Hello, this is my second post on this site. This build is a product of having enough extra parts after updating my personal gaming rig.
With the re-purposed parts as well as new parts that I had purchased, I used this as an opportunity to teach my girlfriend how to build a PC. I was just itching for another build and as I hoped, things went pretty well.
Though we did have some difficulties, I'm quite pleased with the result. Check it out!
Case: The 100r, aesthetically, is a simple and clean looking case. I very much prefer the subtle look along with the side window and low price. However, cable management was ok but could've been better. I had to spend quite a bit of time on this after we had put everything together. One thing I really hated about this case was the position of the CPU cable cutout--not very useful. Decent case overall but probably not the easiest case to build in for a first timer.
CPU: The i5-3570k is a great processor. It's a few generations old now but still rock solid. It was more then powerful enough for my uses then and frankly it still is now. I remember picking this up in late 2012 from a run-of-the-mill computer repair shop. Didn't even overclock it at the time because I was too afraid of frying it. In a previous build, I had it at a stable 4.3 GHz most of the time without much tinkering. In this build currently, it's at 4.1 GHz with no voltage increase.
CPU Cooler: I found this at my local Micro Center on sale at $21.99. It was an offer I couldn't pass especially given the excellent track record of its price/performance. I picked up the led version and immediately ditched the led fan for a standard Cooler Master fan (I really didn't want a red LED fan in this build). The LED version also has a more simplified mounting system than the regular Hyper 212 Evo which deemed very useful for us. I'm very pleased with this cooler.
As pictured, I had to adjust the fan in a pull configuration in order to fit the vengeance ram with the tall heat spreaders. As a result, CPU temps are a little higher but it's nothing earthshaking. I do plan on getting a low profile fan to mount in front of the heatsink to help a bit with temps.
GPU: This video card was an upgrade from a GTX 660, but now has been replaced as well and started collecting some dust. It's a great GPU and a video card like this needed to be put to use. Performance is indeed boss at 1080p and it checks out.
I've have had a few issues with this particular EVGA model. While idle, it's virtually silent but in-game the coil whine and fan noise gets exceedingly loud even after underclocking and tweaking the fan curve. Because of that, I don't bother doing any overclocking on it anymore. Overall it's a more than capable video card, but I might skip on EVGA next time.
Memory: Got both Vengeance kits used back in 2012 and they still function so... woohoo! Anyway, this used to be in a black/blue setup that later changed into a black/white setup which is why two of the sticks are white. Previously, I did a little DIY project and Plasti Dipped them the best I can and they turned out great... now I'd prefer them blue again but I can't bother to wipe of the spray so they'll probably stay like that.
Motherboard: The Intel DZ77GA-70K: back when Intel actually made motherboards. Originally purchased in late 2012 I remember this joker being really expensive. In hindsight, I know I could've saved a lot of money with alternatives at the time, but in 2017 it deemed itself useful for this build. With the mix of colors looking somewhat tacky compared to current motherboards, this actually helped out a lot in aiding my girlfriend in identifying the different ports on the motherboard. Additionally, The UEFI is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. I think the money I spent on this board back then has finally paid off.
PSU: Not much to say about this other than it's still alive and kicking. Started to coil whine a bit louder over time but nothing too major.
Drives: Both the SSD and the HDD came from deceased laptops and the optical drive from a Dell Optiplex system. I'm glad I still kept these because I really didn't feel like buying new storage devices. The Intel SSD is the boot drive and it uses SATA II instead of SATA III. However, boot times are still very fast and programs load quickly; I barely notice a difference between it and my SanDisk SSD but maybe it's just me. The Seagate hard drive is the game drive. It's slow but it gets the job done.
Lastly, I decided to throw in some CableMod RGB LEDs to give it a little flavor.
I let my girlfriend name it.