Description

This was my first PC build and I couldn't be happier with the result! I started out with a 3.0ghz pentium G860 and a Gigabyte GTX 650, and just upgraded to the i5 and the GTX 660. The previous set up was surprisingly suitable for gaming, but doesn't come close to the performance that I have now. My motherbaord is last gen, but with a bios update I was able to get this i5 working perfectly. And even though it's not the current gen it still has PCI-E 3.0, USB 3.0, and support for 32gb of RAM so I didn't need to upgrade. I do plan on getting more RAM, but for an off brand like Pareema this 8gb stick has performed great and I wouldn't mind buying more from them! I also need to get a faster wireless card. I only have 1 LED fan because I don't like to have too much light in the corner of my eye. I put the 1 blue LED fan in the front so that there's a small glow coming from the front air vents. The power supply is under a heavy load with this processor and graphics card so I will upgrade soon but for now it will handle it.

I've been happy with my hard drive too. Unfortunately it's refurbished because my 2010 model had bad sectors so WD replaced it with this, but it has been great. The 2.5'' drives are just extra that I had. I might install windows 7 on the 320gb, and the 160gb I'm just using for backup space. I have no complaints about the mouse, and the speakers sound great. The monitor is incredible. The response time and the IPS blow me away. It's perfect for gaming! The keyboard is cheap but it's comfortable and I don't plan on upgrading. I'm also really happy with Windows 8. Contrary to what people say, it actually works great for gaming. A couple of my old games like San Andreas only work in compatibility mode, but it's not a set back because it takes 3 seconds to set it to compatibility.

In the end my only complaint is the slow wireless card. Even my off brand RAM performs great. I would highly recommend the monitor, the processor, graphics card, and even the case! It has great wire management capabilities, includes a 120mm fan, and has a great simple design!

Here are my Windows performance ratings. Processor: 7.5 Memory: 7.5 Graphics: 7.9 Gaming Graphics: 7.9 Primary Hard Disk: 5.9 Base Score: 5.9

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy extra hard-drives batman. I know how it is that you want to recycle old parts, I do a it a lot as well. Looks like a pretty good build.

Two things stand out. Your Ram is a bit slow at 1333 speed and being a single stick will not take advantage of dual channel capabilities. I suggest 2 sticks of ram with at least 1600 speed on the next upgrade. Your extra hard drives are fine for storage, but I would make sure the op sys and programs run off the faster drive.

Everything else looks neat and clean with good cable management. Nice Build!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

1333Mhz and 1600Mhz wouldn't really be that big of a difference, but you sometimes can find 1600Mhz for about the same price as 1333.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah with this last gen motherboard I would need to overclock to use the 1600mhz speeds. The 1333mhz has performed great, but I should have bought 2 sticks instead of 1.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah with this last gen motherboard I would need to overclock to use the 1600mhz speeds. The 1333mhz has performed great, but I should have bought 2 sticks instead of 1.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Comment-ception!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, clean build with good cable management. +Upvote

The only thing I would have suggested was to add just the several more dollars to get the 8GB of RAM in dual channel of 2x4GB at 1600 to start out with.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

You could have wired the 4 pin cable around the back of the case so you dont have the big wire in front of the Motherboard

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I wanted to do, but it wasn't long enough to reach and if I had taken it straight up directly behind the motherboard, it wouldn't have fit through the small hole in the case. I will probably buy an extension though to get it off the RAM stick and the CPU cooler.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the PSU? I got the same one :P

  • 80 months ago
  • -2 points

I've seen better builds for 1.1K but enjoy what you built!

  • 80 months ago
  • 4 points

It's really more like an $850 build when you remove the os, monitor, and peripherals.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, my total cost for the computer alone was right around $900. And another $400 for the monitor, speakers, mouse and keyboard.