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Update Jan 11th 2015: After over a month I finally got the chance to work on the cables. Got a new 1TB hard drive and used ~15 zip ties and yeah I know it still looks like crap, there's nothing more I can do. I seriously think whoever designed this case should be fired. :(

INTRODUCTION

This build was named Project Big 10 because it was built in the year 2014, and my dad bought our first PC, which was a Dell with a Pentium 4 Processor, in 2004. I was only 6 at the time and I learned how to browse the web and play games with that old Dell. The experience made me fall in love with computers, and prompted me to learn programming, get into robotics and develop an interest in computer engineering.

PURPOSES

I will be using this build to play games such as BF3, ARMA 2, Red Faction Guerrilla, MC, JC2 and CS:GO, some programming, schoolwork and mild modeling in Autodesk Inventor and Blender. This computer will not be used for photo/video editing and livestreaming.

PARTS LIST AND RATIONALE

CPU: I went with the i5-4440 because it was the cheapest i5 processor I could find on Black Friday. Plus, since I have Amazon Prime I had it within 2 days of purchase. I was originally debating between the FX-8300 and i5-4440 but considering the extra money I would've had to spend on a good mobo for the AMD and a cooler, I went with Intel.

MOTHERBOARD: Not much to say about the mobo. Highly reputable brand, simple layout, I love it. Doesn't really matter that it doesn't have onboard USB 3.0 headers - my friend has a PCIe USB 3.0 card that he is giving me which has 2 extra ports and a header.

RAM: I don't do video editing or anything that's particularly RAM-heavy, so I went with the cheapest single-channel solution I could find. I might upgrade it to dual-channel 16GB in the future but so far it is more than enough for me.

SSD: I realized I made a huge mistake on the SSD after I built my PC... Apparently Kingston surreptitiously switched from synchronous NAND to asynchronous on the V300 model and consequently the performance took a big hit. CrystalDiskMark tells me that the sequential read/write for the V300 is only 218MBs/127MBs which is significantly lower than the advertised standards. However Windows 7 so far seems to be booting pretty fast (~9 secs from power to login screen) so I'll probably stick with it for a while until I save up enough for an Intel or Samsung one.

GPU: Kinda debated between the R9 280 and GTX 760 for a while but given the issues my friend has with his 280, I went with its NVIDIA counterpart and I have to say I'm quite impressed by its performance. Furthermore it was on sale for only $169.99 on Newegg on Black Friday so I promptly ordered it. One thing I don't like about it, though, is that the fan makes a relatively loud noise.

CASE: It's small, it fits on top of my drawers with my HDTV perfectly, but HOLY **** cable management in this case is a PAIN IN THE ***. I have a non-modular PSU with pretty thick sleeves which makes things even worse. When I routed the cables from the back and plugged the PCIe 6-pins in I couldn't even close the side panels. I'll leave it panel-less for now and hopefully the dust buildup inside the case won't be that horrible.

PSU: Again not much to say about it. It's cheap, it's got pretty high-qual cables for a non-modular PSU, and it just works.

CONCLUSION

Although the cable management is horrible and the build itself is not necessarily pretty, I personally think that I've done a pretty decent job considering this is my first build. I will get an actual monitor that fits on my desk once I sell my PS3. Any suggestions to how to clean up the cables will be greatly appreciated! I will post more pictures and benchmark results next weekend after finals (;_;).

Thanks for stopping by.

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably running out of storage aren't you? And as an official member of the "cable management swat team" I must say please fix these cables..although you did address the problem..Nice prices on all the stuff though..And I really believe Samsung is the way to go with SSD's. Just fyi. :) +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I already am... After a couple of games now I only have ~20G left on the SSD :( and yes I will try my absolute best next weekend to fix & reroute these damn cables. Will post pics once I'm done! Thanks for the comment :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Those cables look like quite a challenge, but if you are running just that one SSD, like I do, with no HDD or optical drive, you should have around 6 drive bays to store some of your cables. Another advice is to at least get a semi-modular Power Supply. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500m This one comes at 5-15$ on top, which I know can be a deal breaker, but I certainly do not regret putting that money into a semi-modular. Zip ties are really great, recommend them as well. Just zip the cables along the walls and edges, then whatever's left in the internal and external bays. I zipped my case fan and cpu fan cable to the metal mesh of the case(along the edge, not to obstruct airflow). It doesn't look great, but better than anything else I could come up with.

Maybe putting on just one of the side panels would help reduce the dust by quite a margin. Hopefully you manage to squeeze the other side panel in after you tuck some of that mobo cable in the drive bays.

Your build is really good. Your price is insane. Well done! Good luck with the cables and enjoy your rig!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! I'll make sure to grab a ton of zip-ties and I'll try my best!

Yeah the prices on Black Friday literally made my jaw drop! I was thinking maybe I could wait for a couple more months but I couldn't help haha :D

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Btw, not worth switching the power supply. Just general advice for your next build. I think the harder the cable challenge, the more satisfying it is once you complete it. Keep us posted on your battle with the cable demons!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I will sir! Dem cable demons ain't got nothing on my proness :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice BUild! PLease organize the cables

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want a cheap, semi modular, PSU. I would recommend the Corsair 430W power supply!

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw man that sucks... Do you guys have Black Friday/Cyber Week deals?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

All I got on Cyber Monday was 30% off of my RAM and about 5% off my Intel CPU. and an increase of 10£ on the GPU. I think I got about 2-3% off on the whole for my entire build. I don't think there any proper stores around, where I live that would sell a decent range of PC parts to go for Black Friday...

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds like in the US we got the best deals around haha xD

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

A bit better here, but still count 25% on top of very $ after conversion. Or just don't convert it and you get the same number. Probably around 500£ for a PC like this in the UK.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap that's like almost $800 O_O

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you good sir! Since I'm in my school's robotics team I have vast access to zip-ties, Velcro ties and all kinds of good stuff :) I'll clean everything up next weekend after the finals :( hugs you back

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I was thinking about that. I don't have an optical drive or anything so I might just do that.