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WARNING- I'm not good at this. Reviewing and cable management and building. However, I did have fun:) So after 6 years of Xbox I started to drift away to this much cooler and newer dreamland called Steam. I easily knew once I downloaded this wonderful program that I needed a gaming PC. So I got up, got a job, and started building. Of course being in High School, making 1000 dollars is kind of...difficult. So I tried to make this as best as I could think of, after a lot of research. ANYWAY, the build was a bit challenging as parts, and easier at others. My requirements seemed simple enough. It needed to be small and needed to be able to play games. So after a Summer of research, I got these parts. Everything seems to be okay.

First Intel processor works pretty good so far, it is smooth and fast.

The Gigabyte mobo was pretty good quality, as in being a newb I sort of...bent it a few times....and forgot to put standoffs in...But hey! It works great, BIOS is good, and all parts are pretty easy to put in!

Corsair RAM is good, no compaints at all.

SSD is good...so far...some people have criticized it and some approve of it. Guess I will have to see. Oh yea...boots Windows 8 in about 7 seconds or less. Which, coming from a laptop (without an SSD) is a dream.

The Asus GTX 760 has been great so far. Not to hot, quiet, and gets the job done on high settings. Not much more to ask for!

The case has been nice and easy to take apart. Only problem is one of the screws had that problem where it didn't want to come out, no matter how much I turned it to the left(I'm not good with tools...haha). But I resolved it in less then 10 minutes, so that doesn't even count as a con for me. However the PSU made cable management....impossible.(I'm not creative, either). Oh, one of the SATA cables that came with it broke. But, it was midnight, so it might of been my fault. Also, It gets warm. But its 75 degrees in my house, so it might be normal.

The PSU has worked easily so far. Just put it in and hook it up. Nothing bad about it.

DVD tray/the most important part of this build and most expensive, works as it should. Nuff said.

Alright, Windows 8. I went against all reviewers and said to myself "I want the newest and plausibly greatest OS I can get" (IMO! It's for gaming, so it had to be Windows unless I want to have a harder time installing games). So I download it, and have a hard time with a few things. -The disk tray doesn't work now after installing Windows 8. -Internet explorer is terrible, again IMO, I prefer Chrome anyway. -I couldn't find how to add the Seagate to be active. After a hour of searching I gave up and risked it by clicking something about a Single Volume or something relating to that. And hey, it worked! Still finding out how to make things download straight to the drive though, automatically. -The marketplace app doesn't work, and seems to stop working (it can't load things).

Yea, but now since I know better, I would say to all that the Rosewill 650W and Cooler Master Elite are simply almost incompatible, since there is NO room for cable manangement. Also, fans are a little loud, but I should probably put the build in my basement or air conditioned room anyway. Add more pictures when I add another fan, or sooner if people want it. PS-Prices are what I think they were.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

You might check to see if you're running on integrated. The 760 should be able to get high or max settings on a lot of games.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

You were right! After fixing the resolution and installing some drivers I was able to get a 8.1 on score directory.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad I could help! Happy gaming :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

"K" CPU and H77 chipset? And the windows performance score things are complete BS.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I thought. I was expecting at least a 7. And is there any other problem with a H77 chipset and "K" CPU? I know you can't overclock...but anything else?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

No, they are fully compatible, but the H77 has more limitations on expansions vs. Z77.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Unlocked processor and h77 motherboard? A locked processor and z77 motherboard sometimes makes sense if you are planning to SLI/CF but a K CPU and H77 never does. Otherwise the parts selection is ok. More pictures would be cool.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I realized after getting the K version that I could of saved ten dollars and not of gotten it. I don't need to overclock, and it'll probably overheat anyway. So its fine...unless there's another problem ha? Oh and I will once I crack it open again.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 8.1 doesn't have a score directory.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think the preview is worth installing?

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, so much better. Use it on my notebook since it came out (HP Probook 4320s old sonofabitch :P). Great build, not going to repeat what others already said. +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the preview is very smooth and has awesome features, I do agree it is worth installing. It doesn't even expire till jan 2014.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Go Steam!