Description

This was my first ever PC build. I was lucky to have some good friends show me the ropes in both helping me pick parts and assembly. Since I am going to college this year, I need a machine that will be able to handle a variety of tasks. Additionally, I wanted something that could hold its own during hard core gaming. After some careful research, I settled on what I believe to be a good configuration. You will notice that a power supply is not included in the parts list, and neither are disc drives. I was fortunate enough to have the option to salvage various components that were available from old computers or just laying around. In the future, I plan on adding some more, higher air flow fans. I am concerned since it is currently in a desk cabinet that it is not receiving enough air flow. See specs for details.

Additionally not listed are: -OCZ Formula SSD -Enermax Liberty 500W Power Supply -Asstd. Fans -Coolermaster CM690 I instead of CM690 II

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 8 points

On the bright side, it's a cool build if you're into rainbow spaghetti

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

Move the GPU to the top PCIE slot.

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

Well since this is your first build, I will say you did a decent job. Now don't get me wrong I'm not berating you, but here's a few suggestions for the future. One, you could have gotten a 2tb Seagate Barracuda HDD for $90, a 120gb SSD is completely unnecessary considering you want to do "hardcore" gaming and with both savings, and the price you paid for the video card, you would have had a whopping $321 dollars. With that money, if you're willing to pay a little extra for shipping (considering you're buying online), you could get a 7950 and even a GTX 670. Two cards which could max out pretty much every single game there is aside from a few monsters like Crysis 3 on a single monitor. A 7870xt would be the best choice, it's performs similar to a 7950 with 2gb of VRAM. With that card you could use the leftover money to get a high end air cooler or water cooler to cool that CPU (It can get pretty hot, I suggest you get an aftermarket CPU cooler if you plan on gaming).

And last but not least, use all the options available to you, what's the harm in spending a little extra time on that cable management? Would get you much better temperatures.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

This.

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

This isn't that bad...the processor is a bit OP, and cables could be better...but cmon guys. This doesnt deserve these downvotes.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Holy... crap. You really need to work on those cables.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

The cabinet should be the least of your worries, That rat nest inside the PC is going to restrict your airflow more than the little cubby it sits in.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

The atrocious attempt at cable management deters any chance at positive feedback.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

First of all congrats on your first build. Now to address the cable management... I am not a neat freak just to be a neat freak but when it comes to cables I automatically equate that to airflow which assists in keeping the parts as cool as possible. So, as heat will destroy electrical components and for me money does not grow on trees I think that maximizing your airflow is essential. Lower heat= longer life.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

i don't think those friends know anything about cable management.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually had the cables relatively organized using Automotive Wire Tracking. However, that was before I got help. After I got help, it was all gone. At this point, I plan on redoing it when I get the chance, but I am too busy ATM.

To clear some things up: -I had originally planned on using the 120 GB SSD for Windows, but I was given a 60 GB SSD after I ordered the parts. -I had orginally planned on a RAID Function, hence the 2 HDDs. Once again, after I ordered the parts I changed my mind. -Cable will be next on my to do list, as I said earlier.

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

nice cables brother

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