This was originally posted without a description, I was just uploading my build for my own reference / enjoyment and wasn't expecting it to garner any attention. I apologize for any confusion I caused to those who commented with nothing to go on.
Microcenter. Microcenter is evil and a scourge against my wallet. Not really, but Microcenter is basically the reason why this build (in its obviously unbalanced state) exists. This is an upgrade to a build that I originally put together at the beginning of May that used an FX-6300 with this same GTX 660 on an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 board. It was great for just general use, but I found out that the CPU was somewhat lacking when it comes to MMOs. It was fine for just normal gameplay, but when it came to field boss raids, my frames would just crap out. On top of that, my task manager was showing me that at any given point in time, I basically had anywhere from 1~3 cores doing almost nothing and the other cores were close to maxing out while bossing, so I decided that I wanted to flip over to Intel for the first time in...over a decade now I think (my first build was when I was 12 with an Athlon 64 3200+).
This was originally just going to be an i5-4670k, but Microcenter had that ridiculous sale where the i7-4770k was brought down to the same price as their i5-4670k, so I jumped on it and just got the i7. That's basically the reason for the huge discrepancy between the CPU and the graphics card. I know that for a properly balanced build, I should have a weaker CPU and a much strong graphics card than this rig currently has, but it literally cost me nothing extra to get the 4770k over the 4670k. On top of that, as far as I'm concerned, I will be good to go with this CPU for several years and won't have to worry about changing it (and the associated motherboard) for quite some time.
Leftover from my original build. Got it on sale almost 2 months ago from Amazon. Originally used on an overclocked FX-6300 and was upgrading from a Xigmatek Gaia. People have had mixed experiences with this cooler it seems; my personal experience has been great so far, though of course that's simply anecdotal, so take my experience as you will. I have not gotten around to overclocking this new i7 yet, but I will probably over the holidays.
Bundle deal at Microcenter with an unlocked processor, $30 off their list price of $159.99 for a total of $129.99. not much to say here, I picked the UD3H specifically because I'm a fan of blue and because my RAM from the original build has blue heat spreaders and I wasn't about to buy new ram again just to have matching colors. Quality-wise, it's one of the go-to boards for the mid-range z87 build from what I've seen, the others being the MSI GD-45 and the ASRock Extreme4.
Another reused part from my original AMD build. Not much to say here, standard 8gb RAM, 1600MHz from a popular company. Somewhat low-latency, 8-8-8-24 currently on 1.5v, nice but nothing to rip your jaws at (that was bad I'm sorry). Originally bought with the blue heat spreader to match the heatsinks on my old M5A97, they're still (somewhat) matching now on the UD3H...though the shades of blue are slightly off...
This is pretty much where my build's total price saves an enormous amount. Again, another reused part. I got the SSD a year and some months ago for my laptop and I just reused it. I know that OCZ just declared bankruptcy recently and that I'll be **** out of luck if my SSD decides to just die on me, but so far I've been very satisfied with its performance in the year that I've been using it.
I have a hard drive in my build too, but I couldn't find it on the parts list; its originally a 4 year old 1.5TB Western Digital external drive that required an external power cable, so I just popped off the casing and lo and behold, there's a 3.5" WD Green inside. It's a really old model that I think only has like 16MB cache, so that's probably why I couldn't find it in the parts list. Reused that for just storage.
Here's the part that people are up in arms about. Yes, the GTX 660 is very much an underperforming part compared to my CPU, but again, that's just the result of this being an upgrade instead of a clean build. Even so, everything I play runs pretty much at max or close to max settings (I don't play the latest and greatest AAA+ titles, especially not FPS's, so it's no wonder why). For now, this leftover card works just fine for me. In the future, when I need a stronger graphics card, I just buy one and drop it in, no problem.
What can I say, I splurged on the case because I'm picky about the look of these sorts of things. Another reused part from my original AMD build. Good quality, I love the design, and it has a fan controller for the HAVIK 140, which uses 3-pin fans without PWM control.
Like many other things in this list, old part from my original AMD build. Seasonic: trust branded, fully modular, great reviews on JohnnyGuru and the like. I decided to shell out for a good quality power supply in my original build so that I could continue to use it and reuse it for many years to come. Was it overkill for the original build? Very much so. Is it still overkill for this build? Pretty much, but it looks a little more at home now.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$199.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM||$39.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150||$129.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$60.29||(Purchased)|
|Storage||OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" SSD||$0.00|
|Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB||$171.00||(Purchased)|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower||$79.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V||$79.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1020MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6008MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|