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The CPU, RAM and Mobo are from a $500 prebuilt PC from China on Ebay, almost 5 years ago. I didn't know how much of a failure that purchase was until a couple years ago, when I finally got into PC gaming. Since then, I've been adding parts - and this is the result.

The only thing that was somewhat decent from that PC was the 2TB Seagate drive. And despite the CPU being decent enough to not bottleneck my GPU, it ran on the 1555 chipset, which means that if I wanted to upgrade any of those 3 essential parts (CPU, Mobo, RAM), I'd have to do all 3 simultaneously.

So until I've saved enough, this is the rig I'm running so far. Obviously, the i5-3570 (which is surprisingly a decent performer) is the CPU, the RAM is a generic single 8GB stick and the motherboard is a bare-bones ASROCK b75.

The GPU is powerful enough to run most games (BF4, Far Cry 3, Watch Dogs, CS:GO) at high-max settings at 1080p, easily sufficient, with temps maxing out around 65C.

The SSD runs my OS and games, and at $125 for 240GB, made an easy choice.

The PSU was definitely a terrible purchase. It's only bronze-certified, for starters, it's cable are flat but are red and yellow on the ends, and it's 750W, way overkill for my rig, even if I decided to throw in another graphics card.

My original case, the one that replaced the Chins PC, was a Define R5, which slowly fell apart over its 3 years of use due to constantly installing parts incorrectly using the incorrect screws. It was also insanely overkill for the mediocre parts I had in it. The P400S, however was well-priced, and matched the tier level my parts were.

I originality had a 120mm AIO but due to incorrect installation (once again), the screw wholes were destroyed and it became redundant. I have then since moved to air-cooling, also greatly improving the aesthetic by standardizing all the fans to quiet-edition SP120 and AF140s. Once my fan splitters arrive, I plan to setup SpeedFan.

So the PC runs, it does the job. And gaming isn't bad. So I'm content. But feel free to suggest upgrades, and check out my partlists where I have compiled a list of parts to upgrade to eventually. That includes upgrading to the skylake chipset.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the cleanest mess I've ever seen.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You should check out my bedroom. lol. It's like a tornado went through it, then someone decided to neatly stack my hoard of computer part boxes.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Take mess out of the title man! This looks downright beautiful, I know many would be happy to have something that looks this good. A $20-30 cablemods/bitfenix extension set would really complete this IMO, but it already looks great! Also, if you want to take on a project, maybe plastidip the top of the 212 black or white! To protect the fins, just slide a peice of cardboard, isolating the top cover from the tower heatsink.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your kind words, xD. Also, if paint got onto those copper cones on the 212, would that affect anything?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It would would be barely noticeable, if any! I have seen people spray paint entire 212 Evos, and still get great performance, just the top should be fine.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

At least its a tidy mess and its all yours. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a chance the mess was sarcasm. In fact, it most definitely IS sarcasm! That's a great build with some awesome cable management!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much, man. But as I mentioned to the fellow above, I was referring to the selection of parts as the mess. Lol.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You may not have the "latest and greatest," but I certainly wouldn't call it a mess. You have a good build going for you. Nothing is unbalanced and you took the time to give a nice presentation with good photos and cable management. I've see build on here that cost three times as much and it looked like they literally just upended the parts boxes, dumped the components in the case and called it a day.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your kind words, xD, but I was referring to my selection of parts as the mess. Doesn't seem like your the only person who interpreted 'mess' like that though. I also appreciate your attention to my effort, that's really nice bro. Thanks.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

why so many fans?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean? I've only got 6 or 7 comments.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

because this computer is COOL

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

quite clean for a mess!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, kudos.

Also have the Evolve with 3x 140mm's and a 120mm exhaust. The airflow and temp is much better with that setup for sure. I've also unscrewed the front led/dust filter holding panel on my case to increase more airflow.

From what I've read and seen this case does have airflow issues with the stock fans, one 120mm on the front and one on the rear just doesn't pull in enough air.

Edit: I'm interested to hear the results of your evo spray if you go for it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

linustechtips fan optimization recommends this setup for best air cooling performance. why not?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, this is a nice clean build with no out of place wires makes it look so tight even without sleeved power cables. Your comment on fan optimization makes me curious could you link that page?

It appears your top fan is exhausting right above your tower cooler. In my experience that fan is competing with your cooler fan for air. If you put that fan in front as intake it will help with the breathing issues that the front panel causes and get more airflow to the cooler especially when your cooler fan starts ramping up for more air as that thing can put over 80 CFM. So you have to make sure you can supply enough intake to match. On all three of my builds supplying air from the top front not only knocked down temps but the cpu fan didn't need that much air to keep it cool. Trial and error using a program like HWINFO is best way to determine that along with a round of your favorite games or benchmark/stress utilities. In any case nice build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the fan advice. I'll be sure to follow it up as soon as possible.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

No probs, if that fan was a totally behind the cpu cooler it would work but in your case the fan extends just past the front of the cpu cooler. Like anything record the temps after using hwinfo and pick the game or application you are going to use the most. Record the temps then move the fan and try again. Compare. This will give you the results that work for your parts and load. Totally custom and you will know for sure what works instead of taking someone's word for it.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I've noticed that bend too, though I'm not confident enough to try playing with it myself. :)

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