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Goodbye Consoles - 1st PC Build - Take it Easy!

by Seanspeed



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Taking the plunge into PC gaming. Originally had a budget of about £600, but I saw how much more performance I could get with some upgrades to a few items. Went from considering the Radeon 7850, to the 7870, to the GTX760 and then got lucky with the prices of 670's dropping right as I was about to order. Also chose to go from i3 to an overclockable i5. And finally, gave in to temptation to opt for a solid state drive!

Didn't even realize til afterwards that my parts all had the same black/blue color scheme, which was cool.

Building went......ok. I had seen videos, but I have rarely even ever gone into the guts of a computer before, so it was pretty fresh territory for me. Was mainly just really scared of hurting something, especially putting the heat sink on and feeling how it could twist around a little bit still. I accidentally knocked out one of the PCI panels I wasn't supposed to. Well, it wasn't accidental, but I shouldn't have done it! lol

As you can probably see, the cable management is pretty amateur. Its ok for now, its mostly out of the way for airflow purposes, but it can be cleaned up, looks wise. I'd like to get some black sleeving for the case umbilicals and try and do it all fresh, with order in mind.

I'm otherwise very happy with all this. Had some great advice from the NeoGAF PC crowd on choosing parts and walking me through a couple steps in the build. So far, I haven't pushed it much and I haven't started overclocking, but I'm still massively impressed with the graphics and speed. Borderlands 2 and Dear Esther have really blown me away as has the boot speed of the SSD.

Also, the case - I hadn't heard of Zalman before, but I really thought the case was fantastic value. I had a small issue with not having a better SSD mount in there, but it was great otherwise. 3 fans, a window, great looks, minimal drive cage interference from the get-go, nice feel to the metal, rounded interior cable ports, USB 3 port and fan controller. For a budget case, I was pretty impressed compared to the alternatives. Two of the fans are blue LED fans as well, which I didn't think I'd like, but they are surprisingly subtle and I've decided to keep them to go with the 'blue' them in general. Only real complaint is the lack of the USB3 internal header, which is cheap and not a huge deal. That's on the way and will install when I re-cable.

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Enlyten 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

Great job, now get to gaming :D +1

skemble 24 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Nice job on this! Cabling could be tidied, but it doesn't look that bad. Part selection is quite good. People are going to argue over the 670 vs the 760, but for the price I like the choice!

Seanspeed submitter 1 Build 6 points 50 months ago

I was already willing to spend £200 for the 760, so when the 670 dropped down to that price, it was a no brainer. 760 is good, but this 670 in particular is already as powerful as a 680 and there's still good overclocking potential to make it even better.

a_slow_descent 2 points 50 months ago

I also just bought the 670 but I got it even cheaper. $309 with splinter cell. I love it. have fun.

RectangularBox 1 point 50 months ago

Good choices! I assume you went with 3570k because it's cheaper(to be honest haswell only performs 10%~ better)Good parts all around.

Seanspeed submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

There's not too much difference between the two once you've overclocked them, but yea, I think that's really my only 'wish I would have got that instead' sort of regret. Would have only been £10 more. Not too fussed, though.

JakeLaPeire 1 point 50 months ago

Great choice with the cooler master, that should be easy to clean when it gets dirty!

Mleibowitz97 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

great build!

SCWynette 1 point 50 months ago

Great build man! You did a similar to thing to what I did with the budget haha I'm on my first build too, It's nearly done, started with a £600 budget and now nearer £850

Anyway nice PC! Have fun gaming :D +1

Seanspeed submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks! Figured an extra couple hundred £ was worth all the extra power and should mean my system isn't already outdated. Hopefully will last me 2-3 years into the next-gen lifecycle before needing to upgrade the graphics card, by which time, I'd need to do it anyways - getting ready for Oculus Rift time!

JamzterS9 1 point 42 months ago

it will last you longer than 2-3 years its will last probably 4-5

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

the RAM may have been a bit unnecessary speed-wise, but if my GBP to USD conversion is correct the price is about what you'd pay for an 8GB set of RAM anyways. that being said, this is pretty good nonetheless for a first-time build.

mrtacoface 1 point 50 months ago

Nice to you see you gave up on consoles and joined the PC nation

polykow 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Awesome build.

mattataki 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I like the title. It reminded me of someone, let me think... Oh, found it his Internet username was mattataki. Pretty nice build you have there. Politely saying, I wouldn't of gone with that ram but it's alright, it will do the trick. Cable management, I guess it was your first sprint plugging everything and excited, just to play with your computer. I guess it's better now, zpi ties are good too but white on black, try to hide it a little. pull a little more (not too much, cables are fragile, they should never have unplug stress) on the GPU cord and try and hide that zip tie a little further, trust me it's possible, just view how other builds are and all. A part from that, I am pretty jealous on that build, parts goes really well together.

jimbo118 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

great build well done!

SageMode 1 point 47 months ago

Hi Seanspeed

Great build. I am looking at getting the same case and cpu cooler, I noticed that the Zalman website states that 150mm is the maximum accepted cpu cooler dimension whereas the 212 evo is 159mm. Could you please inform me if there was anything you had to do in order to enable it to fit into the case? and how much clearance would you say it has in the case? would rather not buy the fan to find it didn't fit!


didydonuts 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

should have went with EVGA or ASUS for the gpu, just my option. but all together good build will for sure beat any console.

XDestroyer 2 points 46 months ago

MSI is a great GPU brand.

didydonuts 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

oh im not talking trash about msi. i have a msi motherboard and its super nice! just never had a msi gpu and they just look ugly.

XDestroyer 2 points 46 months ago

Yeah I know what you mean but even though the GPU's look ugly, they perform pretty well. :P

XDestroyer 1 point 46 months ago

Hey I'm getting that case too. How did you plug in the fan and fan controller?

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Keep it civil or I will be forced to ban you.

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