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First I want to thanks my wife, this would not have happen as quick as it did without her assistance/permission. I'd also like to thank her for her patience and support while I get it all setup. I'd also like to thank my dad... for driving an hour to Micro Center (New Jersey), picking up the CPU and PS, and mailing it to me (California).

This my 1st build in a long time (since 2003). I'm giving up gaming my Dell XPS laptop from 2007. This all really started out as a desire for a new keyboard (lighted) to play in the dark. I wanted something powerful enough for today's games, small enough to not take up a lot of space (we have a small house), and quiet enough not to bother the wife. I know, I know... I could have went with a 3570k and been fine. But the in-store pick up of the 3770k from Micro Center was only $20 more than ordering a 3570k online and $100 cheaper than anywhere else. I went with the MSI GTX660ti because the reviews were really good, its overclocking, its price was right for the performance, and since I was on a budget and I had just saved $100 on the processor... why not? I chose the Corsair H100i mainly because I've always wanted to try water-cooling but not ready to commit to building my own just yet. Maybe next time...

I've done some small overclocking so far, nothing too stressful yet, but just to play with the oc'ing software. I'll be going back in to clean up my wiring... it was a long, long night, and was followed by a busy weekend.

Next up: Monitor. Hopefully, I can make that happen next month.

Not listed:

OCZ Agility 3 250 2.5" SSD - I got this originally for my laptop awhile ago but change my mind and it was just laying around anyway... so it's in here now. Logitech G9 mouse - Been using this for years. I like it well enough. HP USB Stereo headset Ratzpad mouse pad - Another hold over from years ago Dell Multimedia Keyboard - The thing that started it all. Now, I'm not in much of a hurry to replace it. Light is still an issue but maybe I'll just grab a usb light. WD My Passport 1 TB - External storage and since there's no optical drive, I use this to install games and software copied from their optical media sources.

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build but you should have gone with a different powersupply, I know its a great price for a 600w modular PSU but the Builder series are cheap for a reason. Good choice on the case though, the prodigy is a great mITX chassis! Also, I personally would have gone for an HD7950 at that price for raw preformance but nVidia does have its benefits so it's certainly not a bad choice, especially as you went for the MSI Twin Frozr version which is a superb choice of cooler. Out of interest, why did you go for the Vertex 3 over a vertex 4/Samung 840 etc. and how much did it cost? :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, but: 1. It was an Agility 3, he put the wrong one in (he says he has an Agility 3 in the description) and 2. He went with the Agility 3 because it came from his laptop.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

No, he has both a Vertex 3 and an Agility 3, look at some of the photos.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, that one blended in, sorry.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Super clean build! Might have wanted to get a newer SSD, and maybe a little better gpu, but in all it's freaking awesome!

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I tend to agree with the other posters who would have went with the 3570k, but I would have asked my father to get the CPU/Mobo combo and bought a power supply elsewhere. Still a good build either way and I am not going to vote because I know the feeling when things aren't always optimal when making purchases.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! I really like how the prodigy case looks.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. And MicroCenter CPU prices just can't be beat. Your dad loves you. :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the build looks great. The I5 is only $20 different from ordering it online yet the i5 is cheaper at Microcenter too. The i7 provides absolutely no noticeable performance difference in games over the i5, none. The only way you'd be able to tell the difference is in benchmarks and even then its nearly equal. Also there is a performance difference between the GTX 660 Ti and a 7950 / or even a 670, which you can find 670s on sale all over the place for just slightly more then the difference you paid for the i7. Just my critique that the extra money spent on the i7 which wont provide a noticeable game play difference could have been put towards the GPU which would have given a noticeable difference. Unless you only play games that benefit from Physx the 7950 for the most part out performs the 660 ti and AMD has had by far less issues with their drivers compared to Nvidia in the last 5-6 months. (EDITED - I didn't read the part about the left over SSD) I also would have stayed clear of the vertex 3 and if I absolutely had to purchase OCZ, gone with the vertex 4 otherwise a Samsung 840-840 Pro would have been nearly the same price and far more reliable and faster.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I completely agree with what you're saying. A lot of people have been using models of the GTX 660s recently and to be honest the GTX 660/660TI are overpriced when you can get a 7950 which gives you better performance for around the same price or 10$ less.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed the 660 tier either 660 / ti are just so limited and unless someone only plays Nvidia benefited games or needs the cuda cores for non gaming related things, its really hard to justify these cards. though the information behind my critique is accurate the down voting herp derps are strong in numbers today...

