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This is the first PC I've put together myself. I went around the internet looking at what brands people consider the best (or close to it) for each specific hardware with a budget of around $1200 (including the monitor, mouse and keyboard, and Windows). I chose Intel i5 3570k for the CPU, Nvidia EVGA GTX 760 SC for the video card, Asus P8Z77-V LK for the motherboard and 22'' 1080p monitor, Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB for the RAM and CX600 power supply, Cooler Master HAF 912 for the case, 4 120mm fans and the Hyper Evo 212 CPU cooler, and 1TB 7200RPM Western Digital for the HDD. I'm not sold yet on SSD. Too much money for too little of space. In the next few years, I'll probably pick up a SSD if they are priced better. Didn't really care that much about the CD drive, just chose the cheapest one. I overclocked my CPU to a stable 4.4ghz with about 1.15v. After I installed my Hyper Evo 212 with a push-pull configuration, and 4 extra case fans (which I got as a 4 value pack for around 11 dollars), I dropped my CPU temperature under load by over 25°C. I think I did an ok job on the cable management. I'm not a very tidy person myself, but I wanted to increase the airflow as much as possible. I was thinking about doing an SLI 760 after I had already bought one 760 and the power supply, but after doing some research, I'd just barely have enough wattage on my power supply to support SLI 760s (which would have been better than a Titan), but I didn't feel like taking that chance on burning anything out. In my next build, I'll take looks into consideration. I'll probably make it a black/green theme with LEDs and a nice case. This build was mainly to get into knowing how to build PCs first. I also bought everything from Amazon because I had the student version of Prime, so I got discounts and free 2 day shipping. Tell me how I did!

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  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

my only gripes are case and ssd. a haf 922 would be better, and only $20 more. SSD-YES.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Would have gone over budget if I would have gotten a more expensive case and an SSD. Probably would have had to get other cheaper parts. The case and SSDs aren't as important to me as say the GPU or CPU.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice computer! Good part choices and cable management. Also, an SSD would definitely be the best thing to go with, the speed is worth every extra dollar.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job. Was wondering what those cables are running across you CPU cooler? Can they be rerouted at all so they are a little more hidden?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a PWM splitter so both CPU fans are controlled by the CPU. It's the best I can hide it lol.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah. Understood.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Same exact build, except with a different case. It was worth the money for the awesome build. Nice job.

  • 77 months ago
  • -1 points

I would not have skimped on the psu like you did. Yes corsair is a reliable brand but their CX series isn't their best work: http://www.overclock.net/t/1431436/why-you-should-not-buy-a-corsair-cx

Other than that, nice build. Good choice on the case I have the same one!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I just stress-tested my PC overnight for 12 hours using Prime95 to see if my overclock on my CPU was stable and didn't have a single problem with the PSU. My GPU is factory overclocked as well. PSU seems fine to me.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to hear that. How is your monitor? I'm in the middle of buying the parts to my build and I'm looking at the same monitor that you've listed in this build.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a pretty good monitor if you're on a budget. Nothing bad to say about it.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I need a new monior because I was given a monitor but.. let's just say the previous owners liked to keep their speakers really close to the monitor.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about getting a monitor with built in speakers but decided against it. Heard the quality wasn't good on them.

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