Hey everyone, I just want to first start this off by thanking precrime3 for his many tips back and forth through private messaging and everyone else at PCPartPicker.com that may have offered me advice along the way. Also I'd like to give a shout out to Linus Tech Tips and Tech of Tomorrow for all of their helpful videos on how to build computers and detailed (yet entertaining) reviews on parts.
Just so everyone knows this is my first build and I've been on this site imagining what I could do when I finally had the money for about 2 years now ... and this is my dream build. I'll give the best descriptions I can and hope that you guys all love this thing as much as I do. This is strictly for gaming. I haven't played much of anything on the computer except Wc3 which I've been a long time fan of and cannot wait til Wc4 comes out (probably never...). I'm really excited to get into PC gaming and get away from a console. So far I've only played Black Ops 2 but I will eventually buy BF3 to get used to controls for when BF4 comes out.
Also to note I "modded" the hard drive bays and the back slot covers (idk what you call them) that came with the case. I wanted them to be red to match the build so I've included some pictures with the process and before/after pictures.
I haven't OC yet and I don't know if/when I will. I know that I bought the parts to OC and some will say .. "Why did you buy the parts if you're not going to?!" ... truth is I didn't mind paying the extra money and it's my computer so I will do what I want! :P
Also I bought most these parts from Microcenter as I live about 25 minutes away so the build ended up costing a bit more in the end.
CPU: I went with the i5-4670K because from what I've read it's the best bet for the money in regards to gaming and since I don't do any video editing or streaming I figured this would be my best option.
CPU Cooler: I chose the Phanteks because it had great reviews and matched the red/white theme of my case. Install we fairly easy and it's insanely quiet.
Motherboard: I originally wanted to go with the Gene (red/black color) but when I got to Microcenter they only had the Sabertooth z87 and that was my second choice and to be honest it's sexy as h*** with the armor
Memory: Bought this RAM for 2 reasons... 1. It was Corsair (great brand name and trusted) 2. It's read and looks freaking awesome on the MOBO. However after buying this I realized the MOBO is only compatible to 1866 so I just set it to that in the BIOS.
Storage: Went with the 120 SSD (wish I had gone with a 240) but this one was a great value for the price and I will most likely buy another one in the near future. Also got the Seagate one 1TB because it was a great deal in the end.
Video Card: I originally purchased the 2gb version of this card but decided I would go ahead and put out the extra money for the 4gb since I was going to 3 monitors. I love the card and was very surprised as to how big it was out of the box. Also the picture uploaded is the 2gb version I originally bought (didn't feel like changing it).
Case: This case IMO is the best money/value for a mid size gaming tower. It's silent, has great cable management capabilities, looks amazing in white and is an all around great case to work with. It sits on my desk and I can't hear anything unless I put my ear right next to it.
Case fans: I ordered these Phanteks 140mm case fans to match the red white theme of my build and because they are insanely silent as I already have two on the CPU cooler. They are currently back ordered right now :( so when they come in I'll post an update picture with them installed. My plan is to replace the two stock white/black fans that come with the case and put 2 intake fans in the front, 2 out fans (back and top), and 1 intake on the bottom next to the PSU if space allows it.
PSU: The PC Power and Cooling was a great option as it matched my build and from what I've read has great reviews/reliability. It also comes with a 7 year warranty and is modular so that was a win win IMO.
Monitors: As I'm new to PC gaming I didn't want to spend a fortune on an expensive gaming monitors and for the price/color I couldn't shy away from these. They have amazing color and match the case perfectly. LOVE them.
Mouse/Keyboard/Mousepad: So I bought these to go with the overall color scheme of the build as well. I personally love them. They only thing I dislike about this keyboard is that the four arrow keys seem a bit discolored from the rest of the board (they have somewhat of a grey tint to them) so I don't know if this is on purpose or not. I also do not like the position of the shift keys but I'll get used to that.
Lighting: So I bought two Antec LED light kits, one for behind the center monitor to have the red glow and one just above the keyboard. The lights themselves are great however I do wish the adhesive was a bit better. They've fallen off a couple times so I'm about to super glue them so I don't have to mess with them anymore. The NZXT white sleeved lighting is easy to manage and are super bright, can't go wrong with it.
I did my best with the cable management as you can see on the photo of the back of the case (would have done a bit better but will improve them once the fans come in and I have a bit more time to sit down and rewire) but for now I think it's pretty damn good IMO. For the inside of the case Microcenter had some red cable management tubing that I cut to fit over some of the ugliness of the cables and to tie a bit more red coloring into the case. Personally I think it looks awesome this way.
All in all I love my first build and hope you guys enjoy it as well. I am proud to have built this myself! :)
Note: I couldn't figure out how to put the prices for the custom items (I couldn't find them on PCPartPicker) so they are as follows...
Keyboard: $107.24 (after tax) Mouse: $69.99 Mouse Pad: $26.99 Antec Accent Lighting: $14.99 NZXT Sleeved Lighting Kit: $15.00 Red cable tubing: $5.99