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So it all started out at my buddies house 6 months ago who had introduced me to Arma 3, and the PC gaming world as a whole. It was love at first sight. The flashy lights in his tower, all the tech components, glistening by the LEDs, the graphics, I was enchanted.... I had asked myself one thing, holy crap....Why have I been confined to console gaming my entire life. But truthfully, its so understandable. Console gaming is definitely more convenient, way cheaper, and much more practical, especially for the younger crowd.

So here I was, I had years and years of experience with console gaming and had not a SINGLE clue about PC gaming, all my friends purchased Xbox Ones. My buddy told me he would build me a PC when I was ready, but I just kept putting it off. I truly wanted to purchase an Xbox One. I had told him my budget was $1500. After some weeks went by, another friend of mine put together a $3200 litecoin mining rig. I stood there in his office staring at it for an hour....Literally no exaggeration. I was so eager to learn what each parts function was, how it worked, what it was called, etc. I must also note that I am very analytical as a person, and whenever I see something that looks decently complex, I become EXTREMELY eager to learn all I possibly could about it. I decided that day that I, for a 100% fact, had to build one myself. Helping me commit to this decision even further was the day I was extremely fortunate enough to have won an Xbox One, Day one edition, at a fundraiser. The story behind it is absolutely crazy, but to stay on topic, lets just say I bought an Xbox One for $5 =D

So the process began.

As many people may start out, I landed on Alienware's website. And I was thrilled by their extremely awesome prices and warranty service which they would send a tech to my house! So I bought my PC there for $3700!

I'm kidding. Lol.

I saw their extremely obnoxious and ridiculously marked up prices and instantly turned away. This sort of reinforced my need to research EVERY part, every detail, on my own. I wasn't spending this much money just to end up with buyers remorse. This whole researching process was bittersweet. I enjoyed learning and researching it all, but there are always, as with everything, controversial subjects in which I found much frustration. After weeks and over 30 -40 hours of research, I finally started to develop a pretty well rounded understanding of what parts were competent.

The assembly..... took me 10 hours.....I know, that's very long! I did not want to skip steps. This is my first time ever doing this. I read all manuals thoroughly, took my sweet time, and made sure that my cable management was on point. I think I did pretty well and I am more than happy with this build. I am begging my buddies to build PC's and I already convinced one to this summer! I am looking forward to doing this again. Awesome experience and I am glad that I completed this all on my own, its truly a great feeling! Thanks for reading guys. Let me know what you think.

P.S. Well to be completely fair, there were times where I was so tired of researching that I would land on Alienware's website again, lol. But I wouldn't let myself do it.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 10 points

Very nice build. I love hearing about 1st time builds, as I'm going to be in that same position fairly soon (hopefully, if I can save enough money). +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Same here

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

same here

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks guys! Appreciate it.

Wish you guys luck. Just make sure you explore all options before pulling the trigger. You want to be confident with your purchases. I am, and I am more than thankful I put in the extra time researching, I am more than happy.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

thx :-)

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm in the "same here" group :3

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I cant decide between the 8 core cpu and the 6 what do you think I should use? IM also trying to find a good cheap mobo but Im having some trouble do you have any ideas? I would like SLI/Crossfire suport, onboard USB 3.0 and 2 or 3 PCI express 16 thx Don't really care about color scheme its a closed case any way :-)

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Brian101/saved/3Uhd

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have the money and are going to be a pretty heavy gamer, or are like me and like having fast and linear performance while also future proofing your build, get an 8 core. Why not?

As for motherboards, I can't give you a straight, educated answer. I would have to research a whole lot before giving you a useful answer. For you though, I quickly ran through your options. This Asus MB seems like a great board given the reviews and price of $95. It has 2 PCI-E 16, USB 3.0, 2.0, etc. full features. Make sure to double check if it is fully spec'd out for your needs. Good luck man.

http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E16813131873

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you in that position yet?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately not. I decided I loved my girlfriend more than I wanted to build a computer. Just bought a ring a couple days ago. Once I get the wedding all paid for, I'll probably start saving for a build, though! At this point, it'll be at LEAST another year. =( At least I have my priorities in the right order though, right? =)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. Looking forward to seeing your build on here.

