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My first ever custom build for gaming, everyday use, overclocking/hobby building. Decided on roughly a $1000 budget. Went a bit over when I opted to add a SSD for the boot drive, 16GB of RAM (more on this later), a decent 1080p LED monitor, and three more fans. Though I didn't go over by much.

In the end, the build will cost $1,165 after rebates.

Back to the RAM, opted for 16GB because I'll likely split the four module kit for my parents' future PC build. I need to replace their crappy Dell that burnt out.

I wanted a build that I could also upgrade fairly easily in the future as needed for gaming. So I'll likely Crossfire the 7870 and go with a three monitor setup as prices drop.

Listed the three extra Aerocool Shark fans because as of this post, I have yet to receive the shipment and install them. I'll update with more pictures when the fans are in and the computer/LEDs are on (I am publishing this from this PC so it does work even though the pictures don't show it operational). As far as fan configuration; two Sharks for the front intake, move 200mm CM Megaflow from the front to the top exhaust, move rear CM R4 120mm to the Hyper 212+ (for push-pull), and last Shark for rear exhaust.

Since I needed a new hobby and I chose PC building, I worked pretty hard on the cable management and figuring out all the components I really wanted/needed/splurged on. Any thoughts, questions, and criticisms are welcome. Didn't list a keyboard because I took my parents' old Dell keyboard. Still looking for a decent, mid-tier keyboard to go with that isn't going to break the bank. Any recommendations on a keyboard is also welcome.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Unlike 90% of the builds on here this one is actually good, so well done. Some personal preference/experiences though:

Use a WD Caviar Blue 1TB next time, much more reliable and the same speed/price. Seashit is overrated.

I personally like the Crucial M4 or the Samsung 830/840 for an SSD. Roughly the same price too.

If you're going to OC, especially with a 3570K you should have gone with a premium-ish mobo. Something like a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H or UD3H not ASSrock.

:) 8/10 great build.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh man...wish I would've held off on the Seagate. I was eyeballing the WD Caviar Blue but when I bought all the parts in one day, the Blue was $20 more than the Barracuda. It appears to be on sale now on NCIX for the same price I bought the Barracuda. Doh!

Performance, reliability between the M4, 830/840, and HyperX 3K seemed comparable enough for me. I wanted to keep a red/black theme with a hint of brushed aluminum. So the 3K won out this time.

I've seen so many YouTube videos of people with the Extreme4 and 3570K overclocking to 4.2GHz. This was part of my initial research into budgeting and usage. I'm actually pretty excited I got a great deal on this mobo and have the ability to OC with others having proven results.

  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

There's nothing wrong with the Seagate drives. Some people hate them because they've seen some bad reviews or had a bad experience, but that happens with any brand. Western Digital is fine, but Seagates are usually just as good. There was a problem for a while when they moved production of some drives to China while they got their Thailand factory back into working order after the flooding, but since then then amount of China made Seagate drives has dropped a lot. Usually it's the really cheap ones that are made in China. Just make sure recent reviews are good on it before you buy one (reviews on the retailer's website, not PCPartPicker).

AsRock also makes good motherboards, and the Gigabyte one is kind of ugly imo. Although a really good looking board imo is the MSI GD55, which is actually slightly better than the Extereme4

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed that the UD3H is ugly. The MSI GD55 is rather pretty. Problem is, doesn't fit the theme of my board and the value vs performance didn't warrant it over the Extreme4 since it was purchased in a bundle deal.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Meh. I really prefer the looks of UD3H because the board finish is black, which is nice. I thought the Extreme4 was pretty ugly because of that.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

^ +1 I HATE brown PCB

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed that the UD3H black finish is more aesthetically pleasing than the Extreme4's olive-brown finish; however, the bright blue heat sinks and component slots would be stick out like a sore thumb within the red/black scheme of the build.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it's great then! Great build, lovely!

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Don't get me wrong your build is great, those were just some nitpicky opinions of mine, and I didn't know you got such a good deal on the Asrock E4 that makes sense now. I also forgot to mention I liked your color scheme and overall aesthetics. If you're really anal about looks like I am, you can get some BitFenix Alchemy PSU extensions to really enhance your RED/BLACK scheme :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Since this is my new hobby, I am very familiar with the Bitfenix Alchemy line. At this time, it was more important to put together my first PC and make sure it worked. Aesthetic upgrades will occur in the near future as time and funds permit.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Seagate is NOT ****. They're pretty reliable to me... Nothing wrong with my 2tb one so far, and I'm 9 months into it. Plus ASRock is pretty good for that motherboard. You're very ignorant about those products too. Have you even tried them or seen the reviews on them? They're good. The MOBO he has is fine, and doesn't need anything premium-ish. The only thing I would change is the SSD. I just hate people who act all ignorant and make stupid names for the products they don't like. We're supposed to be mature on here, and I know I've commented pretty stupid sometimes. But I've learned.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

The nicknames were jokes, simmer down over there. The Asrock E4 is not a bad mobo, but there are definitely better alternatives like the ones I listed. And Seagates failure rates are a joke bud, one good drive doesn't make their products on par with WD.

