Description

As promised here is the second PC I built that had to be done before the launch of SimCity. Finished it right in the nick of time (midnight) thanks to UPS.

For those that aren't aware, I was going to build one awesome gaming rig, but after my girlfriend and I played the SimCity beta we knew we needed two computers that could play it, so I decided to make these PC's upgradeable. Within a year we should have i5 or i7 unlocked chips in them, which is why I went with the z77 boards.

This one only has one PCI-e 3.0 lane compared to the other, but this will be the one that gets a better graphics card while the other gets crossfired 7850's.

Paid around $700 after rebates (couldn't escape them this time) and will later move the i3 3220's into H77 boards and make them content boxes.

EDIT: Removed single RAM stick and traded it to a co-worker who also ordered a mobo/RAM combo. I now have the RAM listed below but it has blue heatsinks.

Link to other computer: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Ars

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Why one stick of 8gb instead of two?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Came free with the motherboard.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

why not just buy the liquid cooler later on??

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

With liquid cooling, you aren't burdening your CPU as much because it helps keep temperatures much lower. This lets you increase the life of the CPU, allowing it to keep some value if attempting to resell. Plus, it's less that will have to be paid down the road.

On a side note, upgrade that PSU to ~550W-600W if you plan on getting one good video card for it. While the card may not use up all that's available, it'll be under a heavier load whenever you play a game that is graphics intensive and will shorten the life of your PSU.

EDIT: I forgot to compliment this very well thought out build, so a job well done to you. I saw that the RAM came free with the motherboard, but I wont push that any further. And with wireless mouses, watch out for putting other wireless electronics (cellphones and such) nearby, because their signals can interfere with one another and causes what looks like a laggy mouse. Just a little tip.

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

What he said about the liquid cooler, and it was $30 after rebate. This one is quite a bit louder than the Antec Kuhler though, which I do not like. The girlfriend doesn't seem to mind though.

Right now the build with more components maxes out at 270 watts under Prime95 and Kombustor running with the GPU overclocked. I'll do some test when I get the new unit moved and hooked up to its UPS. I might just move that power supply into one of the h77 builds.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build JDowdy. Have fun in SimCity!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Just for curiosity, why do you give the Zalman watercooler two stars? Any issues with it?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It is louder than my Antec Kuhler. I spent hours trying to get the noise to go away but the best I could do was still audible to me. I cannot hear my Antec at all and they are basically the same unit.

Even with all the fans I added, I still hear the Zalman. I am very picky when it comes to noise. If it were a whirring noise, it would be fine, but it is a ticking sound and it annoys me to the point I cannot leave the computer on at all times (the plan in the first place).

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

So basically, you would recommend a Kuhler 620 over this? Is it the pump that is noisy or it is the included fan?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Very late, but it is the pump that is noisy. I think it has a loud impeller (according to the internet) but it has seemed to have become more quiet over time.

I would recommend a Antec Kuhler over this model from my personal experience, however, I am very picky. Having paid $20 less for the Zalman it has done it's job well.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a question, do you think that you could fit 2 GPUs in that case? Without melting ofc.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This was really helpful, i've had this case for a while now and planning to upgrade my cooling to liquid. Turns out it's really hard to find a picture of this case with a radiator fitted, but seeing yours and how crowded it looks with only a small rad, I know now I need a case upgrade first. Might as well get a big ATX one so i'm future proofed.

  • 82 months ago
  • -2 points

You could of build a lot better pc with that much money

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

OK. You give us a "lot" better build for around $700.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

My girlfriend plays Minecraft on 360, so we haven't.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the card. I haven't overclocked the one in the PC my girlfriend is using because I have been doing other upgrades and ironing out kinks while she is at work. A friend gave us some new RAM and the CPU cooler is infuriating me with its noise.

However, in my other build I overclocked the card to the levels on that page and ran FurMark passes and Kombustor passes each for a 45 minute scretch with no artifacts or BSOD's.

The only game I've really played on it is SimCity so far because I wiped everything and haven't gotten around to re-downloading on Steam. SimCity runs great at default settings on the overclocked card but can chug a little on the one that is not.

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