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Bushido Build (First Build)
by BWO_Kilroy
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Description

So, long story short, I have been wanting a good gaming computer for almost a decade now...I have been using a Sony Vaio Laptop from 2006, SINCE 2006...

So it was about time I upgraded. I searched and price checked as best as I could and I think I did pretty well, I am VERY happy with the cost of Windows, I found a great deal for it on Ebay and was one of a lucky 33 to snag a copy of it for that price for the 10 minutes it was up.

Anyways, on to the build.

CPU: I really like the 3570k, I had heard a lot of good things about it, and I had my heart set on it for a while and am very pleased with the results, my CPU usage sits at about 15% while I am using Photoshop and listening to Spotify, in comparison, just having Spotify open on my old laptop would use about 65% of the CPU. I got the K version because I plan to Overclock once the Warranty runs out (No need to tempt fate). I will get a better cooler when I do that. Also, the cost on this is actually $199, thanks to Amazon having a sale and Newegg doing their price guarantee through December.

Motherboard: Avoid ASRock, I got a bent CPU pin, I might try to fix it myself later on, the only problem it causes is that I cannot dual channel my RAM. The board looks great, and has some nice features, I just think they need some better quality control and they could actually be a top tier company.

RAM: Hey, I got a good deal on it, it looks fantastic, and runs flawlessly. I was actually happy with the fact that the RAM is actually more of a burnt orange color rather than the orange/yellow it shows up as in photos. I might upgrade to 16GB in the future, but for now, 8 is plenty.

Storage: Hey, its an HDD, what can I say? It runs, it holds my OS and files. I have used WD drives my entire life, no reason to stop now :) I originally had an SSD in this build, but the Power connector snapped clean off (Kingston HyperX 3k) and I decided to go without it.

GPU: I love this card....Love it. It has pretty much eaten everything I throw at it, I am getting a nice steady FPS on Far Cry 3 right now at highest settings and it runs whatever I want, whenever I want and stays cool while doing it. I had originally planned on a 670, but got a second job between then and now and went with the 760 instead.

Case: I looked for cases forever, I didn't want to dump a lot of money into one, and I HATE the current style of ridiculous warped edges and flashy colors. Black and White is my favorite combo, and minimalism is my favorite style and this case fit the bill, it was cost effective, came with two fans pre-installed, and lots of room for cable management. I highly recommend this case to anyone looking to save money on their next build (And hey, it comfortably fits the 760).

PSU: This is a diamond in the rough, after a lot of research I landed on the Silencer, and boy does it deserve that name, it makes ZERO noise, I had to shine a flashlight in there to make sure the fan was working. It has provided more than enough power for my build, it is semi-modular (Which is fantastic) and has some nice quality cables, and hey, it's white too, which is a lot harder to find in a budget than it sounds.

Monitor: I...Love...This...Monitor...It was a great deal, has every port that I could need, has a BEAUTIFUL contrast ratio, and thanks to the lovely (fingerprint magnet) glossy screen, colors POP. Very thing, looks amazing, I cannot say enough good things about it. Although if you are looking to mount your monitor, this one does not have any mounts for it. Also, Thin bezel is an ultra plus because I plan to do multi-monitor in the future for my job.

Anyways, thanks for looking at my build, it is wonderful to be away from the slavery relationship that is console gaming, and this was a fun educational experience.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load61.0° C
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.08Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load58.0° C
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ImElkay [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

The name of the PSU just sounds cheap. I've never even seen one, given I've only been toying with computers for about 6 months. Can you vouch for it so far? Really nice build BTW. That stinks about your SSD. +1

 
 
BWO_Kilroy [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I had never heard of it either, but I researched it pretty thoroughly and it seemed to have quite a good balance of good reviews so I got it, working out well for me so far.

 
 
ImElkay [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Well I am glad to hear it. Hope it continues to treat you well.

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ravagex 1 point 13 months ago

Its actually a high tier psu. So he's good.

 
 
ImElkay [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Where do you find the PSU tiers? I have never came across them.

 
 
MrBeastshaw [14 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

It is actually an extremely high quality psu. A rebrand of a seasonic model to be exact.

 
 
iTzSnypah 3 points 13 months ago

OK waste your money by not RMAing. You are willingly keeping a defective product and with the SSD you are keeping a broken one under warranty.

 
 
BWO_Kilroy [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 13 months ago

I am returning the SSD, the only problem the motherboard is causing is no Dual Channeling RAM, which isn't that big a deal to me, and if it dies, it still has a 3 year warranty on it.

 
 
iTzSnypah 3 points 13 months ago

If you keep a defective product, they don't have to honor the warranty if it dies.

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

That vinyl matches your case so well, its a great addition.

Yeah the asrock z77 extreme series are known to have a lot of issues with their RAM slots, a mate of mine had to run his 2x4gb in single channel mode on his ex6.

 
 
BWO_Kilroy [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah I was pleased with the decal, and I made the mistake of ignoring the bad reviews because there were so many good reviews. Single channel doesn't really bother me much

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

In some cases, the difference is hardly noticeable.

 
 
YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

So how were you able to recover the OS on the SSD if the power connector snapped off?

 
 
BWO_Kilroy [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I had it on a disc and was able to reinstall it on the HDD

 
 
YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

ahh ok +1

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daemonika 1 point 12 months ago

dude nice build! where did you get that japanese decal from?

 
 
BWO_Kilroy [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=281211135740

Ebay, was actually a very nice decal, and easy to put on.

 
 
daemonika 1 point 12 months ago

yeah that's awesome lol...if I can find that case at a good price I will definitely copy you ;)