Description

So this is my first build I've ever done. I have a history of purchasing computers from places like iBuyPower (Never again). I've always been nervous to build one of my own, but I finally got the ambition to build one after my last computer died a week before I built this one (8/5 - 8/6/2015). Because my wife and I game together, we decided that I should build one asap. So the night after my last computer died, I found myself coming to this site (can't remember how I found it) to research some ideas for builds as a safety net. This is what I came up with. I have no particular rhyme or reason behind the parts besides reading reviews and talking with a buddy of mine for suggestions, and of course reading about other's experiences on this site. The only thing I KNEW coming in to this was that I was going to use Intel and nVidia for this build as I just happen to be a silly fan boy.

Built over two days. Everything except the PSU and RAM came in on 8/5, so I used the PSU and ram from my other pc to test the build, and finished the job on 8/6 when the PSU and ram came in. It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be and am happy with how it turned out.

I know the PSU is overkill a bit, but I wanted room for expansion as I plan to run SLI within the next few months as well, and with my wife and I doing photography as a side job/hobby, I may or may not get a few more HDDs.

Mainly a gaming PC, will use it for browsing and image editing as well.

I had so much fun that in a few months I'm going to do a build for my wife. She saw how much $$ we saved and so she's going to move away from gaming laptops to her very first, and very own desktop.

Ask any questions you may have.

Update 1

Added 2 pictures to show inside of case behind HDD bay wall. I left all the bays out to help aesthetic, and albeit VERY little, airflow as well.

Update 2

Added temp images. One for Furmark and one for a 10 minute 100% CPU load. Note: Everything is stock. No tweaking.

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Seems like a lot of you guys have gaming wives and girlfriends. WHERE YOU FIND THESE GIRLS???

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a girlfriend. She doesn't play games, but she's still a girlfriend so i got that going for me which is nice. I did meet here BEFORE I started playing league though...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Wanna hear something even worse? She plays only on a touchpad. She plays MMOs by mouse clicking and keyboard turning. She's one of the best in our raid groups -_-

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

For being done as a "spur of the moment" thing this is a great build, especially with little prior research (took me 6+ months to research my parts) +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first!

It looks really clean and well managed. That white led really brings it up a notch too. Well done!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What games are you playing on here? Just curious

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I play FFXIV with my wife. I also play Crysis as a single player game. I plan on playing The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege when they come out. Now that they give out Metal Gear Solid: Phatom Pain with nVidia cards, I'll be playing that as well.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. I'm a recent convert to the PC Master Race from console/MacBook peasantry, so now I'm REALLY looking forward to Fallout 4 :-)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I've always been a PC guy, but I do admit I've got a MacBook and I love it for my lazy browsing and I use it for photography when I'm out and about. I've never played Fallout, everyone tells me I should... but I have a hard time going back and playing older games -_-

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

White and Blue, very serene. I love it. +1 for pro photog skills, good sir.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :) I'm not a fan of using a smart phone to show things off that I take pride in :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the first build and nice pics +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) Going to be building my wife one in the coming months, so hopefully I get the same love with that one _^

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you like the kraken x61?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it however the fans that came with it rattle at 100% speed so I'm going to get the replaced. Otherwise it's doing a great job keeping my cpu cool. Running a cou stressed for 5 hours, with the kraken on performance mode it hasn't gone above 62C yet.

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