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I always wanted to have a proper gaming computer, so with some money saved up from work I finally managed to put together one. I mainly play Starcraft II, Battlefield 4, Diablo 3, Left For Dead 2, Total War Shogun 2... etc. I love it and feel proud that I have successfully managed to put one together.

On a side note, when building this one, my original choice for the motherboard was Asrock Z77 Extreme 4. But when I assembled it all together, the computer would turn on but screen would not come on... and being this my first time building a computer, I was frustrated and spent days figuring out what was wrong.... it turns out, I simply did not press the RAMs all the way down to the slots... without RAMs properly inserted, of course the computer would not properly boot... I thought the motherboard was DOA and sent it to RMA... in the process, while trying to put the socket cap back on, I managed to destroy couple of CPU socket pins, so alas my RMA was denied and bam. there goes $130.... my current one, Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA 1155, is also very good and I am happy with it. Highly recommend to those who want simple BIOS settings and setup, because this motherboard has UEFI BIOS that is very easy to use. Performance-wise, it is very good too.

Another note: the case here is Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower. Notice in the picture how my 120mm chassis fan is not white as it is supposed to be... well, case fan that came with the chassis was working fine, but be it my improper handling (highly likely) or the wire itself was fragile, but one of the circuit has ripped and thus fan was broken... luckily, I had some Cooler Master chassis fan in hand (I do not know what that is called, bought it 2 years go), so I am using that one. It is blue, not white so does not fit the color profile :(, but it does what it is supposed to do. Wow, I wrote a lot. Just had to share my first ever adventure of building a computer from scratch and mistakes I have made because I did not know any better and hopefully others don't make the same mistake that I do.

Forgive me for not putting up a complete overview picture of the motherboard and parts inside... I am just too lazy to turn off the computer and lay it down on the floor to take picture from that angle, so I just took the picture with chassis opened, from the side.

Disclaimer The CPU Cooler and Operating System were the ones I already had, so they do not actually count in the price. the overall price for the build is under $1000, with rebates, and not counting that I broke another motherboard.

Cheers!

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Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

That really sucks about your motherboard. Overall it looks really good, but you have a very nice case and a bad cable mangement, so you might wanna fix that.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I should have... I was just so burnt out trying to assemble the build at the end of day 4 that I was just like... throwing things in here and there, without really carefully managing the cables. Having said that ,some cables were just too short to be shoved around the case, so they are hovering over the motherboard on purpose (i.e. cpu power supply cable from PSU). But I will try to do a better job when I open it up again to clean out the dusts. Thanks for the comment!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, I also wanted to slam everything in and just enjoy my new pc (first build btw), and totally forgot cable management.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Greetings from NZ Very nice looking inside. One question why did you two different stlye (Series X and not X series) and speed ram otherwise good chioces for a firstime builder. I have a couple of plans for a build end of this year/early next year what would your thoughts be? Budget around 1,500 http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/user/Pcgamer1850/saved/2I6Q, http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/user/Pcgamer1850/saved/2I7c, http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/user/Pcgamer1850/saved/2O93, http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/user/Pcgamer1850/saved/2O9e

Thanks Enjoy your build.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

ah yes, so G.Skill Ripjaws X series actually came with the original motherboard that I ordered (ASrock Z77 Extreme4) for free, so I just installed it there along with other two G.Skill Ripjaws Series. I think having 12GB is a overkill, but since it came for free, why not? :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

yea.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

anyways, for me I have always used intel cpus and nvidia graphic cards, so I do not know much about AMD or ATI.... but, one thing I did notice was that you seem to include many fans. For me, having a good aftermarket CPU cooler (which you included in your build, CM 210 Evo) and just fan chassis plus GPU fan will suffice the cooling work. I do not know much about liquid cooling at all, so cannot comment on that either, but based on my build, my computer stays very cool and under load, it rarely goes above 60c, so something to consider.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice junjaew. Thinking about getting all the fans to fill all the spots just because I can and decided to go all amd because the only other desktop I had was a HP rebilt Pentium E2160 with GeForce 8400 GS and wanted to expirence the other side of the fence.

Once again nice insides with the red and blue contrast.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Shame about your mobo man.

This is a fairly sturdy build, I like the fact that you didn't skimp on a case and bought a very good decent one +1 for that.

Only thing to comment on is the heatsink, you could of gotten a hyper 212 evo for around the same price and it offers much better cooling than the gemini.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, I definitely wanted to get hyper 212 evo too, because it seems to be the most favorite cpu cooler and sounds like it performs really well. But I just did not want to buy a new cpu cooler unless I really have to, shelling out extra bucks when my current one is working fine? Let me know what you think and whether or not I should get the evo... right now, my cpu runs around the range of 19c to 23c when idle, and around 57c to 59c under load, and I saw around 62c~63c couple times when running BF4 at ultra settings. Is that good? I do not know much about cpu cooling, but in comparison to my previous computer that ran my cpu (Intel Core Duo 2 E7500) with this cpu cooler around much higher temperatures. Should I get hyper 212 evo or wait a bit longer to upgrade?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, if it helps, the CPU is running on Turbo Boost, so it overclocks to 4.2 GHz. I don't know how it does that though, given that in the description of the Turbo Boost feature, the CPU is only supposed to run up to 3.8 GHz. I am guessing it has to do with my motherboard, but I do not know really. All I know is when reading the frequency on CPU Temp program, it reads 4.2 GHz when under load.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build !

You certainly have a nice build but $1,400 I wish you had a GTX760 for about $50 more. It just seems to me that the $290 spent on the OS skewed things a bit but I do acknowledge the fact that your $1,400 does include the OS and the monitor.

I for one really like you choice of the 500R case but from the limited images of the insides of your build I can't tell if you have maximized the potential of this case and it's ability to handle the cables. I might suggest flipping the PSU over and I can't tell where you Hard Drive connections are but they appear to be on the left side of the case so I would suggest reversing that and have the cables run on the back side of the case. In short, make the cables a bit more tidy.