Video Card Cooler
This is currently under construction! Everything is in the h440 for the most part but I still have some small mods to do. Pictures will be updated when it's all done! :)
After months of researching parts, choosing the ones I wanted, and then getting the money to buy all of them. The machine is finally finished. Obviously this was built with gaming in mind, but I do use it for pretty much everything else. Photo editing, 3D modeling, video editing.
Cable Management is meh, definitely could be better.
NZXT H440 : I really, really loved this case when I first saw it. No 5.25 bays, a built in PSU shroud, sound deadening foam and a window that shows only what you want to see. Cable management in this thing is absolutely awesome. It's also a little smaller than my lest case and the whole thing is metal for the most part so it is WAY easier to transport around when I need too. I took it apart apart and painted all of the red trim black, after I saw the Razer edition that was coming out. It looks pretty damn shmexy now. And it was an easy mod :)
Crosshair : Pretty much just a beast. Has tons of ports on the back, has amazing sound, plus all of the cool software that ASUS has for it. Most of which, I haven't even really messed with at all. And, it's black and red ;)
AMD 8350 : Stays pretty cool and it's fast. So naturally, I'm happy with it.
ASUS Matrix 280x : When AMD first announced these cards, I really wanted to get the 290 or 290x. But, they didn't release pricing information on them for a few weeks and I was planning on getting an EVGA NVidia 770 4gb card. But the 280x was just as fast, if not a little faster, had 1 less GB of ram and was over a $100 cheaper. I was looking to save money at the time so I just went with the 280x. Definitely don't regret that decision at all! It's just the tech geek in me that wants that 290 because it's the latest thang. The MATRIX logo on the side glows a different color depending on what the load rate is on it. I wish you had control over that but you don’t :/ (Some of you guys have commented on that already). It’s a cool feature but I am obviously an aesthetics nerd so it bothers me a little.
gSkill Ripjaw X Series : Gets the job done and I usually still have a tone left over. Still would like to get another 8gb kit, maybe even 16gb. More memory is better for the kind of work I do. gSkill also offers a lifetime warranty with their RAM.
NZXT 850 : Would have rather gone with a full modular one but the price was right on this. Only thing that bothers me about it is, either the port on the motherboard is touchy or it's because the power cable is so stiff. If it is bumped out of place and not sitting the right way, it will lose connection and the whole computer will shut off and I have to mess around with the cable to get it back in the right spot.
Samsung EVO 120gb : Super fast, like an SSD is supposed to be (Basically never want to use my laptop anymore). 120gb is plenty of room for me. I have half of the Adobe Apps installed along with what is probably more than the average user would have. Still around 40gbs left.
Seagate Barracudas : Everyone seems to love WD but I don't. I've never really had good luck with them. I've been through a few WD drives and they always seemed to die after a year or two. 1tb is for all of my personal stuff. Music, pictures, photography, pr0n (Wait... What?). 2tb is for all of my Skyrim mods.
Toshiba HDD : I took this out of my laptop when I got a SSHD for it and it has just been laying around ever since then. I decided to throw it in just for a back up drive.
Windows 7 Pro : Didn’t want Windows 8. Nuff said
CPU Cooler : Keeps the 8350 cool but the only thing is, sometimes the pump gives off a grinding noise. I heard it can be cause from hooking the fans up to the pump itself.
Corsair Fans : All of them are whisper quiet and keep everything nice and cool. And, of course, the red rings( Which are now covered in CF, which was a pain in the *** to do).
Corsiar h55 : Keeps my 280x nice and cool. The highest I think I have ever seen it go is around 60. That was on Crysis 3 prorbably. Other than that, it stays in the lower 50's or 40's, depending on what I'm playing.
NZXT Kraken g10 : I was sold on this, pretty much from the moment I saw it. Wasn't crazy about taking my GPU apart and voiding the warranty, and there was also the issues of some of the VRMs being exposed and not having proper cooling. But I threw some Enzotech copper heatsinks on them and i all worked out fine in the end. Definitely one of the smartest upgrades I did, considering it knocked over 20 degrees off my load temps.
Corsair k70 : Best god damn keyboard I have ever used. Ridiculous build quality and the Cherry reds are the best! Definitely worth the money you pay.
Mouse : Eh, for now it's good. Would like to get something better but I haven't really found anything yet so... It has a good amount of driver issues that are annoying as hell. They have a firmware updater for the driver but it doesn't always work. Spend the money and get something a little better.
Asus VG248QE 24.0" : The monitor I am running on now is ok and I can't complain about the price. But I would like to get something a little bigger and something that has at least a 120hz refresh rate. I may go with the X-Star monitor because it is 27 inches and still has 120hz refresh rate. Working on a nice big monitor is just so much easier when you are a designer.
Astros : Everyone keeps asking me the sound quality and I DON'T have them yet. I may even end up going with something a little cheaper.
Memory : Want to get another 8gb kit to have a total of 16gb. Probably will be one of the last upgrades I do. If I even do it at all.
Seagate Barracuda 1tb : I was originally planning on doing raid for a backup of my personal stuff. But I am just going to make my own external with it so it is a totally separate backup from the computer.
BSMODS Lighting kit : What PC would be complete without some cool lighting?