My old gaming rig died so it was time to build a new one and do some upgrades. I based the part list off of one of the monthly setups on mmo-champion and made only minor modifications to the suggested build. I also cannibalized a 120mm chassis fan, 2x750GB HDD's and a SATA DVD/RW drive from my old rig. The HDD's I mirrored and will use to save all of my stuff on as I only plan to put my OS and games on the SSD.
The build went slow but fairly well. The only problem I ran in to (other then my terrible cable management skills) was with the Frio. First of all, the thing is massive. I had read reviews that said this and saw photos that put it in perspective but was not prepared for how big it actually was when I opened the box. The second 120mm fan that comes with it is not pre-installed and is a serious pain to get on. You have to wedge rubber soft mounts in to the frame around the heat sink which is a difficult task. I had to use the bracket for the back of the motherboard to shove them in. You then have to pull them through the fan and I had to pull so hard I thought I was going to rip them. Finally the mounting brackets were mislabeled which gave me a mild heart attack when I tried to mount it and thought that it wasn't going to fit (it doesn't actually say it fits a 1150 socket but its the same as the 1156 so I figured it would work). Luckily I found the right mounts in one of the other bags and was able to proceed.
Everything else went great and I can't wait to get her loaded up and start kicking some ass.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$222.00||Amazon|
|CPU Cooler||Thermaltake Frio 101.6 CFM||$57.98||SuperBiiz|
|Motherboard||Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150||$129.99||TigerDirect|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$76.98||OutletPC|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||$109.99||NCIX US|
|Video Card||MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB||$249.99||NCIX US|
|Case||Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower||$58.86||NCIX US|
|Power Supply||Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V||$79.98||OutletPC|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1085MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6008MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|