The Haswell Build...Finally

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for putting the cart before the horse..or in this case the benchmarks before the build. But I have been pretty busy lately and haven't had time to sit down and work on my build guide but here it is.

For this I went with the MSI B85M-E45. This is fit all my needs for less than $60. It comes with plenty of SATA connectors for hard drive, has extra USB 2.0 headers for AIO coolers, USB 3.0 connector if your case has front USB 3.0 ports, and a PCIe x16 3.0 lane for modern GPU's, and 4 DIMM slots for DDR3-1600 RAM up to 32GB. If SLI or Crossfire is something you are interested in this board will not support either option.

My CPU of choice for my budget upgrade was an i3-4150 Haswell Dual core with hyper-threading. People tend to bash i3's for their gaming potential and no one is going to argue that 2 cores and 2 logical compare to 4 real cores. BUT that doesn't mean you cannot get good gaming performance from them and I intend to show this in my recorded videos. Plus with the advances of hyper-threading technology CPU bottleneck isn't as much an issue as it use to be, especially with appropriate settings.

I carried this over from my previous build because they are very reliable and have high compatibility. If you are new to PC building and are unsure of all the manufacturers you honestly cannot go wrong with G.Skill. (No this is not a sponsored ad, this is my personal opinion and should be taken as such)
For now I am using 2x 4GB sticks of 1600mhz memory, I plan on upgrading that to 16GB before the end of the year. I know 8GB is still the sweet spot for RAM and video games but you can see recent titles like GTA V and Arkham Knight both accumulate RAM usage as you travel around the map. 

CPU Cooler: 
I am also reusing my Cryorig C7 low profile cooler. I chose this and continue to use this because it preforms well for a low profile cooler. Its not the quietest low profile available but this is a nice mix between noise level and performance. I can tell you from experience I hardly hear this little cooler even when doing an extended gaming session. 

I have done a few builds in this case. It is unique, has decent cable management and drive space, and plenty of airflow. Plus it saves quite a bit of space on my desk. The main chamber can support 1x 240mm radiator if you use a mATX motherboard and 2x 240mm radiators if you use a mITX motherboard. You can use full size ATX power supplies with room for cables even if it is non-modular or semi modular. The second chamber also houses 2 drive cages each hold 3x 3.5mm and 2.5mm drives respectively. I can do a much more in depth review if anyone would like to hear more about the Corsair Air 240. 

Graphics Card: 
I'm currently using a GTX 750 Ti the previous budget 1080 king and its still running just fine in all the games I use it for. The 2GB Vram hasn't given me any issues even in GTA V. The card idles around 25C in my case and barely reaches 60C even under heavy load. 

Thanks everyone for reading. Now you can get an idea of my current hardware. As always if you like the blog please follow and if you enjoy the youtube videos please like or subscribe to the channel. 

Bench marking: TitanFall

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Another post and another video. So a nice thing about EA's Origin service is they let you play a trial of certain games to see if you are interested in purchasing or not. So recently I took a 48 hour trial of Titanfall because I'm thinking of buying Titanfall 2 somewhere in the next few weeks.

This was my first attempt at using Shadow Play to record gameplay and I have to say its not bad with recent updates. BUT for whatever reason it will not carry over the FPS counter in the corner which for me was very counter productive but for the average user I don't think thats an issue at all.

Sorry if the length of the video is a little past the 10 minute mark, but what I am really trying to accomplish with my Youtube channel and blog is to give real world results. You see some benchmarking videos and there are nothing but graphs. That's great and all but sometimes I am ok with 40 FPS as long as I can play smoothly with no stutter. Also some of us just play on high settings or medium and are perfectly content. Not everyone is testing out CPU's with an GTX 1080 and likewise if I have an i7-7700k why am I going to be benchmarking a GTX 1050 that kind of system doesn't make much sense. I would say this channel is for the budget conscious tech enthusiast who loves to game. 

I will be posting many many more videos showing gameplay with my i3-4150 and as I collect money I will be making upgrades to my system and discussing why. If there are any games you would like to see tested please let me know and id be happy to accommodate if I can. 

