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Instead of buying the Xbox One or PS4, I decided to spend my money wisely and build my own PC. I can always expand on build and keep upgrading my PC and always be ahead of the graphics these consoles offer. I love how fast this thing runs and how much room I have to upgrade it. This was my first build so it took me around 4 hours to build. The cable management is not that good but I'll fix it later. Let me know what you guys think. I also got the 16GB of RAM for 99.99 because they had a mistake in pricing at micro center so they gave me the wrong cheap price they had before changing it back. I was on a tight budget seeing I'm a college student haha. I changed my PSU to a bronze certified.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 5 points

Definitely would have gone with a better GPU if this is for gaming. 16gb isn't needed for gaming either, and I'm not excited about the Thermaltake PSU. It's not the worst, but there definitely are better options.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I was told the 660 is fine for now, I will be buying another GPU to add on later when I have more money. Also, I know the 16GB is too much but I got it for 99.99 because they made a mistake and had the wrong price up for it. I really appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

By no means am I saying the 660 is a bad card, it just doesn't seem balanced with the other parts you have. Another GPU will make this great!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed. I really appreciate your input. I will use it to improve my pc.

  • 75 months ago
  • 5 points

Do none of you understand a budget or what that word means lol. Great Build by the way

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

A budget is entirely dependent on what that person is willing to spend, pending on income and circumstance. I could set a budget of $500 or $2000, it'd still be a budget. =P

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Why the gtx 660 over a 7870 more less money and better performance? Nice deal on the ram :). How's the case?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been told that the 7870 blacks out from time to time. I am strongly considering upgrading my GPU in less than a year or just adding another. Thank you for your feedback. The case is awesome, I love it. It has a lot of room for a mid tower and it was easy setting everything up inside of it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean by "blacks out". I own one and nothing wrong has happened to mine.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm inclined to believe that this is related to the early driver issues when the 7000 series cards were released, which have all more or less been worked out.

I've heard issues of black screens, flickering, and inconsistent frame rates and such with bad AMD drivers. It shouldn't be a problem now, though, they fixed those issues a long time ago and they weren't as prevalent as people said they were.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I looked more into it. It is an older issue.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Personally, I would go for a HD 7870. More power for less bucks.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the Ivy Bridge i7? Have you considered getting the Haswell i7 for a little more?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but I saved around 50 bucks doing the bundle deal of a CPU and MOBO combo. I wouldn't really be needing i7 but I did it anyways because it was very cheap. You do make a good point tho. I was on a tight budget so I couldn't pay more.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

That gtx 660 should be the first thing you change. I heard that 660's with 2gbs of v-ram have problems. Like the last 512mbs of ram run at a decreased clock speed thus limiting your fps in games that use more than 1.5gb or v-ram. Get something else to use more vram.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd worry more about the power supply than the video card, if I'm honest.

Also, I've literally never heard of that issue, and a google search brings up nothing, unless I'm looking for the wrong thing (I searched GTX660 memory issue). I'm not saying you're wrong, but a source would be nice.

That being said, he could have gotten something better for the money (like a 7870 or a 270).

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the power supply bad? I know it's not a Bronze +. I got it because someone at microcenter recommended it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The thing is, the people at Microcenter sometimes don't know what they're talking about. While the power supply may not explode or fry things, it most certainly isn't providing the best power to your system.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It is 80+ certified, so that's something, but I've never heard of the company before.

I wouldn't trust anything outside of a known brand name, like Seasonic PCP&C, EVGA, and Silverstone, just to name a few.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have a source but I know it was some major internet source but it was a while ago. I'm just saying, it is a video card that really can not be utilized because of its own hardware problems.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Not the best choice on the GPU, a 270x or 7870 GE would've been better choices. Try to clean up those cables, too :P

And welcome to the masterrace!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Definitely trying to clean up those cables. It was a tough task putting everything together my first time. Now that I have some type of experience, I"m definitely going to clean it up.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Im thinking of getting this case. Is the cable management really good? Im getting a semi modular PSU.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case. It looks awesome. It is very compact for a mid tower case and matches up with any of them. I am a beginner and I didn't focus on the cable management but the case had a couple of openings for cables to go through. I would definitely recommend it. Great for the price.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

When you put in your motherboard was there any room at the top of the case to run the 6-pin power connector on the back side of the case? I have purchased this case but I am worried about cable management.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes there was room. This is definitely not a beginner's case for cable management but with some experience it can easily be done. My brother has a different case and he said that mine is better for cable management. He has a zalman Atx mid tower.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the hyper 212 evo fit? It looks like it might be a bit tight and I'm thinking about getting one.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It fits perfectly with no issues. My case is a mid size tower that looks kinda small and it still fits it. The temperature of my pc is around 32 idle. I would definitely recommend it. Not the quietest but gets the job done. If I was you, I would go with water cooling. Not hard to setup and really quiet. Will cost you around 20 dollars more.

  • 75 months ago
  • -2 points

Just a quick comment, for gaming an i7 actually decreases performance by a few FPS. An i5 is the way to go for gaming, and the GTX 660 is fine for gaming nowadays. In SLI/Crossfire (I never remember which one is for what series of GPU's lol) it'll do great for a while! The PSU should ALWAYS be at least 80+ Bronze certified though, especially in gaming. I'd replace that ASAP and not risk bad electricity damaging your build. Except for those minor things, it is a great build! Good job!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your input. An employee at microcenter told me to go with that power supply. Is it a major issue? That power supply has good reviews. I'll definitely change it if it's very major.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

Well , if you don't have a good PSU , first your parts can brake by getting to much electricity from the psu.Second , the effiecenty of your psu is important first for not getting your parts brokeup and for a better gaming experience.

And for the thing of the i7-i5 ... that guy is ridiculus :P If you feel your CPU going slower , just overcloak it ;).

For the GPU , y'a the 660 is comming '' old '' but just put another one in SLI and you my friend will be able to play at high resolutions next gen games for 2to5 years

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Very helpful. Thank you very much