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Built this for some good gaming and online streaming capabilities. This machine is a beast! I'm 39 years old and this was my first attempt ever at building a computer. I think I'm addicted! I was really nervous doing this for the first time, but now I can't wait to build my next one!
Yes, that is my protein shake in the picture. This build took a lot out of me! ;)
Ok I just added a bunch more pictures per all of your requests. I also included 2 pictures of when I had 3 of the ROG Swift monitors and used them for surround gaming. At $800 each, they just didn't run as nicely as I would have liked them to with 2 980 GPUS so I ended up returning 2 of them. It is by far the best gaming monitor I have ever experienced!
The Corsair 760T case was another great pick. You'll notice a pretty big space between the front fans and the GPUs. The case came with 2 racks that were mounted there to hold mechanical hard drives. I wasn't planning on using any mechanical drives so I removed them. This allowed me to have extra space for ventilation. It also allowed me to install a fan on the bottom of the case to get some extra airflow. The case came with a few fans included. I removed all but the front fans because I like the LED lights on them. I then installed the fans that you see in my part list. 2 of them went under the radiator on my CPU liquid cooler, the larger 140mm fan went on the rear, and the other 120mm on the bottom. I wanted my fans to have the red rings on them. That is the main reason I replaced the stock fans. Plus the newer ones have some increased performance.
The stand I have the computer sitting on came from a little creativity on my part. I wanted to raise my tower from the desk so that I could have better ventilation and extra space to do things. I decided to go to my local Ikea store to come up with ideas. I saw shoe stand on display and really loved the look of it. After measuring to confirm it would fit everything, I purchased it and brought it home to put it together my own way. I assembled it without putting the full top row of 5 bars on it. It turned out perfect!
The stands that I have my monitors sitting on were from Staples. Simple stands that raise everything up for me and allow me to slide my keyboard under if I need more room on my desk.
I have 4 speakers in these pictures. The 2 larger speakers with the yellow cone are KRK Rokit 8's that I use on my Mac for my audio production stuff. There are 2 speakers behind my main monitor. Those are made by Definitive Technology and are the "Incline" model. They are audiophile speakers that I don't think are in production any longer. Probably the best desktop speakers I have ever experienced. You might have noticed the white masking tape on the bottom of one of the speakers. I put that there because the design of the speakers has a little groove in that area and my mouse cord kept getting caught in there. The tape keeps that from happening. I refuse to play on a wireless mouse, so that is what I came up with.
The have 2 sets of headphones. 1 for my audio stuff on my Mac, and 1 for my gaming stuff on the PC, which you can see in the picture. Don't waste money on a gaming headset. Do yourself a favor and save up the money for these headphones. They are the Philips Fidelio Over Ear headphones. They are super padded headphones that completely encase your ears but are super comfortable at the same time. I did a TON of research on headphones before I chose these. These are the best for gaming. The sound spectrum is awesome. You can also unplug the cord which means it is easily replaceable if anything goes wrong, and also means you can add a mic! Thats where the V-Moda BoomPro Gaming mic comes in. I am super surprised at the quality of this mic. I use it when on Teamspeak or when streaming. People always compliment me on how awesome I sound. At only $30 they are well worth it and it keeps me from having to use my expensive $450 mic for gaming.
Oh yeah, the things that are holding my headphones... Another bit of creativity on my part. I found them on Amazon. They aren't headphone stands. They are banana stands! Yep, stands for holding bananas! I didn't even know such things existed! I saw them and they were perfect for my needs. I customized one of them with some foam so they could better hold my high end headphones in place.
Enjoy the pics. I hope I didn't upload too many for you. Let me know if you have any questions.
PS: The bottom of the parts list says some things haven't been purchased yet. That is incorrect info. Everything I have listed has been purchased and is being used. I am leaving it that way so that you can easily click on their links to view different websites for more info on the products. All the prices listed are not accurate to what I paid either.
These cards in SLI run everything I throw at them... well at least for the next 6 months lol.
Awesome case! Visually nice to look at. Was very roomy and has lots of spots for venting air in and out. The right side of this case hides the wires nicely. 5 stars!
This power supply was a little overkill for me, but I rather be safe than sorry. It came with plenty of wires/cords and they were all wrapped nicely. Keeps everything clean looking. It keeps my system running with plenty of extra umph if I ever need it.
Sharp crisp colors. Makes a great secondary monitor and backup as well. I love Asus quality.
I LOVE this monitor. It is expensive, but it is also a beast! Worth every single dollar I spent, in my opinion. The colors are crisp. The gameplay is smooth. The visuals just melt in your eyes. If you can afford it, BUY THIS MONITOR!
Crisp 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 visuals combined with fast 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, made smooth by NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. This is the goods!
I purchased this a few months ago. It has been sitting on my desk without being used yet. It looks great. It feels good in my hand. Everything is spread out nicely. I just haven't talked myself into learning how to incorporate it yet. Once I do, I am sure it will make a great addition to my setup.
Clickies! Great keyboard. Sexy look. I like the LED lighting and the general feel of the keys. Everything is perfectly spread out. I also like the finish of the keyboard. Kinda a matte black. No issues with the hardware or software since owning this.
Probably the best mouse for gaming that I have ever used. I wanted a mouse that had a few extra buttons on it. I tried the Razer Naga mouse, but the buttons were too small for my large hands and the mouse had no weight to it at all, which made it very difficult to use.
This logitech mouse has plenty of buttons that are large and easy to use. It also has adjustable weigh and the tracking is great. Logitech really improved their software too, which makes creating macros a breeze.