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Sam's Gaming Rig
by Sassy
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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

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load51.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.01Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.21Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
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gogo809 [2 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

Yeah, that processor/GPU should destroy most current games. No need to overclock yet. I'm sad that your case is too narrow for the side fan. I trend toward the Factory sealed liquid cooling route myself, so I wouldn't notice stuff like that. I also don't know that I would have gone with a Rosewill power supply. The (current) price doesn't even justify it as I got a similarly priced 750 Watt Corsair model.

Excellent choices in boot drive, but where is your data drive? 128GB is way too small, and I suspect you will fill it very soon. I understand not wanting to buy an HDD, they are still overpriced.

Do you want my opinion of your component selections? Here: CPU: Excellent Memory: Excellent MOBO: Excellent GPU: Excellent Cooler: Great RAM: Great SSD: Great Optical: Sure PSU: Good Case: Good Monitor: Excellent Mouse: Excellent OS: Good Keyboard: Good Other stuff: No opinion HDD: Missing :)

(You'll notice that contrary to my words above, I don't believe you made any "POOR" choices.) I hope you enjoy your rig for years to come, destroying any game that comes along!

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you for the reply! In the pictures of my HDD cage, You can probably see my Crucial M4 fairly easy, but a couple rungs below that is a Western Digital 320gb. It is off an ancient Acer premade I had when I was 10. I am surprised it was even SATA. I do need one, but for now, I've only used 2/3 of the SSD and cannot foresee needing more space for a few months.

I knew that the case had issues with the Hyper 212 and the side panel fan before purchasing. (I did my research, as I said above!) But after learning how side panel fans can mess with the CPU Heatsink, I didn't mind.

And I do think that the PSU was the only "if" factor of my build, but I am pleased by how it's turned out. With lots of monitoring, I have confirmed it is sending clean power all throughout my rig! And I believe you mean the Corsair Enthusiast series, which is 110$ with a 15% promotion right this moment. The reason why I did not get one those is because it was not modular at all. I would have insisted on the the professional series, which I think you can get the 650w version for 130 on a good sale.

To be honest, I didn't have a budget. In monetary terms, the sky was the limit. The only filter was my own sensibilities. At some point, I said "$1800 is way plenty for me to spend on a computer," hahaha!

I thank you and I believe it will be a trooper for me, lasting many a year and providing me with the performance that I've never had at my fingertips until now!!

(Was one of those people angry that they could barely load the Youtube videos of people playing AND recording their games in hi ress, lol)

 
 
Mincading [10 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

Great heatsink aint it?

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

It took me awhile to get it on properly, but it seems to be handling it's job very well! :) I cannot complain, ESPECIALLY for the price! If you do some research, for my CPU, you can only get 0.1 ghz extra from overclocking with water cooling or other CPU Heatsinks. I am not talking about extreme OC, but safe, comfortable, daily use kinda OC (4.4 is the norm max safe OC with CM Hyper 212 Evo, 4.5 on like Corsair Water Cooling stuff). I figured why spend 100 when I only needed to spend 30 for something literally almost as good? (Will be someone who overclocks for sensible reasons, not bragging rights to see how far i can go)

 
 
Mincading [10 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

Considering me being 15, i think i got it on quite fast. I honestly didnt know which orientation the x bracket went, so i just went with the picture. The screws were off balance when i first screwed it in so i light did the criss cross method; screwin in each side ONE rotation at a time. I am definitely glad I got the hyper 212 as opposed to water cooling as well. The cheapest closed loop system was 70$, so might as well get the evo (it was on sale a week ago, 25$!!!) i was skeptical at first bout my temps, but then remembered that ivy bridge cpu runs hotter than sandy bridge. I dont really extreme oc, 4.4ghz? Its hard to do it on my msi board (check out my build "the blue one")... Voltage changes are just terrible haha

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

At first, your thermal paste is kinda just "setting" in, and should work a bit better than the first couple days! :)

I had watched videos of it being installed several times at that point, and also screwed each corner of the mounting bracket, one turn at a time.

