Built on August 4
Feedback is appreciated, as I plan on doing some more builds in the future. Would love to know what to improve on, some tips, etc.
This is my first ever build at 16 years old, upgrading from an HP Compaq with a Core 2 Duo and integrated graphics. My original budget was about $600, but that went straight out the window as soon as I had the money to make it good. I got most of these parts on sale, like the PSU (normally goes for $70) and the motherboard ($110). Overall, I didn't have any problems with the build itself, except for the fact that it sat around for a week and a half while I attempted to gather enough money to buy the GPU (not in with the pictures) and the OS. I would have liked to get a bit better cable management, but that CPU cable was just a little to short to get to the connector through the cable management holes. It looks much better with the GPU in, as it holds that cable in place nicely. Now before you say anything, yes, I know, locked processor with a Z77 board. I was planning on getting the 3570k when I bought the mobo, but I decided against it afterwards. For some reason overclocking scared me. Big mistake. Would have liked to get that last bit of power out of the processor via overclocking, but it's still damn powerful.
It's been running great. I can have as many things running at a time as I want, and I see almost no difference in performance because of the quad cores.
Again, had no problems with this. Only thing I can say is that the SATA connectors were pretty close to the GPU, but it worked out. However, I could see that being a problem with bigger graphics cards.
I absolutely love Kingston RAM. It's cheap, it's reliable, and I've put Kingston RAM in three computers now, and it hasn't done me wrong yet!
What can I say? It's incredibly fast. Loads up my computer in about 10 seconds. The programs that I do put on there run perfectly. All around good.
I got this one refurbished as a slave drive for my old computer. Since it had all of my old files on it, and it could be very easily transferred to the new computer, I figured it was a win-win. My only complaint is that it was a pain to mount, but it just took a couple screws.
This graphics card is just amazing. It has two fans, as opposed to the standard heatsink on most EVGA cards, but it still comes with that amazing EVGA quality. It's small too, measuring in at just about 10", making it a breeze to fit into this case. As far as performance goes, it's handled anything and everything I've thrown at it, including BF3 at around 60FPS on max settings. I would recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat.
Overall, I wasn't very impressed with this case. It didn't have that much space in the back for cable management, the front IO is HORRIBLE (every port was loose out of the box, the audio ports just don't work), the front panel is an absolute bear to get off, and it's relatively small on the inside. On the plus side, it looks very nice, comes with plenty of fans, room for many more, completely steel (with the exception of the shiny portion of the front), and is cheap. However, in the $50 range, there's plenty of better choices.
This is a pretty good PSU. Again, same deal with the motherboard. It hasn't wronged me yet. Only thing I have to complain about is that pesky CPU cable, but from what I hear that's pretty standard with PSUs. Corsair is a very reliable brand, and I can see why. For a cheap, semi-modular PSU, this is pretty damn good.
I love this thing. The case came with a mount, but this one keeps the drive cool under load with that 60mm fan, and for only $10, it was a no brainer.