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7-19-2013 UPDATE! Added MSI GTX 660 TF 2GD5/OC ($175 Newegg) Replaced FSP 450 Watt PSU with EVGA 750 Watt Gold PSU ($100 Newegg) Now running in SLI!!!

7-1-2013 Usage: School (Matlab) Some gaming (civ5 and sim city 2013) General Purpose

Looks great! Super fast since I upgraded to SSD for the first time! The graphics card produce the most fan noise but bearable.

Since I'm an engineering student I get windows 7 for free!

I got the i5 when I was on a road trip. Microcenter was along the way so I thought why not stop by. This cpu was the only item I actually paid tax on. The build was done in Oklahoma where amazon doesn't charge sales tax. I live in Texas so when I ordered the gpu I got it from newegg (no sales tax)

Other thoughts:

I have noticed a lot of folks just care about GPU save here save there and get a better gpu it's like the whole point of building a pc is to save money for a gpu

but looking back I mean I could have went with the
Asus P8Z77-V LK mobo and the NZXT Phantom 410 that would give me an extra $100 for a better gpu

The only down side to the p8z77 LK is that it only has two 6 Gb/s sata ports and I was planning on an SSD expansion later in November so the LK option is not an option. My final build will have 2x SSD with 250 GB each and 2x HDD with 1 or 2 GB each. So having FOUR 6 Gb/s sata ports serves me best. The bottom line is: I paid a little more so that I can have more FLEXIBILITY later on!

One last thought: The next time I'm on a trip I will stop by Microcenter to pick up the i7 3770k to replace my current i5. This i5 will be use for my next build that I will give away to my brother or something.

link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lccY86rI3VI

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  • 80 months ago
  • 8 points

Don't know why everyone is faulting you for having power considerations in mind. The keep saying 7200rpm drive, but ignore that you already have an SSD. If you are using the other drive for storage only, then it really doesn't matter how fast it is. No one will be able to tell the difference between a 7200rpm drive and an 5400rpm drive if you are just loading pictures or playing movies. To go with your power saving theme, you also got a great platinum rated power supply. You can easily overclock the memory to 1600mhz with a single setting change in the bios.

Overall, I think it was a very conscientious build. I mean, the power you save will be a drop in the bucket compared to how much you're using and how much everyone else is using, but I like the idea. All around I think it is a great build with good ideas behind it. People are just downvoting it because it isn't the common parts that people choose and they aren't thinking it through.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you.

  • 80 months ago
  • 7 points

Yes, he made some odd choices, but why do his comments keep getting downvoted??

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  • 80 months ago
  • 7 points

True that.

  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

My only complaint is you have your graphics card in the PCI-e 8x slot move it to the 16x(top full length slot) to get the most bandwidth.

  • 80 months ago
  • -2 points

Thanks for pointing that out. The reason i went with this configuration is because of aesthetics. I didn't want the card to cover the ASUS logo :).

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

facepalm

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

This is not an issue anymore.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Clarification:

I forgot to enter the actual price I purchased with earlier so I guess that is why there were a lot of confusion with the choices I've made. This was actually built back in early June 2013. I have now changed the prices to reflect my purchase back then. Only the graphics card was purchased recently for 180 bucks.

A lot of people questioned my ram purchase and that is probably because of the current price of these ram cards is 65. But back it June newegg had it for 50 bucks and the other high ends cards were in the $65 range.

As for the case...it's a personal preference. I just like it OK.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Odd choice with the PSU, slow hard drive, and 1333 ram. You could of got better parts than those for the same price or cheaper.

  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

As for the slow hard drive

I want to use the HDD as a backup drive and the SSD as the main drive for normal usage. I expect the price of SSD will further drop by November so I will probably add more SSD later on.

BTW, the WD green is not that slow. It feels pretty speedy but I guess it is just me.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

As for the PSU I wanted a platinum PSU at around 450W and not too pricey. Do you have any other PSU in mind around this wattage for around 100 bucks? WD green is power efficient and quiet. The ram is temporary until the price drops. In addition, I did some research there isn't much noticeable difference between 1333 and other high end ram cards (unlike SSD vs HDD).

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Um... I really think you could've gotten faster RAM, graphics, and storage instead of just buying a supermassive case, I mean, that's not a SR-X board you have...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

As for the RAM I still waiting for the price to drop. These cards are just temporary. As you may know the price of ram has double in the last 6 months or so. I liked the large case because of the air flow and large space for potential upgrades.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Who really cares about fast ram. It doesnt affect that much. Look at benchmarks kids. I think your build is fine. The case is for sure overkill, but its your computer. If you like that case then it was the right choice.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks That's what I think about the ram

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choices 1600 MHz would cost a little more the psu is odd I'm not sure what ure geting at there.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

what other psu do you have in mind? platinum psu for 100 bucks

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

If you're not OC'ing you don't really need anything other than stock cooler. I guess you purchased it because less fan noise?

You could have gone with a non-k processor (though I'll forgive that since 184 is a pretty good price) could have gone with an H77 motherboard though saving you money.

Better RAM would have been nice, and you could have gotten it for the same price.

Your HDD is 5400, when it could have been 7200 for a touch more $.

Your case is MASSIVE, and costs almost as much as the GPU...

Your PSU is ... expensive.

Bleh, I feel you could have spent your money more wisely, but it's your money.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the input

I wasn't sure if I was going to OC it or not so that's why I bought the after market fan and the 3570k cpu.

The motherboard allows for future upgrades. I did think about doing a little less but I'm happy with the features this board has.

What other ram can you get for 50 bucks in June? Suggestions? The ram is temporary btw. I going to wait for the price of memory to drop.

Honestly, the 5400 was actually a mistake. I thought I was getting the WD Blue but it turns out I got the wrong item.

I wanted a case with great versatility for future upgrades and the reviews were awesome so that is why I went big. Plus it is super quite.

As for the PSU, I wanted an efficient build so in the long run it will pay itself off. It's hard to find a platinum PSU for 100 bucks at 450 W.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Overclock to at least 4.2Ghz or so man, it's a piece of cake with that CPU.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

noted

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice build! Are you going to OC the CPU at all?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! This build is intended to be power efficient so I don't think I will OC. Plus it is really fast right now so I don't see why pushing it harder :).

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

And if your not overclocking there was no point in geting the 3570k

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

well I got it from microcenter for a good price

it cost the same as the non-unlocked 3570 so I thought why not

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