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$1100 Fist time gaming/flight sim build.
by rangingwarr
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I built it around a month ago, and it came out to $1094.70 (after shipping before rebates), given that I also had to drive to ATL in order to come in under budget (12 hr round trip, but my friend paid for gas). The only real problem when building was cable management. The 8 pin CPU power wasn't long enough to be routed behind the mobo, so until I get an extension it has to go straight up. I also didn't like that the HDDs had to be mounted facing towards the mobo instead of to the side, which made cable management kind of bad there. Other than that I didn't have any other major problems while building. Unfortunately the original HDD caused random BSODs, but Seagate replaced it without too much hassle (other than the $11 to ship it back). I overclocked to 4.5ghz @ 1.208v and temps never exceeding 69C with IBT and P95. I am very happy with the performance while gaming, but I was honestly hoping for better FPS in flight sim; although I do run a lot of addons and on ultra settings so I can't complain too much. For gaming, the only one I have tried that gets less than 60FPS on ultra was Crysis 3. Overall I am very happy with the performance, especially when compared to my old 9 year old Dell XPS (which now serves exclusively as a foot stool). I plan on adding a few things in the near future. The first of which will be a 2-3 TB HDD for storage (I can't live with just 1TB). After that I am probably going to add a SSD, though I'm not sure what size I will be getting (recommendations welcome). I am also contemplating grabbing a closed loop watercooler, but I will wait and see what kind of temps I get during the summer (it gets really hot here). Other than those if I can get the cable management to something acceptable, I will be adding a couple of lights. That's about all I can think of for now. If anyone has any recommendations for future upgrades or for games to try out, I would appreciate it. Have a great day!

Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.01Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.21Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Teejers [2 Builds] 2 points 20 months ago

Looks good but I would definitely recommend pulling that 8pin cable behind the motherboard tray to improve airflow and appearance.

 
 
rangingwarr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Yea, I tried when building, wouldn't reach. I need to get a extender but i'm not really sure where to find them.

 
 
on_droid [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Amazon or Newegg. I got some Rosewill extenders from Newegg but I don't recommend them. They are stiff and the PCI extenders didn't fit my video card. I had to modify them with an razor blade to get it to work. I would recomend some NZXT extenders on Amazon. They are a little more expensive then some others but they look better, aren't as stiff and are overall higher quality. They are also sleeved and come in most colors.

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 2 points 20 months ago

Those Rosewill ones are junk. I got some too. Ended up taking them out of my case altogether.

The Bitfenix Alchemy ones are great though.

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

That one looks like the same plastic braid as the Rosewill ones.

 
 
Sneak_Stealth 1 point 20 months ago

If you look in the wall of text rangingwarr states "The only real problem when building was cable management. The 8 pin CPU power wasn't long enough to be routed behind the mobo, so until I get an extension it has to go straight up."

EDIT: He already said that and I neglected to notice because I've had this tab open since your original comment was 1 minute old.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Great balanced build!

If you don't have your computer sitting on long shag carpet, flip your power supply so it is pulling fresh air from the bottom of the case. This will give you the extra length in the 8 pin power cable to reach though I do know if you route that cable first tight against the motherboard tray, it should reach as is. Here is an example of how it would look on the back: http://dclnvkt1mpguh.cloudfront.net/static/forever/images/userbuild/18721.5d9d9beaa3929b364b354d79aaab2c02.a132dd17d078db4a03b64c080f0ae1b1.med.jpg

Hope this helps.

 
 
rangingwarr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for the input! Unfortunately it is sitting on carpet (not shag, but still). As it sits it was only ~3-4in too short, but I tried several ways of routing it with no luck.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

I'm %100 positive if you match the picture I linked, you could get it to reach. Its the same case with same length cable. I know that cables reaches in a full tower Switch 810 without a extension so I'm pretty sure it would reach if done correctly. But you aren't the first person who thinks that cable is to short, when its not.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

ooh one thing that might help is unscrew the power supply and give it extra slack. Also you know how it plugs in and has a latch well bend the cable before putting it through the hole up top so that its easier to plug in. Once its plugged in, pull the slack and re mount the psu.

 
 
rangingwarr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I'll give it a try when I put the new HDD in.

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

You should install a couple 140mm fans on the top and manage those cables a little bit better, but still a very good build. +1

 
 
TestBuilds 1 point 20 months ago

120-128 GB SSD is great for most people, all the apps, and a few games (Skyrim comes to mind for its texture loading). Other than that, games won't benefit from an SSD, but if you want to load them up and have the levels load faster, you could get a 240-256 GB one.

 
 
rangingwarr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I was thinking the 256GB for OS and a few games as well as a 64GB SRT cache per HDD to improve performance of those as well. That would leave me with ~128GB for everything else.

 
 
fyaglidere 1 point 20 months ago

Why didn't you like the case enough to give it 5 stars?

 
 
rangingwarr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I didn't like that the HDD bays were oriented towards the mobo instead of the right side (made cable management kind of tough). Other than that just minor stuff; the gromets in the cable routing holes came out rather easily (to be expected, but still), the filters on the front fans are a pain to get out and clean, there is only 1 usb 3 port on the front (all I need, but it would still only take one cable to do 2) and other minor quibbles. Overall I was satisfied with the case, but not enough to give it a perfect 5.

 
 
jonahchavarria [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Man that cable management is amazing! Well done! lol

 
 
Khaem 1 point 19 months ago

Very nice! I always like lower budget build, It's more challenging to try to have the best performance for your money!

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 0 points 20 months ago

Nice looking build. Cable management could use a little tweaking. Overall good choice of components. Only thing I can think of to recommend is an SSD. Good Job!

 
 
rangingwarr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Yea, I'm planning on picking one up in about a month; but first I plan on getting a 3tB HDD for storage (I fill 1tB up entirely too quickly). When I do get around to grabbing an SSD I plan on picking this one up: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct256m4ssd2

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Crucial M4s are good SSDs and should be a great choice. I would also consider a Samsung 840 Pro and pick whoever has the best sale price. But that is me. I am cheap as I can be on these systems.

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