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Original build here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/GMw

 EDIT: I dug up my old invoices, and updated my price list accordingly, also added GPU pics.

 EDIT 2: I got an SSD from my dad, updated the list and price.

 EDIT 3: Bought another SSD, can't get enough of them!

 I got some new parts for my build for Christmas,  so I decided to post a build update. I got the Azza Genesis 9000 and a PC Power and Cooling Silencer mk III 850 watt as a gift from my parents and bought a gtx 770 as a Christmas gift for myself. I don't actually have the gtx 770 yet, but I'll edit this with more pics and a mini-review when I do.

 Since I've owned most of this system for a while, I figured it's about time that posted my own thoughts on all my parts in case someone was thinking of using them in their own build.

CPU: This CPU is an absolute BEAST. It handles even the most demanding games and applications I can throw at it with ease, never going past 50% use. I would recommend this cpu to anyone with the money to buy one.

CPU Cooler: This cooler is one of the best bang for your buck coolers available right now, and it cools even my haswell chip very well. Overall, its a solid cooler for 35 $.

Motherboard: This motherboard is an entry level z87 board, with a full list of features. The only problems I have with it are its ugly color scheme and cheap I/O shield, which sliced my finger the first time I installed it. Overall, its a solid board for the price.

RAM: I went with G. Skill simply because it was the cheapest I could find at the time. It looks nice and gets the job done. In the end, memory is just memory, and at this point you can just go with whatever's cheapest and you'll still be happy.

Hard Drives: I have two hard drives in this build, both caviar blues from WD. They're solid drives, but slow compared to their caviar black counterparts, and even slower than all SSDs. I would recommend these only if you cannot afford a caviar black.

GPU: This GPU is pretty awesome. It eats games for breakfast all while running really cool at stock settings (My temps are alot higher than stock, I oc'd it and upped the power limit, so it runs hotter.) All of my games run at 60 fps+, even with anti-aliasing enabled at 1080p. The price has gone up almost 30$ now, but at the time this was only 10$ more expensive than a 2GB model, so I went with 4GB because I plan on a larger monitor resolution and sli, where 4GB has a use.

Case: This case is great. It has a removable motherboard tray, which I find useful for building computers, it has excellent airflow, and a lot of room for anything you want to shove in it. The cable management was a little more challenging than I'd like in a full tower, but it was still easy enough for it to not cause problems. I would recommend this case to anyone looking for a full tower.

PSU: This power supply is semi modular, 80+ Gold, 850watts, and more than I'll ever need in this build. I went with it because I needed room for sli in the future and heard PC Power and Cooling was a good brand, and I was impressed by how high quality it felt when I unboxed it. However, I think it comes with too many cables permanently attached than it should. Both pcie cables could have been done off of one lead, and the second 4+4 pin isn't necessary. Even with those minor complaints, the good outweighs the bad and helps me to recommend this power supply, if you can find it (OCZ filed for bankruptcy and I don't think these are being produced anymore).

SSD: I didn't know what I was missing until I got an SSD! Windows 7 doesn't even have a chance to display the startup screen before I'm booted to the desktop and ready to go, and games (especially Skyrim) load almost 1 minute quicker than before! I can never go back to just a mechanical drive, and I struggle to use other peoples' computers when they don't have an SSD boot drive. Every system I build from now on will include an SSD. New Addition - Bought an Intel 530 series SSD because I saw it on sale and wanted to try it out. So far, I'm not as impressed as I was with the 840 EVO, although it has a few good things to hold above the EVO such as a 5 year warranty and the ability to sustain its sequential read speed for longer than the EVO during large file transfers. I'm using it purely for games that have really long loading times, such as Battlefield 3 and Skyrim.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a very nice build. Nice cable management.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, clean build. Very good cable management and you have enough room in that case to display a LEGO castle or something. That power supply has been passing load tests with flying colours, so it should be just fine. At the end of the day though... +1 for the toilet paper in the first picture.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. That's an interesting case. I had to some research to figure out what those brackets were for. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Great build, don't know about that psu :S

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

it is a top tier psu

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Very nervous about that power supply.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a tier 1 Power Supply

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