Hello Friends , This is my second build for myself , other being the HAF GTX. This build actually is made up stuff I originally brought for my main PC the , HAF GTX , etc ( story of each part below )
Firstly PCPartPicker isn't uploading my pics well. So here's an album on imgur - http://imgur.com/a/a3vQM
CPU - Alongside the RAM and NZXT Sleeved Cables Kit , this is the only thing I actually bought for this PC( the sleeved kit was also not for this one , but looked better here , so well ). Well , it may sound awkward but its true Since the mobo was already lying around(see below ) I decided I will use it for this one. I have used the G2010 and G2020. Although there are others which I used before , None except these two made sense for my budget and the purpose for which they were going to be used. That was general web usage ( if my main PC goes down ) and storage. The G2020 was the winner in this one as it was actually cheaper + was slightly faster.
Motherboard - The most awkward experience in all of stuff I have bought was if this one. Quite a while ago I built a PC for my dad's office. Unfortunately , the mobo gave up for some reason. Since they were in a hurry , I replaced the mobo with a H61 mobo ( B75 options were more expensive ). sadly the BIOS version that came with the H61 mobo was incompatible with Ivy Bridge. Somehow I got a SB CPU and flashed the BIOS and voila it worked ! 1 month later the mobo came from replacement. Now I thought I will use it for an office PC ( had no second PC intentions that time ). But I unintentionally bent one of the very delicate socket pins of the mobo. I believed this is an user end damage and I'll have to pay for RMA. But I placed the CPU cap , prayed to god and he listened. Dumb Gigabyte partner's staff didn't even bother to check whats wrong with the mobo. They 1 month later gave me the 3rd piece. LOL
RAM - Okay. I think its easy to pick RAM. For the purpose , 2GB RAM was more than enough. I tried KHX because I have been using Corsair , ADATA and EVM only. It was cheap ( even cheaper than Corsair's , Transcend's and G.Skill's no heat sink RAM + it matched by mobo's color scheme , thus opening the doors for a color schemed build in the future.
Storage - This is something awkward too. I had always used WD Blue/Green Drives for my PC. But one day , Dad gave me a Seagate Barracuda HDD saying it was mine. I had no idea of what he was talking about. But still I took it. Few days later , he wanted another PC for his office. I decided I will lay that Barracuda on that PC and buy a WD Drive for my PC with the leftover money from that PC's budget. LOL
Case - It was my original chassis for the main PC. But then I saw the HAF XB and fell in love with it. I bought one soon. And then this Merc Alpha was lying around ( which seriously is a good case for the money ) Only issue was cable management. But that could have been managed. I know my cable management is bad , really bad. But I cant blame BitFenix for that. I mean how much you can expect from a 50$ case ? 7 fan mounts , 4xUSB2.0 slots , great rugged build quality , nice looks and light cable management room. That's more than enough for me.
PSU - DA BIGGEST OVERKILL. I know that even a 400W PSU could feed my rig. But I had this X-850W lying around , begging to be used. I had installed the S12II -620W in my HAF GTX. And I was to lazy to move the PSUs again. Options left were to buy a new or use this one. I hardly had 1800INR ( less than 30$ ) which could have given me nothing more than a cheap , rebranded no name PSU which could have blown anyday. On the other hand was this one. Its 80+ Gold , Fully modular , Good looking and works nicely. And on top of that it was anyways more reliable than those no name , cheap and unreliable PSUs. So I took the easier path. Once I SLI my GTX 650TI Boost on my main gaming PC (HAF GTX ), It will be replace by a still overkill S12II 620W which I own aswell.
Sleeved Wire Kit - This kit is just amazing. I mean the Sleeved wires look pretty amazing. You can feel the quality of the wiring by just holding it. Of course its individually sleeved wires. The kit includes - 1x 20/24 Pin Motherboard power extension cord 1x 4/8 Pin ATX 12V extension 1x 6PIN VGA extension 1x 6+2 PIN VGA extension. Only con is the length. This cables are just too short. I had a war in fitting the 8pin CPU cord with the sleeved extension cord. The kit is good for those who are looking for sleeved wires , not extension cords. Deserves a +1 from me since it served its purpose.
Upgrade Plans - Add one more 2GB stick. Add 32/64GB SSD for Ubuntu ( Backup OS ? ) Add 1TB HDD for storage. Change PSU to S12II 620W or something in 400-550W range.
I know my cable management is bad. But its the best I can do. Also I apologize for the crappy pic quality. The photos were taken from my Xperia S. Feel free to comment or give suggestions on this build or to ask any question regarding this build or its part. :)
This is a repost of the build because first one was not visible anywhere.