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So this was actually built for my parents. They aren't gamers, but they wanted something that would last a long time. It'll be used mostly for email, microsoft office, internet, and youtube videos. I'll probably do some light gaming on it. They gave me a $1500 budget including the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and a new printer.

It took me the whole day to build it, but I was being extra careful not to mess anything up. I followed a tutorial video on youtube which was extremely helpful. Thanks goes out to https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTechReportVideos, thanks to the good people on NeoGAF for answering some of my questions, and thank you for this awesome website that made part picking easy. It was a great experience and I'll definitely build one for myself someday.

I know I probably made some mistakes in my part selection. I really don't think we'll ever be overclocking the cpu, so I could have gone with just the 4770. I might have overpaid for the ssd because I think a Crucial M500 is around half the price of the Intel one I bought. I thought the white case looked cool, but my mom doesn't like it (she'll live with it though).

Everything about this machine is awesome, but what has impressed me the most is the ssd. I love the fast boot times and load times. I soon went out and replaced the hdd in my laptop to an ssd. I don't think I can ever go back to an hdd. Please future builders, invest in an ssd!

Only real problem I've had so far is with the fans. It has happened twice now where the all the fans will spin very fast and loud when it wakes up from sleep state, and it will continue to do so after restarting the computer, turning it on and off, adjusting stuff in BIOS, etc. Fortunately, I think I've narrowed down the cause to the GPU. The 760 I chose has three fans, and the middle fan sometimes refuses to spin.

The solution has been to turn off and unplug the computer, take off the cover, and simply spin the fan a little bit with my finger. It's obvious that there's more friction with the middle fan than the other two fans. When I plug it in and turn it back on, the middle fan is working again and everything is back to normal.

Maybe I should get the whole graphics card replaced? The computer has been fantastic other than the two instances with the fans so far. I'm afraid it might happen again though. Is there a way to loosen up that middle fan? If anyone can shed some insight, I would greatly appreciate it.

The floor is open to comments/criticisms. I'll be building again at some point, so any advice for the future would be very helpful.

Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It does sound like something might be wrong with your GPU, although I have never owned a gigabyte card the fact that one fan does not spin sounds a bit off to me, however you might want to double check this as I am not entirely sure. But if something is wrong you can send it back to get a replacement. The i7 seems like extreme overkill for a build that will be used for basic everyday tasks, even for light - casual gaming an i5 would suffice. In my personal opinion i7s are only really required for more heavy duty tasks such as media editing. A locked processor may have also sufficed. Although you had a high budget it seems that you may have gone on a slight spending spree on some components, another instance you said yourself was the SSD, there a much better options out there, but you have to look.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans have been good for a while now, but if it happens again, I think I will try to get a replacement. I guess I went i7 because I was thinking longevity over anything else, and because Microcenter had a great in store deal on the 4770k. I'm not sure if they even sell the 4770. Definitely should have done more research on SSD's.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell me hoe you like that monitor?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no issues with it at all, and it was easy to set up. It is pretty great for the price. Only thing I might complain about is the built in speakers are pretty bad, but I didn't expect them to be anything special either. Plus I have other dedicated speakers that I use.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

You could have saved over $300 with a less game specific ram, ssd (like you mentioned), CPU, MOBO, and GPU ( if your doing lite gaming an amd radeon sould have sufficed). over all a few finacial mistakes but a decent build.