I am one of the electronics gadget enthusiast and moderate gamer. This was my first time buying a desktop PC and even to the extend of gaming use. However, I am careful with the value. For me it is important to keep a balance between the cost/price with the performance/quality. Luckily I have Sypol and Jake with me who also into desktop gaming PC, thus, lead me to buying a custom PC.
Well, my custom PC based on ASUS from C.F. King, Kiulap. It was not built by me but I picked and mixed all the components (you know, like shopping for clothing, you pick and mix to your liking) then asked the retailer to install it. I wanted a proper cable management and reduced the hassle of configurations especially driver and compatibility issues so it would be better to have the retailer to do it.
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770 $450
Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-M LE Motherboard $169
Memory: Transcend Jetram 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM $98
Transcend Jetram 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM $98
Storage (Primary): Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB SSD $225
Storage (Secondary): WD 2TB Sata 3 Carviar Green HDD $280
Graphics: ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5 $339
Optical: ASUS 16x Bluray Writer $199
Network: ASUS Wireless-N300 PCI-E adapter $50
Display: LG LCD Monitor D2342P $320
OS: Windows 8 64-bit English International OEM $225
Chassis: Corsair Carbide 400R $160
PSU: Hunt Key 700W Power supply $120
Speaker: Logitech R-20 2-1 Speaker (My existing speaker)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Desktop Wired USB Keyboard (Free)
Mouse: Logitech MK120 Desktop Wired USB Mouse (Free)
Windows Experience Index:
Memory (RAM) 8.0
Gaming Display 7.9
Primary hard disk 8.1
Overall score 7.9
Ultra Quality Gaming
BOOT - Booting the PC is very fast thanks to the SSD, CPU, RAM and OS. It took about 14 seconds (including BIOS) to come to the Windows 8 Lock Screen where I can immediately log in and access the Start Screen and Desktop with everything loaded.
GAMING - I tried to play a game in the highest setting: Ultimate Quality in Tomb Raider and Ultra in Devil May Cry, Skyrim and Resident Evil. Though my GPU is GTX 660, surprisingly the graphic delivered what the highest settings should deliver. For 3D games, the game works great with 3D but only to games that were included in the compatible game from LG.
MOVIE - Bluray and HD movie (1080x720) played very nicely. 3D cinema was working fine though I have to use Cyberlink software to do ‘correction’ to the 3D setting of some movies (and even anime) to work correctly with my unique 3D LED Monitor. Though the optical speed is slow in writing, at least it can read Bluray, DVD and CD without delays.
GREEN - The chassis cooler fan and PSU cooler fan are amazingly very silent. This matches very great with the WD Carviar Green HDD and Sandisk SSD, providing very silent and power saving PC. The LED light from the cooler, power LED, hard disk LED and monitor LED match with each other.
NETWORK - Wireless is good, I don’t feel losses of signal received from my wireless router. Haven’t tried the Ethernet but expected great as with other Gigabit Ethernet. No Bluetooth though but may add the feature further along with card reader.
SOUND - No problem with using the integrated sound card (realtek), the sound produce was at first not too great, but after the driver update with the control tool included, the sound quality become interesting to listen to your favourite songs and capable to give out decent gaming sound effects despite using older Logitech speaker.
STORAGE - I used the whole 256GB SSD for my Windows 8 OS. I divide the 2TB HDD into 3 partitions: 650GB for Data, 650GB for Application and remaining 650GB for virtual OS.