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This build was my first attempt at my "dream PC". It replaced a PC I had built in 2004 (3.2GHz P4 running 32-bit Windows XP with 4GB DDR2 RAM) using scrap parts I got from work. After doing a few builds for family in early 2012, I decided it was my turn! For the family builds I was working from a specific budget but for mine I wanted to take my time and pick the parts I wanted, not just what the budget allowed. I wanted a solid, fast, stable system capable of anything I'd throw at it (graphics tools, video editing, gaming, etc.) so the i7 was the obvious choice. I got the locked CPU because I don't care about overclocking but didn't pay attention to H77 boards for non-OC builds; lesson learned but doesn't bother me.

Obviously, for a non-OC build the Zalman cooler is more for show than anything. The fact that it works as great as it looks is a bonus; not to mention my PC is silent. The cooler was actually the first part I bought for the build, which led me to choose this case because at the time it had one of the largest unobstructed window panels. WARNING: The Zalman installation is frustrating and may require a cold beer intermission!

Sorry for the quality of the pics; I'm not a master of photography. The first couple were taken during the initial build and the others were taken about a year later when I made some changes to improve cable management and airflow. I moved the SSD to the backside of the 5.25" bay and mounted the HDD underneath the optical drive, leaving the HDD cage (non-removable) empty for better airflow from front to back. This case has no cable management features like the newer cases, so I did my best.

UPDATE Jan'16: Added GTX 960 and doubled RAM...next step, rebuilding in new case with new pics!

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  • 84 months ago
  • 9 points

I chose the i7 because I really just wanted to have an i7 and with my employee discount it was only $34 more than what I would have paid for the 3570K (which was already well under retail). I ended up with a Z77 board because at the time I wasn't aware of buying H77 boards for non-OC'ers. What I saved on SSD/i7 more than covered what I didn't save by going H77.

As for the cooler, when I saw it running in a display case I had the same reaction that "Stoopid" had....then I read the reviews about how quiet it was and gave it a shot and very glad I did. Obviously without OC'ing it's completely unnecessary in this build but I'm OK with that because it looks awesome and my temp cruises at 24C 90% of the time.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Well said.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

$34 more than an i5... We're all jealous now...

  • 84 months ago
  • -1 points

if you're close to a MicroCenter, you could easily snag a 3770K for $230, which is about where a 3570K retails elsewhere. then, you could also factor in discounted motherboards, driving the actual cost down even lower. it's the same story for AMD boards and processors, but nowhere near the discount you can get with Intel products. that's why a lot of people around here highly recommend taking advantage of the Intel discounts at MicroCenter if you're one of those lucky people

  • 84 months ago
  • 4 points

My god that cpu cooler looks soo sexy in blue.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, but why the i7?

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

He said that he is going to use the pc to burn music/movies so I assume that he is going to do some encoding. But still I also agree that you dont really need an i7 unless you use those threads heavily everyday.

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  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Locked, unnecessary CPU + Overclocking Motherboard. But otherwise, great build! You'll definitely want to pick up a GPU at some point, though.

  • 84 months ago
  • -3 points

So if you get an after market cpu cooler it means you have to overclock and not want something better then the included one

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't quite understand your message, but I'm oing to attempt to reply to it. I was saying that he got a "non-K" version of that processor, yet he got a motherboard build for overclocking, as signified by the "Z" in Z77 on the motherboard technical name. If it said "H77", it would have been much more appropriate, as it would be a non-overclocking CPU with a non-overclocking motherboard.

I hope that's what you meant by your question!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

This. It isnt really necessary to pick a z77 motherboard if the CPU is not overclockable.

Side note: The case actually looks pretty decent.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks...I picked out the case because I wanted the biggest side panel window possible to show off the cooler (also why I picked a modular PSU).

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair 650D would have been a better option.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that MoBo??? Any issues with power cables or power requirements? I want to upgrade my PC and I want a BIG video card also, but I'm no electrician. Do you see any concerns or limitations for video card options?

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it...pretty partial to ASUS boards. I've done a few builds recently using Z68 or Z77 boards and all have been great so far. The LK is a solid board, has all the features I need and more. What kind of issues are you talking about? GPU decides power requirements more than board and also size of your case for how big of a GPU you can get.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

My current MoBo has too few power connectors for what I want to do. I considered all kinds of modifications but I'm not electrician. I don't want to damage this MoBo. For my next build I want to make certain I'm good for now and the next couple years of upgrading. thanks for responding and posting your build.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the case? I got the Cooler Master Elite 430 and it looks cool, but it has absolutely NO cable management routing holes.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it, mainly just got it for the window to show off the Zalman CPU cooler. I just built my old PC into the 430 case for my nephews.

I agree, not great for cable management but that's why I got a modular power supply and overall I think it looks fairly uncluttered. If I wanted to get really picky about it, I could probably do some more creative wire management.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine is really cluttered because I have a non modular psu. Yours is fine.