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This is my first time building a PC, so any criticism is welcome. I use this primarily for gaming. Building with an mini-ITX case was definitely challenging, but all-in-all not too bad.
where did you get the mesh front for the front of your case?? i've been looking for one for forever!
I ordered mine from NCIX...here is the specific one I ordered. I'v ordered from NCIX several times, and have had no problems thus far.
u can also use amazon. they have loads of prodigy accessories
Besides the motherboard (and maybe video card), this is an excellent build. I love the look of it, and the cables seem pretty clean to me, especially for what little room you had to work with.
Took the words out of my mouth/
I wanted to buy the 760, but the price was too much at the time. Can you be more specific about the motherboard, and why it wasn't a good choice? I'm curious...
Well, as far as I understand it, the H77 chipset does not allow for overclocking...and the 3570K is unlocked, and therefore ideal for z77 chipsets. It's not bad, but you just won't be able to OC an unlocked (made for OC) cpu.
Now, your motherboard was also purchased at a great price, as was your CPU (keep in mind i only know CDN prices however) so maybe its all that you wanted...
Thanks for the feedback. Honestly, I didn't even know that my CPU was unlocked when purchasing it. I haven't planned on doing any OC'ing, but if I ever do, I'll consider my motherboard as an upgrade opportunity :)
All in all nice build, but why an h77 board with an unlocked processor and a beastly cooler, you could have gotten some really nice overclocks with this. Also, why ivy bridge and a 660 ti? Was this built before haswell and the 760?
price for 660-ti's need fixed considering what you get on a 760 for basically the same price , and unless you overclock its not a vary out there statment that h77 boards are limited in overclocking you dont see that on guides so dont assume everyone should know for $60 its a good board
I like it! With that mobo I would have got the i5-3350p though. I didn't have the nerve for water cooling, but you're right that cooling is important enough to warrant the expense. Show us your temps running Prime 95 and Open Hardware Monitor. I wouldn't be surprised if idle temps are 20 something Celsius considering your water cooling AND the 200mm fan.
Unlocked CPU with a H77 board :(
first time building a PC
first time building a PC
So? That doesn't mean that since it's someone's first time building a computer that research shouldn't be done.
It's a beginners mistake. Don't act like you never made one.
Well when I put my build together I could've done some things wrong but when I actually bought the parts I made no mistakes. Mistakes are all made, I know but then again it's just not the best thing when you actually put something together and find out you lose features because of something you could've easily changed.
It was probably just a really good deal. He got the board for half what you would pay for now.
a z77 board with that chip+cooler could be magic...maybe a future upgrade/fix?
Right? I'm not sure why I'm getting downvoted. "any criticism is welcome"
I have no problems with your statements. I'll keep yours (and everyone elses), comments in mind on my next build/upgrade. Thanks!
Yeah it's an awesome build, but there's even greater potential in it had you bought a z77 and overclocked it. The thing about that H80i is that it's not really needed (considering its expense) if you aren't going to overclock...
I think you did a really good job on this build. Yeah I would have gotten a Z77, but for those prices you did a good job. Really cool theme too!
Nice build. Like the theme.
Is that stormtrooper a decal?
No, it is sharpied on :)
Some people do have the sharpie skills to do that :/
Nice Build! The stormtrooper is a great touch too! Looks fantastic :D
Whoa really? GREAT JOB!
A spiffingly well put together little number. Chapeau.
How does this run on games?
So far so good! The only games I've been able to play since building is Tomb Raider and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. I can't give you any specific measurements, but I do know that each game was run on Ultra settings.
Wonderful!!! the theme is beautiful, the enviroment perfect. The machine... a sexy toy. Good job! Congrats.
that decal makes the whole build!
I'm working on a stormtrooper bitfenix built myself.
Very nice job. Did you use a stencil for the stormtrooper?
No, I found the graphic on DeviantArt at the time, and free handed it. If you are looking for ideas, I highly suggest taking a look at DeviantArt. Lots of cool stuff there!
Looks fantastic for a first build especially, I wouldn't have gone with the 660ti though, here's why. It's only a 10-13% increase in performance, maybe a few frames give or take. Would have gone with a 650ti or a 660 SC with similar cuda cores count and overclocked it.
(Looking for a stronger board that doesn't break the bank that I will edit here) I know choices are limited for itx boards, so tough call but do a little more research pre-build. All in all good choice with everything else, looks excellent!
Nice but... Y U NO USE PRODIGY M?
The prodigy M wasn't released when I started my build, but the size of it looks like it would be much easier to work with.
Didn't read the comments so I don't really know if this has been said but there's NO reason why you should've bought an unlocked processor with a locked motherboard. Do you research before you spend up to $1000 on something.
I never intended to overclock my CPU...I bought the processor on special from Microcenter, and purchased the motherboard on the same day. Before purchasing that motherboard, I intended to buy an Asus P8277-I Deluxe, but pulled the trigger on my current motherboard because A) it was much cheaper and B) it was available in store. It's been suggested several times to buy a better motherboard, so it's definitely an upgrade path :)
how do you like the ram im thinking of getting it for my pc just wondering if it good or not?
hi...sorry for not replying sooner. I've had the RAM since day 1, and it hasn't failed me yet. Great product for the price
How did you paint the case? Would an air compressor and the a nozzle to spray the paint on work?(Dad has the nozzle and compressor. He uses it for his military models)
I'm sure you could use the air compressor/nozzle, but this was actually put on with a permanent marker. I found the template online, printed it out to scale, and free-handed it onto the side panel.
While permanent marker doesn't yield the best quality, it worked out well for me in the end.
oh! surprise, surprise