Description

This was a PC I helped a friend pick out and build. He was set on buying an Alienware and I saved him lol. He basically wanted a gaming pc that will play at max graphics and will last awhile, without going overboard. I was lucky enough to be able to build my first 2 pcs in 2 months thanks to him =). Keep in mind this build was before Haswell and the 700 series release. Oh and as for the name, his nickname is switz and.... hes part german?... my explanation haha.

First off, I need to make a few points: -Yes, overkill on the RAM, I know. I had picked out a cheap 2x4 kit that happened to be 1866, but right when he purchased his family convinced him he needed 16gb. Wish we could have put that money inot the gpu but oh well it definitely won't hurt performance haha.

-I regret the motherboard choice... The board immediately felt cheap and flimsy the second I touched it, and we had trouble plugging in the 24-pin cable fully... that worried me. Also wanted to get him a board that would be good for overclocking (even though he doesn't want to) due to the K processor and cooler. I later found out this is a poor board for that.. Also turned out to be a narrow board compared to my gigabyte, that threw me off. (flex atx I think its called)

CPU: Best choice for only gaming (before haswell release)

Cooler: Enough for overclocking if he changes his mind and will keep it nice and cool otherwise

Mobo: Wanted a z77 for the unlocked cpu and he liked the color scheme.. regrets already listed...

RAM: He wanted blue RAM because looks are important to him, and last minute overkill

Hard drives: Good ssd for boot times, windows responsiveness, and a few games. Also a great hdd for the money and space.

video card: Originally had a 7970 ghz (before gtx700 series release) but once we added an ssd and he wanted to max his fans we decided this was best for his budget. Also came with free games.

Wireless adapter: Router is about 50ft from his room across the house.

Case: He picked it out because it looks epic and fit with his orange/blue theme. I agreed. Also has great cable management and a fan controller, although the fans are already super quiet.

LED fans: Great airflow and ended up looking really great!

PSU: Enough for his system and maybe some overclocking, while still saving a bit of money.

Optical drive: Windows came on a disc ;)

Keyboard: he really liked it although he regrets not getting a wireless KB for now because he is gaming with the pc next to a big *** tv haha.

Overall the build turned out well and I think I did pretty good on part choices for only knowing what a motherboard was for about 3 months haha. It runs anything he has thrown at it on absolute max. From Crysis 3 to borderlands 2, runs like butter on his 60hz 1080p tv. Also I must say, I am quite jealous, the color scheme ended up looking magnificent and is truly a sight in the dark, hard to choose between watching the game or the pc run haha.

As always comments are appreciated and any advice/criticism definitely helps! Im looking forward to more builds in the future and am already seriously considering overhauling my build now... Uh oh haha.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

You went for that ram just because of the name, not because it was blue. Don't deny it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol you got me! Nah I had some Patriot picked out and he picked this 2x4gb version for a bit more and the color and ended up with the 4x4.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, well the name made my day lol. "Intel Extreme Master" whatever it was. I can't even remember it now.

  • 79 months ago
  • 10 points

The name makes it 110% faster. Proven fact. ;)

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, odd color choice. Orange, black and blue. :p

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good tho eh? Boise state is his Favorite college football team btw. (hint hint)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty man, Wish i had this skill D:

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Its not hard. Like I stated in the description, I have only been doing this for 3 months. Before that I was a clueless 360 gamer =P. If you have the money, go for it. Also there are plenty of people on here that will gladly help you, including me.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

is it me or did you install the heatsink fan wrong? isn't supposed to be facing the other way?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Well my original intention was to do a pull config, but I now realize that in a pull configuration, with this motherboard being not as wide, it is much too close to the exhaust fan. I plan to swap it back round to a push. If it wasn't so close to the exhaust fan it would be better to run it in pull though: http://www.overclock.net/t/1199135/hyper-212-testing-push-vs-pull-vs-push-pull-also-horizontal-vs-vertical-positioning

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

ohh I see, didnt even know about that lol

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

ASRock has been making great motherboards for quite a while now. The mistake you made was getting the Pro4 instead of the Extreme4, which has been a popular choice among enthusiasts since it came out.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually the extreme 4 is bad as well, at least for overclocking. Don't get me wrong, it might be a good quality board otherwise, never handled it. It just has a bad power delivery system and also I have seen an article somewhere about them reporting incorrect voltage.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I'm building my first pc, and I used the same case and CPU cooler as you. Unfortunately I can't figure out where I am supposed to put the cooler. Could you point it out to me in your photo album? Great pictures by the way

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrnWVHdhGJ0

Check these videos out. The first is Neweggs how to build a computer series. Great guide, I recommend checking out all three. The second is a guide to installing the Hyper 212 Evo. You can use his method of thermal paste, but I use the "dot" method. Less is more. Pics 6-9 in my album give a good look at the front as well. Let me know if you have any more questions =).

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the wireles networking card? thinking of buying it. Is it good?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems to work ok. This is a build for my friend so I don't use it everyday. He has connection problems at his house but he is pretty sure its a router issue. Figured its worth mentioning though. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures taken with a potato? Cool build tho

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, wow forgot how bad they were lol. Yeah I took them with a Kyocera Hydro so they were pretty bad. Thank you, though.