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the first picture is a picture of ALL the parts i have bought in the last year. I'm 16 and am finally able to build computers for people. Now i know all of you are going to flame me for having bad cable management. i have a reason for this bad job: the power supply hasnt come yet, nor does the case have enough space behind the motherboard tray to fit cables. i used a power supply a friend gave (he works at AMD). The optical drive was also not shipped yet, along with the heatsink as it is backordered.

heres my thoughts on the parts:

CPU: I regret getting the non-k version.

Heatsink: cant comment.

Motherboard: its small. for an ATX size, the width is short. the UEFI is laggy when you drag the mouse. The SATA ports are placed right next to the graphics card - perpindicular to the cable management slots, rendering the cable management terrible.

RAM: it looks nice, preforms well.

HDD: very basic. massive amounts of space. ill explain later on.

SSD: Boots windows in less than 8 seconds from time of BUTTON press.

GPU: Im not sure if anyone noticed the price drop, but Amazon screwed up and posted a GT620 for $70, but product description and picture matched a 7850. How does this relate? I got the 660 before i realized the price drop. So instead of refunding it, i kept it anyways.

PSU: cant comment. (well i kinda can). Brand: i know many of you hate OCZ for their power supplies, but i've had great experiences with them. i definitely did not buy OCZ cuz its OCZ, i bought it cuz of the value.

ODD:cant comment.

Keyboard/mouse: very basic, was a steal for the price it is at haha.

windows 8: haha people may think it sucks. but like my other build (the office one), i got it for free. how? MSDN subscription. friend has an account so he sent me one.

Alright, the main purpose for this machine is to have it last 5-7 years; hence futureproofing 1866 RAM. i didnt go too extreme on the GPU because of the sole reason of it being a movie watching machine. literally. 3TB of harddrive space was meant for storing work and videos. please dont down vote for this reason. i got quality parts having the mindset of futureproofing so please understand. i had a 1500$ budget and i dont think i blew it by a bit. the rest can go towards a nice monitor.

Today was our last day of school until the winter break, so i skipped the second half of school and came home to start building. for start to finish installing windows 8.

The issue building the computer was that i had no optical drive to install Windows. so i had to take it out of "The Blue One" (my first build) and plug it in. i took it out after installing windows. no motherboard drivers were needed as Windows 8 has a massive compatibility base now.

The only major issue is lack of SATA cables. the motherboard comes with 2, i have 2 harddrives, one ssd, and one optical Drive to connect.

in the end, i am very satisfied with the parts i picked as it will have potential to play any games in the future. this is not for me, its for a friend!

have any comments? feedback? please let me know!

Comments

  • 84 months ago
  • 5 points

Why get a Z77 motherboard if your processor doesn't even have an unlocked multiplier? I'd just settle for an H77...

  • 84 months ago
  • -2 points

Even though it's a locked multiplier, the Z77 is still able to overclock it to over 4GHz. The h77 wouldn't be able to.

  • 84 months ago
  • 5 points

For anyone who might not know better, It is a very bad idea to overclock a locked CPU. It can cause problems in your PCI lanes, your SATA lanes and with your RAM. There is a reason its not unlocked. Just because it can be done doesn't mean it should be done. This is different from Turbo boost which is normal compared to messing with the BCLK. The performance gain from "over clocking" a locked CPU is insignificant at best.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

This Z77 mobo is cheaper than most H77.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Feed back is similar, so before anyone else posts the same thing, I'll post what I learned.

  1. No unlocked CPU, no z77. H77 is sufficient.

  2. No overclock, no need for heatsink. I chose a new aftermarket heatsink cuz the stock one is loud.

  3. No unlocked CPU, no overclock. It'll mess up bandwidth.

Thanks guys for your feedback: ) it is most appreciated. If there's any other issue, please post!!

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice boot with the 840!

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Indeed!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

really like your build similar to mine exept with way more hard drive space on yours. I also have a 6950 but i got my build for a total of 750! Good job man enjoy your beast pc

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D will do!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

You never said anything about the case? Is it nice?

  • 84 months ago
  • -1 points

You keep mentioning future-proofing. With that in mind, not horrible that you got a locked i5-3570 because overclocking doesnt exactly extend the life of parts. So not only does the performance matter down the road but so does the fact that it still physically works. :)

So in this case, an H77 would've done nicely to save a few bucks on the mobo front and if you're not going to overclock then you dont need an aftermarket cooler (more savings!).

  • 84 months ago
  • -3 points

Buys aftermarket heat sink, installs stock heat sink.

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Buys heatsink, waits for it to come. THEN INSTALL STOCK; )

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

That said, without overclocking, if your CPU fan is quite, I don't see a reason to install an aftermarket cooler.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

There is absolutely no reason to install one on a CPU that shouldn't be overclocked.

  • 84 months ago
  • -1 points

Right, the exception being noise.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

I responded before seeing the builders reply: Its just that the builders previous builds all have after market coolers and then talk about overclocking. Just looks like something bad waiting to happen especially with so many new builders on this site looking for example builds.