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This is my first build I have ever done. She is named Pandora, after my dog that passed away over Thanksgiving break. I did it on Christmas and it took about 3 hours to complete. I may have to redo my thermal paste, when my build was done I had like 37C across the board but earlier this week I started getting 51C MAX so something is up. At idle its 37C but after a few rounds of Battlefield 3 or editing its like 51C. Overall the build was SUPER easy, never knew how easy it was. Placing the bracket over the CPU was terrifying, all of the popping and cracking was horrible. Also I have plans to get a bigger SSD (I went with a smaller one to save on money so I could get a few games on Steam). Also is my CPU bottlenecking my system? I feel like it is, I hope to one day replace it with a i7 (again downgraded so I could get some games).

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  • 86 months ago
  • 4 points

The i5 bottlenecking a 7970? Nope.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm rolling with the top end 7970 and a 3570K - I can say a definite nope except for Planetside 2, where if stuff starts glitching out I get 0 FPS...

  • 86 months ago
  • 4 points

Wrong power supply listed ;) Methinks you should update that asap

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a greatly balanced build! The only thing I see just slightly wrong with it is the cable management, is the 24 pin MOBO connector to short to route behind the motherboard, because if it is, it will increase airflow lowering temps a bit. By the way, from what I've heard, 51C is a very acceptable temp for the 3570K and I wouldn't be too worried about it. Sorry about your dog :(

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you should have put the PSU to throw air down, so that your cable management would be better. BTW, your build is very similar to mine :).

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Don't worry the i5-3570K will not be a bottleneck for this build. If you were using this strictly for gaming, you could have opted for just 8GB RAM and used the savings towards a larger SSD. Other than that, funds look like they were very wisely spent throughout.

I use the Hyper 212+ on my i5-3570K and get 30-31C across all cores at idle. Did you use the Cooler Master thermal paste included with the heatsink? I personally used Arctic Silver because I heard everywhere that it was pretty much the best. However, the best thing to improve your cooling performance is to clean up the cables and turn the power supply over so that hot air is not being pushed into the chassis.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

No way the i5 is bottlenecking you.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Buy a 3" 8 pin extension cable and route the CPU power behind the mobo tray.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I also have a OCZ mod stream x pro, and its an OK psu, but it has godamn short cables!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

51c is pretty normal for this cpu under load. I don't think there is anything to worry about. Get the cables cleaned up, and you'll be fine.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the motherboard cable to short to go to the other side and back?

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

i5 does better is gaming then an i7 and are the cables to short for cable management?

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Hyperthreading from the i7 decreases gaming performance by 1-2%. Not a big deal.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

The i5 is slightly better than an i7 for gaming, but it's not noticeable (Maybe 0.5%-2.5%). Mainly, an i7 is just not necessary.

And OCZ ModXStream Pro does have rather short cables.

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  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

decent build. if you flip the EDITED motherboard PSU EDITED so its bringing fresh cool air from the bottom of the case, unless its on long shag carpet, you'll have enough cable length to route the cables behind the motherboard. If you can avoid it you should always route cables behind it because it can trap heat on the motherboard which is very bad. I would have probably went with a different brand PSU especially since most more known reliable brands are usually the same price if not really close. Happy gaming. For gaming the i7 brings absolutely no significant benefit over the i5, the i5 is in no way a bottleneck.

  • 86 months ago
  • -2 points

You cant flip the motherboard.... and OCZ is a very well known power supply manufacturer.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Very well known... for dying and bringing other parts with them.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

Not what I heard. Whatever you believe I guess.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

Where did you "hear" this? Aside from linustechtips who before saying they are good also indicates he is the OCZ sales rep...

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

actually OCZ is known just not known as a reliable brand.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Since I can't find a way to message you, how do you do those paragraph/indented comments that I always see? The formatting help doesn't really work for me.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm not sure exactly what you are asking but if you put a > in front of a paragraph it is for quoting but it indents.

like this.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

That's it! =)

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

you really couldn't figure out that I meant the PSU??? O.o