I know you'll look at the pictures first, so please do. I am still drooling over my own shots, and I'm the one that took them. I feel blessed to be able to build this rig. For comments on some of the pictures, you can view it via my Imgur album here: http://imgur.com/a/zTaA7
I've been building machines for decades now, but I got away from it about a year ago and was running on an ASUS G75VW-NS72 gaming laptop as my most recent machine. That thing is an aircraft carrier, but for a laptop, is a great gaming machine. My needs have changed, and I realized that I missed tinkering; which is impossible on laptops. So I went for a build that would be somewhat compact, look really good, and perform at the same time.
Some thoughts on the parts:
The BitFenix Prodigy is a great looking case, but I had to get the window panel to be able to see a little of the inside of the case.
The i5-4670K is great for gaming. I won't really be running VMs or doing anything that Hyperthreading will be a necessity.
The MSI Z87I GAMING mini-ITX mobo is brand new and works great. I would state that I wish there was one more fan header on the board, but it's ITX, so I can't complain too much.
The real killer is the 780Ti GAMING with the Twin Frozr non-reference cooler. What a card. This thing will push the limits of the display for sure.
Speaking of display, I lucked out on my QX2710. I can't find a single bad pixel. The display is very clean, colors are vibrant, and it should overclock to at least 96Hz.
Liquid cooling is great, but my budget excluded me from a custom loop for now. The H100i fits the bill in the meanwhile.
I'm a huge fan of the Samsung SSDs (who isn't?) and wanted to go strictly solid state for storage. Any long-term stuff goes on the NAS, so I don't need too much room.
I love the AX 760 power supply...I just wish it was a few mm smaller to put a little less stress on the cables.
My Ducky Shine II with MX Brown switches and green LEDs comes from my work setup. I swapped my KBTalkingPro to work and brought that home for the build. (If anyone has a Ducky Shine II with MX Brown and red LEDs, I'd be up for a swap.)
The Logitech G700 mouse was not my first choice, but with my budget, I had to keep it. I was using that at home with the old ASUS on the Corsair pad that I'm also bringing to the build.
The SteelSeries Siberia V2 Blue headset is a fantastic headset. I'm stuck with the gripe of wanting the red ones. (Again, if anyone wants to do a swap for the blue ones, let me know.)
Windows 8.1 has corrected some of the obvious mistakes made in version 8. Once you take a little time to configure a few things, it becomes quite useable. It's not my favorite version, but it's an improvement.
As a side note, I picked up a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 for my non-gaming needs. With a QHD+ IPS screen and a boot-up time of 4 seconds, it's a great laptop! Highly recommended to complement your gaming rig. (As a bonus, it performs as a tablet with relative ease.)
My to-do list: Replace the case fan and radiator fans with something a little quieter. I'll probably go with quiet versions of the AF and SP series to maintain the red/black theme. Sleeve the cables I'm using. They aren't horrible, but I'd like to make custom lengths and sleeve them for the nicer look. Replace the SATA data cable that came with the mobo. Eventually I'll get a custom loop for liquid cooling. * I'd also like to put a window on the opposite side so you can see into the case where most of the guts are actually visible.
If anyone has any questions, I'm more than happy to answer. Enjoy!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor||Purchased For $219.99|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler||Purchased For $109.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||Purchased For $79.99|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5" Solid State Disk||Purchased For $399.99|
|Case||BitFenix Prodigy (Red) Mini ITX Tower Case||Purchased For $101.98|
|Power Supply||Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply||Purchased For $139.99|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit)||Purchased For $99.99|
|Keyboard||Ducky DK9008S2-BUSALG Wired Gaming Keyboard||Purchased For $0.00|
|Mouse||Logitech G700 Wireless Laser Mouse||Purchased For $0.00|
|Headphones||SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset||Purchased For $0.00|
|Other||MSI Z87I GAMING AC LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard||Purchased For $199.99|
|Other||MSI GTX 780Ti GAMING GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card||Purchased For $699.99|
|Other||BitFenix BFC-PRO-300-RRWA-RP BitFenix Prodigy Window Side Panel - Red||Purchased For $19.99|
|Other||27" QNIX QX2710 2560x1440 QHD PLS Matte Panel Monitor||Purchased For $373.48|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.||$2445.37|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-31 16:30 EST-0500|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$219.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid||$109.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||MSI Z87I GAMING AC Mini ITX LGA1150||$199.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$79.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5" SSD||$399.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR||$699.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||BitFenix Prodigy (Red) Mini ITX Tower||$101.98||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 760W ATX12V / EPS12V||$139.99||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$99.99||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Logitech G700 Wireless Laser||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Headphones||SteelSeries Siberia v2||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Custom||BitFenix BFC-PRO-300-RRWA-RP BitFenix Prodigy Window Side Panel - Red||$19.99||(Purchased)|
|27" QNIX QX2710 2560x1440 QHD PLS Matte Panel Monitor||$373.48||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|