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Disco Inferno! First time build: a $1400 gaming system with lights.
by BobNoxiousUSA
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I've been watching the different builds on DigitalStormOnline, but was never happy with the final product/cost combo. Fortunately, I stumbled upon this site and saw so many stories of success. I figured I would read up and give it a try. WOW... lots of reading and research. Knowing what parts to get, and what parts work well with each other (or more importantly don't work well) is more than half the battle. Finally, I had my list together and assembled on this site. Here is the decision process for picking each of the below items as well as my experience. Hope you enjoy this build.

Most parts purchased in Feb 2014:

CPU: I wanted the i5-4670K, because I wasn't looking for hyper-threading, but wanted a processor I could eventually OC to something in the 4.2-4.4 range with decent air cooling. Got it on NewEgg after with an IronEgg price match of $224.99.

Cooler & Compound: I know water is cooler, but it also freaks me out a little. I went with the air cooling solution most builders here are getting: the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo. The thing is HUGE and the 'one size fits all' bracket takes some figuring out. Once you determine the airflow, bracket size, and screw placement, you can add compound to the CPU and lock her in. Did not use stock paste, but used a small amount of Artic Silver 5. Note: on first out of box POST, this unit triggered a low fan speed error. (560 RPM). Did some research and found this to be common sometimes the first time. Disabled the check in the BIOS and everything worked. Now it runs happily at 600's-700 idle and faster 880+ under load. NewEgg with $5 rebate for $29.99.

Motherboard: Asus Z87-A. Went with Asus due to reputation and successful builds here. Went with the -A series, because I dont need all the extras in the higher models, but want the ability to SLI. The board is sweet, and the UEFI(BIOS) is so easy. Helpful Hint: Needed one extra SATA cable since the 3 drives dont come with any and the motherboard only had two.

SSD Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB for Windows and Programs and documents. Be sure to grab the latest Samsung Magician software, because version 4.3+ has "RAPID" mode. With OS optimization at Performance and RAPID mode, my speeds went from Incredible to OMG! Bought on NewEgg and had them IRONEGG me the Amazon price (at that time) of $149.99.

HDD Storage: WD Black 1TB. Partitioned right away to 700 (data) and 250 (SDD img backup). This will be my drive for pics, music, video, etc... data stuff. Love my other WD Black on a different computer and it has a great warranty.

Video Card: EVGA ACX Superclocked GTX 770 2GB. Got this card at a great price from NewEgg (+ rebate) for $329.99. I like the warranty, I like the little overclock boost they give the card and cooling room for more OC. I've had good experiences with EVGA before. This was the card I've been wanting and it came to me in a sale ad from NewEgg. NOTE TO EVERYONE: Sign up for the sale email ads from the different stores! I will buy another one in a year or so (when they are cheap) for a future SLI upgrade.

Case: Originally was eyeing the Corsair 400R. Loved the reviews, loved everything. But then discovered the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 in the 11th hour. This thing is SOLID! I love the look and the features: rubber grommets, air filters everywhere, fan control, front USB 3.0, side window, removable/movable HDD cages. 109.99 from NCIX. Very silent even at high load with all fans on high.

PSU: Wanted Corsair... but they have so many different models. Had to be sure it was Haswell compatible and able to do SLI. Decided on a high end model HX850 - great components and terrific LONG warranty. Beautifully packaged, semi-modular (CPU plugs attached, everything else you add as needed). Cable management was fun... hope you like the way I wired it up.. pls let me know! Expensive, gold rated efficiency and super quiet. Price $139.99 after rebate from NewEgg.

Optical Drive: Samsung on sale at NewEgg. $14.99. SATA. Easiest decision.

Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit. NewEgg. $84.99.

RAM: Saw a lot of successful builds with these G.Skill 1600 Ripjaws X.

additional: So, I get these IronEgg price matches from NewEgg in the form of gift cards, so I have to buy something...

Update: The NZXT Hue controller burned out (pfff... smoke). Returned.

Part List
Details
Date BuiltFeb. 21, 2014
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle24.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.22Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.26Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load76.0° C
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AlCapwnA85 9 points 9 months ago

That cable management is beautiful. Nice build!

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks... preplanning and patience. Really wanted to quickly hook it up and begin using it, but took a breather and it paid off.

 
 
ib10xs4u2 2 points 9 months ago

After viewing so many builds with amateur picture taking it was a pleasure seeing your well composed and clear photos. And everything was so clean. I also appreciated your descriptions of each piece and what motivated you to buy them. Sure, there is a bit of geek soft core **** in all of these builds but, as in real life, we ultimately find more in getting to know the character of what we are looking at than just looking at a list of pieces. Nice job!

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the comments. After researching so much on this site, I felt I had to give something back to the others that may be starting their builds.

 
 
actechy [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Very nicely done with good pics at a really decent price! +1

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks.. glad NewEgg price matches on a lot of stuff

 
 
aedgar777 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Sexy.

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 9 months ago

I sure am! But what do you think of my pc?

 
 
tmh351 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

great job I will try to do my cables the same way thanks for the pics.

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

glad I could help. It was the many pictures on this site that motivated me.

 
 
MangoMonster [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build man. Like actually danggggggg

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Good job yourself... and a good choice in parts! ;)

 
 
MangoMonster [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

hahaha seems similar.....

 
 
Cinamonnbun 1 point 9 months ago

Clean stuff! I like the LED job you've done. +1

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks... the NZXT Hue is super easy to work with and the faceplate matched my case perfectly (last picture).

 
 
Aaron2096 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

If your pc's on carpet i would flip the psu other than that awesome build with some kickass cable management. I also did a build in the case and love it.

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thx re: PSU fan intake re: carpet... Thought of that too and it is actually sitting on two books on the carpet for this photo op: see last picture. The PC's final location will be raised on a solid stand.

 
 
Alagamasha 1 point 9 months ago
 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

smokin? thanks!

 
 
Funkbass [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Love the NZXT Hue!

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

thanks. it is fun, and the front controller panel helps out when the case is on the floor... so you dont have to reach in the back like other light kits

 
 
jacobs4525 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

nice build. I had the same issue with the lack of an extra SATA cable, but it obviously isnt hard to get one these days. Nice build!

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

it was the newegg videos that mentioned the fact that some MOBOs only come with a couple. glad i watched it.

 
 
Bonello 1 point 9 months ago

Just spent a good while planning my own build and we have chosen nearly the same components! I wondered if there were any tutorials you watched or tips you have for that fantastic cable management? Also, is that a fan controller under your optical drive? Do you recommend it?

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

under my optical drive is the NZXT Hue (makes the lights purdy). It is $35, so i can't recommend... however, i had a some NewEgg ironegg credit so i used it towards this. Watch the NEWEGG build videos on Youtube (3 videos). Video 2 and 3 help a LOT for first time builds.

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

the fan controller is built into case, but the Fractal Design only handles power towards the included 3 non-led case fans (low amp/watts... so dont expect to add any to the controller).

 
 
Bonello 1 point 9 months ago

Got it, cheers. Are those included fans sufficient do you reckon?

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

so far so good. Temps listed. We'll see once i push it up in OC. Room for 3 more 140mm in there (top, bottom, front bottom). currently on MEDIUM fan control setting, at normal non-game usage, temps at 31C cpu and 29C GPU.

 
 
radicalstan 1 point 8 months ago

This build is pretty similar to mine +1 also check mine out

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