Description

I have poured hours of research into this build, and I can presume that I have wisely chose the parts. Build performs beautifully, plays Crysis 3 on ultra with AA on 4x and post-processing on medium. Can play BF3 on ultra, while recording on 64-player maps, I can't really ask more from this.

Got the CPU at microcenter when it was on sale for $170, very cheap. Also got a $40 discount on the MB, making it $50. On top of that, I got the RAM for $50, and mind you it's some pretty good RAM. I don't really have plans for overclocking, but the CPU and MB was so cheap, I couldn't pass the offer. I hope you all coincide with this.

The build listed below has some mistakes, I got the Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue, although there's hardly any difference between them.

The GPU was carefully selected, the most bang-for-your-buck GPU I could find. It's listed as a 7870, but it actually performs close to a 7950.

Again, the build below isn't accurate, I haven't purchased the HAF 912, I got the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer. I would say it is better case for the same price. I also purchased on a sale, $20 off the original price. Have no regrets, really like the cool LED's. I got 2 red Sickleflow's, moves a lot of air but is kinda noisy. I don't notice when I'm using the computer, but when I'm downloading during the night, it gets annoying.

The PSU was kind of a poor choice, the non-modularity was very annoying while doing cable management. I've done really poor on the cable management, and can't really do much about it. You see the line cutting across the GPU? I couldn't route that behind the case because the line was too short. Alas, the temps are fine, so worries there. And plus the side window doesn't show the messy cable management.

All in all, I am really pleased to have purchased this, $715.

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 7 points

Are people on here actually downvoting a build over bad cable management? This is a really well balanced rig.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

this so much.

its hard to find well balanced well picked builds. That plays a bigger part than cable management methinks.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I agree.

I'd look into OC'ing just because it seems providential from your discounts that you should try to get the most of your PC. You could get a 212 for cheap enough.

Other than that cable management and you're golden!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment!

  • 78 months ago
  • 5 points

I was hungry for some Ramen. Now not so much...

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

Lol that is the best cable management joke I've see so far...

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It's almost like bad cable management means nothing. PAHHH!

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

That's not the Cooler Master HAF 912 it's the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It's funny, he mentioned in the description it wasn't the 912, but if he knew that, why didn't he just select the Storm Enforcer from the parts selector? I know for a fact that it's listed on the site...

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure that some have figured out how to edit builds. Not being insulting, but I just think that not everyone has even realized they can.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice parts for the price! Well done.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

I posted this on another build but figured I'd share:

There are some good reasons to neaten the cables:

  • Making upgrades easier. You don't have to untangle a web to move components.
  • Aesthetics, which is what many get so invested over.
  • And the big argument: air flow... While the benefits of marginal cable management vs. excellent cable management are arguable, very poor cable management can impact cleaning (the cables will collect dust and are hard to clean), and therefore can indeed affect airflow and make your fans work harder, and create "turbulence" in your case which slows the air across radiators.

I have the same case (the Storm Enforcer). There are plenty of ways to route those cables to get a more efficient build.

All that aside, I like the build. Well balanced and thought out.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Try to clean up the cables a little, but great build.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

There's snakes in this mf'ing case. The cable management could use some work, but you did a great job bargain hunting. These are some really good part choices. The motherboard is probably the weakest link, but microcenter doesn't have the best selection. Gigabyte motherboard probably would have been the best choice but it would have been at least $50 more.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, a better case would have meant better cable management and better airflow, people tend to forget about that but I'm just repeating what have already been said. Except that, good picks, also I wouldn't trust a Mobo at this price, good PSU and a well balanced rig. Congrats

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

This case actually has really good cable management options. He just needs to spend a little more time routing.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't check, thanks for the info, will know for future references. Well, then a good hour and everything should be fine, take that time, you'll love yourself for doing so (talking to the owner, not you Norm, obviously).

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

cable management?

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Machiavelli would have managed the cables better, if that's who you were referring to with your build title "Makevelli."

  • 78 months ago
  • -1 points

Work on the cable management but nice specs tho lol

  • 78 months ago
  • -3 points

And how did u get the mobo for 50 bucks?

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

He DID mention in the description details on most the parts he bought...