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Second computer build.
by Sef
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Description

My second build, though the HDDs, ram, and GPU were salvaged from the first. It's mostly used for media viewing and gaming.
I was able to overclock the CPU to 4.3, but I turned it back down a little after getting no noticeable improvements in gaming benchmarks.
I'm quite happy with the temps, and they're actually a bit cooler lately due to being right below the A/C.

I love this case. My previous one had virtually no cable management, where as this one has plenty (And it was cheap). It did get a bit messy when I hooked up extra case fans, and the PSU cables don't have much give at the base (Preventing me from comfortably putting in a fan on the bottom), but I think I've managed to make things pretty tidy.

I've tried to put in what I paid, but I don't have records for everything.
The two HDDs and sound card were bought years ago from Staples (Free with company rewards), and the GPU was a gift last year.
The CPU + Motherboard combo was a $65 savings that I split between the two prices.
The DVD/CD writer was free with the tower.
I bought the second 4 GBs of ram separately, but I only have an invoice for one order that was $29.99, so I'm left to assume that's what I paid the first time. (Wow, ram has gone up a lot...)
Did I need a 750w PSU? Probably not, but with the savings and quality, I don't regret my pick.

I know everyone will be telling me to get an SSD, and I plan to once I can afford one. I already have the mounting kit for it (Figured an extra fan between the HDDs for now couldn't hurt). :3

Being able to see other people's builds helped me a lot when deciding parts, so I figured I'd add in hopes that it'll help someone else.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.1GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load36.0° C
MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.08Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load63.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP9354
Comments
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LegoPC [1 Build] 2 points 18 months ago

Good job on the cable management.

 
 
Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Well, that's a first. XD Thanks.

 
 
Sabotage 2 points 18 months ago

Yay I love the 200r. You could do a little bit of a better job on cable management, but the parts in your build are awesome!

 
 
Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 18 months ago

Yeah, I'll try... Sometime. XD I know I could move the optical drive down which should free up the need for one cable... The rest is just better organizing.

 
 
Sabotage 1 point 18 months ago

Haha okay!

 
 
Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I redid the cables (again), if you want to take a look. The backside isn't pretty, but I suppose that doesn't matter.

 
 
Sabotage 2 points 18 months ago

Oh, that looks really good! Yeah the behind of my case is also **** :).

 
 
Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks. :D Heh, out of sight, out of mind.

 
 
Ggadget 2 points 18 months ago

This is definitely not bad cable management. It's much better than my build!

 
 
akirakun [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Any problems with the height of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO nearing the side panel door?

 
 
Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Sorta? It closes just fine, I just couldn't put an extra case fan in the top slot on the case door. Bottom slot's fine.

 
 
akirakun [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
kylepatrickswan [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Sleeve your cables if you plan on getting better airflow. Even with your deal on the psu, this build seems a bit pricy... I would by ram in one package unless several packages of the same ram costs less (1 pack of 4 modules each 2 gb, or 1 pack of 2 modules each 4 gb). I hope you salvaged your drives; I would have thrown an SSD in there for caching or for installing your OS on. I'd say 7/10 and a +1

 
 
Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I'll look into the sleeving thing... It's not something I've done before. And yeah, it is a little pricy, though I did buy just about everything on sale with rebates. I should probably change the prices, or at least note what it actually cost me. ^;

The ram, the GPU, and the HDDs were recovered from the old system, and the optical drive was free with the case. It's noisy, but I rarely ever use it, so...

An SSD is my next upgrade, without a doubt. I just felt I'd get use for gaming out of upgrading my archaic CPU/motherboard first.

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Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I care more about function than form, but is there anything you'd advise to putting under the case? It's on a little board with wheels, but there's no ventilation (And I don't think it would hold up to making any). I'm not sure if that PSU would work flipped, either? The top isn't flat (This is only the second PSU I've worked with, so I don't know much about them).

I'm honestly not sure how to route the cables any better... As much of a steal as the PSU was, the cables don't have a lot of give to them. Guess I'll have to think it over.

 
 
gt40spec [3 Builds] 0 points 18 months ago

No solid state drive?

 
 
Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah, kinda says that in the description...

 
 
elkay648 0 points 18 months ago

you spent 85 dollars for 8gb of ram?

 
 
Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Prices have been changed.

 
 
elkay648 0 points 18 months ago

you can get vengeance same speed and less sticks for 65

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Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Edit - My bad, I apologize... I forgot I changed the description. I already had the two HDDs from a previous build.

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Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Because I already had 4 GBs, and I later bought 4 more. I picked whatever was rated the best at Newegg at the time.

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Sef [Submitter] [1 Build] 8 points 18 months ago

Heh, I knew I should have mentioned the power supply. I got it on sale with a rebate for something like $70, and I thought it was worth grabbing.

Geez, awful? x.x Well, I tried.

 
 
skemble [18 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

Not like you got a 250 watt PSU... Your cable management is fine. You can only do what you can with cases that don't have many or any routing holes!

Solid build sir xD

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

I think you made an excellent choice on the power supply, especially if it was $70. It will give you room to add another card later if you need to.

 
 
noob_for_life 3 points 18 months ago

At least he has room to sli later on and his cable management isn't restricting airflow an I've seen much worse cable management

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

The 750w gives him room to SLI later. I think it was a good choice especially if he got it for $70.