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Alas, I built my own PC and sacrificed parts of my social life in order to put money towards it but it was a journey worth going through!

I haven't been able to test this baby out yet but for the first day everything seems to be in working order. I went from a mediocre laptop to not-so-mediocre PC mainly for gaming purposes and internets (along with a bit of work for uni) and boy can I feel/see/hear the difference.

Many of you may wonder why I went with Haswell instead of IB and the truth is there were many factors: new build not an upgrade, not going to OC to the extreme, new shiny technology, etc...This was the part that took me the most time to make up my mind on and I went with what I felt was right for me.

I did want to get the gtx770 but money was an issue, the same goes for getting a SSD. I am leaving the possibility of adding a SSD, another graphics cards or even upgrading the graphics card open for the future.

Now building the thing itself felt quite daunting at first - in fact my hands were shaking uncontrollably whilst trying to fit the hyper in but after a while I started to feel more comfortable. There was a point at which I thought that I had fitted everything in and tried to power up but nothing happened; after checking wires again and connecting other wires, it worked - hoorah! So the moral of the story, kids, is to check your wires and be patient.

I also ran into the problem of not having a dvi cable to connect the monitor and pc together so that took a few days to arrive and once connected everything was go, go, go!

It may not be to everyone's liking but I like it and that's the main thing.

Feel free to criticise/compliment or do whatever.

P.S. Sorry for the ****** photos and cable management.

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

"...New shiny technology..."

I think that's what EVERYONE does...

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it wasn't that shiny but it looked pretty new.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

not bad for ~1000 GBP. all an SSD really does is speed up data transfers and access times, not so much as add FPS to a game. a GTX670 should be fine for what you'll be doing for the most part, and even a little bit overkill for 1080p gaming (but there's no kill like overkill :D ).

nonetheless, i say make an SSD your next upgrade and put the OS on that. you might like the boot times for your OS and programs.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Woot LOTR reference :3 +1

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Tsk, tsk people.

Nice build, but yeah, cable management could use some work. Not the worst I've seen though!

I +1 mainly because of hurt feelings in the comments. :P

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Good build, good parts and good deals too ! But seriously, take 1 or 2 hour to work on that cable management, I'm sure you'll gain 2 to 3 degrees at least ;)

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

You can stop shaking, you did okay. :)

Nice build all around. Looks like you got some good deals on good parts without many compromises.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I can be a bit clumsy so the fact that it's up and running is a good sign to me!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

God I hate brown PCB, but overall a very good build. Could possibly do with some cable management

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management is a very hot topic here. Many get very upset when they see poor management. But I think, despite the sometimes appearance of disgust and anger, their hearts are in the right place. They're just trying to help you get the best from your build and keep it working longer and better.

There are some good reasons to neaten the cables:

  • Making upgrades easier. You don't have to untangle a web to move components.
  • Aesthetics, which is what many get so invested over.
  • And the big argument: air flow... While the benefits of marginal cable management vs. excellent cable management are arguable, very poor cable management can impact cleaning (the cables will collect dust and are hard to clean), and therefore can indeed affect airflow and make your fans work harder, and create "turbulence" in your case which slows the air across radiators.

I like the build. Not really imbalanced in any way.

I do have one question about the EVO: did you remove the fan and reverse it since it is on the back? In an ideal situation the air should move from front to back. If it is pulling air from the back and your front fans are pulling air from the front you are making it much harder for the fans to cool.

If you haven't reversed the fan you can remove it without moving the whole heatsink.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I know most mean well and as I said beforehand as soon as I get a few hours free I'll sort it out!

With regards to the EVO, my mistake again - I totally forgot about the best fan placement thing- that too will be fixed soon.

Shows that I've still got quite a bit to learn!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

You buy a nice case with cable management options and then don't use them. I'm so confused...

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Still learning to do the whole cable management thing...I am not the most organised person.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Pull the back panel off and route all the cables to the back first. Then feed them through one at a time and connect them. Give yourself a little slack and then when you're ready to zip tie that baby pull it semi-tight and zip tie the hell out if it.

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

To be fair, that case is small and doesn't have an overabundance of routing holes.

Nobody would expect your cable management to look this good (you don't have a modular PSU for one thing), but this might help you visualize good cable pathing for your case:

http://www.corsair.com/en/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/3/0/300r_side_open_built.png

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the link, it definitely gives me an idea of what I can do!

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  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management is over rated. some people dont care how it looks as much as others. It also baerly affects temperatures unless the case is tiny. Be a little more positive.

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Yes, and I'm sure they were all on the first try too. /eyeroll

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the help, hopefully it looks much better now!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Leaps and bounds my friend! I didn't mean to sound like such a hater before (I did upvote this build). I just really appreciate the effort. Thanks for that!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, nah you didn't sound like a hater - I did put it up for scrutiny after all!

And you are welcome, it looks much better now :)

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