Did pretty much a completely new build for my birthday, earlier this year. I had a blast. This mainly a gaming build. The only things I carried over from my other build were the case, one 780, the cpu cooler, an optical drive that I've had for probably 10 years, and one of my WD Blacks. Edit 2 sticks of ram, too.
I am sort of kicking myself for spending so much, and for not going through the effort of reselling my 780 and going for two R9 290s, since they finally released partner boards and the prices finally dropped. I may still go through with it. The only reason I went for the second card is because there was a screaming Amazon Warehouse deal on that second one.
Amusing little anecdote: the first time I bought that second 780, they sent me a 760 in a 780 box and 780 sticker on the pcb. I knew something looked off because the back looked different than my other 780 that I bought new, last summer. Sure enough, it turned out someone must have tried to dupe amazon. I had to do the little chat function in order to print out a return label. At the end, when the lady asked if there was anything else she could do, I politely asked that the previous owner be punished to the full extent of the law. Who knows if they ever bothered following up on that, but I'd like to think they went in and busted a giant warehouse with a computer chop shop in it. Maybe a SWAT team was involved.
The build itself went fairly smoothly. My Storm Sniper is starting to show its age, though. Cable management still doesn't look beautiful even with my first modular psu. I could really use some sort of wall between the motherboard tray and the drive bays (not easily removable). The little rubber grommet things would be nice, too. I'll try to upload more pictures when I get home from work, if there's any interest.
I had a couple minor hiccups along the way, though: The cooler for those 780's makes using a solid sli bridge nearly impossible. You'll notice that flexible one has to bend outwards a little bit to get around that hunk of metal nearly covering the entrance to the sli slot. The casing for the SSD seems super cheap and flimsy, compared to my 830 pro (used in in my gf's/my old build). Didn't have any issues getting it secured in the drive bay, though. The cords on that power supply are fairly inflexible and cheap feeling. Despite the great fans and airflow, I am borderline thinking of putting this under water, next year. Temps get well into the 70's, with everything oc'ed. Either that, or get a fan to blow right at it. Is spending 500 + on aesthetics a dumb thing? The whole thing weights in at I would guess at or over 50 pounds. I always feel like that handle grate thing in the top is going to break when I move it.
Anyway, this thing chews through games. I'm ridiculously happy, and lucky, about the monitor. Not a single stuck or dead pixel. Colors are a tiny bit saturated and the darks aren't super deep, but it's a 1440p for under 400 bucks. Keep in mind, I bought the monitor early last year.
Anyway, yeah. If you've read this far, I truly am sorry for the novel.
TL;DR : I bild 'puters reel gud.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$235.00|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$50.00|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150||$135.00|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600||$50.00|
|G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600||$50.00|
|Storage||Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" SSD||$66.99|
|Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$75.00|
|Video Card||MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR||$498.96|
|MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR||$450.00|
|Power Supply||Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V||$139.99|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$111.99|
|Monitor||Achieva QH2700-IPSMS LITE EDGE 27.0"||$375.00|
|Keyboard||Microsoft Keyboard 200||$20.00|
|Mouse||Logitech G400s Wired Optical||$76.99|
|Custom||Cooler Master Storm Sniper||$139.99|
|Date Published||May 7, 2014|
|Date Built||March 7, 2014|