All I can say is that you got a Mini ATX board, you can't really expect something that'll overclock well, unless it is specifically one of it's features, sorry! Just make sure everything is nice and cool and turbo boost will take care of you for quite awhile alone, and then later on you may feel the need to start working on that. Goodluck!

 
 
Mincading [10 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

Yep! I heard about the thermal paste needing to "break in". Also, i got a full sized atx board! It was mesnt to overclock..oh well! I wont Need to oc :)

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

I must've had your build confused with someone else's! Sorry! By time you feel the need to overclock, you'll probably just want a whole new computer by then, so I wouldn't stress about it too much :)

 
 
Mincading [10 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

My cpu is quite hard to oc on my board x__x oh well, i like it the way it is anyways haha! Im probably not going to oc it until it becomes officially outdated xD thanks for your input!

 
 
gen3benz 1 point 26 months ago

Awesome! I'm running the same cpu/mb/ssd and you're right....9 seconds! This has been my first build in over 10 years and im so glad i went with an ssd. Keep up the good work!

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

After downloading/installing/updating a lot of stuff, and everything that pops up when I turn on my computer, it takes 11 seconds but still, that is so fast! My monitors barely have time to react! :D

I hope you are happy with your setup! Did you find the bloatware annoying from the Asrock Extreme4 driver disk?

 
 
gen3benz 1 point 26 months ago

To be honest I haven't even ran the driver disk, I forgot I had it actually.XD

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

I personally had to. It would not detect my wired internet connection until I installed the drivers from the disk :(

 
 
imminency 0 points 26 months ago

Make sure it's set on AHCI mode in your BIOS.

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

Huh? Looks like my research has not been infallible :)

 
 
slykrysis [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

Good build. Only things I would have changed is the PSU (not a Rosewill) and the motherboard (never been a fan of ASRock). Glad everything's working great though!

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

I talked about this above, and again with gogo809, but just to reiterate, I feel that the Rosewill Hive-750 is a solid power supply and I am happy with it! :)

 
 
cptprice99 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build!!!! I am putting one together soon with the same cpu, gpu, and cpu cooler; but different case. Any problems so far? I have a different mobo also.

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

Problems you may run into is the ram hitting the CPU Heatsink (Seriously, just lift the fan on the heatsink a few centimeters, not a problem really). Also, you can see the case I have allows for an even larger graphics card, which is one of the reasons I got it, because I did not want to be squeezing the GPU barely in. Make sure your case will fit a large card. The CPU Heatsink is kinda something you have to play around with to make it fit, having someone to help you is beneficial. The CPU was easy as pie to put in. I used Newegg's trick of cleaning with coffee filter before applying the thermal paste. With the GPU, and CPU supporting PCI-E 3.0, i'd make sure your motherboard has it too. You won't really see a performance increase, but it's the future. Always invest in future technologies, not aging ones :)

 
 
cptprice99 1 point 26 months ago

Ok thanks. Yea I am getting a gigabyte mobo and a full tower case, so no worry with gpu being to big. What is the Newegg coffee filter trick?

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

When cleaning the top of the cpu for thermal paste, using coffee filter to rub it won't leave behind particles like a paper towel would.

 
 
Anarch3y 1 point 21 months ago

why 58 pics

 
 
skemble [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

I like your choice of case! (I used the same) Overall really solid build.

Curious as to if you like the G600 mouse, good/bad things about it?

 
 
Eredicate 1 point 16 months ago

Awesome build! May I ask how that monitor is working out for you? May try investing in one soon.

 
 
spamusubi 1 point 6 months ago

I have the same case and cpu cooler in my build but I haven't put everything together yet. I was just wondering, after taking off the side panel fan, does the panel fit well with the cm hyper evo? Or did you still have to adjust it a bit?

 
 
TinDaDragon 0 points 26 months ago

I'm still wondering why you bought the Z77 board from newegg as opposed to microcenter. Could've gotten $50 off.

Everything else is good

 
 
Sassy [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 26 months ago

I am located in Washington State, on the Northern part of the Peninsula. I am very far from the nearest Microcenters. You get the cheap prices only when you buy In-store. :)