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First Ever Build - Gaming PC under $1800 (excluding monitor)
by ssingh29
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Description

Hey Guys!

So this is my first ever custom PC build. I use to be a big pc-nerd back in the day, but ever since i started Law School I switch over to the macbook air and loved it. However, I always missed playing my good old pc games at decent quality and hated editing videos on my macbook b/c of its speed. I began looking at big PC companies like Alienware, Dell, etc., and began wondering if I could build a cheaper PC myself. I then stumbled upon this website and the rest became history.

I was looking to spend under $1750 on the tower by itself, and was really happy that I came real close to pulling it off (COST OF TOWER: $1777 = $1927- cost of monitor $150) :)... The speakers, keyboard, mouse, and headphones I scavenge off my old pc and laptop. I am looking to get the corsair K90 keyboard, but need to hold out on it until I have the funds. All the prices below are after rebates. Also, "Microcenter" has the z87-pro and intel i7-4770k chip for the prices listed below if you go to the store and pick it up.

I haven't over-clocked my PC yet, I feel like there is no need. After doing some research, it seems that all of my components are made to be over-clocked, lol so I might do it in the future. Also, I did use youtube to help guide me through this build. It took me only 2 1/2 hours and was fairly very easy. Besides one of my ram chips not being properly plugged in, the boot up went perfectly and I've playing tons of games on Steam :)

ALSO SPECIAL THANKS to "houseoftyrone" for helping me out with this build.

Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate954MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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l13199l [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

6 upvotes and no comments? Nice build, although I have to say i'm a little dissapointed in that case. I didn't realise it had no options for routing cables to the bottom of the mobo

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

there is one.. there is a big white hole right there..

 
 
linsyschopman 1 point 8 months ago

there is hehe, otherwise this build would've never looked so clean, +1 by the way.

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

:O that didn't look like a hole

quick edit - i'm talking about that white whole that I didn't notice, not the one tot he right of the psu.

 
 
xolot1 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Sweet build with nice cable management! +1 from me. I have the black version of that case, but you can actually swap out the honey comb side panel and place plexi glass so that you can have a window and better show off your components. I did this to my PC and don't regret it one bit. I only spent like5 dollars as i used Plexi glass from an ikea poster/picture frame. To place the window i used duct tape.

 
 
houseoftyrone 2 points 8 months ago

Hey I finally get to see it it looks great. :-)

 
 
RKYIAMN 1 point 8 months ago

You got a really good deal on these parts! Nice job on the build! +1

 
 
MrMOABy [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Your top fans seem to be the opposite of the standard. The front one is exhausting the air that is going into the CPU cooler, and the back one is pushing down the air that is going out of the CPU cooler. I would flip both so the first one is pulling down air and the second one is pushing out air.

 
 
ssingh29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Both are exhausting air out of the case b/c I have one big 200mm fan pushing in air from the side. But I like ur suggestion for making the front top fan an intake. Thanks for the feedback!

 
 
MrMOABy [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Oh ok sorry, you must have two different fans on the top, because the logos look different which made me think they were blowing opposite directions.

 
 
ssingh29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Yea, one of the fans is the rear exhaust fan that came with my case. Initially, I was planning on putting two led 120mm fans on top, but realized that I only ordered one 120mm led fan. I was too lazy to order another one, and decided to use the rear exhaust fan that i had lying around.

 
 
Thextruthx 1 point 8 months ago

Beautiful build I love this case about to build my own

 
 
InsertUserHere 1 point 8 months ago

How does the memory perform? I'm looking to get some of that myself, but I'd like an opinion first.

 
 
ssingh29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Hey so sorry for the late reply, but haven't been on here for a while. The memory performs flawlessly. it runs at 1600mz and I haven't run into a problem yet. You could get faster memory, but i was on a tight budget so i chose this.

 
 
InsertUserHere 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I myself am on a budget and I want to get the best I can with what I have to spend. I know Adata has some very good components from reviews, but I personally have never used any. Thanks again for the reply.

 
 
HD7ames [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

The only thing that throws me off is the red modular wiring for your PSU and everything else is nice man I would give you 3 votes up for the solid picks in your components and even more for your 780ti. Jus dose red wires doe!

 
 
Alagamasha 1 point 7 months ago

Exluding monitor

 
 
+++deadmanwalking+++ 1 point 6 months ago

how is the ram? im planning on getting a kit :)

 
 
Haik24 1 point 4 months ago

Have you had any issues with A-Data Ram?

 
 
Ronnie76 1 point 2 months ago

I myself love the case It looks so sexy >.<