- So the Corsair Link software is still not fully functional, its got lots of bugs and Corsair isn't keeping up with it as much as they should. I would not recommend the H100i anymore sadly.
- Added two close ups of the top where the cooling unit fans are.
- Added in the monitors to the part list.
- The primary monitor I bought years ago, so I marked as $0.
- The secondary monitors I got free when my workplace gave away old monitors.
- My primary is simply a dynex tv, 1920x1080. Has some funky HDMI behavior now and then but otherwise its alright.
- The side monitors are 1280x1024, Dell UltraSharp Digital Flat Panel Displays, Model No. 1907ftp.
- Employer gave away old monitors (again). I managed to grab another one of the dell monitors, exact same one as before.
- Newegg had a good sale on the SSD, so I bought a second for $80.99
- Also adjusted the memory to 1866 from 1600, boot time is now at <5 seconds. Shutdown is <2 seconds.
About the Paintings
- My girlfriend made them for our tech-cave. She is pretty awesome.
- Software Development
- Gaming (LoL, Minecraft, GW2, FFVII)
- Potential for 3+ monitors.
- General Use
What worked well:
- The SSD is pretty amazing, seeing 4-6 second boot times and haven't tuned anything yet.
- The motherboard is great, the BIOS is robust and easy to use. Also came with a lot of goodies, plug caps, SLI connector, etc...
- The graphics cards were pretty cheap and definitely exceed what I probably needed.
- The PSU is very nice, completely modular, came with two fancy carrying cases, one for wires the other for the unit.
- The CD drive did its job (Loading the OS). Maybe I'll use it here and there...
- Despite the size issues, the cooling unit is great, have not tried overclocking yet.
- The i7 performs as stated, no complaints.
- The case looks very nice, but not bulky or obtrusive, also its raised up of the ground which is nice. Dust filters on bottom. Also the drive slot on the top is pretty convenient.
- So the bios has PCIE disabled by default for whatever reason, so upon build completion and first boot I got the successful 'beep' however no video displayed. Removing the GPU's allowed me to boot and see the bios, and then enable PCIE. GPU's worked fine after that.
- The Corsair Link software isn't compatible with Windows 8.1 yet (11/27/2013).
- The case itself could be a tad bigger, wiring was a tight fit in some places, and some places a bit hard to reach.
- The motherboard didn't have enough USB headers to connect everything, but only because the cooling unit took up one.
- The cooling unit didn't fit via default configuration. However, the radiator unit fits inside just fine. You can mount the fans above it outside the inner frame of the case, but its an extremely tight fit. You will have to use the small screws and cut out some underlying plastic (see picts) but its really not as bad as it sounds. Beats having to order a different cooling unit.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$279.99|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid||$94.99|
|Motherboard||Asus Sabertooth Z87 ATX LGA1150||$224.99|
|Memory||G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866||$74.69|
|G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866||$66.60||Newegg|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD||$118.99|
|Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD||$80.99|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB||$141.99|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB|
|Case||Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower||$89.60|
|Power Supply||Corsair 760W ATX12V / EPS12V||$139.99|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$16.99|
|Speakers||Logitech Z506 155W 5.1ch||$90.00|
|Custom||Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit)||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|DIODER (Ikea colored LED lights)||$40.00||(Purchased)|
|Dell UltraSharp 19" Digital Flat Panel Display (x2)||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Dynex 24" LCD HDTV, 1080p - 60Hz (DX-24L200A12)||$0.00|
|Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
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