Description

This is my personal machine I use everyday for stuff from schoolwork to gaming. I initially started building this about a year ago, but is always in a constant state of updates. About a year ago I decided to shift from console gaming and try out PC gaming. My laptop would not cut the games I was initially trying, so I did some research into building a computer. I instantly became hooked, and as of today, have put together four total builds, one for me, and systems for parents and grandparents to update decade old towers. This machine kinda started out on a budget, but Christmas and birthdays allowed for upgrading to a few key parts. Ill go over the main parts briefly here.

CPU: I love upgrading and working with my system every chance I get. I have an Intel laptop, and its not bad, but an i3 doesn't have much kick behind it at times. I chose the 4670k over the 4770k because I have no use for hyper-threading in the near future. The CPU has been blazing fast, and overclocking is simple, easily touching 4.2 without a second thought.

Mobo: I picked this motherboard up with the new Intel CPU for its overall features, USB 3.0, overclocking, and the gigabyte name, which I trust. It was between this board and the Z87-A from ASUS, but I have had issues with them, and the gold and black color scheme didn't really fit.

Cooler: The water cooling is amazing. Before I was using the stock cooler, but that wasn't cutting it for me. I grabbed it on sale before the 120XL came out. It has been almost silent, and the added corsair fan makes it all better.

SSD and HDD: I picked up the 500GB drive refurbished from Micro Center and used the money saved to grab the SSD. It is fast, and my computer boots in probably 10 seconds or less.

GPU: I just grabbed this card the other day for an amazing deal, but I had the HD 7770 in the beginning, it worked for the games I was playing, but they were older games. I wanted to play some of the newest games, so I wanted to upgrade. I found the 660 open box for $160 at Micro Center, and couldn't resist.

Case: The phantom is nice and roomy, with tons of room for cable management. I barely hear my system while it is running, plus the red is my favorite color.

The rest: The ram I bought before prices skyrocketed, and 8GB is more than enough for what I am doing. Plus I have two more slots if I ever need to upgrade. The power supply I bought with the graphics card, to replace a Thermaltake TR2 500W. The fully modular and 80 PLUS gold is a good bonus, and helps the case look nice and clean.

Plans for future: I love this computer, and everything it is and can be. It will be a while before any other changes happen, and the list is short: An upgraded motherboard as I currently lose two of the usb ports on my system. But I might go grab a 3.0 to 2.0 adapter if more ports become necessary. If the time comes where the 660 can quite cut it, I would look at something like the GTX 770 for an upgrade. The addition of more hard drives might occur as well, the 500GB one mostly holds steam games, so extra storage can never hurt.

This is my first posting on PCPP, but I have been watching the completed builds section for a while. Let me know what you guys think, I might grab pictures and post the other builds I have completed. They are all AMD as budgets were a little tighter, but one is with an APU, which was a little different without a dedicated GPU.

Edit: So living right by a MicroCenter has significantly taken a bite out of my bank account, but I have no complaints about that. When MicroCenter brought out the deals on the 4th gen Intel processors, I went and picked one up and a motherboard. I've edited the parts and the description above, and will add photos later tonight, though not much as changed.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Really nice for a 1st build. I'm liking the cable management,and woah, that phantom is beautiful.

Maybe upgrade the chair.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, yea, I'm just home for the winter break, so this a temporary setup, ill post another picture when I am back in my house with my full desk ready

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

This is most probably going to be the most un-computer related reply but,

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80214182/#/60214183

Seriously, its a great desk for setups. You can fit multiple screens on the top, as well as anything on the panel.

enforcing the stereotype all gamer shop at IKEA

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure why, but I like the cooling block on top of the PC, just looks awesome. Yeah, cable management is great and this build is ready for SLI whenever you need it and ofc ready for an 8320/8350 if anything is slowing you down! Very good!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, yea I've worked on that cable management quite a bit with this system. I liked the 8000 series from AMD, if I upgrade the CPU in the future, I would more than likely go with one of them, or possibly jump to the 9370/9350.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I love NZXT`s cases, I have one myself.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Which case do you have? The styling and cable management space was perfect for my system. My only quirk is the front headphone microphone ports take some force to push in, I dont know if this is a known issues, or a personal problem

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the Switch 810, I love it. Easy cable management but it is quite big. I too have some trouble pluging in to the mic/headphone jacks. I don`t use them too much because i have a sound card. Check out my build.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I had a sentey case before this, I liked the design, but the benefits of this case trump the old one. Your build looks sweet, case might have been overkill size wise, but go big or go home is a good motto for computers

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally would have gone with a bit better of a CPU but it's still not a bad choice you made. Also the headphones, I personally do not think Razer makes good headphones at all. But they aren't garbage.

Loving that Phantom though _

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

What CPU would you have in mind. I do like Intel, but from a budget standpoint, AMD is a favorite. I like the headphones for gaming, but use my speakers for everything else. And with the phantom, it's sucked me in, was between this and the define r4, but I like the bold colors

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking a FX-6300. It's essentially the same as yours. It's just clocked slightly higher for the same price.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I like the update AMD did with the 6300 over the 6100, unfortunately, I bought my processor at the beginning of 2013, and the 6300 was not available then. Luckily with the water cooling, I can safely but this CPU past 4.0GHz without a problem

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it wasn't a big deal. Well glad to see you enjoy your new build though!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent first build! I can tell that you did a lot of research and put some time into the build. Thanks for the nice photos too.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I saw the ITX build you did, very impressive. Especially with the cable management, I have seen quite a few ITX systems here struggle with that.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It was kinda like playing Tetris...

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! The red and that little bit of blue LED look so nice! What do you think of the Gigabyte M7 mouse you have? Its a fairly budget oriented one, and I'm wondering if its good.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I added the NZXT Hue so I love have all the different color options within the case. I have had no complaints with the M7 mouse. The three sensitivity settings make it perfect for different types of games, I just built another system for me friend and he uses the razer naga, but im not as much of an mmo player so the M7 is perfect for me