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This is actually my fourth build, but since it still use 20% of my 3rd build (cpu, casing and HDD) so I named it RIG number 03a. I'm very proud of this build because I single-handedly choose and put together the parts myself, all my previous builds are done by my local computer shop.

It will used mainly for gaming, and because I play World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs, I'm using Razer Naga and Razer Anansi. Along with other single player games, such Skyrim, Far Cry 3.

I'm not too proud about the cable management, but I've been trying for 1 hour or so. Sorry for the low quality pictures, I took it using an iPad, and I don't know why it goes to landscape after I uploaded it.

So anyway lets discuss this build of mine...

CPU: I bought this processor from 2011 and it still works like a charm. Now with Sabertooth, I can overclock it to 4.5GHz. But for day to day use, I only overclock it to 4.2GHz maximum. So far I manage to lower the vcore up to 1.256 at maximum load, making my load temp goes down to 63C after 3 hours of Prime95 test.

CPU Cooler: I think this is a good value CPU Cooler, although I’m still not satisfied with the maximum load temperature. Overall while idle (in 4.2 & 4.5 GHz OC) the temp is on 35C average, but on load test with Prime95 the temp goes as high as 68C, and it gets to 75C with IntelBurn Test on 4.2GHz OC! I didn’t dare to test it with 4.5GHz Overclock, as I assume it will go 3C to 5C higher. I wan’t to change it with a Noctua NH-D14 but my Corsair Vengeance Memory doesn’t allow me for it =( and I’m don’t have plenty experience to do a AIO Water Coolers or Custom Water Cooling setup.

Thermal Compound: I bought this after referenced by a friend of mine, and I think overall it’s the main reason my CPU is as low temp as it is now. I see around 3C decrease after replacing the TIM that came with 212 EVO with this.

Motherboard: At first I’m aiming for Asus P8Z77-V Pro, but then I saw Sabertooth Z77, which looks really badass with the Thermal Armor. So far I’m pretty satisfied with the performance, I can overclock up to 4.5GHz, and although I’m pretty sure I can go higher, I don’t intend to do it.

Memory: My friend once said to me, you can’t go wrong when using Corsair Memories. So I bought it, and so far it performed awesome. Although I regret it a bit now, because I can’t buy a better CPU Cooler like Noctua ND-D14 as the tall Heat Spreaders interfere with it.

Storage: I’ve added a Corsair Neutron GTX SSD, and I bought only the 120GB because I think more than that is just too much for an OS / System Drive. I also add WD Green 3TB for all my pictures, games and movies back up. The WD Black 1TB which I bought at 2011 will be used to run my program files and games.

Video Card: I have research this card for around 2 weeks before I bought it. During my research, I found that this and the Zotac GTX 670 AMP! Edition that matches the price/performance I wanted.

Case: This, (along with the CPU and WD Black 1TB) are bought from 2011, and it still have everything that I needed from a case. Cooler Master had done a great job with this Chassis, it had plenty of room for upgrades and hardware changes that I’ve made, nice airflow. Pretty futureproof IMO.

Power Supply: Before I use a VenomRX 700Watts PSU and everyone I know said that it’s a very bad brand. I researched and asked my local computer shop, they said that a Seasonic M12II 650Watts would be enough for my build. So far it works marvelous, I have no problem at all.

Optical Drive: I don’t have much use of this drive after I installed OS and drivers. But I the reason I choose this brand, because I already bought an ASUS mobo and GPU. Might as well get the Optical Drive also =).

Operating System: Not much I can say about it, except its very reliable, very user friendly and works with every programs or applications that I bought or download from the internet. I’m just glad that I don’t have to buy a new one, as it still accept my build after all those hardware change, perhaps it’s because it still attaches to my CPU.

Well, that's about it. Please rate and comment, I will accept any suggestion or critique.

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Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 5 points

I love seeing pictures of all the boxes and parts stacked up!! And I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to see the inside of the finished machine!!!

All your parts are high quality, great choices for a gaming machine. glad to see you didn't skimp on performance parts in exchange for that motherboard ;)

Happy gaming!!

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a very well balanced gaming machine. All these parts are great and you will do fine with gaming and even editing with a build like this. How is it running so far?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

It runs very smooth, and I really like it because the fans are pretty silent.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

You stacked up your boxes so nicely and forgot to take the shoes out of the shot, lol just playing. Awesome pic setup though, I always like seeing those.

Since the exact purpose of this build isn't stated, we're assuming from the components that it's a gaming build. And since there are no completed build pics, I can only comment on the parts selection. You did a great job choosing your parts. They're all high quality components. +Upvote

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it's mainly for gaming, sorry I haven't took any pictures in the completed build, that one picture I took just before I press the power button, and its a bit rushed (sorry about the slippers, lol). It's my wife's idea to stack the boxes (the slippers are hers too).

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you go for a sabertooth?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning to do some overclocking, so I was going for a P8Z77-V Pro. But then I saw Sabertooth, more expensive, but it's within my budget.

I'm really interested with the Thermal Armor, and wanted to try whether it can make any difference in the long run. I also like the color scheme of the board.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think the thermal armor really makes that much of a difference. Sabertooths are mostly for looks.