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This is a repost from a while back, I just never got around to taking any pictures. I also apologize for the quality of some of the pics. I'm dealing with an iPhone camera, and in low light, that doesn't always work out so well.

After 10+ years of console gaming, first with an old N64, then GameCube, followed by Playstation 3, I decided to make the switch to PC gaming. Like many, I saw BF3 on a PC in all its 64-player, Ultra graphics glory and couldn't resist. I set out to make a build that while fairly affordable, could still crank out some 1080p Ultra performance. With some clever combo deals and other savvy shopping skills, the total rung in at around $800 with mail-in rebates.

For the most part I think the components complement each other well; no single part is glaringly too fast or too slow for the others. In the future, I hope to make the obvious upgrade to an SSD, and over-clock both the GPU and CPU. After seeing some amazing liquid cooled builds on Reddit, I think I will eventually make the switch to a NZXT Switch 810 (pun unintended) and get a custom loop going with some nice-looking XS-PC hosing, fittings, pump, reservoir and radiator. But for now I'm pretty happy. I get frame rates of around 45-60 (V-sync on) with Ultra settings and FOV and Motion Blur maxed in Battefield 3, just what I was aiming for. In terms of cable management, I think things are as good as they will get on a non-modular power supply (at least in the front) Hopefully I will get a modular PSU sometime down the road, and with it some nice custom sleeved cables.

Thanks PCPartPicker for making everything so easy!

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  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

Post some internals.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry, I had some up earlier, but the order of pics was wrong so I took a few down. They're up now. Do you have any advice for cable management in the back or for PCI cables?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all, looks perfect. Really like this build, sorry for late reply.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and I like that case.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I WANT THIS CASE

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

It's nice and keeps everything quiet. My only quibble is that it doesn't have a side window, and since I'm planning to water cool this eventually, I'd like something with a window in the future. Great all around case though.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

yea for this price it's absolutely great. Looking for a cheap windowed case leave you with little options.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

This is late but if you are still looking for a windowed case, take a look at either the Tempest 410 elite, coolermaster storm enforcer, or any of the corsair cases with windows! I have a tempest 410 elite, its a nice case, with big window and can hold a 280 radiator on the top!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. I like the case, reminds me of the antec P180/280 series cases.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

that is one damn sexy case

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Now this is a smooth balanced mid-budget build with a stylish case. Well done.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there room on the motherboard to fit 2 graphics cards and a sound card?

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I think so, yes.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the 660 working for you?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite well, handling everything I've thrown at it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

lol your heatsink is on upside down and it is making my ocd haz an angry

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Some of the best cable management I've ever seen. Not much to manage but still very good. +1

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

why that hard drive when you can get a seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm for 58$?

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

I bought this back in early March and at the time I got the hard drive for 40 bucks. As well, I'll get an SSD eventually so I have no need for that much storage space.

  • 83 months ago
  • -2 points

Nice Build, However, Why didn't you go with a Single Stick of 8GB RAM?

  • 83 months ago
  • 5 points

You could, but actually 2 4 GB sticks is faster as it takes advantage of 2 channels.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry, Spur of the moment Post, wasn't thinking about channels...

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

It's 2 4GB sticks. Where are you getting a single stick from? Look at the picks and the and item list.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

I see that, but why didn't you get a single stick?

  • 83 months ago
  • 5 points

Most builds built with a modern cpu should be paired with dual channel memory. Two equally sized stick in the right slots to get the most out of your memory. And by the way not my build but I would have done the same thing he did.