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Before I begin to elaborate on my part choices and what I think about them, I just wanted to say that I built a PC after Black Friday sales last year (2013). I originally had a i5-3570k + MSI Z77 mobo + Corsair Vengeance 8GB + ASUS 7850 + Kingston 120GB SSD + Western Digital 1TB HDD+ Corsair RM650 + Corsair 200R. I chose to go for a more budget-type build back then because it was my first build ever! It was a big success as it was running amazing. Because I chose more of a budget build, I never really got to put together a PC that I thought looked cool. After working my *** off for the past 7 months, I decided to upgrade it!

CPU: I don't plan on overclocking my PC so I originally was going to go for the i5-4590. But at the last minute, I saw 4690's on sale! I sold my old i5-3570k to my friend, so it worked out pretty well. No complaints about the 4690! It runs well.

Mobo: I always wanted to build an mATX build, but I got the 3570k + ATX mobo for a sweet deal back in November ($179.99 for the combo). But here, I wanted to stick with my preference and went with this. It's been running swell!

RAM: I stuck with same memory from my previous build! It was amazing back then and it's still amazing now!

Storage: I decided to just buy another SSD so I could use both my old one and new one. I never had a SSD before my first PC and I've gotta say, ITS AMAZING. Super fast boot times and all. I recommend everyone spend a little extra for an SSD! I also kept my original storage HDD.

Video Card: The build components below shows a 7770, but I have an 7850. (You'll notice it in the pictures) It was again on sale during Black Friday for $90. I love it. I originally wanted to get an Nvidia card, but I couldn't pass up the deal which was amazing. Runs DOTA2 at max settings with 80+ FPS. I don't play with max settings, so I play with 120+ FPS. No complaints at all!

Case: Ever since I decided to build a PC, the Corsair 350D was THE case I wanted. But the Corsair 200R was on sale for $19.99 and I couldn't pass it up. But I just decided to pay whatever for the 350D. Looks amazing and I love the side window panel :)

PSU: Kept the old one. I love the modular aspect of it and I chose to buy custom cables to make my PC look cooler!

OS: I always had Windows 7, but I decided to just give 8.1 a chance. It was kinda difficult to get used to, but after awhile, it's actually not that bad!

Accessories: Thought I'd add some cool coloring to the PC so it looked pretty awesome. I couldn't decide on what color to go so I just bought all white components and then bought the NZXT Hue to change colors of the LEDs. The color of the LEDs work pretty well with the white cables and fans and I love the way my PC looks (though others may not like it xD)

Conclusion: I definitely should have waited until this year's Black Friday, but after looking at some builds on PCPartpicker, I couldn't wait. So many of them looked so amazing. I wanted to build the PC that I really wanted, whatever price it may be. I'm satisfied with the result and thanks everyone for reading! (If you did :P)

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  • 68 months ago
  • 6 points

Get the stock cooler out. It will look so much nicer. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 5 points

^^^^

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any recommendations for one?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't have to be a super expensive one. Maybe a cooler master hyper 212 EVO? Performance doesn't matter, since you won't be overclocking. Just focus on aesthetics.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

A 3570k overclocked would out perform the 4690. Also, even though the 7850 is cheap I'd like to see a higher end GPU. 7850 can barely play High on BF4.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

haha I play dota as well :)

I chose 750ti as my since it is very power efficient and went with 500psu (I could have gone lower)

and I dont think you will need extra cpu cooler since youre not over clocking. If the stock cooler noise bothers you, maybe throw in a 212 evo? but I wouldn't waste money on some prestigious liquid cooler :(

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

A fellow dota-er! :D

After looking at other cool looking builds, I really wanted to get liquid cooling. They looked so awesome. But I decided not to waste any more money than I already have.

Do you recommend the 212 evo?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes :) it's fairly quiet (than the stock cooler) and very affordable. Gets the job done. last time I checked, it was around 20~25

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Where can I buy some custom sleeved cables?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

on amazon they sell sleeved extensions.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought mine from Corsair. They were $79.99 for everything but the 24pin one which you have to buy separately (from Corsair as well).

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

do you know how much it would have cost to sleeve them yourself? I don't want to spend $80 on nice cables if I don't have to but if they are the same, minus well just have someone else do it for me! xD

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build but I don't know much on the Radeon HD graphic cards. How would you rate it from 1-10?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it's awesome! I really didn't know much about them either, but I just heard the 7850 was a solid card (slightly better than the 650 ti at the time). I haven't played any hardcore games like Battlefield, etc. But I've played LoL, Dota2, Civ5, CS and they all run very well on max settings. I'm not really sure if these games are video card intensive, but I have no complaints. I'd rate it 8/10 only -2 for the looks. Nvidia cards look much cooler in my opinion :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

lol ok thanks for the info.

  • 68 months ago
  • -2 points

Only thing i can recommend is a new cpu fan, and with a build like this, i think liquid will fit quite nicely. Other than that, i recommend down the line upgrading to i7, and maybe a second graphics card depending on how everything holds up. otherwise +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

why an i7 for playing dota...?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

He doesn't need liquid with a locked processor. If he got an unlocked processor, then it would be a different story...

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any recommendations for a CPU fan? Liquid cooling does make everything look cooler, but I don't think I'm really in need for one. But thanks for the suggestions! :)