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.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$209.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155||$99.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$59.94||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE||$253.98||(Purchased)|
|Case||NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower||$42.98||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V||$57.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer||$14.99||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||Acer H236HLbid 23.0"||$129.00||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Bushido Kanji Decal||$2.49||(Purchased)|
|Belkin BE112230-08 Surge Protector||$24.99||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||32.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||61.0° C|