Description

It is the time killer because I will be killing a large amount of my time on it playing games. I built this PC to replace my 6-7 year old computer. The build went really smoothly and I am happy with it. The cable management was pretty challenging since the PSU isn't modular and there isn't a lot of space on the back of the case. I gave it a little effort, but didn't spend too much time on it.

CPU: Fast. Beast of a processor. Haven't messed with overclocking yet, but I will get around to it sometime.

CPU Cooler: Keeps things cool and quiet. Haven't put it through much stress yet, though.

Motherboard: Was actually going to get a G43 or the Gigabyte equivalent, but I bought I bought the CPU/mobo/GPU/PSU on a 20% off deal at staples and staples was out of these other two motherboards. So I went with the G41.

Memory: It's memory; what can I say? No complaints.

Storage: SSD: Love it. Windows boots so fast. I may be buying more of these when the price drops some more, and do away with HDD altogether. HDD: It was a cheap 1TB HDD. Probably should've spent the extra $20 to get a WD. This Hitachi one is quite noisy when reading/writing. That's what I get for being cheap.

Video Card: Haven't put this to the test yet. I look forward to putting it to the test.

Case: Decent case for cheap. Fit everything in there with ease, has room for more fans, and has front panel USB 3.0. It could use some more space for cable management, but it isn't terrible.

PSU: Good so far. It isn't modular, which made cable management challenge.

Monitor: It was around the same size as my last monitor and was 1080p LED, so I got it. I didn't care for IPS, which helps with the price a bit. It is a significant upgrade over my previous monitor, as you can see in the picture.

The rest of the stuff were cheapo parts i added out of necessity/convenience.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice parts choice,although why that case?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't care too much about the appearance, so I used it as an opportunity to save a little money. It was a cheap case that fit everything and had front panel USB. Now that I have it sitting here in front of me, I actually really like it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good price on all the parts you got! I know in the description you said you didn't really spend time on cable management but sometime in the future I would go back and really spend that time with it and make it an exceptional build. Just looking at the pictures you could route the PCI express, Mobo, and Sata cables through the back. You could also put the fan cable and CPU power under the Mobo to hide those. I do see that the back doesn't offer much room at all but you can make it work. I really like this build a lot!

Keep on building :D

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually own the same case as him. All I can say is that the cougar solution gives barely any cable management options. Aside from the half inch space in the back, it has no areas to attach the cables to with zip ties. I was just barely able to jam in the cables, and now my back plate is bulging out.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm not a huge fan of the Cougar towers, but it does look solid with your setup. As you mentioned, the cable management isn't great, but with some time invested, you'll have a stellar build. Congrats!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

That cable management or lack of... Spend 15 min with it and make it look decent. For my build it took around 5 min to route all the cables nice and neat through the back. It will help performance and temperatures as well as aesthetics. Other than that, nice build. That GPU looks boss.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

agree

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Revisited the cable management a little. Cleared most of the mess that was previously in the bottom of the case. The picture makes it look worse than it really is, though.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

the cable for the gpu try routing through the back

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