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*7/10/16 Edit- Last two pictures added Steam controller mount and HTC Vive Controller mounts.

(First time builder)

I want to thank all the geeks and nerds on here that inspired me to build my own PC. I only spent 20-30 hours reading before I pulled the trigger and 90% of that time was on here. THANK YOU GUYS AND THANK YOU TO PCPARTPICKER.

I was looking to buy a PC for my VR headsets and I was getting into the $4,000 price range for the stuff I wanted when I saw someone comment how you could build a PC for half the price at www.pcpartpicker.com. Next thing I know I built it.

It's not really anything special to anyone else, but I have been wanting to do this for many years since some of my family and friends have been building their PCs for years.

I was scared of the headache that would come with parts not working, etc. I changed my mind many time based on the reviews mainly here and newegg.

The build only took about 4 hours. Yep, I'm a noob. But I spent an hour of it trying to get the Sabertooth to boot in the correct sequence. Come to find out I had the dang CPU fan plugged in the asst spot instead of the CPU Fan spot so I kept getting the error and was continually forced to the bios.

I also managed to install the English (United Kingdom) version of Windows somehow. I tried everything including reseting during install to get another option, but UK was it. So now instead of "color" it's "colour." Oh well, maybe I'll get cultured while I work on figuring it out. Not sure when that will happen though considering my HTC Vive is expected to be delivered tomorrow.

I like the look of the build but overall it could look A LOT better. There is plenty of room for improvement. I was originally going with the black and red theme starting with the Asus Rampage Extreme X99, but there were a ton of bad reviews so I went back to the drawing board and had to redo the entire color theme.

You guys pushed me to the CPU fan due to quality and performance, but it is UGLY. SO UGLY.

Why didn't I go water-cooled? Because I had a family member suggest otherwise after I was pretty set on it. I can always upgrade later, but I am very pleased with my options because:

-It turned on second attempt (first time I forgot to turn on the PSU). -Nothing caught fire or smoked. -it took substantially less time that I expected. -Almost no software problems

I don't have the TB Samsung drive installed. That arrives today. I don't have the wireless card installed either. Not sure I will even use it.

THANK YOU TO ALL YOU GUYS FOR POSTING AND WRITTING UP STUFF. It was a pleasure to read y'alls write ups and look as SO MANY beautiful pictures.

I plan on getting the NVIDIA GTX 1080 when it becomes available (Friday 5/27/16?). I also expect I will add some LED fans in time.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks great.

One question: I thought the CPU fans should blow from front to back. In your build you have it blowing down?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, I have no idea. I noticed if I put the fan that way it would blow the hot air out the top. But I could be totally wrong. No way for me to easily turn it that I know of at this point. I could put the fan on the other side though. I would love to here some valid input.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm about to build another one myself, so maybe one of the experts here can help us both out. In my last couple of builds I placed it the other way. When I saw your build it got me thinking maybe I was incorrect. I don't think it will make any real difference, but I would like to know.

I love the white case, I was going for one that looks similar, but in black. You have me rethinking that idea.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I didn't think I would ever build a white one, but I do like it too. My CPU temperate last night was 33 degrees fahrenheit, so I'm thinking it's working. My house was at about 76 degrees. But yea, maybe someone will chime in and can tell us for sure.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

the cooler orientation won't make too much of a difference in such a well ventilated case. you do maybe get a degree or two better cooling or even quieter operation when you place the fan in line with the airflow path so it doesn't have to work against the airflow in the case. but more importantly how are your temps? 5820K with a 212 evo sounds interesting

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you car to elaborate on the 5820 paired with the Evo?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans should blow from front to back. Heat rises so you're pulling the heat from the video card past the cooler.

You want to pull air from the front of the case out the back of the case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How sure are you, because that really sucks for me if I need to fix it. The top of the case is nothing but big screen so I thought you could pull air out the top too...?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess after reading online you can install it both ways.

Having it pull from the front of the case makes more sense to me since the fan is not right up against the video card.

I should mention that I installed mine pulling in air from the front of the case and added a second fan making it a push/pull configuration.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I do see your point. Glad it can be done both ways. I imagine that thing would be a mother to get off the CPU now. Not sure though. I've never done it except before the heat transfer compound dried.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

If you currently have the fan blowing towards the top you should be fine. Your best option would be to turn it 90 degrees so it's blowing out the back, but DON'T orient it so that it's blowing down as

a) it will mess up the airflow of the case, and

b) it will blow hot air directly onto the graphics card

Side note, but for a first time builder that is VERY clean cable management. Give yourself a pat on the back ^_^

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks! If I pull that CPU fan is the heat transfer compound like glue? Or will it pull right off? Do I need to reapply compound? Scrape the existing compound?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I too, would suggest to rotate the hyper 212 90 degrees so that your air flow is more like front-to-back as others suggest. When removing, it will most likely be stuck on a little but give it a slight wiggle and the cooler should come right off. You can use isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth or a paper towel to wipe off the compound from the CPU and the cooler. You will have to reapply.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang it man. I do believe you guys. I don't mind turning it, but dealing with removing the compound. I'm not liking the things I might screw up with that. Maybe I'll do the research on the CPU cooling and take some suggestions (I think someone did make some suggestions) and then when I remove it I will put the new one in place. The looks of this fan sucks anyway.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Great cable management!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't take any credit for that. The case did it all for me.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent cable management in the back.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome Rig! Did a great job on everything, even the cable management is on point. Congrats

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Everyone here showed me how. :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Kick *** build.

