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UPDATE: 1/8/15

Original Motherboard lasted 3 months, then died. Swapped it out for a MSI Z77A - works wonderfully! Still haven't overclocked as I haven't seen the need yet, but this board does this well should I need to down the road.

Just upgraded to a MSI GTX 980 Gaming GPU - all I can say is wow.

Next upgrade is to move into a higher resolution - 4K or considering the new Asus 1440p at 120 refreshw/ G-Sync. not sure yet.

Eventual upgrade to the PSU to something modual and higher wattage so I can add another card if I want. That's way down the road.

I also added a windowed panel (not pictured - camera broke) for the HAF 912 so I can see 'under the hood'.


I've always wanted to build my own computer and after my laptop died and my ownership on an iPad, I figured it was finally time to go for it and make the switch off console gaming. After stumbling upon this site and doing some research, this is the build I settled on while trying to stick to an $800-$900 budget. I already had the Operating System, keyboard, mouse, and monitor from work, so I threw my money at the good stuff. I added 2 200mm fans and 2 120mm fans for the case, taking out the fans the case came with. Call it flashy, but I love the blue LEDs on the fans.

After having this for a week and trying my best at cable management, I have to say I'm quite happy with it. The system is very fast and does everything I'd hope it would. From playing games on max settings to flying around the internet, I've spent the better part of the last week tinkering here and there to get it where I want it to be.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have probably tried to hold off a little longer, save a little more, and get a bit better of a motherboard and maybe upgrade to a better case. The mobo and case are more than fine, but after seeing some of the other options I could have went with, those are the two things I think I could have done a little better at. The PSU is solid, but it being non-modular caused me a lot of grief in my attempt at cable management. I'm sure you'll all give me some things I could have done better down in the comments :-)

I haven't overclocked yet, though I know I have the parts to do it if I want; but being new and all I don't want to rush into anything and will read/learn more about it in the coming months.

The process of putting it together was pretty smooth; the front 200mm fan caused the most problems as the screws didn't fit the right way, so I found a work around with other screws the case came with. First time I tried to fire her up it didn't turn on, but I'd plugged the Power SW into the wrong spot, so nothing major.

As far as games go, I can play the few I have so far on Ultra/Ultimate settings and frame rates over 45 per second, so can't complain there. Not being thrilled with the Next-gen consoles, this should serve me well in their place. I may miss a few of the exclusives, but that's no big deal.

Thanks for reading!

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build sir. Only thing that you could have done different is that motherboard. Those Asrocks are good for low budget systems, but a mid-range like this it would have been better to go for a nice Gigabyte or Asus. The Asrocks usually don't overclock very well but not too sure about that particular board. Nice gpu btw you should overclock that beast.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. Like I said, it's definitely one of things I'd change. But, it's working fine for now, so it will do! Thanks!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Like it a lot +1

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Man everyone is using the 7870xt, amazing card for the price

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

For sure. I got a Sapphire as well and am about to see what kind of overclock I can get out of it. =)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it. I don't think there's a better card for the price. The games that come with it are also a major plus.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome selection for upper-$800 range, and i love the fact you included a well-regarded SSD for this price range. you probably don't need 650W of power with your system, but it's handy in case you want to upgrade.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I went with the 650w cause it was a decent price, and like you said, it would come in handy for futures upgrades should I want them.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice Christmas Tree! ;)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!