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The PC part picker tool was really helpful. I spent about a month thinking about what I needed from the PC and juggling various builds before settling on this one.

One of the suppliers I bought a part from was really slow and I ended up having to buy the part elsewhere before boredom set in so I recommend you wait for all parts before starting if you are the impatient type like me!

I set aside a weekend for the build but it took just about a day in total. There were poor instructions with the case and the fan connectors had me stumped for a while. I wanted to make sure I understood what I was doing before choosing where to hook them up. The case came with the front fan in the bottom position, and I later found, when I could not reach the motherboard with the fan lead, that it was meant to come in the top position. The fractal company video clearly showed this. Fortunately, once I knew it had to be at the top to make the lead reach, the case was an absolute dream to make it so - the simple mechanisms of swopping stuff about are great for a first time builder like me. I would definitely buy this case or similar again.

I use my new PC for photography, webpage design, web surfing/email, graphic adventure gaming (point and click), hooking up to my TV and music multimedia system, office type stuff etc.

The PC is indeed quiet. I can only just hear the fans, and the odd click of the hard drive when it is working hard such as when I installed the OS. I often forget it is on!

Update: It's been working well now for over three and a half years. This would have been the time I started to experience the desire to buy a new computer pre self build days so it seems strange as I will have to place an order with myself to upgrade its parts or leave it. I have no issues with it so must be a good make! I built a second one soon after this one for my husband which is also running well.

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  • 85 months ago
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I would've gone with the Caviar Black instead of the Blue, all in all this is an awesome PC!

  • 85 months ago
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thank you, Enigmadanoob!

  • 85 months ago
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I've heard that Oral-B dental floss improves performance! Great build.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thanks miniclipgamer!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Oral B is the thermal compound

  • 85 months ago
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You know, I've heard that it even flosses your teeth for you!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Smart build.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks LiquidArrogance!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Can a 7850 run on 380Wts?

  • 85 months ago
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Apparently so. If not, the PSU will probably fry soon.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

lols

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

My friend has had problems with overloading the PSU with his new 660. It fried, but his PSU was only a 350 watt Diablotek PSU.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, if you use the PC partpicker tool it tells you what the total power consumption will be for your chosen build.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, but most people like to add on at least 50 - 100 Wts to be safe and to leave room for Upgrades and overclocking.

  • 85 months ago
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Hi, yes, the system I build is listed by PC part picker as using 306W and I bought a 380W PSU.

  • 85 months ago
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Locked CPU with unlocked Mobo. 380 watts seems terribly low... I don't understand why you got Windows 7 professional unless you're planning on getting more than 16 gigs of RAM which is VERY overkill, unless you set up a RAM drive, do a ton of editing, etc. You could have seriously gotten something better for your money

  • 85 months ago
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It's all said and done, why bother criticizing it? And 380 watts is perfectly fine for that PC, Ivy Bridges have a notably lower wattage than Sandy Bridge.

  • 85 months ago
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Hi, I am used to Windows 7 professional hence chose it out of habit rather than specific requirements - I am new to PC building and wanted to ensure that at least the OS was the same as at least I know my way around it!

  • 85 months ago
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gangsta!

  • 85 months ago
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Thanks Kelz!

  • 85 months ago
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Also, does the 7850 run well for games? I'm either getting a 7850 or a GTX 660 2gb or Ti.

  • 84 months ago
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Hi, I am not running very high end games but all the software hat used to run slow on my old alienware computer runs a lot faster so I suspect it is the setting up (or not) that also play a big part in speed of response of a computer

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think about that graphics card? I am wondering what kind of FPS I would get on a game like Minecraft.