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This beauty went together extremely well. I never realized how easy it is to build a computer from scratch.

This is running far faster than my previous computer, a Dell XPS.

The motherboard utilities are very helpful when installing drivers after your first boot.

I have been having problems setting up the SSD, due to my inexperience. I'd like to find a way to change the default hard drive to load programs to, but I can't seem to figure out how to do it. The SSD is getting filled up, while my 1TB HDD is languishing.

There were apparent issues with the RAM in Memtest86, but it turned out it was because I was running the wrong version of Memtest. My original Ubuntu OS was unstable on this system, and I couldn't figure out the problem. An install of Windows 7 Professional (to unlock the full potential of the memory) fixed the stability problems.

There are absolutely no issues with the water CPU cooler or the GPU. The DVD drive is cheap and cheerful.

The case is the true star. It has plenty of room, and good space on the backside for clean cable routing. The handle on top of the case is perfect for taking it to LAN parties and even makes assembly a snap. Airflow through the case is excellent, and temperatures are quite low.

I love the power supply. Full modularity means you don't have a spaghetti jumble of wires to take care of, and there's plenty of expansion room for extra drives or an SLI setup, not to mention extra fans.

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  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

what are you using this build for?

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe, he is a video editor because he has 16gb ram and i7 CPU

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly I'm gaming, but I also do some amount of design using AutoCAD, Inventor, and similar programs. I've had issues with slower systems running intense design programs. 3D rendering of complex assemblies takes a lot of RAM and processor space.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, what fps do you get on BF3, if making a inference that you have BF3 because of your GPU

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't played BF3. Everything I have run (Skyrim, Halflife2, Fallout, etc.) runs at least 60fps on maximum settings. Maybe I'll get BF3 and report back.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow 660 is pretty powerful.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

You shouldn't notice any slowlness with this system, great build!! :D finally someone building a system for its use!!! It'll game great but if that is what it was only being used for, a lot of things would have been wasted.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

For moving the default install location Its a registry entry, therefore you need to mess with the registry, there are guides on the internet on how to do it (i know i have done it) But many installers let you specify the install location anyway and most don't pick up on the default location, You can also move all user files in the same way too

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build. I was thinking of putting the H60 in my build then i realized that it can leek and mess up my whole life.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a little worried about that, but I'll try to keep an eye on it. I'm assuming the plastic water hoses will show signs of dryrot before they break. That's my hope, anyway.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah you should check month to month... and upgrade time to time

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  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

when you water-cool their is always a risk. My friend had water-cooling in his computer for 3 years and then one of lines bursted, now he needs a new computer.

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  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Im pretty sure it was... I ask him...

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  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great Rendering, Editing, Work horse. Hopefully this isn't another "Gaming PC" that isn't heavily being used for the aforementioned.

Though for the same price I would have went with a Seasonic, Corsair, XfX Core series. After seeing and hearing about so many computer components in peoples systems frying because of the OCZ powersupply I never recommend them, its to much of a risk when its the one component that powers everything. Since power is what runs the entire system and the quality of said power determines the life of the system I never go cheap on the PSU. Just my rule of thumb.