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This is my first PC build. Well, second officially, but the first was a really cheap APU build that is now the family PC. So this is my first one built for me! Parts accumulated over about 6 months via Black Friday sales on Newegg and eBay

*Primary use is for low-mid demanding games (League of Legends at the lowest, Skyrim/Dark Souls 2 at the highest) and streaming, as well as schoolwork/web-browsing.

Case - The price. Got it for $39 on Black Friday - looks good, swapped and sold the red LED fan for two blue's

Memory - Nice price, quality brand - color matched my mobo.

Power Supply - cheap, semi modular, enough power for what I need, especially with TDP's of newer cards going down.

CPU - great reviews, great price - 6 cores should help with multitasking and streaming to some degree, great overclocking

GPU - holy sales, lucked out on eBay with this baby - best cooler on the market, nuff said

Mobo - nice features, trusted brand, and front USB 3.0 - went with this over the A97 series because of future upgrades/better troubleshooting features (first time around I had a DOA 6300...can you believe it?)

CPU cooler - rumors of the hyper 212 evo not fitting in this case led me to look at closed loop solutions, and once again eBay provided me with this at a stupid price - couldn't say no

Cable management was meh - case really didn't have too much to offer. I'd give myself a 7/10 though considering what I was able to fit in a $40 mid-tower

Future upgrades - I will probably keep these parts for awhile, not going to do a big overhaul until I actually have money. If I do build another one down the road, I will go all out (4790k, GTX 970, etc), but for now this is great. Might consider an 8320/8350 later, but again not sure if I want to spend the moo-lah. Thanks and please leave your comments/suggestions! Like I said, I'm a novice builder, so let me know how things turned out!

*EDIT - Just wanted to put a small blurb in here for those of us who can't really afford the "BEAST" gaming rigs, and who leave comments about not having the money, etc. - Although my rig isn't by any means a top-tier PC (far from it), there still is a decent amount of money invested here. The trick is to have patience. I saved my money, from part time work, a small allowance, etc. - came out to about $100 a month I tucked away (so not too much), and I waited for deals to emerge everywhere, and behold! I probably saved somewhere in the ballpark of $200 overall just from deal hunting and patience. So, it can be done! Just sit tight and wait, your day shall come :)

**EDIT 2 - Have achieved stable overclock at 4.5GHz, pretty proud of it! Thanks again for all the feedback and support :)

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  • 60 months ago
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I haven't seen any info on it, but does the h60 cooler have corsair link with it? Does it allow to change the color of the icon/logo?

  • 60 months ago
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Not that I know of, unfortunately. I think the H60 is their lower-end closed loop cooler (honestly I was hoping the logo would light up but it's all good) - but it cools just fine!

  • 60 months ago
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thanks. either way, nice build.

  • 60 months ago
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thank you!

  • 60 months ago
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The Tri-X Toxic isn't the best cooler, but it is up there. Still nice build

  • 60 months ago
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Which one do you prefer/get the best results with?

  • 60 months ago
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I personally use the ACX & ACX 2.0 coolers. How ever many graphics cards I have bought, I get the best temps and haven't yet knock on wood gotten a coilwhine with a ACX cooler.

  • 60 months ago
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ACX coolers are for nvidia cards only. AMD wise sapphire's cooling are considered best.

  • 60 months ago
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Nice work on those prices! I spent ~30% more on my FX-6300 build but you have a better case, mobo, cooler, and SSD. I think my GPU will get me a few FPS over yours but I'd rather have $200 bucks.

I thought I did good on my OS pricing...

  • 60 months ago
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Nice! What GPU are you running? And as for the OS, Cornell students get a free copy of windows and office while you're here, so I lucked out xD

  • 60 months ago
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R9 280x. I was looking at the 270x but came up on a used 280x for the same price.

  • 60 months ago
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Ah yeah there were some really sweet prices on ebay - I capped myself at a $120 limit for the card though...still lucked out imo haha

  • 57 months ago
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Holy ships I live near cornell university.. :/ brush can I borrow your rig?

  • 60 months ago
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How are you liking the H60? Is there any pump noise? My case can't hold a 240 Rad, and this has better reviews than the H80i, and those temps are pretty good.

  • 60 months ago
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Honestly it's pretty darn quiet - I only hear the SP 120 fans, never the pump. And yeah the temps rock, I'd say the only drawback is the lack of software features and the illuminated logo (which, let's face it, is the best part of these closed-loop coolers hahaha)

  • 60 months ago
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Sweet! Thanks for the reply. You could always just use a blue hilighter as well to fix your illumination problem

Only Kidding

  • 60 months ago
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How did you mount the cooler to the motherboard?

  • 60 months ago
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super easy, much easier than the Intel method - it comes with a magnetic metal ring that you place over the cooler - then you put in two hook-like prongs and they lock into the sides of the socket, literally the same way you put on the stock cooler. pretty neat!

  • 60 months ago
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THANKS!!

  • 60 months ago
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no problemo