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Firstly, thank you pcpartpicker for guiding me in part choices and such. Alot of these parts are recycled from older computers but it runs like a champ. This was an upgrade from my first custom built PC from iBUYPOWER so thats where alot of the parts came from. For being my first build, I was worried of breaking something but YT and you guys helped me figure it out, only took a few hours so not too bad.

CPU I chose the 3570 because it was free from a friend so why not. It is a quad core i5 and fits my purposes for gaming and minor video editing.

CPU COOLER I had bought this when I had an old AMD build and decided to carry it over because it does its job and does it well. I am aware of the clearance issues but the side panel still slides on and it doesn't bother me.(barely noticeable)

MOBO One of the cheapest full ATX mobo's for the chipset, not much to say.

MEMORY The memory listed is not the exact model but is the same specs wise. 16gb is overkill for just gaming but I had the extra so why not?

STORAGE Both are from older systems that I carried over, the 500gb one wasn't in the pics orginally. They work and haven't failed so why not?

GPU This was the biggest upgrade for me. The 970 is powerful and hasn't let me down. I only play on 1080p so some say it is overkill but I enjoy maxing out the settings and having my fps sooooooooo. I chose the Twin Frozr because it has high reviews and is a respectable brand.

CASE From an old build and has decent cable management, why get rid of it?

PSU A bit overkill, ok alot. However I plan on upgrading to an i7 4790k and sli 970s so save me in the long run. Anyways, the 80+ gold is nice to have and the fully modular helps with cable management.

OPTICAL DRIVE I had it so why not throw it in?

Planned upgrades Like I said earlier I would like to upgrade to an i7 4790k and sli 970s. With that upgrade would have to come a bigger case like the Corsair 750D. However that is a year or so out. For sooner upgrades, I plan on getting an SSD to put some games and Windows 8 on.

Any other upgrades I should consider? Any feedback? Thanks!

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Suggestion: flip over your psu. The fan will exhaust the air out of the case rather than keep it in.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea, that would probably help my GPU temps, allowing me to overclock it more. What is a good speed for this GPU?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure you can boost it up to about 1400-1500 mhz. Play around with MSI afterburner (best oc software) to find a good balance for your gaming needs. Push it just far enough to make your video settings look stunning.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play?

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

But how can you go wrong with a price of free?

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Basically, I was going to go for an i7 but i got the 3570 for free and decided on the 970 and saved the extra.