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I was looking for a nice setup that would not destroy my newegg preferred account balance. This thing runs everything i throw at it without hesitation and at super great frame rates. I run everything at 1080P and on high or ultra. The internal pictures were taken during my assembly so please excuse the lack of cable management :-) All is well now. Since completion i have added a second 80mm CoolerMaster PWM fan to the Hyper 101 and I also added 4 CoolerMaster R4 blue LED 140mm fans to the top and side of the Corsair 200R.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, and cable management isn't bad at all.

Like you, I have a locked CPU with Z77 motherboard. I just wanted the latest generation motherboard and could have gone H77 but the price wasn't that much different, and didn't realize or care that Z77 was geared specifically for OC'ing.

So, just purely out of curiosity, did you pick that board for features besides OC'ing or didn't know those boards were geared towards it, or did you not know about needing the 3570K to OC?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes i knew about needing the K series to have the ability to overclock, but i mainly went with this board for the features it had vs price. I definitely wanted a Z77 chipset, but i dont care much about overclocking as it does shorten the life of your components if you go nuts with it. Also the Z77 Pro 4 actually has a non-K overclock for my processor but i havent played with it yet. Havent really had the need.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard those non-K OC features are not good, can cause overheating and hurt stability.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah thats the main reason i havent touched it yet. I probably never will use it. I'd rather have stability than a little extra speed

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering if the aftermarket cpu cooler was good. I wanted a fairly cheap cooler that was good in quality.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Depends on if your overclocking or not, in this case he doesn't need to as he is not able to overclock as his CPU is locked

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

No i dont need it, but it definitely helps cooling even with a stock clock

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

can you suggest me a good aftermarket cooler that is cheap in price? It would be much appreciated. $20 Max

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

If 20 bucks is your budget, i would definitely go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212. It has a 120mm fan which moves quite a bit more air than the hyper 101 with a 80mm. NewEgg currently has the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 on sale which is not a bad option. On sale as well as a mail in rebate bringing it down to 9.99 total. The upgraded model from the TX3 would be the 212, so the choice is yours. If it was my i would go ahead and go with the 212, but that 9.99 on the TX3 is hard to pass up!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

okay ill take you suggestions to consideration! Thanks!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Also meant to add this Hyper 101 does come with the hardware to mount the additional 80mm fan. You could go a little higher and go with a TX3, but hey, we will save that for my sons computer (that will be mine when it comes in haha)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It is definitely better than the stock 1155 intel cooler the CPU comes with. With the CoolerMaster Hyper 101 being around 15 bucks, you cant beat it. I added the second fan which lowered the cpu temp by about 5-8 degrees, which is pretty good. Also the fan was only like 5 bucks so it was a no brainer and i really hated seeing that empty fan connector on my mobo :-)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I am looking into building a gaming PC of my own...Not sure games you are playing but can a setup like this run Battle field 3 and 4 when it comes out, without any hick ups?

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes i actually play Battlefield 3 all the time on this rig. Run at 1080p on a mix of medium/high/ultra settings. I run MSI afterburner while i play and it reports me getting around 95-110 FPS when i play online. Havent checked offline play but i wouldnt think it would be much different. Temps on the GPU run around 60C and the CPU runs around 50C

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem :-) If you have any other questions let me know. I work in IT and im a Mac guy (I know, blasphemy in these parts) and i researched what i wanted for at least a couple months. This is what i settled on and i wouldnt change a thing :-) I just wish Mac OS X had the game selection that Windows does. We can all dream right?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I've added a couple more pictures i just took of the fan added to the CPU cooler and they have a nice blue glow from the R4s

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that monitor?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a 52 inch LG LCD TV. Makes for quite an epic amount of gameplay :-) I also use it for XBMC

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

was it really 2500 bucks?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah when i bought it. Kinda crazy to think about it now, but a few short years ago TVs were crazy expensive.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Also i see you have a build with the Phenom processor. How do you like it? I was thinking about building my son a computer to play Team Fortress 2 with me and these look pretty enticing, minus the power consumption :-)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It works great. It has plenty of power for any games I play on it. TF2 would work fine on all most any gpu/cpu set up. Not that cpu really matters too much with games. The gtx560 on that build really rips though!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome dude i figured it would rock on some TF2. Video is definitely the big factor on games though like you said :-) My build i have right now runs TF2 at 299 FPS, which is ridiculous haha

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, yeah i just recommended that msi 660 to a friend. He bought it with the rebate and last light game. How are you liking it?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It is incredible. I also got Metro with it and started playing that the other day. Works great!