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This is my first PC build. I plan on using it for gaming and data mining/simulations. I realize that the i7 has no advantage over the i5 for gaming, but for the data mining stuff I do (not a career by any means, but an interesting hobby), the hyperthreading should prove to be useful. Moving to an SSD from a HDD is incredible. Windows boots incredibly fast and programs open instantaneously. The second HDD is for an internal backup drive so I don't have to deal with hooking up a USB drive. I haven't done any FPS benchmarks, but anecdotal evidence indicates that the 670 FTW is an amazing card. The case was pretty good. It has plenty of cable management grommets. I am pretty happy with my cable management, though you can see from the pictures that the extra cables from the non-modular power supply are a pain to deal with. Finally, I went with Windows 7 Pro for the network backup and RDP features. I also paid much less than the current prices. Using mostly Black Friday deals, I put the build together for $1407.

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  • 87 months ago
  • 4 points

Not bad. My only criticism is the 840 SSD, the 830 would have been a better choice at that price. It has proven reliability and is comparable to the 840 in speed. If you're going to roll the dice on new tech, the much superior 840 Pro is the way to go.

However, after seeing multiple builds without a SSD to speak of, it's good to see one. At least you understand the benefits.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

I understand that the 840 is pretty new. I knew I wanted a Samsung SSD. My only question was 830 or 840, as I thought the extra cost of the Pro wasn't worth it. I understand that some reviewers had some issues with 840 drives failing, but it is my understanding that those failures were due to pre-production firmware that was fixed prior to retail shipments. I guess we'll see in the next year or so whether I made the right choice.

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  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your cable management, nicely done.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

And with a non-modular power supply too, it's hard not to appreciate it.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

GReat Balanced system. You did an amazing job on your cable management with a non modular PSU when a lot of people can't do this with a modular PSU it seems ;) You deserve a (Builders Clap) Good work!!

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! The price on the PSU was pretty good after a rebate, so I decided to go non-modular. Given my experience with tucking away all of the extra cables (it took lots of creativity and time to figure out how to keep them out of the main case), I'm pretty sure I'll go modular on PSUs in the future.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done, solid top to bottom

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice cable management. I'm not 100% sure on this but there are some better models of the GTX 670. With better cooling solutions, for about the same price. But the one you got is still amazing.