The Haswell Desktop Built


Took a bit to get all the parts together, this was the first time a processor was flagged before they could ship it from my mailbox, but after a few days they shipped it out. Got all the parts together and a few pieces from Professional and I was good to go.


  • Thermaltake Urban S41 ($130)
  • CoolMaster 1000W
  • Samsung 840 SSD 500 GB SATAIII (Windows 7) ($331)
  • OCZ 256 GB SSD SATAIII (Windows 8) ($239)
  • Intel Core i7-4770 ($320)
  • Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 Dual LAN ATX ($230)
  • Corsair 16 GB DDR3 1600Mhz Vengence ($128)
  • Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 ($400)
  • Digistar BlueRay Drive (Slot Loading)
  • 2 x Seagate 3TB SataIII


The other components I got from Kuwait for 254 KWD which isn’t too bad overall the most expensive parts in Kuwait was the original OS and I wanted both on it since I do love Windows 7 and I wanted to try Windows 8 on a Desktop, but its going to be missing the Gestures still an interesting item to try.


Installed Windows 7 First and then installed Windows 8, then it comes up as an option which one Operating System to Start at Boot, and when you choose, its up in only a few seconds. Years ago it would have taken over a minute and a half, and now its 10 seconds tops, I love SSDs.


I’m planning to install a few games on the Windows 7, nothing crazy just StarCraft II & the latest addition as well as Diablo III. Just worth having on my machine, and I do want to play those games. And what I love about this machine is that it is powerful and VERY quiet, no sound from it what so ever, I wouldn’t know it was on without that blinking lights on top.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!


  1. AQ

    long time following your blog using (el mar7oom) googlereader.

    I intend to build a haswell rig, in fact just today (thurs) before I read your post, I went to hawally to check for the 4770k, and a compatible mobo. checked my usual places but they didn’t have them yet. so I am interested in knowing:
    why didn’t you go with the 4770k? why did you go with the mobo you got (ive been trying to figure out the difference between mobos, gigabyte’s website is not giving me good knowledge to make me decide which one to go with? and which company did you use for shipping ? and how much did it cost you for the shipping ?

    keep up the good work

  2. @AQ – I appreciate that you still read the blog! Many people disappeared! lol! Ok going to hardware, the main reason I chose Gigabyte is because of Dual LAN and I have had a good history with Gigabyte being very durable hardware over time. And I like the layout of their board connections and ports, its a solid mobo. The reason why I didn’t go with the 4770K is because I know I won’t be overclocking it so I didn’t want to spend the extra cash for something I won’t utilize honestly. I used MYUS for shipping, and if you included the Case it would be 76KD for shipping but without the case its 16KD for shipping. If you need any other info feel free to ask!

  3. Ismail

    Congrats on your new rig. Overkill on the PSU though, CPU needs max of 84W and the GPU needs about 250W. all in all you’ll need about 500 to 600 MAX.

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