Description

It had been 4 years since I built my last machine and games were finally starting to chug on it. I figured it was time. I had been out of the building game for a while so I briefly considered buying a Digital Storm. Luckily I was talked out of it when people told me computers had gotten easier to build, not harder.

Well they were totally right. I put this computer together in about 2-3 hours to Windows install with breaks. My worst problem was the case fans. I was trying to figure out what the heck they plugged into and why they didn't look like any plug I had ever seen. Finally I went to the forums and someone mentioned that they came with nice caps to prevent prong damage. I facepalmed, removed the caps and plugged them in normally. ><

Overall it was an easy build, all the parts came in fine. Everything plugged in perfectly (said user-error fan problem excluded) and I didn't have to force/wiggle/cajole anything. I was really pleased that everything worked first power on and after a brief exploration of the totally slick boot setup menu I got to Windows install without problems.

So far my new computer is awesome. My old computer would take 4-5 minutes to boot up to Windows and then load all my stuff. New comp gets to login screen in 4 seconds, and its ready to roll 3 seconds after login. It destroys all games, even Witcher 2. I put my main games (World of Warcraft, League of Legends, whatever new super games are out) on the SSD and most of my other stuff goes on the regular drive. WoW loads insanely fast even with my mods. I'm now waiting for everyone else to load in LoL instead of being the pokey one.

I'm pretty pleased with this build as well as the state of computer building in this day and age. The only thing that could make it easier is when they decide to standardize the motherboard/case connectors for power, lights, etc. I hate messing with those tiny connectors.

Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 4 points

too much for a mid tower in my opinion. Good job on the build!

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

very balanced system. i like it very much. great job!

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not wholly sure where the balanced build is coming from. You bought some strange components. Really strange. A 660Ti. A 600T. A 650W modular PSU. 16GB of RAM, no 3570K and a low end H77 board.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you should have gone with the 3570k, but if you're not gonna OC then it doesn't matter. As for your case, it seems a bit OP for the build, but each to their own. Other than that it seems great! The 16gb of ram aren't needed, but don't add enough cost to be a real detriment. Nice build :D

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and Im sure it will work great, but some recommendations:

You might have thought bout the 3570K. Its only like 5 dollars more, and gives you the potential to overclock.

That mother board is waaaay to expensive for an H77. You could have gone with an MSI or Asrock Z77 for the same price if not cheaper.

AS far as I know, 16gb of ram is pretty useless. Not useless persay, but doesnt really benefit you any more than 8gb would.

Why the 660TI? if you're using something thats optimized for CUDA than cool, but for the price you could have gotten a much more powerful 7950.

That case seems a bit overkill. Especially since you're not running with a whole lot of hard drives or anything really, you could have gotten a NZXT Phantom or even a cheaper Corsair case.

That PSU seems overpriced as well. Going with an OCZ or Antec or something. Not really a big deal here, you'd only save like 20 dollars.

Just some suggestions, but overall nice build

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice. I envy your cable management skillz.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid unit top to bottom

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

does your psu chirp cause i want the same exact model, but i heard it chirps a lot answerpls :)

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Very solid build and balanced build. I might have chosen a cheaper case and allocated those extra funds towards a GTX670 but a case is always subjective and you chose it for your own personal reasons. Can't fault you for going with what you like to look at. Great job!

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

No aftermarket CPU cooler?

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

Hadn't read the comments! - I could've spent about $100-150 less if I had been hardcore about buying the absolutely cheapest part from the absolute cheapest site. Ultimately I pretty much bought everything from Newegg and Amazon due to trust issues. Next time I might branch out. - The case was recommended by a friend and after seeing it in action I'm very pleased with it. It probably IS too much case for an amateur like me (no OC'ing, no water cooling, no HD RAID, etc) but it was super easy to connect everything. - At the time the CPU I bought was cheaper than the 3570K and since I hadn't planned on OC'ing it didn't feel worth it. I was tempted to go i7 but everyone was telling me no games really need it and i5 is pretty much more than I need. - As for the PSU, really liked the component cabling and easy installation, BUT YES, it CHIRPED. I should have read more reviews but it was sort of a combo with the case. Its highly rated but apparently 9-12% of them have some kind of weird tweeting/chirping noise. Luckily Corsair has a decent Return policy.