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It was my first time ever building a computer all by myself, some parts of it were frustrating but all the hard work was worth it once I finished! Learned about MIR during the build, did it for five of my purchases and probably wouldn't do it agian! I don't think anyone actually likes it :p

I got all the parts for about $775, $850 before MIR. I know my video card is probably not an ideal choice, but it was the cheapest one at the time and so far it's working well. I originally got the Thermaltake V3 for $19.99 after MIR and I'm pretty glad I switched to NZXT Phantom 410 Gunmetal (couldn't find it in the list :p ) since the cable management was not too hard in Phantom.

I got the monitor for $139.99, $159.99 before MIR and the mouse for free after MIR. Both of them are working fine, I'll probably get a new mouse when I need to, not sure what to pick though. I ordered a SteelSeries 6Gv2 already but it’s being back ordered now. I can probably still switch now :) if anyone has a better recommendation?


Buying parts was hard in the beginning as I have zero knowledge about computer parts, but after a while it was actually pretty fun and it made me happy I actually chose to do it by myself instead of getting a built one from the store, since the specific models from different brands with the same specs actually differs a lot both in performance and price.

I was pretty excited at first putting all the parts together since I haven't done this in a while. But it became really frustrating because the first time I tried to boot it from outside the case with only the motherboard, memory, CPU and video card installed, I plugged in the HDMI cable to the wrong ends and didn't get anything on the monitor! I also didn't get any sound from it since I only learned about this a day before starting my build and didn't get a beeper. Luckily I accidentally plugged the cable in the right ends after I tried the DVI cables. <--- Super noob -.- All the rests were good except a little difficulties plugging the cables from the case to the motherboard.


It was definitely a good experience and special thanks to all the help I received from redflagdeals.com :)


P.S. Routed the 8 pin powercable from the top (suggested by IamApropos) and changed the memory to dual channel (suggested by Hydro), pictures after the hammer. :)

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

ok build. Thank you for sharing your pictures :D a few things for thought. You should definitely route that 8 pin powercable behind the motherboard up to the hole at the top, it will reach, I have the case just view my completed build pictures. You do not want cables running across your motherboard, they can trap heat and cause problems. since you have a locked CPU and shouldn't overclock it, you should have saved some extra money and went with an H77 and could have dropped the HDD to a Caviar blue and had nearly as decent reliability and performance for cheaper, used that saved money on maybe upgrading the GPU ;) just little thoughts for possible future builds.

grab your motherboard manual and turn to page. 22 it'll indicate you need to put your ram in either 1 and 3, or 2 and 4.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for letting me know, I originally thought it would touch the fan because of the stiffness of the power cable but it turned out fine.

Um I actually wanted to get a H77 board but all the H77 boards I found are more expensive or had the same price as the Z77 boards so I went with this one, which is $89.99 after MIR.

And I got the Caviar black drive for $89.99 which I think is $20 more expensive than the blue one, and I got the video card for $219.99 after MIR so I probably wouldn't be able to upgrade my GPU with the saved money :p But still thanks a lot for the suggestions, it is defintely the way to think for my future builds :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, do I need two 6 pin powercables for my video card or one will do the job?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

you do need both power cables connected to run the card effeciently.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Great, was too lazy to unplug it anyways :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! :D a lot like mine. Also i noticed you're experience was very similar to mine. I had to work out what to build and how a pc is built myself as nobody in my family has a clue lol. I also got confused when linking the case front panel cables to the motherboard as it wasn't completely clear but all was well in the end. Tell me, did you think you were breaking the CPU when you were putting the tension plate on it? I did becasue it was really stiff and made strange grinding sounds XD

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Also may I ask what exactly MIR is?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Mail In Rebate!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

That, and a pain in the neck!

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, yes! I really shouldn't forgot that part, it was really scary listening to the sound between the CPU and the plate when I pushed down the latch, it was a little like moving your fingernails against a blackboard only a little quieter :p I was too afraid to open the latch and see if it’s okay or I just throw away my $270!

I’m actually alone in Canada studying and none of my friends know anything about computers, same as you :p, hard but worthwhile!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nowhere i read said anything about stiffness and crackling sounds thats why i thought i was breaking it. It's probably just ASrock's 1155 socket on there extreme boards because I have the z77 extreme4.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably, glad it turns out great for both of us!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Put the RAM in the other slot to put it in Dual channel

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Um which slot exactly? And could you please explain what difference it has to a noob like me? :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

slots 1 and 3 :). in your motherbard manual it should say the slot number (A1,A2, B1, B2) you want them in A1 and B1 :D

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Will do it now :)

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

And the two full ones are closer to the CPU right?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

If you aren't sure its the annotation marked '6' on page 15 of the user manual ftp://europe.asrock.com/manual/Z77%20Extreme3.pdf

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot man!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Done!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Was there a specific reason you went with the 3570 instead of the 3570K? It's cheaper, same thing only unlocked, meaning you can overclock it. Only other things I would mention is to route the 8 pin CPU power behind and put the RAM in the right spots which people have already said.Great build though!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Actually I don't have a car to get to the stores that have 3570K on sale and there is a CC right beside my place (selling 3570 for $179.99), and another reason is that I was too stupid to purchase my video card about 3 weeks ago and opened it right away which made me not able to return it so I was kind of in a rush to finish my build to make sure my video card is working fine :/

And to be honest the biggest reason is that I didn't know if there was any deals for 3570K for under $200?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I know Microcenter sells them for 169.99, but if you don't have one around, I see your point.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm actually in Toronto, so no Microcenter here :(

Actually everytime I open http://pcpartpicker.com/ca forgetting to add /ca at the end I always find these great deals, which I'd later find out I couldn't get /.\

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

(Builder Clap) much better. Great job!!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

For a mouse, I would recommend the Razer Deathadder. Great mouse for the money. I think it's $45 on Amazon and Newegg.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! I'll look in to it. Any recommendations for a keyboard?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, that depends on your budget and how much you're willing to spend. Personally, I would be fine with a $10 standard Microsoft keyboard. The mouse would be my primary concern. If you're looking for a gaming keyboard, I would try out the Razer Blackwidow. It's a mechanical keyboard. You can find it on Amazon for around $80. You can also give the Logitech G110 a shot. I personally prefer the Razer Blackwidow, though.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The steelseries 6GV2 is a great keyboard it's simplistic and works very well, got mine from CC for 69.99 a while back. and if you don't know much about mechanical keyboards you should do some research and see which type of switches would suit you. (6Gv2 uses cherry MX black switches which are fairly quiet and slightly more force is needed to push it down completely, while the Blackwidow uses cherry MX blue switches which make a click noise and are easier to push down)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

man check out this mouse you won't regret it!
- Cobra E-3lue Junior - or non Junior from amazon or Ebay for $16.99 can't beat that!
I have a Logitech G500 but it's too bulky, and now with the Cobra I feel more comfortable playing games and whatnot.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion! :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that mouse decent?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Besides it being a little too small I'd say I have nothing to complain. After all, I got it for free after MIR. :)