Description

This is my first ever pc build and so far im nothing but impressed. This is primarily for gaming and my reasoning for the parts I chose are as follows..

CPU: I decided to go with an i5 over an i7 just because I will not be doing anything beyond gaming and for my needs it seemed perfect. This CPU turned out to be exactly that, fastest I have ever seen a computer operate, no hiccups whatsoever and honestly above my expectations.

CPU Cooler: I was aiming for a quiet build so I went with a Noctua CPU cooler over the stock. It is very quiet and I haven't used any Low Noise Adapters so its running at 1200RPM. The temps im getting are around 30C idle and 50-55C under load.

Motherboard: I heard good things about ASUS boards and wanted to try one out for myself. I really liked the blue color scheme and the features with this board as well. Sure enough the board is great, the TPU feature automatically overclocked my CPU to stable 4.1Ghz without any manual tuning.

Memory: The Noctua fan had a 44mm clearance for DIMMs, the Pro Series were nice looking, and they fit the size requirement. The performance is amazing and the XMP profile made everything a whole lot easier to obtain advertised speeds, latency, and voltages.

Storage: I went with the 840 Pro 128GB for my SSD and I'm really glad I gathered the extra money to buy one. The whole system is very snappy and boot up is 5-10 secs most times. The 1TB HDD is for my media, games, and other things of that sort, very quiet and read/write speeds are standard for a mechanical drive.

Video Card: The sweet spot for gaming in my opinion. I play games like FarCry3, Need for Speed, Batman, Bioshock, Crysis, and this card can max out everything and still give me a solid 60fps, except in crysis. For the price, I also got Arkham Origins for free on steam so for my needs this card fits the bill.

Case: I wanted something stylish that screams, "I'm not a store bought computer!" The fans included are fairly quiet but the loudest fans in the case, fan controller is easy to plug in and is expandable to another 3 fans which is very nice. My power led does not seem to work though, I have double checked the wiring and nothing seems to be wrong.

Power Supply: Atleast, 500 watts is required for the GTX 760, and I went with 600 because I got a good deal on it, plus it leaves a little bit of headroom for overclocking. The fan is silent and doesn't get loud under load.

Optical Drive: Standard DVD/CD Reader/Writer. Fast Read and Write speeds. Expected nothing more nothing less.

Monitor: Excellent Monitor to begin with. I was lucky enough to only get one dead pixel which went away after a few days. The screen is an excellent size, not too small, but not too big. I would recommend this to anyone in the market for a new monitor.

Peripherals: I bought a Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator. It's a mouse and keyboard combo and it was fairly cheap considering what I got. Both the mouse and keyboard have blue LED lighting, the keys on the keyboard feel really smooth to the touch, the mouse has programmable buttons and a 3 stage DPI switch (800, 1600, 2000), overall for entry level gaming equipment, again I would recommend to anyone.

I think this build turned out really nice, I had my dad's help throughout and the cable management turned out fairly neat and tidy. It was an excellent experience and anyone who is thinking of building their own, I would highly recommend they do so. I've had it for about 2-3 months and no problems whatsoever concerning any of the parts.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good. I would remove that middle drive bay though for airflow. +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip, removing it is probably a good idea.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I also have the CM Storm Devastator combo, and while im impressed with the performance and feel of the kb and mouse, i am really disappointed with the very low brightness of the kb backlight. Turning the backlight on and off barely makes a difference, and in the dark i'm constantly struggling to make out which keys are which.... same deal for you?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

p.s. nice build and sweet cpu cooler!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, exactly the same deal with me, anyone who uses it complains to me they can't see which key is which especially in the dark, but I've kinda gotten used to it now so it doesn't bother me nearly as much now than when I first bought it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the temps you are getting with any overclocking or stock?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The temps I'm getting are with a 4.1Ghz overclock on the i5 but nothing on the GPU, only whatever GPU Boost will do.

  • 74 months ago
  • -2 points

Really nice build for the money. I don't really have any nitpicks except that I have heard that that series of power supplies tend to blow up more often than the other PSUs from Corsair. Maybe try and get something else in the future? But other than that really nice +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

The CX series are tier 3 units. They meet all ATX specifications, but aren't quite up to par with the premium units. If we were talking about a Raidmax or Coolmax then we might be a bit more worried about it "blowing up".

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I've also heard that as well but sadly it was after my purchase. I'll look into something a bit down the road definitely.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you will be fine unless you push it to it's absolute max, so just try to avoid that and you will be fine.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't plan to overclock anymore than I already have, and it isn't enough wattage for SLI either so in the future I will upgrade, at this point I just hope that I get my money's worth out of the unit.

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