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.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$229.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$28.43||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155||$174.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$89.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" SSD||$94.99||(Purchased)|
|Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$89.99||(Purchased)|
|Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$109.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB||$249.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower||$89.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$54.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||ViewSonic VA2231wm-LED 22.0"||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Asus USB-N53 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0||$34.99||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Cooler Master R4-S2S-124K-GP 44.7 CFM 120mm||$12.99||(Purchased)|
|Fan Controller||NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller||$24.99||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 w/Optical Mouse||$21.99||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Cooler Master CM Storm Xornet Wired Optical||$12.74||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner w/ IR Remote PCI-E x 1||$109.99||(Purchased)|
|Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows "Official"||$16.95||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|