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Edit: 9/18/14 - Added NZXT Hue and Corsair Raptor M45, also thinking about getting custom sleeved cables.

Wow. This has been quite the journey for me. Around three years ago I learned about the world of PC building and I felt so overwhelmed. I was 14 at the time. I remember talking to a friend who had built computers and he just told me to check out this site. Immediately I put together a $1500 build thinking I needed super top of the line everything in order to run any game. I then researched, a lot. Then I waited until just this summer to make a finalized build, save up my money from working and order the parts.

CPU: I figured this CPU gives the best price to performance ratio. It's currently OC to 4.3GHz but I haven't had enough time to do a real stress test yet. However on the base clock of 3.5GHz everything was running great as well. Overall a super nice CPU for the price. AMD FTW.

CPU Cooler: Couldn't fit the Hyper 212 EVO in my case so I just ordered the next best thing. Works great, keep the CPU cold.

Motherboard:This motherboard is great. I'm really enjoying how easy the bios is to work with and it's overclocking capablities. (though I haven't gone over 4.3GHz yet.) I originally wanted to go with a red theme, but when I came across this motherboard I liked all the options it had and ended up going with it. Since I haven't gotten an NZXT Hue yet you can't really see in my case that well anyway at this point.

Memory: I don't really have a specific reason for this besides it was red, I had also have heard good things about G.Skill and thought I would try it out. No issues so far and everything seems to be working out great.

Storage: SSD - I only wanted an SSD to install windows and a few other programs. This one was at a nice price and works great, not much else to say about it.

HDD: Western Digital, Caviar Blue, 1TB, nothing else to say.

Graphics Card: Ah, possibly my favorite part of this build. I spent the better part of a month undecided as to what graphics card to get. I went from 270x to 280x then onto the gtx 760 and finally landed here. It's crushing games all on ultra settings besides DayZ because of poor optimization. It looks awesome and came with a backplate which is pretty cool. Anyone who says "oh but you're gonna bottleneck with that cpu" wrong. I haven't been bottlenecking at all. It's also mega silent with the ACX cooling. I highly recommend this card.

Case: I would've gone with a different case if I could have, only because I wanted my build to have super neat cable management. This case is great and I am in no way saying don't order it but the cable management options are rather slim. It was a cheaper case and for what I paid it is great. Looks nice, side window is nice.

PSU: Wanted modular power supply and I have always supported corsair and read very good reviews on this one. I may invest in some sleeved cables for power cable and some 6pin and 8pin connectors for GPU and such.

Optical Drive: Installed some drivers, then took it out. My motherboard only came with two SATA cables anyway so there was no need to keep it plugged in as of now.

Network Adapter: Does what it's supposed to and fast. No problems with it as of now.

Case Fans: wanted some nice LED fans in there, case came with one so I ordered two more.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

You don't need many tips on cable mgmt, you did a great job! Solid budget, good choices and nice pics too, always appreciated. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

That's some nice cable management. I wish I had that kind of space in my case! Anyways, this is one great build for under $900! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful! Love the part choice, and the cables are pretty darn good too. I applaud you on being able to get your processor to 4.3GHz on that motherboard, I have the same one and can't get a stable overclock at all on it. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I haven't. But I will now! Thanks, hopefully this works :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Good luck!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

A very solid and tidy build for the price, would've gone with 8320 and R9 280X personally :P

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! In the end I didn't see it worth my money to go for those two extra cores x). Also I originally was getting a ASUS 280x but changed my mind after reading many reviews of it getting loud and having noticeable coil whines/other issues :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Well played, sir. This is one of the most impressive price/performance ratio builds I've ever seen on here.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm very happy with how it turned out

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

why your back fan is intake?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man. And yes, AMD for the win! I'm currently looking at a FX-8350 for mine. Here's my build that I plan to order next week. Current build is getting outdated. Like you, I'm young (19) but I did start out young (11). http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wGdCCJ

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Uhhh, get an R9 280 (or 280X). It's cheaper and outperforms the 760.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? Never looked into them. Will now. Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. AMD has quite the deals for what you get. http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Sapphire-Radeon-R9-280X-vs-MSI-GeForce-GTX-760

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally like AMD cards but I'm still going to have to say that GPU/CPU Boss are trash sites. When they compare fps in games, they use different level of graphic settings such as the one you linked. The Crysis 3 benchmark uses High settings for the 760 while the 280X is using Very high settings. The 280X still wins that one though even with the manipulation.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but it's still a reference to have. Although it may not be perfectly accurate in every case, it still gives a good idea as to which card may or may not be better.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome! The cable management is great. I could be wrong, as I can't see the rest of your fans, but it looks like you might want to flip the fan on your CPU cooler to the other side for better exhaust. Just a thought. :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! When I was putting the cooler on it had arrows saying it would be pushing the hot air to my back fan and then taking it out, so I'm hoping I put that on right! I could be wrong though :P

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Well awesome, then! Trust the arrows, it just looked strange to me. :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly love that case. I have used it on a client build, and am currently using it on another client. I think it looks great. The cable management for the case itself could be better, but I still think it is fine. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly the only thing they could improve would be cable management and more space in the back for routing cables. Otherwise it is the perfect case, especially for more of a budget build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, i couldn't have done it better myself. And great detailed pictures, people don't take very good pictures often.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build and solid part choices. I gave it a +1 and got it to 50. Great job.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello fellow M5A97 Owner! Excellent build!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

probably should have went with a spec 3... it has better cable management options, and not the "bar thing" that some cases like inwin use... otherwise veeeeeeeery nice... how is the wifi adapter holding up? i personally would have spent $20 more for a 450 mbps with more features, but, ya know, whatever works right?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

2 Characters: +1 GREAT choice of parts Can't get better then this

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How Red is that case? aside from that red top bit; How much more red would I have to paint to replace it with blue? (excluding Fan LEDs, I can disable/replace those) I want a blue build myself and seeing as this case fits in a low budget with the features I wanted (and LOTS of fans to support)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! The case itself is not that red. The buttons and line above them are red and the fan included is red. Other than that it is almost all black!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea the case is mostly black. The only red is the power button led and a small led strip above the USB and Audio ports. Other than that its black.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

If I replace the video card with a GTX 970 4gb twin, will that be work with the motherboard/other parts?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! It totally should.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Trying to work out if I should buy that SSD how fast does it load windows

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

All I have to say is amazing job! Good choice of parts for under $800. The case is good for the price (I have the same one myself) and there is barely any space for cables. You have done a fantastic job at keeping them under control! +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

you got the rear fan on backwards, CPU cooler fan and rear fan is blowing into each other

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I built mine just like it! Mine is.... AMD FX-6300 Gigabyte 970A-UD3P G.Skill Ripjaw x 8GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Corsair Spec 01 MSI GeForce GTX 750ti Gaming

Very similar builds. Good job :) BTW If I filled up all the fan mounts with corsair red led fans would it replace a led light strip in my case? Just wondering? Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It would MAYBE create enough light to replace an LED strip. However LED strips are very bright and create a lot more light to illuminate your case.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks yea I will probably get 2 red fans to have 2 in front and one for exhaust. Then get a white led strip.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW VERY GOOD

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

wow you have done a neat job with this one m8. i am building my first pc aswell and i am using the same case you are. everyone says the cables are hard to put together inside but i think its fine. btw +1 lol

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

How did you get three fans hooked up to that case?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If you look on the Case's partpicker page, it shows it has up to four additional slots for fans. :)

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

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