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Gaming Computer - First Build Ever

by florinel76



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Hello all,

I don't know how things work around here when people post their builds so I apologize for anything stupid I may say.

Finally after all the craziness with the holidays I had time to put together all these components into a system. I have purchased everything during the holidays trying to get the best deal.

This project is the fruit of about a year long dream, half a year long research, one full month of shopping and two weeks of vacation.

Now, before I started school I sat down and put together this computer. I have to say that I still have to install an operating system but I was able to POST and so far I am happy with what I achieved. I feel proud that I didn't do anything stupid or burn any components so far.

Oooh, I feel so relieved, proud and happy of my new computer. I decided to call it "The Beast" and I hope that with the components that are inside the name is justified.

One thing that I need to decide now is to choose between win 7 pro or win 8.1 pro. In terms of gaming which one is better and why?

Please, let me know what do you guys think about it, if you like it or you don't like it anything goes?


I just purchased an Asus 24 inch monitor. I was lucky to have a $100 gift card from Amazon, otherwise I would have to settle for a cheaper version of a 1080 monitor.

I heard that this monitor is crazy fast and great, at least for gaming. I will see as soon as I will get it.

I also installed win 8.1 pro and I am blown away how fast this computer is. Can't wait to overclock and benchmark this.


I have removed some of the pictures of the boxes and I was able to get down to 45 pictures rather than 60.

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xx116xx 3 Builds 11 points 46 months ago

Holy mother of pictures. Nice computer. +1

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 5 points 46 months ago

thank you, I believe i jumped the boat a little with the pictures but i wanted to immortalize my first one.

Microshrimp 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

I love the photos! This is "PC Part Picker", right? We should all be posting photos of the parts we picked if you ask me. :) Great build! +1

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

Thank you microshrimp, i tried to be as detailed as possible in my pictures, basically for my own records.

I saw many wonderful builds and customization on the internet but i was only able to stretch my budget only that far.

I would love to do some crazy designs on the case because of its white tone but that would be quite expensive. So i will try to enjoy my computer the way it is, for now ... :))

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I know the feels... but I resisted the urge.

Fluency 1 Build 4 points 46 months ago

In terms of gaming, I've heard that 8.1 is better. It offers higher frame rates on some AAA titles, and it's starting to make its way into the recommended system specs list.

Also, if you go to 8.1 you'll get significantly faster boot times than 7. In my experience, my boot times were just about cut in half.

All in all, I haven't had any problem using 8.1 coming from 7. I just use 8.1 like I would use 7; I hardly even touch the metro interface. Plus it offers some pretty decent performance improvements. I'd say go for it.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

Luckly i got a free copy through my college. They have like a program dreamspark with microsoft.

Anyways, my concern is related to drivers. I don't know if there are enough drivers out there for win 8.1

I also never used it and I am curious to find how hard is it to get the hang of it.

thanks for the feedback i will keep in mind.

jokermike 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

you should be fine with drivers on 8.1...have it installed on my rig and other clients pc's that i've built and haven't ran into any said issues.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Cool tonight its the night for 8.1 Thanks

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 3 points 46 months ago

Nice! Now this is how you post a build. Lots of pics, good component choices, and a description!

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks, if i will ever do another build I will try to cut down on pics. Maybe 60 pics are just a little bit too much.

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

The only pics I wouldn't have put are the ones of the boxes. But I'd much MUCH rather have too many pics than too few. =)

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I agree completely i may try and remove the boxes ones and keep the building and components close ups.

SpadeFire91 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Nice build! The pictures alone got a +1. If I could give more ++++ I would. :D

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thank you, i can't wait to play my first game on it. :)

Psybadek 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Love it! It's hard to find a good simple clean looking build, makes me a bit jealous lol

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

thanks, I was a little concerned about some of the wires that may not be long enough but boy i was wrong.

jokermike 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

sweet rig man +1 that 780 is beast and i really like the black and red color theme you got going :)...the only thing i would add (optional) is maybe a 1 or 2tb western digital caviar black edition hdd.... other than that your gaming rig is flawless and worthy of the "beast" title

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

thank you, I was thinking about adding the Caviar black , just 1T though.

I will wait until the next paycheck.

