Er, Biostar isn't the biggest motherboard company, the quality of their boards doesn't really match that of other bigger brands like asus, msi, gigabyte
Nice budget build, I don't think I would change anything apart from the motherboard, enjoy it :)
"haven't even overclocked this beast yet." You have a locked CPU, overclocking this is ill advised, unless what you have listed is wrong, also i hope you are going to use that 32GB of ram. Otherwise a nice build, even if the PSU is a bit overkill.
A nice build, but yes you should route your 24 pin main power and especially the 8pin ESP cpu power cable, enjoy it :)
I dont know what to say any more.. ASrocks naming system is poor i guess, along with poor photos.. the Pro4 is the one with the single x16 PCI-e 3.0 I'll accept i was wrong..
Nice build, but go check your motherboard manual, the PCI-e 3 x16 slot is the bottum PCI-e x16 slot on the board it is an odd motherboard I was wrong, i accept that now.. :( (Also strikethrough isn't working..)
Thanks but... i'm UK, all of the vendors listed are american companies.. Also, there are no mDP -> HDMI adapters listed that are active... how pleasant. Looks like all mDP->HDMI adapters listed as "active" are fake/miss-branded.. any US imports for me will cost Shipping and import taxes, and from what i can tell for mDP->DVI-D its £100 +£10 shipping +20% VAT £130 for an adapter.. i could buy another graphics card for cheaper :/
They certainly are hit and miss, and I think some get miss advertised, i bought an "active" adapter, but my PC still wont let me use 3 screens.. i'll get round to buying some over priced one soon though.
Memtest86+ is used for testing bad memory for errors, where it can be used to stress test it doesn't put any real load on as it writes, then does an instant readback of each block then moves on, something like prime95, but at the end of the day RAM is RAM, it doesn't really need a stress test, it should just work perfectly when the RAM is full
I strongly recommend when you get the i7 that you get a 2011 board too if the problem is not enough threads, you'd get an extra 4 threads (12) over a 3770(k) if you get a 3930k, and it will also take up to 64GB of RAM in quad channel.
Also when I saw it i thought you had it in some shockproof case (which I guess it is for a server flight case)
Er, you bought a deathstart for a HDD, also they are Hitachi not westen digital drives.. no wonder you couldn't find it in the list, they are there. Also the keyboards price is pulled from amazon.. who obviously have a dodgy dealer as the only stock for it.. normally it seems to be about $60
If i get the money spare for it then yes, but i have other stuff i need to buy and my microsoft mouse is very decent
The RAM problems, the bios does give you and option to run it in the rams native XMP profile? For a 990FX board i would have expected it should.. also first thing i would be buying next is a decent quality screen, A nice 24" IPS monitor will make the gaming experiance sooo much better
Hmm it shouldn't matter too much, generally the more case fans you have the slower you can afford to run them, so having them changing speed all the time shouldn't matter too much.
Chances are you are only able to use either 2x DVI or 1x DVI and 1x HDMI, if you get a DP adapter you can use 3 monitors from one card.
Really nice build, just one thing, the 4 pin CPU fan headers will accept 3pin fan connectors, i have a Define R3 case and it came with the same fan controller, i used it for a short period of time, before redoing my cable management and plugging the fans into the motherboard, it looked a lot neater. Also for storage, if you want security of data putting 2 drives in RAID1 will mirror the drives, so one can fail and you still have the data (at which point you turn off the machine, get another drive to replace the old one, put it in and let the rail array be "rebuilt" which would be all the data from one drive being mirrored onto the new second drive) Hope this helps :)
Super fast RAM would do nothing, you'll see about a 1% speed increase.. or there will be but you wont see it,
Fair enough :)
People should read.. this was a gift, he had no choice in what was bought, its a good budget gaming build though, but definitely needs upgrades in the future.
Mind explaining your reasoning? Dominator RAM looks amazing
I actually kind of agree on the brand, i see a lot of people going for the EVGA cards with blower coolers, when i move to nvidia i'll be getting probably an MSI 670 or a Gigabyte 670
Its okay, you added the bit about carpet I'll let you off ;)
The power supply fan sucks air in, so having it suck air into it from underneath the case on the outside the air will be cool, it then gets exhausted out the back. If the case does not have the option for such a configuration the other way up sucking slightly warmer air out of the case is acceptable.
