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OLD: This is my first custom build, I am 15 and I got all of the parts at Micro Center. Sadly don't have the graphics card yet (I have to get more money), it will be the GTX 660 (Non-TI). Also, before anyone asks, the i7 is not just for gaming, I also do Rendering/Video Editing, Programming (Mostly Java), and of course gaming. Anyway I hope you like it, this was a budget build (tax and last minute switches at the store went over a bit, but not much). This is the online version, but the final cost (not including tax) was $1,036.90 at the store.

Note: I put most cables in the cable management area, but a few fan cords are in the main area.

I'm open to any criticism, I love building PCs and I am always looking to improve at it.

Also - I am kind of biting my lip on the PSU, not sure how good it is, but a lot of the stuff has a 1 or 3 year warranty if something goes wrong.

NEW: This is the first custom computer I've built, it turned out VERY nice and works very well, very few problems. After dealing with main installs that is :P. Anyway, 2 weeks after I got the GTX 660, the crappy PSU I had, the Inland ILG-500R2 500W, It blew and near destroyed the whole computer, now I use a corsair 600W. It works much better now, the GPU only gets up to 60 degrees and the CPU only goes up to 41 usually. Overall I am glad I build this. The SSD is not THAT fast.

Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 4 points

NONONONONONONO DONT GET THE 660 GET THE 7850 IF ITS NON TI Very nice everything else.

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

GTX 660 is not that bad. A Radeon is good for rendering and video editing.
btw are you sure you're 13?

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

Why wouldn't he be 13?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

With that build you could use like a gtx 670 or 680

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, for that budget range you should go with the 7850, it outperforms the 660 in almost every aspect.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

With your computer I would get something more than a 660. Very nice computer with the exception of the unknown PSU brand. Personally would not call this a "Budget Build" with the 3770K and all that memory. I see how it could be though. +1(very rare from me)

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah what the other guy said go with a 7950 and OC it you won't regret it dude.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would you need 3TB? You could easily do a 2TB Caviar Black and get really great feedback

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

lol no kid, do not listen to these fanboys of nvidia wait for the 8xxx series of amd and see what they have If they have an equivalent to a 7970 get that

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

and yes, just save up for it, it will be worth it 7870's and 660ti suck

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Quit being such a fanboy. We're here to give advice, not bash Nvidia or AMD. We need to give him advice on which video card is best

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of 13 year old programs and renders jk lol I render on Sony Vegas with my i3-2120

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

My family doesn't spoil me, but we are hard working and I am actually a sophomore, I learned Java by taking a class at the local college, and self taught myself LUA and HTML.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I paid for my rig and im 14 (freshman) and wondering if the community college nearby has anything like what you know and is your computer loud?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what you mean by if it has something like what I know (please clarify a bit better), but my computer is not typically loud, the main reason it gets loud is usually my PSU or my Molex fans which I can't control the speed of.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same case and its freakin loud

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Carefully consider AMD vs Nvidia. Yes, the AMD card has better price/performance, but the Nvidia has CUDA, which it sounds like you could take advantage of.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

First off, thanks for the feedback everybody. This really helps, and I will definitely be looking into the ATI, I just never did because my past experiences, not so great, my last computer was all AMD and the processor was just, but as I hear, their graphic cards are a whole other story. Also being 13 and all, it is a bit harder to get this money and it will probably take a few months. Thanks again everyone for the feedback and I am looking to see more! One last thing, I plan on getting some better pics, I am just not good at taking them.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I am considering the 7870, but with my 500W PSU could it handle it? For the other specs of the PSU you can click full price breakdown and then get the link from the PSU.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Ended up getting the GTX 660 two weeks ago, the PSU blew up last weekend so I am going to go buy the new parts, hopefully only the PSU, this weekend.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Because of my PSU explosion I have been working on cable management in my down time and now it is very well managed. Can't way to get gaming again.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha now you have to get a better camera ;D

  • 83 months ago
  • -2 points

I suggest the Radeon HD 7870 or 7950. If you OC them they work better than a GTX 660. If you OC the 7870 it performs at a level as high as a GTX 670. A 7950 would perform at a level as a GTX 680 probably even more. Don't get the 660. Get the Radeons. Save tons of money. Also with the money you save get a CPU Fan. Stock aren't good enough. Spend an extra 30 bucks on a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

The 7870 I doubt can go next a 670. A 7950 on par with a 680? Isn't that the 7970? I can somewhat agree to the 7870 being a tiny bit better than a 660 since the 7870 has a bigger memory bus. But the saving money part is completely true. Sometimes, you gotta get some facts right.

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

The 7870 is on par with the 660 ti. The 7850, however is in most cases above the 660 [non ti]. And yes, 660<7850, 660 ti<7870, 7950<670, 7970>680 Higher level Radeons lose [marginally] to higher level GeForces, and mid-range Radeons beat mid-range GeForces [also marginally]. Once again, since OP had the gtx 660 [non-ti] in mind, I would suggest a 7850 or 7870 because of price and performance dominance.

He also stated that he got everything at microcenter. Maybe his gpu choice was based on the stock at microcenter?

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

Though I agree that you should go with the equal priced AMD GPU vs the 660, the rest of the statements trying to compare 7870s to 670s and 7950s to 680s is extremely misleading and should not be considered a rule of thumb by any means. half the AMD cards I've tested hands on have had very low ability to overclock and only a very small amount of them were not voltage locked, the rest being voltage locked and though great performers were nothing that would make the statements you made accurate by any means. Some people may have gotten some great cards that could overclock like crazy but that isn't the standard at all.

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

My 7870 isn't voltage locked...

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

out of the 3 I tested 2 weren't and one was but the two that weren't didn't overclock as nicely as I predicted yet the one that wasn't overclocked better although non of them going to terms with the ranges indicated by those previous comments.

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