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This is the first build I have ever attempted. I had a lot of fun researching and part shopping. My main use for this machine is gaming. I had a friend that has built a few pc's help me with all the proper connections. I may have gotten lost a couple times without his help. All cable management was done by me. I feel it looked pretty clean. All parts were purchased from amazon and newegg based on price and shipping.. I have amazon prime and it saved a lot in shipping charges. I have never seen the CPU reach above 38°C under a heavy load such as farcry 3 max settings. I get about 70-90 FPS on max settings :-) In BF3 I get over 100 steadily and have seen upwards of 150-180. I had no plans on overclocking my first build so I choose the i7-3770 instead of the K version. Overall I am very happy with it.... It has no name as of yet. I have been playing on it for about a week now with zero problems. Total price paid $1598.00. Well worth the price in my opinion!

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  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! Why did you go with two 660 ti's instead of a nice 7970 or 680?

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Just for the price to performance level. The two ti's outperform either the 680 or a 7970 for only a little bit more cash. My cards only cost me $280 each on sale at amazon. I don't plan on putting any more money into the build for a while. With one card I would have been dying to get a second for physx games...

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

those two cards will run hotter than one 680 or 7970, therefore the one card would be more stable

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

That's ok I prefer the high frame rate and all the max settings. They take all that I can throw at them. I haven't seen either card get over 140°F. That was under a full load on farcry 3. The Thor case keeps them really cool with all the air flow.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

that's still a bit on the hot side, i won't tell you what my card situation is because i don't want to be all "my card is better than you're hur dur"

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

$60 more in cost for roughly 150% performance increase. I'd do it easily.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

What is amazon prime dip? And how does that liquid cpu cooler work? Is it quiet?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn autocorrect! I don't know how it saw "and" as dip Cooler pump is audible but not too loud. Alot quieter then a heatsink fan

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason for a locked processor with a Z77 board and closed loop cooler?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Z77 board for Pci 3.0, SSD support, and future upgrades... it will allow me to go further later with an unlocked CPU and upgraded RAM. The cooler I found on a daily sale at Bestbuy for $44.99 and figured what the hell, it was only $10 more than a hyper 212 evo. Grabbed it on a whim

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

i would buy a new power supply

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Like what? and why?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Like a seasonic, corsair or xfx. Because raidmax is very Unreliable brrand of psu's

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Tested all connectionswith my multimeter and all within acceptable limits and very consistant. I dont have any worries about the PSU I would have got a "Reliable Brand" but couldn't pass up opportunity to try an 850 at a cheaper price point then a lesser powered product. Plus it had good reviews in most cases

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Well as long as you like your new puter then thats all that matters. Happy gaming!!!!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me, reviews on psus are usually good because users don't test them to their full potential. Raidmax psus are known to blow up. You should worry about psus because if you get a bad one it could destroy the rest of the build.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build :) I recently upgraded my card from a 560Ti to the MSI 670 Power edition. I'm thinking of going to an SLI Setup too :) aslo Do your cards seem to sag a little bit? Mine does and it kind of annoys me..

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they sag a little bit. From what I've seen almost all of the direct cool cards that are larger cards sag and it is just gravity

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

If your main use for this build was for gaming then why did you go with a i7 3770 instead of a i5 3570? You would have saved about 70$

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I was already playing on an i5-750 HP that doubled as a family computer. I wanted to build my own and let my son have my old pc that had a gtx 640 in it but only had one pci slot.I got the i7 because I couldn't justify spending that kind of money for not that much of an upgrade. If to save that kind of money I would have did an FX-8350 build. Now I have a beast computer that my family will not have to use, and my son can play on the old one all he wants!