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I have had this computer for less than a year, but since I have already made some significant changes, I thought an update was in order.

The biggest upgrade was the 7970. I couldn't turn it down for the price. I originally had a 7850, but gave it to my brother-in-law (he had an Nvidia 620...eww...). The other big upgrade was the cooler. I had a 212 EVO, which is pretty good, but I couldn't pass up on the Zalman for $40. The last big thing is the monitor. I maybe spent $10 difference on it upgrading from a 1680x1050. Good stuff...

On a smaller note, let me start by explaining the SilenX 92mm fans. I actually first got a 7950 as the VGA upgrade. The problem was that it was a reference card. So it was HOT and LOUD. I knew it would be but I didn't think it would be so bad (for the $ it was the only 7950 I was able to get). So I got these fans and mounted them below the video card. They did help with the noise by allowing the VGA fan to not have to spin so loud, but did nothing for the heat. I then considered getting like an Arctic Accelero. They are like $80 though, and at the end of the day it was less to swap for the 7970, so that was the move.

I think I did really good on this build for the price. I first built the rig just after Black Friday 2012 and prices were AMAZING. I got the ram free with the motherboard. There were rebates on like everything (prices reflect after rebates).

It's hard to complain about anything for what I paid. I like the case but I don't love it. I know for $60 I couldn't do any better. I do love the window though. No fan, it's great. The front filter is a joke. It's really a fantastic case though for $60. I LOVE the ASRock bios. It is so easy to navigate and overclocking is an absolute breeze.

The PSU is nice, especially considering what I paid. It doesn't get hot, and it barely makes any noise as far as I can tell. The cords could be longer though. The reason I got the cable pack is mainly because the 8-pin power wouldn't reach all the way around the back of the MB. Also, I don't really understand this stuff but I guess it has 2 rails for voltage. I guess single rails found on nicer PSU's are better. Mine has been great though.

I know the pci cable route is not the usual for nice cable management but I feel that with the window on this is the nicest look. I didn't use the black extensions because it was just too much cable right there.

I have probably spent too much time on it, but considering I am a first time PC builder, I think the look is very clean.

All I am missing now is an SSD, but that will come. I have actually never used a computer with an SSD so I'm kind of just going with "ignorance is bliss" on this one until I can't hold out anymore (or the prices go down more).

Comments

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, looks real balanced. Great job!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. How did you get the 7970 for so cheap?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

NCIX. $350 w/$20 rebate. I sold the games for $40.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now on Newegg there is a Sapphire 7970 for $310 after rebate. Sell the games that's a killer deal.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard some bad things about mail in rebates. Was it worth it? Did it arrive in a decent time?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never had a problem with rebates. They do take a while though. I've had as fast as a couple weeks and as long as 9-10 weeks. Also the rebates are sometimes debit cards. For me it's worth it and it works so I look at it as less money paid.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

You notice any issues with that power supply, specifically with that video card? Thinking about a similar combination. Card requirements are 500w, but it's only 83% efficiency. Just got it for $30 though, so couldn't pass it up.