Updated 03/2013 - New video card (660TI) and CPU (i7-3770k). Also added a 2TB storage drive. - The system should hold me until the next gen of CPUs/GPUs arrive. - OC'd to 4.4GHz w/out a significant increase in load temps.
I built this system as a hobby project in April 2012 looking for a "mid-budget" gaming system to run Skyrim and other assorted graphics-demanding games.
I thought I would upgrade to another system in a year, but as it approaches the 1-year anniversary, I'm finding it has not only kept up with the games that have been released, it has also kept most of it's value.
Changes: - I added the 200mm case fan a few months after the build. - I upgraded from the stock cooler to the Zalman cooler in early 2013 so I could OC a bit more.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$324.98||Amazon|
|CPU Cooler||Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing||$35.99||Mwave|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77 Professional ATX LGA1155|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$167.56||NCIX US|
|Storage||Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" SSD||$199.95||Newegg|
|Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$84.99||NCIX US|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB|
|Case||NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower||$132.98||Newegg|
|Power Supply||Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$79.99||Newegg|
|Optical Drive||LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer||$107.98||SuperBiiz|
|Case Fan||NZXT FS-200RB-RLED 89.5 CFM 200mm||$17.99||Mwave|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||32.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||66.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1045MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||3004MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||33.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||70.0° C|