Description

I built the machine for casual gaming. I took it with me to college and it's been doing pretty well ever since. I had NO idea how to put this thing together until I sat down and researched everything on Youtube for a couple hours. I primarily chose to build a PC, because it was cheaper than buying a pre-made one, it's upgradable, aesthetically pleasing, and can serve many purposes when built properly. While I used to play console games, I wanted to amp up my gaming experience to a higher end that let me enjoy and have more control over the games I played.

While I did go lower-end on the case, I put neon blue LED fans and a single 3-way laser that I mounted to the front to make it seem more aired out and ventilated properly. Cable management was a tad bit of an issue for this case since there wasn't much space behind the mobo mount to run wires behind it, so that took a lot of planning to deal with, as well as zip ties.

I bought everything within a month's time and put it together once the final components came in. It runs VERY smoothly and has absolutely no hiccups thus far. I can play Planetside 2 with the setting maxed out completely and it runs very clean. I haven't had the chance to run any benchmarks but I don't think it'll be necessary as it's not a totally high-end gaming rig; it gets the job done though (:

I also do plan on OC'ing (as soon as I teach myself how to OC). Aside from that if I were to go about upgrading this rig, what seems like the best approach to doing so without bottle-necking anything? ANY suggestions are welcome, as I am a complete newbie to building PCs.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

I really wanna see some inside pictures if possible, would be awesome.

Your upgrade route as i see it should be: GPU/PSU upgrade Or a larger SSD - Case if you want a new one - And if you're gonna Overclock more than the h50 handles, then get a new cooler.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm away from my apartment until winter break is over, but when I get back to campus I'll be sure to pop her open and take some pictures!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

broke the cardinal rule. need internal pics

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Bottlenecking does not occur unless you have a crappy, cheap component. That CPU will handle just about any GPU, so you should be fine.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

That's good news. I was planning on getting a 780 or a 770 for my next major upgrade, and probably a bigger PSU to go with that...was banking on not needing to replace the mobo as well.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I have the almost the same components under my desk waiting to be put together. I havent bought the case yet, i have $50-$60 budget for it but havent decided which to get. I was leaning towards a red themed build. But im planning to run without GPU for the 1st couple of months when i do build it since i5-3570k can run good demanding games on low settings and still get 45fps above on 1080p. But if were to get a GPU ill probably end up getting 660 660ti or r9270X and by that time prices " hoping " have dropped. Hows that mobo performing? I bought mine on ebay and i havent even checked it to see if it works. Bad on my part. But anyhow enjoy your rig.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

mobo's been performing alright, nothing significantly bad that I've noticed yet...it's been getting the job done lol.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats good to know! I finished building my lil bro's pc and the same mobo that you have has been working pretty well for him too. I just havent posted pics of the build but i shall do it pretty soon!