Description

With my own $1000-1100 budget and gifts/funds from family, I was able to finally have my own gaming computer (adios Xbox 360!). I spent many days researching on the computer components for quality parts since I am not an expert on computer hardware. I received the hardware and monitor on Dec 20th from Newegg & Amazon; received the keyboard on the 28th as a gift, and purchased the Avior 7000 on Newegg after a long time deciding on a gaming mouse (need MORE options for Lefties!). The Rocketfish RF-GMSEPD was purchased today for $8 at Best Buy.

The keyboard is quite different from any other keyboards I have used in the past. The buttons are harder for me to press and I often miss keystrokes at the moment. The light purple backlight also looks out of sync with the Red backlights of the mouse and Thor v2 so I have the keyboard backlight disabled. If any component were to be replaced it would be the keyboard, though I will give it some time for testing before I make a decision. It was a gift and I have to give a fair chance to adjust to its settings.

Now all I have to do is decide which games to play on my new rig! I have several hundred dollars for games & upgrades for my system. :)

(Prices for Components except Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor come from Amazon and Newegg in early December 2013).

Added Pics of the hardware inside the case. :)

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build man, pretty sweet to have a 780 for your first gaming build +1. I have a few questions about the airflow. Firstly, did you put that hyper 212 evo to pull the hot air rather than push on purpose? And second, I'm unfamiliar with that case. Can you take off some of those hard drive bays so you can really push air in through the front? Congrats on the build again.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It was my brother in law who installed the computer components so I asked him how he set up the CPU fan. My knowledge on computer components is very limited. I was able to remove the extra hard drive bays easily so that should improve the air flow. Thanks for that suggestion. :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. I'd ask about that cpu fan though or try to move it yourself. There's little arrows to show the airflow. You want it to push it out the rear fan. It will keep that CPU a few degrees cooler.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

So it might be more beneficial for me to move the evo 212 fan to the other side of the radiator? I am not good with my hands at all so I have installed CPU temp software (coretemp & Realtemp) on my computer to check on the CPU's temperature. What temperatures readings would be ideal for my CPU?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same cpu. 25 idle and 50 under load for me. And yeah you want to push the air out rather than pulling it will remove more of the heat trapped in between the hit sink.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

My temperatures for each core are within the range of 25-29 when idle according to RealTemp. The 212 Evo also came with two extra fan brackets so adding another fan is an option.

I am just not sure if removing the fan itself and placing it on the other side of the radiator is an easy task for a clumsy person such as myself. Or that the EvO 212 performs better with the push-pull setup rather than the default settings as shown on the box. I will have to research the EV0 212 later on.

I like the push-pull setup that you brought up and would not mind setting the fan so it removes more of the hot air from the CPU.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

like the parts you chose, no complaints here +1 but only one pic -1 so basically its at a even 0... can you add some internal pics please? :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I added a few pictures of the Computer case and one for the monitor. My BIL had to build the computer for me since my motor skills are awful, so I do not want to attempt to open the case for now.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

no worries but you might get downvoted only because people on this site like to see how the cabling was done on the inside and what it looks like... you did a really great job on the parts though :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It is great to know all my time spent browsing at various websites paid off for me! :)

Maybe I will open the case at some point but one of the fans is attached to the panel opening the case. I would have to be careful not to damage the cord attached to it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

BIL? Sorry what is that?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Brother in law

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Basic Insulation Level

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Brother in law I'm assuming.Nice build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

As others mentioned, pics of the inside would be nice but nice build anyway. P.S.: that monitor seems overpriced. :/

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct. The price used to be $190 for that monitor from both online stores and at Best Buy. I was able to buy the last one at my Best Buy store before the price increased.

I will see if I can edit my post and change that price for the monitor.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, that makes sense. There is an override price function. It's nice to see the actual price of components in a build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Got 3 bits of advice. 1) Is it possible to flip the cooler around so that it is pushing air towards the rear exhaust? You could move the RAM to the yellow slots if clearance is an issue. 2) Install a ball bearing bottom fan. 3) work on cable mgmt. You should be able to hide more behind mobo.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but as we feared that cable management is something short of a nightmare. (Granted I have seen worse!) Great build none the less and great parts choice.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean up those cables a bit, having good cable management can help performance. I not sure about that PSU never heard of that brand. Other than that +1 very good build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I made an attempt to improve the cable management by using a cable tie to bundle the fan cables, and move two of the PSU cables through the open slots of the case itself. Hope that makes a difference for now.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Custom computer, with custom cable management.