Description

Gaming PC build for 2012. Several points to address:

  • Please note that this was a 2012 build. I've not changed the components since then and in fact is using it right now to edit this build description. The main reason for me creating this build is to see how much prices for my parts have fluctuated over time to influence the PC value.
  • I've opted out of the Nvidia 700 series due to the chipset being too close to the 600 series. Once the 800 family is released in 2015 then I will consider retiring the 680s.
  • I included Windows 7 Ultimate for record-keeping purposes only. If you feel that the OS price (~$425) inflates the overall build price-tag too much, feel free to subtract it from the grand total and make a decision.
  • I purchased the 500GB SSD only after realizing that the 2TB HDD was simply not fast enough. I am considering adding a secondary 2-4TB drive and/or increasing the grand backup storage to 8TB. I am nearing my storage limit for the 2TB drive and find that I have to continue deleting files at times.
  • As always, I am taking criticism and suggestions for upgrade potentials. Please share all thoughts you've got!
  • Also, if you have any benchmark requests, I own the majority of new AAA games and will be more than happy to provide results for you if I can.
  • For a brief snapshot of FPS benched with Heaven 3.x/4.0 and with various Nvidia driver releases, go here: http://i.imgur.com/GzoIp50.png
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Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 9 points

Guys keep in mind he made this in 2012

  • 66 months ago
  • 8 points

For back then, this was A BEAST! It's still pretty awesome.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It still runs the majority of games today very well with the exception of games that don't have SLI support. Only then does the 680 start showing its age.

Also, if you remove Windows 7 ultimate from the bundle, that's - close to $425, and I only added the 512GB SSD in after realizing I bought the wrong type of storage purely for speed.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

..and still it beats up my measly R9 270X.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

of course it does. Get on Tahiti's level bro, and then we'll talk about beating GK104.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

is he rich?

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

Just worked hard enough to give myself a nice present when I graduated.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

nice, i envy you. Congratulations!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the PH-TC14PE? do you like it? recommend it or maybe i can get the single fan version PH-TC12DX?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It is very good and has served me well without any type of failure for the last 3 years. I would most likely continue using this component even after I've upgraded the CPU (after I throroughly clean it and check for issues, of course).

  • 66 months ago
  • -2 points

it would have been smarter to get two gtx 780's because the software is more optimized for new games, since they were released later.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Considered doing that, but with 800 release so close and just around the corner with better temperature and voltage design, I figured I can wait a year.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

yah, that is smart. But why windows 7 ultimate. I read your reason, like records or something but I still don't understand.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, for recording purposes only. Also, more information about the 880 releases with Maxwell design: http://videocardz.com/50902/nvidia-geforce-gtx-880-gtx-870-coming-fall