Now should i install the games that i play on the Caviar or keep them on SSD and put just music pics docs and movies on Caviar ?

How do people usually do it ?

jokermike 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

personally i keep documents, music, videos and some games on my 1tb. OS and games i play often are on my evo ssd....Fluency is right boot times and performance on games are better on 8.1 especially for AAA titles... I got a friend who does the opposite with his ssd and hdd.... He uses his hdd for the os and his ssd for documents, music, videos and games... so really it goes down to what you feel would be necessary for your needs

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

great, thanks for the insight. I will try to keep games on ssd and he rest of the stuff on the hdd. for now i use a small hdd that i have for transfering studd to the new rig.

phixx79 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I'm working on a very similar build right now. I'm glad to see these pictures, it makes me thing I'm not crazy for picking a case that reminds me of a pair of Jordan's.

Excellent pictures. Obviously, excellent selections of parts (again, I'm building something eerily similar). I hope that you really enjoy it, but most of all... I hope you enjoyed putting it all together!

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Cool, good luck and thank you. I would love to see pics of your build.

I have to say that the case is huuuge. but again I come from a mini ATX HP desktop. I really loved the accent of white with red and black, it actually reminds me of the droids in Star Wars. :))

I loved working and putting it together.

As i type now this is the actual first post from the new rig. I just finished installing win 8.1 pro and updated some drivers and i can only say ... holly molly.

it is super fast.

phixx79 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I am working on finishing up this build. I need to decided on a video card and order the fans, PSU and case and then assemble. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/phixx79/saved/3e3t

How did you mount the H100i there at the top? I assume you have it set to push and the 200mm fans at the top move that air out. Depending on how easy that was, it may make me return the H80i for an H100i, just based on the cleaner look.

I still think this is one of the cleanest and nicest looking builds I've seen here. You took a lot of time and are obviously proud of it and it really shows.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

thanks for the nice words.

ok so to go straight to the point. i thought i may have a problem fitting the RAM but there were no problems. the installation of the h100i was actually very easy. it is all about approaching the installation.

the case came with special brackets used to install the water coolers so that is exactly what i have used.

in order to fit my RAM i installed it on the motherboard before i installed the h100i and the fans.

if you plan on buying big RAM like ripjaw x or vengeance you will not be able to fit the water cooler without modifying the brackets.

my ripjaws have about 1/16" distance between them and the h100i fans so i can say that i was lucky. also the ram height is 40 mm or 1.58 inch so you can use that as a guiding point if you choose to use an h100i.

in terms of video card i would do more research to find out what can you afford and want. i wanted the gtx 780 and i will be fine with only one card for the next 7 years (yeah right!)

good luck and i would like to see what you decide.

alextargaryen 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

This is a pretty cool build! Congrats! :) Parts are very good and very clean!

Btw, do you have your PC on a rug or smth? If not, you can turn the PSU the other way for even cleaner cable management and the PSU would take in cooler air. +1

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thank you, I actually have a carpet for now, but I am planning in building a small base of plywood and keep the case off the floor.

I guess then I could turn the power supply upside down and do how you said. I will keep that in mind.

timboroks 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

how is life with only 250gb storage? =\

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

oh right now it's good, I believe i will see sooner or later how it will be.

awilzman 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Great build here, but you're going to fill up that storage pretty fast. Personally I'd put a TB or even seagate's 3TB hdd in there.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I will wait until next paycheck and throw in a 1TB in it. who knows maybe suddenly the prices of ssd will drop just like that and I could buy a 500G ssd.

I do not use much space as i don't download movies or make collections of software. I will probably be ok with 1TB HDD for my pics and school projects.

I will see.

awilzman 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Games take up a lot of storage space though. I've had my build (not posted, I accidentally saved over it and had to delete) for about 6 months now and I've already used 600GB

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

so what i think i will do i will install most used games on ssd and all the other sigle player or not so important games on the hdd and keep them separated so.

Aelon51 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

First off, very nice build.

As far as Windows 8.1, I put it in my recent build, and I think it's fine for gaming. Not to say that Windows 7 is bad (it's also very good), but if you look at it from a future standpoint, eventually 7 will be phased out and games will be more optimized for 8.

Just in general in OS's, I would go for the newest OS which is stable, which I think 8.1 is. However, as always, it is personal preference.

