Description

I built two of these identical PCs for my 11/12 y/o nephews as their first real gaming rigs.
The parts are all chosen to be best of breed in their price range. The performance to price ratio is very high.
All great brands except for the VisionTek Card, but the 7850 is best in class and I got it for $149.
I got most of the parts during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales. Price per build was only $725.
This was my first build with the HAF 912 and I loved it. The wiring went nicely and is very neat.
Just waiting for the Hard Drives, post to BIOS was flawless first time.
Mouse and Keyboard will be replaced with Gaming quality parts at some point.
Also plan to add an SSD for their next Christmas.
I find it really pays to go with quality parts, thanks to Newegg and PCPartPicker for helping to find them.
Update: Pics have been updated, builds are complete, no DOAs.
Please note that is you are using this board the fan speeds in the bios all default to high (Jet engine effect!)
reset them to auto/Level 1.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

Though the prices you paid were really good - locked cpu with cpu cooler and z77 overclockable board :( if you were never planning on adding a K series CPU you could have / should have dropped the board to H77 and dropped the cooler. This would have allowed you to put that money into something that would have benefited performance such as a upgrade in GPU or something. Though this does leave you room for upgrading the CPU later to an i5-3570k. This system would benefit more from the i5-3570k vs an SSD, you have a lot of wasted resources with having a locked CPU in this system. I suggest pulling out the middle Hard Drive Cage to get straight airflow to that GPU, if its possible.

I'm sure your nephews think the world of you and will enjoy these systems very much!!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

damn man you're like on every ******* build commenting on stuff ;P

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm all over the place, the interwebs gad dang batman!! Reddit, Here, tomshardware, overclock.net, mmorpg.com :D

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have THAT much free time?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Giving computer build consultation is what I do ;) haven't you checked out my facebook page? IamApropos

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm.. do you do it as a profession? or just on your free time?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Came here to say basically the same thing. Awesome build all around save for the CPU choice, but at their age it's not like they're going to really need, notice or care about what's in it so long as they can play their favorite games which I'm sure this rig will do :). Hope they enjoy it!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. Could've gotten a B75 or H77 and used the stock cooler and saves <$50. Oh well.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Good points but understand the following: I wanted a locked CPU for now - The boys are 11 and 12 and I didn't them trying to overclock at this time. No way I want those kids frying the rig. That said, the intent all along is when they are a little older to go up to an i5 and start overclocking, so I wanted a board that had that upside. It will be a fun project when they are older. The cooler is more for the i5, but I figured I'd put it in now. <br /> <br /> I thought about removing the middle cage, but with the good case and the cooler on that CPU, I don't think that temps are going to be an issue. Also, The stock fans have no LEDs which is uncool if you are a kid, so adding colored fans is a project we can do as well - at that point we can remove the middle HD rack. <br /> <br /> Overall I wanted a build that could be built upon going forward. As the boys get older we can upgrade the CPU, add an SSD, overclock, etc. Thanks!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Which is exactly what I would have done too thus I worded it in there because from the looks of the build I was hopeing / assuming you had future plans for upgrading the build. I completely respect you for not only being really smart forward thinking with your build but the fact you are doing this for your nephews is awesome. Again great work!

(Thought I might add, just because its a locked CPU doesn't mean they can't try and overclock it, which could be a bad thing as I assume you might already know this ;)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build overall. Does that 212 cooler cover your first RAM slot?

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe it does, in my build it does but its just high enough to get the ripjaw ram in below it,

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

because the Asrock extreme4 is smaller compared to standard ATX it puts the 1st ram slot under this specific cooler. Though low profile ram would be recommended with such coolers just incase :P

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I just built mine this Saturday actually with the same cooler/motherboard. The Ripjaws X fit under the fan, as lutzee said.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I depends on how you mount the cooler fan. On the CM hyper you can slide the fan up and down on the fins, so if you wanted access to the first slot you could just slide the fan up a tad. Also, you could always mount the fan on the other side of the fins in a pull configuration.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Man you got skills for a clear inside of your case.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, for some strange reason I personally find clean wiring deeply satisfying.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Me too, I don't know why but if I see a great build of parts but a mess of wires it really bugs me.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

cables are bad..

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

In what way? Any constructive advice is always welcome.

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

read description

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Well - a 3570k runs $214 at Newegg - I got the i3 for $99. That's $115 more not $100 less. If you can get me a 3570k for $99 I'll take 2 and drop them in. Nice chip though, the 3570.

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

read description

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I paid $149 for the 7850. If you can get me a xfx 7870 for $149 then I'll take 2 please. ;-)