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This started out as a 700$ budget gaming build to replace my ancient laptop. Quickly snowballed into an 1100$ personal dream build however once the funds were made available. This is the first computer I have ever built. Sorry for the lack / quality of the pictures, the phone I took them with might as well be a potato. I believe one of the pictures is a Work in Progress picture with the vid card and a few other pieces still missing. Note , this was built for gaming in mind as well as light audio production. Upgraded from a sub par low end laptop to this bad boy.

Before you say it , I know the cable management is far from professional but as I've stated this was my first build and it seems decent enough not to disrupt the airflow. If I am wrong please correct me and I'll see what I can do to remedy the cable management issues.

The only thing's I havent hooked up are :

A) the fan speed control knobs located on the top panel of the case . Reasoning, seemed redundant and seemed like it would add to many wires that would disrupt airflow. Also with my mobo I can adjust fan speeds from the desktop via ASrock tuning utility at any time I need.

A-1) Took the time to reserach it and now have the two control knobs hooked up. Will be removing them soon once my front panel LED fan display arrives.

B) I haven't managed to figure out how to get the red LED built into the front chassis fan to work , not sure If my mobo just doesn't support LEDs (Yes I'm a noob) or just don't know where to plug it into. But as of this moment its not functional.

B-1) Figured it out, apparently theres an on off toggle switch built into the fan. Some how I've been overlooking it , now works.

C) Due to lack of SATA cords (Only have 2 atm) I had to play hop skotch with the HDD and Optical drive initally. After I got everything off of discs installed that I needed. I unplugged the optical drive and installed the HDD. No problems so far, just a minor inconvenience.

C-1) All three components now hooked up, just needed another Sata

In the future I plan to add ; dedicated sound card , some fancy pointless LED's (If i can figure out how to get them to work) , further storage if needed etc.

No, I havent overclocked or benchmarked yet, personally haven't needed to overclock just for the games I am currently playing. Near future however I will be toying with it.

Runs Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag on max settings at 30-35 FPS ; LoL at 60 FPS max settings , Never Winter at 50 FPS max settings , Fall Out New Vegas with tons of mods and graphical retextures at 45-50 FPS at ultra settings ; Tera on Ultra runs at 35-38 FPS (throttled) ; Planet Side 2 on high settings 37-40 FPS , a bit lower in intensely populated fights.

Haven't seen the GPU temp rise above 41 degrees celsius yet, the chassis fans and cooler master evo keep this baby nice and cold :)

If you have any comments , concerns , compliments , complaints , advice or just want to through out an overall opinion on anything. Feel free to post away in this thread , advice is always appreciated and warmly welcome ; even constructive criticism. All in all after seeing how easy it was to build my own PC , I will never buy a pre built again :)

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  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

a great, well balanced build. The cable management could use a little bit of work, however.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, as I stated the cable management is far from perfect ; but being my first build I don't really have a ton of experience in that department. Sometime in the near future I'll sit down and reorganize it , but for the time being it doesn't seem to be a huge problem.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

By the looks of it, it isn't a real problem at all. Just a minor aesthetic issue imo.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what i was thinking, aside from an aesthetic standpoint it should be good to go.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah some people think that cable management makes the build, but that's not try. My rig has terrible cable management but the thing runs, and that's all that matters, right?

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

As long as your temps aren't affected :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build, but you could move the GPU to top slot, as that normally is the highest functioning slot (I don't know the specs of your mobo). Also, you could flip around those HDDS and SSDs so that you could hide away the SATA cables.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Not exactly sure how I should describe this as I'm not familiar with all the techincal jargon. But as far as putting the GPU in the top slot, that isn't really an option as the header panel that goes to the back expansion slots would then be located inside the case and unaccesible. The top slots orientation is opposite of the one below it, so it would literally flip my gpu around and I wouldn't have access to the USB / HDMI etc ports.

