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My first build

by BadAntics



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My workhorse build for everything. I do a good amount of video and photo editing in my free time so I wanted to build something around that and not strictly for gaming although I definitely do a lot of gaming too lol. The pictures I took of my build aren't really that astonishing. I was only taking snap shots with my phone because I was mainly focused on building the computer as this was my first computer build ever. I am planning to take better pictures once I clean my room and get everything situated, especially of the computer itself lol.

45% video & photo editing / 30% gaming / 20% music recording / 5% movies / casual music listening and web browsing throughout.

***Apparently this website is telling me that the motherboard I bought is not compatible with the case I bought, however it aligned with the standoffs just fine. The only thing that I really had a conflict with in the build was making room for my CPU cooler. If you look at the picture with my motherboard, the very top of it has a silver component (above the CPU) that blocks my H100i fans (in my case, I used the Noctua fans) from being installed above it. The only thing I had to do was move the radiator (comes with the H100i) and fans above it another notch up (now my radiator and fans aren't exactly centered to the amount of air holes at the top of the case lol, but at least it's fully functional).

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candy 2 Builds 7 points 45 months ago

Nice sound card positioning +1

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 5 points 45 months ago

lol thanks, was hoping someone noticed that

Microshrimp 1 Build 4 points 45 months ago

I noticed that too! I first saw a case like yours a few weeks ago and was hoping I'd see someone use that slot for something cool like this. +1 on the build!

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 5 points 45 months ago

Awesome! Thanks for noticing! Definitely wanted to take advantage of the fact that it didn't use a PCI-e slot and of course its cool looks!

candy 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Did the ribbon cable come with the card or did you buy it separately?

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

It came with it. Also with this particular sound card, Creative did a good job of including everything you need for all the inputs that it has in order to hook up your devices to it.

ikehi01 6 points 45 months ago

all i can say is "daaaaaammmmmnnnn!!!!! i hope i can get something like this for my first build"

great build

but i have one question y did u pick win 7 over 8.1? (want to know for my build)

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 4 points 45 months ago

Haha thanks! And yeah I know, definitely an investment on my first build but I need something that will last me a while!

I picked windows 7 over 8.1 for video editing purposes. Apparently most video editors like working with 7 over 8.1 and so I decided to go with that!

ikehi01 2 points 45 months ago

i see thanks. well this should last a long (and i mean long) time

have fun with this build and pls i would love to see some overclock temps on the cpu

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Yeah no problem, putting the money down now and getting the satisfaction of having a really great computer build definitely feels great for the time being. All this was easily worth the money, personally speaking.

I will definitely post oc temps and what not when I get the chance. Right now I'm trying to get everything situated and installed. It was a fun build!

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Well that's certainly an impressive parts list.

EDIT: Woa, dat motherboard.

EDIT 2: Cable management!

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Thanks! It's a beast of a board for sure. Eh, I'll deal with the cables later hahah

Akut 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

Balls to the wall on your first build!

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Definitely went all out on this one!

zSyzygy 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Wow that monitor is a beauty. You should consider SLI if the time comes to really take this build to the pinnacle when it comes to overall performance. Also, I've never seen a sound card there...lol it looks pretty good! I'd buy a WHITE NZXT LED to go in that beauty to give an elegant, sleek look. And fix up those cables!! :) Otherwise, PERFECT. Congratulations enjoy it.

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks! I definitely recommend the monitor for serious video and photo editors, and it's also not too bad for gaming at all.

Thought about SLI, but not for a while if I do. Only cause I need my wallet to recover haha. This motherboard actually supports Quad SLI! In reality, I don't think I'll ever get to that though haha

You're right on point about the elegant/sleek look I'm looking for so I'll look into those LEDs you were talking about. I guess I should go and fix up the cables if I'm gonna give it that look I want!

Was a fun build throughout!

8F01C198997 11 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Is it weird that the part I love the most is the southbridge heatsink?

CosmicUnlimited 2 points 45 months ago

Ram might be an overkill, but this is an insane build. Definitely one of the best builds I've ever seen.

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Hey thanks! Actually I may need to step up the RAM to 64 sometime in the future. I do a lot of rendering in After Effects, and it easily eats up all 32 for heavy renders.

MAXXHEW 4 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I thought I had made a weird choice on my PSU... finally I found someone else who also picked the same one. Nice.

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Funny, I thought the same thing haha

lwcdnet 1 point 44 months ago

I'm putting specs together for a build now, and have chosen the Corsair AX1200i PSU. Got great reviews, fully modular like yours, and sized for eventual SLI support. I've seen reviews say PSU's are generally most efficient in the 50-80% utilization range, which is the only reason I sized mine that big.

Besides that, really nice build! I actually just bought a 4770k CPU though. What takes you down the more expensive CPU / motherboard path versus the 1150/4770k? I bought the 4770k the other day for $249 at MicroCenter. Just curious on your choice, but I've seen write-ups saying that your platform choice is more for serious overclockers? Are there other architectural performance differences that made you choose that? I saw something recently saying that if you "de-lid" the 4770k's, and put better conductive material between the die and the IHS, you overcome the "cooling" handicap that intel (probably purposely) built into the 4770k's with their choice of conductive material. Not sure beyond that the justification on the CPU choices?

I thought my motherboard choice was expensive!(The MSI Z87 Xpower). Yours must have some pretty awesome future-proofing!

I'm probably going for the same monitor too. How are you liking that choice so far?

Anyway, killer parts list / system! Nice job.

lwcdnet 1 point 44 months ago

Oh, I just noticed your CPU choice is a 6-Core, versus a 4-Core on the 4770k. NICE AGAIN!!!! :)

SlenderSniper 2 points 45 months ago

Dat Kone XTD :3

I have one and I LOVE IT!

Such an awesome mouse.

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Yeah I love the amount of options it has!

oajarmeh95 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

very, very, thousands very beautiful build +1 and excellent shots

I like your build very much

BadAntics submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Thank you!

jacked87 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

It seems funds ran dry by the time you needed a network adapter :P

How does it fair?

EcoMCG 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

That motherboard must be a beast hence the price.


BadAntics submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I know, it's a love/hate thing...

tg440766 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

What do you use to watch Blu-Rays? Have you got it working? I am tempted to buy but if I have to buy software as well it's not worth it, can just buy a blu-ray player.

hubjon11 1 point 44 months ago


cookie_yoda_365 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Nice choice of a mouse you got there. :) Really like ROCCAT.

IloveSprite123 1 point 42 months ago

Hows that sound card

lostInplace 1 point 40 months ago

$4 thousand spent on a first build? Who are your sponsors, your parents? Lol (I didn't mean it in a mean way) The build looks pretty sweet! Rock on, dude.

thekasafist 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Solid! All that's left is a custom liquid cooling set up! :D jk jk

Richness 1 point 38 months ago

I have a question about the ram. Does it run at a reduced clock speed since ivy bridge max voltage is 1.5v?

BFBCIE2 1 point 35 months ago

Does the back of your dominator platinum ram say "made in taiwan"? I'm looking at an eBay listing of it and wanted some clarification. Thanks

johnathan99 0 points 32 months ago

way over payed for mem u only would nee 16 gigs of ram unless your doing like a server.

bobby567 1 point 16 months ago

This is not for mine craft.

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BadAntics submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks! Was fun!

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