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I didn't expect to be doing this till at least a year from now but I ended up building my first PC. I was a little nervous at first but after all the research I've done and build videos I watched, By the time I actually got to building it, I felt like I knew what I was doing for the most part and the build process went smoothly. Quite honestly actually picking out the parts i wanted took a LOT more effort than actually building it. My PC completely changed forms several times before I ended up actually ordering all the parts. I toe dipped into PC gaming on my laptop so I've been hoping to get a real gaming rig for a while now. I wanted to put together something that could max out nearly anything I could throw at it at 1440p. I havent actually had the opportunity to really test this thing with some really intensive games, but I have benchmarked it using Firestrike and got a score of 16008. My CPU is overclocked to 4.6GHz(1.3v) but I have yet to do any overclocking with my GPU as of right now. My CPU stays pretty frosty thanks to the H110i GTX I bought. I replaced the stock fans on the cooler with two Venturi HP14s which work like a charm. With all the CPU testing I've done during the overclock, I've never seen it ever hit 60 degrees. I have the radiator mounted on the front to make use of the silent design of the Define R5 I bought, though in hindsight I feel like a Define S would have probably been a better choice for my cooling setup. Aside from the radiator I have a 120mm intake fan on the bottom, as I'd rather not have the radiator being the only intake on the case, as well as a rear exhaust that came with the case. I was hoping to have a 140mm fan on the bottom but it wouldn't fit with my PSU since the bottom 140mm fan mounts use standard holes instead of mounting strips. With all that being said, I ended up mounting my storage drive in the lower optical drive bay using a bracket I bought off of newegg which allowed to fit both my SSD and my mechanical drive in a single 5.25" bay. I was planning putting the SSD I bought on the mounts that came with the case, but putting the SSD in the bracket along with the mechanical allowed me to hook up everything with the single SATA power cable. When I end up expanding my storage though, I plan on moving it back and using two 3 plug SATA cables instead of a single 4 plug cable. My PSU came with quite a bit of cables which will come in handy at some point. All of which are black sleeved which is really nice. Speaking of which, I'm well aware the PSU I bought is overkill for what I currently have, but I didn't want to rule out the possibility of getting a second GPU at some point. Overall this actually all went really well. I felt like I've learned a lot more about computers and it was actually quite fun.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done, sir. I'm jealous of your GPU.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build, how's the case treating you?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Overall It's a great case. its got a nice layout and cable management was a breeze. My only real problem with it is the latching mechanism for the windowed side panel, it makes opening and closing that panel a little harder than it should be.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build. How's the WD Blue as far as load times go? Was debating on getting this (WD Blue) and a 250Gb 850 evo or a caviar black and a 120gb evo but I saw that speeds were similar for both HDDs. I'm guessing speeds are pretty good on the blue?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't really have much of a basis for comparison tbh. I installed TF2 on there and it loaded up pretty quickly(a LOT faster than my ASUS G75 laptop I used to use, but that hard drive was running at 5400RPM so that's expected). So far I have no problems with it but I haven't put much on there. The vast majority of my stuff is on my SSD currently.

If I had to make a reccomendation between the two options you suggested, I'd say it depends on how much storage you need. Research I've done before building my PC seemed to indicate that Blue was a superior drive at 1tb but black drives are reccemended for anything higher than that. If you don't need more than a 1tb hard drive, I'd recommend getting a blue along with the 250GB SSD, I don't have a black drive to compare it to but you do get a lot more room on your SSD that way.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's what I had figured to be honest. I don't really see any justification in my case for a higher capacity than 1Tb, and honestly for the increased price, which isn't too bad, I'd be better off sticking with the blue and if I need to expand, getting a 1Tb caviar black later on. I wanted to keep it around $130 so it seemed like a good option going with the evo and the blue. All it really came down too was loading times (read and write speeds essentially) and they seemed similar enough based on a fair amount of research. Thanks for the reply, I appreciate it.