Thumbs up

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry still can't upvote anything.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Totally okay. Thanks for the comment.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Touch your GPU backplate after an hour of Crysis 3! You'll notice it get's almost hot enough to bake an egg on there. And that's the air your CPU cooler is pulling.
You should definitely have airflow from the front to the back (could also be the other way around, but you got your 200mm in the front and the fresh air supply is a bigger issue then getting warm air out of your case).
Take a look at my build. I have two airflow streams. One goes from the front to CPU and to the top (no other way there, since i got the 240mm rad) and the other one from the bottom to the GPU and out the back, while also pulling fresh air from the front intakes. I think this is the best way to deal with it, running a rear exhaust card.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

OMG. Yours looks like it should be on the cover of a magazine.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Which one of the two relevant magazines? Playboy or Hustler?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha. Both.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

; )

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

best name ever

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as it isn't a 9590 and R9 290X Reference cooler it should be fine.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I had pretty much decided on the Corsair H105 and then my family got involved in the discussion. You know how that goes. Or maybe you don't? I assume you do.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I'm talkin about since FX-9590's and Reference R9 290X's get really hot.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I hadn't even looked at those. Thanks for the input though. Maybe I'll consider when I stop playing VR and want to upgrade.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Getting a 9590 and R9 290X is not an upgrade. Only thing worth upgrading is the 970 to a 1080 and CPU cooler to a water-cooler.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang it man. You were talking way over my head. I got it now though. I had to newegg and google. Okay, water cool the CPU and 1080. I think that is the ultimate goal anyway. Oh and LEDs. No computer is awesome without LEDs. Hahahaha

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

congrats maybe you'll learn the correct spelling. Jokes aside looks like a great build

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I'm a pretty bad speller, so bad in fact I have no idea what you are referencing.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm from the UK so i was referring to colour/color it annoys me when coding i spell it colour automatically and then I wonder why my code doesn't work. eg

body { background-colour: grey; } It should be, for the code to work the american spelling.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang it! Hahahahah. Super funny. Would have been 10 times funnier if I could have fricken figured that out myself. I thought I butchered the writeup.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build. Hope you enjoy it!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Already am. I guess I need to get a real monitor now. But I keep thinking that will not matter once I put the VR headset on. :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey hows that case? Amazing build

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is awesome. I almost went with the Phanteks Enthoo Primo, but I think that would have been overkill now. This Phanteks Enthoo Pro was really easy to work with. Came with extra screws, straps, etc. I had zero problems with the case and I didn't have to use zip ties. I never thought I would have built a white computer, but I totally like it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thx man!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. I'd expect to see a better cpu cooler on this socket though.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Like what?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

plenty of coolers out there. for this build I'd say the Phantek TC12DX_BK or Be Quiet Dark Rock 3.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I'll check those out.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yea and that was one of my problems. The PLETHORA of coolers. Are it hard to choose.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You bought the EVGA G2 750 which is an excellent unit , but you have the NEX G1 on your part's list which is an inferior unit. You should defintely fix that!

Here is the link to your PSU

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g20750xr

BTW, Very nice build!!!!!!!!!

ENjoy it!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man... but I can't figure out how to edit that?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

-> Full Price Breakdown (above your part list right here)
-> Edit This Part List
-> Go to your "Completed Builds" section
-> Edit -> Edit Part List
-> Choose "Current Part List" (under "System Build"; which you should have edited before to contain the correct parts).

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Man you guys are helpful. Thanks and done.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what this site is for. : )

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure your first build looks 100x better than my first build did, nice work! Although I have to offer a counterpoint to your family's opinion on the H105. I've had mine for almost two years now and it's been rock solid, strapped it to my GTX 970 for awhile and now it's on my 5820k. The only air cooler I'd consider swapping it out for is probably the Dark Rock 3, but that's just me.

Also on the cooler orientation, try using a program like RealTemp to monitor your CPU temps at idle and under load and see if you're comfortable with the results (if you haven't already). If temps seem like they're in control then don't worry about it, but if they get scary high (i.e. pushing 90 C) then consider orienting from front to back maybe with another fan in push/pull and see if that helps, or check your TIM application and re-apply.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I checked temps in the BIOS and they looked really good, but now I know what program to use if it's free (and I can find it) I'll try to remember to try it when I get back home.

I agree with the water cooled info. The reviews are also so good it must be working for a lot of people, but I'd like to hear someone say they've been running one 7 years with no maintenance required.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

RealTemp is indeed free, it's a very useful utility and I would highly recommend it.

And you're right, I definitely wouldn't count on an AIO liquid cooler lasting 7 years without any problems, but at the same time the components in my PC rarely last more than 2 years before being swapped out for new tech anyways :) If you're looking for long term reliability and minimal maintenance I wholeheartedly agree, go with an air cooler! Some of them actually compete pretty well with AIO liquid coolers in terms of cooling performance, as long as your case can handle the size and you've got some good low profile RAM.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Good stuff. That's what I was hoping for. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using an H105 too, and i'm pretty satisfied, but ever since i worked with the Dark Rock 3 Pro i dream of a build that is so damn silent (and yet so overclockable).
Quite frankly it's only for esthetic reasons i don't switch.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Seriously though, that Dark Rock 3 Pro is a thing of beauty. I wonder if it would fit in my Enthoo Evolv mATX...

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a heads up, but if you still have all of the stickers/case badges from all the parts you purchased, the space inside the smaller window right above the "Phatecks" logo is a GREAT place to show them off without them being in the way of anything important

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

GREAT idea. Thanks.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahahahahah. Oh so you're going to culture me too?

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