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Hey Dudes,

Heres the Pics: http://imgur.com/a/MD3gT

I bought my items in groups over about a months time. This worked well for me. First group was Case + PSU + Ram + SSD($284.96).

Second group was CPU and Motherboard($334.98).

Third group was HD + OS + Optical Drive($157.47).

Fourth was the video card($280.91).

These prices include shipping as well as rebates and combos which comes to $1,058.32.

I received my 280x this morning which finishes off my build except for an aftermarket cooler which is gonna have to wait a week or so. This is my first build and I've had a scare or two...

-First time trying to boot nothing happened. In my frenzy that immediately followed I found that I had not completely pushed one of my sticks of ram in quite enough. Visually you could not tell.

-On first boot to BIOS temperatures slowly rose to past 90c and I wasn't able to turn off the machine before it hit about 97c. When putting the machine together I had reseated my stock cooler. I rotated it so that the cable would be easier to manage and guess I didn't push the pins in hard enough on my second pass. I pushed the pins in all the way and the problem was resolved.

*** I ran prime95 with my stock cooler. My temps after a bit got up to about 90c before I could stop the test. From what I can tell on the internet this is not uncommon for 4670k with Intel stock fan in Prime95. This could be related to having reseated my stock cooler I suppose, however my system idles at about 33c and under a heavy load seems to max at around 70c. I would suggest either not trying Prime95 with a stock fan on your 4670k or at least keeping a close eye on the temps.

I am not all that wealthy and after having lurked around for a bit I decided the only way I could afford something decent would be to purchase a part or two a week. Friends on here and IRL advised this was stupid because by the time you've purchased all your items the are cheaper or there are better ones available, return policies may have expired etc.... The way I purchased my items I believe has worked very well and I believe I wound up getting everything at a good deal. My main concern was being able to return my items should they be defective. By the time I received my second group of parts I was able to boot to BIOS and make sure atleast everything was functional enough for the BIOS to acknowledge it. I am horrible at saving up and would likely never have been able to pull this off all at once. Also would have been totally lost without you beautiful people. Thanks

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  • 72 months ago
  • 7 points

Nice build +1... I have a modular PSU, so it makes cable management a bit easier, but... whenever a bit of the "new" wears off your PC, and you can stand to go 30-45 minutes without playing on it, you should clean up those cables as best you can. -- You may not plan on it now, but it will make life much easier when you decide to go back in there to add things like a new fan, a graphics card, LED Lights, make sure something is connected, spray compressed air, etc. etc.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, and I agree with you. I'm planning on putting in a decent cpu cooler in a week or two and will definitely go back over the cables, especially the bottom area. By the time I got the power going to the GPU I just couldn't mess with them anymore. But it will be cleaned up!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. Only thing im not fond of is that case, mostly because of the SSD/HDD connectors are viewable. Other then that, this would be a system I would build for myself to use.

9/10

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm afraid I have to agree about the case. It was one of the first items I bought and I was very focused on budget at the time. I like the appearance just fine... but my foot lightly tapped the front panel of the case and the entire front panel came loose. It snapped back on but still it seemed kinda cheap. I probably would have shelled out a couple more bucks for a nicer one had I known. But it's meant to be a budget case I suppose so it does it's job.

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Check out the corsair 200r. I got mine awhile back for $40 after mail in rebate. I really like it. I like it so much, Im starting to use the 200r's for new builds at work.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build. Good job :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I'm planning to have similar build too, but without the optical drive and OS. Wondering should I use the Asus Matrix 280x...

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted it... but not quite enough. I believe it is quieter than the MSI 280x I have. Mine does have a little bit of a whistle/whine to it when it's working but it is nowhere near annoying, for me atleast. The Matrix also has the 1.1 Ghz clock core rate compared to the MSI which using software that comes with the card clocks to 1.05 Ghz.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Um...Guess I'll stick to MSi if I don't have the money. I have choose the 550D case which I think will help keeping the noise down. I saw some video about the MSi one and the OC is pretty simple, its like OCing on Android.

my plan :) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PnjT

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a very similar build hombre, except that you are picking up a much nicer case. For me, the case is the only thing I wish I had spent more on. That cooler is one of the ones I'm looking at as well. Good luck with the build!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty good! You could make a better job with cable management (I could, after 2 hours os struggle hehehehehe) Check mine, s'il vous plaît? thanks!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

This is exactly what I'm doing haha. I already have the peripherals, case and os but I'm going to buy the rest the parts together. I'm going for the i5, r9 280x combo as well. Sweet build!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

You are the only person I have seen with the same name as me. Lol

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Hans! And we have such similar builds too, you've got me easily beat on the cables though. Unfortunately I'm not actually named Hans I just think its a cool name.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thats awesome!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

solid build. Great job on your purchasing strategy, i think u saved a few bucks!

And you're right, do not use prime without an aftermarket cooler on that cpu- don't want to start a fire now.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. It freaked me out because I was trying to stress my CPU in order to make sure my cooling was alright, my anxiety was not relieved! From what I gather though everything's fine.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, gimme your computer!! I want my hands on that new Radeon card NOW! :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like that R9 280X? I'm thinking of getting one myself to upgrade my Radeon HD 7850

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm loving it so far. I had a couple games that I was excited to see it on and it made them look ancient! This happened for Skyrim, GTAiv and some others. I'd say the most graphically demanding game I own is probably Crysis 2, which looks super fly at ultra setting 1080p and 100 fps. Batman origins looks really really good 1080p ultra setting, I run it with vsync and cant recall what the non-synced fps were. Alan wake looks amazing cranked up too. Once my bank account recovers i'm gonna try to pick up bioshock infinite and maybe the new max payne, I don't think I've really challenged my card yet. I'm still happy I went with MSI for the 280x. The ASUS matrix looks very nice but I couldn't rationalize the extra $50. The other Asus looks good too. Mine has some whine or whistle when it is starting up, it sounds kind of funny and personally doesn't bother me at all and cuts out after a minute or two. Good luck with your build!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't disagree with how you purchased your parts but it might have saved and purchased all at once

But all in all nice build and I commend you for your patience in ordering everything over time

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Such WOW Much Cables!!!

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

works fine

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

So does a Volvo station wagon, but it's not pleasant to look at.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That's where the case comes in handy