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So, I spent a bit of cash this summer (well, really, from June to when I posted this), and bought myself a nice desktop gaming machine. Those of you who are picky about cable management will probably want to burn me alive.

It was about time I upgraded, I spent the past five years of my gaming life on an ancient HP G60 laptop, then a MacBook Pro with HD4000 integraded graphics. You can tell I wasn't used to the luxury of many FPS.

So, this was born. I had quite a truckload of help, even with building it. I was really nervous about ruining this, because I've heard the stories of just how simple it is to fry a computer part (though, now, I'm much better with working in the guts of these things and actually crack open my case on a weekly basis to manage stuff).

Anyways, there's not much to say about this. I had issues with the RAM I had previously ($30 for 2x4GB from Avexir's Budget Series), one came in flat-out faulty, other decided to start dying after 2 months. I'm going to see about salvaging them for some other kind of usage, so, yeah.

I also had some issues with Windows blue screening constantly, relating to the hard drive and how the SATA connector with the 1TB SeaGate Barracuda drive decided to kind of wear out quickly, and thus .. generate a whole new host of issues with myself fearing the dreaded "hardware failure".

Either way, I'm happy with this build. I did buy a $10 internal memory card reader that allows me to read the various popular memory cards, since I'm in a severe need of an SD card reader that wasn't USB.

I also bent one of the pins on the USB3.0_1 connector. It's not a big deal since my tower only has 2 USB3.0 ports, but it's definitely bent pretty bad, I could try fixing it, but it's simply not worth the effort if I'm not going to use it (aka I'll get around to it some day).

I did some overclocking on the GPU. The 79xx series GPUs can take a boatload of punishment. This is as far as I was willing to put mine, but I've seen clock rates that almost double the factory configuration and they run like a dream. I do not use AMD's EyeFinity Technology, because it ruins literally everything on my desktop. I currently use DisplayFusion Pro to have a taskbar on each monitor, for those of you who want to know. It is a very good application for $20 (there's a 30-day trial of Pro features).

One last thing, I have five hard drives not because I actually bought all of them. I only bought one Barracuda 1TB drive. The second 1TB drive was given to me by a friend who had issues with his external hard drive (I broke open the case, retrieved his data. In turn, he said I could keep the drive). The 3TB and the 500GB were both external hard drives I owned. I, of course, cracked them open and used them for my own divine purposes. The 320GB drive was the old drive in my laptop. I didn't need the laptop anymore and used it for scrap parts.

I'm actually using all of the power connectors on hard drives and I'm using all six SATA ports on my motherboard. I should probably buy some sort of rack for them instead, but who cares.

I did notice that the temperatures are rather extreme, but I live in Florida. Plus, this isn't true idle temperature as it's simply when I load up all of my startup programs (there's a lot of them). That's about it. I hope you folks enjoyed my painful wall of text here. Suggestions on what I could have done or can do for future builds is very much welcome. This was my first build, so do try to go easy on me. :)

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Cables.. every.. where.. I would maybe not have gone with that case. Something like a Corsair 200r would really help with cable management.

4670k is really great for gaming, the RAMs you picked are really nice (1600MHz and 8CL)

You've got a lot of hard drives. I would assume most of them come from old PCs and such. I would honestly try to invest in an SSD just because your budget is above $1500.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a mess. I know. I regret the case. I'm simply not going to buy a new one because I'm not going to add much else to this one (I MIGHT add a soundcard because my headphones have a 1/4" plug) and I really don't care about cosmetics on something I'm never looking at. I've damaged up the case quite a bit because it's just made so awkwardly (you have to BREAK brackets on the back and the bays on the front to use them, I mean completely break).

I explained the hard drives, they're from external hard drives. I didn't think of an SSD until recently, but I honestly can't do with the space restriction. I just can't go though the process that I'd need to go through to fit it all on a 128GB or even a 256GB SSD. I'm using over 500GB of my OS drive as I speak.

I'm content with it, so.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, yes, I expected this much. I'm meaning it like in order to re-image my OS, I'd have to uninstall a boatload of programs. If not, I'd have to flat-out re-install Windows. Both are time-consuming and painful processes.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not the case as much as it's the non-modular power supply that causes this mess.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Any reason why you got both ram sticks in the last 2 slots? may want to reconfigure them, look at your manual on how to configure them for dual channel.

Typically its both black slots.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a rebel.

Anyways, thanks for mentioning that. I must have not been paying attention when reassembling it last week.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

lol no problem, just a tip :P

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are using the microphone in the way they look as in the picture then you are using your microphone wrong

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

so I'm guessing your cable management doesn't bother you at all....like nope? :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope :P

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

All that and you couldn't get a decent case?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Again, I didn't actually know that the case would be as bad as it is. I'm simply not going to bother because it's fine with me. I can fit what I need to, and I could work with it to get cross-firing to work if I really wanted to.

Cable management, in this, means nothing to me. The cables you're seeing are PCIe cables to the GPU and two power connector cables going to the hard drives.. and loads of SATA cables.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay let's get this fire started, it will be easier for me to burn you and take your pc than me to buy my own ;). Other than the horrible management, nice build +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

By that logic, it would be easier to rob a bank so you can buy your own.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

:P

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat GPU sag...

Also, in the last picture, it looks like your video card isn't even seated properly. You may want to to fix that.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a computer behind those cables? ;)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a fan of the case, but looks like a balanced rig.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

-1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't you have a problem with heat because of all those wires everywhere, and a crappy stock CPU cooler?

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Get your velcro out

everybody strap in

No pun intended?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build

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