Description

I'm very excited to say that this is my first build!

My plan was to take pictures along the way. Sadly I was too excited and didn't realize I forgot to take pictures until after I built it! Sorry guys. :(

I know I could have done better with some parts. Like the GPU for example. I would like to point out I was on a budget and the primary use is not for gaming. I am a Pen-Tester and will use this mostly for ethical hacking... although, I will do some gaming! ;) If you're wondering why I chose the name "Nightingale" it's from my favorite game Skyrim. Nightingales are a secret inner circle of the thieves guild found in a side quest. I know the primary colors of the Nightingales are black... but I sill though it was a cool name. I pride myself in building this because I worked hard on this. I used my own money I worked for at my job (keep in mind I'm a kid working minimum wage) and studied hard to understand how to build my own.

UPDATE: Finally bought a decent monitor. Looks good and matches my build! I know the keyboard is awful :( I hope to get money for that soon!

Anyways guys I hope you enjoy and to get some positive feed back! Sorry this isn't like a typical description. I'd also like to say I'm definitely planning on upgrading when I get the money (like the RAM). I'll be happy to answer any questions on this build! :)

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Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

The CPU cooler, while functional and good enough for use, does not provide the value, performance and reliability of the NH-D14, but I suppose it's fine if you won't be doing any heavy overclocking, which would truly bring out the difference in cooling potential.

4GB simply is not enough these days, and you can get 8GB for about $80, which would provide a bigger bang for your buck.

The graphics card is a bit weak, but it shouldn't matter so long as you don't plan on any "hardcore max settings" gaming.

Personally, I feel like a lot more could have been done, assuming you don't have a real need for the storage (granted I don't know much about hacking). Based on my knowledge of hacking, I wouldn't say much power is needed for it, so you could have invested in the side-plan of gaming to take advantage of that, but I digress. This is still a good build and certainly good enough for your needs.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

I understand where you're coming from. And to be totally honest, I just wanted to do water cooling for the learning experience. And I'm aware 4GB is not enough, unfortunately it simply wasn't in my budget:/ Im hoping to upgrade in a week or so to 8GB and just have to survive with 4GB for now. Also can you explain "heavy" overclocking? I was thinking of going to 4Ghz, but was worried about cooler.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Heavy meaning a high clock and voltage, usually "taking it to it's limit".

Usually for the 8350, it's something around 4.6-5ghz depending on your success in the "silicon lottery", and anything beyond it is only possible with extreme (usually sub-zero) cooling. I think the world record was 8ghz or so. Your cooler is plenty good for 4ghz. Do take note that if you ever take it above 4.6ghz, that the CPU will now be suffering from a reduced lifespan, even if in the end it lasts until the last day you use it.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The NH-D14. It cools better, it's more quiet, it doesn't have any liquid risks, and it costs roughly the same. The 120mm rads are generally not worth it unless you get a nice sale on them.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

200 dollars for an h440???? If it had costed 110 dollars you could have definitely upgraded to even 16 GB of RAM. Overall the build is nice but I have to agree with the others that you slightly over-payed. I'll still give it a +1 because the looks and decent part choices agree with.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh my god. Thank you so much for pointing that out. I payed $119.99 for my h440. I did not see that was incorrect. Thank you again! I'll change that immediately.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha, now the pricing makes SO MUCH more sense.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Woah your a kid and you made $1127.37!? I wish I could do that, but my dad wants me to study instead.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

I have a job! Took me all summer.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i like your build and that really cool white theme!!! And i have a few questions to ask about your build: 1. Hows the motherboard working and did you overclock??? 2.If you did overclock do you think that this can handle a 4.8ghz overclock on the 8320 or 8320e and have a 2 way crossfire???

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks so cool but you paid too much for some things. This build could have been much better.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that 8320 fast?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Man I love that case. So clean. Makes me want to swear. Enjoy your nice computer.

  • 66 months ago
  • 0 points

You Should have gone with the asus version of the 260x http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r7260xdc2oc2gd5 cheaper and the cooling system is just plain awesome not much of a difference but the asus version is factorty clocked at 1.19ghz dont worry the 260x should handle any 1080p games at max resolution at mid 40 fps as for ram people have already told you about it 4gb just dont do the cut upgrade when you can make sure you get the same clock speed, if you plan to expand adding crossifre would be a great idea as two 260x's would equal to a 280 pricing.. i must say you went for the good looks eh? little bit overpriced for that sexy case you could have found a better amd proccesor and saved alot & apu would have been nice since you could of paired it with the 260x i hope you are using all that storage and not just thought you would need that much.... not much to say if you are going for the looks good job then, if you were looking for performance and the best for your buck meh.. always room for expansion so you're safe.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thank you! You're right, looks was important to me. I know theres some performance issues but I'm going to upgrade when possible. Honestly, I got HDDs out of an old backup drive. So maybe I won't really use that much space.. but I am going to be dual booting, and it's better than a paper weight yaknow?

  • 66 months ago
  • -1 points

CPU, its cooler, and the PSU seem a bit overpowered for just ethical hacking and gaming. I personally have a FX-4300. And a $35 cooler would be just fine for that.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

You're probably right, haha. But I still wanted to have some higher end components. Plus the 60 dollar difference in CPU performance wasn't a big deal for me.. and the PSU I just wanted to be modular.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

What is a ethical hacking?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Ethical Hacking is hacking, but good intentions and technically legal. For example, a bank account may get and software security system and hire and ethical hacker to attempt to hack into the system to see how powerful the software is and what the weak points may be. I don't like to just throw the term "hacking" out there because people get the wrong impression

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, here in brazil we would call that a system checker (rough translation). Ok, thanks for the answer