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Using it for my wife and I. We replaced our laptops from college with our first build. Lessons learned: go for fully modular, try water cooling, get more zipties. I managed yo snag a bunch of these parts on black Friday and other deals. OS was free from college. Monitor was from a trade. Overall, a great build for the price!

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the upgrade from your laptops!

You and your wife use it for ?????

If your PC does not sit on carpeting (if it does you can place it on a piece of plywood) then I would suggest flipping your power supply over to pull cool air in from outside the case and it will put the cables toward the rear wall to assist in better cable management. You may not need a fully modular Power supply but semi-modular at a minimum sure is nice.

You have a locked CPU (non "K") with a Z87 board and an aftermarket heat sink. Usually people use the Hyper 212 or water cooling when they overclock. A non "K" CPU will not overclock.

You have 8GB of memory which is quite adequate in most circumstances but is usually better as 2 sticks of 4GB as it enables the dual channel aspect.... Unless of course you plan to add another 8GB stick down the road.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it good to still have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 even with a non-overclocked cpu? I just wanted to keep it nice and cool. I didn't think about overclocking it at all. It's already beastly.

I'm on hardwood floors now! Yay! My wife uses it for web browsing and netflix watching. I use it for gaming, photo or video editing. It was a great purchase! Just updated to a R9 280x. Thinking about going 4k soon! :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely use the Hyper 212. The fans on the Hyper 212 will usually fail sooner than the fans on a stock unit. By NO means am I saying that a typical Hyper 212 fan fails quickly but i am saying that the stock heat sink fans tend to run a very long time.

Very cool about the 280x purchase. Update your parts list and please add an internal photo or two. Have you had a chance to use it during your photo and video editing yet?? I am curious how it compares to your 7850.

By the way, what did you do with that 7850?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm keeping it for now. Might sell it. However... Can I crossfire these bad boys? haha.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Just did some research. Definitely cannot do it. haha.