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I've always wanted to build a PC that can handle anything that I'd can reasonably throw at it. I've always had prebuilt computers and could never play more than CS 1.6 on them without taxing integrated graphics too much. So I bit the bullet after building a racing simulator setup for the Xbox One...I figured I can just switch over to PC with the setup eventually.

I spent many hours watching build videos and reviews on most every item on this list. I'd watch and read reviews for 2 products per week, then would make that purchase. I think I ended up with a solid build (aside from the GPU, but we will get to that).

CPU - I had no need for a i7 because realistically, I will never notice the difference. This setup will be for gaming and web browsing. Light graphic design work once in a while, and MS Offfice programs. I've overclocked it to a very stable 4.2 GHz which is yielding a max of 57° under load from Intel Burn Test on Max run 100 times.

Cooler - As you have read in the previous statement. I am yielding under 60° with a 20% overclock. I have no complaints here. It was honestly purchased because I hate the look of large CPU cooler fans and knew that I wanted a window case. Install was fairly easy, hardest part of my build for sure - but I am just a rookie.

Motherboard - I mean...it works well, I've had no issues. Mainly purchased because it was white/black and new (supports m.2) OC Genie worked nicely and I love the UEFI from MSI.

Memory - 1866 MHZ 2 x 4 GB is all I will need - plus the white! I will probably get another set in black if I ever feel like burning a hole in my pocket.

Storage - Man oh man, I've never experienced an SSD and I don't know if I can ever go back! I will probably re-repurpose my other hard drives in a HTPC build next, and fill this one up with all magnets!

Video Card - Okay....I barely game on the PC, and my monitor only supports 900p, so this was all I would ever need on this monitor. Got it at a steal for 100 brand new on CL. Within a few weeks I will be upgrading to a 24" BenQ 1080P and then I will be simultaneously purchasing a GTX 970. This one works great for Borderlands and FTP games. Once I upgrade this I will be really digging into what PC gaming is all about.

UPDATE: Bought the ASUS Strix OC GTX 970...so far so good, overclocked easily and my firestrike benchmark is right around 10,500 with a 4.2 GHz OC on my CPU. Runs VERY quiet! GPU core clock is 1,294 mhz, and memory is set to 8,000 MHz using up to 110% power and an additional 15 mV

Case - Love the style - solid build. Could use a bit more space on the management side of the case. Everything else was a breeze to work in and it just looks minimalist yet pretty.

Power Supply - Yes, overkill - but this was the first part of my build. I wanted to be safe in case I went an AMD/Radeon route or even SLI/Crossfire.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build man! Good work.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! +1 Honestly my buddy just built a rig about 2 months ago and he uses a 750ti for his 1080p gaming. He says he never drops below 50fps in wow.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I'd go with the 750ti ftw edition or superclocked edition for the extra 10$. Totally worth it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

The FTW is a great 750 ti, but for 100 bucks for the SC edition I couldn't go wrong :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. The SC is already a high end 750 Ti. The $10 more for the FTW wouldn't have brought a 10% increase in performance to justify it. And 2 fans for 60W is absolutely excessive. And the FTW is $130 on a good day.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

True. That extra 10 dollars only give you a few more FPS than the SC edition

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great, big fan of msi sli krait mobo! Although I think you could've gone cheaper with the case, like per say an NZXT S340 for $69.99? Aesthetics are simplistic like the 450D and it has a huge window side panel with great cable management.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Defintely...hooked on this building PC stuff now, I have a bunch of spare parts and they're crying to go into the S340 or perhaps a Silverstone HTCP setup. The reason I opted for the 450D over the S340/H440 were: Optical Drive Bays...this was to be a practical build for all around use. I was going back and forth with the Phantom 410 custom from FrozenCPU with a Full window, the InWin 703, and NZXT H440/S340. That InWin 703 still calls my name...looks like the H440 but has an optical drive bay.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work. This is similar to my build and what I started out with so let me tell you what is going to happen based on my experience...Once you get the 1080p screen you will want to upgrade your graphics card and you will be very impressed with the gtx 970 compared to the gtx 750. I started with the 750ti...

Once you have that you will start to game and get into it.. at this point you will notice the small delay from having a wireless keyboard and mouse. I had the exact setup before and once I started playing fps games online I noticed the second of lag between the pushing of the button and what was happening on screen with the Logitech keyboard and mouse.

Just FYI make room in your budget in the future haha

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the input man, I was looking into some mechanical keyboards earlier today (k70 in particular). It will definitely have to be after the monitor and 970. I'll have to take a trip to a microcenter for the keyboard and mouse though, I can't risk spending the money on something I may not be comfortable with. The wireless gear will be repurposed for the next build which will be the HTPC.

This whole new hobby has its own budget now :P

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I started out collecting parts for my first build during the summer of 2013. I finished (are they ever REALLY finished?) that build in February of 2014. I just completed my 4th personal build this weekend. Plus a few machines for family and friends...it's addictive!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks great, I am just wondering, how is the NZXT Hue? I am looking at getting it and have seen some bad reviews, what do you feel about it?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The lighting is good and its easy to hide the strips...the downside however is the adhesive. I picked up some krazy glue last night and brushed it on the tricky areas (top of the case, gravity makes the strip fall down). The controller is decent, a bit clumsy to get the color you want but decent nonetheless. I'd still recommend getting one - but just know that you'll need some glue or better adhesives.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh okay, thank you :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Any thoughts on going with a Z97-AR over the Krait? I've had a few people shrug at the Krait, but then again they are diehard ASUS fans. It's more black and silver than black and white, but I think either would work for the build I'm thinking of. Past that I'm trying to weigh the differences in the boards since they are similar enough in price ($20 diff maybe).

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The thought was there and that color route would've been taken...it didn't seem to offer much more aside from the optical audio. However, if it ever came down to it I would probably just get a sound card anyway. No boards over the $120 mark were worth it for what I was using this build for. It overclocks well, looks clean, and has all the inputs I need.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

So you'd lean towards the Krait then?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep..personally, no need to spend more. If I were to ever upgrade the motherboard it would be for a Sabertooth/Maximus. The middle ground motherboards don't sit well with me as far as what you pay and what you get.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build. Looks very sleek.

I'm a first time builder as well, my parts list is almost identical. Can you elaborate about your decision on the liquid cooler? How difficult was the instillation for a first timer?

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I watched a ton of videos before ordering, while it was on the way, and even when I assembled it...the biggest mess up on my end was not attaching the radiator and fans BEFORE attaching the motherboard. Because of that, the inner corner of the radiator does not have a screw (7 out of 8 screws is fine, lol).

Aside from that, it was straight forward during the videos.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

did you like the keyboard?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The Ducky is great, however, I will be switching over to Cherry MX Brown....Still keeping it Ducky though, just waiting for the Shine 5 to come out.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

nice, im going to be getting the shine 4 and the shine 5 when it comes out also! :D Im a fan of the blues for gaming, browns are really nice to type on. Thanks for responding :)