Description

Well, I finally did it. It's been 2005 since I had a new computer, and pre-2000 since I had anything with respectable performance. The first picture is what I'm upgrading from. An old pos Pentium 2 Duo core that struggled to run anything on minimum graphics. I am a gamer but sometimes you just gotta go with what works, and for years the ole HP from BentBuy worked. Anyways I recently came into a little extra cash and decided it was time to get up to speed, and after about 2 weeks of endless product reviews and comparisons and articles, this is what I went with.

As I said I am a gamer so I was looking to get a system that could run my favorite games (SimCity, Civ V, Majesty 2, C&C Zero Hour, and many other cheesey titles that need no mentioning), anyways, with a background in things PC, I was looking for long-term; something I can get that will last 5-7 years before an upgrade "might" be needed. If I can get 10 years out of this or more I'd be tickled.

I'm not interested in OC'ing since I want max life. As of right now my MB is at 24C/75F, CPU @ 26C/78F, and CPU Speed at 3700.00 MHz. I was waiting until the additional case fan and SSD bracket came to finish and publish my build, however I have not yet run and benchmarking programs yet (any suggestions?).

I will be doing a review of each item on Newegg/Amazon, so you could read more info on each piece there. The only thing I would mention here is that I had ZERO problems putting all of these pieces together. Everything went in just fine, seated nicely, and once I got to that fateful pressing of the power button - everything started right up, no dr.debug code, and away she ran.

I appreciate any comments and/or suggestions. I was shooting for quiet and low-key since it sits 6 feet from the couch and the girlfriend doesn't want to hear fans going lol. Also, I owned the monitor prior to this purchase, around $1500 all done and over, fantastic performance so far!

Took some notes regarding shipping and ordering, here's the link: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Wedge_O_Witz/saved/2USV

EDIT: I just wanted to add that I don't use this machine for gaming purposes only. I do a lot of web-surfing, plus I tinker around with photo and video editing. I've also been interested in geocashing and 3D modeling, so this rig allows me to do anything, not JUST play any game with maxed graphics (though when I do game it looks damn pretty! Assassin's Creed: Black Flag that came with the 770 is absolutely stunning visually.)

Also, the first pic is a BentBuy special: HP Media Center PC m7674n - (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz, Asus P5BW-LA Motherboard(Basswood), GeForce 7300LE - tell me I didn't need an upgrade!)

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 6 points

who else though the first pic was his build?

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

I do that so you get all ready to bash me, then see what I really put together ;)

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't do that. You nearly made me puke :O

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

I did. Thought he built a really dusty legacy PC. DX

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

I like the first one better :P

Jk jk! Great computer! +1 from me :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah i agree with not OCing. Especially for gamers, its a waste to overclock since you dont get as much performance and OCing will decrease life

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean. Good cable management.

Nice, balanced selection of parts and I like the generally dark color scheme.

Have my +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

**** man, you really needed this upgrade from the first build

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Gaming, but you got an i7? Not overclocking, but you got an unlocked processor? I try not to be the "You could've saved some money" guy, but...yeah. I'm also not a big fan of the Arctic thermal paste. In my experience, the stuff CM includes with the 212 is fantastic.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I did a lot of research on the i7, and after reading tons of i5 vs. i7 for gaming articles, I was looking for something a little newer (Haswell), and also something that would last for quite a few years. Not to mention that my buddy has an i5 and I just wanted to one-up him. I probably did pay a lot for my CPU, but so far I have no complaints.

I realize I do have the "k" version of the i7, and as it turns out it was actually cheaper than the "locked" version around Thanksgiving when I made the purchase, so I did actually save money going with the 4770k. Not to mention that in 5 years I might decide it is time to OC, and thus I would be able to if I fancied it.

As far as the thermal paste goes, dude it was $8.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

i think rusty was trying to point out that with arctic silver the stuff is conductive, and if you screw up applying it on your cpu, you could potentially have a bad time...

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Unbelievably there are quite a few youtube videos regarding how to apply thermal paste to the cpu/heatsink, some were fairly entertaining; and there are hundreds of articles regarding best brands of thermal paste. It came down to good reviews, and at $8 it seems a good investment for protecting a rather expensive build (for me at least). I've done it a half-dozen times before using the pea method (which is what I was taught in tech school), and have never had issues. However, this does bring up an interesting question: When I was doing this part of the build, I put my pea on the CPU and then set the heatsink (the evo 212) on top. Due to fairly chinesean instructions, I ended up having to take off the heat sink to rotate it 180 degrees, and then I just put it back on the CPU. This is probably the only part of the build, in my mind, that nags at me a little. I'm wondering if I should have cleaned the stuff off and re-applied it when I took the heatsink off? However, when I did remove it, the entire CPU was lightly covered with paste with none squeezing out the sides, so I believe my application was successful, just wondering about it's integrity over time. Consequently, that is why the evo 212 is the only item that got 4 stars from me due to it's half-assed instructions, not to mention slightly confusing mechanics.

But I do appreciate the comments, and I'm happy to share any experiences or thoughts I had when researching and rigging this beast up.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

So a little bit about temperatures: At the moment the ambient room temp here is 24C/75F (I have the infrared heater on, it's cold in Wisconsin!) and the CPU temp is at 29C/84F idle (mb is 27C/80F).

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I bought the 750 with the thought that I might SLI in the future. If I do SLI this video card, that would push the total wattage to 652 Watts, which is 87% of the 750 (current wattage is 59%). So I could actually have gone a tad bigger because I don't like to push past 75%.