Oh, and +1 for lots of pics.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

so far I like it. I don't expect to see super improvement to win 7 but as you said, eventually 7 will be phased out and my only option is to either learn now the new OS or in the future, so i decided to do it now.

deathfromup 6 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I dunno how you people are calm enough to take tons of pictures when building. I get my parts and half way thru the build, im like oh crap, im supposed to take pictures lol.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Oh you won't believe, i was ready for it. in fact i didn't have anybody around to do a video otherwise i would have taken pics and do a video.

But maybe next time. If there will ever be one.

shawnshibu123 1 point 46 months ago

How did you get that monitor that cheap!!!???

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I found it on amazon, but for the holidays I received a gift card for $100 from someone I helped. The price was $283 minus the 100 bucks from the gift card.

shawnshibu123 1 point 46 months ago

Phew, I was gonna say :)

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

i mean i don't think you can buy one cheaper than $270 even on ebay. so it was worth it to get that monitor.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Excellent build!

Great cable management and phenomenal pictures!

That's definitely a +1 from me.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

i tried to capture every step, and i think i did, but i had to remove some of the pics cause there were too many i think.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I thought of something that would make this build even better! (If that's possible)

Throw a Kraken g10 in there to liquid cool your GPU.

Just a thought I had...you may have already considered it.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

you know, i saw that kraken g10 but i really didn't quite understand how it would look installed on top of the regular gtx.

i am open though for future improvements.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

This should give you an idea of what it may look like. It comes in three different colors so you can get one to match your color scheme. It would probably cost anywhere from $80-$140 depending on what CPU cooler you get.

They have a list of compatible CPU coolers and GPUs on their website.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

oh boy i don't know. it looks nice but i need a new cooling for it and i hope that the 650w psu i have now would handle it. so maybe too much change and becomes more expensive.

besides i like the look of the gtx with its original case. maybe on a future build.

I would be so curious to see how much is a system like this would be evaluated at? i know what it costed in terms of parts, but if i would sell it would i be doing any profit ???

j9506 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Great selection of parts. I wish I would've brought the 780 instead, but it was a little out of my budget!

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I think that the most expensive part was the video card and I was inclined to buy it in a few months, but after talking to my wife we decided to just go for it.

I found this on a website called electronicmegasale and I was skeptical at the beginning but once i received it I thought they were great money spent.

I didn't get the free game though but I don't care to be honest.

linsyschopman 1 point 46 months ago

love the look of the phantom... Would've gone with one if the Define R4 wasn't 50euros cheaper in my country...

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

initially i was going to buy the one with black and orange because i like that one as well but newegg was more expensive and it was an exclusive for them, and then i found this one and i used it as option 2 and i don't regret it.

andrefoster 1 point 34 months ago

How is the Monitor as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

Salvei 1 point 25 months ago

Is it spacious case?

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

It is more than spacious, at least for my build it is.

technobiscuit 0 points 46 months ago

Seeing how you got the 780, you could probably have went for the i7 4770k but all in all great build at that price. +1

XDestroyer 2 points 46 months ago

The i7 isn't even that much better than the i5 in terms of gaming. It has hyper threading, which helps vídeo editing, etc. The i5 is a good choice for this build or any gaming build.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

tanks, interesting point, however I already had the i5 purchased and no refund at that time.

ravagexx -1 points 46 months ago

lots of unneeded pics

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

yes i will clean up and leave just the process of building and the components close up.

shawnshibu123 2 points 46 months ago


sheighton 1 Build -3 points 46 months ago

My only gripe is that you picked Windows 8.1...Windows 7 Ultimate is definitely the best available to you right now in terms of not being a total POS OS... >.> ...Anyways, I will get off the soap box about 8/8.1 for now...I LOVE your case! I have recommended that case to people in the past. I is just plain sexy and has some really nice features to it. The cable management that it allows for is just so clean and pretty...great pick. For $1500 there really isn't too much to complain about with this build. I mean, sure, you might have been able to get a little bit more performance with faster or lower CL RAM but it would just end up costing more and if you were trying to stick to the $1500 price range you might have had to make cuts on something else...My only real complaint would be your choice of going with a smaller SSD than a larger capacity. I would have recommended a 1TB Momentus XT SSHD from Seagate. It would have freed up about $50 more to spend on 8GB of better G.Skill RAM too...Still, +1.

