Description

The main purpose of this thing is for gaming, and I wanted to build something that wouldn't require upgrading for a few years. The computer also sits in the same room as our main television, so having it run as quietly as possible was a secondary desire. The Battlefield titles are what I spend most of my gaming hours on. Unfortunately, the build now far outpaces the ability of my monitor to show what is capable in the fps department, so an upgrade on that front is hopefully on the horizon. The build went without a hitch, except for some confusion around placing the heatsink backing plate on correctly. Also, discovered the night before the build that you can't create bootable usb media for installation of Windows 8.1 with the OEM version of the software. I know I could have found an iso from somewhere, but I didn't want to get it from some random place for this $2k+ build. Call me crazy, the optical drive was for peace of mind.

CPU: I know, I know, first thing you're thinking is "why the i7 instead of the i5 if this is a gaming rig?" My answer is, "I don't know," and also, "you never know what the future holds." So a mild/moderate attempt at future proofing here. The difference in price seemed moderate enough to go for the i7.

Motherboard: Here's where I probably went a bit overboard. I do plan to overclock in the future, and possibly get another gpu running in SLI. I don't have a great defense for choosing this particular mobo, and I probably could have saved $50-75 here. Possibly my only regret of the build at this point.

GPU: Went with a relatively unknown product here, and so far I'm really pleased with it. Bought it before benchmarking results were available, and now that some of those are out, I'm glad I went with this particular 780 ti. As mentioned, reserving the potential for SLI configuration in the future, and a potential new monitor with g-sync capability is on the wish list.

CPU Cooler: Could have gone bigger here I suppose, but this should do the trick. It's probably still the loudest part of the build, still considering replacement of the stock fan. Anyone have favorites they would like to suggest?

PSU: Another small regret - I didn't plan far enough ahead for the possible additional 780 ti. This will need to be replaced if I ever do that. Otherwise, just wanted to go with a brand that others have been really happy with.

HDD/SSD: The seagate ssd was from my previous build, and I chose to dedicate it to games in this one. The samsung ssd holds the OS and various other programs. The WD hdd is for media and whatnot.

All in all, so far so good.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Nice cable management, 780ti (I got the same one <3),I like how everything looks so clean and sleek. Great Job

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow you are the master of cable management

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I do not want to admit how much time it took to clean that up.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

The build looks very nice. I am the same way when it comes to cable ties but god forbid if I have to replace something.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I had to redo it today when I installed the hdd. Never again.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I looked at this build and was thinking "Okay cool" then I saw the cable management... Almost cried lmao i thought i did a decent job, that is like next level.. Great build and hows that 780ti workin out?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The 780 ti is ridiculous - averaging 110 fps on bf4 with all settings maxed out. Really happy with that particular purchase.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, im thinking of picking one up myself.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

nice cable management

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Dat cable management </3

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I'm planning an extremely similar one, how are you setting up you airflow? Is the H90 being used as an exhaust? If so, is that giving decent temperatures?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the H90 is exhaust. I have two 140mm fans pulling in front and one on bottom pulling in, and the H90 and another 140mm fan on top as exhaust. Temps are good throughout, though I haven't overclocked the CPU yet. I do plan to replace the H90's fan at some point, it's a tad noisy. I think I would go with a larger radiator if I was doing it over again.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a suggestion, but you may want to either find a way to mount it with the fan pushing through it, or mount another for a push/pull setup. Just pulling through may not give you the best cooling, especially if your overclocking. I suggest either the noctua 140mm fans or the Corsair AF140.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, sound advice. I do plan to add more fans when I get around to overclocking.

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

AF140 is not good for radiators... those are for case airflow. you should get an SP for radiators.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Right. Noted. Thanks.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it's best to pull for cleaning purposes, it's been proven that pushing air or push/pull offers no real benefits over leaving it in pull only