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This is my first build but please give some constructive criticism. It's for gaming, video editing, Pro Tools, and also whatever I wanted. This is my first, very own computer that my wife WILL NOT TOUCH IN MY MAN CAVE. ( Yes, if she reads this, I will be in the dog house but that's the price I'll pay).

Anyway, three months to get all my parts and setup took weeks all because of the CPU cooler. My first choice was the Swiftech h220x but there always back ordered. They can't keep up with demand so I got the new Corsair H100iGTX instead. Corsair doesn't give good directions cause the brackets for Intel and AMD are so similiar, you can get them confused, which I did. I had to carefully rip out the backplate to get the AMD brackets out, then order a new backplate from Corsair which took two weeks to come in. The only other problem I had is with the custom white cables for the PSU from Corsair. They are "stiff".

Some bright points, the case has good air flow. The GALAX 970 Black Edition graphic card is wonderful, no complaints there. The Rosewill wireless adapter is great as well. The new CPU cooler from Corsair is quiet in the end. Idle temps are like in the mid to hig 20's, haven't maxed it out yet. (My wife did come down and looked at what I wrote because she was proud I built my PC. She laughed at what I wrote and said, " Now your part of the Master Race, you WILL build me one too...").

Monitor is next on the menu. Trying to decide between and Asus or AOC monitor. Sorry for the bad pics.

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Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Can't believe this is your first build, your attention to detail really pays off! Loving the look of that case in the silver! Great job!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I got to say I love that case, and which monitors are you looking at?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The Asus PA279Q or the AOC Q2778QE. 2k gamimg and some video editing.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build especially for a first build. I love the way the corsair water block on the cpu looks and the way the logo lights up. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I may do some white lighting down the road.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

i think the struggle was worth it. its a bute!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks dude!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

ill be brutally honest here, I think you paid waaaaay too much for the RAM. you can get 16gb of higher clocked RAM for like $120. other than that, this is a fantastic build, probably one of the best first builds ive ever seen on here. cant find anything wrong with it other than preferential differences, except the overpriced RAM. awesome job dude! and nice choice of case, really like the corsair air540, its super cool looking and super chill. :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Money didn't matter, I was going for the look of it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

yeh i figured, it is nice looking RAM

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have recommended G.Skill or something just because you can get 2133 RAM for about $120 from them

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  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

yeh i guess but still, $40 can make a pretty decent difference, especially when youre trying to save where you can but its not a big deal since i dont think he was trying to save as much as possible. but it still wouldve been a better deal

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

well i know that but still it does make a relatively decent difference and yeh obviously thats not the case here im just saying he would have paid less for generally better RAM, but its like you said its not an issue here

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I think if you can tuck in any of the excess white cables, it will look a bit neater. Also, reading that you had some issues with installing the cooler, I hope you remembered to remove the factory applied thermal compound before adding your own! Your specs are amazing

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The first thing I did was remove the factory compound. I used the Arctic Cooling MX-4 and that stuff really works. It's best on AIO coolers if you ask me. The cables are very, very stiff from Corsair. I would have done a push-pull if it wasn't for the CPU power cable being a bear.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Some white ram would've looked stunning, still an amazing build with that ram +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

After I got the Kingston 16gb ram, I found the same ones in white. My wife wants me to do an all white build for her so now I know.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

As much as I love the silver Air540, the black drive and fan controller just don't match. Other than that though, i love it! Nice work, man.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't find anything in silver that was nice looking, so I had to make do.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally get ya. Silver's hard to match.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build, i plan to get this case when i build my new pc possibly this summer and snag the Swiftech h240x or 220x

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wanted the h220x but they're always out of stock or back ordered! I ordered one from Gigaparts.com and they said two weeks. Then five weeks. I canceled my order and got a Corsair cooler and two days after it came in, the h220x was in stock. The next week I would get paid so I planned to buy one anyway, in case the Corsair went. Payday came...SOLD OUT! Sorry, just venting a bit.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Those coolers are pretty damn popular which is why they stay sold out all the time and performs i believe a little more better than the corsair coolers according to reviews and such. http://www.performance-pcs.com has all three Swiftech H-x coolers in stock so you could have bought it from there

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Great first build! I would say that you should try and move the cables away from the fans in the front, also to make them look nicer use cable combs instead of cable ties (they spread out the cables and it looks neater).

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I'll definitely look into it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build, I personally would have taken the hundred I would save by downgrading to an i5 and put that into a 980

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but I wanted to splurge on my first build! Later in the year, I may get a GALAX 980. Their colors go well with my rig.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll get a 980 down the road. The whole vram thing with the 970's isn't a big deal to me. It works great!