Description

This was my first build after having to deal with gaming on a cheap $200 laptop for 3 years.

Overall I am very satisfied with my build. The case came with fans already, and provide sufficient cooling to all the parts even at low settings. I must admit that it does get a little loud, but I'm cool with that. I also already had a SSD given to me by my family.

Yes I know I got a non-overclocking CPU with a overclocking mobo, but I didn't want to screw anything up for my first build. Also, the Dual BIOS saved my PC once already when something got corrupted somehow.

I got a sound card because not only for the best gaming experience, but because I'm an audiophile and because I will be doing music production on this rig as well. I do admit that I need to get some external speakers that are better though from my cheap Logitech ones I have at the moment.

In the pictures it shows a PSU of 500W, but returned it for a 750W after I realized that I didn't want to cause a short after running it for the first time... And I don't know why some of the pictures are rotated...

EDIT: I forgot to note that I already owned the headphones and mouse

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks Nice. Quick question though is the Monitor plugged into the Mobo?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

That was just to install the OS, I eventually wound up plugging my 2 monitors up to my GPU via DVI

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok Just wondering lol , by the way how the cpu treat ya im really into non oc CPU

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything is smooth as heck, and I find no reason to overclock atm

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Good. I don't really plan to over clock im perfectly fine with Stock Speeds on most CPU'S.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad, two things though: that's the first time I've seen food on the build list, and you kind of cheaped out on your PSU. It's sufficient, but the PSU is a part you never want to cheap out on and in a $2000+ build you only got a tier 3 unit.

EDIT: Just for the record, I was referring to the 750W unit. Output isn't everything; you have to consider the components inside the unit and its efficiency among other things. You probably could've gotten a good fully modular 80+ Gold unit for under $100 at Microcenter.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, well in that case, I haven't found any problems with the PSU so far. You are right though that I could've bought a more efficient PSU, but maybe next time. It's just my first build and maybe when I upgrade or add another video card to X-fire, I will replace the PSU.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

As I said, the one you have should do ya. Tier 3 is usually what I recommend for lower budget builds, but you wouldn't want to go any lower. IMO, I would generally recommend ~7/8% of your budget go toward your PSU, that's admittedly a little bit overkill, but keep in mind that your PSU is one of the only parts in your rig that can kill multiple parts if/when it fails.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Only thing I personally would have done different is spend the extra money and get a 4770k, the rest of the system is ready for it. You probably could have gotten away with something like an h87 board, there are a few that offer some great features.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

i like that food category haha +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

How were those gummi bears? I heard a lot from them...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I think your part selections looks pretty good for your intended use, price point, and for your first time.

My only question is about where you picked up your parts. The PSU was purchased at Microcenter along with your monitor, but you opted to shop elsewhere for the CPU when MC 99 times out of 100 has the lowest pricing on CPUs? I assume it's because your local MC didn't have the non-k version in stock? It's really just me being curious. Not a knock against you or your build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, one thing I learned before shopping online for my parts was not to buy all my part at the same time. I bought my CPU when it was a little expensive, and I only have a Amazon Prime and Newegg account. The nearest Microcenter is 50 miles away :(, so I bought everything online. I think I bought my CPU and its cooler first from Newegg, the RAM, HDD, and mobo from Amazon a couple days later, PSU, GPU, and video card from Newegg after that, and lastly the case. I wound up returning my 500W PSU and picked up a new 750W from Microcenter(because I didn't want to wait), which was when I got my monitor as well. Basically, I never intended to go to Microcenter (mostly because the nearest one is a good 45 minutes away). When I decided to finally go, I only went to pick up the PSU and buy a monitor.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense. My drive to work is longer each way, so 50 doesn't seem like a lot to me. And I suppose when compared to the total price of your build 15-30 isn't a whole lot less compared to the mileage saved.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

ehhh i dont like those cases that show inside upside down IMO. quite interesting though

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope this gets used for more than gaming. i7 is complete overkill otherwise.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick Question, Does the case have 2 optical drive spaces? I'm planning a build to have both an optical drive and fan controller and this takes up 2 slots

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Why the video card? You expect a lot more out of a 2k build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

It was pretty cheap at the time I bought it (I believe 250), and even though people **** on XFX for some reason, I didn't mind the 7970 in my build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

I mean you enjoying your build is the most important thing. But I don't know. Maybe it's cause I'm a gamer above all else, but I would always prefer the best graphics card I can put in it.