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First Gaming Build; My New Baby

by mikeysgoz


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Date Published

April 26, 2014

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This is my first time building a gaming rig, so let me know what you all think! I had a decent PC before but it was just a hand-me down that I slapped a 550 TI in. This time around, I took all my good pieces from the last PC and built this! So here is a rundown of all my components. Now I know, I know the I7 4770k is overkill, but I plan on playing Star Citizen, and I play BF4, so just for my own sake, I went for the top of my price point. So far this processor is fantastic, no complaints and she runs like a beaut!

The mobo was recommended from a friend who works with technology and I have to say it is actually a gorgeous piece of machinery. The red LED really looks pleasant when the machine is off and it just is an all-around beast of a board.

I just bought the best RAM for the price at the store; couldn't really go wrong. I remember reading on Toms Hardware that the 1866 is the best performance for price.

Both of my drives are from my last PC, I didn't figure I needed the upgrade since I was already running an SSD.

The Asus GTX 770 was the hardest decision of the build. I was originally going to try and find a 780 for a reasonable price, but $500 was over my budget for this build. I am thinking that maybe sometime in the future; possibly Christmas, I will grab another 770 and run them in SLI.

Which is why I went with the Antec 850W, because if I do ever overclock and run SLI, I needed the extra overhead. For now I know its overkill, but I wanted to be able to upgrade as I see fit.

This case… let me tell you, it’s very very nice. I wasn't going to spend more than $100 at first, but after seeing it, I was sold. It is solid and roomy, but very sleek. It’s a bit large as far as PC cases go, but darnet if it’s ever nice.

Other than that, I refuse to run windows 8 on a PC so the operating system was just brought from my old PC and same goes for the Blu-Ray.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed,

Comments are always welcome :)

PS. Sorry about the pictures, flash is a little bright and without it it's kind of dark. I will have some better ones after I borrow a friend's camera! Also I know the window needs a washing ;)

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Yuan 6 points 17 months ago

Are you gonna replace that stock cooler?

jroseka 1 point 17 months ago

I sure hope so, cheap to do and well worth it.

mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Agreed, but until I OC I didn't think I needed it.

mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Yea I know I need too, but I don't plan on overclocking until I have another GPU. So when that time comes I will add a cooler, I'm thinking liquid..

Catalyzer 1 Build 5 points 17 months ago

You took a 4770k , maximus 6 hero and are on stock cooler ? WHy ?

mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Yepp, no fantasy stuff here yet, just running on normal for now. Future will come with another GPU, OC and a new cooling system.

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

better get a decent cooler for the CPU to run it on full potential +1

mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Yepp, read up for info, thanks for the comment!

TheBored 1 Build 0 points 17 months ago

your welcome

bakluka438 1 point 17 months ago

Dat desktop pic haha, otherwise very good build

mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Haha you no like?

alexbz13 1 point 17 months ago

I'm assuming that you're going to replace the stock cooler so that you can over clock. I hope.

mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago


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DuffmanDuffs 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build, clean them cables up a bit when you have a chance and she'll look beautiful ( I need to do the same haha ). Don't worry about a stock cooler not sure why ever post is about it lol. Just get one when the time comes and I assure you it'll be fine until that day +1.

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mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Why thank you! I tried my hardest to keep em' tucked away but some are what they are: the PCIE cords were much larger than my last PS so it make things a little more jumbled! Any suggestions on what needs to be tucked?

drbau5 1 point 17 months ago

Great build overall, but why the stock cooler?

mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

With the Intel coolers, as long as I don't OC, the stock should do me fine.

TooGood 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Why didn't you at least get a cooler... You could have purchased an i5-4670K and put some of that into a cooler and the rest into a 780 like you wanted? EDIT: Besides, from what I hear, the i5 produces better temps leaving more room for OC potential, aside from a delid.

mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I don't know where you heard that, but from everything I have read, the i5 is hotter under load. Either way, I was looking at it, but I wanted the single core performance from the 4770k; star citizen and all. Thanks for the comment though!

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Two thumbs up for your build. If you can, try and run more of the cables behind the motherboard tray. Your stock cooler is fine for now. Just don't try and overclock the CPU. With that monster GPU, you probably don't need to overclock the CPU.

mikeysgoz submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks! I will see what I can do about the cords but yeah, I mean for now the cpu + GPU combo doesn't need any changes because I'm just running 1 monitor in HD. The future will hold a better cooling, another GPU and then I will OC. It seems a bit overkill for now though. Thanks again for the comment.