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well as the title said. this is my first ever computer build. after watching long hours of videos on youtube on how to build a pc and also htpc with a coolermaster elite 120 case I decided to take the bold step and it was fun to be honest. although it wasn't rosy at the beginning, I had to sweat and finally struggled to fit the coolermaster geminii 4 on the motherboard which I enventually ditched. The build was completed mid October and I spent 2 nights to complete it (had to go to work during the day). I made some wrong judgment though in selecting my parts. I went for a corsair vengeance 2x4GB ram which was a bit tall and I couldn't get it to fit on the motherboard with the coolermaster cpu cooler installed. I had to ditch the cooler and went for the Intel sock one. I should have gone for a higher PSU say 500W instead of 430W that I went for. this was due to the fact that I relied on the wattage estimate that pcpartpicker provided which was below 400W. although I am not having any issues with the build and I have played sleeping dogs and GTAIV at maximum settings and for long hours without any issues whatsoever. anyway all in all, it was fun during the whole process.

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  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Was it difficult to work in that case? It looks like a tight fit...

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

It is with that PSU. The Silverstone has an 80 plus gold SFF 450W fully modular PSU which can handle a GTX 670 and would make a lot more room for cabling (granted the size of the case). If you're worried about it heating up the Zalman LQ-310 water cooler is probably a much smarter idea than any air cooler. It's a slim rad so it will not only keep the CPU much colder it will also not take up a bunch of space. Granted OP was probably on a budget, I would have sacrificed the SSD for the PSU (it's a pretty expensive PSU, but its silverstone) and the LQ-310 is about $35, $5 more than the CPU Cooler he bought.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the CX 430 w is far from the best in its class. But I personally would have chosen a different m-ITX case, the elite 120 isn't terrible for the money, but there are better options in terms of space and cooling if you're willing to spend a little bit more money.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

hell I aint sacrificing my SSD for anything. my windows 8 boots fully up within 6-8 secs. apps are opening faster. moreover just as I said, I have not had any shut down whatsoever due to power or anything else. I will look up the zalman LQ-310 water cooler and see if I can squeeze it into the case

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Even if you were turning your computer on and off 5 times a day the extra 50 seconds in an entire day doesn't justify the price tag. I don't know what you use your SSD for I was simply stating my opinion to Zeus who seems to be concerned about the heat and space in the case.

I have an SSD in my computer as well and I can say from experience, with everyday applications and gaming there is barely a difference. Granted loading times are significantly faster in games. I don't know what you use your SSD for but I have a lot of burning (ISOs), copying and pasting, compressing/extracting, emulating and other HDD intensive things to do so my SSD is put to use outside of the startup as well.

Zeus just seems more concerned with temperatures and if his components will fit in the case, that's all.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Any flaws to the GA-H77N-wifi? I'll be getting something similar and would love to know what you think of it.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

no flaws whatsoever. I connected the external wifi antenna to the back of the case and I receive strong wifi signals without any toubles. its a nice board to be honest

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

em... it is. if not for the tutorial videos I downloaded off youtube and watched them countlessly, I would have struggled with it

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

You did an awesome job, youtube taught you well ;D

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build. But fix those damn stickers!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Any specific reason you went for Ivy Bridge instead of Haswell?

Also, any specific reason you went for the GTX 660 instead of the R9 270X?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I was on a fixed budget and also all parts were ordered on amazon in early September. I guess R9 270x wasn't out by then or was it?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, if they were ordered in early September, then no, it wasn't out. And that also explains the IvB over Haswell; they were cheaper back then.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Was there a deal on that CPU at the time of purchase? Just wondering why you went with an unlocked "K" CPU but with a "H-Type" motherboard (no overclocking possible). Might have been cheaper to go with the i5-3570 instead of the i5-3570K.

In any case, nice build :) +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it man, but tie up those cables popping out of the top, if you can...lulz

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

already did that before closing up the case.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, wasn't sure if it was one of those open cases. My friend has one like that. Perfecto!

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

lol about the stickers. I was half asleep when I stuck them on the case that's why its coming out wonky. im not bothered straightening them right

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