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As you can probably tell, I'm a bit of a PC N00B. This is my first build. I don't know a lot about computers yet. Please be as harsh as you can, posting every error I've made thank you!

Intel I7 3820 Socket 2011 quad core processor happily running at 4.3 Ghz Asrock Extreme 4 motherboard, has all new generation features, Sata 3, USb 3, MSI GTX 670 2gb graphics card. Corsair 1600mhz DDR3 16 gb ram Corsair H80 liquid cooler, with double thick radiator. Installed in pull config with gentle typhoon nano vibration fan. (you wont hear it running) Two high quality fans in front, with easy access doors and easy to clean filters. Corsair HX 750, professional series power supply Kingston 120gb SSD
Western digital 1tb HDD - storage a third HDD, Samsung 2TB Fractial Design R3 sound deadened high quality case

it runs perfectly smooth and fast. It is so quiet that only thing that you will hear is the Corsair H80 liquid cooler's pump ticking quietly.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 7 points

Well no harsh criticism from me. Nice Build. So will probably say you well overkill on the memory, but as I always say “Overkill is underrated, my friend.”

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 83 months ago
  • 4 points

overall, nice build. but i feel like you didn't get your money's worth. you could've spent less and still get the same results
i would've gone with the i7-3770k cpu and a z77 motherboard. 3770k is equal in price or cheaper. it performs the same; maybe better depending on the situation. it can easily overclock. z77 boards are generally cheaper than x79 boards too
if this build is for mainly gaming, then i would've chosen an i5-3570k cpu instead
i'm glad to see another person didn't go for a samsung ssd
too much watts on that psu for this build. this is another area where you could've saved money on (ignore this part if you plan to squeeze another video card in for sli)
can't see from the pics. is there a fan in every possible spot? 1 on the side? 2 on top? maybe add 1 more on the radiator for a p/p configuration. if you want slence, there are plenty of quiet fans

  • 83 months ago
  • 5 points

I disagree with you on the samsung ssds and the psu. The 750w PSU is just fine, I myself don't find the pcpartpicker's wattage calculator to be accurate. Sure he could've went with maybe a 650w but a little overhead isn't that bad. Other than that you're right about the z77 boards and lga1155 processors.

  • 83 months ago
  • 5 points

i understand that in benchmark tests, samsung ssds are usually the winners. but in real life aspects/timings, you feel no difference. as long as you choose a reliable controller. that's how i see it
i, too, don't trust pcpp's watt calc. i found his build only requiring less than 500w (about 400 at stock and about 450 with a high oc). i agree with you; i prefer a little overhead room too when it comes to psu's. and a 650w would've been fine here
just trying to help save a dollar. times are rough lol

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Completely agreed haha times are hard nowadays.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

You've made some really good points, thanks!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

A 3770K is rarely cheaper than a 3820. For gaming a 3570K is only needed agreed. But 3820 still a great overclockable CPU.

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

Only criticism I have is that you got a x79 board, but went and chose one that had only 4 RAM slots. D:

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic build! Put together very nicely, A1 cable management!

The only change I would have made is probably the motherboard, I would have gotten a higher quality board, but this is nit-picking at it's finest.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha-ha, thanks! Suprised im doing so well in the rating so far :o

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Altogether, nice build and no harsh criticism from me either. However, What do you do with this build? mainly game? or more CPU intensive things?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I do a bit of everything. Why's that?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Because the CPU is probably overkill for gaming. You don't really need hyperthreading, and you could have gotten similar core speeds with the i5-3570k. However, if you do any video encoding, or like to run a bunch of VMs, or a lot of multitasking, it could be necessary.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

just wondering the temps on your system and how you like the H80. Main temps under load. I am going to get an H80i next mouth to upgrade my current PC.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm loving the H80, I'm not sure if it's just the sound deadening case that makes it so quiet, or if it's just a really good cooling system. Temps are pretty good, can't complain.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

How fast is that Kingston SSD? Like boot time after posting? Also the parts list says H80i when you have the H80 (non i).

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a criticism as such, why did you go 2011 SB-E instead of an 1155 Ivy bridge cpu?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I'm REALLY not very technical with computers yet. /: First build, bound to make some mistakes.

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

Don't worry, you didn't make a mistake. You spent about the same as you would have if you had gone 1155, and now when you decide to SLI you will get the best multi-gpu performance possible.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Upgradability? No new 1155 based CPU's are likely to come out now.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah but IB-E is supposed to be only a 10% increase in performance and I doubt the OP needs up to 12 cores so it seems like a bit of an unnecessary expense.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not like the 3820 costs more than the 3770k. If the OP cared for price, he would have gotten a more reasonably priced MOBO, which they have for 2011.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

The 3820 is an underrated CPU which should be used more often. Cheaper than a 3770K and still overclockable with excellent specs. Nice component choice.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

if any criticism is to be given at all, why the r3 and not the r4?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Already had it from old pc :)

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

also, I thought it deadened more sound then the r4?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

oh i see, i dont know about that. awesome build though

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

There really is no harsh criticism to give. This build is really nice! What are you going to be using this build for?

EDIT: I just noticed that you chose a Micro-ATX motherboard for a ATX case. Although it did fit, it would've been better to go with a ATX motherboard to get more features. That's just my 2 cents.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious what features the M-ATX motherboard is missing over a full ATX board besides the obvious 3/4x SLI/Crossfire support? I have a M-ATX ROG board and it has more features than i can use. I don't feel like I'm missing anything since I don't ever plan to use more than two GPUs.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

-i would rather use a i7 3770k where it performs better for the money -wouldnt use cheap liquid cooling -wouldnt use a asrock board under the extreme6 series -there are better SSDs for the money but the v300 is good enough -a xfx 750w is a better unit

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

No criticism at all! Just a thought: are you planning on upgrading the 3820 to a 6 core 2011 cpu? Because if not you should have gone for an i7-3770k.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I am :p

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I would buy a cheaper case if I could. But my build is about one third your price so I don't think money is a concern for your build ;)

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know what it is that sold me on this case, but I guess I just thought it looked nice. I didn't want a whole heap of christmas lights on it, so yeah. In my opinion $77 really isn't to bad :p

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

One criticism, your windows rating for the cpu is only 7.8 :/

I think its time for a new cpu.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Sarcasm? :o

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build for the price! Instead of buying those stupid Alienware systems... BTW, do you play games on that system? If not, you went too overkill on the system...

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you go about OC your system? Did you have concerns about it since you we're a newb.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build, Only "error" i can see is cpu in the sense that it isn't a 3930K or another K-type cpu meaning it is unlocked and you can overclock it. (especially with the h80i you are positioned nicely for overclocking in terms of temperatures) Also the Kingston Hyperx 3k series would have cost the same but is much faster than the SDD Now. Not the end of the world, still a very nice build

  • 83 months ago
  • 5 points

That's a common misconception. The 3820's muliplier is partially locked and the chip actually overclocks quite well. I have mine at 4.7GHz right now but I've seen others push it past 5GHz.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

i stand corrected. Good to know and good for you! I like my fx-8320 quite a bit. I have it overclocked to 4.6 atm with custom water cooling running stable under load at 40 degrees

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

Amd? And this is kinda partial, but why did you go with a micro-atx mobo?

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  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the points, and yeah, the thing overclocks very nicely, I've had it at 4.7 ghz but have heard people running at 5.0+. I really should pay more attention to when stuff is coming out... The 16 gb of ram is just because I want this computer to last a while before it needs upgrades do I took some precautions.

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