Description

Some notes about this build:

  • This PC is currently used for web browsing, light gaming, and connecting to my work PC to do work. Once I buy a proper modern video card, I plan to play Skyrim and other modern games.

  • Overclocked the CPU to 4.5GHz with the CoolerMaster 212 EVO. Stress testing with prime95 for over an hour at 100% load didn't bring the temp over 65 - well below tj max. I run Folding@home 24/7 @ 100% load and temps never go above 50 degrees - usually hovering around 45-48 @ 100% load.

  • As you can see from the pics, the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo just BARELY clears my RAM -- I think they might actually be touching slightly. Similarly, I just barely have enough room to close the side panel without bumping into the heatsink/heat pipes. Be careful when getting CPU coolers like these and make sure they'll fit around the RAM inside your case.

  • I bought the i5-3570K from Micro Center for a bargain price ($149.99) :-D

  • The last major part I need to make this build "complete" is a proper graphics card. Current one is old and mediocre (GeForce 9500 GT 1GB).

  • Currently have 7 case fans (9 including the 2 on the CPU cooler): -- 4 intake fans: 2 front (120mm), 1 side (140mm), 1 bottom (120mm) -- 3 exhaust fans: 2 top (140mm), 1 rear (120mm)..... Some may say this is overkill, but I strongly disagree. You can never have enough cool air flowing through the computer. And plus they're all black & white, which compliments my desired color scheme perfectly. By the way you might notice I have 8 case fans listed here, well one of those is a second CPU fan.

  • This is the first build I've done in a while and the first one where I'm actually concerned with cable management, so I'm sure things could be better in that regard. But I tried. :) I'm sort of regretting not getting a modular power supply. I wanted to save a few bucks originally, but I think a module power supply will be a worthy investment soon. Particularly when I get a new graphics card, I'll probably need a more powerful power supply anyway.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

dem case fans tho

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

how does the video card fit in the case. as you know it says "In order to fit, the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card may require removing drive bays from the NZXT Source 210 Elite ATX Mid Tower Case. The case only supports video cards up to 230mm in length without removing drive bays, while the video card is 241mm long."

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't ask me how, but it does. All I had to do was relocate my hard drive to a lower position so that the graphics card had more clearance.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the power supply hold up with the overclock and all?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't had any problems so far.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I love it! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers, thanks :)