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Scott's First Build Gaming/HTPC
by pyroscott
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Description

I've wanted to build a computer for some time. I started out thinking I could refit by Sony Vaio from 2003, but the time had long passed to make any upgrades to that thing. I wanted to build something similar to what the Vaio was capable of. I ran unreal tournament and command and conquer, as well as DVR functions, video editing and some home theater functions on that, but it slowly dropped task after task as it became old and obselete. I got a screaming deal on the i7, which is why I went with that over the i5. I also realized after the build that I should have gone with a little less RAM, and a bigger SSD. I don't forsee myself running the latest and greatest games, so the 660 should fit the bill. Once I get around to it, I am going to add an additional monitor, the one in the build was one that I already had. I have it set up to dual boot W7 and Ubuntu, and haven't fully worked out the kinks with the DVR. (I liked Sony's "gigapocket" program much more than the software that came with the hauppage) Built April 2013.

Update 7 Jul 13: I finally broke down and bought the Corsair C70 case to replace the HAF 912. I love the new case! Better cable management and better looking all around. I have to figure out a solution with the card reader now... Might just dump it since this has USB 3.0 on the front anyway. I will upload some new pics when I get a chance. Also, still looking at upgrading the PSU, just monitoring the daily deals for a good PSU around 700w to drop in price.

Another update 10 Jul 13: I ordered the XFX PSU off newegg today and should be replacing the coolmax POS by the weekend. I updated the parts list to reflect the change, and will update the photos once I have the new PSU in place. With the new PSU, I will start working on OC and upgrade some temps and benchmarks.

Update 18 Jul 13: XFX PSU came with cords that are too short for this case apparently... They are sending me another cord to alleviate my problems. So far so good with this PSU. Seems pretty solid (with the exception of the cords being short). I also entered a "step up program" ticket through EVGA. $50 and they send me a brand new GTX 760 in exchange for my GTX 660. Considering the bump in performance, that seemed like a no-brainer.

Update 8 Nov 13: The "step-up" 760 is in, I updated the part list to reflect the current config. I will take some new pics when I get a chance.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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vlad007 [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Nice build. Personally I would not have gonne with a GTX 660, neither the power supply. Never had Toshiba hard drive, can't tell about their Quality. And why 2 bluray writers??

 
 
pyroscott [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I learned about the 660 after I put it all together... Power supply is not good?

As for the bluray drives, one is a bluray reader, and other is a writer. Could have gone with just the writer, but I didn't realize that I had bought the reader from microcenter until I got home. So I just ordered the writer off amazon.

 
 
vlad007 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

The power supply seems good but I don't know the brand so I can't tell about it's quality. My favorites are Corsair and Seasonic ones.

 
 
mousseng [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

@PSU: Er, no. Coolmax is bad. I wish I could tell you who makes their units to explain why, but I don't have that information. For perspective, this is the company you're dealing with.

Even if that PSU is good, 1kW is far more than you'd ever need unless you're going to do quad-SLI with those 660s (which I'm pretty sure is unsupported).

 
 
th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Looks pretty good, though you could've gone with a much less powerful PSU, and perhaps a better GFX card. Cable MGMT is decent, but try routing more cables behind the motherboard tray if there is room.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I'm sure you can tell by building your system in both that the Corsair case is a dramatic upgrade in cable functionality and quality build. From the other comments here is a link you can find your power supply on:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/power-supplies/psu-lemon-list.html

Scroll down until you find coolmax.

Hope that helps and happy computing!

 
 
pyroscott [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Oh yes, the Corsair case was a dream to work with. Everything was well thought out on that case. The CoolerMaster was't bad, but it was not nearly as slick as the Corsair.

XFX PSU on the way. Listed the Coolmax for sale used on Amazon :)