  • 71 months ago
  • 5 points

ATTENTION! I want to see this many pics on all builds. +1 if not for the parts than the pics

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Was the BMW M power added to your system... :P just saw the ///M logo on your manual transmission knob. +1 for the build and +1 for a manual BMW.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, you've got good vision-- I looked at that photo for several minutes trying to figure out what kind of car it was. I completely missed the M logo! (this cheap and tiny monitor I'm using at work didn't make things any easier.)

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha good eye guys. I thought I would have been able to caption the photos. I guess not, unless I haven't figured it out.

Anyway, that was on my way home from Micro Center with my last few parts, so as soon as I got home, the assembly began. I snapped that pic with a caption in my mind something along the lines of:

"The fastest trip home ever. Thanks to an M3 =)"

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice! This guy that works in the building next to me seems to get a new car every few months. He's had an M3 before, then went to a GT-R a couple years ago, then decided his back pain wanted a more comfortable ride so he got a CTS-V. The past couple weeks I've seen him in some kind of AMG Mercedes-- maybe an SLK55 or something. (He took me for rides in the GTR a couple times-- wonderful experience!)

To avoid getting too far off topic, I guess I should mention that I gave your build a +1 because your parts are great and it came together very well! You have a good eye for quality and performance in both cars and computers. :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha that is sick man.

I have yet to be given a ride in a GTR. They sound incredible. A local guy in a GTR once teased me, asking me, sarcastically, to race him haha.

I appreciate the kind words!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Heh, I did have an eye exam few months ago and I have 20/20 and 20/10 vision. But I do like the good cars and super cars.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

better then any alienware computer for sure.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that sucker is a beaut. You see something like that so well thought out and well planned, you really can't go back to consoles after that. Also it doesn't hurt that it's a good 5-10 years more advanced too.

I just ordered your same keyboard, but a lower end version. I can't wait to try out those thumb macros on wowcraft.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking good, nice parts +1 Why choose Swiftech instead of Corsair or NZXT?

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Probably for expandability and I believe that it is an all around better performer

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Exactly. It is quieter than the corsair and it is expandable. You can add a GPU block, extra rads, etc..

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Better temps, more expandable, more quiet etc. Corsair is fine just never the best.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly what these two just said. This is where I spent a decent amount of time researching. There was one particular video I had watched which sold me. It was with Linus and the CEO of Swiftech, they were demonstrating the performance difference between Corsair's h100i, the NZXT, and the Swiftech H220. The H220 ran the quietest, had the lowest temps, and to top it off is also expandable. I would rather have the option to expand to GPU's than no to. I would also rather have the better performer, so Swiftech it was!

I should have noted that I will be running 780's in SLI, when I see fit. With a setup like this, the heat would be a no-no. I definitely would look into watercooling the GPU's for this reason.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh man where did you get the 4770k for $250? I would totally have gone for that in my upcoming build for that price but couldn't realistically afford a $320 cpu...

Great build, much jealous, wow. +1

Now get yourself a 1440p monitor if you don't have one already and rock out!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm guessing Micro Center, they have great deals and +1 customer service, only downside is you have to buy and return all parts in person.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Bah, the closest one to me is over 2 hours away. ): Now that you mention it, I remember looking around the other day and seeing that they have the 4670k for $190. Hnnngh...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly! Micro Center had it for $250. That is the beauty in taking your time to build a PC. Prices always fluctuate. They also had a special when you purchase a motherboard and processor together, so I also saved $30 on the MB. Awesome place!

And a 1440p monitor is the only thing I have left on my list. I just didn't have the patience hold off on assembling it. So I am using it in the meantime lol.

Thanks guys!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build. +1

I can relate with all the research and the build time. Took me about as long to build mind...but it is fun ain`t it? LOL

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man.

Loved the experience. I can't wait to build my friends for him!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the pics. nice build I wish I had 2K :D

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Great story, I love the build. Your lucky like me and have a microcenter by your house or somewhat near you!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

I know man, I am so appreciative of it!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

cheap headphone but +1 :))

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you recommend? I purchased it, not so wholeheartedly. I felt as if I was rushing the purchase. But I do like them. They sound nice and are very comfortable. Thanks for the input nonetheles!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Water cooling and no over clock?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Bear with me. I am still new to this lol.

I am going to overclock it to 4.5GHz sometime this weekend. Don't worry. This PC will not go to waste, it's in good hands =)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason for a 4770k? Not really necessary for gaming.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes sir.

