So a bit of background about me and why I decided to build my (first child) ;P . I love everything about computers, you can call it my hobby or my second life. I usually spend my spare time when I am not working watching youtube videos of latest computer components and reviews or how to build a computer, etc. I know strange for someone that never built a computer before.... haha.
The reason for this whole build is for the purpose of #1 for my work. I am a computer programmer that does web application development and I needed a computer that can handle multiple applications at once. #2 I am mainly a console gamer, although I do play PC games from time to time(mainly MMO's that are not GPU intensive). I would like to get into streaming in twitch my console gameplay of the up coming Titanfall and Bungie Destiny. I have never streamed to twitch before, But I am still researching and I would like this computer to be able to handle that as well when the time comes.
This whole build started from black friday of 2013 through boxing day and into 2014. As I tired to get the best possible deals as I can. It is really tough specially in canada where all the parts are super expensive and taxes are crazy high. I ended up getting most of my parts before boxing day they were all setting on my desk taunting me...seducing me lmao... But I still needed to wait from my motherboard to ship..which didnt arrive until just this last week..usually directCanada is great with shipping, but for some reason this was delayed. anyway's the motherboard arrived monday... outta all days. The reason I am saying that is...I am a busy person working all day and I dont have time during weekdays to sit down and build a computer especially since I never done it before. I had to wait until saturday morning to build my baby. whole week of day dreaming... waiting for saturday to come already lol.
Anyway Saturday finally came, I woke up early got my morning Double Double :p and started away. Took me until evening 9pm by the time i was Done building and updating the drivers. Labour of love for sure :)
HD pics of completed build: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjQxtfYz
CPU: Decided on the i7 4770k for its hyperthreading capabilities for my development needs, as well as for streaming functionality later in the future. I got a sweet deal on this bad boy so I couldnt pass it up. I must of hit the lottery jackpot or something but this baby overclocks very high. on idle I was sitting around 30c and when it was overclocked to 4.5 on full 100% load the highest temp it got too after running prime95 for 5 hours was 63c. WOW! I am very happy with this purchase. I have not overclocked it any higher for now. Since my ram is already running at 2133 and I am happy with 4.5ghz.
H100i: Another good deal for just about 100$, I have it set up in push/pull config. Does everything it states, keeps my 4770k very cool. One issue I did have was I wish they provided with more longer screws...I had to drive to home depot to pick up some extra 6-32 x 1/2 machine screws so I can set up my push/pull. the screws that make with the h100i were way to short.
ASUS Maximus VI Hero: Very happy with this purchase, this is an excellent high end mobo. Also very easy to overclock for newbies like me that are just getting into the hobby. I highly recommend this motherboard, had absolutely no issues. It easily recognized my Samsung EVO and was able to boot from my usb no problems!
Memory: All memory right now is very expensive compared to last year, I seen some positive reviews on the AMD RG2133 series and decided to bite the bullet. Very happy with this RAM easy XMP profile to run at 2133mhz no problem. Also matches with the look and feel of the Maximus hero design.
Storage: I found a great deal on this SSD during boxing day, I couldnt pass it up 500gb samsung EVO. windows 8.1 boots up in less than 6 seconds!!! it is blazing fast, This is my first ever SSD and my mind is totally blown by how fast the computer is. I have never experienced anything like this. I highly recommend everyone get an SSD. Just as a side note, I do plan on upgrading my storage. I plan on purchasing more hard drive space later in the future, but for nown 500gb is enough for me to set up my work stuff.
Video Cards: I was initially planning on getting the r9 280x Matrix edition cause i love the LED lighting effect on that card, but sadly they were all sold out. Also Since I dont really do any PC intensive gaming, I found an amazing deal on Kijiji for a brand new 7870 for only 100$. So I decided to get this for now and I do plan on upgrading it in the near future since 22nm technology just around the corner. Might wait for that to get a proper GPU that this build deserves. :)
Case: I love this case, very sexy with the side window. Excellent cable management, very spacious. I Would recommend you do not ship this case. as I had some issues while it was shipping from BC. the front panel hinge snapped. However I was able to easily fix this issue by using a glue gun, works perfectly now. note* I know some of you are going to say why i have those bottom fans set up opposite way. mainly for aesthetic reasons, I wanted to see how hot my cpu would get under load and if air flow would be problem but nope my CPU runs very cool and air flow is great so i just decide to leave them like that for now.
PSU: I was initially planning on getting ax860i but they were really expensive around 200$ here in canada, I found an amazing deal for ax750 so i decided to get it, Also found a good deal on Kijiji for someone sellings red corsair sleeved cables for 20$ so win win :D
Monitors: these are excellent monitors for the value, 1ms response time. very good picture quality. I also like the red lining at the bottom of the stand, it goes with the style of my mobo/build. No complaints on this monitor.
Keyboard: I have never used a mechanical keyboard before, So I am not an expert of reviewing them or telling you if its good or not. I am still getting used to mine, the keys are very fast paced, very respsonse and they seems to have very good feedback as well when I press a key. I love the RED LEDs as they go perfectly with my build's style.
Mouse: Very good mouse, no complaints i really like the feature to auto adjust the dpi with a press of a button up or down. the corsair red logo looks really nice.
Custom/Extra: I have got my led Strips from Icemodz they do excellent cable sleeving as well as LED effects, I can control the color and mode of my led strips with an external remote control. very nice! Also I got a free live Gamer HD from a friend of mine since I told him i wanna stream later in the future and since he got the newer Extreme Cap U3 he decided to give me his LGHD.
I would really like feedback from you guys to let me know How I did for my first ever build, Ways I can improve on this and advise for future computer builds :D