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My FIRST gaming build EVER! At 15 years old!
by BloodyValley
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I'm using this currently for MS Office Word and gaming. It works very well. I haven't really had any problems except for the fact that I overclocked a little too much and I had to clear the BIOS with the CMOS button. Overall I am very happy with my build.

Max CPU temp (until I closed prime95): 80 degrees Celsius (which is normal because my room temp was around 28 Celsius and Ivy Bridge heat spreaders suck)

Max GPU temp: around 65 Celsius, usually hovers on the early 60s. I play Crysis 3 ultra with 8x MSAA at around 20 FPS. Nothing wrong with my GPU temps really

I'm not a big fan of my case honestly: it's made of really cheap plastic. The side panels are really hard to put back on - I have to lie my case on my bed to put the side panel quickly. It has lots of features though. The front part of my case is made of cheap plastic. The bottom right "screw" broke. The screw is made of plastic... It broke when I took it out

My SSD sucks: the software that came with it won't let me solely migrate Windows 7... That's why I put such a low rating. I got the SSD a month later, by the way. Now it just sits there. I haven't put anything on it except Linux which doesn't even work because I need to get a disc.

My motherboard is good but the support SUCKS. I called their American phone line which isn't even toll-free because I overclocked a little too much and my system shut down and the guy who was helping me was being very rude and he was also very hard to understand.

The reason I put such a low rating on my CPU Cooler is because it's so damn tall and it's also hard to find a fan that you can install onto it (I still haven't found any).

I gave my HDD a low rating too because it's pretty slow (Windows Experience Index puts it at 5.9 while all my other parts are 7.6+, my GPU being the highest at 7.9).

I'm not even going to bother to explain the wireless card. I just took it because installing an ethernet cable in my room costs 60$ (you have to drill holes, go outside, etc... really complicated). The speed is **** the MAX I got was 1mb/s download. My Internet speed is 20mb/s down and 5mb/s up. Maybe it's my router's fault, idk. I'm getting wired Internet this summer anyway so it's just temporary.

My monitor is great by the way because of it's size and it's features. I would most definitely recommend ViewSonic as a company. They have great support (I had to call their support once because I thought that when I overclocked a little too much it fried my monitor... turns out it was working fine) and I really LOVE the design. It's really easy to install (took me 10 seconds to install). The only thing that I don't like about it is that it doesn't have tilt which makes it easier to plug-in my DVI cable. It doesn't have HDMI either, but there is a newer version of this monitor (VX2253wm). This monitor also has lots of options such as Eco Mode where you lower the brightness by a lot. I use it all the time. I like how ViewSonic is environmentally-friendly. My build is overall eco-friendly (80 plus GOLD PSU). Overall, I have no negative stuff about this monitor except for the fact that it has quite a few stickers such as LED, 1080p and Full HD. Did I mention this monitor is also mercury-free? It sure is! So I am not going to get cancer :P.

