An entry-level build for gaming and video editing. (-ish)
Link to the Overclock.net Thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1424896/first-mod-axel-mark-1-nzxt-h230-case-mod-painting/
This is my first-ever build as well as my first ever experience with painting and modding. I added a custom window to the side, painted all the black pieces navy blue, and added custom decals to the case as well.
I chose the H230 based only on the pictures, as it had just come out at the time and there were no reviews available. It was a home run, and the thing is amazingly quiet.
I didn't go haswell mostly because I had bought the motherboard before Intel released their 4xxx series. However to me using the 3770k seems faster than I'll need.
The GTX 760 seemed like the right card for me. Not expensive and pretty powerful, plus I am a nVidia fanboy at heart. I remember using their original GT series back in the day. It runs BF4 at ultra smooth as butter.
I chose the SSD because it was the one that several people recommended to me, plus I just wanted an SSD. Same goes for the WD drive, it's the one everyone uses.
I don't think I'll need more than 500 watts for now, so I chose the CX500. It was cheap and had good reviews.
Now, there are a few problems I've had. -UPS dinged up the case during shipment. The back left was bent up, so I had to bang it out and bend it back. -The motherboard is in the process of being replaced. It had a faulty (I believe) VGA chipset, and even with the GPU hooked up it was causing my computer to freeze and crash at random times. -A lack of planning caused the window to clash with the back case fan, so it's a real pain to close up the case. (it requires a lot of pushing and shoving.
Overall, I'm amazed at what this beast can do when it works. I've also gotta thank you guys here at PCPP for helping me to choose all these parts. I could've never done it without your guidance.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$249.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155||$119.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||$97.90||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$84.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX||$249.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||NZXT H230 (White) ATX Mid Tower||$69.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||$57.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$14.99||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||31.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||45.0° C|