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This is the first computer I have ever built or worked on, so please give me constructive criticism and don't just say "this sucks." I know the cable management is awful but without proper planning I think it's okay. I don't have any problems with cooling, after running prime 95 for 2 hours and furmark the highest temps I saw was 75C on furmark and 72C on prime95. To my knowledge those temperatures are safe so I think I'm fine but correct me if I'm wrong. I use this mostly for gaming.(BF3, League of Legends, CS:GO, Payday 2, Minecraft, and BF4 when it comes out) The reason I built this was to play BF4 and according to the requirements I should be able to play on ultra or at least high graphics. If anybody was wondering, my restart time(from desktop to desktop) is ~25 seconds, I get 70-80 fps on BF3, and I did not overclock anything. If you have any suggestions let me know please and thanks!

EDIT: Really sorry about the photo quality, I took them with an iphone. EDIT2: Just thought I should add that even though I'm using the stock fans, this machine makes practically no noise even under load. I have to put my head next to it to hear anything. EDIT3: I went with an i7 because I wanted an i7, I understand that an i5 is all you need for gaming but I plan on possibly doing some things that will require the extra cores(yes I know they aren't actual cores). And yes, I know the url says gay. EDIT4: The reason I went with a 660ti was because I was a complete noob when I started putting the parts list together and I had a friend tell me the 660ti was a great card so I went with it. I realize now that I should have went with a 7970 or an i5 and a 770 but there's always another build.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Umm, is there a reason why the permalink is pcpartpicker.com/b/Gay? lol

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha ouch, idk mine is Em0 on my first build

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, they sure do know how to get you xD. I would think they would just make it skip over words like that but hey, why not have a little fun.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

"I did not overclock anything"

Well you do have a locked cpu lol

Few things I would've done differently but all in all it's a great build

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, what would you have done differently? Just wondering.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Well personally since this is just a gaming PC I would've gone with the i5 instead of the i7. Not a huge deal or anything just a preference however many people will agree on that.

With the savings from that you could have easily gotten a 7970 which destroys the 660

Also the price on the hard drive looks a bit high but if you bought that locally or something I understand

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The price on the HDD or the SSD? It's possible I overpayed on the HDD a bit. And I went with an i7 because I plan on doing some rendering and stuff so I wanted the extra cores.

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

i7 doesnt have any extra cores.. it just hyperthreading

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

K cool then on the i7 np there then!

the HDD sorry. Just seems a bit high as I've seen it at a constant $58

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I could have saved $10 there, but I was buying everything off of newegg because I trusted them and didn't really know much about other companies. At the same time though I did get my graphics card $60 off, monitor $20 off, and I think my PSU was $15 off.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

I would have gone with an unlocked i5. You could have overclocked the hell out of it, paid $20 for an aftermarket heatsink, and gotten the same, if not better performance than a locked i7.

Mouse and keyboard aren't the greatest, but no big deal! Pretty decent build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The thing is, I was a complete noob at building and I was scared to overclock in fear of breaking something. On my next build I plan on getting an i5 haswell and oc'ing as well as getting probably sli 770's. But that's probably a year away unless I get a better job(I'm only 17)

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm only 18; age should never be an issue! My suggestion is don't do SLI 770s. While they're great, it's expensive and I honestly think it's overkill. Get a better monitor/speaker system, and save some money for something great.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good build for a first! I would've gone with an ATI graphics card, but that's just personal preference.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 7950 at the moment, and I've been having a fair amount of trouble getting some games on Steam (on sale) to work correctly. I swapped out with a 660 and all of my problems instantly went away. I love my ATI, but it seems that NVidia products are easier to use with games than ATI (APPARENTLY).

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

We both have the same case so I know cable mgt. Is not easy with the 922.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have gone with i5-4670k processor instead. But that's just my opinion.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

What board would you suggest?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean by board (I wasn't referring to his mobo)? I mentioned that he should have gone with the i5-4670k over the i7-3770 being that its price/performance ratio is far better than the i7. Little confused about your comment.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I know but the CPU that you suggest is socket 1150 (Haswell) and his build is an IVY Bridge Socket 1155. So I thought you might have a kick *** suggestion for a motherboard.... That's all.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok, well in that regard I would definitely say go with MSI's z87-g45 or g65 mobo, they are great (own the g45 and its awesome).

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad at all, this isn't the best case for cable management and you for conventional purposes you did well. I could tell you that an i5 would've been better for mainly gaming but you've probably heard enough already.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anybody have any suggestions for a good case with plenty of ventilation and room for cable management? Preferably white with a window. I want a case like this for my next build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

nice URL.

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

Couple questions, why did u go with such an expensive CPU but didnt get a newer GPU, in my opinion you get a better graphics card before you get a better CPU, U just bottlenecked yourself by getting a $300 CPU and a GPU thats a few generations OLD. Makes no sense

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think I'm bottle necking with this setup. Can you prove that?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Most games these days rely on the GPU to get the high graphics quality and frame rates. The CPU computes all the enemy AI, Physics, Game Motion, etc. If your CPU is extremely fast , such as in your setup, it will be able to get the information to your GPU faster than your GPU can render it and pull it all together. So in turn getting that good of a CPU did almost nothing to increase gaming performance over a CPU half that price. Most gamers stick with the i5 because getting an i7 wont make too much of a difference. top of the line CPU needs a top of the line GPU. mid-line CPU needs a mid-line GPU. etc... etc... Make sense?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

To sum it up, you couldve got pretty much the same performance out of an i5 and saved the money to increase your performance with a better GPU

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I understand this, but I might end up needing the i7 for certain things I plan on doing(video rendering, 3D modeling, etc.)even though I'll be using this mostly for gaming. Another thing is I plan on upgrading to either SLI 660ti's or a 770 in a few months or so.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you post unigine heaven 4.0 Benchmarks please?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

For Basic: Score: 2554 FPS: 101.4 For Extreme: Score: 924 FPS: 36.7

Was there any specific settings I should be using? Again, I'm new to building so I don't have much experience benchmarking.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats pretty good for a 660 Ti, I just ran mine with everything on ultra and extreme and got a score of 789 FPS:32.7, Im running an FX-8350 with a GTX 760, I think if I had a 770 it wouldve been drastically higher. My point is that if you had gotten an i5 and a 770 I think you wouldve got better performance. Look around and see if anyone has an i5 770 build and check the BM's

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah of course I would have better gaming performance but like I said I might need the hyper threading for video rendering, 3d modeling, etc. Also I did my research and determined that a 3gb 660ti would give me better performance than a 760 but not nearly as good as a 770.

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