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Nice build; I share a few of the same parts (mouse/ monitor/ used to have the 212) and they've all been great for me. If you want a calibration tool for the VG248, go to the following website; about halfway down there is an ICC profile for both AMD/ Nvidia users (I found the brightness to be blinding and the colours over-saturated out of the box)
I only share the CPU cooler.
Your PSU will be fine for SLI. Ilove the setup and am a huge fan of the fractal design define r4!
Very nice build!
On a side note, I had a faulty USB port too on my Fractal Design case. I didn't have to send the case back or anything. I opened a support ticket on the website and they sent me a replacement front USB controller within a week, totally free of charge. You should try it out, it's well worth it! (Even more in my case, as the Arc Midi R2 only has 2 front USB ports, so having only 1 port working was a bummer)
I had a similar experience with Fractile. The card reader was faulty and they FedEx'd a replacement a few days later. Their customer service really is fantastic.
You probably could've gotten a better deal on a GPU by getting a 7970. It comes with 3 free games, and costs around the same. It also has around the same performance. With the money you put in this build, I would recommend getting a SSD. Nice job.
Good points, I didn't go with the 7970 because the stock 7970 was more expensive than a 280x and a 280x is basically a 7970Ghz edition which goes for $350, the games that they give out with the 7970 I either already own for Xbox or do not interest me. I'm also not planning on upgrading this computer for 4 to 5 years so the longer driver support will be helpful. I wanted to get an SSD but I didn't want to have to sacrifice any performance in the build buy cutting down on price on some of the things and adding an SSD is an easy upgrade. I will be purchasing an SSD like I said at Christmas time though.
You could also go with an SSHD its a hybrid between an SSD and a normal HDD. but it has the price of a HDD, speed of an SSD and capacity of a HDD also.. :)
And also the drivers will optimize the new gpus and hence they will become faster, i think...
Drivers should be much the same for the 280x as they are for the 7970, both being Tahiti just with higher clocks on the 280.
A 7970 and a R9 280X are able to be crossfired together.
Yes, that was my understanding.
Oh, sorry; well i was unsure anyway
You are right though, they will have pretty much the same drivers but 280x will have driver support for 2 years longer than the 7970 does, hence giving better performance when we're all playing Battlefield 13 xD
Are you able to get a good view of MSI's dragon scheme on the GPU? Im wondering because i want it to match my mobo, but at the same time be able to see the red/black designs
You can clearly see the designs on the mobo with the dragon but I installed the graphics card facing down so I just see the PCB. You have to have a very high case to be able to see the desing on the GPU. It's a great card none the less.
how quiet is your Fractal R4? Is it quiet enough that you cant hear it unless you put your ear close to or directly on the case panel?
Yeah I covered that in the case section in the description. Even after hours of gaming I have to put my ear up against the case and you just hear a very quiet sort of fan sound. I would very highly recommend it.
you're lucky u have like 1500$ budget
i dont even have half your budget
Haha I feel you man. All my friends have been using Xbox since it came out and now that I've gotten my new PC they all want one now. I've been working full time at finding computer builds and laptops on some major budgets and for friends. If you need any help on deciding computer parts I would be totally willing to help you!
Well hello clone build. How do you like it seeing as how I'll be building the same rig (more or less) in the next week, in curious. Particularly the mobo because everyone but the online reviewers have had a hate on for MSI and the video card, the r9's look sweet.
That is super weird... I personally have had no problems with MSI. The motherboard is at a great price point, supports crossfire/SLI and has extra features like Audio Boost and Killer LAN, not to mention it looks awesome. The card is dead silent even after hours of gaming as I said and you can overclock it extremely well. On newegg this card was sold out within a day and had 22 reviews averaging 4 stars so it can't be that bad. I don't think I would change a thing in this build if I could re-pick the parts.
That's reassuring, I brought up the MSI g45 on reddit and got nothing but grief. Glad I stuck with my research.
People seem to like to hate on MSI. They have really stepped up their game in the last year and I feel there is no reason NOT to go with them. They always have the product at the best price point and a huge feature set.
I have the same mobo, and I have to say that it is amazing. All the features that it packs easily beats more expensive motherboards.
I'm not understanding why MSI is getting the hate. The actual graphics card and mobo that it's on are AMD. The heatsink, fans and design for the cooler are MSI.
I don't understand though,
why would you need to crossfire that? xD youre getting 90 frames in BF3 on ULTRA, you need to drop another $300 for more performance?
Cause MOAR FRAMES = BETTER K/D!!!! Or if you are gonna go multi-monitor or do intense rendering/editing. For gaming, there is no need right now, though.
Because I have a 144Hz monitor! I'd like to be able to push above 144 FPS in BF4 as I've heard 1 280x can only do 70ish.
+1 for the classic Dell Keyboard.
jokes aside, great build, well thought out.
Have fun Gaming!
Haha thanks man! Yeah the same friend I picked up the speakers from sold me his old keyboard for $1 :P I don't really see what the point of upgrading your keyboard is unless your going Mechanical.
All in all very nice. +1
i have almost the same build as you. How does it perform? How does crysis run?
I cant tell you as I do not own the game. Benchmarks for all the games that I play are at the bottom of the description above!
Very nice build! Love your choice of parts. I have to say after using Windows 7 for over 3 years, and switching to Windows 8 has been a pleasure to me. W8 takes everything from W7 and improves it a lot, including performance on games and just general usability.
I'm thinking of building the exact same build. Why no SSD? +1 anyway
Mines very similar so this can't be bad :) Good Job Enjoy!
I want to build the same cpu/mobo setup you have. How did that cooler master fan fit?
Great build :D
Hows the asus monitor because i was think about getting it for my new monitor
How is the Monitor as I'm thinking of getting the same one
nice build! +1
Yes you're correct, 1000W is the minimum. I would recommend 1200W though.
NOOOO.... Not true. "System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress [HD 7970 GHz Crossfire} = 567W"
hd 7970 crossfire = r9 280x crossfire (you can even flash the bios of an r9 to a 7970)
DON'T upgrade psu. Not worth it. Sorry for the all caps and nice build.
That's what I thought...it says in crossfire for 280x's on PCPartpicker's wattage calculator that it takes up 693. It seems hard to believe that the watt calculator is 500w off...
Yes anyway that PSU is so good it could take like an 100Watts overload no-problem.
They only overrate the minimum to cover their ass just incase you go to use like a 1000w raidmax or Athena or something **** like that.