Thank for Reading and Watching. Please subscribe/follow if you like the content. 

See you in the next one!   

Quick FPS Test on GTA V

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A post on my new set up will be coming soon. But I was really excited to start playing some games on it, so i recorded a quick video of me playing GTA V with my new hardware. This video really gave me the results I was hoping to see. Too commonly people tell you, i5 minimum for gaming, i3's wont hold up. but that's just not true. If you are willing to play some games on medium or high an i3 is plenty in a lot of circumstances. I was able to average 60 FPS in GTA V on high with an i3-4150 and a GTX 750 Ti. My settings are in the beginning of the video.

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Finally Upgrading my home PC

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Short post today, full reviews with photos to follow soon. I have been running an i5-2400 on the old LGA 1155 socket and do not get me wrong this is still a good processor to this day. BUT I really wanted to get a motherboard that can support 4 DIMMS, USB 3.0 support, allowing my RAM to run above 1333 mhz, and access to slightly more modern processors with better single core performance.

So I lucked out on craigslist and found an i3-4150 and was having a sale on an MSI B85 motherboard so I went for it. I have put it together and honestly you wouldn't expect much improvement coming from an i5 to an i3 even with newer architecture. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised.

My example:

-Not very graphic intensive
-But very CPU intensive

with my i5-2400 I would get frame rates between 83 and 112 FPS while playing online.

with my new i3-4150 I received frame rates between 90 and 140 FPS while playing online.

Maybe there is some merit to PCI Gen 3 and faster RAM speeds.

Thanks for Reading! More benchmarks and build info to come soon.

Save money on the latest games

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I know you've all seen ads all over the internet CSGO free, assassins creed, etc. Well 99% of the time as you know those aren't true but I wanted to go over a few website that can actually save you money and I have verified these work with my own money.

The first one I want to go over is Instant Gaming. If you watch a lot of bench marking videos you will see affiliate links. Here is mine below:

So what this does is every time you generously buy something for yourself after clicking on my link it gives me 3% in my account that I can apply towards games for this blog. (and greatly appreciated) 

But aside from that you can honestly find games between 30-60% off all the time. At the time of writing this you can see Titanfall 2 (which I am hoping to pick up soon for myself) is over 60% off! 

And the codes actually work, which is my point in talking about this. I bought a copy of the Sims 3 Hidden Springs another Origin title and Warhammer: Total War for Steam and received both my codes within minutes. 

Second on my list is Humble Bundle, usually more expensive than instant gaming but occasionally you will get a free game. In November they gave away a copy of Dirt 3 and in December GRID. Of course not AAA titles but if you are into racing fun pick ups for free. They also have a great charity function where you donate and receive games based on what charity promotions they have going on. Other than that you browse and from time to time you find a deal. 

Third is what I call sketchy territory. 
So its based somewhere in China and they sell Grey Market Keys. Which for the most part they do work and I bought a copy of CSGO that works great for $8. BUT......there was an issue with some uplay codes that were purchased with Stolen credit cards and sold to a bunch of players unknowingly and Uplay shut all the codes off and eventually turned  them back on because it was completely unknown to the people buying the codes off the market place. But I say this is at your own risk territory. Another thing that kind of bothers me is G2A shield. They ask you to pay $3 to make sure the code you just spent money on actually works.????? Kind of strange. 

But hey everyone thanks for reading. If you enjoy the content please follow and share I am still trying really hard to get this blog off the ground. If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see talked about please let me know. 

Some CES 2017 Ryzen information

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So since I am very new to this and don't have any sponsorship's I have attached a video from someone who does. A long time Tech tuber Linus Tech Tips. I take no credit for this video or its content I am just posting it here in case you aren't subscribed. And if you aren't I really would consider it he has some good reviews.

Hopefully we start hearing about pricing and a release date soon. For myself and hopefully to make this blog interesting I am going to invest in either a Ryzen or a Kabylake build. If you have a preference on what you'd like to see please leave a comment 

Still waiting for Ryzen

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So just like many of you out there, not just AMD fans. We are all waiting to see if AMD is finally going to make the CPU market competitive again. Many of us saw the impressive benchmarks during the New Horizon event in mid December against the $1000 Intel CPU.

