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-Edit: 2/22/16 Dragon is finished being painted on case! (the only one not high res)
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Hello everybody. This is the first I've posted on here. I have made plenty in my life, but I recently did a build that I'm pretty proud of. So I thought I would share it with you all. So here it is. I wanted to do a build that would multitask like a dream, and do some gaming as well. I also look for it to last a long time. There have been a lot of changed along the way. Making sure that I have got everything just right. I'm pretty picky when it comes to parts and their color choices, I like for everything to go together and blend well.
Socket: When choosing the architecture and processor, I was narrowed down to two. I knew that I did not want the 4th Generation. It’s already at the end of the road. It’s been a great run, however has released all it has to offer. So I looked into Skylake’s new 6th generation. I was very pleased to find out that the non-K branded chips could be overclocked with certain BIOS firmware. There is plenty of room for new chips to come out later, too. Although when looking further into the price range, I surprisingly found out that I could just as easily choose the X99 Enthusiast series. It is at the same point in price. Quickly I was sold on this, and chose the 5820k. I did not need the extra lanes from the 5930k. It still had well over what most others offered in that area anyhow.
Case: The Case we are working with in this build is going to be the NZXT S340, in White. It is a pretty basic case. That can be altered and added with many details in which to personalize and make it your own.
Cooling: I was first going with the Corsair H100i Series Water cooling. Quickly I changed my mind on that. I didn't like the large number of people already building with similar parts. So I decided to find an alternative. My theme started out as simply White with Black. While not going with the Corsair AIO, the DeepCool Captain immediately caught my eye. Having gone with the Captain 240 by DeepCool, I now had to add a little more red. So I decided to choose the GSkill RAM, in red. Moving on...
Motherboard: The motherboard is one of the most important choices to decide on. You want something solid, and stable. But you also want plenty of expandability as well. Since I am doing an X99 build, there is not too much concern in picking a board with M.2 or enough ports. They are all pretty excellent on that front. By choosing ATX, and knowing I wanted more than 32GB max for memory. I was simply left with color scheme and features. When choosing boards I follow a simple rule. I call it the holy trinity. That is Asus, Gigabyte, and MSi. In that order. Might sound a bit silly, but hey I’m old school like that. Almost got the MSi Krait, due to color scheme being perfect. But somehow I ended up with the Asus X99 A 3.1. It has the white plating, a hefty amount of SATA ports. Pretty much everything else I was looking for, as well. Including USB 3.1 for some future proofing.
Graphics: This was probably the toughest choice for me right here. I wanted the most performance and video memory that I could get. Since I don’t take sides on the whole Nvidia vs. AMD battle when it comes to graphics, my options were wide open. I was considering the 380, 390, 970, and 980 ti. The 980ti for its obvious reasons was what I was going for. Then I started looking into the 390X. It’s benchmark results combined with its price and video memory sold me. Originally I was going to purchase the Sapphire, but have had no experience with it. I’ve read a lot into MSi and its afterburner software for the AMD graphics. So I chose MSi Gaming 8G as my 390x. It also came with a free gaming mouse. Also adding some more red to accent and offset the White with Black.
SSD: Samsung Evo. It is pretty much invisible in this case, too. Enough said. ;)
Power Supply: For the power, it is critical to choose a unit that will not blow up in your face, and destroy your precious parts as well as hard earned money. For this I like to use TomsHardware for their Tier listing. These guys really know their components, and spend a lot of time and effort in making sure you know how to find a great unit. I decided to go with this Corsair for two reasons: It was on their list, and had white sleeved cables readily available on NewEgg. While I would have preferred a special hand crafted kit, this way was simpler. Also I felt in a hurry to order it all. I’ve waited long enough for this build already.
Keyboard and Mouse: I definitely wanted mechanical and RGB lighting effects. Like said previously, I do not tend to buy what everyone else has. I like to express my individuality and feel more creative. I spent many hours going over all of my options. I ended up with this unheard of Keyboard - and could not be any happier. It does not require any software what soever. Meaning that it can be used on any operating system, which is a huge plus. I can unplug it, and it will remember my settings wherever it may go. It is probably the best decision and my favorite part in this entire build. I am 100% serious. The 700M Cougar mouse feels great too. It has buttons o’plenty and is also packed with great features. The software works, with profiles like most of the others. It also has color choosing with breathing LED that surprised me. I did not expect that. Included was an extra handrest attachment they call a “sport feature”. It is very adjustable as well.
Here is a -very- short video with one of the Lighting effects. If that sort of thing is allowed here. https://youtu.be/JaA5_nfaWds
That pretty much wraps this all up! Hope you enjoyed, and look forward to the comments.