Description

So my first computer purchase was a Packard Bell in 1995. Ever since I've bought Dells. When my computer died a few months ago I went searching for a new one. I was so frustrated with the lack of flexibility and the price of pre-made systems that I decided to try and build my own system. I decided to put together the best I could for around $1500. My use will be for some games. I have tried a few of the games I see listed, but would like to get more into them a bit. I also do a fair amount of video editing. My daughter is a competitor(gymnastics, dance, etc) so I have lots of HD video to capture, edit, render, and burn. Plus I make a few videos for others on the side.

I didn't pay what the parts list shows. CPU $319 Cooler $30 MB $180 Ram $70 Case $145 PS $110 MS7Pro $139 Arctic Silver Prod $17.50 Video Card $123 (I had $300 gift card at Dell I used) OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD $104
Intel 520 Cherrystone 180GB SSD $155 WD Velociraptor 500GB $80 LG Blu ray $95 Card reader $10 Scythe Fans $30

Total Approx $1535 (inc shipping)

The Cherryville SSD and the Velociraptor HD weren't planned on. I have a couple of spare 1 TB HD I was going to re-use. They were purchases of "The price was too good to pass up" opportunity.

I am very excited to get this thing running. I took the build slowly and cautiously. I worked hard on the cable management and am happy how it turned out.

From reading many of the comments on other builds, I think many may feel many features of this build are overkill. I am ok with it because I like to get the best I can afford at the time I purchase. I believe it affords me some measure of future proofing. I think, at least for the next 5yrs or so. I also like that the MB, CPU, and Cooler will allow me to experiment with overclocking when I learn more about how to do it correctly and safely.

I welcome your comments, critiques, and suggestions. Also if anyone knows of a good resource to learn about overclocking, PLMK.

Comments

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, especially for price, and GREAT work on the cable management!

OC for CPU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCIWTX-jy9A

GPU OC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1hgFdTgL4E

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Thanks for the video links. I'll check them out soon.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

With all the video editing / rendering and what not you said you do, this system will definitely let you expand on that exponentially. You've given yourself the potential in growth by having a big enough PSU in order to add SLI later, a MB that allows for great power supplied for overclocking and enough RAM to make sure your video ventures aren't bogged down. This is an extremely balanced system. You've actually chosen the only SSD from OCZ I'd actually ever recommend, nearly the only OCZ prodect I'd recommend. Great build and I hope it brings a lot of wonderful computer experiences your way :D.

By the way overclocking with that board and using gigabytes 3D bios is amazingly easy.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot. Your description is exactly what I intended. A really good system, that I can build onto as needed. I did approx 2mo worth of research on these parts before purchasing anything. I have heard a lot of negs about OCZ stuff, but I was confident enough in this specific drive to go for it. I was looking at the Samsung 840 Pro, but it sold out so quickly and was so much more expensive for the same amount of space. If I had seen the Cherryville first, I would've stopped there, but I already had the Vertex.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Very impressive :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, you first wrote "Cherrystone", then wrote "Cherryville", the correct name

You should sell off the Vertex 4, having 2 un-raid-able SSDs isn't very efficient.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to keep both. I'm going to put the OS on the Cherryville and use the OCZ for a scratch disk for video editing. The raptor and other HD will be storage.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

180 GB for an OS?

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't clear. Of course, 180 GB is overkill as an OS only disk. I will use the Intel SSD for the OS and many of the main programs I that I use. Non essential programs and data will be stored on the other HD storage. I chose to use that over the OCZ for 2 reasons. First the Intel, on many reviews, is rated as the fastest SSD available when I got it a month or so ago. Second is that OCZ has had some reliability issues for many. While the Vertex 4 got great reviews, I would still prefer to have less critical info on it.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely follow your thought process there. Personally, I opted for the Samsung 830 for the slightly better pricing than the Cherryville (although you found a pretty good deal), and it trades blows with the Vertex 4 for speed.

Kudos on an awesome build!

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

WHY PNY WHYY!!!!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I had a $300 gift certificate at Dell. It was the only component I could find there that wasn't ridiculously overpriced. They had it for $399, which was the going price a month ago, but it only cost me $123 after the gift cert. If I didn't have the cert, I probably would've gone EVGA.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

I would gone with a different brand 670 or have gotten a HD 7970. Still good nonetheless.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear you. If I didn't have the cert, I probably would've gone EVGA.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta love the cable management.