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First PC (gaming) - 3570 & 660

by Kofey



CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.046 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C


(tl;dr at end)

After suffering with bad FPS on crappy laptops for many years and having a semi-decent PC die on me, I finally decided to build my own PC. When I started I knew almost nothing about hardware, so I had to do a lot of research. Eventually, this is what I came up with and I'm glad to say that for the most part I'm very happy with the outcome! Bought all parts from Amazon except HDD and OD due to many bad reviews about their packaging and postage system.

CPU: I went for the 3570 instead of the 3570k because at this stage I have no interest in overclocking and I don't need the better integrated graphics that comes with the 3570k. I managed to save around £10 by going for the non-k version.

Mobo: This was the part I was most worried about because I didn't really understand what to look for. In the end, I went for a highly rated mobo with enough of the correct ports that I needed. The only thing I don't like is that when installing the software from the disk, you either have to install everything at once (which comes with a load of junk, so no) or install them one by one. It was pretty time consuming but not a bother now.

RAM: Performs well. 8GB is plenty enough for me. Even when I run multiple web pages, WMP, Skype, 3 games at a time and other game-related programs, I still have enough ram left to add more.

HDD: I bought 2x 500GB instead of 1x 1TB because I wanted to record gaming and stuff. I wish I went for 1x 500GB and 1x 1TB, as I'm already almost out of space because I'm too lazy to edit all the raw video :P

GPU: I love this thing! It runs all the games I play on the highest settings at great FPS. This includes Tomb Raider, Minecraft (lol), Dead Space 3, Battlefield 3, Skyrim etc... Also, I went with EVGA opposed to the other companies after being recommended and don't regret that one bit, as it's great :)

Case: The case looks very nice but I feel it lacks the space for cable management. The hole above the mobo JUST too small to fit the CPU power cable through, so I had to go over the RAM and CPU. Other than that, great case.

PSU: Not much to say here other than I wish I went for modular, because the cables are quite chunky :P

OD: Pretty slow and very loud, but also very cheap. Nice option if you're never going to use it (like me) but otherwise, go for something different :P

Other: I uploaded some before -> after pictures of my cable management. I was pretty happy with before at the time (believe it or not), but when I looked inside again I realised how ugly it was, lol. Anyway, I tried again and I was REALLY shocked at how well I did with the case, as I was pretty sure I couldn't do anything more than I did before.

TL;DR? - Gaming and general use PC. High frames at 1080p & very high settings with all games I play. Computer is generally fast and runs very quiet. I would recommend parts except the OD because it's very loud. Very happy with the outcome. Cable management was a pain. Avoided Amazon with HDD @ OD due to bad reviews.

Thank you PPCP!

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hanss 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

z77 board on non k cpu. good have saved a bit of money on a h77 board

Kofey submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Ahh I didn't know that. I guess I missed that when doing my research, as I previously knew just about nothing about computer parts.

Thanks for the info :)

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Kofey submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

I see. Good to know, thanks. I don't plan on overclocking my CPU in this build, though I'll build another in a few years and give it a go then :)

l13199l 3 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

nice build

Kofey submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Thank you :)

Smily 1 point 68 months ago

Quality. Good job with the non-modular cables too, excellent first build.

Kofey submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Thanks so much :)

ilian11 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Good job on your first build!

Kofey submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Thanks :)

Dimmyh 1 point 68 months ago

Very nice build.. how much fps on bf3? Btw can u look at my build and tell what do u think.. im so in piss with comps http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Cd1Q

Kofey submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Thanks! At 1080p with Ultra settings and highest AA & AF:

Min FPS: 44 Max FPS: 90 Average: 60.8 It runs very smoothly at all times with no spikes or problems at all :)

Your build looks pretty good so far, although my experience and knowledge in this stuff is pretty limited so don't take my work for it haha.. What storage device/s are you planning?

Dimmyh 1 point 68 months ago

I have no idea.. do i ned one if im just gonna play..? Not sure what they do.. make room for the games to run smoother? Maybe gonna start youtubing at some point

Kofey submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

They're used to store all your data, including your games, and videos if you start recording.

I went for 2 hard drives (HDDs) - 1 for installing Windows 7 (OS) and all my games etc, and 1 specifically for all the video I record.

There are other devices call Solid State Drives (SSDs) which are a lot faster but much more expensive and you don't get as much space. Some people store their OS and games on the SSD to get startup and loading times and then use HDDs to store video. I didn't have enough money for that though :P

bish9265 1 point 48 months ago

In your breakdown of your components you said you went with the evga gtx 760, but in your pictures it clearly says gtx 660. was this a typo or did you upgrade you gpu and not update pictures?

Kofey submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I went with the 660 so I guess I put in the wrong GPU. Sorry!

albertofel 1 point 25 months ago

Hi, can you fit two 120mm fans in the front while having one DVD drive?