Description

After an year of 'research', finally pulled the trigger!!

CPU i7 4770k : Have not overclocked it yet, but will do in a month or so. This baby is blazing fast.

CPU Cooler - Corsair Hydro H100i : I was initially not going to spend more than $50 on CPU cooler, but then realized that this H100i was worth it (and the damn logo lights up which looks pretty awesome). Takes up a lot of space, had to remove my top 200mm Fan which I couldn't put anywhere else.

GPU - EVGA GTX 780 SC :First I decided to get an Overclocked GTX760. Then I decided that GTX770 was better and was only ~$100 more. Then I ....bought GTX 780 :P This guy is OC'd by EVGA and looks like a Titan. The logo lights up and you can do all sort of fancy stuff with the Geforce GTX logo LEDs (make it flash, follow your Music beat, map the brightness to the GPU temperature, etc).

Case - CM Storm Stryker : I almost bought a Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow edition, but then realized that lot of people said it was too white and looked cheap. Finally saw CM Stryker on sale and bought it. This is one incredible case. Lot of room, fans, Good cable management, Looks very stylish, excellent paint job, etc. Rotated the fans on the front to face front instead of sideways.

RAM - Kingston HyperX Beast 2133 16GB : RAM prices are so high, but after a good bit of research I went with this one. Looks very nice, good heatsink (not too over the top like some other RAMs). had to overclock the MB to recognize this RAM's default freq. which is 2133.

Motherboard- MSI Z87 G45: This was the most difficult purchase. IF you read the reviews on MBs, its almost impossible to buy one with confidence. But I decided this G45 was reasonably priced, had what I needed, looked bad *** with the black/Red dragon theme. Plus their customer support is terrific. BIOS was easy to use and everything worked.

Samsung SSD 840 Pro : this baby is small and works like lightning. I had heard about SSDs being fast, but ohhh boy, windows start in 10 secs, and shuts down in 4. AMAZING.

Will post some benchmarks when I get time to run them. So far I spent 8 hrs or so putting this thing together, and another 4 hrs for the drivers/softwares and games. Played Battlefield 4 and CoD ghost both at Ultra settings with no issues. Let me know what yo guys think of the system and the cable management. Still have to put the stickers that came with almost all the parts (MSI, EVGA, Intel, Corsair). Don't play on monitors, but on a 80-140 inch 1080p Projector. Bigger is better.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome build.

1.- what desk is that? i'm looking to get a more compact desk for my pc and that looks great.

2.- i had that steelseries keyboard, but i didnt like the gaming area buttons. The WASD especially would get stuck. it's a nice idea but needs better implementation. I did like the ergonomics and the layout of the gaming area

3.- the logitech gamepad. i've been looking into buying a gamepad like that. are they worth it?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. No idea. I have had this desk for years...was given to me by my uncle since he wasn't using it. I have made quite a few changes to this desk. it came with sections and sides that look like filters :) and I took some out and moved some around to make this work. it actually had a shelf on the top which I removed since I need open space to look at the projecion on the wall. This desk is so light you can pickup the whole thing with one arm. I will look to see if I can see a brand name on it somewhere.
  2. The keyboard is good, not the best. I use the gaming area buttons, the key is to have the keyboard sitting at an angle horizontally. Mine is at 25-30 deg when I play.
  3. Logitech Pad is also good if you like gaming with gamepads. I use it but not nearly as much as the keyboard. It does have lot of pre-made profiles for games, lot of buttons, but you can't really use it to its full potential. So buy it if its on sale, or a used one on CL, but I wouldn't recommend buying a new one. In short, its not as ergonomic as it looks.

Thanks for Liking.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sexy build. Was just asking about the airflow. I'm gonna buy that case and the H100i and I'm afraid of heat problems as you have to put the 200m fan away and I think that's bad for the airflow. So what is your opinion? Should I buy them or should I search for another case?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Well the H100i has two exhaust fans of its own. So you remove one 200mm exhaust fan with 2 140mm Corsair fans. So don't base your decision on the removal of teh 200mm fan. The case is excellent, every thing about it. I am actually planning to use the 200mm fan as an intake fan and mount it inside facing front of the case. It is very doable and there is enough space. Might not look 'sexy' but it does help a lot with air intake which helps especially with summer coming along. Let me know if you need any particular pic to make up your mind about it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

When I get them, I will pm you. And thanks for the reply!