Well I guess my name is original...
[FYI: I am a first time builder but I have another build. It was only a few months ago and now I have the task of trying to configure all of my saves to my new computer. Seriously, don't make the same mistake as I did. If you want a gaming pc, think about it and build it or even buy it. Just make sure your certain about most of it (upgrading is fine, just changing CPUs, chipsets, and the motherboard is tedious). Just a tip]
Finally after what seemed like forever I completed my build. Like any first time builder I sort of expected some sort of major problem to occur but it went smooth (At least no MAJOR issues). Started at around 7:30pm and finished the build by 11pm or so. Not too bad, I honestly thought I was going to take like 8 hours but I wasted a lot of time simply because I forgot something or didn't know where this or that went. I did spend like 8 hours just installing and configuring everything. My next build should be quicker. The prices mean that if it's purchased, I had it BEFORE I started planning this build. If you really want a full price, I think around $1400 is right. Guess I'll break everything down.
CPU: What else to say? Extremely solid processor for general use and gaming, which is what I do. I also got a pretty good deal on it. I have only seen it at $199 for an in-store purchase at microcenter. Got it for $35 off at tigerdirect but shipping was slow. Just did a quick overclock of 4.2 with no problem. Update: After windows 8 failing in less than 2 days I had to re-overclock but I only went with a 4.0. It idles as low as 16C at around midnight.
OC: After looking into overclocking more, right now I have a 4.2 overclock with max temps going up to 56C which seems strange to me. Most people I see have it in the 70's but I am using a 1.115V Vcore and VRIN Override at 1.85V and CPU Ring Voltage at 1.15V. Tested with AIDA64 and IntelBurnTest but my computer restarts after around 10 minutes on Prime95. Not sure how high I can really go but I'm not really striving for a massive OC on Air.
CPU cooler: I actually bought a hyper 212 evo on eBay for $26 but I bought the respire t40 on impulse since it was only $15. Two positives is I don't have to buy another one for my next build and I got solid cooler to match my case. Newegg doesn't seem to show that it is compatible with the 1150 socket but it is.
Motherboard: All the features I need and more, I always hear that Giagbyte motherboards are great and so far I can agree. Like the UEFI Bios much better than the ASRock one, although that one is still nice. There are almost too much stuff on it that I don't fully understand. I'm not even sure if my CPU really is running a 24/7 4.2 overclock. Will figure it out soon.
RAM: Pulled from my old build, it does just fine. I really think 16GB of RAM has its advantages and it's slowly becoming the standard IMO.
Storage: SSD was on sale and I liked the projected read and write speeds. HDD I won an auction on eBay for $30. Tested it on my other build and seems fine. No pictures with it because I didn't install windows at the time plus I forgot.
Video Card: (11-25-13) Just received my EVGA Gtx 780 Classified. Haven't really tested it much (obviously) but the few benchmarks and games I have done are unbelievable. Never thought I could run Unigine Heaven without so much as a stutter. Also had a pretty smooth run on Fire Strike which blew me away as well. Don't see any reason to upgrade anytime soon. With some overclocking (that's what this card is made for) I should be set for any game at 1080p currently.
Case: Saw it on sale (on newegg) and I really liked the look of it. Seems to be pretty popular and works well for the most part. I ended up moving the front fan for better airflow and the top fan so I could actually plug my CPU power connector. I think it's a great option but there could definitely be a few fixes that I would have liked for cable management. If you can, go for the new Phantom 530.
PSU: I was going for a PCPC power supply for the color but I found that this was only about $10-$15 more so I got it. I did pay $110 for the custom sleeved cables. I guess I spent a premium on my power supply. At least it's reliable and not the seen-so-often CX series :/ Also forgot to mention that I WILL be pursuing SLI as soon as possible. Wouldn't really make sense to get 760W PSU without utilizing more than half of it.
Optical drive. I got one with my other build and I had an older one from a HP computer. Hmmm
OS: I decided to go ahead and try windows 8. So far it's okay, it will take some customizing and getting used to but it's really nice. Boots in like 6 seconds to the log in screen, overall about 10 seconds. Just downloaded StartisBack and it just works mostly like windows 7.
Keyboard: Another shell shocker sale, couldn't pass up a white keyboard with cherry mx switches for under $50. My first one and I like how it clicks. Not really loud but loud enough to hear what you're doing.
Cable management: I think I did pretty well, I was worried about how wide the individually sleeved cables were, but they worked out quite well. I was going to use the single PCI connectors but unplugging the cables from the PSU is a pain and it's kind of scary so I left it.
I really want to get a 2560x1440 monitor now that I have a card that can run everything at that resolution. Black Friday or around Christmas I might.
|CPU Clock Rate||4.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||28.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||83.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1124MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6108MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||28.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||64.0° C|