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Batchi, A Teen's First Build
by DooofusChoco
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This is my very first build and it took me a five months saving up for this. i'll use it for gaming at 1080p and simple 3D rendering stuff. My budget was $730. Parts in my country are BIT more expensive than the US so i'll have to downgrade to Ivy... :'(

i5 3470: A nice cpu and it's just enough for what i do.

Z77 Pro4M: I know - a locked cpu in a Z chipset. The other option is H77-Pro4M, but the price differences between these two are 1.5 dollars.......................

Corsair Value Ram: Nice ram and 8gb was recommended for me.

250gb hard drive: This is an OLD and a TEMPORARY hard drive. I WILL ADD AN SSD AND SOME MORE TERABYTES SOME DAY.

GTX 760: This is a great card. Some people were wondering why not Asus or Msi - These two brand cost a hundred dollars more than this Zotac one..... Anyways I get 5 years warranty and Batman XD.

N200: I love this chassis. I did my best in cable management and yes, you can route your 24pin cable through the back. The shop owner surprised me with a windowed version. Yay!

M12ii 520w: Appreciate modular power supplies. It makes assemble so simple. Just another great psu from Seasonic.

Any critics are much appreciated.

Part List
Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load41.0° C
Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB AMP! Edition Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.11Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.21Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load62.0° C
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Zeus [1 Build] 6 points 14 months ago

Nice build. +1 I personally would have went the amd route at this budget, however.

Swish2000 5 points 14 months ago

He makes a point, AMD mATX motherboards suck lots of wee-wees. It's a shame, I wish MSI or ASUS would step in and make a really high-end one.

ImElkay [1 Build] 4 points 14 months ago

I literally laughed out loud when I saw that. +1 on life.

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

I understand. A couple of my friends also mentioned it but i prefer a compact computer on my desk. AMD microatx motherboard have less features... Mini-Itx is expensive... haha

Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

'tis true, the majority of AMD motherboards are a fair bit behind atm.

deathfromup [6 Builds] 6 points 14 months ago

Hey man, i don't mean to worry you, but im pretty sure there's a monster in your computer.

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 14 months ago

Ahaha an orange one! It's a hot day so he's cooling down himself XD

Marcus_CA 1 point 14 months ago

Zotac is known to be a horrifying company when it comes to returning or exchanging faulty products. I also haven't seen many people attempt overclocking these either.

All-in-all, if the card works, enjoy the build. Congrats to your first build!

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks for the info and thanks

xshadowinxbc [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

For an Intel build at this price point, you did fine. +1

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks haha

ravagex 1 point 14 months ago

Fine job and your description for choices helps your cause.

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago


Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

How's the Zotac? I heard it may be a little bit loud, but I don't know. Nice build though! Where do you live? I'd think Canada but.

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

When I boot the system up It wasn't audible. I haven't done any gaming/benchmark yet, but when i do, i'll upload the scores here. Oh, and I am Asian :P

talby [9 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

+1 great balance between cost and performance, have not seen that case in person it looks awesome - seems like a good upgrade from the Core 1000.

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago


aludka 1 point 14 months ago

Well done. +1

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago


BranToast75 [4 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Initially i would have suggested an AMD cpu and GPU for your budget, but then i read the description and saw you have 3D rendering in mind. You will benefit from the cuda and Intel, so +1

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Right On! That was the point i opt for Intel and Nvidia

Starlana [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

+1 for 5 months of saving and learning the value of a dollar.

Good choices overall. I've decided to go RAID with mine for faster downloads. That is something you can look into to. I don't know if SSD's are worth the price, WITH THE EXCEPTION for a faster boot. I suppose they are more reliable as well, but they fill up so damn fast!

Good job kid! :)

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks a lot! RAID sounds interesting too maybe i'll try that as well :D

ITneto 1 point 11 months ago

Is that case a windowed version of the n200?

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

Yea it is. lol i took 10 months to reply you sorry ;D

PCMan416 1 point 5 months ago

I know you were on a budget but I think Zotac isn't such a good choice for video cards.

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Well... It has been more than 1 year and I have been doing a lot of 3D rendering(animations) and gaming(BF3 and Assassin's Creed)... It's solid but i get your point. Haven't had any issues yet :D

iTzSnypah 0 points 14 months ago

Turn on MCE and undervolt. No reason not to.

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

How do I do that?

iTzSnypah 1 point 14 months ago

In the motherboard BIOS there should be an option somewhere to enable MCE. All it will do is instead of turboing up to 3.6GHz (depending on load) it will just run at 3.6GHz (EIST will still make the CPU idle at 1.6GHz).

Undervolting will be more tricky because you have to stability test. You can skip undervolting if you want (all it will do is shave a few Watts off and maybe 1C under load).

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

i'll try. Thanks for the tip :)

angustlee -1 points 2 months ago

I5 3470 is noobshit. Y u no buy i7-4770k??????????????????????? Y u buy zotac???? Y u no buy Asus Poseidon?????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Why ASSRock????????????? Y u no buy MSI or Gigabyte????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

DooofusChoco [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Mmmmnnn During that time the i53470 was a whole lot cheaper than its unlocked counterparts... Yes I have considered Haswell and Asus,Msi gpus but things went beyond my budget ;_; , let alone that Asus Poseidon. The Asrock was an unbeatable deal