This is my main PC. I took the time to research all parts and my focus was mainly on value, aesthetics and power. After assembling, I tested the rig and had no problems with any of the parts, which I was thankful for, no one likes RMAs. I also spent some extra time working on cable management to improve the already sleek look, and I think the black on white blended well.
Cooler Master Storm Stryker case: It has to be one of the most stylish full tower cases every designed. The full white theme gives it an appealing look and I get great compliments all the time. Even from people who have no computer knowledge, they get that "Wow Factor" as if I have some futuristic piece of machinery on my desk. Overall the case is well designed, spacious, has great airflow.
Corsair H100i Water Cooler: At the time this was the most popular high end closed loop water cooler off the shelf, and it lived up to it's hype in my opinion. It keeps my CPU cool at around 32C on idle. When set to auto overclock at 4.2Ghz it gets up to around 75C at 60 minutes @ 100% load.
Asus Sabertooth Z77: This board caught my interest because of the very attractive and appealing look, and it just went well with the Stryker case. The thermal armour really adds to how clean the rig turned out.
GSkill Ripjaws X Series: One of the best companies out there for RAM aside from Corsair. Again, I liked the look of the GSkills and also just wanted to get away from the Corsair hype. I've also installed numerous GSkill RAM kits into builds for customers and have yet to find a defective stick.
Samsung Pro SSD: At the time TOP OF THE LINE, probably still is. Samsung has a history of making great SSDs and although it is pricey compared to other SSDs of equal size, it is worth the extra bucks.
Western Digital Blue HDD: Reasonably priced, good reputation, and just an all around good choice for a storage drive.
EVGA GTX 760 GPU: What can I say, this was the hottest card at the time I bought it, it had superb value, and great performance per dollar. It was the best choice for 1080p gaming and even months later, it is still a worthy buy. At the time I paid $259.99 and got Splinter Cell Blacklist and a backplate free. Although the release of Shadow came months later, I'm glad I stuck with Nvidia because I can now record all my epic kill streak moments with press of a button.
Cooler Master Silent Pro 720: Decided to stick with CoolerMaster PSU because of the case. Nothing special here, it powers the rig just fine.
If you have any questions feel free to ask! I'm always open to build advice as well.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$329.99||Amazon|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid||$89.99||Newegg|
|Motherboard||Asus Sabertooth Z77 ATX LGA1155|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$148.50||Newegg|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$109.99||NCIX US|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$54.98||OutletPC|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX||$241.40||Amazon|
|Case||Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower||$129.99||Newegg|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master 720W ATX12V||$119.99||SuperBiiz|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$16.98||OutletPC|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$134.98||OutletPC|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm||$19.98||OutletPC|
|Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|