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Edit: This was my first build and there were bound to be mistakes. I started to immediately regret my choice in GPU, despite saying I wouldn't (see below). I took advantage of some rebates and specials today and upgraded to the 7870 GHz. It will arrive tomorrow and I'll post some new pictures. I feel I have a much better balanced build now, and if anything my CPU is now the bottleneck, despite the overclock. I plan on upgrading when AMD releases their new CPUs. I am curious if I will ever pull the trigger on a second card. I'll need to upgrade the power supply if I do though.

I am over the moon about this build. It is the first time I have ever built my own, despite wanting to do so for years. I am also happy about my spending decisions. Most complaints will come from the GTX 550 TI. Save it. It is Tom's Hardware Best Buy for $100, AND I got a refurbed 2gb model. I'm happy with it. I know I overspent on the mobo. I am convinced the extra abilities of this board will allow me to upgrade the CPU and GPU in 2.5 years without having to get a new mobo. My biggest worry going into the actual build was the case. I bought it on a whim when it was a Lightning Deal on Amazon. After reading other reviews and seeing other builds here on pc part picker, I was concerned about cable management. HAHA. Anyone who claims this case doesn't have decent cable management is just too lazy. If the pics I have posted do not make it clear, this case is more than capable. The front USB is currently charging my phone. I'm happy to answer any questions you have and will try to post more (better) pics once I drag out my point and shoot. I will also be posting stats (temps and benchmarks) as soon as my games download from steam. If you want to critique my choices, feel free, but know that I do not care. This is the computer I wanted and I thought through every single decision. In fact, it was your feedback, along with /r/buildapc, that most helped inform me. Thanks for your help whether you know it or not.

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

Unless it wasn't clear, I did NOT pay $180 for the GPU. It was only $100 from Newegg refurbed. Also, the case was $10 cheaper during the lightning deal. Saved another $10 on the CPU last weekend from a Newegg Shell Shocker. The SSD was also refurbed and only cost me $60. So, I think that puts the cost of the build at $825 (with Windows). The DVD drive worked great for installing Windows, but somehow, Windows has yet to recognize it post-install. I posted a thread over at reddit if you want to help with that: http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/18kolt/build_help_dvd_drive/

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I managed to get Windows to recognize the DVD drive by installing it into the gSATA port instead of the eSATA. don't know why that worked.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat cable management.

Why the one red fan and 2 green fans?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Its actually 2 green fans (the pull fans in the back of the case) and two blue fans (the push fans in the front of the case.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

A solid first build... I can't see anything that wouldn't simply boil down to a difference of opinion or style. I agree that you should have no problem upgrading over the next few years... which brings me to my only major point: Soooo many zip ties! If you stick with your current cable management setup, you're going to spend a lot of time cutting up zip ties. I'd consider switching your cable bundling ties out for twisty-ties. Use the zip ties on the stuff that will never move (your 24-pin and case fans).

The key thing is to think ahead and consider the amount of work that would be required to switch out and/or upgrade parts... how many zip ties will you be cutting to add a 3rd hard drive? or swap out your PSU?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I def thought of that during the build. I decided whatever time I might waste undoing zip ties in a hypothetical future upgrade, will be outweighed by the time and energy saved using zip ties now instead of twistie ties, which my chubby awkward fingers have trouble with.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Congratulations, man. The first build is always exciting, especially if it starts up the first time you push the power button!

Good luck with it. You won't believe how much easier the next build will be with this experience under your belt. It's fun too, and you always know you can fix it yourself.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the motherboard? Im starting to get my parts together for my first build. Always wanted to build one and my bro made one last year. I was going to go with intel untel a family friend came over to help me with my part picking and said you want a AMD you get a lot more for the price.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

i love this motherboard. aesthetically it is gorgeous. it has all the features i could possibly need. if you're going to spend less than $200 on a cpu, get amd. absolutely. if you're spending $200, get an i5. either way, don't scrimp on the mobo or the power supply. they will extend the life of your system.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input. Is it easy to work with when you put all the tech on it? or do you have to have small hands?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

very easy to work with. you'll need low profile memory if you plan on have a large heatsink, especially if you plan on using all four ram slots.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Im just going to use 2 at the start might go up later on. got 16 gb of ram so it should work good.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

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