I built this machine for gaming after my imac's hard drive corrupted.
The build was relatively easy, only noobish problems I had were shorting the motherboard by wiring up the fan wrong and wired the HDD light the wrong way round. Once I got these two things sorted the machine has run pretty well.
The speakers are a 2nd hand set of Bose Acoustimass that were part of my parents TV setup. They are rather good, sound quality isn't as nice as my gamecom plantronics headset but that's to be expected.
Looking back I should have done more research on some of the parts, the motherboard for example works, but lacks many features. I've had to buy a fan controller because the board only has one fan header. It doesn't allow for overclocking as far as I can see and the board turned out to be a micro ATX when it was listed as ATX.
I think the PSU is suitable, I've not noticed any issues. I would love to know if it truly is suitable for the build.
I have rewired the computer, two of the power cables aren't quite long enough to be routed round the back of the case, one I've put behind the hard drive bays, the other has to just run over the front.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$229.97||OutletPC|
|CPU Cooler||Enermax ETS-T40-TB 86.7 CFM||$34.99||Newegg|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155||$71.97||OutletPC|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$79.99||Amazon|
|Storage||Seagate SV35.5 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$64.24||B&H|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB|
|Case||Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower|
|Power Supply||XFX 450W ATX12V / EPS12V|
|Optical Drive||LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer||$29.95||Amazon|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$89.98||OutletPC|
|Monitor||AOC E2243FW 21.5"|
|AOC E2243FW 21.5"|
|Sound Card||Asus Xonar DGX||$34.99||NCIX US|
|Custom||NZXT Aperture M Mesh Design All In One Card Reader||£28.64 GBP|
|Ace 1600 dpi Laser Mouse - Orange||£10.53 GBP|
|be quiet! BL063 SilentWings 2 Fan 140mm||£15.77 GBP|
|Razer Blackwidow 2013 Expert Mechanical Keyboard||£88.00 GBP|
|Scythe - 3.5'' Rheobus - 4 Channels - Aluminum - Kaze Q - KQ01-BK-3.5 - Black||£16.72 GBP|
|Seagate ST1000VX000-9YW162 7200RPM 200GB|
|Total (United Kingdom):||£159.66 GBP|
|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||50.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P4495|