Description

This is my Gaming Rig which I am building / upgrading from old components and buying new ones along the way. It is far from complete, and I will continue to build on it over the next couple of months.

I am not trying to get the best of the best, instead a build with price vs performance at heart. Also, I am trying to keep the build pretty silent under normal day use, but with the power to supply sufficient airflow / cooling when it is needed.

3DMark Scores are based on the latest 3dMark software and are : Entry = Ice Storm (Default Test), Performance = Cloud Gate (Default Test), Xtreme = Fire Strike (Default Test)

Updates: Just ordered the i7 4770k 1150 because it was at such a good price I couldn't resist.

Planned Upgrades :

End of February, Radeon R9 290 4GB (Graphics Card 1) - Update Bought! 16GB (2x8gb) G-Skill 2400mhz Ripjaws - Update Bought! 480gb Seagate 600 Series SSD added to arsenal.

6x 140mm PWM fans SATA cables for aesthetic reasons RED PSU replacement cables to replace the black ones LED lighting kit.

Unknown time frame updates : 2nd Radeon R9 290 4GB Samsung SSD PRO 250gb minimum NAS enclosure 28"-32" monitor HD Webcam maybe a new mouse definitely a new mouse mat maybe some monitor table stands....and whatever else I can think of along the way.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for photos of empty boxes. ;)

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I always take photos of everything I get as and when I receive it, it also serves as proof, should anything come damaged from delivery.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Makes perfect sense. I just thought it was amusing.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very extensive photo's man, very nice build as well

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much, its getting there slowly, far from finished!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Upgrade the ram and you're set.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM is one of my next upgrades, but I think Graphics card will be first, well the first graphics card, because I will be buying a second graphics card later to run SLI.

Price vs performance I am currently planning on getting a 770GTX most likely the MSI Lightning version.

Update : After further discussion with a friend, I will most likely avoid the 770's and Nvidia altogether at this time, due to the cards using the old architecture and the Titans for example being way too overpriced, so for a reasonable price increase, I will most likely be getting the Radeon 290, and as always eventually buy a second one and run crossfire, this has a lot of added bonuses, not only in performance, but ram and specs too.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Curious about the HDD/SDD situation...two small SSD's and 3 larger of various sizes, unusual brands?

Went a little crazy on pics...nice to be extensive but were you and your camera having a moment or what? The cable management inside your PC is nice, but outside is a mess...why not take a few spare zipties and keep the desk area tidy while you're at it?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If the OP is anything like me, the various HDDs are holdovers from previous builds. I used to use a gaming laptop because I was rarely at home, and over the years I've ended up accumulating a very large number of externals. This also could explain the external cable management, as I'm constantly disconnecting my components when I have to leave town for work (My Storm Styker build weighs a solid ton, so it doesn't go anywhere).

Nice clean build, mate. It'll be nice to see once you upgrade that RAM and GPU.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I know about collecting old components for sure, but a few cable ties wouldn't hurt his ability to stay mobile.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

In my case it does. It's bloody annoying to have to cut them all off when I want to disconnect my speakers and externals when I want to take them with me out of town. I used to have some of those Velcro ones, but I've lost them all.

Personally, I did my internal cable management as well as possible (thought I did pretty good) because it's not just about aesthetics inside the tower. Outside, on the other hand, I really couldn't care less. It doesn't matter what my exterior cables look like, so long as their not tangled. To each their own though.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is very nice! Great cable management on yours as well.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Best thing to tie up external cables are those metal strips used by manufacturers. also use them to pre-tie internal cables.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for comment.

As I may or may not have stated, I am first using old components I had lying around to build the PC, ergo the HDD / SDD situation.

Future upgrades will mean removing all the HDD's, getting a NAS for mass storage and buying Samsung EVO SSD's.

I will get there in the end, will just take some time.

This is also the reason I haven't zip tied the back cables, I am using temporary ties, (the ones you twist together), in the meantime, because there is more to come, including replacing all the sys fans and filling all empty fan slots with PWM fans.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

what the hell with all the pics, i stopped and gave -1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

where you get that keyboard case lol

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It came as a deal when buying the keyboard from dabs.com and it was still cheaper at the time than buying the keyboard elsewhere.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, far from complete, but getting there.

Not spending any money on it for a few months because i need to take some holidays, so got to save a bit :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

nice :) How is the gpu like planning on getting that one

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It is very nice, i play everything so far ultra settings and only sometimes i hear the card, and i have never seen it go over 70degrees which is very good i think for R9 290.

I havent overclocked it yet, but then again it is already overclocked and i plan on getting another one in the future.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, A lot more storage than i'm used to seeing though lol, personally have 6TG in NAS which is more useful when you have 5 pc's 4 laptops =) Why did you go for the 2400 CAS10? I have the 1600mhz CAS 7 Trident X

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't remember the exact reason for getting the 2400mhz, I think initially it was to overclock it past 3000mhz, but I have'nt tried yet because my build has had to take a backfoot due to other priorities and until I get some more system fans I don't want my ram overheating.