Alright so here is my recommendation: Intel Core i5 3570k: Get it if you can, it really depends on what you want to do. It's great for gaming. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: DO NOT get this. You should spend a little more on a Corsair H60, it's much better. My temps are really high with my Hyper 212 EVO (40 degrees at 21c room temp) ASRock Z77 Extreme4: DO NOT GET THIS EITHER! I would recommend a ASUS motherboard! They have good customer support (toll-free number!)! I tried calling them (ASRock is owned by ASUS) but they told me to call ASRock. Still, they have organized and nice customer support. Corsair 16GB 4x4 DDR3-1600: I would recommend this if you want cheap 16GB ram. It's pretty good. A little expensive. If you're on a tight budget, just get 8GB. If you can squeeze an extra 50$, get this then. Samsung 840 series 120GB SSD: Get an SSD BEFORE or AT THE SAME TIME that you get your HDD. Because migrating Windows is a *****. I still can't use my SSD, so I can't say anything on it except that it's a very nice design. Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD 7200RPM: Good HDD, I recommend it. I went with Seagate because I don't like Western Digital. PowerColor Radeon HD7970: Not much to say about this except that it can't run Crysis 3 @ 8x MSAA :(. It can run everything else except Crysis 3 at ultra though (haven't tried Metro 2033 or Metro Last Light so I don't know how it performs on those games). TRENDnet wireless internet adapter: DO NOT get this! Get a PCI wifi adapter, it's much faster! It needs to have antennas. This model is crap because I can't even use it on USB 3.0. By all means, avoid this. Thermaltake Overseer RX-i VN700M1W2N ATX Full tower: Oh boy. This tower is just bad. Do not get this, you will regret buying it. It's 120$ and it's REALLY cheap. It has a lot of feature but the cheap plastic and the side panels just ruin it completely. Do not buy anything from Thermaltake! I warned you! I would recommend either Cooler Master HAF X or Corsair 600D and if you have the money... Antex 1200. The Antec 1200 is the best case you can get. Just do not get Thermaltake. Seasonic G Series 650W: AWESOME power supply! It comes with a nice little pouch where you can store your cables. It's a black pouch with a SeaSonic logo on it. Never go with any other PSU company other than SeaSonic!!!! ASUS DVD Burner: Well, there's not much to say about this. It's a DVD Burner... It works? MS Win7: Awesome OS, I love it. Bye bye WinXP :) ViewSonic VX2250wm: Get the ViewSonic VX2253wm. Just do it. It's awesome. SteelSeries Kana mouse: AWESOME MOUSE!!! It's a gaming mouse! The thing that I love about it is that you can switch sensitivities at the click of a button! It also has a neat white light on the scroll wheel. Although the best part is that there are two buttons on the mouse: one which gives you the option to go Back and the other one gives you the option to go Forward. This is really only useful for web browsing, and you might think it's useless: but it's really not. I find that it gives me much more freedom. When I use other mice, I feel annoyed by having to click the Back button or the Forward button each time... Overall great features. I also love the plastic design. I was thinking about getting the one with rubber (SteelSeries Sensei) but that irritates your skin so I'm glad I went with the Kana mouse. It's also 10-20$ cheaper than the Sensei mouse.

I hope you enjoyed reading my lengthy review. Don't hesitate to leave your feedback!

Part List
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.38Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load59.0° C
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RyanRocksCanon [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

You should have gotten 2x8gb instead of 4x4gb. That way you can expand your memory if you feel the need to

BloodyValley [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

I probably won't need more than 16GB. I don't even use all of it - I only use about 10-12GB.

lenoz [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Good stuff overall. What I also like to see is someone being critical and not just rating all their parts 5/5 - which does beg for more explanation though! (you explained the case but not the other low ratings)

Ggadget 1 point 11 months ago

What do you mean you can't find a fan for your cooler? Can't you use any 120mm fan?

BloodyValley [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

It needs some pins in the back of the fan for it to clip onto the radiator.

Ggadget 1 point 11 months ago

By the way, I'm pretty sure that Asrock is no longer owned by Asus. It used to be, but then pegatron spun off from asus, and pegatron owns ASrock.

spizzlo [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Ok, the 212 EVO first. Any 120 fan will fit on this heatsink. There are plastic brackets, one set for the included fan and an extra for push/pull. 2nd, can you send me your ssd then if you aren't gonna use it? Forget migrating. You need to do a fresh Windows install. Just back everything up. Not a big deal. 3rd, the hdd. The Windows score is low because it's a mechanical drive. If you plugged in that 840 it would be much higher. 4th, 20 fps on Crysis 3? That's unplayable man turn that aa down. Honestly I can't seem to see a difference with anti-aliasing. I turn it off personally.

Jozmtr 1 point 17 days ago

Great build!

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BloodyValley [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 11 months ago

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=598 The 7970 is the best single-gpu from AMD... Why would I go with the 2nd best GPU from nVidia if I can get the best from AMD? Besides, the 7970 destroys the 670 in almost eveything (except Metro 2033, which is obviously made on purpose by nVidia because nVidia sponsors Metro). Also, I got three free games from AMD (Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon). I don't see why I would go for 150$ in in-game money for World of Tanks, PS2 and Hawken. They're bad games anyway. I enjoyed Bioshock Infinite quite a bit too. It was my first Bioshock game and let me tell you it won't be the last :) Weird ending though

hackmaster521 [1 Build] -2 points 11 months ago

Why on earth did you get 16 gig of ram?! That's completely overkill, everything else looks great but the cable management could use work, being your first build though it isn't expected to have great cable management though 8.5/10 personally, but for a newbie a full 10/10! Great work!

Fragile 1 point 4 months ago

How is 16GB of RAM overkill?