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Hey all, Just finished building my rig last night at midnight, took me around 3 hours. Had some trouble along the way but they were all stupid mistakes that I fixed. Built this purely for gaming so I tried to get the best parts possible in my price range as well as adding in solid state drives. A note on the case, most people do not like the Phantom due to it being a plastic/metal but it's actually a VERY nice case. It was a pleasure to work on and was easy to take apart. Cable management is already done for you (for the built in cables) and it comes with twist ties to finish it all off. There is also an option 2 bay attachment that comes screwed in (adjacent to other bays), but I unscrewed it so I have more space and I wasn't going to use it anyway. Also, for those who are wondering, the second 128gb SSD was an after the fact purchase, I would have gone for the 256 if I was planning on getting another. And yes, I will eventually buy a serial drive, most likely Seagate 1tb. I love the motherboard as it was easy to work on and has nifty lighting, as well as a great dedicated sound card. It is the best mobo you can get right now for the price. The GPU was also a lot bigger than I thought, but it works well and is one of the best you can get for its performance/money value. Finally, the PSU I got is just cutting it. The estimated wattage was 427watts but the GPU needs 600 as well as 12v/48amp power, and mine was about 12/52. Might upgrade eventually, and for everyone else be wary of you component requirements when you go to buy! All in all, this was a really fun build and I think for my first one it was a huge success.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build! really nice parts, but i agree with EpicOtis13, a gtx 770 4gb or 780 with a h100i cooler would have been great to see in this build. but still this is a great build. Matt

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

In hindsight that is a good idea however the 780 is a 300 dollar difference and I wasn't about to break 2k

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

And the only reason why I didn't go with 4gb of VRAM is because no games use that much and I'm only using one monitor

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

You should have gone i5 780 and then bought an aftermarket cooler

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your thoughts on the case? Considering buying it..

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

My thoughts-buy it. Over the past 3 months I've switched cases back and forth but I always seemed to come back to this one. You have tons of space to work in and its is very well built. Don't let the plastic fool you, its only on the outside and provides a nice, sleek look to the case. Another nice feature-all standoff holes are marked for appropriate sized motherboards, as in the holes for an ATX are marked "A" and "M" for mini atx etc. etc.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have gone i5 780 and then bought an aftermarket cooler

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

With these specs I hope you're using this for more than gaming.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Possibly.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

If not you could have blown an extra hundred on a better monitor instead of wasting it on an i7 which provides you nothing for gaming.