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I built this PC late last year, and I absolutely love it. It's for gaming, and also is the first desktop I've had since Quake 3.

Things I like about it: 560 Ti is still very capable, VelociRaptor is incredibly fast, and the power supply is completely inaudible. The case is gorgeous and the i5 is rock-solid.

Things I dislike about it: Extreme4's MOSFETs, WD VelociRaptor makes an audible (though not irritating) clicking sound, 560 Ti doesn't overclock well (though I need to do more testing and whatnot), Shinobi wasn't that great to build in, and the monitor is wobbly and slow to start up.

Things I want to do to it: Toss in a Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme and overclock the i5, add an SSD and more storage, grab an NZXT Hue, and upgrade my mouse/keyboard/headset. Oh, and take better photos of it. I am aware the ones I've got up look like ***.

Update 3/30/15: Replaced the 560 Ti with an EVGA GTX 970 SC ACW. Dunno how to replace that in my parts list on the new website, it seems to want me to swap out entire lists.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. Your feedback helps people determine what's good and what they'll dislike about it.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

560 ti for $106 is pretty sweet

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Dota 2! Asus makes some good looking components

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Thanks for the useful narrative.

The 560ti may be a weak point, but it is easily upgradeable down the road. If it plays at framerates with all the eyecandy you like, don't worry about it.

I wouldn't worry about the Extreme 4s D-pak mosfets. It is still overclockable, just may not be as efficient and generate more heat. Just watch your temps and you should be fine. Good Luck!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers, dude - the 560 Ti's not maxing out many games, but as long as I keep the AA down I can get usually get 60+ fps at very high/ultra settings.

The heat's what I'm concerned about, though - the Shinobi Window doesn't have terrific airflow (not to mention my room stays rather warm), so it seems likely to me that too much extra stress on them could cause damage.

I won't be shooting for any overclocking records or anything; I'd much rather have stability and low temperatures over a few hundred MHz.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I am a bit jealous of those frames. My eyefinity = lower frames. I usually get around 40ish thanks to the extra monitors.

As to the Case, when you do get ready to upgrade, its hard to beat the CM HAF series for value and airflow. I am not crazy about the looks of it but that is just my opinion. I also love my Corsair 500R. Have it, love it, gotta mention it.

Also, if you got a closed water loop like the H100 or h80, it should help vent the heat away even if the case doesn't flow very well. Just a thought. Good luck and like the build!

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, yeah. I think Eyefinity (Surround for me) would be pretty radical, but I'm a sucker for smooth framerates - before this, I'd been using my laptop's integrated HD3000 for gaming on a 1366x768 screen. I considered 20fps acceptable then :x

For upgrades, I think the case will be pretty low-priority. I've already listed my high-priority goals in the description; after that, I'll look to replace the 560 Ti and possibly the case. And when I do upgrade the case, I don't think cost-efficiency's going to be a concern - I'll be going for pure quality (and a window! maybe a Corsair C70?).

That's a no go on the closed-loops. I've no need for the benefits they bring over a good air cooler, and they would actually reduce the airflow over the VRMs, letting the Dpaks get hotter. I'm really wanting the Tuniq Tower120, but I'm also considering a nice down-draft cooler like the NH-C12 or Big Shuriken. Anyway, thanks dude!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the C70, great looking case. +1 on that!

I use the CM Hyper 212 and it is surprisingly effective. Good budget cooler if you need it. Good Luck!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm looking to build something similar because I'm on a budget, and I just recently picked up a 560 ti at a Micro Center for $89. It's a sweet card for the price I paid!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

For real - it crushes everything at those prices. Not the ideal video card, I think, but I certainly couldn't pass up a deal like that.

If you're considering parts like mine, I'd advise you to get the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H over the Extreme4 - better VRM setup and less flimsy. Both are nice, but I think the ASRock is overpriced.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm trying to cut down the money of my build and that will certainly help.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 For the case, Shinobi is my favorite ATX case. And alos for the High speed HDD

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Is DOTA2 any fun?

Nice build btw. I agree with other posters, good to say what you like/don't like about your components. Helps others know the ups and downs...+1

<3 Starlana

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a fine game; I don't play anymore though.

Close to a year later, I'm still really happy with it - it's quiet (I completely tune the VelociRaptor out now), responsive, and still has enough horsepower to chug along at high settings in most games.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Trailer looks pretty cool. I might have to try it.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

sorry, i mashed the keyboard common was the spellcheck response i got

  • 83 months ago
  • -2 points

850 for a 650 ti rig, I can go 850 for a 670 rig, common man your mobo is 30 dollars too expensive your case could go cheaper, msi makes a very nice mid tower, faster hdd does not increase performance in game, just quicker load times, ditch that for a 1tb or somthing why buy a k unlocked cpu without a cooler that is an overpriced way to high watt psu, get an antec somthing rather and there you go but how you get a free copy of windows though

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

lol... let me organize my thoughts into a list:

  • It's a 560 Ti, not 650 Ti. Big difference.
  • The mobo is $30 too expensive at retail prices; thankfully, I got $30 off that retail price. There's absolutely no way I'd consider overclocking on a $70 motherboard, if that's what you're suggesting.
  • Yes, I could have spent less on a case; but I'd rather have something with good build quality, cable management, and a side window. I've looked at MSI's cases, they're definitely not my cup of tea.
  • You're right, the VelociRaptor doesn't increase performance, but does reduce load times. It also makes the system far more responsive as a whole, and was hardly more expensive than a 7200RPM 500GB HDD at the time of purchase. Well worth the cost.
  • I bought the 3570k because an aftermarket cooler is an easy upgrade, and I didn't have the funds for the one I wanted after I got all the core components.
  • That PSU is not overpowered or overpriced - it's a fully-modular, highly-efficient unit that'll likely outlast the rest of my system (save the VelociRaptor). Antec's nice, but this one's better than anything Antec could offer for $70.
  • You seem to be forgetting that 1) I built this late last year, and 2) that $864 includes all my peripherals and monitor. Take those out and the cost was $690.

I appreciate the critique, I do - but I disagree with it.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Not to disagree, but you are being a bit harsh. If he enjoys the build, let him enjoy it. Can you post a link for the 670 rig for $850?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $47.98 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ Outlet PC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card $347.48 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $690.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-03 16:33 EDT-0400

:) I'd still rather have what I've got - I'm a quality *****. Though if I were purchasing today, I likely would have gotten a different motherboard, monitor, and possibly case.

  • 83 months ago
  • -2 points

If you are going to make a list of things, could you organize it better? Try double spacing after each point

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