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me and my friend built this, it runs fine and I plan to do some overclocking.

For almost my whole internet life I have been using integrated graphics on laptops and such, so I felt the need to build a proper gaming machine to play all my games on(some games would not run on my old laptop so the upgrade was necessary.)

I know the cable management was pretty bad but all things considered it really could have been a lot worse, I am, however experiencing issues with the computer(the case and USB 3.0 header, on the mobo in particular.) for one, no matter how hard I have tried looking, I cannot see any USB 2.0 cables anywhere with the cases cords, and the USB 3.0 cord does not seem to fit inside of the socket for some odd reason...however I can really do without them if I need to...since I got more on the motherboard.

I did intend to overclock the CPU when I was picking all the parts out, however I have not felt the need to yet(plus I would rather do it with more information about it before I take a crack at it...ill look into it later) I plan to play games such as Battlefield 3, saints row IV, crysis 2, dead island Darksiders 1 & 2 and more, although I might add another GPU if games become more needy.

have not done much stress tests yet, max temp I got so far is around 75°C but I would not consider that "under load" but meh.

TL;dr(or did not care) use it for gaming, lovin it, having a few issues but nothing major, might upgrade more later.

UPDATE: Overclocked it to 4.2GHz and im loving it :D Max temp I get is around 60°C underload (well during prime95)

UPDATE 2: Added a 2TB hard drive to it.

UPDATE 3: Added Sound Card & better Headphones, overall after playing stuff on it for a few months this computer has been absolutely superb for me runs everything pretty well and I have no regrets, I am loving the addition of the sound card as everything sounds amazing, and the addition of the 2TB hard drive seemed to be worth it since my steam library in total would cover almost 1TB meaning my 1TB would not cut it for extra storage, it has never overheated on me yet, and the only time it has crashed was during a failed overclock on the GPU, I am really happy with this PC.

UPDATE 4: Selling my GPU off to my friend and upgraded to a GTX 770 2GB and have cleaned up the cables.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xKIiAu4rio cable management guide for you

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, though your cable management could do with a bit more tidying up.

For your front-panel USB3.0 issue, I'm not sure why the cable doesn't fit into the motherboard. Perhaps it has a bent pin? Anyways, Silverstone sells this adapter cable which converts internal 19pin USB 3.0 to USB 2.0. I have used it before on a friend's PC, and it worked beautifully.

Happy gaming. :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

oh really? thats nice to know I might do that later, since I do not really have any 3.0 devices anyways its a good use of the cord, thanks :3

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

That CPU HSF Seems a bit lopsided

Also, on the USB3.0 issue, did you check your motherboard manual? check if its the right header, if it is, check if the header has any bent pins. The USB3.0 plug will only go in one way, make sure its oriented the right way. Like Blood Monkey said, you can buy USB3.0 to USB2.0 adapters but there shouldn't be a reason it wont fit.

There are programs that put synthetic loads on your cpu/gpu and you can measure your temps that way.

Anyway, Nice, Well Balanced Build!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it is the right header for the USB 3.0 cord, I did look in the manual, its right next to the SATA headers facing to the front of the computer, making it very difficult to check it without having to remove everything, sorry but to me its not worth taking everything apart and putting another few hours of time rebuilding it for something that is a minor issue to me, but thanks anyways :)

As for the heatsink...yeah...things just kinda turned out that way...but the temps I get on the CPU seems to be good so it does not bug me.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I can understand that. I had to take apart my whole build because of one minor issue.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

So, how are you liking the Phantom 410?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Besides the seemingly lacking of the USB 2.0 cords that should be there im loving it, it looks so nice.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems weird you cannot find any USB 2.0 cables on your case. I have the same case and it was with all of the others. Anyways nice build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard because I am trying to pick between the Z77A-G45 or the Asus Maximum Hero 6

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

it works very well, however the USB 3.0 socket is on the side so it might be difficult to plug in the front panel USB 3.0 cord, just means you might not be able to use the front panel USB 3.0 ports if your case has it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out my build if you want to see a GTX 770 on a motherboard like yours. Nice build but yeah clean up those wires :)