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Howdy all!

Finished this system on 08/10/13. I was commissioned by one of my friends to help him build a general purpose rig with the potential for light to medium gaming if he so chose the path. He initially gave me a budget of about $800, but that was quickly thrown out the window and settled at $875.

This was probably the most fun, and stress inducing, project I have ever taken on and now have the building fever I hear so many people talk about. I plan on building my own somewhere down the road and figured this would be a good starting point to get my feet wet in the entire building scene.

The build itself went pretty smooth. I was very over cautious in every step because I wanted to make sure that I was doing everything the correct way. The only trouble I really encountered was with the 24-pin connector on the PSU and motherboard. I could not tell which was at fault, but it was EXTREMELY difficult to install into the motherboard and get clipped into the socket and very reluctant to leave as well. This was really the only difficulty that I encountered through out the entire process. Everything else was fairly straight forward and simple. The only area of concern I had was the cable management aspect and I know, from looking at the pictures, it is completely noob. I have been scowering the site and Google for the past 2-3 months, looking at all the builds posted to get a better idea of the methodology behind it and tried to implement it the best way that I could. All in all, with the inside fairly clean and the back side panel closing without any bowing, I considered it a success for a first time build and look forward to taking a crack at it again.

All of the parts were bought from Amazon with free 2 day shipping and were all great to work with. I was able to take 2 fan from another build he had and use the LED in the front for an extra intake and another on the top right slot in front of the 212 for additional intake. Like I mentioned earlier, the 24-pin PSU was the only really issues I had, but I do not know who to place fault in that area. I did not get to run any extensive benchmarks on the entire system, but the temps seem to stay fairly cool for the everyday use that my friend said he would use it for. The temps that are listed are just from idle temps in the OS and from a couple runs of Unigen Vally. We tried to squeeze and SSD into the budget, but sadly we were unable to do so. I think that will be his next initial upgrade when he has the money to do so. The prices listed are before taxes are applied. Rebates were taken from the motherboard and the GTX 660 for a total of $30. The total price of the parts before taxes was $895.32. Apparently the DVD drive is no longer listed on PCPP, so it's listed as a custom part but was purchased from Amazon!

I would love to hear your comments of what you think of the part selection, the cable management and the overall build itself. Perfection is what I'm aiming for and I know there are much more knowledgeable people than I, and your opinions are very much welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for taking a look and happy computing/gaming/building!

Update #1, 08/13/13: Enabled MSI's OC Genie to overclock the CPU to 4.2 GHz. Idle and normal use run temps around 40 C. Seems a little high to me for an idle temp, but doesn't cause me much concern.

Update #2, 08/29/13: Added 2 more pictures.

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build mate!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I too like the build but I would question the PSU as this same one is available in modular form for $40 (after rebate) through NEWEGG. Speaking of NEWEGG, and it just might be bad timing but the GTX 660 is also a bit cheaper there as well. But for the 200+ dollars on a GPU others may have suggested a Radeon 7870 but I know this can lead to arguments over NVIDIA vs. AMD but the 7870 does use a 256 bit memory interface instead of the 192. Your cable management looks real good too. Well done !

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

He built this system about a year ago.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

not unless the "08/10/13" in the first sentence is a typo.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

he ''finished'' it, he could have bought one part earlier than another

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

All the parts were bought on 08/04/13 and received on the 7th. My friend was extremely anxious to have this build and was therefore not really concerned with finding the best deal/price for the parts. I too am kicking myself for not exploring the CX500M, both for price and its modular capability. Would have made cable management a whole lot easier.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, my bad. Misread the 08/10/13 as 08/10/12.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I question the PSU, but not only because of the price. The corsair cx power supplies aren't that great. If he is going to spend that much on the system, he could have spent $25-$40 more to get a better power supply with better voltage control and ripple suppression. The corsair cx power supplies are made with cheaper caps. It's a budget power supply that doesn't really make sense in a z77/i5/GTX 660 system.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. +1 for price and cable management.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

wait, why is the part of the cpu, thats exposed, blue, mine was the same one but its green.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe my phone is the one to blame for that. The CPU PCB is green, but with the low light and the over-effectivness of my flash washing out a good picture, it became "blue."

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, for cable management try getting all the cables behind the motherboard tray by spreading them out flat, zip ties are your friends.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I was going for. I didn't know where to stick all the extra cable once I pulled the slack to the back behind the motherboard. It was kind of mind boggling to me. Lol. But hey, you build, you learn! Thanks for the feedback!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is this looking like the parallel to my own future build?! Black is to White, as GPU is to GTX 760. CPU is to Inteli5-4670K, as Storage is to SSD. Those are some hints as to whats similar. But really, this is so screwed upped in this world...

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol had overwritten the ACTUAL build. The parts you see listed are for another potential build for me. Corrected the issue and the real parts in the build pictured are now listed.