jokermike 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

windows 7 ultimate is a huge waste of money, pro or even home premium would suffice and save money...the only thing that really sucks with 8.1 is the apps on the metro interface, could you elaborate on why you think 8.1 is a total POS OS?

sheighton 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Well, it is pretty simple. It tries to fix things that Windows 8 got wrong, but it doesn't go far enough. It didn't bring back a true Start Menu, it doesn't allow you to completely disable the 'metro' interface, and it still has all of its annoying ticks and tips where you have to mouse to the upper right corner and then down to use the menu bar that opens from the right...The fact that Windows 8 and 8.1 sales have been pretty terrible for MS (not even one quarter of machines out there are running these OS's) and considering how much ire they have generated within the community, it really isn't a surprise that they will be announcing Windows 9 this year, now is it? Windows 8 is like the new Vista or maybe ME...MS just did not understand what everyone wanted and tried to force what it wanted. Sure, while I could probably get used to using 8.1 and maybe even like certain things about it, without a touch screen there really is no real benefit to it over Windows 7 UNLESS you are running a cheaper build and require the lower memory usage of 8.1 vs 7...but the reason why I hate the OS is really more the principle of it. I am rather glad to see MS squirm a bit for not listening to its customers...Also, Windows 7 Ultimate isn't a complete waste of money if you are a power user and actually use the features it has. As for most though, you are right, you are probably better off with Pro or Home Premium. In fact, I have Home Premium on this laptop and I love it...not something that I would consider saying about 8.1...ever...

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

To be honest I thought $1500 is a lot of money for a higher end gaming computer, but I was not prepared to accept the reality.

Initially, I started dreaming a year ago about spending maybe $800 to $1000 but shortly I had to change that thinking after seeing the component prices.

Overall I am happy with how I managed my budget and as it is known , from now on is just more room for improvement.

In terms of memory, I read online a lot of opinions and I came to the conclusion that the improvements are so minimal between two different speeds of memory that in real life does not make a difference for what i am going to use the computer. So we will see if I was right or wrong.

I will keep that in mind.

I just love that case and the colors and shape, not to mention the space. I was really happy with my choice.

linsyschopman 1 point 46 months ago

Memory speeds don't matter much and you already have 1600 which is fine.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

however i am curious if it will affect it if i will do some overclocking.

I still have to learn more before I start the overclocking process.

sheighton 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Get good low CAS latency RAM from G.Skill or whoever you so choose and then overclock it. That way you get the best of both worlds: low CL and high speed for the same price (roughly) per GB...Also, $1500 is approximately the baseline for a gaming rig; however, it IS in the price-range of most mid-range machines not built primarily for gaming...

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

ooooh sheighton you kill me man, :) $1500 the lower end of the gaming pcs, makes me feel low too. nah, i'm kidding. Well when i will have more money to spend on a gaming pc i promise i will. in the mean time i will try to see how games play. Maybe not ultra but at least very high settings i'm sure. :)))

sheighton 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Don't think of it as "lower end" rather as "entry level" or "budget gamer"; both are slightly more applicable... .^

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

lol ... but what do you call those builds that are for gaming but are under $1000? noob level :P ?

Blazervish -4 points 46 months ago

Awesome build you got there!!!:)

Get win 7 its good for gaming. But I like Win 8.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks, i will still have the old computer which has win 7 and for a month i will try 8.1

if I feel that it is too cumbersome for me than i will just revert to 7.

I guess I will give it a try at least before i make a decision what will i stick to.

cgilmore024 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

I don't get the hate for Windows 8. I just built my rig and am on 8.1 and I can confidently say you'll be happy with it.

I'm coming from a Mac and Windows 8 is winning me over. Mac's still handle typography a little better but that's mostly personal preference. I really haven't run into any problems that make me question my decision.

Great build though. There's nothing like the sense of accomplishment of completing something like this.

florinel76 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Oh I made my move and installed 8.1. So far, on the second day of using it I kind of like it and it looks like it will grow on me, I think I will be just fine with 8.1.

Looking at it now it seems i left room for improvement, so i will see what the future will bring.