This is my first build, and I was trying for clean black and white color scheme. I bought a case that had a window, so it had to be clean inside. Or it would bother me. A lot. I am very particular, I must admit. Looking back at some of these photos reminds me that I have to touch up on a few more cables.
I am going to use this machine primarily for light/medium gaming, and maybe some video/audio editing down the road. But nothing too serious.
Anyway, about the parts:
The processor I picked up is the i5-4670k. I got it as part of a bundle with the motherboard, for $80 off. Decent overclocker.
I chose the Corsair H100i for my cooler. I was very worried that it would not fit in my case, because of the tall heat sinks on the motherboard. It was tight, but it fits. Great temps.
The motherboard is the Sabertooth z87. What can I say, 5 year warranty, and looks awesome!
White. RAM. I do not mind spending an few extra dollars for looks.
SSD and HDD: Both reliable, very solid reviews. SSD boots extremely fast! I did not see a need for the pro version.
For the video card, I went with the EVGA GTX 760. I do not need the performance of the GTX 770, but I didn't want no slouch either. I bought the white/silver blower style of this card. Its priced copmetitively, and matches my build! Perfect! I also purchased a nice EVGA backplate for it, which really cleaned up the look of it. I have two issues with it though. First, it is the loudest component in my system, under load. Second, it had an imperfection in the plastic coating stuff on the face (as seen in the photos). It drives me absolutely insane looking at it.
I needed a wireless card, because there is no way I can reach my router from where this computer is located. Quality card.
Alright, for the case, I went with none other than the......Define R4! Like everyone else on this website! But seriously, I love the clean lines of the case. This case is surprisingly roomy, and I would definitely recommend it.
I chose a Fractal power supply primarily because it was on sale. It was cheaper the 650w version, and it gives me room to SLI in the future. It matches the case, and I love how there is no branding on the case itself, and I have to open the case to see the Fractal logo. I'm weird, I know. Only complaint: it is not modular, and the cables are butt-ugly. I know it is a relatively cheap PSU, but when you call yourself Fractal Design, all your products should look somewhat decent. I bought some NZXT cable extensions, if you haven't noticed ;)
As for the optical drive....yeah....
Alright, so, I am very happy of how my build turned out. I had so much fun choosing parts and building my first computer! Sorry I didn't include any photos of the build process, I completely forgot about this site. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading about my build, and I would much appreciate your feedback (questions, suggestions, anything).
I would like to give my thanks to this website. I has helped me greatly throughout my build. This is an awesome community we have here, keep the builds coming!
EDIT: Since I have posted this build, I realized I was not overclocking correctly. I was severely undervolting my processor, so I was not stable at higher frequencies. And I was testing it with software that overvolted my CPU, explaining the abnormally high temps for the h100i. I guess I was afraid of ruining something, since this is my first build. Now I have got my processor running fully stable at 4.8ghz. Both cache and cores are set to 4800mhz, @1.43v. The temperatures are decent considering the overclock. The average is about 85C under full load, occasionally getting spikes of 90-92C.
A few people were asking about my fans, so I added them to my part list, along with a few peripherals. They are all corsair fans. The AF140's are great fans. The SP120's are good too, but they have a whine to them at 12v.
|CPU Clock Rate||4.8GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||21.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||85.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||980MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6008MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|