Description

I'm a 14 year old guy and this is my first build actually building a PC with no help from other people. I had built other PC's before but with some help here and there. I built this system mainly for gaming but also for general computing usage. I also did not want to compromise much in any area's so this system is very balanced. I also wanted everything to look pretty decent I can actually show it off.

Building the system took some work, mainly the cable management, but in the end I was very pleased with the build and it should last a good 3 years before needing any upgrades.

Here is all the components I used and the rationale behind them.

Case: I chose this case because of the good cable management, awesome looks, good build quality and the affordable price. This case had all the support for my hardware so I decided to go with it and I don't regret it at all.

CPU: I chose the 4670k because it is overclockable and will satisfy all my performance needs. The difference between this and the 4770k in gaming is very little, so there was no need to spend that extra $100. Overall it just fits well into my system so that's why I chose it.

CPU cooler: I went with the h100i because of its great cooling performance and because Haswell CPU's run fairly hot so that cooling is needed especially since I overclocked. It fits nicely into my case and looks nicer compared to the bulky air coolers I have seen.

Motherboard: This mobo is a budget one, but it comes with the all the features of a higher end board and brilliant build quality. It doesn't support sli but that didn't bother cause I don't intend to go that path anyway. The z87 g43 is a great mobo especially considering it's price; overclocks pretty well too.

Memory: Got 2 8GB sticks so I can upgrade in the future if need be. Also corsair just makes very reliable ram at competitive prices so you just can't go wrong here.

Graphics card: The Gigabyte 760 oc is great especially considering what you get. You get a factory overclock, a powerful and quiet cooling solution and software to go along with it. It plays pretty much every game at 1080p max at 60fps except for really demanding titles like crysis 3 but that still plays well at slightly lower settings.

Storage: SSD for boot and 2TB HDD for storage. Samsung 840 evo is brilliant in terms of price and performance and the seagate barracuda 2TB is a great 7200RPM HDD.

PSU: This power supply has enough watts for future upgrades and it is made by corsair so you really cant go wrong. Has all the connectors I need including the 8 pin pci connector for my GPU.

Any feedback on my system is greatly appreciated. Of course this build is in Australia so it cost me more than it would have if I lived in the US. All the parts were bought from PC Case Gear to minimise shipping costs and so all the parts would arrive at the same time. Also PC Case Gear is one of my only trusted online retailer for PC parts in Australia. And I know the cable management isn't the greatest but it is what it is. Also my room is very pc but at least the pc looks good :)

The GPU and CPU were overclocked to as high as I could get them without stability issues. I'd say I got an average OC on my CPU but I'm perfectly happy with that. My GPU on the other hand was great, squeezing an extra 100MHz over the factory OC and 1GHz on the memory. Pretty good if you ask me.

Overall I am extremely happy with this build and I'm looking forward to what it can do for me.

If you read this far, feel free to add me on steam my username is FusionBlitzx I would love to play some games with you guys.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice part choices. I wish I had this much to spend...

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a lot of money for a 14 year old. I'm going on 24 and my budget is slightly higher than yours! :D Let us know how the Gigabyte card hold up. I'm about to buy a Gigabyte GTX 770 2gb Windforce and I'm expecting a lot.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The Gigabyte card holds up extremely well. It cools very well, and has low noise levels so you really can't complain.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice solid build, cable management could be better. But still good build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and yeah my cable management isn't great but it'll get there :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty good build! +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

yay :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

cool! The Only thing i would change is the processer to an i7 4770k + 1 more gtx 760

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

4770k has no tangible increase in gaming and only benefits in multi threaded applications which I barely use so there is no point in dropping another $100 on it for my needs. I also don't like sli, I would rather have one really powerful gpu like a 780 rather than two weaker ones, just my preference.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Not something to change but corsair is not the most reliable RAM. That belongs to crucial and Kingston, even g.skill Is RIGHT behind them. Good CPU, the h100i is kind of loud and not as good as the swiftech 220 but is cheaper and still very good. Seagate is not a very good HDD company anymore, I would suggest a WD black over the Seagate. It's faster and sturdier.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have never had any problems with corsair ram in the past so I decided to stick with it, besides the performance difference is negligible comparing corsair with kingston or crucial. I can't hear my h100i at all, dunno maybe just got a really good one and the temps are great. I've had a seagate HDD for over 5 years in my laptop and it never failed and the speed was just fine. Thanks for the suggestions but I think I picked out the right parts for my budget and needs :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not the performance of the Corsair RAM it's the number of RMAs that they have. It's triple Kingston's and Crucial's. As i said the h100i is still very good. If you read what is said i said Seagate is not a very good HDD company ANYMORE, meaning they used to. Now they have much higher RMA rates and are slower than WD black and WD raptors. I also own an old Seagate and its very good but the quality of their products has fallen quickly.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Since when did Corsair RAM have more RMAs than kingston and crucial. I haver never heard of corsair ram failing like that. Yes WD black and raptors might be faster by a bit the barracuda costs a lot less and is still a very good drive. Their newer drives aren't the best but their barracuda line is still quite good.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Since a while now, http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/list-of-hardware-failure-rates.html

as for HDD the black is slightly faster and the raptor is MUCH faster. barracuda is still good, but not more.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Well corsair is still a good brand but I agree that Kingston and crucial are also very good, I just liked the look of the corsair RAM better. WD black and raptor are faster but they also cost a lot more especially here in Australia. The barracuda is just great value.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the nice words.

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