(First things first... sorry for my bad grammar)

This is my first time building a PC, after research for every part that suited for me on the internet. I'll use this for Architecture studies in university in next couple months. Before this, i use an Vaio Ultrabook with integrated GPU, enough for photoshop but not for gaming. Actually, i wanted a B&W color scheme, but the motherboard i wanted isn't available. So i switched to plan B: B&W w/ Red Accent. I wish this PC will run for 2-3 years before major upgrade.

Used for: Gaming, Editing, and Rendering

Applications will be used: Photoshop, 3ds Max, Sony Vegas (sometimes)

Games will be played: CSGO, Ark Survival Evolved, Cities Skylines, Goat Simulator, and GRID Autosport

FAQ Why didn't go with skylake? I lived in third world country (Indonesia), every part is overpriced especially new parts like skylake. IMO, haswell will served me well for next 2-3 years

Part Review (Also included price when i bought it in here & converted to USD):

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1241 V3 ($357.6)

Actually my plan was to use E3-1231 because 1241 wasn't available when i checked the store's part list the day before. But when i went to the store, 1241 was a new parts and just a few bucks more expensive. So, why not? Xeon is just an i7-4770 without iGPU and cheaper.

CPU Cooler: Stick with stock cooler, planned to upgrade to Cryorig H7 (For aesthetic purpose).

Motherboard: MSI Z97-Gaming 3 ATX ($185.85)

This is my biggest mistake here, i wanted SLI-capable board for (maybe) SLI in the future. So I choosed MSI Z97S SLI Krait edition (B&W color scheme). But it wasn't in stock for a few month. Second choice was Z97 Gaming 5 and it wasn't in stock too. In the end, i choose Z97 Gaming 3. After built the PC, i realize that i forgot about the SLI capability (This board doesn't had). Damn...

RAM: Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x8) DDR3-1866 ($103.9)

My choice was Kingston HyperX Fury (White) 16GB, but the part's supplier still closed (I bought the day after Chinese Lunar New Year). The store recommend me this instead because it was in discount.

SSD: Team DARK L3 120GB ($53.6)

Everywhere i asked for recommendation, the answer is mushkin SSD. Sadly, it wasn't availabe in my country. So i asked the store for the best value. This one isn't bad at all...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM ($51)

Nothing special, just for storing data and game. Planned to buy a NAS in the future

Video Card: MSI Geforce GTX 970 4GB Tiger Edition ($404.1)

My choice was Zotac's 970 because it's a 970 in 960 price range... But I'm out of luck, Zotac's supplier was close too... The second cheapest card is this...

Case: NZXT S340 ($90)

Fall in love at the first sight~

Power Supply: Corsair CX750M 750W Semi-modular ($103.9)

Every recommendation was EVGA's, but there's no EVGA PSU in here, choose this instead. Not so great, not so bad either.

OS: Windows 8.1 SL 64 Bit ($99.97)

Cheaper than 10, free upgrade to 10

Monitor 1: Samsung S27E390H 27" ($273.4)

Once you go big, you never go back... Truer words have never been spoken... Not interested in 4K, Ultrawide or triple display hype, my wallet didn't like it either... 1080p 60Hz is enough

Monitor 2: LG 22LK310

This was a TV that once used for CCTV. But the CCTV was broken and this TV never being used again, what a waste... Now, this is used as Hardware Monitor's Screen with Rainmeter App... (Tip: use different Wallpaper if your second screen's size is not the same as the primary monitor)

Audio 1: Audio-Technica ATH-WS55BRD

I had this headphone for about 2 years and this thing still work very well. I prefer music-headphone over gaming-headset.

Audio 2: Logitech S-150 USB Speaker

This was my brother's computer speaker, before he went with laptop. So, free nice speaker i guess...

External HDD: WD My passport 1TB

I like photography and this is my main storage for everything... Including Music, Video, Film, etc.

Webcam: A4 Tech Webcam

This also was my brother's computer's webcam. Laying around not being used about 2/3 years... YOU CAN'T SEE SH** WITH THIS... But the Mic worked well for In-Game voice which is nice...

(notes: part listed below is purchased at 5/3/2016)

Keyboard: Cougar Attack X3 ($97.5)

A good-looking full size Cherry-MX blue switch mechanical keyboard for 97.5 bucks? Only this keyboard that available in here that below 100 bucks

Mouse: Mad Catz R.A.T. 3 ($61.5)

Looks great, matched my color scheme... HUGE mistakes, this mouse sometimes stopped working in the middle of game... Second option was Cougar 750M, never felt so wrong in my whole life~

Case Fan: CRYORIG QF120 Silent 44.0 CFM 120mm Fan (Bought 2 pcs, $10.5 each)

I only got 2 fans with the case... For 1 month use, i felt i need more... This is fans matched my color scheme and do its work well... About 1-3 Degree lower in CPU & GPU

LED: RGB LED without brand... Served me well, got an IR remote, powered by wall outlet (Not Molex). Only $15 for 5 Meter + Remote + AC/DC converter. (Notes: I'll move to dorm soon, so i didn't install LED behind my desk)

Total price in Pcpartpicker: 1,349.65 USD

Total price i payed (Excluding LED): 1,904.625 USD (WHAT THE F###)

Next in my update list:

CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7 (May/June 2016) - For Aesthetic Purpose

Cable: White Cable Sleeve (May/June 2016) - For Aesthetic Purpose

Mouse Pad: Mionix Sargas 900 Extended Mouse pad (May/June 2016) - This table can works as mouse pad

DAC: Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro - For easy plug in audio jack

UPS - Had blackout pretty often


  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Xeon build!


  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks... Xeons FTW!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Wish I had a Xeon :-(

  • 46 months ago
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I am a simple man, Computer looks fantastic, I +1

  • 44 months ago
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@FRXxFreeze In the process of a Xeon build ( Research and parts selection phase.) Xeon e5 2670 for all the cores and according to futuremark the highest rated Xeon as of the time of my comment. I really like your rainmete skin. Is it possible to send it to me? +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

what do u think of this monitor input lag?

i mean while playing BF or COD when u move the mouse DOES the screen move at the same time?

  • 36 months ago
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Sexy AF