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I decided to build my own computer after my laptop started having issues and it was always something I wanted to do. As an engineering student, I wanted something that had enough horsepower without breaking my wallet. I had a great experience - absolutely no issues except I put a small scratch in the front of my case :(. I would love to hear comments and/or suggestions! Thanks for looking!

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

i recommend getting a better cooler, but im guessing you got that one because its quieter than the stock fan?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I agree. I was going to just go with stock for a while and then upgrade to something higher-end later on. Then, this was on sale for $9.99, so I had to grab it, mainly for the noise level as you said. Thanks!

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I have heard of that one on more than one occasion. I will definitely look into that if/when I upgrade. Thanks!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

What's it for? If it's primarily a gaming build then the i7 with a GTX660 wasn't the best choice as an i5 with better GPU would get you significantly more frames per second. Internals look reasonably neat and I like the choice of SSD.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your comments! It is primarily a workstation to run 3D modeling and creative design applications, hence the i7 and then the best card I could afford to go with it. I think the SSD was one of the best choices - boots up in about 10 seconds and programs don't even show their splash screens.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

In that case it's a good choice of components, how are you finding the monitors?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! They are really good, got them on a great Shell Shocker deal at Newegg. First IPS panels and very impressed. The thin plastic bezel looks really clean too (there is still a half inch of screen that adds more bezel when in use but that's not a problem). If you are looking, grab them if they ever get near that $110 mark.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good. I'd also like to compliment you on the John Deere plate on the wall, fantastic! :P

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I did a build with this case too a couple weeks ago. Sliding that side panel on with the CPU cooler heat pipes sticking out is a little precarious, eh? Haha

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I was rather concerned the first time, but it all turned out in the end haha. Really like the case overall.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty cool. So you are using it for 3d modeling. How does the 660 handle it and what programs do you use? Just curious. I'm trying to get a build together for my daughter, who uses Adobe CS5 programs. She is getting into photo and video editing, but still wants to game some.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I went off of this site when choosing my video card:

http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/AutoDesk-AutoCAD-2013-GPU-Acceleration-164/

Autodesk Inventor is just one of the programs I use, but it is fairly representative of 3D modeling applications. Most of the programs, however, do not make significant use of the graphics card power but use the CPU instead. This makes the number of cores and hyperthreading more important. I do not know quite as much about the creative design applications, but I would assume it is fairly similar. If you have an unlimited budget, a professional graphics card would increase accuracy and efficiency but at a 200-1000% increase in price. If you are interested in an economically balanced system, I would recommend sticking with a mid-high range graphics card (I hear NVIDIA does a little better in this arena). Good luck!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much. I am learning all this as I go. I have purchased the i7 3770k for my daughters build. Not sure how overclocking will help with any of this, but I will put a little on it. I am flip flopping on the ram. I have some cas latency 7 ram but its only 1333 and in two 2 gig sticks. Kinston Hyper X (KHXc7adk2/4g) if that means anything to you. I understand it can take an overclock to 1600 easily, but will need to slow it down to cas8. I am thinking I should just get her 16 gigs of a decent ram since the ram I have isn't sold anywhere but ebay now. I am leaning toward a gtx760 for her video card. No I can't justify a pro video card for her pc. I haven't picked up the 3770k yet and can cancel it to go with something more powerful I suppose. I just cant seem to walk away form the Microcenter price on the 3770k for $249.99. Any input is appreciated. Oh and As I did with my son the budget it rally limited to what she can pay back. She has $340 of her money into it. will cover about $400. So If I can keep the cost of the whole build down to around $1300, I think she will be in good shape. Sorry long winded and a little scattered. I better get my butt to bed its almost 2am here. Thanks for your time.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The 3770k should be great for your build. Will you be buying a display(s?) also? I would definitely recommend at least a 120GB SSD if not larger - it was one of the best decisions I made with this build. From the limited research I conducted, latency did not seem to be as important as overall speed. It was mostly recommended that you get cas under 10 and then as fast as you can afford. 16GB will probably be on the high end, but it will be great for multitasking and future proofing. Also, video card power is generally much more important for gaming and much less so for really any other program IMO (please don't take that for absolute truth, I do not have a whole of lot of familiarity with creative design applications and their graphics card utilization). At least for 3D modeling, most of the transformations and calculations are done on the CPU rather than the GPU which was my reasoning for bumping my processor to the 4770k and dropping the graphics card to a 660. I also do not plan to overclock from the start, but only when my system gets a little older and the additional speed would be noticeably useful. If you do plan to overclock from the start, the 3770k should get along a little better in that area than the 4770k. Hopefully this helps and good luck!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you.I am in Texas right now and going to visit the local microcenter store. I will pick up a 3770k and check on the memory and ssd.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you use it for gaming?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it will be for engineering applications as well as a little design work.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I just had to make sure because this makes for an awesome workstation although for gaming part choices could have been better.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yea, it definitely was not optimized for gaming.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I would get an i5 4670k instead of the i7 4770k so you could get a better GPU.