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I built my last computer in 2008 so I figured it was time for a new one. I tried to keep the cost down as much as possible, looking for deals on everything I could. It's used for general browsing, occasional recording (guitar), and a few games with the occasional streaming.

I used a Gigabyte motherboard and AMD processor in my last build and it has always worked great for me, so I decided to stick with them and chose the 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 4. I wanted to get something I could overclock with safely. I bought the 8320 under the impression that I could overclock it easily to the 8350's speed or better. The CPU cooler was on sale, and the reason I decided to use water cooling is because I think it looks neat. It works extremely well with the arctic silver ceramic compound.

I got the RAM on sale, went with one 8gb stick with the intention of adding another in the future.

I had originally planned on re-using my 550TI, but I really started to get into BL2 and decided to upgrade to a GTX770. I still use my 550 for a dedicated physx card. When choosing a power supply I didn't take into account that i would be using a second card but I haven't had any problems.

After installing the 770, I learned that the game I play most is very CPU intensive, so I was a little disappointed that the frame rate would drop below 60 on certain maps with Physx on its highest setting. After a little research, I've concluded that the reason for this is because the game is poorly optimized. As far as my recording goes, it's perfect. I can record several tracks at once with all my VST plugins running which wasn't at all possible with my previous computer.

I have had my eye on the keyboard and mouse for a while, and couldn't be happier with them. I re-used my hard drive from my old computer while I wait for the right deal on an SSD. If I could do anything different, I would probably have chosen a nicer case, but other than that I think this build suits me well.

Update: 4/28/14 Installed a Samsung Evo 240GB SSD to use for the OS and a few choice games.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

interesting fan

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the OS so cheap?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Student deal.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

As a student, I can never find deals like these...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do you have a 770 and a 550ti in the same build?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

He mentions he is using the 550ti as dedicated physx card:

"I still use my 550 for a dedicated physx card."

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoops, looks like I missed that. Thanks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

How was the cable management go? I myself want to get a Source 210 as a case. Any tips?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not terrible, theres really not a lot of room on the motherboard side of the case. Before I got the 770 I used a CX430M power supply, and the flat power cables fit behind that panel a lot easier. The new power supply has loom around all the wires, so I have to lay it down and squeeze it all in there to get the side panel on. It has plenty of "loops" for wire ties and access holes to route fan wires, though.

Also, if you get the window model, it doesn't clear the radiator if you use water cooling. I had to force the panel on.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the side panel to go on with the screws from the h60?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I laid it down and forced it, its really tight but it does close.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you explain to me how you oc'd to 4.2?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Im considering mionix myself, how is it?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, you have probably already made your purchase but I wanted to give my opinion anyways. It's a nice mouse, I like almost everything about it, but I had one major (to me) problem. The scroll click switch stopped working within the first 2 months. I went back and forth with Mionix support for over a month and never got anywhere, so based on their support alone, I wouldn't buy another.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

oh no I already bought a deathadder chroma like a VERY long time ago, about a year, and i like it, I was just considering when i upgrade. Thanks.

  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

I have that same exact Acer Monitor!

Nice build :) +1

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