Description

Just built this new PC to replace my old Phenom II, 6770 build. I deemed my new one Shadow because of how quiet it is compared to the horrid coil whine of my old 6770. I'm very happy with the new build, first time overclocking and got my cpu to 4.5 ghz stable, GPU is at 1050 core clock. Even with my measly 2 case fans on the lowest setting(5v), my GPU is practically frozen at 42c @ load.

I really wish I had gone with a fully modular psu but this build started out as a budget build. I'm currently saving to upgrade to a 7950, modular PSU, some sleeved cables to go with it, and probably and NZXT Hue.

I didn't get a CD Drive because I don't use physical media for anything besides the OS, which I installed with an external drive as you can see in the photos. HDD is mounted where the CD Drive would have gone.

I did the best I could on the cable management for my first actual build.

Edit: For those of you wondering about the 16gb of ram for a gaming build, I bought it a year ago when I saw it on newegg for only $60, so I pretty jumped on it even though I wouldn't need that much because it was a steal(especially seeing how prices for the same kit have doubled now.)

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 5 points

Is it me or is your GPU bending.... If so you might want to move that card above it or move it down because structually for the video card that is rather bad for it. Rather not want to hear a CRACK then your screen goes blank... Seen it happen before but been awhile

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I'm working on propping it up.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah thats why the Cooler is bigger than the GPU card. Great cooler tho.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management is spectacular. Nice job!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I have actually redone the back 3 times because it is hard to arrange them right because this PSU has an extra PCI-E cable, extra string of sata power, and 4 extra molex connectors.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't even notice that it was non-modular. I'm even more impressed. :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Most modular PSUs were a little too high for my measly budget, so I decided I would wait

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Very well done for the conditions! Left yourself lots of room to make upgrades in the future as well.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

That cooler looks so silly on a small card. Nice build and fantastic cable management.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Dat cable management...

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh god that GPU is in pain.

your cable management is orgy worthy though, upvote.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, it'll be even better soon, going to be buying a 7950, modular psu, sleeved cables, and some lighting to make it look reaaaalllly nice, then I'll never have to download **** again I can just look through my case window

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Was it easy to mount the HDD in the drive bay. Thats what i plan on doing for my next build with the r4.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was easy, picked up a mount from microcenter

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you link me what it is, or what it is called so i can search it.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

This or This. Or search for 3.5" to 5.25" converters.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

GPU saaaaag. You can use some fishing line or something to attach the cooler to the top of the case to give it some support. Otherwise, I probably would have went with a motherboard with digital VRMs and a better PSU. The corsair CX line is a lot lower quality than similarly priced PSUs like the xfx core 550w. Otherwise, you did a great job with the cable management.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I definitely figured out it wasn't the best quality I could have gotten, but not the worst either.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build, extremely neat, hope you'll find something to support your GPU though, looks like it's going to fall or to break your PCI and/or bend your Mobo. The only thing I would change would be the PSU since the CX serie is not really recommended, a HX or TX would have been better in the long term and well worth the extra bucks.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautifully done.

You could sell 8Gb to help finance the other upgrades if you wanted to. Just an option.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I have been thinking about it, may be hard to sell because it is 1333, even though you can overclock it.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like that motherboard?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any trouble installing Windows 7? I have the same motherboard as you, and I can't get it to boot from the Windows 7 DVD in my internal optical drive even though it detects the optical drive and has it set as first boot priority. Was your external drive connected through USB?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry for the late reply. if you still need to know I didn't have any troubles. Installed fine. It was connected through usb