Description

So this was just a project I wanted to do on my own time. I had some money saved up and wanted to build my own computer for the random games i play. The only problem I had was trying to route the CPU power supply cord to the back of the pc. Other than that everything else went pretty smooth.

I know people will probably flame me for going with a z87 motherboard with a locked CPU but I did this just encase I ever wanted to upgrade it in the future. I wasn't really sure what type of video card I needed but the one i have now runs everything on max settings so I am happy.

Overall good learning experience for me and if I had to build a computer again it wouldn't take me 4 hours to do =)

Feel free to leave suggestions for the future / other people who consider this build.

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 8 points

Good first build but you could have gotten a 7950, H87, i5-4570 and CX 600WM for less money. I do understand you went with a Z87 because youre not sure if you will get a 4670k/4770k but you could have just saved on the PSU/Case and gotten the 4670k right now. Good build but it could be better.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the feedback man ill keep that in mind for sure

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

Is your PSU's fan on the top, rather than the bottom? On my Corsair PSU the IEC socket and cables are on the other side (fan facing down).

If you swapped it over you'd probably be able to route the CPU power behind the motherboard, and it should also keep the PSU cooler.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the fan is on the top, sorry i had that booklet over the fan so i didnt drop any screws in to it while screwing in the Video card haha.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

As the PC is not placed on a carpet, I recommend turning it around so that the fan is facing down and doesn't steal fresh air from you GPU. Also by doing so it gives you the option to route your cables behind the motherboard just like JasonUK mentioned.

Overall good build and nice part selection (there are going to be comments about your PSU selection, however for this build it should do just fine) so you get my +1.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I was kind of nervous because I was the first one to get the i5 4440 on the whole website haha

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

There is kind of a thumb rule (do not take this too literally) your CPU should be more expensive than your Motherboard, and when you are a gamer there are some more rules:

very light gamer: CPU = GPU (smaller than 500$). light gamer: CPU is most expensive part in build (build price smaller than 800$). Medium gamer: CPU and GPU have about the same price (build price about 1000$). High-end gamer: Your GPU should be about 1/3th of the entire build price (build price higher than 1400$) Die-hard gamer: Go crazy on your GPUs and monitors (+2500$)

As mentioned, do not take this too literaly. Your CPU should do very fine and is going to last for at least the next 5 years.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

If you lived near a microcenter you could've gotten a 4670k for $200

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah but i have no intentions to Over clock. I dont think i will be doing anything to do that. But ive never heard of microcenter before so i doubt there is one in my city. thanks for the tip though ill relay it to other people

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I can see why you would go with the Z87 chipset though, they usually have higher quality motherboards overall in the unlocked versions.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man i've had the same cpu and gpu for about a month now and it's been working great for me. Hope it does the same for you and good luck with your pc building future.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You can remove that middle drive cage to allow more airflow in the case. I have the same one and did so. I will warn you that those "filters" are horrible.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

overall, not a bad choice of parts. i take it you bought that motherboard for the features?

the GTX 650 Ti isn't a bad card if you're looking to do near-max 1080p gaming at playable framerates - certainly not perfect, but it gets the job done. you may be surprised by how well mid-range graphics cards can game.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i was surprised at how smooth it was compared to the integrated i5 2520 laptop i use to play on. and the motherboard I liked the color and i knew that i would have room for improvement on it. as far as features there wasnt anything that really stood out as a must grab type of thing

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

however the surround sound feel you get from the sound booster is really nice

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Should has gotten a 7850, but it's not my build so.... +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah if there is one think i have learned its that the 7850/7950 is the way to go with the graphics cards ill use one in my next build though.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

seems like everybody is getting the z87 g45 by msi. is the motherboard doin well for you OP?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the motherboard is great i have had no issues with it thus far.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like the CPU you picked? I'm thinking about getting that one and need some feedback on what it's like. Thanks!

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

The 8350 beats the i5 for streaming js

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

AMD vs Intel its a never ending argument, Ive had no troubles doing anything on my computer with the processor i have now. I do plan on building an AMD computer in the future though. :)

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