Description

This was my first time building. Great experience!! I didn't want anything too flashy, so I didn't get any custom LED's or anything like that. But I did want performance... I will be using this computer mostly for gaming, VMware, very light rendering, and basic stuff like word/power-point.

Additional Note: I did order all of my parts through amazon... So I didn't get the best prices on everything... I cared more about the free shipping than saving 5 dollars somewhere else. Also I've never had an issue with amazon as far as RMA'ing something if I needed to.

Things I’d like to upgrade

Another Monitor (Currently on a BenQ 24in), and I use an old HP for watching Netflix or for TS while I game. Braided "pretty" cables May consider a water cooler of some sort... I've heard a lot of them are quite loud... Please give opinions

MOBO: Great board! The bios is well done... A lot of really cool features added right into the BIOS really enjoyed working in it. Also all of the overclocking options are awesome, and I can't wait to start taking advantage of them.

CPU: Performance for the price is unbeatable in my opinion... Great CPU.

CPU Fan: Cheap, Keeps it quiet and cool... Should be able to overclock pretty well with it as well.

GPU: Beast of a card... Card handles anything I throw at it. Little note however... the Card is a bit long for this case... so I did take out the middle HDD bay. You could possibly leave it in but it’ll be real tight regardless, you get a little more airflow with it out.

RAM: 16 gigs, I know gaming only needs 8. But when you have a few Virtual systems up it certainly helps out. Also it helps a bit in future proofing the machine.

CASE: Love the sleekness of the phantom... Decent cable management options as well. Also the stock fans are nice!

PSU: Love the modular design... couldn't imagine going back to anything else... However the stock cables aren't the best... Sooo stiff and hard to route... Will be replacing them with some nice braided cables. (I'll add more pictures when I do that.)

SSD: I've had for a while in my laptop... Boots in about 10 seconds...

HDD: Extra one laying around at work... (500 GB). I don't have many photos/movies or anything like that so storage isn't a real issue for me... If I decide I need more I’ll get more.

OPTICAL Drive: Cheap... Used for OS install.

I have not yet done any overclocking, but will soon. Also I will be posting more pictures when my cables come.

Please voice your opinions on my build I am in no way an expert.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 5 points

take another full body internal pic showing off the completed build with the hyper 212 in there, I'd love to see that, but the only full body shot u have has the stock cooler in it before it was fully complete. congrats on your first build! I hope you realize your going to be addicted now :) +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Will do, hopefully I'll have some time this weekend to open it back up.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that card! not enough people use it. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't agree more! It's an awesome card!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it for £260 :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not buy a $60 HDD so you can store games, music, etc. and have that SSD with the Operating System?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the OS and my main games on the SSD.. And anything else on my HDD. Sorry it's not listed I'll fix that.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's ok :P

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Why should he? He already has the SSD and the hard drive so I don't get why he would buy a larger one because he does not store games and music.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

He hadn't listed the HDD in the beginning i believe.