Description

This is my very first custom built PC. I had a knowledgeable friend choose the parts, and then he and I, along with another one of my friends, assembled it. This was about five months ago (Christmas 2012). Now that I really know what I'm doing, there is a large list of things that I wish I did differently, but this is a first build, so it's more or less a learning experience. An expensive one, at that. Anyhow, I haven't done any benchmarking yet, and I'd like to get into some of the more technical stuff and maybe do a little overclocking in the future once I get a better CPU cooler.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 8 points

The only thing that displeases me is your MacBook. Great PC though!

:D Enjoy your computer!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! (You forgot to mention my old Skullcandy headphones that were in the picture when I took it.)

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Why didn't you get a Evo? its an upgraded version of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus i think.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right, and I kinda wish that I got an EVO, but that friend picked it, and I've read many, many times that the temperature difference is only one or two degrees, tops, so I don't feel too bad about it. http://dvtests.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Hyper-212-EVO-performance.jpg

  • 79 months ago
  • -2 points

He could have been really pressed for money, but taking $5 from a CPU cooler? Meh.

  • 79 months ago
  • -2 points

From plus to evo is a major upgrade i think in terms of the changes in the model (better fan, better heatpipes and stuff.)

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

major I think is subjective depending :P is it an upgrade? yes but major not sure if I'd say major but here is an article that might help: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/%5Bprimary-term%5D/cooler_master_hyper_212_evo_review

  • 79 months ago
  • -1 points

Ok ok then,lets say a nice upgrade for the price, is it better?

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

The things you pointed out are improvments but performance wise the difference is really small so if he got it for like 10 cheaper not bad but 5 bucks not sure. I like that the evo has less gaps or groves on the plate that goes on the chip for sure less room for error.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats what I mean by what I said.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Asians unite! I think you did a really good job here choosing these parts (well, maybe some faster ram), but other than that, it's really a beast build.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed, I was confused with a 1700$ build and the slowest memory, maybe he overclocked? hehe who knows!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I think the 3570k/7950 is a great bang for the buck combo. I think DD3-1600 Ram would have been the sweet spot, but it shouldn't hinder performance too much. Game on!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Some day I'll upgrade to a 4x4 kit of DDR3-1600, and that'll be nice. And to be honest, the only thing in this build that I am thoroughly satisfied with is the CPU and the GPU. Oh, well. Thanks for the comment!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Well there are a lot of things here to like.

  • CPU Cooler - The Hyper 212 Plus is a great value air cooler. The Evo is an upgrade, but only a slight one.
  • Storage - Good choice on SSD. The 840 Pro is little faster, but the 840 is a good choice. The Samsung Spinpoint is a bit slow at 5400rpm, but as a data drive it is not a bad choice.
  • Case - The CM HAF series is a good choice for a case, especially with air cooling. I am partial to Corsair, but the CM HAF series is still a good choice.
  • PSU - Corsair makes some really good PSUs. It is hard to beat Corsair and Seasonic for PSUs. You made a good choice.
  • Monitor - Asus makes some good monitors. This one has LED, 2ms gtg. A solid choice.
  • Peripherals - I find these to be more of a personal preference items so there is really no good or bad choice here. If ou like what you bought that is all that all that matters.

I wouldn't worry to much about the parts other than CPU/GPU. Can always fix the parts you do not like with upgrades. But keep in mind, you made your choices for your reasons. The advice here may be relevant or not depending on your personal preferences and budget. Game on and I hope this little bit of perspective might have helped.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

At some point, I think I'll upgrade to an NZXT Kraken x40 to mount on the back 140mm exhaust fan, along with some new RAM. At that point, I think I'll overclock. I kinda wish that I got a bigger SSD (Crucial M4 256GB), but I don't mind the one I've got right now. I've just realized that the Spinpoint is not the one I have, as mine is a 3.5, but either way, both of my HDD's are some old leftover drives, so that's why I bought an SSD so I could have a reliable boot drive. I kinda wish that I got a smaller or more portable case. It also bugs me that the HAF 932 doesn't have cable grommets, but the HAF X does. I also wish that I went with Seasonic X650 Gold modular PSU, or just a modular PSU at least. I'm happy with my monitor, but Elkay's comment is sorta making me look at nicer ones. And for the peripherals, I actually forgot about those. I'm really happy with what I got as far as a mouse, keyboard, and headphones go. I do want a better mic, though. Oh, and I also wish that I went with a red and black motherboard, or just a black one. At least not black and blue. Those MSI Gaming series motherboards look pretty good, but they weren't released at the time of the construction of this rig. The ASRock Extreme 3 looks like it would have been a better choice. Also would have saved 65 bucks.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

really nice cable management and overall build...AMAZING MAN, PROPS!!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot, man!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

THAT CABLE MANAGEMENT IS TIGHTER THAN MY GRANDMOTHER'S ***

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

but most old people are saggy, it would have been better to say my 20 year old sisters ***.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

You obviously don't know my grandma...

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

should I be worried?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I would've gotten faster RAM. You're probably losing 2-3 FPS because of it. Either way, beautiful work you've done with that non-modular PSU. Beautiful.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

2-3 fps? He won't even even notice it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, if he overclocks to 1333. Which I don't think would be that hard.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

Bad choice in RAM.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build!!

Your graphics card looks like it is sagging a fair amount. You might want to adjust the power cable to it to try and level it out.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for all of the comments guys. I was/am kinda pressed for money, as I am in high school. All of the parts were picked by a friend, as I had no knowledge whatsoever. There is a LOT of stuff that I wish I did differently now that I really know what I'm doing. Faster RAM, different motherboard, better CPU cooler, smaller case, modular PSU... The list goes on. Nothing is overclocked, by the way. The two HDD's were also leftovers from some old computer we had lying around, so that's why I bought an SSD. Wish I got a different one.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! If you are looking for a better cpu cooler I suggest corsair H100i, and that memory speed must really be hurting your FPS in games... Other then that it looks good,

Happy Gaming!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking of getting a Kraken x40 because it has RGB lighting. The Corsair Hydro series (and Cooler Master closed loop coolers at that) all have blue lights in them, and this is The Red Light District, not The Blue Light District! I'm also going to try to get my hands on some Avexir Core Series DDR3-1600 RAM (with red LED's of course), cut I can't find it in stock ANYWHERE. I'll have to poke around for a little while. Thanks for the comment!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, you really like red, don't you?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. That's why the motherboard is bothering me so much. Some day I'll get an MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming or something.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Well good luck man.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll figure something out.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

I know alot of people are pressed for money but it kills me to see people buy 60hz monitors

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Delete this, you posted it twice.

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

You can overclock monitors to 120 Hz and not waste $150 on a stock 120 Hz monitor.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

can you really? I had no idea you could overclock monitors

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

How? I've seen a couple places that vaguely touch on it but can you provide a link where it explains how to?

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  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

for gaming if there hardwire will get that much and they have the money absolutely

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

seems quite a bit because those changes could probably have afforded a 7970 in the build ;) but yes I agree with you :D