Description

I wanted a power-core that would last me some upgrades. I figure, highend case, powercore, liquid cooler, and motherboard I'm good to go upgrade-wise. I chose a SSD for my OS (I already owned it). I think the only thing holding me back is my video card. Next upgrade I'm looking to drop a better processor, videocard, and another set of RAM. I like it quite a bit as is, but I figure in the years to come I'll have to keep up.

Part Reviews

Case

As long as you don't mind it taking up some room, this case is great and chances are you won't be needed to upgrade it... ever.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 6 points

Plays Minecraft. Genious.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, I totally had that meme face pop into my head. Dude... after the crazy mods, it can become quite demanding. Plus I usually am running a dedicated server, skype call, and twitch while I play... I've actually had to used the whole 16G before...

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

totes amaze. Haha, I bet he gets around 100+ FPS and here I am at 70fps. :P And that's without shaders for me. XD

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 from me boss, even if its a year old :D

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Before everyone GOES CRAZY!!! Look at the date it was built.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

lol too late :P

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Why? Did something ridiculously awesome come out between then and now that I should look into? haha (thanks for pointing out the date, good d-fence, hah)

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  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

1000w PSU? a tad overkill

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed. I guess he won't have to worry about a PSU upgrade ever.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the point, wanted to be one-and-done with that. I also like having a little space heater, lol.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

So I'm told, should last me a long time then eh?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably 5 -7 years or so before it should be replaced due to age.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

technically 7 years, its 10 when you register it with evga, that what i read anyway

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  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Miso Soup and Mikes Hard Lemonade?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Homemade Hamburg soup. Thanks, haha. Didn't realize that was in the picture.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Not too shabby. That power supply is definitely overkill, but suited for upgrades like you wanted.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I figured I wanted to have at least half the money invested to be... more permanent. I understand there's no such thing as "futureproofing" but, I guess what I'm trying to say is I wanted at least half of my parts/money to last me a few years before needing an upgrade. IE: Powercore, Case, Cooler, Motherboard (heh, yeah right, but hopefully)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Anyone's first PC build is a great PC build so congrats! Even though you built it a year ago, here are some things to consider for your next build and for that matter future upgrades. First, a $1600 build should be an Intel build. The AMD3+, while AMDs latest offering, is a dead end platform. You aren't going to be able to drop in a much more powerful CPU then he one you already bought. Also, if you were intending to have a single GTX 960 be the graphics powerhouse of your build, then you could have saved money and gone with a less powerful PSU. That PSU is even overkill if you were running 2 960s in SLI. Also, in a $1600 build, you shouldn't be getting a tiny SSD for the OS and just a couple games. At the time of your build, numerous 500GB SSDs could be had for around $160-180 and you could have gotten one had you gone with a 700W PSU instead. On the subject of SSDs, there is also no reason to buy the PRO version of any of them. They are faster on synthetic benchmarks but you would never be able to perceive the difference from any of the value line of SSD brands. Even if you stayed centered around an AM3+ build, I can't help but think that with a little help at the outset, you could have spent the same money and instead be using a GTX 970 and a more practical 500GB SSD.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Lot's of constructive criticism. I like it. But, hear me out. Didn't want to need to upgrade a powercore anytime soon. Figured instead of 80 bucks now and 150 later, I'd just shell out the 230 now. My motherboard I chose via word of mouth, that and ASUS I've found is renown for their motherboards. Also the 128GB SSD I had, so I just loaded my OS on it and used the other HardDrives ones for Games/Data. I ended up only paying like 1100 initially, with some pretty decent parts in there. Anyways, I like my build, and I'll probably wait a year or two before upgrading again. I'm hoping that my case, powercore, and motherboard will still have value then, I chose them on that assumption.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for skyrim!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't argue with anything other than the GPU... I am going to assume that you already had the card, but if you didn't, you should have gone with an R9 390 for $30 more.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at date built.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I did, right after I finished my comment reading another guy's comment :P

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not very experienced, but I haven't heard anything good about Radeon or MSI. I actually specifically avoided those brands.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I have an MSI R7770, never parted with it because it is very good with OC and is too cheap to get rid of (I'd only get like $50 for it, where I could just keep it as a backup) Radeon reference cards aren't that great (like any reference card not named "Titan X"). So I would stay away from those.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

So... MSI Radeon R9 390 R9 390 GAMING 8G 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI > EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card? Because that is what I was looking at next

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, GIGABYTE R9 390 8GB > EVGA GeForce GTX 980. The 980 Ti is much better, but also costs over double the price. For that, you could get two R9 390s which would outperform it, but would take up much more power. I personally will either be upgrading to an R9 390 (or 490, whichever is out by the arrival of Kaby Lake) because for almost $200 less than a slightly inferior 980, it is so worth it (plus I am Jewish so we need to save the cash :P jk)

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, that looks like my next upgrade.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Even if this build is a year old, doesn't change the fact that there is way too much money being thrown into places that just don't need it. I'm sure its working for you and giving you a lot of enjoyment, but bang for your buck......terrible.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Noted. When I originally built it, I only payed 1100, I don't know if I shopped at the right time or just that I already had the one harddrive made it cheaper or what.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

My only complaint is 16 gb of RAM for your specs is al litle ovkl. And a 1000w psu is as well. OTT great build for 2014.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually everyone tells me that, but after I start up a dedicated server, skype call, twitch steam, and a video game, I can easily use 16G RAM. Also the 1000w powercore is one part I'm not looking at replacing anytime soon, I wanted at least one or two parts that would be "one-and-done" kinda deal.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I can see what you're talking about. good build either way/

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those RockAuto magnets on your fridge? Do you work on cars?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I've worked on my own before I sold it, replaced pretty much everything in my '99 328i when I had it.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. I also work on/build cars! RockAuto is an awesome place for parts on the cheap.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It is/ and always will be, my go-to site for car parts, it can't be beat!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

It is really awesome!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah a very lovely build my friend... I think you should maybe upgrade to a skylake in the future though but otherwise lovely.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to buy ur case

  • 51 months ago
  • 0 points

a r9 380 4gb would have been better than that 760 4gb and cheaper lol. A 960 4gb would even been better, plus you can over clock the hell outta of it and been really good. Wouldve saved you about $60-70 and you'd been on maxwell too. nice build anyways. intel skylake wouldnt have hurt either. yes im a intel/nvidia slave :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

It was built in 2014, bud.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

oops. my bad. didnt read the side. 960 came out in January.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

We're all bias, haha. But hey, PC master race! Haha

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, I think the only thing bottlenecking it would be the graphics card, when I start being more demanding with my processes and videogames.