Description

First off, I got this rig for much cheaper than the listed price (Roughly $850 after rebates).

I would also like to give much thanks to IamApropos for this build.

I built this bad boy for heavy gaming and I can not be dissappointed. The GPU came without and voltage lock on it which helped give me roughly a 35% boost in FPS in certain games. Handles every game I've thrown at it (Crysis 2, Far Cry 3, Metro 2033, Sleeping Dogs, etc) on maxxed settings at 1920 x 1080 without a hitch.

Before any of you bash it, I am upgrading to a liquid cooler in about a month which is when I shall start to OC.

Comments, etc appreciated :D

Comments

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome!! And thank you for sharing this experience with me. ~IamApropos

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Reallllllllly nice build for the price. Good work

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

when you get a new cooler like you said you should look at the new nzxt kraken x60. great build!!!!

  • 84 months ago
  • 3 points

I have heard lots of good things about the NZXT coolers, have you had personal experience?

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

no i have not but im planning on putting one in my first build

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

From what iv heard from people who have it, it works like a dream keeps upto its name by keeping the cpu cool

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I can put you in contact with a builder on IamApropos facebook who put one in his recent build I helped consult on. hit me up ;)

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  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the motherboard treating you?

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

The mobo is working like a charm so far. Very nice and clean click bios. It appears to have nice OC options as well. It even comes with an OC Genie mode which supposedly auto OCs stuff for you. But won't tamper with that until an upgraded cooler.

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Great build! I'd go with either the Kraken or the H100i.

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

how did you get this good of a build for this price?

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the PSU for 55 and that case for a whopping 75 as well as the ram was 15 buck cheaper. So yea (:

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I made on similar for ~750 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xx0y

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a shabby build at all. When you account for the difference in cases and GPU that makes up for the price difference.

  • 84 months ago
  • -3 points

Looks like a nice build! I like the price point, I will be doing something similar here pretty soon and this serves as a great model. I have a couple questions for my information purposes only.

Why not spend the extra $100 for i7-3770k? Is there no major performance advantage for the cost, were you just keeping cost down going with the i5 and spending more on the GPU?

I have been trying to figure out just how much to focus on the CPU/Mobo combo vs how much to put into the GPU. I keep coming back to making sure to have a CPU/Mobo combo that will take me into the future and upgrade the GPU when performance starts to slip because it will be a while before the next build.

About all I play right now is World of Tanks but I want to play it at max quality now and in the future.

  • 84 months ago
  • 4 points

The i7 contributes nothing to gaming currently over the i5.

  • 84 months ago
  • 4 points

the i5-3570k is where gaming uses the most of it, if you go higher you get diminishing returns which means you get the same or less increasing results for paying more money.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

If you plan on Crossfire or SLI I would recommend a different board. However, on that note, if you're running a single card then this board is great. That build handles Far Cry 3 with 60+ frames. I keep VSync on though so it never goes below 58 FPS, no AA enabled though. Something similar to this build would shred World of Tanks. And Billbob3 and Javanode are correct. Gaming performance from an i5 to an i7 isn't worth the extra money. You can always pop in a good cooler and OC and get better performance!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

WoT doesn't support SLI/Crossfire at this time so that really isn't of too much importance but I do like to keep options open for the future. An ASRock Z77 Extreme4 stood out (and had a Tom's Hardware approved rating) as a possible board to swap in. About the only other changes I would make for my build would be a Cooler Master HAF XB case and possibly a modular PSU (some recommend for the HAF XB). If I used my build strictly for max resoltion WoT would I even need a different cooler using this in the HAF XB? I know most are going to recommend one but that case promotes airflow and can have I think 4 120mm fans hooked up.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have liked a modular PSU, but I caught that one on sale and I have it in another build of mine. It was a pain to hide all the wires, but it is a nice. As long as you don't OC and have good airflow you wouldn't need a cooler, but I even recommend as mine can push 70-80 degrees C during heavy load.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

The ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is a good board but it is known to be problematic. I actually have it myself and my computer crashes whenever it wakes up from sleep mode even after a BIOS update. Also the tech support isn't very good as I learned the hard way.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know, thank you. I will look at some other boards. I don't know much about ASRock and have read others complaining about their support so you have scared me into going with MFG I am a bit more familiar with :-)

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

They aren't without their benefits just so you know. The only reason I have to continue dealing with this problem is because I don't want to replace the board which would mean taking apart my whole system.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you both, that's a $100 to go towards something else on the build.

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