So this was my first computer build since 2010. My old machine is a tank, but there's only so far you can go with a Core 2 Duo E8400 and 8GB of DDR2 800 RAM. I've been tweaking this build for over a year now. I originally started with a 4820k processor, but after the release of the 5820k I knew I had to have it. After months of daily price checking and telling myself it was a want rather than a need, I finally decided to pull the trigger. I give a complete breakdown of all the different parts and why I chose them. Let me know your likes, dislikes, and your overall opinion. Thanks everyone!

This build will be used for a variety of things. Gaming, virtualization, video editing, 3D modeling, streaming, etc.

P.S. Sorry about the quality of the pictures. I'll try to get some higher resolution ones of the inside and outside.

Part Breakdown

CPU: I chose this processor because I felt it fit my needs more so than any other processor. Even though I am going to primarily game on this computer I like having the extra cores available for other tasks that I may be working on. I also feel that LGA 1150 is dying off and would rather build a machine that can be upgraded in the future.

CPU Cooler: I originally wanted to go with the Cooler Master Nepton 280L, but the H110 offers similar performance and was on sale at the time of purchase.

Motherboard: This motherboard is complete overkill, but I bought it anyway. Why? I like the wide array of ports that this motherboard has as well as the potential for add-ons. The ASUS overclock socket was a deciding factor as well. Although I am scared of the user reviews on Newegg, I am optimistic that it will work beautifully.

Memory: I have been a fan of GSkill for awhile now and I've never had any issues. I originally was going to go with the 2400 kit, but this one came on sale the same day as my processor and the CPU cooler.

Hard Drives: I ordered these hard drives originally to keep my old build alive. After I had multiple issues trying to use the drives with my old system I decided it was finally time. I currently have filled up a 1TB drive so I wanted to get more than twice that amount. I got two so that I can back up my main drive. For my needs I don't really see the benefit of having an SSD.

Video Card: I liked the price point for this card. With 4GB of memory I feel this will last me for awhile. I can always get another to do SLI.

Case: This case was one of the few that was going to support the Cooler Master Nepton 280L cooler. I fell in love with this case because of multiple different features(removable hard drive bays, support for 280mm radiators, SD card slot, illuminated back panel, cable management options, etc.)

Power Supply: I know that this power supply is complete overkill. It is going to pump out twice what I need. I fully believe in getting an over the top power supply that isn't going to be running at full load. This is going to last me for years to come and allows plenty of room for upgrades.

Operating System: I installed Windows 8.1 Professional. I have been a fan of Windows 8.1 since I got past the new start menu(which didn't take very long.) Thankfully I work at a University that provides me with access to Microsoft Dreamspark so it was free.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, solid build. Personally, I would have thrown in an SSD or two.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I may add some in the future, but for right now I don't need them.