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I've been forced to play games on laptops with integrated graphics cards for YEARS! I'm now totally sick of it. I finally saved enough money to build my first gaming rig. "Intrepid," as I nicknamed it, is a Mid-ranged build with "future proofing" in mind. As far as performance goes, this build satisfies my needs very well. It can play every game I have very smoothly, with little lag spikes! I've overclocked the 3570K to 4.3GHz. It gave me a decent boost, and it stayed stable after 1 hour of stress testing with Prime95. All in all, I'm very happy with this build, and I don't think I'll have to build another for a few years.

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  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

If at all possible, I would shoot for much longer Prime95 testing to stress test your overclock. Like, 12 hours. Or 24.

I would like more information about the case, if you would. I'd be willing to use it in a future build. Looks pretty decent. Not perfect, but good for a budget build.

Not sure what the 448 does for the GTX 560 ti, but if you're happy, who cares at this point?:)

The only thing I can think may, in the end, increae your machine's performance the most would be an SSD.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I do intend on testing longer. I haven't found the time recently, so I just shot for the minimum 1 hour. I guess I'll do it as an overnight thing later on.

The case is (as said in the parts list) is a Zalman Z9 Plus. I got it for $50 at a local NCIX. I can safely say it's a sweet case for the price! It's spacious for one thing. It was able to fit the beastly triple-fan GPU with a centimeter clearance, and has decent room for cable managing. The four fans, side window, and temperature gauge were a nice touch. Like you said, it's not perfect. But hey, for $50, I got what I paid for and a bit more.

The GTX 560 Ti 448 was the best choice according to the NCIX people. They didn't lie. I got it for $220 (reg. $310!!!) before MIR, and apparently, it's only 5-10% slower than a GTX 570. Finally, I did want an SSD, but my budget was already maxed. D=

  • 89 months ago
  • -3 points

gtx 570 superclocked is 260 with rebate.

  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to the fray!

  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

I replaced a dead OCz, bought new in Oct. 2007, semi-died in November 2011, used it for 3 months whilst was semi-dead, made for very spotty computing. I had to leave it on constantly for fear of not being able to get it started. When a friend pointed out it could be the PSU, I swapped it for this new OCz 700w. New computer after the swap. Expect the rebate no earlier than four months after you send it in but it did indeed come.

And on the topic of having to upgrade in the future. When I put together my current rig, Oct. 2007 I built with the same mindset, and it's still running very strong. Only last month or so looking at building a new gaming rig and using this as our multimedia center/home server.

Q6600 2.4GHz / 2GB Corsair Dominator / EVGA nVidia GPU GTS 8800 640MB / EVGA 680i mobo / Antec 900 case / ocz 700w / zalman cpu cooler / 500gb samsung 7200 HDD /

Strong build at the time, is still running very well, no upgrades or changes. Diablo 3 with medium/high settings looks great. Your build looks well thought out and future proofed. Looks very similar to what I'm going for. Thanks for posting and taking pictures.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing was very well thought out indeed. I took me 2 months of relentless scrounging through reviews and guides to decide on the parts. :)

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the case and that it has 4 pre installed fans.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Me too. I actually bought a fifth fan as an extra, because I can. =)

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build with good price

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome case aint it? i used it in my build (the blue one) xD i shouldve gone for the 560 ti 448 cores... it went on a crazy sale lately. i got my case for 40$ o.O at ncix too!

i would also suggest mounting the fan so that the psu fan points down.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, really great. Although one thing, you could've gone for the 7850 for a little cheaper and a little more power.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I could've chosen a little more closely. But the GPU was sort of a last minute choice when I realized I can afford it. =P I didn't have my notes at the time. I don't mind though. The the performance difference isn't too noticeable.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Love seeing Z9s in the wild.