As for the SSD / HDD , yea thats a good idea, when I sit down and rework the cable management I'll be sure to flip them around.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure I understand that but I did a little looking at your MoBo specs and the top slot performs the same as the slot you have it in now so you should get the same performance either way.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Not exactly my choice of parts at that budget, and you should have gone with the current gen processor (provided that it was available), but not a bad build overall.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The proc was on sale , and for my purposes and intents its more than enough for what I need.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

For a first-time builder, that proc actually works out better because you don't have to worry about removing the IHS and applying new thermal paste like you would for a Haswell (4th gen Core i3/5/7) CPU to keep her running cool. Haswell isn't much faster than Ivy - mainly just better integrated graphics.

Overall, nice build! I can tell you did your research; you got many of the highest rated parts for their respective "class", and everything is pretty well balanced - no big bottlenecks. I will say that 4 GB of GDDR5 on a GTX 760 is unnecessary - 3 GB is all they can really utilize proficiently. But if it cost you roughly the same as any other 760 model, hey, why not? Right? RAM isn't cheap as of late, so I would have to assume that means MSI is using cheaper RAM to fit 4 GB on there for the same price as 3 GB from competitors. Usually for the end user that just means lower overclocking potential, which isn't a big issue for you. Yet... ;)

But since you did buy an unlocked CPU, you might as well get started overclocking it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know I went a little overboard with the GPU for my purposes. For years I had to deal with an underpowered low end laptop for my gaming. And when your dealing with a low end laptop the first aspect of gaming that suffers is graphics. Always being forced to play on low barebone settings I wanted a GPU that wouldn't limit my graphic preferences. As good graphics can make or break a gaming experience in some situations. Everything I've thrown at it so far on high / ultra settings has performed like a charm. Couldn't be any happier with the perfomance.

And to be honest I hadn't considered how they were able to supply 25% more vram then the competitors at the same price. Perhaps your right and they are using cheaper ram ; however I was a little biased and blindsided in my quest for no graphical limitations. As for lower overclocking potential I don't see that being a big issue as you said... yet lol.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I apologize for making it sound like your graphics card is excessive. It certainly is not. I strictly meant 4 GB of RAM is, let's say, "unusual" for a 760 card, being that the original 780 that came out only had 3GB of RAM. I like MSI graphics and ultimately they know a heck of a lot more than I do about the technical details of it all. It might even be something that does give them an edge over their competition. I've just seen in the past where vendors added more RAM than the reference designed called for as a gimmick to almost push the card up until the next higher class of graphics. Does that make sense?

Again, very wise build. I'm sure you'll enjoy it very much!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

No need to apologize , I understood where you were coming from and you did make some valid points. And yes that does make sense.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this a repost? I swear I saw this within the last two weeks. Déjà Vu...

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

No this is not a repost. However , after seeing how starlana's build turned out with the rosewill thor case I decided to use one as well. It was about two or three weeks ago when I had seen her build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

"Quickly snowballed into...". Beware of the urge to upgrade. It's coming. :) +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah soon it'll be "if I can sell my current _ I can get this for ONLY dollars more!"

That's what happened to me but I'm extremely cheap so I kept it under $650.

I don't know if I'll be able to resist the black friday/cyber monday sales on newegg and other sites.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh you guys lol. The temptation is real.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you run into the urge to overclock yet? When I did my build, I included a CM Seidon 240M to allow for some good clocks, but planned on staying stock for a while, and then starting small. Two days later, I was pushing how far I could get the CPU, as well as adding a gaming profile for my GPU clocks...

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've run into the temptation to overclock. However I haven't done so yet ; leaving that for a later date. With the games I'm currently running theres no need to OC ; I'm getting immaculate performance as is.

But when I start doing my video editing and rendering I will OC beforehand just for the added performance.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The ASRock board won't last long. The ones I've had experience with never do. Also, I'm curious as to why you purchased the 4gb version of the 760 and not just the 2gb 770 for almost the same price.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I've read a lot of good reviews about this board, as well as the negative ones. I bought a years warranty on the board for this reason. Plus it was on sale so can't complain too much. Time will tell ^

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

what elder scolls online is out?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

No but theres a beta from today to sunday.

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

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  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

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