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All around Home PC Christmas 2013

by sushirabbit



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


Built this just as an all around PC that I can upgrade later for gaming and running some VMs. Ultimately I'd like an i7 processor and 16g of RAM. Easy future upgrades. I went ahead and went with the PNY 2Gb 650 instead of the 1Gb 650 Ti. Maybe I will regret it, but I probably won't do as much gaming as I'd like. The only negative3 so far is that th NZXT Source 220 seems to have some issue with the front USB header. Don't know if I have not connected it properly (always a possibility) or if it is shorting, but every time I try to hook something up, my Keyboard and Mouse stop and I have to re-boot-- the last time my SSD didn't get recognized and I was freaking a little bit. But a cold boot got everything working again.

Jan 19, 2014 Update Added PNY card! Yey. Brought my experience score up to 7.4 Added Picture of crooked USB port header. Re-plugged USB motherboard connector and all seems well. Very Happy with this Case. My house can get dusty so I'm a bit worried about dust, and not enough, good filters. Contemplating the DEMCiflex Computer and Electronics Dust filters. Anyone that has 'em think they are worth it? Added pic showing plenty of room for cable management. Could not get main connector loose and decided that it's not that big of deal and left tha cable where it was. Added pic of inserting GPU card. I've learned the hard way (cars) to cover any opening where screws might fall into openings. Added pic of side port fan install and lights. Not a big fan of the lights, but it goes OK with all my blue lights.

Sabrent drive, Asus router, Acer Home Server and Razer Lycosa keyboard.

March 1, 2014 Update Added second stick of Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600

June 6th, 2014 Update Added 750 GB Sat2 HD, uploaded pic of SSD attached by one screw and zip tied in case I move the case.

Thanks to everyone else for sharing their builds, it helped me alot, and I still dream about adding more.

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Toshing_It_Zach 3 points 44 months ago

Could you also add a picture where you mounted your ssd, i'm trying to figure out where I can put mine.... Nice build.

sushirabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Sorry Zach! Just now saw this. I will try and get a pic (can't open box right now). But I mounted it on the bottom of the top HD rack using one of the holes to put the screw trough and then also used a zip-tie, just in case I moved the case around. I keep meaning to get an adapter and mount one of my 1TB inside. But I'm lazy and esata seems fine.

sushirabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Hey Zach, finally posted a pic of how I installed my SSD. I'd love to see your project build.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

The Asus 7850 is better and is a 2GB card.


This particular one is slightly over budget, but other brands are cheaper.

sushirabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks! I like that card but ended up with a PNY GTX 650 2g. Will post more and better photos when it arrives. Wish I could afford a better card, but reality is I won't get to do much gaming on this machine. Some, though, someday.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Oh ok, well that's still a nice card.

I'd love to see some more pictures when you get it.

sushirabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Added pictures. I am liking the video card. ROckin' it with Turbo Tax, ha ha ha.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Wow, looks really nice. I hope you enjoy it and that it will serve you a long while!

mateuszr 1 point 46 months ago

The only gripe I have with this build is the PSU... I would have recommended going with SeaSonic or Corsair.

sushirabbit submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Thanks for the comment! I've used them in the past. They have been by far the most rock solid PSUs I've ever put on a bench and metered. Not to say this one is that good. But I sure like putting it in the machine. Time will tell. I appreciate your giving me options.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Actually PC Power and Cooling are very good PSUs.

Some of them are tier 1 PSUs.

sushirabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I'm also tempted to switch the Power Supply orientation. I prefer this, but I don't like the cable arrangement, some are too short to go around so I have to leave them on this side.

sushirabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I just want to say that the NZXT Source 220 Rocks! Gettin' a little dusty inside, but I guess, I can't wrap it in plastic.

FGarray 1 Build 0 points 46 months ago

No need for an aftermarket cooler on a non-unlocked processor, no need for thermal paste, you should have gone with a 1TB hdd along with the SSD for backup (You never know when it'll say goodbye!), 750W PSU is too much for this build, graphics card is meh, didn't get dual channel memory.

sushirabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Right on the video card, but it'll do. Guess your right on the cooler. I actually have three 1GB TBs (1 eSata, 1 USB2, 1 USB3). Long story short: I was using a company laptop moved to diff company that gave me a Macbook Pro (no eSata, parallels, meh). I finally had enough and tried to build a machine for my current budget that I could re-enforce later. Even w/4 cores I can run my VMs. Once I'm sure all is hunky-dory I will migrate the data and use the one in the USB 2. I'll probably add another stick of 8G in a month or so and then upgrade to an i7 --then I will def want the cooler. That's the plan. Thanks.