Description

This was the first computer that I built for personal use and gaming. This my 20th or so computer build overall, I have never built one for my self just others. I also built it for my computer hardware class at the "Computer Technical Education Center" in High School. I wanted a machine that I could use for my Major, Computer Engineering, which entails some programming, virtualization, Office and such. I also wanted something that could play FPS games on the weekends, titles like BF3, BF4, COD and others. I had a limited budget being a student, so I bought a part each pay check, so it took me over 9 months to complete. I completed the build in March 2013.

CPU: I chose the i5-3570K because I didn't want an i7 or an i3, an i3 would be insufficient for what I need and an i7 would be a little overkill. I paid a little bit extra because I wanted Intel. I DIDN'T WANT AMD!! Yes, I know I could have saved money. I wanted a quality CPU and something I can easily overclock and upgrade to an i7 later down the road. I also chose it because it would work well with the Hackintosh.

MOBO: I chose the GA-Z77X-UD3H for a few reasons. I need something that would work with the Mac, I also need something under $150. I wanted something I could upgrade to an i7. I wanted raid support. I wanted something I could later put an MSATA hard drive on. I am also pro Gigabyte, never had any problems with them.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB), I love the Corsair brand, I love the look of the RAM heatsinks. I'll be honest I mostly bought this one off brand preference and looks.

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB SSD, It was a great deal, I also love the Crucial brand. This drive holds my OS.
I added a 2nd HD, WD Blue 1TB. Western Digital Has lowest fail rate of any hard drive brand. Mostly holding docs, media files and games.

Video Card: I chose the GTX 650 because it's a great card for casual gaming. I didn't need anything extreme, just a great card for the $. I really only play video games on the weekends, for what I do this card is perfect! I also needed something under $150. It plays most FPS games on High settings with great frame rate. I would like to upgrade though.

Other Parts: The computer has 5 cooler master fans. 1 red 120mm, 3 x 120mm black and 1 200mm red on the front. The fans keep the machine really cool. The 200mm does suck in a lot of nice cool air and it's also quite. Basic DVD drive, I've really only used it 3 times anyways. The machine has NZXT 2 meter red LED's inside, really nice and bright. I also sleeved all of the cables in red.

This Computer triple Boots Windows 8.1, Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Ubuntu.

I didn't use this website when I completed the build in March of 2013. I recently found the site doing a build for my friend and decided to start uploading all of my other builds. I wish I had known about this site when I originally built mine, I feel like I could have save hours of comparison and price matching! Thank You the site's great.

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Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 6 points

no pics, no description you will get down voted

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Also over spending, possible stock fan on an overclockable cpu, RAM is a bit odd...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

i never judge on the prices because sometimes that is all you can get, and i know you can modify how much you pay, and maybe where you got it at but some people don't do it or know how

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, It is a stock Fan, but that's all I need because my machine is always kept super cool. Corsair vengeance ram, is high quality and high rated. Not sure why it's odd?

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I am going to get the Pictures up soon. I built this machine about 1 year and half ago, so it's been awhile.

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Always, always, a good description and lots of pictures will help with those votes. I would have loved to help you out with the parts, because, and I'm not trying to be mean here, but I could have picked some better parts for that kind of money. Anyway, good job building it, and hope you have a good time with your brand new machine!

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

To be honest with you, I really good care less about votes. I just put my builds on here for me personally. I built this machine about a year and a half ago. I am very happy with the parts I picked. What suggestions would you have though?

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

No clue how you managed to get a 650 into a $1200 build...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I really don't need anything higher. I mostly do internet and Virtual Machines and play video games every once and awhile. The 650 is a quality card, I can play BF4 on High settings with no problems. Why put a $300 card in, when I am never going to use it that way.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I hope this is an old build...pretty unbalanced and over-priced with just a GTX 650, sorry.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I built this about a year and a half ago.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

So you over overclocked your CPU without a cooler? Living dangerously I see.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I overclocked to 3.8, that's not that high, escpillay when the CPU Turbo's at 3.8. My case is usually around 30C. So not sure how that's "living Dangerously"

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry bro, bad description and no pics. This can only end one way

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

I would've gone for a beefier video card.

Also, moar pics and better description pl0x.

  • 73 months ago
  • -2 points

Why (4x2GB) instead of (2x4GB) RAM? It's a lot more cheaper if you have only 2 modules. You won't be getting quad channel on that setup, it will only create more heat.