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Baron's Gaming Rig
by BaronPumpky
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Description

UPDATE: I did a couple more things :) I flipped the hard drives around so the cables are hidden in the front, installed a CPU cooler (Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo), and installed some nifty green lights. Hope you all like it!

I recently decided to revamp my machine, which ended up turning into a fairly large project.

A few weeks ago I decided to replace my mobo, processor, memory and video card. While I was at it, I decided to do some case modding to my old Antec 300 to make a window on the side and to manage my cables better. I cut holes next to the power supply and next to the motherboard so that I could route all my cables behind the panel. I also ended up cutting a hole in the bottom of my case so I could actually mount the power supply right side up. After that, I cut a window out of the left side panel and mounted some plexiglass from Home Depot on the inside to make a nice little window.

As far as the hardware goes, this little setup can kill just about anything. Nothing but good things to say about this rig.

Let me know if you guys have any comments/suggestions about my new look! Always looking to improve cable management, especially now that you can see inside. I just bought two green intake fans fans for the front, and a green cold cathode to mount inside. I'll post updates soon.

Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 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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Bladedrummer [3 Builds] 3 points 13 months ago

Good job on adding the window! One thing I would invest $20 dollar on is a better CPU cooler. You can get an Hyper 212 plus for less than $30 including taxes.

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I thought about it! Do you think it's necessary even though I'm not overclocking?

 
 
Bladedrummer [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

No, it's not necessary by any means but why get a "K" version cpu and not overclock it at least a bit? ;)

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Good point haha! I've always been scared to try but maybe it's time :D thanks!

 
 
Bladedrummer [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

With modern day motherboards a decent amount of overclocking can be done by just upping "the multiplier". All you gotta do is change one setting: super simple, super safe. Just read up on it and follow one of the many guides. I had never overclocked a CPU and I got my i7 3770K from 3.5 GHz to 4.5 GHz with great ease.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

hmm, f or just a little more you could of went with the new 760

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

nice build but you should of gotten a 760 for like 40-50$ you could of saved from going with windows 7 home instead of pro.. or maybe skip on a HDD and get a single 1 TB for like 10 $ more.. the rest seems good

Nice build and I like the case modding :) why pay 20-30$ extra for a side panel lol..

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! I got the 660 because my Microcenter was running a really good deal on it. Also, I got Windows for free :)

As far as the side panel, I didn't pay anything for it. The plexiglass was like $5 at home depot and I just cut the metal myself.

I'm glad you like it!

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

how much did you pay the 660? because the 760 is around 250 USD

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

It was $200 at Microcenter.

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

then my first point applies I would of gone with a single 1 TB drive for like 65-70$ and put the extra on a 760 it would of rocked.. :l

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Ah yes. Well those hard drives are like 4 years old. I originally bought the two 500 GBs to RAID them.

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

ohh I see. alright then :)

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

You could've gotten a 1 TB HD for cheaper than the price of the two 500 gb

Did you need windows ultimate?

Don't agree with the monitor

All in all though it is a nice build, I just would've saved money or gone with different choices.

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

Everything in this build besides the mobo, processor, memory and video card is 4 years old. Also, the only reason I have ultimate is because I got it for free :D

I originally bought the two 500GBs back in the day to RAID them. I don't mess with that junk anymore.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Ah okay, if it was stated in the description I might have held my tongue ^

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Good point :D

I just removed those old items off the build to prevent further controversy haha

 
 
voodoomike69 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Pics of your mods would be great.

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

You can kind of see the two holes I cut. There's one by the psu where all the cables feed into, and another by the mobo where they come back out. I can post a picture of the cut I made on the bottom for the psu fan.

 
 
voodoomike69 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Now I see it, nice work!

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks! I also stripped some rubber coating from an old DVI cable to coat the edges of my new cuts. Make sure you do something like that to protect the cables you are running through them.

 
 
polykow [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Love the side panel! I think I want one! How hard was it to but and how did you glue the plexiglass?

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! If you have a jigsaw it's really easy. Just make sure you have a metal cutting blade. I used painters tape all on the side panel, drew the cut and just did it! Use a drill to cut the initial starting point for the jigsaw.

To glue the plexiglass, I just bought silicone glue from Home Depot. I just left like half an inch on all sides to apply glue on the inside.

 
 
polykow [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!!! I think we may try that! Got a jigsaw! It looks awesome!

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

how did you find working with that case? i just finished my build yesterday using one i had laying around, it felt so hard to work with

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Specifically with the Antec 300? It doesn't have much in the way of cable management, which is my only problem with it. That's why I had to cut the holes to route the cables. With the right tools, that part was easy :)

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

yeah, managing cables was somewhat difficult if i had tools to mod it i would have

 
 
mabecabu 1 point 13 months ago

You should use the 6 pin PCIe power connectors on that PSU to power the graphics card instead of the Molex adapters. It looks better than the Molex plugs in your beautiful modded window.

Nice build!

 
 
Weak1ings 1 point 11 months ago

You should get a cooler to help promote longevity of your processor! can anyone help me with this build and point out any errors? http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

 
 
TheSleepGeek 1 point 8 months ago

Hey I'm looking at getting the asrock extreme3 for my first build but there are so few reviews around and write-ups about it, just wondering how its holding up for you? :) oh and nice job with the window, looks really clean on the edges :)

 
 
vienyvez [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Can you check your case if its correct coz I think what is written for case product is different on the picture.

But you got nice build too!

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 0 points 13 months ago

hmm, f or just a little more you could of went with the new 760

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

My Microcenter had a really good deal on the 660 which is why I ended up going with that. I almost did get the 760 anyways :D

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pavleap 1 point 13 months ago

You should put in the purchase price for you part. It will help people to understand you choice better if they see the prices you paid.

 
 
BaronPumpky [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Will do, thanks!