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Hey guys!

This is my first build, i researched for weeks on the parts and this is what I came up with, and boy am I happy. Up until last week I had not had a desktop pc in about 4 years, I've been running a 2010 iMac. I love the thing but it was time to upgrade and that it is. This thing flies! I am quite sure I will NOT go back to apple for a LONG time unless I decided to buy one of their monitors because they are beautiful. Overall had no problems for my first build! Ran into one snag when I forgot to switch the power supply on and caused a bit of stress but I made it through and I loved it.

I have absolutely caught the bug and I'm looking for my second build now.

Cable Management:

I know the back is a little messy but for the most part I think the front looks great and I am quite proud of it.

I attached a couple screenshots of BF3 it runs at about 70+ FPS(top right) and Planetside 2 runs at about the same.

Not sure if I should overclock or not because I did a little to 4.0Ghz and saw no improvements in FPS so unless someone can convince me otherwise I will probably just keep it at its little 5% OC.

Any advise is more than welcome!!

Watching the Newegg tutorials on how to build a computer really helped.

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

if you play arma 2 & 3 (great games) overclocking helps a bunch in that game

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice clean layout. Really good photography btw.

Love that corsair case. Really great job, even with the Ram overkill.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm loving the build. Great job! But do you really need 16 gb of RAM?

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

To be honest they was one of the first parts I bought before doing enough research, I tell myself I was attempting to future proof it ;)

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

Ok, it's always good to do that!

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done. It's great to see somebody once and a while that has good cable management!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

any reason for 16GB? otherwise, it's great.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Ram is really cheap these days! I say go for it fill those slots.
I can think back 3-4 years ago Ram cost nearly as much as the CPU's of the day.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build - you did an amazing job on your cable management and I really enjoyed browsing the pictures of your build. Thank you for sharing. - Now I wouldn't be me if I didn't offer some critique :P As others have mentioned the RAM :P now that extra $50 I would have put into a better quality motherboard and a 750w PSU. The ASRock is a great budget board but it is a budget board and for $10 more you can get a thicker, full sized Gigabyte UD3H which has a better build quality. The upgrade to a 750w PSU would have allowed you room for future upgrades such as SLI the GTX 670, as you stand you don't have enough PSU power to SLI so you'll be forced into buying another PSU if you wanted that option. Those two changes would have been afforded by that little bit extra RAM cost ;) that is according to the list prices here.

Aside from that you have a great system. Overclocking that GPU will provide significant boost in performance - I have 2 of those same cards and they are quite amazing. You should easily be able to set your CPU to 4.2Ghz with that cooler and have fine temps. Happy gaming and maybe we'll find each other facing off on the Battlefield in BF3 ;) IamApropos

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

As you once said before, as long as he didn't skimp out on the essential parts with unreasonable prices and parts for other things, 16 gb of ram is fine. It wasnt a budget build to begin with, so why not?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

and not leaving yourself up for future upgrades and buying a cheap budget mb is considered skimping to me :P as I think I explained pretty clearly how the changes would have greatly improved the build. Though he has a great system.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Battlefield looks great! I am also about to "graduate" from a Mac, and while their design is by all means better, the performance that a PC can give you is hard to argue with.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks real good, nice choice of parts. I probably would of gone with a 7950 and a corsair psu, but the 670 is good and the EVGA seems to be working for you.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that on the Highest quality?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does a wifi card work, I've been debating on adding it to my system

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the extremely delayed response!

It works great for me, of course not as good as a wired connection.

To give you an idea though, my router is about 20ft away and there is also no walls in between.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Right? I had no idea , it's great though, really nice modular psu

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

in my opinion it is one of the best PSU's out there, not only does it look nice, with the modular, but it can supply tons of power wherever, going past its rated wattage

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  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it! I would recommend it for sure. the only feature that might bother you is the silver handle on the back that will stick out of your case, I haven't tried to remove it because it doesn't bother me but I could bother you, just something to think about.

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