Description

Building my first gaming PC in 8 years after being strictly a laptop user during my time in college. Parts ordered on 4/19/2013. Total price paid was approximately $1170.81 for the parts listed below. Goal was to spend approximately $1000 without monitor and I think I got very close to that.

Pretty simple build. Tried to do my best with cable management but definitely ran into a couple quirks I couldn't deal with. Haven't had a chance to run anything yet except for Crysis 3, but it looks and runs great. Couldn't have built this machine without this website. Such a great resource with tons of valuable information when it comes to choosing components.

Will update with more information in the future as I spend more time with this machine.

4/27/2013 - Added 3DMark 11 Benchmark

Comments

  • 80 months ago
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Nicely done and Great Choices.

  • 80 months ago
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Amazing build.

  • 80 months ago
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I'm stuck between i5 and i7. Have you found i5 to be good enough for gaming?

  • 80 months ago
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i7 is only barely better for gaming and sometimes not better at all.

  • 80 months ago
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Yeah I've heard that from others as well, thanks for the advice! Would you mind taking a look at my build, seeing if I could save somewhere?

  • 80 months ago
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I want something almost identical, can you give me some benchmarks please? Thanks

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Added 3dMark 11 benchmark.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey excellent build.

How is that monitor for gaming? Are you happy with it or wish you went for/with another?

  • 80 months ago
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I like it a lot. I'll probably buy a second one when I save up some extra money.

  • 80 months ago
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Did you have any trouble with the height of those memory sticks and that aftermarket cooler?

  • 80 months ago
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Yes. The sticks are quite tall so I had to use them in the 2 furthest slots on the mobo instead of the ones directly under the CPU fan. I could probably just install the memory first and then put the fan on a little bit higher and it would be fine if I needed to use those 2 slots.