Built this entry level enthusiast build for my uncle. Came out pretty clean.
Great build and photos
Nice, I like that cpu cooler. Way better than the crap stock one
How does that i3 compare performance wise to a similarly priced AMD?
I havnt been able to properly test the performance of the i3 yet though I would have gone with the AMD 8320 over the i3 if I could have found a budget AMD Mobo/RAM combo. The 8320 seems to be the best bang for the buck in it's range. Though the i3 should provide more than enough power for anything he can throw at it. I believe the setup should be able to handle most of all modern games on high. I have not bench marked it personally though.
Nice cable management. With that power supply, you won't have enough juice to CF. I would have gotten a cheaper motherboard and tried to fit an i5 into the budget.
Thanks! What do you mean by "CF"? Yeah the motherboard is amazing and I will agree that it may be a bit unnecessary though at the moment an i5 would be overkill and he can always upgrade to an i5 in the future with this board if needed.
Crossfire. The motherboard can handle adding another 7850, but I'm not sure if your power supply can supply enough power for two. It's a great build as it is though, so you probably won't need to add another card.
What gave you the idea that OP wanted to crossfire?
He has a z77 motherboard with a non-overclockable chip. When you have a locked chipped, the only other reason to get a z77 motherboard is to use it to crossfire because the higher end boards are the ones that usually have x8/x8 for crossfire.
I was thinking this as well. If he's not considering Crossfire, he could have saved himself $60 on the mobo as well and went with the Pro3 from ASRock.
Also as sketch mentioned, that PSU comes in at the bottom of the necessary power consumption to OC his GPU. Not a whole lot of room for improvement at this point. Would be like building a whole new computer.
Also, the i3 barely performs over the Pentiums. Pentiums are half the price. If upgrading to an i5 was a consideration, starting with a Pentium CPU could have saved him another $50. http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/239/Intel_Core_i3_i3-2100_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_G620.html
All that said, the cable management is immaculate and I love the orange on that GPU. :P Should be a fun PC.
Ah yeah thanks sorry I couldn't get the abbreviation for some reason. Yeah I think the solo 7850 will be more than enough for him atleast for the next 1-2 years.
but why did you get a non overclockable CPU with a motherboard that is specified for overclocked CPU's? You could have saved yourself some money by getting a H77 motherboard.
Hi there. Nice setup. I was wondering about those dust filters on the fans...are those the $1 ones on ebay? how do they affix to the fan? Would you recommend them?
nice build mate!
I have built something almost as similar to what you have here. Same case, same motherboard and same CPU. I did update recently the CPU cooler with the Cooler Master EVO 212 and now sitting at 27C when before it would idle at 38C. Used a Samsung EVO 840 120GB SSD for OS drive and 500GB for data drive and couldn't be happier. Still only takes 5 seconds to boot!
If I could do it all over again, I would've bought one model lower on ASRock motherboard and used the savings to get an i5. BUT this i3 has been very good to me and have had no issues when just day to day web surfing and email. I also use it to rip my DVD and Bluray collection to another media server and runs very well at that. Given that this model motherboard can be used for higher end video cards, I might get one one day but still happy using the onboard for the moment. I probably will get a dual monitor configuration and get a higher end card that will allow for faster transcoding when I want to backup another DVD or Bluray.
With me replacing the MassCooler CPU cooler I bought with the EVO 212, it allowed me to get rid of the 2 Corsair SP120 fans mounted on the side. I did that because the computer sits in an enclosed area under a desk and needed the static pressure fans to push more air in.
I am curious though as to why you have the fan on the TX3 CPU cooler on the other side of the heatsink? Shouldn't it be a push/pull config where the fan on the front pulls air in while the fan on the CPU cooler pushes air out the vents and the fan on the back of the case pushes air out?
Nice build though by the way.
Running at about 29°C-31°C when idle. I may have gone a fan or two overboard in the case since I won't be Over Clocking the build. But it should certainly keep it all running very cool.