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This my first build, replacing a 6 year old Core 2 Duo laptop. My primary use for this new machine is for HD video and photo editing/processing and bluray burning, media server for my residence using plex media server, media consumption, and other basic tasks. I picked Windows 8 for the faster boot/restart times and overall benefits. The high RAM amount is to accommodate a great deal of multitasking and intensive video/photo editing (plus it was basically the same price as 8GB).

I use an external HDD to store my data and backups, as the SSD is primarily used for OS and apps. I will not be gaming on this machine whatsoever for the next 6-8 months, so I am waiting until next summer to invest in a then high-end card. Integrated HD 4000 graphics will work for my immediate needs. The combination of integrated graphics and the intel WiFi card allows for WiDi out to my 42" LED tv. Finally, the 750w PSU is to leave a lot of leeway for future upgrades coming in a few months (internal HDDs and GPU).

These are the prices I paid for this build (Nov-Dec 2012):

intel 3570K - $170

212plus - $20

extreme4 - $70

16Gb ram - $50

intel 330 180gb - $90

Fractal R4 - $100

750w PSU - $100

BD Burner - $40

Intel Wifi - $30


Total: $670

Updated 12/18/12: Hid 8pin cpu power cable (seen in photo 9).

Updated 12/18/12: Added photo of WiDi in action on this PC with TV across the room.

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  • 87 months ago
  • 3 points

Planned GPU?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I really enjoyed looking through your pictures, thank you for sharing. Great build, great choices in parts. I too use and love Windows 8, I don't utilize metro at all but the responsiveness in loading games and application is quite noticable. I love how you thought out future upgrades and didn't sacrafice quality / performance. (Builder clap) good job. Do you have any thoughts as to which GPU you would be looking to get?

I noticed you have a lot of slack on that 8pin power cable, there should be pleanty of room to route that behind the motherboard and you definitely shoud.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I tossed around the idea to get a Radeon 7950 for the cost/performance over a similarly priced 660 Ti PE. I would rather just hold off and invest when I actually do expect to start gaming on this machine.

I spent quite a bit of time trying to get the 8pin power cable behind and over but was coming a half-inch to an inch of distance short after pulling out the slack. I will try it again and see if I can get creative with it to hide that.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean "after pulling out the slack"?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Stretching the cable as much as it naturally allows to try to route it behind the motherboard and up near the top. It just barely wasn't long enough when trying it.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

right it isn't going to have tons of length infact it should be nearly tight against the motherboard tray once installed. Don't be afraid to bend those cables before installing them, they wont bend back ;)

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I followed your tip and managed to hug the back of the motherboard tray to route the 8-pin CPU power cable behind. I posted a new picture(#9) that shows this.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your case. I have Fractal Design Arc Midi. They rock! I like the idea putting a SSD on the back of the motherboard tray thingy. How did you do it?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

That motherboard tray has specific mounting holes for the ssd to be mounted there ;) very nice.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sweet I was wondering if mine has it. Gonna check it out now....

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if the Arc Midi has this feature. But if so, you will have to unmount your motherboard to screw the drive in.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed. This case has 2 sets of hole configurations just behind the motherboard mounting plate to mount and SSD. I like how it gets it out of the way, and doesn't just sit to the side of a standard HDD bay.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I loved that case :o But unfortunately I can't afford it :S

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice photos. I recently finished a similar windows 8 build. Love the performance of the 3570k with an ssd.

  • 87 months ago
  • -2 points

Looks good for what you're doing, but you really should invest in a nvidia GPU now in order to get the benefits of CUDA. The build itself looks really sleek, though, and it's pretty nice overall.

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  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Good info to know. My wife's win7 ultrabook boots in ~20 seconds with an adata SSDS, so that is as far as my experience reaches with that configuration. I'm happy with how snappy everything feels with windows 8 running off the intel 330.

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