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The build itself was relatively painless, the audio header was (surprising i'm sure) a bit short but it fit after i cut a zip tie.

I know the overclock is conservative, but i had trouble convincing it to boot at anything besides 4.4Ghz @1.2v, so i ratcheted it back some and found a good voltage and temps i was more comfortable with. (If it seems i am screwing this up, please tell me, this is my first time to overclock.)

Parts overview:

CPU: i am either overclocking very wrong (which is quite possible, but i'd like to think i did my homework) or i got one of the worst haswell chips out there. but 4.2GHz is still about 24% better than stock clocks, so it's still an improvement.

CPU cooler: I knew it had a white LED on the fan going into this, but the thing lights up my entire bedroom. Still, it's a lot better than stock, which I was running for about a day.

Mobo: Feels very sturdy; my only complaint is that the software bundle is incompatible with windows vista, which I was running while waiting for the os to ship. Still, that is very minor so i'm still giving it full marks.

Ram: I didn't realize it was low voltage when i bought it (ebay). I had to manually adjust the voltage in bios, but besides that it's RAM. it does ram-y things.

SSD: Worth every penny. It goes from the gigabyte splash screen to log-on screen in 15 seconds.

HDD: I am loving the caviar black, it's more space than i really need and faster than any other (traditional) storage that i've ever used

GPU: it's a lot nicer of a card that what i was originally looking at, thanks to newegg sales, but it has some coil whine (only on lower graphics games) and the pcb is blue.

Case: Love it, it looks sleek, and it was amazing to build in.

Fan: For whatever reason I thought I could put the back fan in the front of the case (they are different sizes, I know now) and use this in the back for better airflow. that didn't work out. but the colored ring is cool, right?

PSU: It's well rated, well reviewed, and it came with far cry 3. but the flat cables are sort of annoying, not to mention the cables for the gpu are so short they are pulling the gpu down slightly.

OS: I got this upgrade through microsoft campus agrement but i had to wait for it to arrive, leading to a long wait for the computer to become ready to use.

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Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

lol "The PCP is blue." That was a rather interesting typo you made there.

Nice build though.

  • 80 months ago
  • 4 points

lol, thanks for pointing that out

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Will you be taking your new kickass gaming rig to rehab with you?

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

if they don't let me, i won't go, lol

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, no arguments. Are you going to add another SSD in the future? +1

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

probably. I was hoping the 64Gb would be enough for os and programs, but it's already quite full. I might get a 128Gb one in the future

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, unfortunately OS always takes up a huge amount of space. Best of luck, mate.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

shrugs not too shabby!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious, but does the build name red raider have anything to do with Texas Tech University Red Raiders?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

That's where i go to school right now

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

That's cool. I go to school there too.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Not a bad build... let me nit-pick, I'm not sure about that OCZ but they dont have a good track record with their PSUs, so you should watch it. Aside from that nice build. How is the CPU cooler?

  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

The OCZ Fatal1ty series is a fantastically good series of PSUs. Certain PSUs made by OCZ are quite unreliable as you have pointed out. I'd say it's a fine PSU for the build.

Here's a mostly-accurate PSU review tool: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Here's an even better one: http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page1373.htm

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

It costs more than the semi-modular 750w XFX Pro, it may be a good PSU but it's priced too highly when you can get a brilliant seasonic rebranded semi modular unit for a few dollars less.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like the PSU was one of my weaker part choices, but only in terms of price. They lured me in with that far cry 3 promotion.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you not get FC3 with your GPU through the Never Settle/Never Settle Reloaded promotion where AMD were giving away loads of games with their cards?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I got it with a separate promotion through OCZ with the PSU. i got bioshock infinite, crysis 3, far cry 3 blood dragon, and tomb raider with the never settle bundle.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

No it doesn't xD That PSU is $140.

EDIT: $100 Looked at the 80 plus Gold version accidentally.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Even on NCIX, that's with a $40 savings code. That probably wasn't around when the OP bought his components. On Newegg, it's still $100.

http://gyazo.com/49a83769477ac84808391c7c9430c452

http://gyazo.com/b7e7de3ce8125875e8d54d258968bff1

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

it's a great cooler. This is a bedroom pc, so the led fan is a bit annoying, but besides that i haven't encountered any problems. I also liked how the mounting kit worked, but you need some tape or an extra pair of hands to install it on a mobo that's in the case.

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