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This is my second build, but I decided not to reuse that many parts. I already had the mouse, keyboard, harddrives, wireless card, cooler, monitors, and OS. I came from an i7-950, Gigabyte x58a-ud3r, and a HD6850 (parts for sale for the right price) and decided I wanted some more gaming power. Plus I just really enjoy building and screwing around with parts inside my case.

Actual Price Breakdown (I just picked things up as they went on sale): i5-3570K: $180.19 MSI Z77A-GD65: $91.59 (after rebates and microcenter combo) Crucial Ballistix 16GB: $84.79 Gigabyte HD7950: $329.79 Fractal Design Define R4: $95.39 SeaSonic 850W: $109.99

So far everything runs great. I had to deal with a fair bit of GPU droop when I installed the card, but some updated cable routing allowed me even it out mostly.

I'm running a fairly basic overclock, just giving what the motherboard gave me for memory and CPU, but I pushed the GPU another 10% on both clocks. I knocked off 1 star for the GPU because the voltage is locked and I have yet to find anyone who has successfully gotten around this wall.

I know the power supply was overkill but Newegg had a pretty awesome deal and I'm debating eventually going for a crossfire (once AMD figures out their ****).

Overall I'm pretty happy with everything and I have just been chugging away at Bioshock since I got everything built up.

Lastly, I just want to say how amazing Microcenter is. I purchased everything for this upgrade from them except for the PSU and mostly because their customer service is so awesome. Since I purchased the parts both the price of the RAM and the CPU fell and I was able to get the price guarantee reimbursement with no trouble at all. Not to mention they really seem to know their stuff, I can't tell you how much time I wasted the day I bought the parts just shooting the **** with the guy as I tried to make up my mind.

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  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that PSU? I'm planning on getting the same one. It quiet and all?

  • 84 months ago
  • 7 points

seasonic are the highest quality psu on the market :P

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

It's hard to say since I haven't really put it through its paces. My full draw isn't even 50% of its wattage. A lot of the comments on the supply were about coil whine and I have heard some high pitch squealing, but it is hard to pinpoint the source. I have the fan set to silent though and overall I don't hear anything in the case but the fan on my EVO.

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  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

The 850 psu looks like way more power then you will ever need... are you going to further OC your cpu and get a second gpu?

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Right now the CPU is overclocked to 4.2, but I do plan on pushing it a fair bit more. And yeah, I did purchase the PSU with the intention of doing crossfire. Originally I was going to do 7970s but I wimped out after seeing the price per dollar charts on Tom's.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Only change for me is 1 monitor. And 8 gigs of ram. Otherwise a balanced good build.Well researched too.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

i would agree, but for 80 bucks you can get 16 gigs of ram from micro center.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but I'm talking my uses of a pc like this, gaming and websurfing. Besides it is really good. His money was well-spent.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

You are probably right about the RAM, but I figured if I ever wanted to do quad channel I would want to have the option of maxing it out. That and like Bones said it was only a little more than getting 8 gigs.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

$91.59 for a GD65? You lucky bugger haha! I paid £105 for the GD55 and would say it's absolutely worth it so a GD65 at that price is a steal! It's a really nice looking build, good cables, but get an aftermarket cooler on there. Having said that, 4.2Ghz with the stock cooler and it's only 60°C at load is bloody cold, what voltages are you putting through the cpu and how are you loading the cpu for tests?

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

He has a Hyper 212 EVO cooling his CPU

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha didn't see the last photos! Thanks for pointing that out, Ijust saw the stock cooler on in the first few photos.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, the stock cooler sucks major @$$ when overclocking so I can understand your confusion :)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey that's a really nice, really clean build with excellent cable management. Like that you removed the unused drive slots, I always think cases look better with any unneeded bulk removed. Awesome desk setup. Thanks for the updated pics, I enjoyed looking through them.

This completed build page is a perfect example of how to do and set up a detailed page of your own. It includes a detailed description, Owner Rating was selected, and complete pics of the entire build process and a final desk setup.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your feed back :). I've been a lurker for a long time so I tried to add everything I saw in some of the best build pages of other posters.

As far as the unneeded bulk I actually plan to eventually move my SSDs to the back of the motherboard tray and get rid of the lower drive cage as well. The only problem is I want to find a way to secure them without screwing them in so I don't have to take out the mother board.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the cpu cooler you have, I'm using it with an fx 8350 and radeon 7850 2gb and hit around 62C when doing bf3 on max settings after an hour and a half or so. Works great and everything.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

It does a pretty great job for the price, but I was going for a pretty silent build and the fan just doesn't cut it. It could be a got a dud, but it is probably the only audible part in my case at idle and under light loads. I am heavily considering getting the new NH-U12S that Anandtech just reviewed because it performed like the NH-D14 but at a much smaller footprint.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm, strange. My computer has a total of 6 fans (3 case fans, one gpu fan, one psu fan, and the cpu cooler fan), and it runs quiet enough for me. Not whisper quiet, but quiet enough.

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Awe dude theres an actual gaming edition of that Mobo but amazing build none the less X)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I saw that. In fact they had a special on it at newegg the week I bought mine. But the next day Anandtech did a review and said it was mostly the same, so that combined with the price I got on it made me feel a little better.

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

was it not the same price?

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

No it would have been a good deal more, but I think it included RAM.

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

oh okay :) well nice build. very nice.

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  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

If you mean the 1TB drive I agree. I actually took that drive from a WD Mybook that I cracked open after putting together my last build. I also have 2 2TB Green drives that I bought for that build now setup as network storage. If you meant the SSD I am actually really happy with that and I bought it last year for $170.19 at Microcenter. I also forgot my build has an additional 64GB SSD from crucial. With all those drives (including network storage) I feel like I have enough space.