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Hi Everyone! Today, I will be showing off my first build to the best community on the internet. This computer I built was great for the price and has amazing features. I'll go through why I got the parts I got and how they perform. A quick note, I built this a year ago at Christmas of 2013, so this computer is a year old now and staying strong! I wanted to really put time into the computer before posting this to give all my thoughts on this, on top of high school.

  • CPU: This part is overkill to the max. I don't need the i7, in fact, I wasn't even sure I was going to go for the i5 4670k because even that was a little much. A sale went on for a very short period of time at Microcenter for a 4770k for $199.99 USD, and since there wasn't any within an hour of my home, Staples kindly price matched it and shipped it to our door for free. This was a no brainer at all considering the price to performance at 200 bucks.

  • CPU Cooler: Another deal for 60 bucks on corsairs website, runs great, and it high performance.

  • Fans: All of the fans I really did want to splurge on because they are fantastic and work great. The static pressure on the corsair SP-120's are fabulous and the led's and price of the Bitfenix Spectres are unbeatable. I saw a video by Linus Sebestian (LinusTechTips) that said he uses static pressure fans on computers he build everywhere because he thinks they are the best. So at the top of my computer, I have 2 more SP-120's, and the front I have the Spectres.

  • Motherboard: Asus has always been my preferred brand of computers. I know the quality well, and this shows no difference. This motherboard is packed with features I'm scared to touch and has a great look and a built on half way decent sound card, a nice addition.

  • Ram: Great value ram. I didn't really need 16GB, but I want it so I don't have to think about upgrading it for a while.

  • SSD's: All of these SSD's are very unexceptional. I got them all on separate Black Friday sales and put them in a raid 0 array. I boot in about 15 seconds and have amazing speeds compared to a HDD (I was blown away the first time I booted!)

  • GTX 770: MY BABY! I love this thing to death. I actually paid with my own money to buy this beast. I loved the MSI look and color scheme of this card and I love the performance it puts out. As of now, it runs all mainstream games at the highest settings (give or take some AA settings,) except for Far Cry 4 which seems to be the most demanding game I've ever put to this machine.

  • Case: I fell in love with this case the first time I saw it. Its sleek, portable, and a great size for matx motherboards and equipment. I could still run SLI or watercooling in this computer, and have the amazing elegant look with the gorgeous side panel window of the Corsair 350D

  • PSU: Another sale for $100 and that was actually the first part I bought. This power supply is super efficient with an 80 plus platinum rating and it's fully modular. At the time, it was upwards of $200, so this sale was fantastic.

Overall, This PC has been a joy to build and use. I hope to someday upgrade the graphics card again, but as of now, it runs great. The CPU I easily overclocked to 4.6 at 1.28 volts and it stood idle at 32 degrees celsius, while at load being at 70-75, which is a little hot, but its an unrealistic stress test. I hope you enjoy my PC, and thanks for reading. Please like and comment below some of your thoughts on this. BTW, my cable management is not the best, and I don't even want to show its so embarrassing.. Thanks again!

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  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Still don't understand why you need to add your age, seems pretty redundant... either way decent build

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

The only reason is because I want people to know the hobby can be done by anyone if they put the time in.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd swap that Crucial RAM with Corsair Vengeance Pro. The rest is very finely picked.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Great work, keep it up :). Now time to start saving and thinking about the next build! Its an expensive hobby! Merry Xmas

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Merry Xmas.