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Update So after having the PC for a month or two, I then added an extra SSD. My OS on one along with uni work, mainly word documents, and then steam stuff on the other. The PSU was annoying me, so I bought the EVGA 750W Gold, best thing iv done, a lot happier with the cable management now. One thing I would say is not to skimp on any parts at the start, do it once and do it right. Graphics card runs sweet, averages 70-90 FPS on BF4 with max settings. Solidwork's runs perfect also so I chose the right card here. The speakers I bought are from SCAN only £35 and would recommend to anyone! Excellent quality, not bulky really chuffed with them. Microlab FC330, they aint on the list. Not a bad set up if you ask me, decent screen and speakers. K65 is a beast to type on as well, adjustable sensitivity on the mouse so its good when playing FPS games. The screen is actually a Iiyama Prolite X2783HSU-B1 27 (£175) decent screen, speakers are weak though, like really weak. but its cheap. Next up is another SSD for my 60gb of battlefield expansions. I hoping there will be a price drop soon on the 840 EVO's

Thanks for reading.

Original I needed a machine that could handle solidworks for 3D modelling as its a large part of my Engineering masters degree, and I then decided to add the funds I was going to use on a Xbox One to build a computer.

Initial budget was £400 but as you can see its been blown way out proportion, its my first build and I spent weeks researching about computers and their components as i knew very little at the start. Love doing the cable management on this hope it turns out nice when everything is plumbed in, although im not happy with the PSU as it has way to many wires compared to the ones where you plug in the ones you use.

The case is actually a Aerocool X3 Predator, however its not an option on this site.

Not 100% on my GPU, I wanted one with more ram as solidworks is VRam intensive so I plan on adding a quadro GPU aswell however im yet to find out how to switch between the two. In an ideal world id be able to run the 2 types over SLI but this isnt possible. If anyone has any information about GPU card switching Id love to know, iv been told it can be done via software but iv yet to find any useful information.

So far i have what is shown on the photos however I will update as my final few components arrive.

Thanks for looking and any feedback is appreciated.

Tom

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  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Initial budget was £400 but as you can see its been blown way out proportion

haha +1 for that reason alone:D plus the orange and red colors

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Welcome to the PC world. You won't regret your decision on PC > Xbox.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Only thing I would actually regret, the good AAA exclusives. Thats why I have both

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

An r9 280x on the amd side is basically equivalent to the nvidia 770 but it has 3gb of Vram, and is slightly cheaper.. Mightve been a good option for you.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

an r9 280 is the same price as a 760 and is just a cut down 280x

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

In Canada an MSI R9 280X is the price of a stock 760, and the stock R9 290X is $30-50 more than a 770.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

i'm moving to Canada.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Most parts are much more expensive here but GPU's are usually much cheaper.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately that's pretty much how it goes.

That source 210/220 that cost you 30-40bucks? 70 :/

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know what part of Canada you live in but here in Ontario... A R9 290X is between a 770 and 780.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

The 770 is SLIGHTLY FASTER at 1080 while the 280x is SLIGHTLY faster at 1440p and up.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Btw if you were to add a quadro you just put it in and when you do cuda rendering you just have to select the correct card :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

how do i do this? Switch in the Bios ? or through windows? Iv posted on all sorts of forums and no one has known, they just say run SLI boards instead but Solidworks doesnt support it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It's done in either nvidia settings or in the program itself.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

You could have got a modular PSU for that price.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

His cable management is great though. So does it really matter all that much?

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

when it looks that clean, not. one. bit.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I WISH I KNEW THEY EXISTED! its driving me insane. Im blocking off a few of the HDD bays to hide all my excess wires, im going to mount the SSD verically hanging at the front which will also help with my airflow around the case as theres a big fan at the front.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

SSDs can be literally mounted anywhere. They have no moving parts so there is no risk of damaging em if they shuffle around a little bit. My mother's home computer has hers taped to the side of the case. Try not to worry too much about where you put the mess of cables, as long as airflow isn't obstructed, you're good.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

it fired up. i plugged my SSD in at first and Bios wouldnt boot which scared me a bit but shes fired up now. Will install windows over the weekend, and need to sort out some fan orientations and some cables. Getting there now :) il upload some more photos

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the mobo still working well? I just bought it but I also am curious. any crashes or problems with it?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

hey. Sorry i dont log in here often. yeah the gaming 3 is great, I have 3 friends who i have recommended it to aswell and they have loved it with no problems as of yet.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

cool Ive owned it for 4 months now and i agree.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

With that color scheme I would've gone for the R9 280X Toxic and G.Skill Ares series RAM.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

red/orange same thing hah only paid £120 for the ram from Sweden I think. Pretty good i think for 2400 ddr3?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty good but my OCD is bugging me hardcore XD

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

solid build +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Just got home with my SSD, h80 cooler, windows 8, and artic 5 paste, iv read reviews and for £5 it should gain me atleast 5degreesC or am I naive? Il try get some more photos up. I never read into the AMD GPUs, I asked a few techy friends of mine about them but they all recommended Nvidia. I think I know more than them now as when I asked them about RAID, running 2 different cards, and other specific questions they shy'd away haha.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

why to get gtx 770,buy gtx 970. 770 is a money waste. 970 is more powerful.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend using a GeForce 960 or 970! Powerful and not bank breaking. (Like the Titan X and 980Ti)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

There's no point in spending a extra money for ssds for games;there's no performance boost, at all.

  • 71 months ago
  • -1 points

that case is gross.

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