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I built this computer after about a week of good research - there's honestly no point in my opinion of spending weeks on end studying how to build a pc rig unless you are going for straight out bang for the buck price tag - as long as you have common sense and the will to complete it then this will truly be a good time building something from scratch. As you can see I did spend a bit of money building this rig for university and some gaming, however I did accidentally over look my buyings and spent a couple of quid buying unnecessary sata cables when it was already provided for from the motherboard and power supply. facepalm

Overall I spent close to 8 hours building this (this includes OS install as well) since I was searching for my sata cables for a good part of an hour and spent 1 hour unplugging all the cables (once I knew it worked fine) and reorganised the setup for a clean look.

I have currently set up a raid 1 mirroring configuration - bit of a dumb move considering I am limited to 128gb (as of now 75gb) but for me I'll probably only use another 30 GB max in the next 2 years... my reasoning for this is because even though I do enjoy a performance set up (raid 0), the risks are just not worth it and in any case, I will be experimenting with overclocking capabilities soon (currently at idle my whole system is around 34 degrees and cpu at 27) - this is without the two upper out-take fans and my system with a near silent mode fan speed; cpu fan and exhaust between 500-800 rpm. The build I have created seems to also want me to OC the cpu since the case accommodates good air flow and MOBO software for OCing as well as my graphics card having specialised OCing software for that - but for now I think CPU is the safest bet and I'm not rushing!!!! I hope you have all enjoyed my build - spent quite a few pounds on this considering I'm only a student that fully funded this with my own earned money!

(I will upload more and more pictures in the coming days, especially after I fit my two case fans for the complete build!)

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

ha nice

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking that motherboard? I was planning on getting that and the 4770k as a combo at microcenter

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

What's not to like about it, it's even got a power button on the mobo for the noobs who don't know how to test boot it.... Although I just built it straight off the bat lol

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant like, how is the overclock ability? The UEFI (Bios if you dont know) and other things like that. Complications such as your cooler getting in the way of your Dimms? Just general stuff.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh sorry, read your comment like it was criticising my build lol. It is fairly easy to overclock if you want to do so, the bios mode that came from the gigabyte z87 has a easier accessibility - much more modern look than the classic (although you may wish to change it back if you liked the old way of doing this) furthermore, it comes with the motherboard driver disc which includes overclocking setups which you can change whilst in the windows mode - quite nice as it is suited for beginners with preset overclocking modes eg. Light= 4.0ghz up to extreme = ~4.6-4.8ghz I think. The cooler had no problems installing regarding blocking the dimms since the motherboard allowed me to choose either slots 1 and 3 or 2 and 4 - even if you had 4 dimms - you would have about 1-2mm leeway space between the custom cooler but if it doesn't fit, you can slide the case fan up the radiator to just totally miss the dimm if you wish!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Very informative! Thank you very much! Looks like ill buy buying this motherboard! +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Any reason that you bought the 660 rather than a 760 or even a 660 Ti? (152.89 pounds is equal to $239.69 in the US, which can easily buy a 760) Maybe prices are just different? Anyways, good build! +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Prices are higher in England because the us is a middle man. So a simple Google currency translator will not show accurate prices to other places.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, that explains it. I was just assuming that they were the same. Sorry!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, at the time 660 was cheaper that the 760 by at least £30... Also I sort of fell in love with this msi graphics card design

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

You spent a lot of money on your components, and cheaped out on the power supply. I would have gotten a corsair tx/hx/ax, seasonic, xfx or PC power and cooling power supply. The corsair cx is great when you are on a budget, but it really doesn't fit in when it's arguably the most important part of a build. You put a budget PSU along with an i5/z87/gtx 660.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the psu is absolutely fine in my eyes, before buying the forum gave an estimate watt usage around 356-450w... No point going over board

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

But you can't just go by wattage. There are different PSUs in terms of quality. You got one that is good, but it just doesn't match the rest of your system. Fine in your eyes doesn't mean that it was the best choice. The PSU has cheaper chinese caps that don't handle temps as well as japanese branded caps. The ripple suppression and voltage regulation could also be better. Even if you are under the maximum wattage of the PSU things could still go wrong and a better quality PSU minimizes that. You will probably never have a problem with it, but if your parts are that expensive, why would you want to risk it? It's like putting cheap tires on a ferrari. It'll work. It's just not a good idea.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Well to be brutally honest, the other components that I have brought are just above average and not necessarily top spec to say the least so I haven't really cheaped out on the PSU. However I do understand what you are saying - though in theory i shouldn't really come across any major downfalls in using this power supply if I'm just using stock/lightly overclocking.

You asked why I would risk using this... Don't forget it is my first ever build - prior to this, I've had no computer knowledge except buying branded ones!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

While I agree they aren't top shelf components, they are still great components that are expensive. Like I said before, it's a good power supply and you will probably never have a problem with it. But it just doesn't match up to the other parts in your build. I mean, I may just be off because you're in the UK, but here in the US, your CPU/motherboard/GPU combo would run 600-700 US dollars. And your choices for those were all excellent quality parts. The PSU runs $30-40 and is based on an old PSU design and built with cheaper chinese caps. Given the component quality of your other stuff, the PSU just doesn't match up.

But I'm not really saying this becuase I think you should change anything. I just comment on peoples finished builds so that people who haven't built yet and are looking for ideas don't make mistakes in their build choices.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

$30-40!?!?!??!?! Omg, that's probably why then cause I paid £60 for my psu and that's the cheapest available one! That's about $100

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