Whats up guys this is my third comp build, however the last one was in 2006 so alots changed, it was about god damn time for a upgrade!!!! I have enjoyed looking at all your posts; which helped me decide on my part selection so i figured i would throw mine up. All in all a very smooth build, couple of minor difficulties but that is to be expected. This comp is mainly for gaming (Mostly FPS, cant wait for BF4!!), multimedia and everyday use, ill explain my part choices then talk about my build experience.
-CPU: it was between this and the i7 haswell, wish i had a microcenter near me.... since im not planning on using any hyper-threading programs figured i could save 100$, might regret it in the future, we'll see. I am planning on playing with some Overclocks soon. Ive never tried it, but definetly planned for it in my part selection
-Heatsink: was considering a AiO, but they kinda scare me and i read quite a few horror stories. Was between this Phantek and the Noctua nh-d14. They seemed to preform about equally, bout the same price, but the Phantek looks way sexier, considering adding a third fan at some point. Getting pretty good temps so far 22-28 no load, 39-45 in prime 95 stress test. Looking forward to trying some overclocks, prolly aim for 4.2 ish.
-Mobo: I always buy ASUS, and the ROG seemed like it had a good mix of the features i want, decent Overclocker, and some cool gaming features. The onboard sound is pretty impressive, so far no probs with the mobo/software at all. Asus Suite III seems really straight forward, aswell as the Bios. Its got a cool feature called 4-way Optimization that basically finds the best overclock for you. Might should have gotten the asus z87 PRO, but WTE.
-Graphics Card: This was a no brainer, seemed like the prefect combination of price and performance, got the 4gb version because I read it comes in handy when driving a 2560-1440 monitor. Love EVGA, got it all registered and stuff so if i decide to i can step up to a 780 or something in 3 months (after a couple pay checks :P). This card is running pretty well, tempts look good, it does get driven pretty hard while playing crysis on ultra, only 30 FPS and starts getting warm bout 55-60 c. I think the monitor isnt helping the situation. Everything looks beautiful tho and i can always either upgrade or set up a SLI down the road if necessary.
-Memory: Prolly only needed 8gigs but I figured might as well get 16, I wanna try doing some ram disk action, this memory seems good, fast and decently low profile to fit under my Phantek monstrosity.
-HD's: This 840 Evo is BEAST MODE, rapid mode is no joke.. insta loads and insane boot ups (im coming from a IDE, so no surprise im impressed :P) 250 gigs seemed logical for the money, the barracuda appears to be doing its job...
-Monitor: I was researching 24'/27' monitors, and i realized all the 27's in my price range were 1900-1200, which ive heard look stretched out and pixelated. I then stumbled on a OCer forum page dedicated to korean IPS, i was very skeptical to begin with, but as i kept doing research it seemed too good to be true. It was between this (qnix QX2710) and a Crossover 27QLED, the qnix was about 100$ cheaper and seemed almost identical. I eventually manned up and ordered this bad boy from a EBAY seller named "Green-Sum", would highly recommend him, not only did it arrive 32 hours after i ordered it (i do not know how the **** they did that...) but i also accidentally bought the glossy version and luckily he got my email in time and shipped out the Mattee version. I also bought a 30$ 3 year square-trade warranty on it, just in case it craps out, so i dont have to ship it back to Korea... extremely happy with it, zero dead pixels, no light bleed. absolutely perfect.
-Case: This was the hardest decision i had on the entire build, I knew i wanted a white case, so tired of the black boxes, my last build was a antec 900, which was a great case at the time. I was originally planning on getting either a Corsair 500r, or a 600T. I missed a huge sale on the 500r, really like the design, but i wanted a window. I looked at a few NZXT cases, was considering the switch or the Phantom 630, but when i saw the 530 previews i was sold. Huge window, plenty of room if i ever decide to do a custom loop. It has a side fan but it kinda misses the GPU which sucks, but i got another 140 in the HD fan spot blowing straight at the card, ive noticed a couple degree difference. This case was really easy to build in, plenty of room, a few minor annoyances that i will talk about below.
-Power Supply: The corsair HX750 was on super saie on newegg, so i just coped it, might wish i had gotten a 850-1000 if i do decide to SLI, but ill cross that bridge when i get there.. 90$ bucks for a gold rated trustworthy 750 seemed like a good move.
Build Log: So because i pre-ordered the case, i got all my hardware about a week earlier, couldn't help myself, so i built a little cardboard enclosure to test drive my **** in, I wanted to make sure nothing was DOA, luckily for me nothing was. Case finally arrived and all in all a very smooth build. only issues i ran into was installing the BitFenix 200mms too the front bezel. I really wanted a higher CFM fan upfront so i decided to get the dremmel out and cut off a couple screw holes so that it fit, unfortunately i some how nicked something and the LED's dont work anymore /cry :*( its all good tho, they seem to move a bunch of air. Love the look of this Phantom, was never a fan of the Alienware boxes, but i liked the angles on this guy.
Next up: I really need to buy a gaming mouse, using a Microsoft Intellimouse lawls. also im thinking about buying a NZXT Hue lighting system to make my interior more sexy, seems like a cool unit, hoping to find it a bit cheaper than 30$ tho.
Let me know if you guys have any constructive/destructive criticism, or any changes you would make to the setup and or cable set up. I know some people recommended having the GPU power cords coming from above, but i got them zip tied too the HD fan so they are not pulling down on the Card, hoping to avoid any sag issues.
Thanks for reading, and have a good day.