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This is a build I made for just agming and basic computing and some parts were recycled from a previous build. I'm just going to explain why I chose every part that I chose.

CPU: This is the one very diferent thing I got compared to what people would normally choose. I was between this xeon e3 1230v3 and an i7 4770k and when I looked at benchmarks they were basically the same performance and have all the same specs the i7 can be overclocked and it has integrated graphics. I like to keep my parts ridiculously cool so I wouldn't over clock either way so that wasnt an issue and since the xeon is meant to be in a server running 24/7 it uses not as much power and gives off less heat. Also the xeon was $50 less than the i7 and to be honest I like the idea of having a xeon because I feel cool and it just sounds fast. And for the cooler it is just a nice closed loop liquid cooler for a decent price and to be honest I wasnt going to get that thermal paste but i forgot to order it when I ordered all my other parts and it was the only decent thermal paste the bestbuy near my house had.

MOBO: I want to have the ability to hackintosh this build if I want to in the future so you have to go with a gigabyte motherboard and this is gigabytes nicest matx motherboard

RAM: It is nice ram that was the cheapest 2 x 4 gb of a reliable brand at the time I bought it.

SSD: Its just the best ssd price to performance and reliability wise.

HDD: Its a basic reliable 1 tb 7200 rpm hdd.

GPU: I had originally ordered a r9 280x but right before the stuff shipped I had a change of heart and i'm kind of an nvidia fan boy a little so it annoyed me that I was going amd so I switched it. This was also the time they had just lowered the price for the 770. The good thing about this too is that since I changed my order ncix accidentally messed up and sent me 2 770s and I bought this in november and they havent contacted me. The only reason I don't have the other one in this build is because I gave it to my sister for her build for christmas.

PSU: It is 80+ gold and looks really nice and is fully modular and was on sale for $90. Kinda wish I went a little bigger so I could run sli but I really don't even want to do that so it's not a big deal.

CASE: I wanted a case that was easy to build in that wasn't huge and that looked good. This covered every point on my list so I went with it and i'm quite happy about that.

MONITOR: The dell s2340m is a really nice 23 inch 1080p ips monitor for a good price. My only complaint is that the only io it has is a single vga and a single dvi connector, wish it had an hdmi. Soon I should be updating this with two more of these displays and probably a 780ti or like an 880 or something for nvidia surrround.

MOUSE: It was a good price and it has every feature I would every need and it is ridiculously comfortable in my hands. The application sucks for it though but I don't really care.

KEYBOARD: I like the clickies and the lighties so yeah. And it is a nice cherry mx blue minimalist keyboard the only crazy thing is the amazing lighting effects. I'm typing with it right now and never knew typing could be so fun.

SPEAKER: I'm no audiophile and they were only $50 and the reviews I saw were positive and they look nice nice and were at the bestbuy near my house.

THE END!!! This PC is running swimmingly and it can easily max out every single game at 1080p near 60 fps.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a great case, I love it!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build mate, love the Xeon too. Not enough people realise the power and potential that a Xeon can have, even though they're optimized for servers etc. I'm getting a Corsair PSU (650w) so I hope that doesn't crash for me :P

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Xeon for basic computing? Great build though - great choice of case, great processor. Everything looks neat and tidy.

Nice job!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks a lot like the build I possibly might get very very soon. Same case, GTX 770, same HDD and SSD! The only thing I'm worried about is the performance in gaming. How's that Xeon treating you in gaming?? Is it as good as/better than an i5?? Just want to make the right choice... You know?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The xeon is a i7 without the iGPU

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your xeon man? is it good for gaming?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How come you didn't use the thermal paste that came preapplied on the H80i?

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The ssd looks cool and I'm gonna get some more drives soon so I thought why not let it be seen through the window.