I've loved computers the moment my parents bought a "decent" computer from Goodwill, brought it home and found out it wouldn't work. They allowed me to open it up and play with it. At age 11, I took it apart, put it together, and wondered if it'd work...We plugged it in, turned it on and Voila! Hooked ever since. Never had the money to make my own custom gaming rig, always used my parent's (whom game with me! :) It's a whole gaming family here!) and now that I am 18, have my own little Odd's Job business in my neighborhood on top of a full time job, I found I had plenty to make a gaming rig. I need it to do school, play my games well, and last me a few good years with very acceptable gameplay FPS throughout.
This computer is amazing. I mainly play MMO's, such as Aion, and Guild Wars 2 upcoming soon. Those games cannot put my computer under load. It's awesome!
The last pictures, with all the boxes, of course do not show all the boxes. A few of them had been allrdy packed in my garage at that point. Sorry!
I am benchmarking and seeing higher results than what others with similar setups have documented, at base clocks. I am not sure why, but it makes me happy. My idle temps seem to be slightly higher than normal, but my load temps are certainly lower than a lot of others.
This case is absolutely wonderful. I literally cannot think of anything wrong with this case. My only, if at all con, would be the fact that the side panel fan pre-installed will not allow the side panel to be on with the CM Hyper 212 Evo. But that's ok, with research, I have found that though while good for GPU's, side panel fans get in the way of CPU Heatsink, and diminishes their performance. I used that side fan on the CPU heatsink for a push/pull affect. The CPU Heatsink itself was a pain to install, I recommend lots of fiddling and a second person for extra hands!
Also, if you want a case that really showcases the inside, this may not be the one for you. It does showcase, but it's not optimal. Not even something to knock off a point in a 100 point scale in my book.
I asked and researched from Internet resources for 2 months, which includes a gargantum amount of price checking/searching. The only part of my build I was not 100% sure about was my PSU. However, it has turned out to run my build just fine. People tend to distrust any but the absolutely most reliable PSU's however. I would recommend this one, certainly. Good price, and modular. If anything, I wish the GPU power wires were a half inch longer, but no harm done. I do recommend a Battery backup/Surge protector like the one I have (pictured next to my Sub) I got it for a steal at Costco for 90 bucks. At Newegg it is 145.
The CPU itself is wonderful. I have not started the overclock, but I feel no need to at this time. It's performance it great!
The motherboard seems to work very well. When installing all the drivers/software, the Xfast LAn is terrible. It might be useful, but it pops up all the time like a virus, i deleted that crap. Also, they install other bloatware that is not needed. Be watchful when you install anything under the "Software" tab. The board itself is thin, so I was very cautious when pluggin things in, like the 24pin power connector, Ram, CPU Heatsink, the graphics card, etc. It looks wonderful, allows me to grab another GPU if I ever feel the need and is one of the best overclocking motherboards in the price range.
The GTX 670 from EVGA (I have the FTW Edition) is wonderful. Amazing. Perfect, in my opinion.
My RAM is..RAM! It keeps cool and works well and I've had no issues. I, for the moment, feel no need to grab another 8gbs.
I love this monitor. 24 inches of awesome epicness. I got it at a great price from newegg for 180 and free shipping.
The SSD is amazing. My computer turns on in 9 seconds. I cannot believe how an SSD adds to the value of this computer's performance.
My gaming periphials, have along with my computer, blown my mind. I've been using a small, wireless laptop mouse for so long, the G600 is like a Lambo in terms. Never had programmable buttoms before, and they allow me a lot of freedom in games. It is taking me awhile to get everything down pat and remember it all. The razer nostromo is an amazing tool for allowing me movement in my games. The G330 is a good headset. The sound that pipes through won't turn heads, but the mic quality is good, and it is extremely comfortable, at an affordable price. The Razer Goliathus Control Edition is great, works wonderful with the G600. The G110 is not something I am too familiar with yet, as I don't use it that much during games, and it is difficult for me transitioning from a cheap laptop keyboard to this full sized awesomeness, but the keys feel nice, and I have even more programmable buttons!
The speakers have impressed me greatly. They sound amazing, and they cost me only 25 bucks. Everybody in my house wants to replace their speakers and grab these.
Sorry for the wall of text, but I hope you guys have enjoyed my opinions and the passion I put into this computer. I want to give a shout out to PCPartpicker, as it has been a very very very handy tool in helping me with my first computer build.
I'll check back here regularly to read/repy to any and all comments, so you guys can ask any questions you may have!
Afterthought.. my WEI is 7.6
Processor: 7.6 Memory (RAM): 7.8 Graphics: 7.9 Gaming Graphics: 7.9 Primary Hard Disk: 7.9
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$233.98||SuperBiiz|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$28.65||OutletPC|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155||$134.99||SuperBiiz|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$79.99||Newegg|
|Storage||Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" SSD||$249.95||Newegg|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB|
|Case||Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower||$69.99||Amazon|
|Power Supply||Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$79.99||Newegg|
|Optical Drive||Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer||$36.20||Amazon|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$86.98||OutletPC|
|Monitor||Asus VS248H-P 24.0"||$159.99||Newegg|
|Mouse||Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Wired Laser||$58.99||Amazon|
|Custom||Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate||$0.00|
|Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM||$0.00|
|CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series GreenPower UPS CP1350AVRLCD 1350 VA 810 Watts 4 x 5-15R Battery/Surge Protected 4 x 5-15R Surge Protected Outlets UPS||$0.00|
|Razer Goliathus Control Edition Gaming Mat||$0.00|
|Rosewill RCW-565 25ft. /Network Cable Cat 6 Black||$0.00|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||35.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||51.0° C|