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This was a fairly basic build for web browsing and light gaming. Most part selection was based upon stability and best performance for the price. Spending $125 for an i3-4330 and $130 for a GTX 650 TiB make for well rounded performance running a 1440x900 and 1920x1080 dual screen set up.

I used fan cover plates to cover excess chassis holes for the sake of maintaining a solid directional air-flow from bottom to top and minimizing dust, but will likely add another fan to the front of the chassis for additional air flow across the hard drive.

The power supply's EPS 8-pin cable was too short to route behind the motherboard tray (as seen in the first photo), meaning it had to run over top of the graphics card (not ideal), so I acquired an extension cable to remedy that problem.

EDIT: It seems that PCPartPicker is checking case compatibility with discrete graphics card, and says that the NZXT Source 210 Elite will not fit my graphcs card. I should note that, despite the case stating that it only fits 230mm graphics cards, the 234mm GTX 650 TiB fits with plenty of room to spare (see photos).

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get the fan plates? BTW, good part choices. But for just a little more, you could have gotten one of the I5 4430 CPUs.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

If you click on "View Full Part List Price Breakdown", I actually saved the custom part with the hyperlink. Despite it being for a specific case manufacturer, the plates work with any standard 120mm or 140mm fan holes.

Oh, and the i5-4430 is $170-$190. That's quite a bit more than the i3-4330 for which I paid $125. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved an i5, but the budget was limited to $150 for the CPU.

The only painful moment of this was being also limited to $150 for the GPU, and seeing the GTX 660 Ti 3GB on sale for $200. Lol.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I suspected something like that XD. Good choices on everything though dude!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Cheers!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

You could have gone for an AMD CPU? A lot cheaper and still excellent!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel is not always better, but in this build it was the better choice. Sadly AMD would not have been a lot cheaper. Newest generation AMD CPU/motherboard with the same performance would have been $10-$20 more expensive ($235-$245 for the pair), at which point I would have sacrificed a lot of features on the motherboard to gain the ability to overclock (which I am no looking to do). Otherwise, every CPU I have tested in various systems, AMD overall had similar performance in raw computing, but often the system would lack for features made standard with Intel systems.

Sorry if the explaination was long, but I find there is a lot of misinformantion regarding what Intel/AMD/nVidia components can or cannot do, and it is personally a bit of a peeve of mine.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you added more fans? I am currently doing a build using this case and am rather disappointed by how much the plastic front of the case restricts airflow to the two 120mm front fans. I have 2x2120 mm fans in the front and 1X120 mm in the base and with the front clipped into place the 3 fans can not generate enough air flow to maintain a positive internal pressure when the exhaust only has 2 fans. Take the front cover off and there is a huge increase in intake pressure.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not have all the intake on the front. I have two 120mm fans up front and one 120mm fan on the bottom, then a single 140mm fan on the top. All other fan holes are covered with cover plates.

I notice no issue with cooling on that computer, but if it had higher performance components, especially AMD GPUs, then I'd likely have to invest into more significant cooling.