago

The hyper 212 evo does a great job cooling and will keep that i7 cooled and overclocked.

SourceSDK 3 points 40 months ago

It will, I know and I acknowledged that in my comment. I was focusing on how he went "all out" on virtually all his other components, ya feel.

AresXena 1 point 40 months ago

(picture 6/7) Did you leave the plastic on that window? ....

Turbo83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Yes, I didn't finish installing everything before I took the photo but when finished will post pic(s) with plastic removed

zombeezx 1 point 40 months ago

Have you had any problems with the mobo? I also bought it (didn't build yet) and hear many people have problems POSTing and booting etc.

jcurrier06 1 point 40 months ago

i have the Asus, and I have heard many good things about it! Not sure about MSI's though...

Turbo83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I recently got to boot and installed Windows; I haven't messed with bios much yet, but will let you know what happens.

StevenM 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

How fast are you able to boot-up using the Samsung 950 Pro?

Turbo83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. I never really timed the boot or found much difference, but there is a chart online that states the Samsung 850 vs 950 boot times using Bootracer. The 950 Pro 512GB has average boot 23.56sec, 850 Pro 512GB 23.78sec, 950 Pro 256 GB 24.87sec, and 850 Pro 256GB 24.47sec. I should have gotten 850 Pro 512GB or more expensive 950 512GB.

dehv 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Nice build dude!

Turbo83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks; I like yours, especially the mobo. Also, I don't have enough to invest in a dac now, but I usually only listen with my Audio Technica M40x (want to get M50X) and use a cheap external usb headphone adapter and gets nice, loud sound

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Jaxsono 1 point 40 months ago

it is bud

Turbo83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion; I like the name. Might add a blue led strip in the future.