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As the title suggests, this is quite a late post. Even while I have been around refurbished computers and frankenstein builds my dad put together, I never had the experience of building my own machine.

Back story: I was 18 at the time and had just finished up my first semester of college. I had bought a PC laptop before that semester in August of 2011 (my first pc, actually) and was excited to play games on my HP Pavillion. I didn't quite understand the limitations of the hardware and quickly became frustrated with its performance. Through friends I had made in class, I had come to know one friend's room mate. He was ultimately the first one that got me really excited about high performance gaming computers, considering he let me play my steam games on his build. I said to him that I wanted nearly exactly what he has in his build, and on that statement, he directed me to pcpartpicker.com.

If it were not for him directing me to this site, I would not have built this computer, nor would I have my own business where I build computers for other people. I've found what I'm excited about and have totally nerded-out. I use this build mostly for gaming, but also for most of my general computer work as an engineering student.

Pros: Easy system overall. Cable management is a breeze and overclocking is incredibly easy and safe. I've had my cpu clocked at 4.2 GHz, and have had the RAM at around 1900 MHz (didn't record exact result). The GPU is a whole other story... the 570 in my system has been overclock-able, yet somewhat unstable. I use EVGA's Precision X to overclock, and when I overclock, my drivers typically crash and recover.

Cons: Price. I tried to stick to a budget of under $1000 and did not meet that. Whatever this list says, I spent a bit over $1300 for the computer and peripherals in February 2012. Not very happy about spending $90 on a case that doesn't have front USB 3.0 ports. The power supply is pretty janky as well. Shown in the pictures above, I had done my best to manage my cables, but the cpu power is just too short to tuck away neatly. Instead, it has to run over my baby, my 570, to get to its home.

Final comments: I've been happy with it. There are a few inconsistencies I've encountered along the road, but nothing too drastic or fatal. Considering it was my first time build, I would give my build a 7/10 mainly because the price to performance is not exceptional. I've learned quite a bit from this build and am very confident in my next build/upgrade.

Future: I probably will upgrade components for now. Firstly, I'll have to replace that PSU with a Corsair 700-800 Watt Haswell certified PSU. Next would be to replace the 570 with a 770, or 780 based on how I feel my business is running [ and based on donations/support ;) ].

For more updates on my future builds, for myself and other people, follow my business, Superior, on Facebook and donate to my Paypal!

https://www.facebook.com/SuperiorComputingDistribution

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=63NQE654PVKZW

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm7b6Z6tx8T2V0yK_G21Qaw

August 2013 Update: I'm excited to finally be putting my 2500k to good use and have overclocked it to 5.0 GHz. It's hot, but it's stable. To make the my i5 happy, I'll be delidding him and applying some Arctic MX-4. I figure since this thermal grease is not conductive, it would be the best choice to use (and because I picked up 6 four gram tubes for $6 a piece off of Newegg!). Let me know in the comments how we all feel about this.

September 2013 Update: I've launched my Youtube channel and have learned that the 5.0 GHz oc is too much for my setup. Even under full load, my new 4.7 GHz down-clock doesn't go over 70. I'm also adding some new toys as well. I've removed my optical drive and added an NZXT Sentry-2 fan controller. It wasn't necessary, but I'm over optical drives. I've recently ordered an X-Star monitor from Korea. Tek Syndicate on Youtube is the channel I watched to find out about this monitor. It comes in at 27" and a resolution of 2560x1440. I wanted the new monitor because, being a college student, I normally buy books. I prefer to not spend much money on books and download their PDF versions, and have saved enough to add in the second monitor for 1) productivity while doing school work and video editing and 2) having the ASUS as my second monitor while gaming. Be sure you check out the seller on Ebay I'm buying the monitor from. He has great reviews, and it ships from Korea to the US in an unbelievable 4 business days at no cost. $279 for a great 2560x1440 monitor. I'm also planning on buying another memory kit to add, making a total 16gb of memory, of course for the video rendering. I'd like to find a sweet deal on large storage drives since I record a lot of gameplay now, so be sure to send me your recommendations!

February 2014 Update: Finally, that ticking time bomb of a power supply is gone! Added in a 650 Gold certified power supply from EVGA's Super Nova series. I'm excited about the power supply, as it's fully modular, energy efficient, and doesn't make my case glow blue! Sold the old power supply to a guy on Craigslist for $40.

Feel free to reach me on my pages here:

https://www.facebook.com/SuperiorComputingDistribution

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm7b6Z6tx8T2V0yK_G21Qaw

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Good luck on the business (I have just recently started my own)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Dukex. Do you have content online that I could check out?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Liked it with my account and my business's account. Like me page at facebook.com/SuperiorComputingDistribution.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't even realize that I had checked your build out some time ago. Good for you for getting into business at such a young age (who am I to say that at 20?). Lol!It'll be a sure way to make some extra money off your friends in school. Be confident and you'll do well!

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  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

As you found out, the PSU is one of those things that you get what you pay for, and when you pay for one, it's beneficial to be paying for SeaSonic, Corsair, or XFX.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Considering you probably had to add a monitor mouse and keyboard, and didn't have spares, I'd say you did okay from a budget standpoint.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

yes, definitely get a more proper power supply. you could get away with using a 550W or 600W power supply from a reputable brand like Seasonic. you just need to check the OEMs to see which ones are good and which ones are bad.

still, with using prior-generation parts, this is a pretty swell system. don't worry about upgrading to Haswell, since it offers only a marginal improvement in games, but definitely look into getting a GTX770

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose the 850W in the event that I would want to buy a second 570 for sli. Only having one monitor to play games and render on, I think I would be comfortable with buying one high end card instead, so I will take your advice with going smaller on the wattage while still having enough room for overclocking. Thanks, Apach3.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

you're most welcome, and you made a reasonable choice: a single GPU for a single-monitor gaming/rendering setup would be most ideal even if you weren't on a budget because some software typically doesn't take advantage of multi-GPU technologies. it's why only explicit multi-GPU benchmarks use more than one GPU.

if you use software that supports CUDA, i definitely urge you to buy a GTX770. it's basically a GTX680 blinged-out and with a 20 percent price cut.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! That's why I'm totally stoked about the 770. They even had/have a deal going where they will include sexy back plate as well. Thought I would mention that since you're considering "bling."

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Make sure you check out and "Like" my facebook page! The pcpartpicker community is already awesome for coming so far to check out my build and comment. Having you guys on my facebook to watch my business grow will be awesome!

https://www.facebook.com/SuperiorComputingDistribution

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

You're being too harsh on yourself. It's a good build. All first builds have regrets but yours aren't stupid. good job.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate your comment. I see your activity on many builds across this site, so that means something to me that I get an uplifting response. I hope to see your content in the future, btw!

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

I just like to see what people are building and seeing how I can improve my own. I built my rig a year ago, before I knew about pcpartpicker, but I haven't added it yet to the site.

Your build will be good for a couple years. If you do upgrade, I think the GPU will be first, but the 570 is still very good.

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