Description

General purpose / gaming build. A cross between Great and Superb on the Logical Increments chart.

Parts I still need (when I can afford them):

7870, NZXT case fans, BitFenix Recon fan controller (this is personal preference).

Currently I have my old 5670 installed as a placeholder, which I will hopefully switch to the 7870 in the Summer.

Keyboard is a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 that I purchased in December 2011.

UPDATE:

Decided not to bother with the fan controller.

Purchased a 7870 XT for £170 (bargain!), and will finish the build with the two listed fans (in the side and back-roof). Will post updated pics once this is completed.

In hindsight, I should have gone with a 128GB SSD, as the measures I need to go to to keep this one clear are unnecessary hassle. Having said that, the M4 performs really well (boots up in 10-15 seconds).

I probably could have got a better quality H77 mobo for the same price as the Z77, which I wish I had done considering I can't make use of the overclocking capabilities with my locked CPU.

Other than that, I am very satisfied.

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

No need to get an after market cpu cooler unless you are going to overclock it

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Where'd you get your desk man? Really clean and nice :D

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, the 7870 should run everything great!

Couple of nigglers, including the lack of a CPU Cooler, but I will leave those to people that are better educated on computers than I.

One thing though, how is that keyboard? I'm thinking about getting it, and nothing better than asking a customer themselves.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

He has a locked CPU (I believe it is at least) so no real need for it

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback. I got the keyboard about a year ago, mostly for aesthetic reasons. The red LED keys are very stylish, and the whole thing looks and feels high quality. I don't really make use of the custom key mapping options, though.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

How does it feel to type on?

No problem with the feedback, and I just had another look and you must've spent a lot of time on those cables, the cable management is amazing!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

The keys have a glossy surface, but they feel very sturdy. All in all it I am pleased with it.

Re the cable management, I struggled to keep it tidy. The PSU came with a lot of cables that needed to be tucked away, and there's no bulge in the side plate of the case to accomodate them.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you did a great job with a great build!

And thanks for the feedback on the keyboard.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I also sought the M4 because it matched my color scheme. I've grown to really like it.

One downside is that it does not have any usb ports on it . . .

Another feature that I thought was really cool is a small shortcut key about the number pad that opens the windows calculator. I don't know why I love that feature so much but I do . . lol

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

verrrrry nice! can you show us the fan controller and how much is it

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in the UK, so here is a link for the controller:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-072-BX

As noted in the description, this is one of the parts I hope to add soon.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking very clean so far. Good job.

I don't know what your space is like in that room, but it looks like the seating would be awkward with the tower over chair opening.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in a rented apartment, so unfortunately I'm stuck with the desk and chair, but ye it does look a bit awkward. It's ok in practice, though. I didn't want to keep it on the floor for dust reasons, and I didn't want to use the left side of the desk as I'd feel a bit enclosed.

Btw, your build is beautiful. Looks very professional.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

I hear you on not wanting it on the ground. . . I was also thinking about the shelves they make to hold compute cases. They kind of shaped like a "J" but at 90-degree angles. Not really anywhere on those walls it would work, though. Perhaps could install it on the left-hand side of the desk if there's no door clearance to worry about. Also probably more trouble than it's worth if you're comfortable with the setup, though. I just have a very small living space so I'm always brainstorming stuff like this . . . lol.

Good build, though. Upvoted! :)