After many days of waiting for my materials i set upon my journey to build the best $550--- computer i could. On the day it came a part of the power button was broken so i had to RMA it. The case is sexy looking, but not very friendly. Its front and top cover are to hell to remove and i felt like i was going to break something... Wanted a case with a side window and had a blue color so i bought 2 blue led fans and stuck them in. Took about 5-6 hours to complete and I find that a great accomplishment being 16.
Don't hate on my cable management, I tried and I ain't trying again...
Pros: -Good CPU and sticker :P (5 stars) -Motherboard had everything i needed -Ram= Okay but it came with a sticker so its AWESOME okay -HDD had nothing wrong with it (5 stars) -GPU is exactly what i wanted, something to play games but not at Ultra Eye-Candy level.. + sticker = (5 stars) -Zalman Z11 came with 4 pre-installed fans and... ya.. its sexy looking? Also Newegg replaced it with free shipping to and from my house. -PSU does what i need and being semi-modular and 80+ certified its good. -Optical drive is incase i ever need one -_- (5 stars) -Monitor is amazing! AND REALLY BIG!
Cons: -Motherboard doesn't really guide very well on adding everything to it(4 stars) -Ram came with cracked case but i think its newegg's fault because they put it on the bottom of the psu -_- (4 stars) -Zalman Z11... oh boy. I like it but i feel like if have to make an upgrade i'd rather shoot myself.. The front cover with the power button cords is poorly designed because of it breaking on me. ALSO its manual is horrible.. I had to look up on youtube on how to take the front cover off.. (2 stars) -PSU is not fully modular which i was disappointed in. (4 stars) -Monitor didn't come with instructions on how to put together(4 stars)
Prices after building: $550 before rebates ($515 after MIB) $135 Monitor $100 Win7 OEM $7 shipping
|CPU||Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core||$114.99||Newegg|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155||$76.99||Newegg|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$76.98||OutletPC|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM||$48.01||B&H|
|Video Card||HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB||$132.48||Amazon|
|Case||Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower||$59.99||Newegg|
|Power Supply||Antec 550W ATX12V||$64.97||OutletPC|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$17.98||OutletPC|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$88.98||OutletPC|
|Monitor||Acer G236HLBbd 23.0"||$126.50||OutletPC|
|Custom||2 120mm Blue led fans||$6.00|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.3GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1000MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||1375MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|