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Hey everyone this is my first build and I did a hell of a lot of research to put this together and a lot of saving up too. In fact, I still owe my dad $400 but that is besides the point. I know that I could have gotten a similar performing build for less money, but I went with LGA2011 because I wanted 40 PCI lanes for future upgrades and also I did not want Haswell because of the crappy paste that is used instead of solder. I also wanted it to look nice so I spent lots of money on the case/fans/leds. The HDD were free because I got them from some of my family members' old laptops and the SSD was actually a 60GB Vertex 3, I just didn't see the option for it on here. Overall, I'm very satisfied with IB-E, 4.5GHz stable with a Hyper 212 Evo with decent temps? Hell, the fan isn't even at full speed. 5GHz can't possibly be that hard. I was able to hit 4.3GHz with stock voltage and to get to 4.5 I had to bump it up from 1.15v to 1.21v. I'm glad I chose the 4820k over the 4770k just because of the overclocking ability.
The NZXT Phantom 630 is an amazing case and it made cable management insanely easy, the fan controller is a huge plus. I was surprised at the sheer size of this case, it is massive. The gunmetal is beautiful. My only complaints are that I wish the window was bigger and that they would ditch the 200mm fan on the side.
The motherboard came with the F3 BIOS which did not allow for Ivy Bridge out of the box, I had to take it to Microcenter to get it flashed which cost me $30. Not too big of a deal considering the processor only cost $250 there which is a steal. In the future I hope to fill all of the ram slots, or at least two more. The memory looks awesome when it is symmetrical like that.
There isn't much to say about the power supply, it does its job, and is quiet and efficient at doing so.
The 7950 is a really good deal for the price, it runs Far Cry 3 at about 70FPS with max settings (1080p AA turned off, shadows on high, everything else is max.) Doesn't get too hot, about 60*C but I don't know how hard the fans are working. I will say the fans are not silent when they are under load. The PCB doesn't go with my black/red color scheme, but it doesn't look too bad.
I've been using the OCZ drive for about 8 months now in different computers and using compressible data on crystal disk mark I get about 450mb/s read and write with non compressible getting 350mb/s read 100mb/s write. Boot for Win7 Ultimate is 10 seconds after post.
I went with the Kingston ram because it was on sale at Microcenter, and it was red. It does run at 1600mhz at 1.5v even though they advertise 1.65v. Scores 7.8 on WEI so I guess you can't go wrong with it.
Sorry I don't have the best pictures and that the orientation is not right on two of them, but you get the idea. Just incase you're wondering I will be getting sleeved PCIe cables as well as more fans. Thanks for checking about my build and feel free to leave a comment!