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Updated: 1/14/2014 Added water cooling loop.

Updated 12/19/13 Updated cable management; added intake fan to front; removed HDD bay. 12/19/13

I use this machine to play games, and it works very well. This was my first build.

I had to relocate the top case fan to the side panel in order to make room for the CPU cooler. This involved taking the front and top panels off the case. I also had to remove a dust filter from the top panel to allow the CPU cooler to be mounted flush.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 8 points

Love the cable management xD

  • 77 months ago
  • 7 points

The cable management made me cringe.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Same xD

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

Modular PSU + case with cable management options... AND NO CABLE MANAGEMENT?! O_o

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

Not just a case with cable management options: a case with amazing cable management options.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty similar to my build. That case has great space on the backside for your cables. Make sure you utilize that space. It will look a ton better and allow for better airflow. Nice part selection, just fix those cables!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

looks good but you need to sort out the cables, this case is built for cable management. Also for gaming an i7 is overkill, a good choice would be the i5-4670K, you also only really need 8GB RAM for a gaming machine.

Other than those little bits its a good overall build :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Great parts but yes, the cables could be better. You have an AX760 and a nice NZXT Phantom. Cable management shouldn't take too long and it will look really good when you do.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

3770K was unnecessary for gaming; an i5-3570K (or 4670K) would have been a better buy (in my opinion).

Liquid cooling was unnecessary with such a well-ventilated case. Seeing as how you didn't OC the CPU, this makes it even more unnecessary.

I like the RAM (a bit large, but let's call that future-proofing), GPU (refer to RAM notes) and SSD, but if you hadn't gone with liquid cooling & downgraded to an i5, I think you could have gotten at least a 2TB HDD/2TB hybrid drive.

760W PSU leaves room for SLI (great success!) The Platinum certification makes it worth it as well.

Overall pretty decent build, though I wouldn't have called it a "budget gaming build". Pretty future-proofed, though if you want your PC to be respectable you have to put some effort into cable management.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I updated my machine with more RAM, better cable management, and a CPU overclock to 3.8 Ghz

Might overclock again to 4.0 Ghz

  • 77 months ago
  • -3 points

I think the build is a little bit overkill. You should have went with an Haswell i5, and a lower grade GPU. You really only need GTX 670 at most to play most games. Also take out one of the RAM sticks, you don't need more than 8 GBs on memory. The cable management could improve a lot. :P