Description

First time building a PC. Mostly looking for a mid-range gaming platform after realizing that I really want to play things that are far outside the functional grasp of my laptop (though it held up surprisingly well under what I threw at it at first).

Overall, this build was a lot of fun to design and put together, and it's been working splendidly. I'd like to be a little cleaner with my cable management, but I couldn't think of any further convolutions that would actually be helpful. Input from more experienced builders would be nice, if applicable.

Parts breakdown:

CPU: Figured I didn't need to go crazy here, and heard that the 3570 was a pretty solid performer. Also discovered that Staples would price-match Microcenter's in-store only deal pricing, which made the decision a cinch. I'm planning to dabble in overclocking eventually, which is why I went with the K.

Mobo: It works with everything else I had planned, was at a good price point for this build, and haven't had any problems with it since. And the BIOS is pretty, which is...cool, I guess.

Memory: Saw a deal on these for what seemed like an excellent price - got 'em, popped 'em in, no complaints.

Storage: I'd been going back and forth between the 840 EVO and the 840 Pro for a while. Since I've never had an SSD before, I figured the small decrement in performance wouldn't be noticeable compared to what I'm used to. And it's not. Boot and load times are awesome with the EVO. WD Caviar Black 'cause 5-year warranty, 1TB 'cause space for stuff.

GPU: From the beginning, I was pretty set on the GTX 760, given its decent price/performance balance. Ended up going with the EVGA for the little bit of extra out-of-the-box overclock - the only complaint I've heard about this card is that it gets loud/hot, but I figured my case of choice should go a ways towards helping with that, which it did.

Case: It's cool, it's quiet, it's sleek, it's got some nice cable management tools. People complain about the dual-hinged front door being a little gimmicky (specifically, the snaps have a tendency to break), but I don't use it much, so it's not a problem for me. Nice and roomy, easy to use.

PSU: Basic. Pretty good price. Hasn't blown up yet. Not much else to say.

Optical: Funny story. I was down a SATA cable for the optical, and didn't bother getting one for close to a month (plenty of USB ports, so didn't really need the drive for anything; also, I'm lazy). When I finally hooked it up, it was alive but nonfunctional - the computer knew the drive was there and so forth, but it wouldn't open at all except by manual override (yay paper clips). And then when something was put in it, it wouldn't read. So I'm looking to return it, unless someone has a magical cure they could send my way.

OS: 8.1 is actually less aggravating than I expected. Smooth sailing thus far.

Peripherals: Picked up the keyboard and mouse refurbished from Woot. Never had a gaming mouse or a mechanical keyboard before, and I love 'em both. Once again, no complaints.

Performance:

She's handled everything fine thus far: both Crysis 2 and BF 3 run with graphics set to "Bedazzle" @ 50-60 fps. The noise is present and noticeable, but not unpleasantly so, especially with headphones in. Seriously been enjoying this computer, and everything has worked out splendidly (except for the optical drive, of course...but who's keeping score?).

P.S. Shoutout to Destructle for his help in this process, and for assuring me I (probably) wasn't going to break anything. It seems you were right.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Very nice. You obviously did some good research, very balanced parts list here. As for the cable management, put as much stuff behind the motherboard tray as possible. From there on, the answer is zip ties.

  • 71 months ago
  • 5 points

Zip ties, zip ties, and more zip ties (black twist ties work nicely too)

A tip: I like to throw my PSU in prior to everything else and do a pre-routing. Nothing fancy but just figuring out where I can tuck in excess and loose wires, and where some things can be routed for a cleaner look.

Since there is no window on this case, clean it up just for the sake of better airflow.

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Exactly what I did. It works wonders with managing things. I put everything through the back on only brought out the things I need when I needed them.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll grab some zip ties and see what I can manage.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Just remember, you can never use too many :P Good luck.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Much obliged. ; ) Thanks again.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm a little late on this conversation, but I agree with all of the zip tie comments. Here's my two cents: Buy the zip ties in a pack of 50 or 100. You shouldn't need that many, but you won't be afraid to waste a few either if you know you have extras. To prevent wasting them though, when I did my build, I used twist ties while I was installing everything just to keep myself organized-- the twist ties are easy to remove and reapply as needed when deciding to add or remove cables from various bundles. Once you start getting everything the way you want it, then go back and replace your twist ties with zip ties for a cleaner look.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You seem very educated in computers for being a 15 year old like me :P

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Spending 2-4 hours on here every day will do that to ya :P

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes I do spend that much time on here looking at parts and other builds, it makes my parents think I'm crazy though, haha lol

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Tell me about it...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yea....

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

You plugged your cpu fan into the wrong header. It should be located either to the top left or right of your cpu.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't see any headers where they are usually located. This motherboard may be an exception.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Oddly enough, I did actually have it switched with a chassis fan header, but it was in the correct location (lower left of the CPU).

So thanks for pointing it out anyway! ; )

(Close-up photo of fan headers added for reference. Not sure how well you can see it, but it's there.)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Now just get a Hyper 212+ and OC that thing... :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Slap a bad *** cooler on the i5 and start overclocking! Nice overall build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

"Great kid! don't get cocky!" - Han Solo

just a joke in reference to your age :)

Nice job! +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 This is a great build and a nice description. Looks like you hit that sweet spot achieving a great balance between price and performance. You also found some really great deals! While your cables management isn't the cleanest looking, it's not too bad really since your case has a lot of open space. I think if you could run those SATA cables and device power cables behind the board-side of the case and then back through the openings closer to their target device, that would be a nice improvement-- I can't tell from your photos if you have done this or not, but if you have, then all you need to do is pull the slack behind the board area, and use some cable ties to secure it there.