Description

This is my first PC build and I am mostly going to be using this for gaming, streaming, and multitasking. I started planning my build in April and I was supposed to have enough money to pay for all the parts, but someone borrowed $500 dollars from me and is a little late on paying me back. However, I really wanted to get this thing built so I didn't buy a GPU, I will buy one once I get my next deposit or if I get paid back before then.

GRAPHICS CARD: If you have any suggestions on the graphics card, let me know and why because I am still trying to figure out which one I should get. My max would probably come around $460.

Part Comments:

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - I wanted to get an aftermarket cooler and this seemed like a good choice for now. However, after I installed the cooler and was installing the fans, I found out the 200mm side panel fan would not fit because the cooler is too tall and gets in the way. If you're thinking about getting this cooler, make sure you consider take the dimensions into account if you're installing side fans. I decided to just leave the cooler there and only have 6 fans. I will swap it out if I really want to install the side panel fan, but it's not a big deal, it just would've looked nice in the dark.

NZXT Phantom - I love everything about this case. The only concern I had with it was there was no real good way of picking it up to move to another room. Not a big deal since it is a full tower, but would have been nice.

Corsaid 850W - The fan on the PSU will start to spin depending on the temperature. I didn't know that at first so I was a little worried when I first turned my computer on saw it wasn't spinning.

Other Comments:

How do I change the vendor I bought an item from. It says I bought my paste from Outlet PC, but I actually got it from Newegg This is my first build so I might have messed up some of the terminology My ratings for the parts might be a little inaccurate because I don't really know how to rate a part unless it breaks or is running terrible right out the box, but for the most part, good ratings from me. I don't know what overclocking is, but I feel I won't need to. However, if you guys wanted to make comments if I decided to overclock, that would be appreciated. I will update with more pictures and information soon Will also update once I get the graphics card

**Update I have the graphics card on its way, but I am going to end up scrapping this page soon, since most of the comments was suggesting a 770. I will reupload once I have the GPU installed and have taken some decent pictures. I will also include pictures of inside the case, cable management, and desk set up

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Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 5 points

For the GPU get the EVGA GTX 770 SC. Better than a 680 for 400$

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about getting that, it fits well for my budget and I have read reviews that say it's a great card

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Again with my questions : 1) Why 850W if you're only going to use one graphic card ? Or.. are you going to the SLI route ? A 550 to 650W PSU would have been way enough. 2)Why 16GB of RAM ? Even while streaming and gaming in the same time you're never going to use more than 8. You could have saved a bit and if ever upgraded later. 3) Are you going to benefit the hyper-threading from the 4770K ? A 4670K would have been fine for gaming and multitasking, no ? 4) Thermal paste wise, why not going for the MX-4 which is better and cheaper ? (10$ or so while you apparently paid yours around 18). 5) You could have gone with 4 x 120mm fans instead of 2 x 200mm which would have been just a tad louder but way more efficient IMO.

Here, that's all with the critics ;) Can't wait to see some pics of that little beast

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The 850 was in case I decided to get a second graphics card, I didn't want to have to worry about having to get a second PSU if I decided to upgrade. I do agree that the 16GB of RAM seems like overkill for my situation. I just didn't want to have to upgrade later if I ever needed to. Also, if I ever decide to upgrade my cooling, I won't really have to worry about the RAM getting in the way. I have no idea what you mean by that hyper-threading question. My thermal paste was $8 so your fourth question is a little confusing. I know it says I got it for $5 from Outlet PC, but I don't know how to change the vendor I bought it from on the parts list. For my case, the side panel fits a 200mm fan and same with the second slot for the top of my case. Also, because the fans are 200mm, they move more air than a smaller fan, which would negate having to have the fans on a high or audible setting.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Hyper-threading makes it seem like there are more cores in the CPU so the i7 in effect has 8 vs the i5s 4. Are you going to need 8 cores? 4 is enough for gaming.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Does that avoid the warranty at all?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's built in. Basically, the i7 has 8 cores, the i5 has 4. What will you be using the PC for? Unless you are doing some seriously heavy stuff, it's a bit unnecessary.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly gaming, streaming, and multitasking. That is just the generic answer I can come up with because I do so much stuff on my computer, that asking is a little confusing. What sort of tasks would I need to be doing that would require hyper-threading?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

He said "This is my first PC build and I am mostly going to be using this for gaming, streaming, and multitasking" in the very first line of the description. An i7 fits perfectly into this PC.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks for your answers, I just wanted some clarification on the choices you made in your build :). Oh, the thermal paste appeared at 17$ in the price list that's why I was a bit shocked. You can set the amount you bought it by editing the properties of the part (that may be unclear but it really is dead simple). It doesn't really moves more air, it's actually less powerful than 2 x 120mm actually. Anyway, great build, thanks again for your explanations, and do not worry about the hyperthreading. Always remember it's your build, it's your choices in the end ;) (also a little help doesn't kill sometimes).

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I also recommend the 770 for the price..

One question though - do you really need a full tower? its huge and the setup you got you could easily fit in a ATX Desktop case without any trouble.. something like

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc902xbkkn1

just for example.

Id think that a full tower is more for running dual video cards + some hardcore water cooling

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

I wouldn't say I needed a full tower, but I highly preferred to get a full tower. I wanted to have enough room for at least two graphics cards if I ever decided one wasn't enough. I also wanted to have space for airflow and cable management. Also, the way I wanted my desk setup, the size of the tower fit aesthetically and I didn't want the computer to be on the desk. It really is just a preference rather than a necessity.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Also if you are mostly gaming you can save 100$ and get the 4670K instead and spend the 100$ on something else

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, not much thought was put into the price of the CPU. I just thought the $100 difference wouldn't bother me that much since I don't spend my money that often.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

This has already been bought. (facepalm)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

A great graphics card is the Nvidia GeForce gtx 770 for $400 it's fairly new and performs better than the 680

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, I was actually thinking about getting that and people on here seem to agree

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

For the graphics card get a GTX 770 SC ACX by EVGA.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

That was the card I was thinking about getting, and apparently everyone else thinks I should too

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah get it at least if your planning to do some overclocking.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

For the graphics card get a GTX 770 SC ACX by EVGA.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love the Phantom. I have one personally, and have no regrets whatsoever with it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Same, I just wish they had a blue case with black or white accents. The red case looks really cool, but my favorite color is blue so it would have been nice to have.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Same, my color scheme is black/blue.

Feel free to check out my build. Once I do a few more things to it I plan on re-submitting my update.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

saw your build, and it's a very good one.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

How did the CPU cooler fit in the case with the case side fan, I've been told with the larger 160mm coolers you can't use the side fan.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't able to had the additional case side fan because of the CPU cooler. The cooler is large and the NZXT case side fan I was attempting to put on wouldn't fit unless I switch to a smaller cooler. I am actually going to be taking this build down because I have updated the build with a GPU and almost all of the comments are about which GPU I should get. I will make put that in my notes for the build. Thank you

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

If I had to choose between the two, I would probably go with the 770. I was already thing about getting it and the size of the 7970 is a little off putting for me.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

A good number of people have mentioned it and I was thinking about getting it

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