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Well this is my first PC build. Transitioning from a PS3. Was looking for a laptop, but then decided to go for a Gaming Desktop instead. Choosing the parts was the hardest because it was my first time .A lot of my time was spent researching each and every part and their compatibility with other Hardware. GTX 770(Zotac Amp!) had just come out, essentially a cheaper yet more efficient GTX 680 so that was a no brainer. Chose an H100i because of some overclocking i may do in the future. Got 1 stick of 8GB ram because it seems to be enough for gaming but i might get another. 120 GB of SSD seemed like a good idea for my Win 7 OS and a few games but i do regret that now and wish i took a 256 GB. Already Ordered a 1TB Seagate Momentus. I download alot of stuff (Yarrrr Matey!!!) so i need about 1 TB of space for music and things which would not require the fast boot of my SSD. Death Stalker because it was a chiclet style gaming keyboard , because i'm not too fond of mechanical Keyboards (don't hate). I have been playing L4d2, BF3, Metro 2033, borderlands 2, GTA 4 with good framerates. No problems with my Java or .NET Programming . I've been visiting pcpartpicker.com to get a good idea of what other people do for their builds. I have the two Intake Case Fans in the front, 2 for my H100i and one at the back. Im sorry if my cable management offended you, i tried my best.My Costs were way less than 1700 dollars as i already had the Keyboard, Mouse and i had got windows ultimate free with the purchase of one of my laptops so it was more around 1400 dollars

I named it Gabe because it sounded ironically plain and simple. I would love some constructive criticisms. Thank you.

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

Seems like a typical tomshardware suggested build list. Not bad though I have a couple critiques. Not a fan of that motherboard and you are missing out on dual channel memory speeds having only one stick of memory. Though it isn't a "deal breaker" for the same price you could have had 2 sticks and took advantage of that technology.
The ASRock board uses out dated mosfets hidden under the heat sinks as well as built with other cheap parts to cut cost and give lots of features compared to other higher quality motherboards such as the Gigabyte UD3H or Similar Priced ASUS board and it'd have been the same price yet with far less worry of failure with far better ability to overclock.

Here is just one article which points out the Extreme 4: http://www.overclock.net/t/1333812/asrock-z77-extreme4-z77-extreme6-review

So be safe and don't push the Cpu over 4.2Ghz is my recommendation.

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

I just wanted to say Apropos i am a big fan(I am Honored), Yes i am aware of the situation with the ram . I will be getting another 8GB stick very soon. I chose the Asrock due to its popularity but i will trust that you know what you are talking about (Since your Apropos). I will keep the Mosfits in mind as well as doing more research on the quality of the board next time around.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Happy gaming!! :) (yet this comment got down voted PHILLIP Please stop these down voting trolls....)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

From the suggestions i have seen lately from tomshardware they usually suggest a mechanical keyboard which is best for gaming.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Depending on what type of switch you like I love blues myself personally but some love reds. Best suggestion I have is find a way or a store to test them yourself.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm Guessing its just preference ... I for one dont like the amount of pressure i have to apply on mechanical keyboards but chiclets make it easier but some people do like that responsive feedback when pressing each key

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

If you don't like the pressure you need to apply, then red switches are probably your best bet. They are linear, and have a low actuation force so there is no "bump" part, they just smoothly depress.

EDIT: Source: http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Not anymore ;)

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

lol thanks :)

  • 78 months ago
  • -1 points

I'm running the Asrock Z77 Extreme3 @ 4.5Ghz no problem whatsoever off the same CPU and a Zalman fan comparible to your watercooled setup. If you don't overclock to AT LEAST 4.2Ghz I'll be a sad panda. Mosfets on the mobo that produce a bit more heat are not nearly as big of a deal as Apropos is making them out to be.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Well i know nothing about overclocking ... would love some helpful links or youtube videos

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

"not nearly as big of a deal" live with it if you want but I wouldn't feel right not pointing it out and to me it is a big enough deal since other motherboards don't have the same low quality parts yet are the same price.

  • 78 months ago
  • -1 points

Here's a Newegg comparison between your Z77 mobo and mine. No offense, but had we both purchased our motherboards today, it looks to me like you'd be paying over 2x the price for an extra 4 USB 3.0s, which 3 of the top most helpful reviewers had issues with anyway. The thing people complained about most with my board is that it doesn't have standard ATX screw holes which makes the right side feel slightly flimsy, which is true I'll admit, but not a big deal especially considering the price. Overclocking the Asrock is ridiculously easy, and stable (Yes, even at an affordable price)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

what does my motherboard have to do with this conversation at all?? seriously? I've worked on more than 15 builds with the ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 motherboard a long with many, MANY other motherboards. And because of the incredible failure rate my clients experienced with the ASRock Boards I stopped suggesting them where as in all the other builds I've worked on non of them have had nearly half the failure rate as the ASRock Extreme 4 board. My motherboard wasn't even part of the context of this conversation at all and if you look at my comment I pointed to the Gigabyte UD3H not my motherboard. Here is the correct comparison: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%2050001315%20600093976%20600315497&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=280|13-128-544^13-128-544-TS%2C13-157-293^13-157-293-TS%2C13-131-837^13-131-837-02%23&percm=13-131-837%3A%24%24%24%24%24%24%24

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Sorry to interrupt apropos but i got a hang of the OCing pretty fast right now stress testing my core for 2 hours now I just want to know if these results are good. At 4.2 Ghz stress testing max temp reached is 61 degrees at a voltage of 1.136v . The Temperature is almost always below 60 degrees. Should i lower the voltage and what Level offset should i set it one ?

  • 78 months ago
  • -2 points

live with it if you want

Assumed that was directed at me, running a similar board.

as well as built with other cheap parts to cut cost and give lots of features compared to other higher quality motherboards such as the Gigabyte UD3H or Similar Priced ASUS board and it'd have been the same price yet with far less worry of failure with far better ability to overclock.

Interpreted this as saying Asrock shouldn't be used for OC'ing since they're somehow inferior. ([...] to what you run, after i took a look)

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

"Im sorry if my cable management offended you." Up vote just for that statement! :D

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Does naming your PC Gabe increase or Decrease the release date of Half Life 2 Episode 3? I can never keep track of these things.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Just saw some of your builds.... Damn you a PC Building Veteran :P

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