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I did post this the other day, but a couple of the pictures messed up (orientation issues with an iPhone). I sold my previous build for a little profit, and put that towards building a slightly better machine. I've only used AMD so far and was starting to get a little bored, so decided to go for Intel instead.

CPU - I'm happy already with this, just because of how quiet it is in comparison to an 8350. The lower power consumption and heat is definitely noticeable. It should also perform well for what I intend, which is mainly gaming.

CPU Cooler - The standard choice for under £30. It's very quiet when coupled with the Intel i5 (especially when compared with the 8350, which a lot louder even when idle).

Motherboard - Gigabyte have a solid reputation, and this board had some great reviews (and a great price since it was an open box item). It's not going to cope with extreme overclocking, so I won't push it.

Memory - I have always used XMS3 RAM, and it always works well for me. I also like the simple design/colour. Storage - Previously used a Samsung 840, and I can already notice the difference between that and this EVO. 250Gb is plenty of storage space for me.

Video Card - I intended to get an R9 280x, but then Nvidia won me over last minute with their price cuts and 3 free games offer. Benchmarks also show that the 770 is slightly more powerful that the 280x, and should run well once I overclock it slightly.

Case - The 300r is very easy to work with. I purchased this case because I have been using the 200r a lot recently, but fancied a change (though they're not much different, to be honest).

PSU - Found this PSU for a great price, so had to buy it. Slightly overkill for my components, but hey-ho. My only flaw with this is that the CPU power cable is shorter than I'd like (though this could also be down to the 300r's awkward gap for it).

Peripherals were already taken care of, and I recommend each one - Sidewinder X4 keyboard, Roccat Lua mouse, Gamecom 780 7.1 headset and a 23" Acer monitor.

Didn't have any problems with this build. Took me slightly longer than usual because of all the Halloween kids knocking on me door!

If you have any questions/comments, please let me know!

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build. Great components. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers bud.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How you got got the motherboard cable to fit in the back? I use corsair cx500m psu and the mobo cable really stiff.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

The connectors on this PSU are very flexible.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree with Joey. Everything in here is very good. I hope you got the 770 with the 3 games and the price cut! :)

~Matt.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate. Indeed I did, it would have been the R9 280x but Nvidia twisted my arm last minute with their offer.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I was thinking about going with a 280x, but then with the 3 games, the card comes to be about $190 USD if you take off $150 for the games.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

If only you could tell them to keep their games and just give you the card...

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! I know right. I would rather have a cheaper card, but for $330 you're getting a lot :P (rather have the card be $250 though).

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Very nice. :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the all black theme (aside from the 212 EVO heatsink). Good build. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers. Wasn't planning a colour scheme, just happened to turn out quite well (apart from the cooler, of course!).

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build +1 for the cable management

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers mate.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Awesome balance of components. Good work!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bud.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, this build is ******* good. Congrats. Loving it, you really did your homework, im looking to pick up that exact same Graphics card in the next week or so. How is it Btw?

The only small issue i found with this build is that the Mobo supports Crossfire, but not SLi, so you will have to buy another board in the future or just a new GPU in general to upgrade!

Still amazing, loving it, +5 if i could.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers for the comments. I only use 1 1080p monitor, so a single 770 is plenty for me. I'll more than likely upgrade to a 290x or 780Ti if required, but that shouldn't be needed for a while (hopefully!).

Oh, and the GPU is great. Currently playing BF4 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist without any issues. I love using GeForce Experience as well, makes life a lot easier.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

instead of gigabyte gtx 770 2 GB you can use an asus gtx 760 2 GB?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeh, of course. But obviously you'll get less performance from a 760.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking about the same mother board here. how is the sound card? isit necessary to get a separate sound card for this board?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The on board sound is fine for everyday stuff - listening to music, gaming, films, etc.

  • 72 months ago
  • -2 points

Thanks

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I bought the RAM on Amazon, and the Motherboard was an open-box item on Aria.