Description

For being my second completed build and the first for myself, I decided to step up the game. I wanted something that I can use for many years to come, have plenty of upgrade potential, and operate minor gaming flawlessly (even on 4k).

CPU - Yes, I know it is only 3.3 ghz but it runs perfectly. I can OC to 4 with no problems or heating issues. I wanted to go with the newer socket, RAM, and card so this is where it all started for me. 6 cores is a great gig for the multitasking projects I do for work and at home. For about the same price as the 4790k I would rather go with the newer CPU

CPU Cooler - Originally decided on H60 but found a good deal on the Cooler Master and read quite a few good reviews on it.

Motherboard - I used an ASRock board before and was pleased. Honestly didn't focus too heavily on this piece. It came in at a good price and I was pleased with it.

RAM - Pretty much the cheapest DDR4 I could find. 8GB for now but I will throw 2 more in the near future to take advantage of the Quad Channel support of the X99 board.

Storage - Samsung SSD all the way. I have helped a lot of people buy these and set them up. Samsung Magician is a great product that I enjoy using. I also had another 500GB laptop HHD that I threw in the manages all my music and documents.

GPU - This was the last part I bought. I really struggled on the AMD vs NVIDIA battle here. Deciding factor on the NVIDIA was the if I 2-way SLI in the future, I won't have any lane restrictions like I would with AMD. (NVIDIA - 16x, 16x, 8x)(AMD - 16x, 8x, 4x) As for which NVIDIA, I looked heavily at the 970's since they were about the price I was looking at but after the reviews and slaying they got, I was in a bind. Microcenter said either the 980 (an extra $200 I did NOT want to spend) or the 780. I did so research and was surprised at the 780 benchmarks. So I went with the 780 and for about $50, I get a 2 year warranty where I can return it and get exactly $320 for it. Win-Win in my book.

Case - I love this case. Great look and cooling capabilities. And for the price, best case I could find with a clear side panel. Only downside it size... I had to do the ultimate sin and top mount the fans because the case was just way too small. I should have gone full but I will blame it as an amatuer mistake.

PSU - Wait, 1300 watts, fully modular, 80 PLUS GOLD, and only $130?? Yeah it was a good deal and very easy decision.

All in all, I am very pleased with this build. I took it to a friends who had a 50" 4K and it brought a tear to my eye... so glorious. It will be my next purchase....

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Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Can you explain how you set up the radiator and fans for the liquid cooling loop? I get that the fans are on top, and it looks like the radiator is mounted to the top inside the case, but where do the wires attached to the fans go to?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

1300W isn't a bit overkill?

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah... unless he wants to triple-SLI some 780's in the future... but even still. Planning for an upgrade like that is ridiculous.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

However, that's a REALLY good deal for a 1300W psu.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Right!? Even if I never get near 1300W (Even a few years down the road when 2 GTX 980's are in it) it will still be a solid PSU.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! Was the 780 $320 in store at Micro Center im guessing? I have one near me that i shop at, but they have no 780's listed on their website. Great build though, +1! :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

It was indeed Microcenter! They just received 1 in stock that day and I was lucky enough to be there when the salesman told me about it. They are impossible to find there he says. Whether that is the truth or shotty salesmanship I hadn't decided until your comment. Good luck on finding one and thanks for the comment!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

hey when i try to add the cooler to my build it shows it as incompaitable (tesseract white) or is completely fine?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The problem is the Mobo mounts too closely to the rad mount at the top leaving ony enough room for the rad. I think it was built this way with the only intention of leaving room for more case fans

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

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