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I started this build a few months ago and have slowly been adding to it and changing things. I wanted something that I knew would keep me relevant for a while but at the same time still be able to meet all my needs. I started by upgrading the motherboard, RAM, processor, and heatsink. About a month later I got a new case and graphics card. At this point, I'm not really sure what the order was of getting new parts but here's my current build.

Motherboard: I went with the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 simply because I liked the muted black and grey accents. The board looks super clean even without anything attached to you and then you don't have to worry as much about finding matching parts based on color. So, ensuring that you don't automatically bottleneck yourself with the FSB is nice. Side-facing SATA ports helps with cable management and keeping the look of things pretty clean.

FX-6300: Price. What sold me on this processor is getting 6-cores and a solid 3.5GHz out of the box that you could easily overclock up to 4GHz. I know games aren't utilizing the extra cores quite yet, but having the available options should give me some pretty solid performance over the next couple years before I upgrade again.

Case: The Fractal Design Define R4, while a couple years old now, is an incredible case. The included silencing material does wonders for cutting down on overall noise. Their Fractal R2 fans are incredible in the amount of air they pull through the case despite running at lower RPMs. I moved the included black fan up to the front and added a white to the back to help bring a bit of color to the otherwise dark case. Also, 140mm fans are so much more efficient than their 120mm counterparts.

Corsair H100i: The amount of customization involved in this closed-loop system is pretty impressive. Corsair knows what they're doing with their components and exactly what their enthusiast buyers expect out of their products. This is my first time using a water-cooled heatsink and the install was flawless. To make sure you keep things looking clean, make sure you do some test fitting before you wrench it down. Run your cables to the USB port and the fan headers before you attach the waterblock to the CPU. This will help you maintain your clean cable management and help with some of the frustration that you WILL encounter.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get your cables from??

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

They're Lutro0 custom extensions. They're my favs, my Dad used it in his build from 2009. They're super pricey though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering the same thing. Love those cables!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

mainframecustoms.com Lutro0 custom cables paired up with a couple different companies. I'll warn you, while the quality is fantastic, expect some wait time.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful job on the cables.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

really spoiling that FX-6300. It's okay, so did I

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't pass up the $100 price tag. Get the speed and extra cores for a third the price of any enthusiast grade Intel CPU and get to spend that money elsewhere.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool. Should get the job done for you for a good long while. Those are some expensive cables too, but they do look really great.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

A+ for cable management

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's what I spend the majority of my time working on. Definitely take some pride in finding ways to make it all fit and work and having the least amount exposed.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

probably the best looking am3+ mobo out there +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the heatpipe coming off the FSB heatsink into the larger sink on the left. Really shows that Gigabyte pays attention to the important details and recognizes how the board is going to be used.