Description

This is my first build and it was a great learning experience. Honestly without this website I probably couldn't have done it. I ordered the parts over the course of a month, getting them when Newegg ran specials. The total price for everything after rebates and deals was under a $1000. I already have a Razer DeathAdder for my mouse and a keyboard. I had an extra optical drive lying around and purchased the TV through Newegg. I love pretty much everything about this build.

The one problem I do have is with the cooler. When I first tried a push-pull config taking air from inside the case my CPU was idling at 45 degrees! When I switched it around to pull air from outside the case, it was significantly cooler, idling at around 34 degrees. However, I won't be able to get a stable overclock at all with this cooler, and at the time I purchased it I told myself I wouldn't need to overclock since I got it for $50. Now I wish I had invested in an H100 so I could push my CPU further and will probably upgrade in the near future.

Love the case! It has plenty of air flow and my motherboard temps never go 1 or 2 degrees above the temps I had when I turned my computer on. The Samsung is fantastic, though it does fill up faster than you think. To clear things up I purchased the power supply for $80 when Newegg was running a killer combo.

I also have a 3D mouse, which is fantastic for modeling and editing. If you anybody cads or works in the 3D space, would suggest getting one. You can also use it as a joystick for gaming. I use this for gaming with RPGs and FPSs, and this system can totally handle any game I throw at it with maxed or almost maxed settings.

Update: I added an Intel NIC because I wanted to get a better ping on my home internet. Also, since Logan from the TEK recommend I get one of these and it was $20, I couldn't pass it up.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice indeed - I quite like it! I'm curious though, what sort of rendering are you doing - modeling, CAD, something else? I ask because I'm familiar with what works for gaming, but not so much productivity.

  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

I plan on using this computer to render models I have made using Keyshot and similar programs. Keyshot works best with more cores, which is why I went with the 8350 instead of the 3770k. Also was on a budget and got the 8350 for $180 :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

This is very nice first build, good job on the cable management without the holes in the tray ;)

Only thing I'd suggest about your H60 is to turn the radiator the other way up so that the tubes are at the top and not touching the GPU card - nothing wrong with it the way it is, I just wouldn't want it pushing the card down in case it broke the PCI slot off the mobo.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip! The tubes aren't actually touching the card, though I admit the pictures show that is does. Thanks again!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Ditto. Really nice build and good job with your cable management for your first build and just learning. I would only say if possible with your case, remove out any unneeded HDD cages for overall better air flow. Also, I can't tell exactly if that's carpet or what, but if it is carpet you should somehow elevate your PC off of it with a stand or just like a wood board.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Its actually concrete, so I am not worried about the airflow at the bottom of the case. Thanks for the tip about the cages. Make sense!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same vid card. love that card

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The video card is fantastic! I've overclocked it to 1030mHz stable and I can run Crysis 2 at max with the FPS rarely dipping below 60. I got the ram and GPU together with a combo, and then sold the game credit for $50, so I got it for a hell of a price.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess since you already bought it, it doesn't matter, but the Xigmatek Dark Knight outperforms the H60 by far, and its half the price. The H60 is a good cooler, but just letting you know...

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Very clean and well thought out! :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I say you did very well for a first go.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

why not take advantage of dual channel memory with 2x4 stcik of ram instead? i guess you could add another 8 gig stick though

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to mention I do plan on upgrading to 16 gigs in the future when I have a little extra cash. I did have to build it on a budget, so I decided to wait and put the money elsewhere.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the Mobo?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo is great! Bios is super easy to use and customize your settings as need be. Recognized my ram and clocked it at the right speeds. I would highly recommend this board because for the price, you get a great deal and a lot of neat features!

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I take it you didn't read my long description, because I actually got the PSU for $80. I agree there is no way I would pay $150 for only a 550w, but for that cheap, I couldn't pass it up.