This was for my wife's birthday. My budget was $900 and I went slightly over that but did keep it sub 1k. This was my first time building a computer, and I had a lot of fun doing it. Her laptop crapped out and she plays lots of games on it.... nothing too taxing, Sims, Civ, Diablo 3, DragonAge... We talked and decided a desktop will get us more for our money and last longer.
The build went pretty well. I had to re-install the CPU fan after getting almost done since I had initially pointed the airflow the wrong direction.
The case does a good job of hiding cables, but I still had a lot to try to hide. For my first time I'm calling it okay, but I could have done better on the backside with bundling things together. Had to add a case fan splitter cable, only added one fan as the airflow already seems excessive, but I do have another fan that I may still consider adding at some point.
Got boot time down to 11 seconds with the SSD and managing startup programs.
Very happy with the setup, now the problem is I built it for my wife, so I have to give it up this weekend!! Now I'm hooked and just want to build another one!!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$220.00|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper N520 43.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$35.00|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155||$96.00|
|Memory||G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866||$80.00|
|Storage||Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||$70.00|
|Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$51.00|
|Video Card||Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB WINDFORCE||$192.00|
|Case||NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower||$45.00|
|Power Supply||Corsair 600W ATX12V||$55.00|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$20.00|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$90.00|
|Case Fan||Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm||$7.00|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||26.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||32.0° C|
|Extreme Preset Score||X5075|
|Performance Preset Score||P16531|
|Entry Preset Score||E156338|