Description

BACKGROUND:

Started this build after downloading Overwatch and realizing that my 7 year old system was running on 32-bit Windows 7. Instead of dumping resources into my old box which had many other issues of it's own I opted to build a new machine. No more playing games on the lowest settings possible and still having poor framerates.

GOAL:

My current box has ridiculous blue LED's that require me to turn it off(or unplug) at night to sleep, and the embedded case fan is off balance and causes a ticking noise while it's operating.

I was looking to build something that would last me some time, and be flexible enough for me to have the option of future upgrades. I also wanted a case that had minimal lighting and would be quiet.

COMPONENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Motherboard - MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Very flexible board with lots of room for me to upgrade as needed; supports SLI/Crossfire, 4 ram slots for up to 32GB, and 6 SATA ports, Black and White color looks slick.

Many reviews online warned of DOA, or complained of the boring IO plate. Mine thankfully worked, and I rather like the plain IO plate (if it was black or white, that would have been a nice touch).

Memory - Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16 GB (2 x 8GB) Purchased because it fit my color theme and for appearances. Would have preferred to have bought in white, but they were 8$ more.

Video Card - MSI GeForce GTX 960 4GB Not top of the line but a significant upgrade over my EVGA 9800 GTX + 512MB card. Black and white, apparently the fans don't run unless it's necessary; a nice perk for my quiet computing needs. Did notice quite a bit of video card sag when the case was upright, I'm currently using the power cable to help support it. (any advice here would be appreciated)

Power Supply - Corsair RM 750W 80+Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX A bit of a splurge here, trying to accommodate for future upgrades so went for a decent bit more wattage than I needed. This PSU also features quiet operation under low load. After this build, I've decided that modular is the only way to go. I managed to get the PSU for 80$ after MIR

Case - Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Mid Tower will probably be the largest size I'm willing to build in, but this case offered plenty of space to work in and comes with lots of screws and zipties. I like the space, how modular the case can be, and the built in fan controller is nice. Side panel thumbscrews that stay in are a pleasant surprise. Blue LED not fitting in with my theme, so I replaced with a white LED off of amazon. Several reviews have stated the case has lackluster thermal performance, so I plan to purchase an additional fan (same as the other 2 in the case already). NZXT H440 was a contender, but this case was more unassuming and I liked that.

Unfortunately I think the back could use a couple more cabling tie down locations near the back of the case. I also mounted my motherboard into the case first which I think made it impossible for me to make use of the SSD mounts in the back.

END

Happy ending, no DOA, and up and running in under 3 hours :)

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the black and white theme! Very similar setup to my build. Enjoy!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

u stole my idea

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

i was gonna make the panda box u stole my idea

  • 44 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice build! Check out my own part list its called Panda too, coincidence? Its much more than what you did!