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Hi guys!

When I first wanted a gaming computer, this site was the first one that I stumbled upon that inspired me to build my own. It was great seeing what everyone could build and how may different styles there were....

When I started researching I wasn't sure of what I wanted and what games I would run on it. In all honesty, I was think I was looking for something that would demolish my 2011 MacBook Pro (lol). My initial budget was only $800 (including taxes).... That did not happen lol. After reading reviews and reviews, and considering the cost for better parts, I ended up with the build in the parts list.

I'm new to building computers, but I do know a few things and took a few IT classes in college. I chose the i5 only because this was meant to be a gaming computer and most reviews said an i7 would serve more of a purpose if I were to video edit (more on that later). The Corsair H80iGT is great; I'm only running one fan on it right now and get about 45C while gaming. The Asus motherboard is great, the Bios is easy to navigate and I like that I can add an M.2 SSD if I wanted to later. Ram is... ram lol.

3 drives because yolo. Just kidding, I use the Samsung SSD as my boot drive and my main applications, WD 1TB is to store my games on, and the last WD 1TB is for the media that I want to use for video editing (should have went with an i7). I first bought the Gigabyte gtx 960 g1 gaming, then bought a Gigabyte gtx 970 g1 gaming (ended up not liking it for $100 more)... returned that and got an EVGA 960 FTW (did not like this one either)... and ended up with the Gigabyte gtx 960 g1 gaming again. Power supply does what it's suppose to & so does the TP-Link Archer.

All this is in my NZXT Noctus 450 case. I originally had a NZXT Phantom 410, but I liked the larger window on the Noctus case - I was also able to order the NZXT Hue+ for fancy lighting effects. As for extras, I have a Astro A-50s (great sound), Steel Series Apex M800 (FREAKING AWESOME - SO. MUCH. CUSTOMIZATION.), Logitech G700s (Awesome mouse - crap battery).

Sorry about the scattered description, i'm at work LOL. All in all, thank you guys for your inspiration and happy building if you haven't started yet! More pictures to come later!

UPDATE

More pictures! :)

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That lighting is sexy. How did u do it? I was thinking of the same thing. Also, you should add some multicolor fans.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Google NZXT Hue+

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

^ They're always sold out though :c

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

He's using the new NZXT HUE+

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks beautiful. Well done and +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, you should post more pics

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated with a few more~

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious.. is the Gigabyte GTX-960 G1 better than the Gigabyte R9 380 G1?

Nice build, btw. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This depends partly on what you're doing with them. The GTX 960 and the R9 380 trade blows over different games. My understanding is that the 380 pulls ahead slightly overall.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, I'd like to get a good card that will let me run Tom Clancy's The Division at Ultra settings. Right now I'm running a GTX 750TI and it works OK for most games, but I want Tom Clancy's to run really well and not just OK.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

A better place to ask would be the forums. The folks over there are pretty friendly and can offer good suggestions.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay. Thanks. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! a build that someone used a proper wireless adapter! not some b/g/n adapter expecting to do hardcore online gaming +1 for intelligence and a beautiful build, I'm pretty jelly :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking of doing a direct ethernet connection, but I wanted the freedom to move my setup where I wanted.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is amazing. Love the case, and LEDs look great. This should be featured. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Would for sure change that 960 to a 380x or 390. You can also get much much faster RAM for around 20-30$ cheaper. And, I'm assuming you don't NEED 16gb, and this one I'm talking about is 8GB. G.Skill Trident X DDR3-2400MHz RAM.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

When I was looking at ram, I wanted to go that high, but the i5 specs was rated up to 1600mhz which is why I settled. I'm still not sure if I could go any higher, but from what I understand, even if I got 2400mhz ram, it would just clock back to 1600 anyways...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an i5 - 4590 and mine works fine!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Jesus Christ Grandmas on Ice Skates that thing looks good.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'll take more pictures with my DSLR instead of my iPhone lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Got the same case. Love it. A dream to build in.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I love that the PSU is hidden and that it has a place to show off the SSD and the Hue+ controller.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Getting the Hue+ myself when I can afford it. Not prioritizing non-performance hardware right now.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Why spend so much on headphones instead of a better graphics card?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I already owned the A50s before I even built my computer. I couldn't decide between the A50s and the Steel Series Sibera 800 for the PS4... So I bought both and decided to keep the A50s for the gaming rig.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I am getting that lighting. Is it easy to set up?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Super easy! The software is also a breeze to work with. Ive had the Hue+ since they came out and have never had any problems. They are pretty bright and feature a lot of different modes, with more to come.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Also will it work in other cases? I want to use it in the thermlake level 10 GT snow edition.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

They are magnetic and also have double sided tape that you can use attached to the back. Most cases are metal on the inside, so they should work in most cases that way; if not the double sided tape always works, but I'm not sure how well it works

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking of getting this case but have some concerns. Since i'm building a similar build, i was wondering if you can tell me a few things. First off, are you using 4 strips or 2 strips? how did you wrap it around the panel window? to get the rotating effect nicely around the window. Lastly are you able to see all the components nicely or does it cut off?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this case, and I also use the Hue+ and they work great. I only have they amount of strips that come with the kit,(i think its 4 strips) but what ever the default is it works great! I used the extensions to help it reach around the bottom right corner of the windowed panel. I plugged the long extension into the back of the Hue+ which i mounted in the right ssd spot and routed the extension up threw the drive cages so you can't see them and started from the top right and went a crossed the top to the left then down and to the right and then up. and went diagonal with the right side of the window so you couldn't see the strip. Since the case is metal it sticks really well and I had no problems putting the stips in. If you would like a picture to help explain better email me @ eprice1120@gmail.com and I can send you a picture.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Bruh. This is gnarly-charlie.

I don't even know why I like this build as much as I do.

Looking straight savage.

  • 43 months ago
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Haha thanks. As much as I like it, I feel like I want to move to something new and fresh...

WHY are building computers so much fun.... and costly. :c