But like many of you what I really wanted to see was some gaming benchmarks, specifically against both the i7-6700k and the i5-6600k. I watch a lot of tech tube reviews as I mentioned in my intro post since I am not sponsored I don't get the opportunity to review engineering samples and the latest and greatest. (Which hopefully that will change one day) But when I see here's Cinebench and geekbench and fire strike that's great and all you got a 5075. Now I am not saying there is no point to these and it can really highlight performance aspects in regards to each particular test and how the CPU performs in various tasks.

As a PC builder and Gamer though I like to see some performance results and side by side comparisons before I start making my spending decisions. For example based on Newegg pricing at the moment.

I can get an i3-6100 for $119, a roughly $60-70 motherboard that supports the features I want, and some 8gb of DDR4 for about $45-50. Yes, there are much cheaper motherboards but my philosophy on this is how long can you expect something you paid $40 for to work especially with the stress gaming puts on your hardware. I am not including the price of a power supply or a GPU because that's completely up to the individual and what you like to use your PC for. So I can the basics of an Intel Skylake PC for ~$230.

So my hopes for Ryzen is they come out with comparable pricing at equal or greater performance. I say equal to skylake because the early reviews of Kabylake and Intel moving away from the Tick-Tock processor development plan showed very small if any performance increases. But this is to be expected in the new development plan as Kabylake is the Optimization step.

If anyone would like to share their thoughts on Ryzen and Kabylake I would love to hear them in the comments.

Thanks for reading! 

Cryorig C7 low profile cooler Review

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I want to start this post off saying Happy New Years! Hope everyone had a good one.

Today I wanted to talk about the Cryorig C7 low profile CPU cooler. I recently bought this a few weeks ago as a replacement for my Intel stock cooler. I chose to go with a low profile cooler because I am using a Corsair Air 240 as a case and it has height issues with coolers over 120mm. Which is why you typically see these with AIO (All In One for those new to cpu coolers) liquid coolers. A link to the item on Amazon will be included at the end of the post. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised at how efficient and quiet this little cooler is.
The packaging was very well done and very compact for as much as they managed to fit into this box. It comes with thermal paste which so far haven't had any problems with. A hex driver to tighten the bolts on the included retainer plate. Necessary mounting hardware for a variety of motherboards and of course an instruction manual. 
Installing this item was a breeze if you are pretty comfortable working in your tower. Or in my case I had to remove the motherboard as the 3.5mm cage blocks the back of my motherboard but even so I was able to pull my board out and swap the coolers in less than 30 minutes.

My previous idle temps on my i5-2400 were around 45 C and with this upgraded cooler I saw a drop to 39-40 C depending on ambient temperatures. The biggest change was when under load, with my stock Intel cooler I was easily hitting 75-76 C. With my new cooler I play for hours and have yet to break 61 C. Another great highlight to this cooler are the grooves cut into the side of the fan housing that promote more air flow and quieter operation. Even under heavy gaming load you hardly hear more than a slight humming sound. I was very impressed with Cryorig fitting 4 heat pipes into this as well as a nice aluminum heat sink that does not interfere with RAM.

As you can see in my pictures above of my personal build No RAM or GPU clearance issues. I am using G.Skill RAM with pretty decent heat spreaders and I have no issues. Over all I definitely recommend this product to anyone who has a M-ATX or ITX builds or anyone who has CPU Cooler clearance issues WHO DO NOT OVERCLOCK. This is also a good for an aesthetic build for those people looking for white and black components that many companies do not provide for CPU coolers. This cooler provides exceptional performance for something only 47mm tall and I am very happy with my purchase. At the time of purchase in early December I was able to pick this up for only $25.99.

 I would not recommend this to overlockers because of the excess temperatures overclocked CPU's can generate. Another thing I would have liked to see is copper heat pipes as they tend to conduct heat a little better than aluminum which would have made for slightly higher cooling efficiency. These are coated copper heat pipes to provide a better look to the cooler.

Thank you everyone for reading. If you like what you read I would appreciate the follow, if you have comments or disagree please drop me a comment I would love to talk about it.

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