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This is my wife's new gaming computer I put all together Feb 9th. We play Call of Duty quite a bit and her family has a big get together LAN party a couple times a year which is a blast. She had been on a Core 2 Duo system for a long time and even when I upgrade the video card to the GTX 760 (and new PSU), bumped to a E8500 CPU, and overclocked, and put in some larger borrowed memory, the CPU was still holding things back a bit in Call of Duty Ghosts even though it was just above system requirements. So I ended up doing the rest of the parts for all new basically. The CD/DVD has been around a while, and there is also a Hitachi 500GB data hard drive that isn't listed here since I didn't find it. The SSD is fantastic for loading maps and she previously had an OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD which still works great and I plan to use in an HTPC build.

I got a pretty nice deal on a lot of these parts. I'm a constant slickdeals checker and the video card, case, SSD were from that. CPU and mobo were MicroCenter bundle which can't really be beat. Terrible time to buy video cards though. I stick to AMD but couldn't justify it right now for sure with the inflated cryptocoin prices. My Radeon HD 6950 is going for $180-$200 on ebay right now!!! Another thing, the installation for heatsinks on the Intel sockets is pretty funny now. You need 3 hands and x-ray vision, but I got it done. How about a pre-mounted backplate anyone?

The computer purrs like a kitten and runs COD with settings up and it looks fantastic. Really smooth build, no fiddling required after I installed everything (just AHCI in BIOS for SSD and also used XMP profile for memory to get it up to spec speed) and Windows and all programs working great. Success.

Oh yeah, I got the non-window Corsair case because she wants to do some "design" work. When it's nicer out, she'll paint it up and add a couple holes. She wants a killer rabbit on the side and LED lights for the eyes poking out, hah.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

You're playing Call of Duty on that rig? Put it to work and play some Crysis 3 and Battlefield 4. Some Arma won't hurt it either.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually the new Call of Duty Ghosts requires a little more horsepower. There have been some very critical reviews because of this because the game isn't changed all that much to warrant such a big increase in system requirements. I can attest that it runs way worse than the previous one we had MW3.

link here

I did quite a bit of tweaking of settings, upgrading CPU a bit, and overclocking and still wasn't satisfied with the Core 2 Duo we had previously. As for other games, COD is plenty for me as I don't have a ton of time and don't feel like buying that many games. I like the shoot-em-up action in COD also. I previously played a lot of Quake 3, otherwise it was mostly Age of Empires for me.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the card good for gaming?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it's great for gaming. It's still a good choice too if you get a good price. I got mine for $210 on newegg after $40 PNY rebate. However, there are a lot more choices now with AMD's cards not overpriced due to cryptocoin mining anymore. Watch for deals on slickdeals.net maybe.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

the PSU is kinda overkill for the components you used. but it's a nice build, +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Kinda? It's almost 300W overkill :P

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I was being tactful :P

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment! Hehe, yes I expected a comment like this. I probably should have put something in my description. I totally agree generally with not getting more power than you need or will need as you do lose efficiency by going big. I ended up with the 850watt for a couple reasons. 1. I needed a new PSU since the others I had weren't strong enough. 2. On my system (not this one which is my wife's), I have a Radeon HD 6950 and was thinking about buying another for Crossfire eventually as a cheap mid-life upgrade since my mobo can do 2 x16 PCI Express. My PSU in that is 620 I think, and wouldn't have been enough judging from the newegg PSU tool. So I was thinking 750 at least which was about the border of my system with two 6950s. Then on newegg, the price of the 850 was same as the 750 for a short time when I bought it so I just bought that one.

When I discovered the price of used 6950s blew up with everything else, I kind of gave up on that for now and I just stuck the 850watt PSU in the new computer rather than pull out the one I have nicely set up in my computer and swap that. So maybe I'll swap the PSUs someday still.

I did end up unlocking my 6950's extra shaders and overclocking a bit, almost to full 6970, and that did help some.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You have my +1! What does AHCI do in the BIOS?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It's for your SATA drives iirc. There's 2 modes for them

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

What does each one do?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool thanks. Ah that Crucial article probably got it for you. It's important for SSD drives. I'll also note that if you're planning to have an SSD for OS/programs drive and hard disk for data or something, you'll want to keep the hard disk unplugged during Windows installation so that Windows won't put something on the hard disk at that time. Otherwise you'll find out if you ever take the hard disk out or erase it and then your computer won't boot. Annoying.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build but that psu is way overkill

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Your wife's family holds LAN parties every year??? damn i want that

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, it's pretty awesome, and that she herself games. I was definitely surprised to hear that when I first learned of it. I always thought that the term "LAN Party" was so ridiculous. However, the gaming kicks butt. 15 people in a garage shooting each other in-game is a riot. My eyeballs (dry) and my stomach (overkill on the unhealthy food) aren't happy for a while but it passes. The biggest hassle is making sure everyone has the correct games in question and right version etc., and breaking down and setting up comps. And of course everyone has to keep their computers updated enough for the new games. However it's down to a science now, also Steam helps, though our games are more expensive now with us getting a new COD every other year. Friday night is setup, then Saturday is gaming all day til late.

We have mixed up the games more in the past, but the games were cheaper then. We do play an older RC racing game called Re-Volt which is hilarious. And there is BZFlag which is old-school looking tank game that's free/open source and it's pretty funny playing these also. We're on the lookout for other games that are free or cheap and are great for LAN play, but it seems like LAN play isn't really considered much by game developers anymore unfortunately.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Garry's Mod is really fun. You can do things called prop hunt, murderer, trouble in terrorist town and such. Go to youtube and look up Seananners. He makes hilarious videos that are only three minutes long. My favorites are prop hunt and murderer.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot, I'll look into that.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the video card work? I'm making a build am and uncertain if I should get it or not.