Description

I built this for a couple of reasons. Mainly as a Photo editing PC. I know it's overkill, but that leads to the second reason, because I could haa ha. At the time, I was given a great deal on the parts so I couldn't pass them up. I wasn't into gaming and didn't want to purchase a new fancy GPU that would have costed me four or five hundred dollars. I Initially had a Asus 750Ti but then happened to see the EVGA 950 FTW card and that had a back plate. It fit the aesthetics of the case so much better. I built this last August (2015) and I love it to this day. I have since gotten into gaming and built another PC for that. I use this one when needed. I love it though. The Corsair H110 GTX keeps my temps reaaaaally low. At idle it's in the mid 20s. It never really goes above 40 for that I do on it. I will say though..... the fans are LOUD.... These things move a ton of air, but they are loud. As pretty as this one is to look at, it is really loud. Admittedly though, I haven't gone in and changed the fan curve. I let the Asus software do it for me. I know I know it's lazy (don't judge me lol). But other than that, this thing is a solid machine !!! I love to turn it on when I am ready to edit some pics. Overall, I couldn't be happier with the build. Turned out really well.

Part Reviews

CPU

This processor is a beast. It is probably the best bang for your buck in terms of all around ability. Yea, they 6700K might be faster for gaming in some games, or the haswell refresh may be faster. But when this came out, it was a no brainer for me. I am a happy customer. I have this OC to 4.5 using a Corsair 110i GTX in a push pull configuration. No complaints what so ever.

CPU Cooler

This keeps my 5850K cool even while OC to 4.5. Solid cooler.

Motherboard

This board was one step down from the deluxe yet still provided all that I would need it for. It for the bill as far as the blue and white theme and it's Asus...

Memory

Ram is ram. I haven't had any complaints with these.

Storage

So many people get upset with these drives because they take a long time to boot up. I can boot my other PC from a cold start in about 6-7 seconds. This one takes about double that. Not long by any stretch, just not as fast as the Samsung Evo. That isn't the drive's fault though. The drive is only there. The system has to initialize it. Once it is initialized however, look out. This thing is FAST !!!

Storage

It's WD and it's their black line, which is supposed to be their best HDs.

Video Card

I haven't had any issues with this card. For what I use it for, it is perfectly fine. And it has a backplate. Can't beat that. The only gripe I have, is that the power connection is in an awkward place. So running the cable looks extra weird. Other than that though, it works well for my purposes.

Case

The case is beautiful and I love looking at it. The one thing I will knock it for, is the fact that the panels are so flimsy. They are really light but really flimsy. I had to RMA one already because the rear panel was warped. Outside of that, this thing is a nice case. Plenty of room to cool. I haven't ventured into custom loops yet, but it has enough room for them.

Power Supply

Quiet, efficient, and fully modular. That's why I got it, and it hasn't let me down yet !!! 80+ Gold Certified !!!

Optical Drive

It does what it's supposed to do. Nothing more, nothing less.

Case Fan

Nice fan, Bright LED. I just don't like that the brightness changes based on fan speed.

Monitor

Excellent quality monitor. It isn't for gaming per se, but it does what it is supposed to do. It fits its intended purpose.

Keyboard

Works most of the time. It can be quirky. But Its wireless and the receiver is pretty good.

Custom

I would have rather gotten some CableMod mesh cables. They are a lot more flexible and also look great. These do their job and look good as well. But they are not really that flexible. If you buy these, make sure you get some cable combs.

Custom

These are good until you pull on them. Then the shrink wrap comes off and the ugly colors of the cables are shown.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

holy **** this is insane

actually kind of funny because my build is super similar

definite +1, and those photos are incredible!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. You have your build on here a well ?

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

not yet, waiting on my CPU cooler

but it's got the same motherboard and CPU.

going to be sweet

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

looking forward to seeing it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

$3500 build with GTX 950.

Upvoted because speechless

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

haa haa. Yea.... This was actually built last year right before I moved. So I didn't get a chance to take pics and do a proper PCP intro. As far as the 950, I had a 750TI when I first built it. I then saw the 950 had come out with a backplate and I decided to return the 750 and get the 950. I don't game on this whatsoever. So for me, a 950 was overkill for my intended uses. I browse the web occasionally and use it 99% of the time for photo editing. Lightroom doesn't utilize cudacores much and so getting a better card would be a waste of money for me. It doesn't even utilize a multi-core processors, but I figured maybe some day it would.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

My build is basically the budget non-liquid cooled version of this with only one super blazing SSD (M.2 though). It's nice, what with the enjoyment of my build yours must be way better, you amped mine up 1000x.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

haa haa $1300 isn't budget at all. You have some good components in there man. Just gotta post some pics so we can see it .

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

haha ok here: http://imgur.com/a/2OTVE

I haven't bought the 1060 yet, I ran out of cash... buying it for christmas though. I wish my cable management was even halfway as sexy as yours, you really know how to style your build :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll love it. And it stays really cool.

As far as the cable management is concerned, it's simple, Just show as little as possible. For example, your 24-pin .... take it and route it through the grommet on the bottom and route it behind the case to the grommet on the top. Use them as much as possible. You can make it look really neat if you just route the cables properly. Your components are good. You've just got to get the cable management down and you'll be fine. I have another build that I did in the Phanteks Evolv ATX. That one is tempered glass on both sides. I used fan extension cables and these velcro straps to tidy everything up.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E1Y5O6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

hope this helps a bit.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'll take your advice when I get home :) I really appreciate it

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Anytime man. Glad I could help. Let me know how it goes.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait a sec I just thought of something... exactly how loud are your SP140s? I bought 2 for heatsink push-pull and while my Define S has noise insulation to some degree I hope they're not too loud...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I have 6 of them. So perhaps that may have something to do with it as well. Also, they are cooling my OC 5820K which is running at 4.5 solid. I should probably set up a fan curve, but I really am just being lazy lol. Compared to my fans in my other build, they are loud. The Silent wings 3 fans are really quiet.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/V6nnTW

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Hope your build doesn't get a shortcut! :P

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

haa haa. From ? o_o

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautifully done, sir. Love it! I almost went with the Intel 750s, but went with the 950 512gb pro and 850 1tb pro for os and gaming drive respectfully. Still considering one in the 2.5" form-factor down the road if I need more drive space.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Yea you can't go wrong with that combo at all. I thought about getting a 950 as well for my main build. But I don't have many things on that comp that I need to have super fast storage for. This comp is for photo editing and video work if I ever decide to get into that. So the speed was necessary.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you hide the prewired cables in the 780t i'm having a pain trying to do this