Description

So a few months ago I decided to build my own rig since I've always been using laptops. I wasn't in a rush or anything so I bought my parts when they were on sale. Used mainly for gaming, music, and videos.

CPU: I was leaning more towards an Ivy Bridge CPU but couldn't pass up on a cheaper Haswell. Haven't overclocked yet, but will do so in the future, kinda scared too since I'm still new to it.

CPU Cooling: Thought about going with a closed loop liquid cooling system, but didn't wanna mess with that since it's my first build.

MOBO: Was considering the ASUS Sabertooth(only cuz it looked so good), but friend said it was unnecessary and highly recommended me the G45, so I went with that.

RAM: Went for the cheapest red ones I could find.

SSD/HDD: Had an amazon gift card and the Intel 530 was on sale for $149.99 during black friday week so I settled for it. For more space I took old hard drives from my broken laptops, worked great! and probably saved $100 =]

Video Card: I got suckered in by the 3 free games when buying a video card from EVGA. Hope this card is future proof.

Case: Love the design of the R4 case, plain and simple. The window was a plus for me.

PSU: Friend found the SeaSonic 660W on sale and recommended it. The first part I bought a few months ago =]

Accessories: Love Corsair keyboards, friend of mine works at frys and was able to get me one. Decided to go with a corsair mouse just to match my keyboard XD

i think my temps are low because it is FREEZING in my area at the moment, see how things go later on.

updates and more pics will be posted later!

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

The GPU isn't "future proof".

Any GPU isn't 'future proof'. A GTX Titan or 780 ti will perform the same as a low-mid range card in a couple of years and eventually wont be able to run any games at playable FPS (probably around the 5-6 yr mark). A GTX 580 is a perfect example of what I'm saying. At its prime, it was one of the best GPUs around, now it barely competes with a 760 (the 760 is a great card dont get me wrong).

tl;dr - expect to upgrade, nothing is future proof (except maybe PSUs).

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

And the case is quite future-proof as well ^

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

And the great feeling of accomplishment from building your own computer

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

YES i literally danced in circles when everything ran. i was so afraid of receiving a bad part since I read that some people have gotten unlucky with theirs.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

True, I plan to be using my Phantom 530 for atleast the next 2-3 builds.

And that first feeling of satisfaction when you press the power buton for the first time will never be forgotten ;D

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

i feel you man.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah I think this case will be with me for a longggg time =]

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the info! and it makes sense. I did a little research on GPUs. At first I thought about getting a 660ti but for some reason i convinced myself I should fork up $80 more for the 770. I guess it wasn't too bad of a choice since I want a second monitor soon. what you think?

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

The 770 is a much, much better choice. What do you intend to do with the second monitor?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you had a few months to learn about parts I would say that this build is only decent.

I hope you know the single difference between an i5 and i7 and have a use for the feature, else you spent $80 more for no performance.

MSIs entry boards (non-GD boards) have very restrictive overclocking controls. Have fun banging your head against the wall.

Given the price of RAM these days there is no reason not to get 2133/2400 RAM in an overclock build.

The PSU is rated for about 200w more than you will ever use, however it's 80+ platinum and for $90 you can't really complain.

Your friend kind of screwed you over. They aren't bad picks per say but you could have done a lot better.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the comment! what mobo do you think is a good pick for what I have?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H. The Z87X line of boards has one of the best power delivery systems available on LGA 1150 motherboards. The next board in the line the UD3H has twice the amount of copper in the PCB, which stiffens the board and lowers the electrical resistance. The next board after that the UD4H has twice the amount of power phases(16) of the D3H/UD3H.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cable management :]