Talking about the server side here, so nope, server is still single threaded, optifine doesn't touch the server, completely client side and provides graphical optimization. The server is probably about as optimized as it can be.
Hosting a server in such a high end machine should be fine, minecraft is still single threaded and the 3570k can easily handle such. I highly suspect that its for him and friends privately, as its what me an my friends do (See my own server build on here)
They are both "16x slots" but the lower slot will only run at 8x, look in the motherboards manual it will say "For a single video card installation, using the PCI_E2 slot is recommended." Which is the first PCI-e 16x slot
I mean if you end up with a bit of spare cash in 6 months you can add a discrete graphics card.
It should be fine, but if you have the extra money you might want to consider the i7
Spot on build for the needs, well done!
Just something to consider as an upgrade a bit further down the line :)
"In computing, Smart Response Technology (SRT) (pre-launch name SSD Caching) is a proprietary caching mechanism introduced in 2011 by Intel for their Z68 chipset (for the Sandy Bridge–series processors), which allows a SATA solid-state drive (SSD) to function as cache for a (conventional, magnetic) hard disk drive." If this isn't what you mean then please explain, because i've only ever heard "SSD Caching" in regards to this technology.
For £300 not bad, but minecraft will most definitely benefit from even a low-mid end GPU.
Um why? he has it as the boot drive which would be faster than caching a HDD..
No, having 4x4 will have 2 sets of dual channel memory running, which would be inherently faster
A nice build, but as you went with a discrete graphics card i question why you went with the 3225 and not the 3220, they are identical apart from the fact that the 3225 has a better graphics in it than the 3220 which you wont be using, you could have saved yourself $25 :)
Aye, just did some testing, the CPU stuff is world loading and ticking, the GPU stuff is not optimised, using anti aliasing (16 samples) and Anisotropic Filtering the GPU usage was 30-50% if it was made to bother using all it could things would be better, but that is openGL 2.0 for you, it will be moving to openGL 3.1 (or 3.3 i can't remember which) soon and things will be better
I doubt anyone you'll find on here has heard of that brand, personally i'd pass it off as a bomb in your PC, unless you can find out who the true manufacturer of it is
I have a 3570k and a 7850, i get ~200FPS with peaks of around 300 i know how Minecraft runs + am an active support member for the help channel on IRC for it.
What OS are you running? Am I assuming you acquired 7 from somewhere other than a retailer? :) A very nice build though, you have done well for the money
Its not possible to cap FPS at a max unless its vsync but that doesn't go to 500fps.., but i don't see how you are getting 650fps on a 650ti to be fair, minecraft isn't that optimised, unless you are quoting some stupid peak.
Vertex 4s are respectable, i wouldn't be at all surprised if he says Samsung 830s or 840pros, they perform about the same though so no point changing now :)
Actually the PSU is fine, it is just a rebranded Seasonic, which are very good powersupplies
"only recently changed out the video card"
"The case was pretty hard to manage the cables in, due to the extremely small space behind the motherboard"
Personally yes keep looking find a case with more space behind the motherboard for routing. The thing with cases is if you ever make a new build you are probably going to reuse a case, buy a decent case if you can.
Its the fact that Biostar has never been a good respected brand, pretty much it.
How interesting, thanks for the information :)
I totally agree that Synapsis is a pain, up to the point that when i bought my own blackwidow while at uni, the program wouldn't even download any updates on the uni internet and refused to start, so i had to go searching for the drivers from before synapsis ( i can probably dig them up again if anyone wants them)
My only question is those xfire bridges, did it really need 2? i was under the impression that 2way xfire only needed one, unless they are actually just one bridge
I have seen people buying 1600MHz for ram pretty frequently, but any mainstream consumer PCs you'll get 1333MHz, most laptops run 1333MHz, And unless you are using the AMD APUs (which you aren't) there will be no noticeable difference.
Buys non overclocking board -> expects to overclock on it, Also there is no need to type in all caps.. -.-
Tip, for recording for pretty much anything, record to a separate HDD than the one you are running your OS/Game off, the frame rate hit is much much lower. Other than that, enjoy the build