Description

This build was built for gaming, autocad/creo, and general use.

Reasons for parts: The 280 was purchased since we got a pretty good deal on it, was originally thinking 260/270. So far, no overclocking will be done on the CPU or base clock on the motherboard. The unlocked processor and motherboard was chosen because together they were cheaper when buying at Microcenter together ($40 off). That particular Z97 was actually cheaper than the H97s and it has solid reviews so we gave it a go. Good deal on the RAM, WD Black is known for its performance, the case looks nice and has good reviews, the PSU is 80+ bronze, cheap, and known to be durable, optical drive was cheap, and we got a good deal on the monitor.

CPU: It works. It's fast. 5/5

Mobo: Will update later

RAM: It works. It's nice. 5/5

HDD: Pretty fast for an HDD, no complaints yet 5/5

GPU: Will update later

Case: Bought a refurbished case and "the pictures give it no justice", it's a great looking case, and basically everything is tool-less. Only annoying part is the rubber cable management folds that come out if you breathe on them. Other than that 5/5 so far.

PSU: It works, seem to be a clicking noise coming from the fan...

Optical Drive: It works, it was cheap, but it's loud. 4/5

Monitor: Color seems a bit off on factory settings but the menu gives good control over that with plenty of presets. Also, buttons are on the back of the monitor which I actually like, since you can't accidentally hit them when you're reaching under the monitor. So far, nothing bad. Looks great. 5/5

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Not a bad configuration; I think you might have been better off saving the 20 bucks by getting a Caviar Blue and then putting that 20 bucks towards getting a SSD for the OS. I also like that you included an optical drive with the system although I think you might have been better served by getting something that can at least read BluRay disks. Other than what I've already mentioned you might want to go back and do some cable management since the case has the slots and the space for it. Good luck and good gaming!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah -- read comment for Hman about the cable management

My roommate wasn't interested in getting an SSD due to their shortened lifespan. And bluRay wasn't really necessary.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok... I admit it, I'm old school and have a bunch of DVDs and BluRay lying around so that's why I brought up the ODD. As for the SSD... I've been running a Crucial M4 256GB as my primary for a year-and-a-half now with no problems. I just do image copies as backup on an eSATA external drive once a month (but regular backups are something I think everyone should do); that's not a bad idea no matter what drive type you run. Well, if it overheats and kills the drive, hey, not your fault, you offered to clean it up, right? ;)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I actually just read this article: http://techreport.com/review/27436/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-two-freaking-petabytes

Pretty interesting.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I just looked at the article; interesting that they didn't test a Crucial drive (or Adata or PNY, for that matter). One of the IT departments I used to work for used nothing but Crucial RAM for replacements / upgrade requests; we almost never had a problem, so that's why I decided on them for my first SSDs. I also didn't want to pay Intel or Samsung prices if I didn't have to. If your roomie does decide to move to a SSD boot drive, he will be kicking himself for not having done so beforehand. :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I know, but we partitioned the HDD so that the pain may be less severe

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow you got a pretty good deal on this. +1 for that, -1 for cable management. You have space to clean it out. Btw you could have gotten a WD Blue drive instead of a black drive, same thing, and the blue will save you $20

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I was trying to deal with all the cables and one of my roommates were getting annoyed, I just said **** it and let him do the rest. XD I might fix it later but it's not my computer.

I hear that WD black is more performanced based and better made, that's why we went with that.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome job on prices, even with the included monitor, wow! Are you planning to get an aftermarket CPU cooler? Or was the CPU+mobo combo bought bc of sheer savings?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

An aftermarket cpu cooler may be bought in the future, but until the temps get high, he's probably not too worried about it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah that's how my friend is with his computer. hasn't had a need to overclock yet. He does like the looks of the aftermarket coolers though, so he's tempted!

I hope your friend enjoys that computer. It looks great!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, had a few problems with initial set up, needed this fix: http://heresjaken.com/the-computer-restarted-unexpectedly-or-encountered-an-unexpected-error-during-installation-of-windows/

Possibly a motherboard issue? I'm not sure. Also, there seems to be a clicking noise coming from the PSU, if it continues, he might RMA it.