This will be my second build from this site. Built it mostly for gaming and a few minor other things. I picked up most of the parts from eBay for this build.
As I'm sure you'll notice, a number of the hardware items are last generation. I went for the last generation for a few reasons, primarily being the price to performance ratio. Just between the CPU, motherboard, and GPU I was able to save at around $400 by going with last generation. And lets be honest, when you compare generation X to generation Y most people would never be able to tell the difference on most hardware.
While I was collecting the parts I spent time custom sleeving almost every cable in the case, front panel, fans, power supply, etc.
For the parts breakdown;
CPU - I-3570K is a given for gaming. This one seems to overclock very well. I currently have it at 4.5GHz @ 1.232 vCore stable. From it performance so far I believe I can get it down to at least 1.200 vCore stable, or very close to it. Right now I'm leaving at 1.232 vCore.
CPU cooler - Picked this up strictly for the looks, but it cools very well. When I started OCing the CPU at 4.5GHz @ 1.275 vCore the hottest I was able to get it was 80c with Intel Burn Test. Right now ([email protected]) it idles at 32, gaming at apx 50 and tops out at about 73.
Motherboard - Used this same one on another build and I liked the feature set and found it at a fairly good price so I went with it again. Plus it matched the small accents of red I was going for.
GPU - I originally had a reference EVGA 680SC+ complete with a custom loop planned out and all the parts purchased, but the card was having major stability issues during testing so it got RMA'd and I got back a FTW+. This would be great except for the fact that my reference water block does not fit the FTW+ and the FTW+ card is slightly longer than the SC+ so it hits the radiator in the front of the case so I have to put the water loop on hold until I get a new case.
-Other than that it has been great. It overclocks like a champ hitting 1350 MHz without breaking a sweat.
Case - Speaking of cases, I reused this case from a prior build and it is great for smaller simpler builds, ie air cooling and only a few drives. The cable management can be a real pain in the @$$ on the bottom half especially if you have to move anything around on the underside. I will be getting a larger tower case shortly so this will do just fine for now.
The rest of the stuff is self-explanatory so I will not get into details about it.
As always its been fun picking out parts here at PCPartPicker.com and I look forward to the next build.
|Date Published||April 1, 2014|