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THE CABLE MANAGEMENT WAS SUPER HARD, I DID WHAT I COULD WITH IT, THE CASE IS SMALL AND HAS LITTLE SPACE, AND THE PSU IS NOT MODULAR. ALSO, I HAVE NO ZIP TIES AVAILABLE, BUT I SPENT A REALLY LONG TIME TRYING TO FIX IT AND DID WHAT I COULD. I KNOW THE CABLE MANAGEMENT IS PROBABLY STILL PRETTY BAD, BUT IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE COULD FOCUS ON OTHER THINGS THIS TIME, 'CAUSE I TRIED MY BEST, BESIDES, I'LL PROBABLY REDO THIS THING WHEN I FEEL LIKE THE TIME COMES, I'LL GET A NEW MOBO, NEW PSU, NEW CPU, MAYBE ANOTHER 660 FOR SLI, AND ALL THAT. THANK YOU FOR SUGGESTING THAT I TRY TO MANAGE MY CABLES BETTER, THOUGH (I REALLY WISH I HAD ZIP-TIES AVAILABLE TO ME)!

AND, YES, SINCE YOU DID SUGGEST IMPROVING THE CABLES TO ME, THE LITTLE IMPROVEMENTS I TRIED DID IMPROVE TEMPS AND AIR FLOW!

BEFORE YOU START WONDERING, THE CASE I USED WAS AN OLD CASE THAT I GOT FROM A FRIEND! (I like old cases, they make the computer look like a hidden beast... ugly on the outside... outstanding on the inside)!!! That is why I called it a sleeper build, because it looks old and pretty bad on the outside, but is actually REALLY EPIC on the inside (imo, lol)!

I made this computer mainly for gaming... I will also use it for schoolwork when the time comes and other computer-related tasks.

Anyway, on the gaming side, it works AWESOME! I'm running in 1680x1050 (My monitor's native resolution) and most games run on highest settings with the desired smooth framerate of 40-70 FPS or even higher if it's an easier game to run. Some hardcore games (like Metro: Last Light) get rare drops to 20 or 30 FPS, but I don't really care about that, because they are not super-often, and I am not the kind of guy that goes like "BOOHOO I WUNT 60 FPS BOOOOHOOO." Now, If I did really care about dropping to 30 FPS, I would lower the settings from Max to High, simple... Anyway, here are my short reviews for each part:

CPU: Works great, was hot while in the Bios at first but it turned out to be pretty cool afterwards...

Motherboard: Good for the price, a bit hotter than the other parts, but works (that's all that matters). You get what you pay.

Memory: I should have bought faster RAM, but this was my only mistake IMO, and... since it's my first time building, I am impressed with myself that I have only made one little mistake with the parts. Still good, and very cheap. You get what you pay.

Storage: Very nice... 1 Terra-byte, still have like 800 GB after downloading my OS and 80% of my steam games...woot! I can install games & programs without worry for a LONG time.

Video Card: ...UH UH UH..!! DO NOT tell me that I should've bought an AMD Radeon 7850 or 7870. Yes, this one may be a bit worse than those when you compare gaming performance in most games, but C'mon now, it was cheaper than both and came with the one and only EPIC game Metro: Last Light FOR FREE! Also came with advanced edition of 3DMARK11 (Msi bundle ONLY!) The card is very cool compared to the AMD ones (Granted, it was an MSI w/ Twin Frozr III).

So, In my opinion, Nvidia benefits are: Geforce experience, longer life, cooler, PHYSX!

AMD benefits are: Better gaming performance, possibly more responsive. So, Each have their own benefits.

Power Supply: It works, what can I say? It works very well! If I would've had more money I would've gotten a better power supply for more security, but this one works perfectly IMo.

Optical drive: Good Optical drive, of course...

I haggled for dis price... just sayin' ;)

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

Sorry for the multiple Re-posts guys. First time I had to fix the cable management (as well as I could :3) and the 2nd time some kinda glitch happened with posting and the pictures. Sorry about that, :/ I hope you like the build, though!

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

Lmao nice mouse. I still remember those were the ones my primary school teachers had even though I'm in high school now. Probably the only thing I did remember from that place lol

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a dell mouse that I used for my old shi- I mean erm. . . dell computer (the monitor too)... it works really well, I'm loving the sensitivity; the monitor is good size for me, so that works well too.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management is important to some people, but it doesn't have to be to you, your cables really aren't that bad, so don't let the people whining about them bother you.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's what I was thinking, thanks!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice re-post. I am glad to see that you actually took the time to attempt to manage the cables. Sad you didn't have any cable ties around, but you definitely did the best you could with what you had, and I applaud you for that.

Overall great build for the budget. That is a great MOBO for the price. When setting the build up, did you notice the temps spike in the BIOS after the first bootup or two? My budget build did that... I couldn't figure out why. Since then it has been behaving itself, so I don't know.

That CPU is a beast for the price, and don't let anyone convince you otherwise - you did well on this budget.

My only suggestion to you, is if you do SLI, sell your 660 and get a 760... or whatever other card is on the market when you decide on your purchase. Supposedly the 660 has bottlenecking issues (due to the 192bit PCI) But then again, it could be perfectly fine... just a suggestion.

Also, if you got that card recently, and from Newegg, you can try to contact them, and see if they are willing to give you a Splinter Cell: Blacklist code.

They gave my friend a code, even though he bought the card right before the promotion. (I just posted his build)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, I got the card around a month ago, back then the Metro: Last Light deal was still up. Thanks for the nice comment though! And, yeah I had the same problem as you did... a problem with temps in the BIOS, I absolutely don't understand why... I'm thinking faulty sensors, or the fact that the proper drivers aren't installed yet? What do you think..?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not sure about faulty temp sensors. The board itself was actually hot.

I touched it, and it was hot... like "microwaved plate" hot... lol.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, yeah... my Main-Board itself is also really hot. In the description, I did say it was the hottest part, Video card usually doesn't rise above the 56 Celcius Mark, but the Motherboard is like "Lol, ima go up to 66 C cuz' i have swag", 66 C is not too bad, though, it's fair; I am just glad it is not like 80 C, where I would have to start being actually worried about it, Lol.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Mine was 78 in the BIOS, and it burned me when I touched it.

Since then it has stayed around 40ish :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here :) well, approx. the same :P

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd love to see more pics of that sexy case!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, maybe if I can get my hands on a camera of some sorts. Thanks for the upvote!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

How is your power supply? Everything ok with it?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yes, it's working very well to this date. {Sorry for late response first time visiting in a while}

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for letting me know, and dont worry about it, i was only hoping id get lucky and get a response

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

Why couldn't you get some (zip-ties)?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have any available :/

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

Yea semi modular would of helped you alot. Woulda cost 15$ more.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 6 points

What? No, definitely not. No need for an i5 for gaming on this budget, and a 640 is just bad.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

^^ Thank you, I 100% agree.

  • 77 months ago
  • 5 points

Games are 80% GPU and this CPU does not bottleneck the 660 so it works really well, and the 640 is like 5x worse than the 660, but thank you!