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Hello!

So after many, many years, I decided that I deserved an awesome computer. So I took my 2012 tax returns and put it towards this rig. I started out with http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yYQu but after asking around a bit for advice ended up with the build you see now. One of the two monitors, the 500 GB HDD, and the keyboard all came from my current rig, so that was pretty much free. Everything else I got on sale and spent about $1500 total, with $1200 going to the computer itself (minus the OS and peripherals). Aside from the motherboard, everything has a mostly unintended black & red theme. The front fan LED reminded me of the sun, sort of, so I named the comp after the brightest star in my astrological sign: Aldebaran.

In all honestly, I was expecting to run into more snags with my first build. Everything worked on first boot and the only problem I really ran into were SATA power cables that pointed the wrong way. I flipped the connectors around and solved that problem easily, so it was a snap from there. No blood sacrifice to get the cooler working. No parts to RMA. Actually, cable management in general could have been better. The HAF 922 is leagues better than other cases I've owned, but I think I could've done better. The build isn't the quietest thing in the world, but it's not loud enough to bother me. What does bother me is that I can't seem to hammer in the fact that my RAM is 1600 Mhz. It keeps defaulting to 1333 Mhz no matter what I do...

I'll take more pictures and post benchmarks soon, probably over the weekend.

Benchmarking Stuff

  • (Note: At this point I've only used the OC Tuner to overclock. I'm sure I can get better results by doing things manually.)
  • Using IntelBurnTest v2.54, my CPU has gone up to 62°C running on a "Very High/Extreme" stress level.
  • Will test 3DMark soon. GPU is not overclocked as of yet.

Possible (but unlikely) upgrades:

  • Another GeForce GTX 670 when there's a price cut for 2-Way SLI. I'm worried about the voltage overhead if I do this, however.
  • ~Another 2x8 GB set of RAM to cap me out at 32 GB~

Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

All ram faster than 1333 will default to 1333. Enable XMP in the bios and the motherboard will read the recommended settings from a chip stored on the ram and adjust speed, timings, and voltage accordingly. You could also specify them manually.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll try this when I get home. According to Windows Experience Index, RAM's the current bottleneck at 7.9. Terrible, I know. I haven't run into any issues but I don't see why I shouldn't get the best from my parts.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

it's a nice build but is 32GB of ram necessary?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Highly doubtful, but the option is always there if I need it. I'm not sure I need to SLI the GTX 670's either, but I could if I wanted to with this configuration.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

If you wanted to go to 32GB, you would have to upgrade your OS...

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

To what? It's Windows 8

  • 83 months ago
  • 4 points

To Windows 8 Professional.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, I was like, Windows 8 is the newest, what is he going to upgrade to, ha

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Win8 only supports 16GB of RAM Win8 Pro supports a theoretical 192GB.

For just gaming, 8GB is already almost considered overkill. He only put himself out of extra cash on this.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Hence why I listed it as highly unlikely. Unless there was an actual reason to upgrade, I'm satisfied with 16 GB. My original build had 8 GB of RAM to begin with.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Great!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

You got a Mionix Naos 8200 too! It's an amazing mouse right? Because I love it. Good build too

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it too! I haven't had too many "gaming" mice before this point, but I wanted something comfortable without a million buttons on the side (why I didn't get a Naga).

But it's really comfortable and customization, and actually helped out my performance in TF2.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fans did the case come with? Would you recommend installing anymore?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Super duper late here, but the case came with two fans. A large (250?) on top and a smaller one in the back. I took out the back fan and used the one that came with the cooler, and the temps were fine with just that.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that nobody has commented on this build in a while, but I wanted to know how you like the PSU? I'm planning on getting it for my build, and it seems like a lesser-known unit. Also, I know you have the PSU facing down, but did you get a look at how the light looks at all?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late response, haven't logged in in a bit. The PSU is fine, though in a mid-tower case the cables can be a bit short. They definitely aren't long enough for a full tower.

The lights are a bit of a non-issue for me, though, as this case doesn't have much of a "window." The lights weren't too bright, but noticeable before I closed it up. I planned to move things around in my room to get a better view of them, but never got around to it. You can see most of the light coming out the back though, as opposed to the bottom.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

You have had your rig for a little while now, how do you like your psu?

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Did you find cable management a little lacking in that case? I have the same case and I certainly do. I mean it's acceptable, and it gives you room to route them without blocking airflow, but it's not the aesthetically pleasing type of cable management. But the exceptional airflow makes up for it in my opinion.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I think my picture says enough about this :P

But yeah... I'm new to this but I felt I was being squeezed on cable management, especially when I check out other builds. Since I don't have any LEDs or anything inside the case, I think I'll live, but it's a mess back there.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine too. It doesn't block airflow but you can't really hide the cables either.