In the wake of the new generation of consoles, I decided long and hard (TWSS) on which path of video gaming righteousness I would partake in. After a lengthy period of an absent, new gaming console, I decided nay on XBOX Uno and PS4 and took upon an epic quest of building a decent gaming rig at about $1500. This machine would be used for movies, school, gaming, and other extra curricular activities. A few caveats; it had to be future proof, cat hair proof, and portable via suitcase. I was able to accomplish 2/3. And with no regrets!
Introducing the "SexBox4Play"! She's big black and heavy, just the way I like em. Here are several notes on the build:
-The HAF XB Evo case from the folks at Cooler Master is a pretty unique product. Few things I liked; it has love handles, the motherboard lays flat and is mounted on a removable tray, hot swappable storage (will add more storage later but for now it doubles as an accessory holder.) This case has been placed under my desk and is hands down the best case for resting your feet. Be warned though, your cat, dog, or small toddler may sit or perform yoga on this case. Also, if you plan on installing a Cooler Master 200mm fan at the top, it will only accept a shorter CPU air cooler - anything too tall will rub the fan. Overall, this cases' visual aesthetics, functionality, and uniqueness really set this apart from a traditional tower.
-For the mobo, I chose the Sabertooth Z87. Asus motherboards are feature rich, and I like the look of the TUF armor. Is it gimmicky? Kinda. Is it more catproof than other motherboards? Absolutely.
-I planned on longevity hence having a decent mobo, PSU, and other components. I went with the i7 haswell, I could have gone with an i5 and/or the previous generation. I could have gone a little cheaper and perhaps better performance with AMD. Ultimately I decided for this build to just pony up the extra money on the latest CPU.
-I am enjoying the GTX770 from the folks at PNY. I was a little weary at first, considering I haven't bought a graphics card from PNY in over a decade! The price compared to the other manufacturers, resounded well for me. Their pre-overclocked, 2 fan nonreference card has been a real solid performer running ultra/high settings on the majority of games thus far. Fans are silent with no coil whine. Does not come with OC software but EVGA's software works fine. It does include a "Lifetime Warranty" but that won't matter when the product reaches end of life (EOL, kind of a sad term if you're a graphics card or robot but luckily machines do not have feelings, for now anyways).
-Went with 240 rad liquid cooler in push/pull configuration (mainly for looks and probably very little performance gains). With the exception of the optional top 200m megaflow Cooler Master (seems to be the only fan that would fit in their mounting holes), every other cooling fan is made by a Noctua. This brand is kind of pricey, for this build it required qty: 3, 120mm and qty: 2, 80mm. I placed two 120mm Noctua fans in pull configuration and two 140mm in push configuration with matching CFM. Noctua makes some butt-ugly fans but their farts are silent and deadly. Added three thermal sensors throughout the case to further monitor temps.
-For display, a 23.6", wait up - for sh!ts and giggles, let's round up to 24" (always round up, never down gentlemen), an Asus monitor for $50! After rebates and coupons of course.
-I plan on adding more RAM later. For now, the ram size and performance fits my needs.
-The Cooler Master decal in the front of the case was stickered on kind of crooked. I ended up replacing it with a Harley Davidson decal for fun and a constant reminder I could have used the money from building this rig for bike parts. Balls.
-I will SLI a second GTX770 when the Price is Right!..come on DOWN!
Hope you guys enjoyed sifting through the SexBox4Play build! Please post any comments, questions, or concerns for the environment here.