Description

This is my main rig that I game on. I also use it for light video editing and general usage. This setup plays every game I've thrown at it on high to ultra settings. Actually it usually plays at ultra settings with some of the AA turned down. All the parts worked out the box with no fuss at all. Not only that, I dual boot into Ubuntu Linux and all the components where picked up there as well without a hitch.

I would highly recommend this type of build for someone who is counting their pennies, is a new PC gamer, or just wants a mid end system.

The plan is to use this as a building platform to go from a mid end system to a nicer system. Not necessarily a high end system but something that looks more polished and nicer. So I plan on upgrading the GPU and case within the next year and the peripherals whenever I get the chance.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for a nice build, but a couple problems though...

Are you planning on getting another stick of RAM? Your mobo/cpu supports dual channel memory, so try to get another stick, or sell that one and get 2x4gb.

The GTX 660 is a great card, but you could have gotten the better performing Radeon HD 7870 for less money.

However, you've already bought it, so there's no point in going back now. Plus, you're planning an upgrade in the future, so w/e.

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

Been building for about 15 years so I'm aware of the points you bought up but have good reasons for choosing what I did. Let me explain. I got one stick of RAM b/c it came free with the motherboard (I think) on a Newegg combo deal and didn't realize it was only one stick. So I'm gonna have to get another one later.

Chose the GTX 660 over the AMD because at the time of purchase, the prices weren't much different and as said in the description I use Linux. Nvidia is miles ahead of AMD currently in the driver support on Linux.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a nice setup you have there. I love the look of the Zalman Z5 but have heard complaint about the quality of the case, specifically the on/off button sticking. How is the Z5 treating ya?

+1

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Also to add, the chassis of this case is standard aluminum but is very nicely painted. So if you were to drop it, you would definitely bend it. But hopefully your not dropping your computer anyways. :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks for the reply.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

The case is very good for the price. With that being said, I think one of the pictures I posted shows a small dent that was there when it arrived. Not sure how it got there but its not visible with all the pieces on it. The front and top are made of plastic but doesn't feel cheap. Just inexpensive. It has tons of features for a case in this price range like removable dust covers which is real nice. The biggest complaint I have is that the wires that go to the power and reset buttons have very little slack and I actually ended up accidentally ripping them out.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, great cable management by the way. As Electrospeed said, you're going to want another stick of RAM to make use of your mobo's dual channel memory.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks on the cable management compliment. Def. the thing I hate most about PC building is that, lol. I'm pretty terrible at it but this case made it somewhat easy. Also as I replied to Electrospeed, I got this on a combo deal from Newegg and didn't realize that I was getting one stick instead of two. No biggie considering it was free though.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have gotten an fx 8350 and a radeon 7870. But still a nice build. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

AMD's Linux support is very poor at the moment so Radeon's are definitely a no go. Although I like the FX-8350 option, I did not like the choice of motherboards at the time I bought this system. The exact same motherboard from Asrock (and many other manufacturers) had better features on the Intel side. I really wanted to go AMD but finally decided on Intel because of several factors. I am very satisfied with the 3570K and honestly the real world difference is minimal with each one winning at different tasks.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but with those better motherboard features comes a higher price (pcie 3.0). +1 just because of what you said about the real world difference. So many people are so worried about the tiniest of differences between cpu/gpus without tiny price differences. I suggest you try out linux mint. It is ubuntu based. So almost anything that can be installed on ubuntu can be installed on linux mint; but linux mint (personally) i think has a better layout.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it was USB 3 and the amount of PCIx16 lanes but I can't quite remember right now. Really between AMD and Intel it's tit for tat. I just went Intel this time around. Been an AMD fan for years though.

I've used Linux Mint. It's an awesome distro and I highly recommend it. But I'm a Linux nerd so I never stay on one for to long but always end back up at Ubuntu. Not vanilla of course and I don't use Unity most of the time. I have yet to find a desktop that I really like but I lean towards Cinnamon and Gnome 3 lately.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not very a hardcore linux user. But fedora is also one you should try.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

1340 bucks oh yes counting thos penny

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Some of these components where used from a previous build, many parts were bought locally off of Craigslist.org, and finally I shopped for deals and combo deals where I could. So the price here is only the retail price as of now. I guarantee you that I did not pay nowhere near $1300. As a matter of fact, I probably paid closer to $800. But thanks for the productive comment tho.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

ok because u know 1340 bucks... can u plz post what u payed

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't post what I payed b/c honestly I don't remember exactly for some items like the hard drive. And everyone's mileage will vary. All the brand new parts have the cost I payed for them. If you look at some items like the mouse and monitor, some of those have been discontinued anyways. Hopefully most people know to do smart shopping and to use what you have already which will cause for a much different experience on a case by case basis. I just provided a realistic baseline cost per item to get started with. If that's not this sites policy then I apologize, but I do not apologize for posting the actual retail prices of items I don't remember for. I have helped many people online and off build PC's and get the most out of their money so my intent was never to deceive.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I'm getting that case too. How did you plug in the fan and fan controller?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I replied so late. Haven't been to the site in awhile. I'm not completely sure if I understand what your asking. If your asking about how to plug the fans to the cases fan controller, it's real easy. You simply plug the fans to the fan dongle that comes from it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Its fine. I did not realize how easy it is to connect the case fans to the fan controller haha. Btw one more thing, do I have to plug in the fan controller to the psu for it to work? Or does it just work without it?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Its been awhile since I've done it. But if my memory serves me right, then you simply plug the fans to the controller and the controller to the power supply. I even connected a couple more case fans to the controller to control more of the system. So even though I don't remember exactly, it's not something that's going to be hard for you to figure out.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thanks a lot!