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yea I know

  • 79 months ago
  • -1 points

GTX660 is usually around $100 less than the 7950... I agree the ti is a waste of money, but the gtx660 outperforms in the +/- $20 price range where it stands being so slightly edged out in most scenarios by the 7870 that it is really not worth the $20-$30 jump in price... 660 is by far better value while the ti is (in my opinion) kind of garbage since you can get the 7950 for roughly the same price.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Now it is. A month ago or so the 7950 and the GTX660 were the same price. It i cheaper but the 7850 and 7870 still do better for about the same price.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I knew your name seemed familiar, you commented on my bitfenix prodigy build too! Bitfenix ftw!

Anyway overall nice build OP. I see two parts that I was going to get for my build. The asus z77 board, and the black bitfenix prodigy. I got the asrock z77 because it came with a free stick of 8gb ram. Sadly though it can't fit a hyper 212 like your board can. :( So I'm going to have to buy a water cooler. As for the black prodigy..it looks better in the pictures they have on newegg lol.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

His SSD was listed incorrectly, its an Agility 3, and it came from his laptop.

  • 81 months ago
  • -2 points

you're right, I hadn't had my coffee and didn't see that. That's what I get for commenting before fully waking up :P

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 81 months ago
  • -3 points

The i7 does perform better than the i5 in some more recent games.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

"The i7 provides absolutely no noticeable performance" the key word is noticeable. There is absolutely no difference that anyone can tell while playing most games on an i7 vs an i5 while using the same systems- the difference is so small it can't be noticed unless seen by numbers on a benchmark. However that extra bit of money spent on an i7 could have upgraded the GPU off that limited 660 ti and made a noticeable difference in performance.

  • 81 months ago
  • -3 points

In a game like Arma that is CPU limited the difference is huge between the 3570k and the 3770k. Not to mention new games coming out that will likely be highly multithreaded due to the next gen consoles that are going to have 8 cores.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD fans have been preaching this multi core will soon be needed for years... its to be seen and again I repeat myself most games will not, MOST games do not show a benefit that will be noticed between the i7 and i5. The games that do show a significant difference are few and far between. Of course anyone can find a select handful but MOST, the majority, do not and will not into the foreseeable future benefit from hyper threading enough to make a noticeable difference. I'm not stating this from reading others reviews, I've tested it and have had many, many builders I've worked with test this too. Yes in the future it MIGHT show some difference, how much nobody can say but as of right now there are aren't that many games that you'll see a difference. Mainly 2-3 FPS if that is what most games show and that can not be noticed during game play, only in a benchmark.

  • 81 months ago
  • -1 points

Yeah but with new consoles coming out with 8 cores and low clocks speeds, games will need to take advantage of more cores for new games to even run properly on them.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

ARMA 2? http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/04/23/intel-core-i7-3770k-review/7

Also I'm not saying it "does not perform better" what I'm saying is the difference will not be noticed during game play only seen in benchmarks with most games.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

From personal experience in the DayZ mod more cores makes a huge difference.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

true statement yet willful ignorant people are down voting without debate or logical response... When BF3 first launched the i7 could not play it without needing to turn off HT. Now its better but not by a huge margin.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

hey how come you put h100i's fan in reverse?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

hello i've this mobo but its pci-express slot randomly works how fix this problems .

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

I feel the need to defend the 660ti, let it be noted I'm not saying it's better than the 670/7950 but it is not a bad card at all. It used the Gk104 gpu found in the 670, 680, and 69, in fact the only difference [and arguably big one] is it's 198t memory interface and 24 R.O.P.S. compared to 670 and higher 256 bit and 32 R.O.P.S.]. This hardly makes it a bad card, it scales just as well as any other nvidea card and easily get 60+ fps in BF3. it's a worthy contender to the 7950 and a great card for 300$ [in my opinion] I'm not saying it isn't worth getting a 670 but I am saying there is nothing wrong with getting a 660ti [Of course, I do own one so I'm a teeny bit biased] I know I sound a bit pissy but I feel that the 660ti is getting lot of hate lately, just my two cents.

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