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All these parts were purchased on Black Friday, and the build actually cost $1300

Disclaimer: Don't ever use a VGA cable. Ever. I almost sent my GPU back because the VGA cable ****** with my system.

This build was a lot of fun. There were a few places that it went a bit shaky, but for the most part, this build went smoothly. I spent months researching for the best part choices, and I hope you enjoy the build.

CPU: This i5 is known to be one of the best gaming chips on the market, next to the i7. I chose against the i7 though, I find it has more editing, and barely more gaming benefits over the i5. It just didn't seem worth the extra $100. Runs excellently, seems to hold the 3.8 clock stable, we'll see how it goes.

Motherboard: I was a bit spotty on MSI boards, there are a lot of mixed reviews about their reliability (especially with the Killer Networking), but this board it amazing. Plenty of upgrade room (x2 SLI and x3 Crossfire). I was confused about there being no POST beep, but turns out it posted fine. The BIOS is beautifully laid out and it made overclocking a breeze (changing one value). The sound the board made when I socketed the CPU still haunts me today..

Memory: Fast as lightning, since the motherboard could take up to 3000, I decided to get some 2133. It didn't really need to be that fast, but it was on a huge sale, and it matched the board colors, as well as the X series to be known for reliability.

Storage: The SSD is currently used for all the drivers, OS, and system files. Boots up like a breeze, getting me to the desktop 10 seconds after I turn her on. The HDD houses all the games, and other non-essential files. Runs like a champ as well, and is silent, only heard when I start the computer up.

Video Card: I have always been drawn to NVidia over AMD, and this card seemed like the right choice. Runs everything at max without breaking a sweat, and maxes out Unigine Valley at 90fps (1920x1080p). The 4gb model was the equal price to the 2gb model, so why not? Future proofing right? I love Gigabyte as a company, and the 3 fan design is a quiet, sexy workhorse for all my games.

Case & Fans: Love the case, it is huge (I mean big as hell) and it is amazing for cable management. The fan controller works with all the fans, however not with all the LED's on them :( Will fix that later. The fans are silent, I have to put my ear up to them to even hear them running full blast. The airflow in my system is incredible, when I go to liquid cooling I'll put the final 200mm that the 212 EVO blocked.

Power supply: Corsair is a great PSU brand, and I wanted a high wattage for all my fans and a likely SLI in the future. The modulation was beautiful, and made cable management a breeze. The legacy cables were a pain though, dunno why they still exist.. Seriously though, get modular or semi-modular, it makes your life easier.

Optical Drive: I find these cheap and useless, other than to boot the OS and main drivers. Currently I have it unplugged, and intend to keep it so. It was a great optical drive while I used it though.

CPU Cooler: Amazing, but a little hard to install the back plate. The heat-sink is massive, and the fan is big and quiet. Keeps the CPU cool, and still runs quiet at max load. IF you don't get liquid, this is the cooler to get. Price, cooling, it has it all.

Sorry for the sub-standard picture quality, but unfortunately my camera can't match the benchmark of the rig.

To do list:

Re-route the CPU power cable. (done)

Manage the cables in the back of the case.

Go to liquid cooling, and overclock further.

Go to multiple or 1440p monitor(s).

Get the last 200mm fan in.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait, one question why did you want fast ram, I think 1600mhz is fast enough for gaming and stuff... only reason why you'd need such fast ram is if you got an APU. But you know it's yours not mine :P

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

at that price y not

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

As he said, this was all bought on Black Friday, and it was a steal.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok. :P

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

very cool :) +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Great all-round build +1

Was there any specific reason for the 4gb model 770?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm having serious thoughts about dual monitor/1440p

Mostly because I bought it on Black Friday, so the prices of 2gb and 4gb were equal, so why not? :D

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build mate +1. One question, was that 8 pin not long enough to route through that top hole?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The hole to feed it through was barely too small for the cable to fit through, as the mobo was blocking it partially, I would have had to take out the mobo to feed it in. I might do that later on when I go back and fix the back cables.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent choice of parts?

Do you consider clocking your cpu higher?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I will probably clock her to 4.0 - 4.2 when I upgrade to liquid.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU cable re-routed, will update with a pic when I can.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the Black and red look, everything matches so well. Super clean

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, is it easy to manage all the fan's LED? or were u able to fix the LED from fan control problem?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late response.

Aye, I fixed them, but it turns out the LED had just blown out.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Guess I should not spend extra dollar on the LED fans then =/

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally think they add a great touch to the rig. Further investigation told me that when I re-wired the tower, I had pulled out the LED wire.

Though I notice I cant wire both of my LED wires on the 200mm top fans, there is only room enough to hook up a single top LED, though both fans still operate, only one lights up.