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This is my first computer build, and was constructed Christmas of 2012. I was ignorant (well, more ignorant) of computer parts at the time, and so, in hindsight I now regret some of my choices. I have come to accept them, however.

For starters the mobo: the Z77A-G41. A good mobo, except that it is missing heat-sinks for mosfets and vrm around the cpu (I have seen some overclocks with this mobo, anyone with experience, could you share with me your experience with overclocking?). I will most likely get an i5 3570k or something.

I have two d 7850's oc'ed to 1130mhz, although (as you can see by the picture) one of them is an MSI (2GB vram) and one is a gigabyte (1GB vram). I added the MSI one later because of the amazing deal that was going on.

As you can see, the wire management is questionable. The case did not have the best cable management in the world (as I later discovered looking over other reviews.

I had to place all the main wires along the back of the drive bays. I am, however, open to any advice on how to improve the management. This is especially true if you also use the same case as mine.

P.S. I know my computer looks dusty, its been in use for a while and I did not get to cleaning it for a while...

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  • 69 months ago
  • 5 points

i know that it's old, but please clean this thing out. dust will kill your GPU's and will also raise temps

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I'll probably get to a full cleaning this weekend.

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

What were the parts you regret?

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

I know I could have gotten a better motherboard for overclocking, and right after I bought my i3 3220, MicroCenter cut the price on a certain i5 model (not sure which). So the i5 cost the same as the i3, but was more powerful and a true quad-core.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

1000$ for this is honestly a massive disappointment im sorry man but im down voting this

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Remember that it's an older build. It wasn't built recently.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

o well when was this built i had built my system in November of last year for 760$

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

At the time, with all the deals and mail in rebate, it cost around 600 to 700 (if you consider the cost of the extra GPU I added later)

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

The CPU and RAM hold up well, actually. The RAM is clearly good, and the CPU benchmarks similarly to the FX-6300 in games.

PSU and case aren't great, but not bad either.

Really the GPUs are the problem... Two older 1GB cards in crossfire. Meh. Not a fan. The 2GB version gets locked down to 1GB for symmetry as well, it's a downfall of dual-GPU setups. You're probably aware of that though.

You should really get rid of the dust as well.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Back when I had the 1GB hd 7850, I was playing on a 900p monitor, so I did not think I would need 2GB of vram. After seeing an amazing deal on the MSI 2GB model (it was going for less than the 1GB models), I could not pass up the deal. Although it is not the most ideal setup (don't worry, I am well aware of that), for I had alot of issues with crossfire. It will do just fine for the time being.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

wouldnt the i3 be bottlenecking the 2 7850's?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I some games, yes, it does. That is why I am planning on upgrading to an i5 later down the line. But currently, most games still play smoothly.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

ok

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to upgrade the CPU, you should think of doing it soon. Socket 1155 chips will be hard to find very soon; they've almost all been displaced by 1150.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'll probably wait for some good black Friday deal from MicroCenter (or whenever they decide to sell off the ivy bridge cpus). This is so I can get a good CPU cooler to overclock the cpu with.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

EDIT: Learned something new today

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Case sucks get a p100 antecedent for one inch of cable managment

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