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Feel free to ask any questions

All works really well, build was relatively easy, I followed videos and tutorials online, and spent a long time researching. I use the computer for web-browsing and gaming, games i've got right now include Borderlands 2 (can be played on ultra, no problems), World of Warcraft (ultra of course), Bad Company 2 (ultra, 60fps no struggle), Assasins creed 3 (ultra).. I installed 3 extra fans to the case (2 bottom, 1 top) I also added a front panel fan controller (always set to lowest speed). The build and research was so fun, wish I could to it again to be honest.

Paid just under £800 for everything (my mum managed to get all VAT back) Got everything from scan uk, was happy with their service, apart from not telling me some stuff was out of stock

edit: Last 2 photo's show the computer now that I have routed the 8 pin round the back (thanks to help on here) and also a close up photo of the.. very awkwardly placed hole it comes through (sorry it's out focus)... also I've included a picture of the 2 fans on the top of the case because they weren't really visible in other photo's

Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 6 points

decent build - a few critiques, You will want to get that 8 pin power cable off the motherboard, it can trap heat and is unsightly. There is a specific hole directly above the 8 pin power connection to route that cable, I can tell just from personal experience and by looking at the photos that it will reach behind the motherboard tray on the back of the case. If you need to bend the cable before putting it through that hole to make it easier to connect. There really isn't anything wrong with the placement of your CPU Cooler as long as its pushing the air through the cooler towards the top of the case. It also looks better this way ;)

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks very much, just routed the 8 pin power cable round the back! I honestly didn't realise it had a place to come through.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

'feel free to answer any questions' Is there still a lot of active servers on bad company 2? I really want to play it on PC, (coz its better dan BF3) King Regards, Pylin.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

oh hi James... yes there's loads of servers still active

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Good to know :')

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

I recently built a similar machine, I like what you said about your research, and web tutorials, and how you would like to do it again, That's exactly what I did, the first time was too easy and It gave me the confidense to do it again. I wonder if we watched the same web / youtube videos? ( pc parts picker, ebay, razetheworld, munny, newegg tv, videocardbenchmarks etc.) What WEI scores did you end up with, My first build for under $500 was a mix of 7.7 7.9 7.4 7.4 7.9 the 7.4's were GTX550ti, My 2nd build was using a GTX560ti and 2 SSD's in Raid-0, all the scores went to 7.9 except the 3570K was still at 7.7

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

my windows score is 7.9 (lowest scoring part is the ram)

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you running Windows8 ? , what is your highest WEI score ?

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same case. I used the lower part of the drive bay so the front fan blows directly on to the gpu and it also made the wiring so tidier, but no bottom fans. As you look at the back side of the there is a hole in the upper right hand corner the 8 pin cable can be pass thru it.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I did nearly the same build for about £88 more but I ran with a far more powerful GPU, at the cost of a worse case, no SSD and CPU cooler. This looks really good.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I kinda wish i'd of gotten a better GPU, guess i'll have to wait a few years now, seems okay for most games now though, just not quite so future proof :)

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

Shoulda got 4 690's and put them in quad-sli you need that kind of graphics power to play demanding games like WoW at medium-high settings AT LEAST.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty nice, but I agree to rotating cpu fan. Cable Management isn't the best, but it works!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. My build is going to be a bit like yours except I'm going to use the EVGA 670 FTW and I'm going to use 16 GB memory. Nice job.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 16 GB memory? You'll only ever use at. The extra 8 would be a complete waste.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I do 3D modeling. Might be a waste for you but not for me.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, nice. I didn't mean to sound abrasive...

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I have the same case, but haven't managed to find out to route the 8Pin cable behind the tray, how did it go for you?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

If you check tomorrow i'll update with new pictures, to push it through the back you have to really firmly push it, the overhang that holds the side panels almost covers it (but at the right angle you should be able to get it through)

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I seen the wall outlets and was going to ask where you were from, then I read the description. Nice build though.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm... I have one minor question/clarification...

The Radeon HD 7950 is the same price as the 660 Ti, and is a lot more powerful. Now, you said that this runs Borderlands 2 very well. Is that why you went with nVidia? For the physX?

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

I read the drivers were better, also in quite a few recent benchmarks the 660ti does overtake the 7970.. for a few months before I bought it all my head was constantly going "I'm gonna get nvidia, no i'll get amd, no nvidia", but I think for me I made the right decision :)

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah at 250+ Nvidia cards are better but anything under I would go with Raedon. The 660ti and the 670 are my favorite cards. Good choice and very nice build

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you running Windows 8 ? Are any of your WEI scores over 8.0

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, this is kind of funny, I almost have the exact same build like this except it's 2 years old (and no SSD).

My specs are:

i5 760, MSI GTX 560 Ti, CM Hyper 212 Plus, CM 690 II, Corsair HX650W

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

I think you might get better temps by rotating the CPU cooler 90 degrees so it pushes air out the exhaust instead of up. I know heat rises, but the way you have the fans set up I feel like that's the best option.

Nice build though, I like the parts for the purpose.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment, I'm keeping the cpu cooler where it is though (mainly because changing it seems like too much bother now) and because I have 2 fans above it taking air out anyway

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