Description

This is my very first build ever and its also a gaming rig. I used a very overclock-able system (not that it needs to be OC'ed). First i'll go over each part and then each picture. Btw dont believe that price down there, no way in hell I paid $1000.


PARTS

CPU - As many of you know, its easy to wanna spend just a little more to get that better part. Well i decided the i5 3570k was worth it and i still think so after testing it. For the noobies like myself "K" means you can OC and "P" means HD is disabled.

MOBO - My original plan was to build this rig as black as I could and this board looked black and had all the features I desired; crossfire, z77, usb 3.0, vga, hdmi, lga1155, sata 3 16x. (sadly it looks more brown but its still a good board imo).

RAM - Again, black and 1600 is a bump up from my old 1333. And 8gigs is a bump up from my old 4. all in all I don't notice a difference but I'm sure its there.

Drives - Both drives are from my old acer aspire POS. It was a laptop stuffed inside a case and it played Skyrim at about 20-30 fps on lowest settings.

GPU - Once again for the money this OC-able card is great imo... except its blue... and its called saphire... but still function is key and this baby gets the job done nicely allowing me to play Skyrim smoothly on all ultra settings even before OCing.

Case - I know alot of people are like "wtf that is an ugly case!". Well I like it. idk if I would have liked a different one more but I really like this ones functionality. Its large for a midsize as well as boasts a very handy storage compartment and wire guide for a mouse or headphone. It has a large window which was a big selling point for me, and includes 3 fans with room for 3 more or 1 more and a large water cooling system. The back of the case also has a place to hide and guide cables. The downsides are the fans are very generic white and I've heard stories of them breaking in transport. Also only 3 5inch slots but I'm fine with that... P.S. very black

PSU - 650 is a bit large for this build but it should last me right? lol. Well i originally had a 500 for much cheaper but was scared into getting something of better quality so this is it. My only annoyance is its not modular.

OS - Its actually borrowed from a buddy of mine and I cracked the customizations since there was no usable key. Its certainly a switch from 7 but its okay I guess. Oh and beware, some drivers from some mobos may make it impossible for windows to boot.... learned this the hard way.... multiple times.


PICTURES

-1 - My humble little setup.

0 - Window view.

1 - Parts packages.

2 - The site uploaded it sideways but this is the side off view. I dislike the white optical drive but nothing some electrical tape cant fix. Also I have two long yellow power cables for the GPU but I couldn't decide which looked better so i left it simplistic.

3 - Corner angle.

4 - Just a better look at the GPU up close. Depth is not this camera lenses strong point.

5 - Another sideways pic. I focused on the rear fan looking through the front after removing one of the two front fans. nothing special.

6 - Storage compartment. I can tell you its not that hard to open as one video suggested if your not retarded and its able to hold at least a laptop HDD, an SD adapter, 2 SD cards, and 2 flash drives.

7 - For those who though wow its so clean and minimalist.... Think again. This is my mess that i shoved under the metaphorical bed.

8 - Back panel showcasing the features of the MOBO and GPU.


CLOSING STATEMENT

Id like to thank yahoo answers, tomshardware, and whoever else helped me figure this **** out lol. I'm not done however. The next stage of this build is Bling and i have ideas brewing. Also I welcome any and all comments and ratings.

I wish to leave you with this question... WHEN THE **** AM I EVER GOING TO USE 12 USB PORTS ?!?!

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Keep an eye on the psu, as I have never heard of Enhance as a psu maker. Other than that, I hope you grab an aftermarket cooler when you decide to overclock. Stock cooling will only get you so far.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The psu maker is cooler master, unless you mean the OEM.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant the OEM.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. With the 7870 xt did you have to update your bios????

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the 7870 xt?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The xt is good, i didnt have to update my bios at all. on the 3dmark test however i didnt get the score i expected. while graphics was high, the physics score was pretty low. overclocking fixed it though.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

i havent researched crossfire or overclocking crossfire or boosted crossfire so i cant say, but the xt is a great card and gives you options to preforms almost as well as the 79 series. as far as win 8, it can be a huge pain in the *** since its fairly new they dont have all the bugs worked out. on my win 7 i had my start-up screen customized to look like the matrix and everything flowed better imo but win 8 isnt bad. i like it better than Ubuntu. i already had a coby 40 inch lcd tv that use and a crappy keyboard and mouse that im thinking of replacing but those parts aside it was about 700.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Get 12 USB Hubs ;)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

did the mobo come with standoff screws?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

all of my screws came with the case. and i have left overs. however the case was mishap-en to allow for hiding cords so if you screw down the mobo to tight then the graphics card wont insert into the mobo all the way because the board will be flexed. something to keep in mind.

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