I also use Photoshop, and plan on getting into video editing. I have always been restricted to regular desktop computers that would not be sufficient to start editing.

I also dedicated this build to Arma 3 and, even though I haven't purchased it yet, DayZ Standalone. As you may know, they are CPU intensive.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd wait on DayZ - it's really buggy. If you want a survival game that's also in development pick up Rust. It's really fun.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I recommend checking out poormangamestop on youtube for games :D

https://www.youtube.com/user/PoorManGamestop

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Asus ROG boards have a notably easy novice overclocking UI, and with your liquid water cooler, any plans to overclock?

+1 for the build and research, I'm piecing together my 1st build as well and am eying both that Hero Mobo & EVGA GPU, any insight would be appreciated, thanks.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely man. Looking to get to my CPU to 4.5GHz even though I could probably go a little higher with the H220. I would love to give you a more detailed review, except its only week one for me! The GPU is awesome as well and yes I will definitely be overclocking it. As for stock performance, its amazing. Can't wait to see what will happen once everything is overclocked.

I will be back to comment once I overclock. Thanks and goodluck!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

MORE FANS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play? +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I love realism, so Arma 3 primarily. DayZ standalone as well.

I am however, also looking into Star Citizen. I watched Chris Robert's videos explaining the vision he has for it, and it actually blew me away. I can't wait for that.

I am still exploring, PC gaming is a whole new world to me.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Im excited for star citizen as well.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the 600T? I have the same case and I've been living with it for about 3 years now. Still by far my favorite case out there. Also, I applaud you for helping to keep manuals alive and well.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Absolutely love it! Spacious, aesthetic, and neat. I love it inside and out. No regrets whatsoever with this purchase!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I sold my graphite 600T a few months back. Those are way bigger than they look like in pictures. I prefer a smaller form that I have in my current build. But to each their own. It is a very high quality case I will say.

FYI when I sold it on ebay, the cheapest way to mail it from USPS (which is always cheaper than FedEx), was no joke $100 because it's so huge. I had to cancel the auction and sell it on craig's list.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point
  • Rear SP fan was not needed; AF fans work best for venting out the rear.
  • AIO liquid coolers are garbage at worst, marginal at best...waste of cash other than to gloat about "having water".
  • Air cooler would have worked a lot better in a case like the 600T.
  • 4770k has negligible performance over the 4670k for gaming; HTing(4770k) doesn't benefit you unless you're rendering.

Not bad for a first timer though.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a disease =)

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes in one of my replies I stated that I purchased the H220 for several reasons. A main one being the setup is expandable. So yes, in the future I will definitely expand, adding the GPU into the loop.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Where did you mount the two SP120s? Im getting almost the exact same rig so I was just wondering. :D

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually ended up with an extra SP120 lol.... I initially was going to replace both radiator fans with the SP120's and take one of the Swiftech fans and place it as exhaust in the rear. I ended up liking it how it was though, so left it as is and just replaced the stock exhaust fan with the SP120. Turns out though, one of the Swiftech fans is a little bit slower, the bearing may be damaged. So plan A looks like it will take effect.

Good luck with your build man.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

B the way, did you install the H220 fan controller? Also, Should I use the Corsair SP120 high performance fans to replace the H220 fans?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Sp120 provide a high amount of static pressure which is good for raditors.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I hooked it up so that the pump was hooked up to the motherboard, and the fans were connected to the splitter. This way I can control pump speed and fan speed separately.

If you wish, I imagine it would work better than the H220 fans.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Where you pushing or pulling the air? Please respond quick because i just go the parts!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I configured it so that my fans were pushing air into the case from up top. This was the only way I was able to do it because of the integrated pump, in the radiator. It wasn't clearing the motherboard because of this. I would have liked the radiator to be up top and the fans on bottom pushing air out, but it just wasn't possible, and I would have hated to have the radiator AND the fans sticking out just above the motherboard, so I mounted the fans up top and the radiator underneath. Aesthetics are everything for me.

Pulling the heat upwards without a Push/pull configuration would be less effective than pushing the air downwards from up top. Heat isn't an issue for me at all, so I could afford to push the air inside, I have great ventilation, so it works well.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

should i push the air out of the case from the top or push it into the case?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have mine pushing air into the case. Apologize for late reply.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

wow.

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. It's a coupe. I'll tell you what man, it will be very hard to switch to a non-M BMW!