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I am reposting a build I did about a month ago after modifying some of the parts with recommendations of the fine users that post on this site.

So the 3 biggest suggestions with my last build were to upgrade the stock cooler, get a better case, and power supply. After a horrible experience with cable management in the Rosewill Challenger U3 I decided to upgrade.

Motherboard/CPU

I chose the i5 over the i7 because I am only using this for mild gaming and audio production and do no need the hyperthreading of the i7. I chose this motherboard for the red color scheme and its high ratings in tools for overclocking. Especially with the volt probes readily available on the side of the board I was able to achieve a stable OC of 4.5GHz @ 1.225V.

Cooler

I know I wanted to go closed loop water cooling and in my previous build the case had room for only a single 120 radiator. This refurb was on sale on Newegg for $49 so I bought it. Looked almost brand new in the box. Now with my new case I could definitely fit an H100i, so in the future if I need more cooling that would be the direction I go. I get great temps with this cooler, so that purchase may be for something down the line.

Video Card

I knew I had to make a choice for price v.s. cost here as the games I am going to play are graphic intensive. The 760 was the perfect balance IMO. It runs everything I throw at it at 60+ FPS on the highest setting. It overclocks like a beast as well. Currently I am only running one monitor so if I decide on more monitors I will SLI.

Ram

Limitations on OC the Haswell processor allowed me to save some $ on the 1600 Ram. It works. I won't need more than 8GB.

SSD

Got this on a great deal from Newegg. Single largest noticeable upgrade to this system. I have the 250GB hard drive from by old computer that I use for storage. As prices for SSD's and HD's come I will probably add more storage when I can find a good deal

Power Supply

I know I may get flamed for this choice, but it was a free power supply from a buddy that had one lying around (works in IT). The blue LED on the bottom is kind of annoying but until I SLI a 2nd video card I don't see a need to replace. I know in the future to go with something modular and go with a brand like Seasonic or Corsair.

Case

I got this on Newegg Black Friday for $79. Was a steal for the windowed version. This case has so much room for all my components as well as about an inch of room in the rear of the case for cable management. It feels like a robust case. I left the sound dampeners on the top of the case and moved the rear fan to the front to have 2 intake fans. I also added a fan from my old build next to my power supply as a tertiary intake fan. This thing is whisper quiet.

Thanks for looking at my build and any comments are welcomed!

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Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

For the PSU, I would say use it for a month or two, but swap it out when you have the money. They sometimes, albeit rarely, blow up.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Its definitely on my replacement list as soon as I have the $$. I hope it doesn't blow up!

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not that bad, you could use it for a while, but they have been known to fail after a year or so, and sometimes goes out in a bang.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

great choices of parts. MSI is a great product. very cool build. i will be doing a similar build very soon

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I agree MSI is a great brand with excellent customer service. My only gripe about the GPU is that it doesn't come with a backplate.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have to buy one? because i bought that same exact card. i dont think i got one

where can i get one?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been looking everywhere for one. The Lightning version of this card comes with one as well. I also heard that the 770 version does also. I have not been able to find one for this. Even custom built ones. If you come across anything please let me know!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

MSI fan too. Love their products! Congrats for a fine machine.

Caroline!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

They are definitely quality! Cheers!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought that same h80i refurb from Newegg. Did the h80i come with the thermal compound pre-installed or should I plan on buying some of my own? I haven't got it in the mail yet so that's why I ask.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It comes preinstalled, but I bought a tube of Arctic Silver 5 anyway because they said the stock paste is not too good.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It comes preinstalled, but I bought a tube of Arctic Silver 5 anyway because they said the stock paste is not too good.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

On a few of the parts that I saw, the prices for them are $0.00. Why do they not show a price for the listed parts?