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I recently completed my first computer build thanks to PC Part Picker and some help from r/buildapc. This was a great learning experience and enjoyed the process from start to finish immensely. Thanks to everyone who put in their two cents regarding part lists and updates.

After building the parts here I was about to fire the trigger on a large order from NewEgg.com. Then I discovered that I have a Micro Center a couple miles away. After reading numerous stories about RMAs, waiting on parts, DOA components I decided to just head over to Micro Center at get the parts in person. I'm glad I did - Micro Center is just awesome, the staff was super helpful and they had plenty of discounts going for first-time builders. They even had pre-filled in rebate forms ready for me on my selected parts. The service level over there was very good and I left impressed.

I ended up getting a 22 inch monitor and an OEM copy of Windows 8 from them as well. Total budget managed to stay just shy of $1,100. I could not be happier with the performance of the build. Overall the system is super fast and responsive. Windows 8 takes some getting used to but it isn't as bad as what I heard it was made out to be.

The case isn't much to sneeze at in terms of looks but I really wanted something minimal anyway with good cable management. The NZXT turned out to be a good choice. I originally had purchased the the Fractal Design R4 but it didn't fit my space. One of the benefits of Micro Center, just hopped in the car and made a quick return. The cabling could use a little work but I'm giving myself slack since this is my first build.

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya dude I live about 20 minutes from a Microcenter and the sales person that helped me was very informative and offered a few suggestions and asked me some questions I hadn't even thought of when I built my rig: here

Is this build just for gaming? Looks pretty solid all around, +1

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Build is for programming, family web surfing and some introductory gaming (dipping into Steam for the first time). Your rig is insane, that looks amazing!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks, my rig is probably a bit more than I need for just gaming overall but hey it's what I wanted and I love it.

If this is for programming I might have gone with an i7 just for the extra power there but if it's not too intensive I feel the i5 will work just fine.

Enjoy your computer :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Good solid build in that price.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say that you wouldn't need to buy a different cpu cooler unless you plan on overclocking.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Not planning on overclocking at this time yet but gave myself room for it down the road with the CPU and mobo combination (a new PSU would probably be in order around that time if it turns out to be the case). Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure that PSU's fine. I built a system for my sister with a FX-6300 and a 660Ti, both are overclocked (to 4.0 Ghz and 1100 MHz) and running perfectly fine off of a CX500M. XD

Haswell tends to get ridiculously hot, so I'm not sure how overclockable it would be on an air cooler (Tek Syndicate's i5 Haswell was overloading their H100i at 4.6GHz).

Though who knows. You might have won the Silicon Lottery.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Programming would have thought about the i7's. Or if budget was a concern AMD 8 cores.

Wonder if you should have gone with an Nvidia card for CUDA Cores. But I don't know too much about programming side of things.

Other than those 2 considerations I'm a fan.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not entirely certain hyper threading would have helped in programming. I don't write programs, but all of my engineering buddies (and family) that have asked for a PC build have been more than satisfied with my suggestion of the i5 range of CPU's.

I'm sure you know this, as both your builds seem to use the 3570K (which I also use), the i5 has pure muscle behind it despite its lack of cores.

CUDA is also only really applicable to app's that use it. Many don't. But if the TC did use a CUDA accelerated app frequently, then it might be worth it.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get the motherboard from microcenter also as a bundle deal? Very solid first build.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, they had a bundle deal - fifty bucks off the motherboard. I was surprised because it wasn't listed on their website but they were having a special that day - so guess I got lucky.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build... very similar to something I'm putting together in the next week. Any issues with the case? How do you like the aesthetics? I'm struggling to find a budget case I'm happy with.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late response on this one, I've been too busy playing with the build. :) I really like the case and the aesthetics of it a lot after having it for some time now. I wanted something minimal and as far as looks and size goes this choice worked out well for me.

I originally had my heart set on the Fractal Design R2 but after actually seeing it in store at Micro Center I changed my mind (it was also too big for my space). If you are at odds between cases always to try and get a physical look at the case if you can at a store. Sometimes online perception through photos can change dramatically in person. I wouldn't have purchased the case if I hadn't seen it in person.

I really like the ports on the front (didn't have them on previous machine) - they are easy to get to being located right at the top and I now I can plug in headphones easily along with the occasional audio input like a guitar. Also, the ports are all black which makes for a better overall look, I didn't dig the rainbow of colors found on some other cases with the front interface. Yech.

The only tiny drawback to this case, which hasn't been an issue for me yet, is that the two USB in front are only USB 2.0 and not 3.0. None of my peripherals are 3.0 so it doesn't really matter.