Description

I had a 5-6 year old Dell Vostro that was starting to not do the job when it came to photo and video editing, so I needed to start looking at a new computer. Building one seemed to be the best option for me!

I use the computer mainly for general computing, surfing the internet, etc. I'm hoping that I will start playing some games, but we shall see!

I've overlocked the CPU to 4.4ghz with absolutely no problems so far. Runs really well!

I bought the monitor used on Craigslist, in absolutely perfect condition!

In the end, the complete build cost $1406, and I bought everything at Microcenter in Denver. After extensive research, I could have saved about $70 by buying it all online, but I decided to support a local store!

I freaking love the Fractal Designs R4 case. I'm going to do a customer Vector based die cut vinyl sticker on the front to give it a good custom look!

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 4 points

Seeing people using ASRock motherboards makes me so happy. They are SUCH good motherboards with tons of features packed in. Good job going modular also, and high quality RAM. Good build.

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

A few months ago, ASRock Z77 motherboards were the only motherboards anybody on /r/buildapc used. This was because ASRock's previous line of extreme motherboards was incredible bang:buck. Only after some Redditor did some research and shared it with Buildapc did anyone start to switch to other brands.

The ASRock Z77 motherboards are good, but they use lower quality mosfets and other things whereas Gigabyte's UD3H and ASUS's P8Z77 series offer way more quality what is usually the same price.

I have nothing against ASRock, just sharing why most have stopped recommending them.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Well damn... got me there dude xD

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

ASUS owns ASRock, but ASRock is a lower end motherboards that ASUS makes. So ASUS has better quality

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Really old, and I know that after two months of research.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

My original motherboard selection was the Asus P8Z77-v LK, but Microcenter was out of them. They had a group deal with the Extreme4 and the 3570k, I'm glad I did it. Also saved me almost $100

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

if i'm doing a new build, the R4 is gonna be mah case

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Why didn't you get an IPS monitor for photoshop? Do you have a color calibration tool?

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Was one of the HDD from an old build? Also, I think you should remove the tags from the cpu fan.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, the 1TB was from my previous computer. How could you tell? And good call on the tags lol

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

People don't buy two seperate HDDs, unless they're aiming for abundance of space. Though I still think that a 1tb would've been enough.

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

I have over 600gb of music, and close to 800gb of videos and photos. Still think 1tb is enough storage?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Heck yes. Then you'd have enough bites left over to stop world hunger!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build!!what keyboard are you using??

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

The one that came with my Dell Vostro 6 years ago :o

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any issues with the 8ms response time on your monitor?

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not using it for gaming, so no. I got the monitor for $120 too, and its my first IPS. My primary objective was to get an IPS monitor for my video and photo editing.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same question.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL in canada, most of what i order is now online, i havent seen these items in a shopping cart in a long time haha.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

How is windows 8 treating u and what would u recommend 7 or 8

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I went from Vista to Win8, so I can't really give you much input on 7. So far I really enjoy it!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU Temperature While Idle 73.0° C CPU Temperature Under Load 33.0° C

i think you flipped those around

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops! Fixed

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the define R4. Reminds me of a mini-fridge. Great looking build.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Why W8 sir?