This build is mainly for gaming, as well as other general uses. I built it last December, but I've cleaned it up a bit, worked on the cable management and planned some upgrades for it this year.
The first upgrade: Samsung 840 Pro.
The second upgrade: Windowed side panel and orange LED kit. (I'm not usually the type for flashy looks and things, but I couldn't resist trying this out.)
The third upgrade: A 5.25" bay drawer. (I have a lot of random cables on my desk that I use often and 4 unused bays, thought this would be a nice little touch.)
The fourth upgrade: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD. (Sold my Seagate Barracuda to buy this one.)
I realized that in the pictures I took, the Cooler Master fan was blowing into the case. I've already switched it around, but was too lazy to take new pictures. :P
The case has a lot of room to work with for cable management, but when you have so many cables everywhere - especially with the fan controllers - it can get pretty difficult.
I've managed to reach an overclock as high as 4.8 GHz on the CPU, but I had no reason to keep it that high. The highest stable overclock I could get on the 7970 GHz was 1200 core and 1600 memory, which is what I have it at now. This is with stock voltage though. I'll try to bump the voltage up a little bit to see how far I can push it once I can get a second 7970 GHz in there.
If you guys have any other comments or questions, feel free to leave a comment.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$214.99|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$31.95|
|Motherboard||Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155||$189.98|
|Memory||G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$37.99|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$124.99|
|Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$90.73|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB||$469.99|
|Case||NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower||$119.99|
|Power Supply||XFX 850W ATX12V / EPS12V||$122.75|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$0.00|
|Case Fan||NZXT FS-200RB 89.5 CFM 193mm||$17.99|
|NZXT FS-200RB 89.5 CFM 193mm||$17.99|
|NZXT Air Flow Series 83.6 CFM 140mm||$16.99|
|Custom||Westgear M-250 Orange Mouse (Free Gift)|
|Black Phantom Windowed Side Panel||$24.99|
|Orange NZXT 2m LED Kit||$14.99|
|KLOUD Black Desktop 5.25" Drawer||$9.99|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||29.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||61.0° C|