I find the downvotes curious on this build.
Builders on this site are usually critical of items that aren't "necessary" to improve performance, stability or function. Many of these builds have many items that are due to aesthetics or other preferences.
Personally, I am not a fan of this build, But I think I see where the builder was headed with it. Red themed Accents, red fans, red ram, even the mouse has red accents. I am guessing a lot of the choices are motivated by the aesthetics.
Things I do like about the build, the CPU is the top dawg on Intel's 1155 line. Though not the best budget choice, still a great CPU. The Ram is higher speed and should perform very well. The Geforce 670 2gb is a good choice for a single 1920x1080p monitor and should push most games very well. The Keyboard and speakers appear to be solid choices.
Overall, not my taste, I am more budget/function oriented. But I did buy my case because I liked the looks of it, it just happened to function well. To each their own.
I would guess that the down voting has to do with maybe that the builder put a ton of money into a build, with no SSD, and from the looks of it didn't even attempt to do any cable management. On top of that he's advertising to build custom pc's for people: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ArctosBear1978/
ArctoseBeaer1978 - "Need a custom build pc? come find me @ yusomad.org PC Gaming Rig & Repairs - Home of the MAD GAMERS. "
My personal opinion is - If you are going to advertise to build computers for people, and you aren't going to put the industry standard of having an SSD in a $2k+ gaming machine, then show it off with great cable management. Most people in the industry today would by no means suggest a build within this budget and leave out an SSD.
Cable management is more than Aesthetics, it actually helps with the life of the computer and can help with heat build up, airflow, and other things. Yes it does look better too ;) Just what I would gather why it is getting so many - votes.
I'm just happy that the builder didn't skimp out on other parts while putting in the I7 and high speed ram. Its somewhat balanced though like everyone else mentioned and as I hinted at above, an SSD is essential in a gaming rig, especially one over $2k+
All very good points, almost all of which I was ignorant of. Thank you for enlightening me.
If someone holds themselves out to be a builder, then the quality should be top notch as well as the part selection.
I just assumed that the builder was similar to all those that buy the Sabertooths thinking they are getting a better board because of the marketing. But a professional (or someone holding themselves out to be one) should know better.
Again thanks for the enlightenment.
I like confusing builds like this. It's like a murder scene and you're trying to figure out what happened with the evidence you've got.
I laughed so hard when I read your post. It is so true, so very true!
For specifically a gaming computer, or something on the 1155 socket, I would not have recommended getting that CPU + MOBO combo. That is mainly because I do not find either of them essential for gaming. If you are going for a very high overclock, needed VGA hotwire, or the OCkey, though, I still would've recommended something else. I would've recommended an AMD platform or an X79 chipset because those are both better investments IMHO granted they aren't dead sockets. Ultimate seems a little strange for a gaming build as well.
There is also the matter of 2 DVD drives, which I don't care about because some people still have DVDs, the 320 GB disk drive (which may have been recycled as a boot drive from a laptop), and the lack of SSD. I also see this build befitting from a sound card granted the quality of your speakers; but I have heard good things about the quality of the sound chip on the Maximus, so perhaps it is unnecessary.
only 8GB of RAM and no SSD for $2600+? this is blasphemy :/
I can understand the 8GB of RAM since any more is useless in a gaming build. But I completely agree on the no SSD.. Darn shame.
It's a pity to see so much money go to a mediocre system that should have cost half as much.
You could have built a killer 3x Eyefinity rig with only a couple hundred more, and you left it at this?
At least organize your cables so you look like you give at least one f--- about your money.
I don't mean to criticize, but you should set out an hour or two and do some cable management. Otherwise, looks alright, how does it play?
Cable management is pretty poor but apart from that. If for gaming only a 3570K would have been needed.
You dropped $300 on a completely unnecessary motherboard and $200 on a full tower case to hold it, you could at least make the cables look nice.
I mean, if it serves the purpose you want, it's okay, but jeez.