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This was my first time building a computer, and I have to say I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I was on a pretty strict budget of $700 since I'm using my own hard-earned money, and I think I did well given that restriction. It's going to be used for gaming as well as everyday family use. I know the cable management isn't the best, but I really did try, and I'm probably going to give it another go in the near future. The PCPartPicker community was really helpful in giving advice and learning in general from other builds, and I have to thank you guys for that! As for the parts, let's get to it!

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 - I know, I know, the 3570K is better, but I don't have the guts to overclock and I really was looking to save as much as I could, and the 3470 left me with $15 more in the end.

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 - I was REALLY excited for this motherboard, because it seems to be a very high quality board and I got it as part of a deal on Newegg which gave me the 8GB RAM for free! For me, it's been pretty solid so far.

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 1x8GB DDR3-1600 - What can I say? It's RAM, it was free, it works. Doesn't get much better than that. It's also low profile RAM, which was an added plus, as it is just a little bit taller than the height of the DIMM slot.

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB - This is also going to be a family computer, and my dad does a lot of Photoshop and stuff like that, so the extra space is necessary.

Video Card: MSI GTX 660 OC - I absolutely love this card. It's relatively small, stays cool, and provides a lot of power. Defaults Skyrim to High/Ultra High and Crysis 3 to High, so I'm happy, especially coming from a laptop that played Skyrim on Low at barely over 15 FPS.

Wireless Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe - Great card. Once Windows had the drivers for it, it worked like a charm. Gets a consistent 5 bars on my home network and hasn't dropped a connection yet. I might have to get a new adapter if I want to use wireless on the Hackintosh part of this build, but I'll consider that when it becomes more important.

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 - Absolutely dreamy case. It looks really cool and setup was pretty easy. The only thing that kind of bugs me is that the front panel USB ports don't provide too much extra space for novelty USB drives, but that's not too important.

Power Supply: Corsair CX500 - It's Corsair, it works, I'm happy. It's not modular, which made cable management a little difficult, but I knew that going in, and I can't really complain about it.

Optical Drive: Not too much to say here - it reads CDs and does everything I've wanted it to so far.

OSs: MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - Got for free from work.

Hackintosh Dual Boot: This was the most difficult part of setting this build up, but also the most rewarding. I probably erased and repartitioned the drive at least 5 times, and installed OS X at least 10 times. A major pain, but totally worth it. If anyone else is interested in building a Hackintosh with the same motherboard and GPU, I've also written documentation on how to get everything working that I'd be willing to share if needed.

Sorry for the poor picture quality - I had my little sister take the pictures as I was building. Comments, suggestions, and improvements are welcome and appreciated. Thanks for looking!

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

Try to get another stick of RAM to take advantage of the dual channel capability.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm definitely going to add another in the future. Maybe a Black Friday/Cyber Monday purchase?

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

try to get the same stick of ram. Ther is a lot of single crucial ballistix 8 gb sticks on ebay.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

for the price you spent you did an excelletn job. Good work +1

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

How's that wireless adapter working for you. Any lag while playing games or anything?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't played anything online yet, but Speedtest.net rates it on the same level as all other PCs in my home, so it seems to be pretty good. I might download SWTOR to check later.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job, I built a very similar computer for my mother, and it wsa a bit more expensive you found some good prices.

-1 for the terrible movie name though. :P

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And lol, though I hope you don't mean the movie was terrible

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  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build. My preference for less money and better performance would be a fx-8320/asus m5a97.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I did give AMD a chance, especially given the power and cores in the FX-8xxx series, but it seems that Intel is still winning this generation of the CPU war. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out on AMD though, and will consider them again when it comes time to upgrade this build.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Why get a z77 MOBO when you can't overclock the cpu? Also overclocking a CPU is not hard there is even a program that does everything for you. All you need if you are new to overclocking cpu are after market cpu cooler and this program. I like to use the BIOS but if you don't have the guts to overclock then use this software.

http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/software/dcc/index.htm

Guide on how to use the software:

1.) Download it.

2.) Install it.

3.) Open it

4.) Click auto tune.

5.) Enjoy your overclocked CPU

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard actually does have one-click overclocking, so I have no problem with the actual process, but I just don't want to screw anything up (at least for now). I'm still leaving overclocking open as an option if I ever need to. As for the Z77 motherboard, it was actually cheaper than getting anything else because of the free RAM, and I'm not against getting higher quality products for lower prices ;)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Was the case the CM Scout 2 or Scout 2 Advanced?

And, did it come with dust filters in all the right places? I heard that one of them is missing a dust filter on the bottom (there should be 2 for both cases on the bottom).

Came with two fans as well?

I'd really appreciate a reply - I'm looking to buy this case if it does have the necessary dust filters!

Awesome job btw

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

The Scout 2 Advanced, I believe - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119263 It comes with 3 fans, in fact (2 front, 1 back) and I do believe there are dust filters on the bottom and the top. As far as I'm concerned, it's a wonderful case, and I'd highly recommend it if you can get it at a good price!

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