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Well I've been browsing all of the builds on here for the past week and thought I would show off mine. This was my first build back in October 2012. I built it with some help from a family friend. Thanks Gary! When I booted Windows and was asked to name my machine, the only thing I could think of was Excalibur. I think it fits with the blue LED lights. Now to the parts!

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H LGA1155

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

SSD: Monster Digital 120 GB SSD

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked 2GB

Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower

Case Fan: Enermax 120mm

Power Supply: OCZ 700W

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)

Monitor: LG E2342V 23" 60hz

Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK

Mouse: Cooler Master CM Storm Xornet Wired Optical

Speakers: Logitech Z506 5.1

Headset: Razer Chimaera Wireless

Thoughts:

This rig is awesome! It can handle pretty much anything I throw at it. I play quite a few games... lot of old and new.

I love the i5 3570k! It's a great CPU for gaming and I've overclocked it to 4.4 ghz with the help of the Hyper 212 EVO.

The GTX 660 Superclocked from EVGA is quite powerful and I'm considering picking up another in the future. I wish it had better cooling however, like the MSI Twin Frozr. It gets up to 70c while gaming sometimes so I'm glad that I can ramp up the fan speeds with Afterburner.

I picked up the Antec 900 case from Fry's and I'm really digging it even with some of its downfalls. It's quite roomy on the inside, especially when you take out the fan attachment at the bottom. The interior is grey metal instead of black which is disappointing. Cable management was... interesting... but I made it work. I wish there were more holes on the side panel. The blue LEDs are really nice touch and look great in the dark.

This is all I have time for now. I will update my thoughts on the rest of the parts and the building process soon!

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Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

A 660 SLI config goes alright, and your PSU should be able to handle it. +1 for a well balanced build

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I might do that. Especially since the 660 keeps dropping in price.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

love the setup

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

It's small but it works fine. My next upgrade will be a custom desk.