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After playing console games all my life, I decided to make the switch PC. After months of researching about parts and asking lots of people on the forums here for help, I finally made it! I spent months going back and forth between the GTX 970 and R9 390, but I finally settled on team red as I think it's better performance/dollar on the market right now.
The actual build went pretty straightforward. It took me about 4 hours to put everything together, including trying my best at cable management. I've always loved how awesome blue LEDs look in computer cases so I decided to center my build around that. The rest of the parts just fell into place with my $1500 budget. I still feel like I have so much to learn about optimization, overclocking, etc. so feel free to give me any comments or feedback to help. It would be greatly appreciated!
I just want to thank everyone for all the help in this build! It was so much fun to put everything together. Long live the master race!
So far so amazing! I've heard this was one of the best CPUs for gaming, and since that's all I plan on doing on this PC, it was a perfect fit. I can't wait to overclock it!
Pretty easy installation, and it seems to keep my CPU cool so far. This is probably the only part in my build I'm not 100% sure about, but I was tired of seeing H100s everywhere so I decided to try this out.
Awesome MOBO that has all the features I want. I still need to tinker around with some BIOS settings, and the colors could have been better suited to my build. I got this as a gift though, so I can't complain, right?
It's RAM. It's Blue. It works.
less than 10 second boot? Yes please! I love this thing, and 250 GB should be enough for most of my games and apps for some time.
1 TB for less than $50 seems like an awesome deal. I also partitioned the drive so I can have separate space for lots of different things.
So far I love my purchase of this! I don't know if it's just me, but I find the back plate to be so sexy. Plus it is slightly OC'ed. I haven't pushed this that hard yet. I just ran a 3D mark test, and I was pretty impressed with the results. I downloaded TriXXX and started looking into overclocking. Does anyone know if I can manually control the fan speed on this GPU? I read online that they don't kick in until 60 C or above. According to Catalyst, my GPU hasn't even gone above 50 C in my case yet. I just want to make sure the GPU is functioning properly. If anyone knows anything about this, I would be forever grateful!
I freaking love this case! So much room for activities! I was never planning on adding and optical drive, and this case has lots of room for my massive GPU size. The cable management on the back made life so much easier. Plus is has sound dampening, and I can't really hear it at all with my headphones on. Highly recommended!
Was debating between this and the G2. I justified the price difference for this tier 2 unit instead of the tier 1 unit to be worth it. I love the semi-modular nature, and it still has a 5 year warranty. I hope tiny_voices will approve ;)
Much better than Windows 8. I also have an Xbox so I'm excited to see what cross-functionality this generation of games will bring.
So far I'm very impressed with this monitor! I was debating between this and an IPS panel or the BenQ 1440p 144 Hz 1 ms. The budget nudged me towards this monitor, but I think it looks amazing. I plan to eventually upgrade to 1440p, but for now, this monitor gets the job more than done.