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Zebra's Build

by Zebrajellybeans



Date Published

April 28, 2014

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Hello everyone. I am a fifteen year old boy and have been saving up for this build for quite a long time. This project has been a very slippery slope. I did many months of research and money saving for this. I built this because I was very into PC gaming but only had a crappy HP Pavilion from 2009. The pictures are very weird because many are taken at different times. The whole thing spans about a year, my first thing being my monitor, my last being my GPU and HDD.

Here is how the parts work: CPU - $160 because Microcenter is awesome. Very nice, I never planned on overclocking so it was a sweet deal. I got this in the summer of 2013 along with the PSU at Microcenter. It says 3.2 GHz - 3.6 GHz, but I can not figure out how to turbo.

CPU fan - Average Intel Haswell fan. Semi-Quiet, does its job.

Motherboard - $93. I got this motherboard about a day after Haswell motherboards were released, so there wasn't a lot of mobo choices. It was a toss up between this and the Gigabyte UD3, which would probably be a smidge better than mine.

RAM-$65 - Very nice. CAS latency of 7.

Storage - This was an absolute nightmare. Blue screens started a few months after buying in June-ish of 2013. Soon I/O device errors started. I just rma'd it this week, and luckily, WD's amazing customer service saved my faith in WD. They gave me a 2 TB WD black as a replacement.

Video Card - Nothing can beat it for the price I got it for. A small powerhouse for only $200. Who would pass up a 670 for $200?! Got this black friday 2013. A lot later than planned. I had to use intel's HD graphics while waiting for a gpu deal.

Case - The Phantom seems to be a favorite to the PC building community. I love the looks and it has great technology. I do have a few problems with it though. One, it is MASSIVE. This usually is a pro, but oh my I did not expect that. Second, when the side door swings open, it is super easy to accidentaly bend the metal. I pulled it off wrong once and it bent the whole bottom corner making it very difficult to close. Third, fan cables get caught in the doors. Fourth, hard drives are impossible to mount. I actually had buyers remorse after ordering this with the motherboard, and wanted a mini itx like the Silverstone sg-06, but this allows upgrades and stuff.

PSU - I was foolish to not spend the extra 10 bucks on a 600w. Got this cheap but led case lights flicker and things from lack of power. Does not pair well with 670.

Monitor - Love it, about double the size of what I expected. This was the first part I got using Christmas money in early 2013. No dead pixels yet, has hdmi, has built in speakers, and looks wonderful aesthetically.

Wireless adapter-Works well, huge range. Unfortunately, I am starting to get random connection loss from time to time. Keyboard - Don't buy. Get a mechanical instead. Feels cheap, looks cheap, is good for the money but just plain not worth it.

Mouse - Love it. The mouse is lovely for my very, very small hands. In fact, I palm grip this mouse though it is made for claw.

So yes, this build was started in early 2013 and ended about last week in Late April 2014. Very drawn out, but I loved the experience. Kills every game I throw at it, and is probably my most prized possession.

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epicfacecr 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

dat rig would hate to have to sleep on the carpet, give it a nice spot on the desk

Zebrajellybeans submitter 1 Build 0 points 42 months ago

It has a little thing that came with my desk that lifts it off the ground a bit, but my room is VERY small and my desk is mostly monitor and mouse. I will look for a place to put it on my desk but a massive case like that on my desk would seem very odd to me.

epicfacecr 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

It would look a bit odd, maybe stick a bit of cardboard or something under it.

Retroman 2 points 42 months ago

so not including your monitor is was under $750, pretty solid build for the price range. The case is massive for what your putting inside of it though, but that's not really a big deal. congrats on your build +1

Zebrajellybeans submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah, I imagined the case to be about the size of the NZXT Phantom 410, like a midtower. I was not expecting this monster. It looks nice, but oh my is it big, and my room is about the size of a walk in closet so...

erik4boss 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Nice build! Yeah I love WD, current WD HDD has been in my PC for 5 years now.

Zebrajellybeans submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah, I always hear nothing but good things about WD. That is why I was very dissapointed when it started dying. In my opinion, the customer service easily made up for it by giving me this

They pretty much doubled my WD Blue.

erik4boss 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

The blue is not the best drive out there, and the black is much better than the blue. So giving you double the space and a black was really nice of them!

WingThing 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Like it. Lots of room for up grades later on if you wish. I would move the tower off the floor. Just so it doesn't get kicked. I had lost hard drives that way.

Zebrajellybeans submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah I have updated my desk a lot since the picture was taken. Got a new mic and things. I will try to see where to put it.

Tweeek 1 point 42 months ago

That case just dwarfs all your components :L

Zebrajellybeans submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah it is a monster. I actually got really upset because in my mind EVERYTHING HAD TO BE PERFECT. I actually considered replacing the motherboard and case to this mini itx Because I saw this build

I realised how dumb I was being and am happy that I can get a little better performance from atx and can upgrade more in the future.

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Hi zebra,

I read your description and wanted to tell you that you can not control the turbo clock of the CPU. This is controlled by the CPU itself. The CPU checks the temperature and the amount of power it needs to complete the task and then kicks in the boost. So basicly with better cooling the turbo will run more often and for longer periods of time and if possible all the time while under load. Nice build looks great +1!

Zebrajellybeans submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

That makes sense, thanks for clearing that up.

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I like your build. Excellent price and excellent job on the cables management.

Zebrajellybeans submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you. I was very happy about the cable management. My only problem is that the side door's fan cables get trapped whenever I close the door, leading to them being all bent and frayed.

istealunderwear 9 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I would passup a 670 for 200, just got a 770 for the same price. Pretty lovely build. Gj. Nice card though, still an awesome price. would've gotten an ssd though.

Zebrajellybeans submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah I was going to get an ssd, but as you can see by me getting the GPU many months after the rest, money was tight. Also, how did you manage to get a 770 for $200?

Zebrajellybeans submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks everyone for all the great feedback!

If anyone is interested, this is what my setup is like today: link

Pictured: Computer, Blue Spark Microphone w/ Behringer amp, Roccat Kova+ mouse with Steelseries mousepad, Perrix PX-2000 keyboard, a 23" 1080p hp monitor that I got for 40 bucks on ebay, a 24" 1080p asus monitor, a penguin drawing made of oil colors, an elephant clock I made in woodshop, a $5 wrist rest from the local dollar store, and a vibrating office chair that my grandparent's friend was going to throw away.

For anyone wondering, the program on my left monitor is Rocketdock, and my Rainmeter skin is Fog and can be found here

Also, thanks to reddit.com/u/JDiTo for helping me with all of my questions and helping me find parts.