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After a long waiting I was finally able to build a new PC. This is the second build I have ever made for myself, and I will use it mainly for gaming.

It has an i5-4670k which I bought at my local Micro Center for a pretty good price. Since I don't plan on doing any overclocking for now, I'll stick to the stock cooler, but if I ever need more I'll probably get something like the H100i. For the motherboard I chose to go with an ASRock Z87M Extreme4. Normally I would have chosen an Asus, but the ASRock seemed really good for the price, and apparently has a nice audio chip. For the RAM I found 8GB of Corsair Vengeance Pro at a very good price, which also have black/gold colors like the MOBO. It has a 250GB Samsung 840 Evo for storage, Best Buy has a pretty good deal for it. If I need more space in the future I'll probably buy it a 1TB HDD or SSHD. For the case I decided to get the Corsair 350D. I really love the Obsidian series and the 350D seemed perfect. I also got two Corsair SP120 PWM fans for the front. I chose the Corsair HX750 as the power supply. I wanted to get at least a semi-modular PSU and the design of the HX series caught my attention (also, as you may have noticed, I love Corsair). I know 750W is a little bit too much for my current system, but I wanted to leave room for upgrade-ability, plus it had a good price. Lastly, for the video card I'm using my old, but reliable, EVGA GTX 560 DS SSC. I wanted to get a new video card, but my budget wasn't enough, so for now I will continue to use the video card from my old system, and whenever I get the money I will get an EVGA GTX 770 (I'll update the build when that happens). I really don't mind using the old GPU for now; it has worked nice so far, and I really like how it looks.

I know it was a long text, but I just wanted to share my thoughts. Overall, I feel pretty happy with the build. Even though I believe I got a pretty good deal out of my money, I know that maybe I could have gotten something with better performance. I really don't mind, as I wanted to find a good balance between looks and performance, and I really like Corsair's design philosophy. Simple. Elegant. IMHO, of course.

Lastly, I know some of the pictures are blurry, and some are very noisy. I'm sorry for that, I don't have a camera so the best I had was my brother's iPhone. The lighting didn't help either. Hope you enjoy them.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking good! 350D looks so nice and small.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea love that case. Good price to performance, that GPU you might want to upgrade but it's still capable of playing all the games

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll definitely upgrade (as soon as I have the money).

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a classy case! Might want to upgrade that GPU when the 800 series is released - or get a cheap 750/750 Ti (great GPUs for only $100-150). I wouldn't bother getting a 770, seeing as the 800's are coming sometime this year.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You are completely right, I forgot about the new series. I always had in mind the 770 when planning the build because I though that I was going to be able to buy everything at once, and at the time waiting for the 800 series wasn't an option. I guess now I can. Thanks for the suggestion! EDIT: Funny thing, Nvidia just announced the successor to the 800 series for 2016 a few days ago.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Pascal ;)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it just me or does the 560 look a bit... bent?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, you are right, it does look bent in the pictures; I didn't noticed that. I actually went to check if it is actually bent, and apparently it is a little bit arched, but not as much as it looks in the picture. Maybe it's just the weight of the card; I surely hope so. It's an old card, but it works fine.