Description

I use my machine mostly for web, some video watching, videogames and web development. Had a bit of dilemma with the case fan arrangement for the water cooling, but after some google-fu decided to mount the fans at the front as intake and the one at the rear by the radiator as an exhaust. So far the airflow in the case seems to be doing the job, I am considering adding a second fan to the inner-side of the radiator to get more of a push-pull thing going on.

By a happy fluke I managed to end up with 2 x 128GB SSDs, but only had one mounting tray so I have one sat in the tray and the other one screwed in underneath. I reasoned that while it would be better to have a dedicated bay for each drive, they were both positioned right next to the front intake fans so should remain cool enough and not having to have the second drive rack in the case would help with airflow too.

The only other thing was that by default the DDR3 1600 RAM I had bought was operating only at 1333Mhz, so I had to go into the AI settings and manually set this to 1600Mhz.

So far so good... I've tried a few games like Assassin's Creed 3 (Which came free with my Video Card) and Battlefield 3 and am not quite reach 60FPS at highest detail settings, but compared to what I was getting on my old Xbox 360, it's a huge improvement in fidelity and frame-rate overall...

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Should turn those hard drives around.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Only questions I have with this are why the 660? and why only 1 8 gb stick of RAM?

Also should fix them cables haha

Other than that solid build for the price

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Speaking for myself, I always go with 1 8gb stick of RAM so I can upgrade to 16gb if dual channel in the future. You can't tell the difference in gaming if you have dual channel with 2 x4gb ram modules and 1 8gb module. Also, his motherboard doesnt support quad channel so what is the purpose in 4x4gb?

Futureproof wise i would go with 1 8gb stick any day. And 8gb x4 would make all the difference if he was to get into sony vegas or another program of the equal.

Edit: He could have gotten much better performance out of a gtx 760 for alot less. (Pretty much equal to a gtx 670.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha on the 8 gb stick, and i agree on the 760

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

a watercooler that gets beat by aircoolers all day for cheaper a 660 ti and not a 7950 or a gtx 760 one 8gb stick so no dual channel and an op psu :/

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Water cooling a locked CPU is kind of pointless. Also, like RyneSmith said, why 1 stick of RAM? You are limiting yourself to running it in single channel mode. You need to use a total of 2 or 4 sticks to run in dual channel as the CPU needs it. Other than that, looks ok.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Title: First Build in almost a decade. You forget things guys in that amount of time. But really dude this build has a couple problems

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have an issue with anything but the GPU choice, a few minutes of reading on here would have told you it wasn't a good buy in that price range. From $180-$250 the most logical options are 7870, 7950, 760. It's not a bad card it's just not priced correctly, so you end up over paying for sub-par performance compared to what $6 more could have bought you.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree with AH__Banana, turn the HDDs around and neaten up the cables with some zip ties.

With W7 Home Premium I would have went with 2x 4GB as you could utilize dual channel and in that version of W7 the max amount of RAM is 16GB (to use full 32GB the motherboard allows would require upgrade to Professional).

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

THAT IS PROBABLY THE MESSIEST CABLE MANAGEMENT IVE SEEN. But nice build, you should've gone for the (2x4) for dual channel.

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

Should of went for the GTX 760....and the ram is a little dumb but everything else is good,nice build

[comment deleted by staff]