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first big thank you to part picker site helped me loads

this is my first build and i have to say I loved it. I wanted to do loads of pics but my parts came at different times and i got a little inpatient!

the case - i really didn't want a white case when i first started spec'in this build and looked at several cases from the 500r to cooler master storm scout 2 the corsair 300r windowed and 200r. In the end all of these proved to be too much in the price department. i was funding this build by selling a dell xps 15 2nd gen but ended up selling my iphone 5 too, well worth it i can say though at times i wondered! anyway with a tight budget i had to look sub £50 for my case and i stumbled on this one, i love it its clean simple and looks awsome. i have no dvd drive (dont use them) and the light from the power LED shines into the case giving it a slightly blue tint this has inspiered me to get some lighting for it at a later date

mobo - not the cheapest board but i want a gigabyte for a hackintosh project and SLI for some future proofing should my card struggle

cpu could have gone 4670k but i dont really plan on over clocking and it would have cost an extra ~£70 (inc cooler) from what i have read 4570 is the next best thing

hdd/sdd as of writing i still need to get a hdd. the ssd wa a xmas present for the laptop but i didnt want to sell it, its amazing and if you haven't gone SSD get one, now. windows boots from cold in under 20s i use the adobe CC suite and the start times are near instant .....amazing

RAM i only have 4gb for now but will double up in the coming months, it strugles some times but its not too bad

power supply - i really should have gone a bit higher and it only comes with 1 pcie 8 pin luckily the 760 had some molex adaptors in it which saved the day (760 needs 1 6pin and 1 8pin)

GFX - i LOVE this card i think it looks awesome and so far performs brilliantly i will test some more when i have the room for the games

instalation

went very well to be honest my only real issue was the atx 12v 8pin cable would fit through the top left (looking at the case) hole with the mobo in place so had to remove the mobo, thread it through and re attach the mobo the fan runs off molex not mobo and was a bit of a pain but nothing major

as you can see the temps are really good from a case with only 1 fan and a stock cpu cooler im glad i didnt shell out for an after market cooler

edit after some comments i have uploaded a screen grab of some benchmarking if anyone spots a problem hit the comments

edit 2 so after a few comments about the power supply i kept an eye on the power consumption and you guys were right its just not good enough under load. i have added 500gb HDD partitioned it off and added some games to ease the load on my SSD but its awfull i think its the small cache combined with the low speed, but i was playing the witcher and there would be 2 second pauses randomly then all would be fine. on saying that it could be the power. any comments would be helpful. so i plan to change out the power supply and get a new HDD

anything not purchased is my wish list and will be purchased soon

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Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Decent build. It's pretty balanced, although like you mentioned it is lacking some RAM. I would upgrade to 8gb as soon as possible. Also, how is that power supply doing? 430w looks pretty low for a build like this.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

i was worried but i have not seen it struggle yet i ran prime95 and furmark at the same time to stress test it dont know how good of a stress test that is. is there any ways to tell its struggling?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that I am aware of...

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Very confuzzled, how are you handling this system with only 430 watts? Awesome build tho, prefer 8gb of ram but what ever. Already seems like you are going that way with your 1 dim being used.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

unless there is something im missing the system needs ~350w according to the build page so 430 should be enough looking at the clocks everything runs at what its meant to. like i said this is my first build and im more than happy to run tests etc and publish results to give others an idea

as for the RAM i agree i much prefere 8gb but i run out of money :( i will get it as soon as me thinks

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! how is that PSU performing combined with that Graphics card? any issues? Congrats for a balanced machine.

Caroline!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

So far it's been ok played bioshock infinite with no issues stress tested and got 1250 from the gpu and 3.3 from the cpu all stable. Thanx for all the comments the cables could be better but I'm impressed overall

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

At your service, hehehe

Caroline.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

this build is sweet. i had a tight budget too. i pulled off with 400 us dollars. that motherboard could be gigabyte and cheap. +1 because hackintoshes are illegal. it violates the terms and rights for osx but i did it. save image as is illegal. so who cares.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same video card as you, I love it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Great first build. However, I suggest that eventually you go with a closed loop CPU liquid cooler with optional 2nd fan setup. Config 2nd fan to give you a push/pull solution. This will drop some of those high temps that I see on your screen shots and preserve the life of your CPU.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

i didnt think my cpu temps were that high but i will look into it i was looking at cooler master hyper 212 evo thoughts?

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

I had one of these at one point with an optional second fan, but I opted for the liquid cooler. A fan based cooler just can't beat a closed loop liquid cooler. Also the cooler master hyper 212 evo is goliath when it comes to taking up space. Just make sure you can access your memory lanes if you ever have to upgrade your ram. Otherwise you have to remove the cooler, replace the ram, repaste and reattach the cooler. That's a lot of work!