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.
- (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~