As a first time builder, I did not run into any major issues. The process went smoothly and I learned a lot in the process. For all people out there debating whether or not to build a PC I highly suggest doing it.
Great selection, very cost effective for a gaming rig. Are you running AF120 fans on your radiator though? If you are, use them elsewhere and get SP120 fans for your H100i. The AF120 fans are nowhere near as efficient as SP120 fans when it comes to static pressure, the AF120 fans will have to spin much faster to match the performance of SP120 fans at a lower speed.
Thanks for the comment! Currently I am running AF120 fans on the radiator. Thanks for letting me know about this, I was not aware. When I get a few extra dollars I will install some SP120s on the radiator. I can put the extra AF120 fans in the front of the case.
In the meantime, put the fans that came with the H100i onto the radiator. They're the same as the SP120's except a somewhat louder at full load and not as nice looking. Officially they're SP120L's, and I believe the L just stands for "Light", since they took off the colored rings and rubber mounts and stuff.
Anyways, they'll do a much better job of blowing air through the radiator. When AF120's blow on radiators or heatsinks, their low static pressure sometimes causes the hot air to bounce back into your case since it's not being forcefully blown in a straight direction.
Thanks for the suggestion. I will do this tonight and hopefully I can get some new fans by next month.
Lovely build, good cable management, great part choices, and this is, like I said before a lovely build! I hope you're enjoying it so far.
Thank you for the gracious comment. I haven't had much time to play around with it but so far I have enjoyed it.
Good part choice, nice color scheme choices as well :) Looks really nice. +1
Your build is awesome i have the same graphic card but can use it until tomorrow (missing a pciE cable). i was thinking of getting the corsair air series 120mm fans would you recommend them? the build is sick. great color cordination
I would recommend the fans.
Im goin to get the fans and thanks for the response
Whoa, I know you just build a gorgeous new computer, but there is no need to cook your laptop.
All jokes aside, what is the Alchemy product you have on the table, and also the rosewill package next to it? just curious.
The Alchemy product is a LED Strip for looks and the Rosewill package was another SATA cable because my motherboard only came with two.
Ahh cool! thanks for responding.
Immaculate component selection.
This first time build will last you quite a while.
As someone stated above, put the SP120s on the radiator, better temperatures that way as they're made to push out a higher static pressure against high FPI rads. AF are fine for case intake/ outtake. Clean cable management for your first build brings a tear to my eye.
Well done sir, well done.
(Bitfenix alchemy (30cm) will bleed light all over those components).
First time builder? You did very well! Great job on the blue "theme"
why corsair cx :(
The psu is a hx series not cx.
Man you sure like Corsair lol. I really like how it looks when you use everything Corsair. Its like it all matches perfectly. Very Jealous of this build.
Gotta have spotify while building.
I personally would've gone with an FX-8350 for a CPU - cheaper, more cores, higher base clock rate. Other than that, this is a nice build.
The higher base clock means nothing if the IPC is weaker. The IPC for an 8350 is much weaker than the IPC for an i5. And if you are comparing an 8 core AMD to a 4 core i5, the i5 wins out at all points for gaming. The fx-8350 is a good processor if you can't an afford an i5. But if you can afford it and want the best performance for gaming, you should get an i5. This review has benchmarks for both ivy and haswell i5s and at stock they both do better than the fx-8350 even when the 8350 is overclocked.
What about TekSyndicate's video and these benchmarks?
Edit: They actually seem just about even: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/697?vs=701
TekSyndicate is trash. Their/his benchmarks haven't been reproduced in other reviews. And the anandtech CPU comparison isn't great because it doesn't tell you how it comes to those numbers. Individual reviews where they reveal their test setups and try to minimize other variables would be better. Anyway even the anandtech link you showed in your edit clearly shows that the i5 does much better than the 8350 in games which is what this specific build is geared towards.
The 8350 does better than the i5 if you do highly parallel tasks like editing/encoding tasks and can't afford an i7. That is where it shines. If you just want to game and you can afford it, you are much better off with an ivy bridge i5 or a haswell i5.
Such a nice colour scheme, great build +1. Enjoy your build!
Wow great build and i'm loving the colour scheme! So similar to the build i shall be doing next week (also my first). Just waiting for all the parts to come, hopefully it should all arrive by thursday/friday :D
I'm building a similar PC with same case and PSU. I thought that the power supply wasn't going to fit, but I was wrong. One question:
My build has a red theme, but the PSU is blue, those lights below your PSU... Where they come from?
Thanks! Great build!
Only thing that I question is the cooling: If you are not going to overclock, it's a bit overkill. But I really like the choice in processor and graphics card, 760 is the best. +1
Why the H100i? You're not going to have heat issues like that laptop. See, the laptop is on the stove, and is thus very prone to heat issues.
All jokes aside, nice build. I might have put a bit more into the GPU and less into CPU, but that's all my opinion! Great cable management. Nice job!