I DID mention my comments were personal preference and therefore my own opinion. Calling someone ignorant for having an opinion different than yours is pretty naive.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

It's all good. I posted my build on here to get feedback and that includes everyone's own personal opinions and experiences. HiiiPower - we seemed to have the same train of thought on picking parts; however, timing and finances normally tilted the scale in favor of one part versus another.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that was my initial thought on the build "This is something I would put together"

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool to see that we just completed very similar builds. My only main differences were to go for the UD3H mobo, the Samsung 830 SSD, and I splurged on the Gigabtye 7950. I also just got one more 200mm fan for exhaust at the top. Happy gaming!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build - You built a great system and I think you are off to a good start with your hobby. This last year has really put me into the hobbiest enthusiast PC builder category.
I've ran Seagate Barracuda drives in my systems since late 1990's though I know some people who have had issues, they are great drives. The only reason I got my Western Digital drive was because of price, it was on sale.

The Asrock board you chose will overclock to the i5's sweet spot just fine 4.2Ghz with the CPU cooler you have. If you want to go to 4.5Ghz or higher you'll need a better cooler. There really is no significant increase in performance to warrant anything higher. If you did go higher then 4.5Ghz I'd agree with Hiiipower that you'd need a better MB and definitely way better CPU cooler.

Have fun with your new hobby and PC build, if you or anyone would like to discuss PC tech, builds, and or gaming feel free to message me on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IamApropos

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I really don't plan on pushing the overclock beyond 4.2GHz. At least not until I upgrade the cooling. This was part of my initial planning phases about what I wanted out of the machine and how far I can push it as a hobby enthusiast with a budget. Thanks for pointing out that the mobo may need to be upgraded to OC beyond 4.2GHz. I never considered it to be a bottleneck but will keep it in mind now.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I am in the process of making my first build as well and chose the same exact case. I found a mid-tier keyboard that matches the case greatly with red LED's and isn't to expensive!It is currently out of stock on newegg though:/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109191&Tpk=microsoft%20sidewinder

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice find but not only is it sold out on Newegg but you can't find it on Amazon, TigerDirect, Micro Center or anywhere else. I wonder if its been discontinued.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that case? it looks really cool and it seems to have a bunch of features

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm loving the case. Lots of room, drive bay modularity, tool less drive bays, plenty of room for cable management, awesome airflow, and the price was right with all the features plus a rebate.

The only thing missing are the rubber cable management grommets! I can't seem to find another Cooler Master case that used the same grommets that I can buy as an aftermarket.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm having the same problem, just got this case.

Any luck with the grommets?

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

So apparently there aren't grommets available for the Storm Enforcer case as an aftermarket item. I am in the process of making my own with some sticky foam sheet which can be found at craft stores like Hobby Lobby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C0exFGeRQQ

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building with basically the same components and was wondering how well the heatsink fit with the RAM?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Heatsink fits with this tall RAM. All I did was adjust bracketed fan up about 1/8" to clear the first RAM slot. If I ever need to change the RAM then I'd definitely have to remove the fan first, but that's not going to happen anytime soon.

Good luck with your build! Let me know how it goes.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That's good to know. I should be putting it all together in a few weeks once all the parts are in.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're looking for a nice keyboard, the corsair k90 is a nice one, if u dont mind the price.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, I think its definitely out of my budget. Someone had mentioned the Microsoft Sidewinder X4 which is more in my price range.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your build. not a huge fan of Asrock, as I had 2 different models (E4 and E7) break within 6 months, but your machine is clean and I'm sure it provides plenty of power and performance where its needed most.

Well done.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! So far so good. Been moving between houses so I haven't able to tinker with the rig as much as I would like. Hasn't stopped me yet on researching ways to improve it or mod it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, nice! We do have very similar builds! How is the SSD? I RMA'd mine so hopefully I get a new one.

I also plan to crossfire my 7870s in the future too.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Going strong so far. Boot, app launch, even the Windows install was so fast. Strange that you had such a weird defect in yours. Hopefully it gets RMAed quickly.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Still looking for a keyboard? The CM Storm Trigger regularly goes on sale for ~$70 in different switch types.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd like to see this in darker settings. The flash ruins the ambience of the leds.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build! Good choice in parts, very well rounded, although at this price point I would have gotten a little better mobo, something like a Gigabyte UD3H or MSI GD55.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I got the ASRock Extreme4 for $$84.99 and the 3570K for $169.99 at Micro Center when bundled together. I did look at the Gigabyte UD3H but it didn't have a similar combo deal.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it did. I just got mine for $109.99 a few days ago (edit: with the 3570K at $169.99, in case that wasn't clear).

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Must be a new deal. I purchased these parts during the last week of October. Only now have I actually posted it on this site. Also, see me comment below about case aesthetics. I know I should be thinking more about specs (I am an engineer), but I do have an eye for good looks.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a fair point, I certainly considered aesthetics on most things, hence the awesome case we share and red LED fans. But I'll admit I never once thought about the looks of the mobo - oh well, I'm more than happy with it's performance.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice deal! The Extreme 4 is not bad by any means, especially at that price!

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Overall, awesome build. Some personal preference differences going on (but that happens on all builds). I'd game on that system any day!

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  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that's the keyboard I will eventually go with. Just had a baby, so PC time is very limited. It's on my list though! Thanks!

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Build was super easy. I really planned out my cable management so it made it loads easier when actually putting things together. No problems with the mobo, been perfect.