Description

Build name: Atomsk

Pre-Rant:

What's so awesome of my build is that if you look at PC part picker, you see a lot of builds with just the components..I've build a computer including a monitor! For $1800, there is no way you can top this build for it's price and timing. If you include a good mouse, keyboard, and headset...you are looking at a 2k build. I take criticism well, so I'll be expecting feedback!

Biography:

So after years and years of saying I would build a computer, (Ever since I was 16 and gamed on my first laptop a HP DV5000 that back in the day played CSS smoothly at 60 fps and an Asus G60JX when I was 19, that smoothly played all games at medium/high settings; Battlefield 3 @ 60 fps) I finally decided to save up and spoil myself extra early this Christmas. (I'm currently 25)

(Keep in mind this is my first PC build, from the ground up! Keep reading, you are in for an adventure..)

Adventure:

It was Mid Oct when I got hired at a retailer store/Inventory. I thought..."Hmm I could save up and finally build my dream computer!" So I was hired, worked my *** off, got OP hours, worked through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Encore Tues...(lol) and finally reached my dream goal.

Lesson:

I made many bad timely purchase mistakes...Let me let you in on a little secret..DON'T LET BLACK FRI GO TO WASTE! Don't SECOND GUESS yourself, and don't have HIGH HOPES that prices will lower (Stupid Cyber Monday..). This year, Black Friday had AWESOME deals! Especially on Newegg.

Anyways, I was so hyped to order my parts that I in fact ordered everything from Newegg, mostly everything with the exception of the CASE and MONITOR. I thought I had ordered my case and when my shipment got here I didn't see my case..I freaked out, called Newegg, checked my invoice, when finally I checked online and saw "No case". All my jimmies...

Experience:

So I had everything except the monitor now..So what do I do?! Drive to Micro Center. I said, "no more waiting!" The next day I got my monitor and everything was together. I finally had a day off and I decided Id build my computer. (Keep in mind I am A+ Certified). So I cleared my table, stripped the case down, put my ESD strap on, took out the motherboard, placed it on top of the cardboard box, put the CPU in, put the ram in, checked the case, screwed in the standoff's, NOW, placing the motherboard was the hardest thing..literally it wouldn't go in and I don't like applying pressure. Finally it goes into place, screw it down, it's secured...Here comes the semi-hard part...Placing the CPU cooler in..My god. With the screws they provided, it was almost impossible, but doable. So I did corner by corner, finally placed the CPU cooler in. Placed the HD and SSD, and finally the power supply. I did some cable management and I finally turned it on. BAM! What every person wants to hear and see..."BEEP!" It was reading 28 °C in BIOS. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I did everything correctly.

Conclusion:

It was a awesome build! The things that scared me the most was the crunch the CPU makes when your closing the arm down. Putting a pea size amount of TP (Thermal Pase), and hoping that after taking and putting back in to fit my Motherboard into the standoffs that I didn't scratch anything on the bottom of the Mother Board.

Use:

I will be using my machine to render videos, stream on Twitch, and Steam. Game to the max and continue studying for my Network +.

Rant:

Without taxes, I spent $1700 evenly. With taxes, it was $1800.

I debated my dream build vs my performance build. I will be posting more links in the future so you can see and compare that to my current build. I'll post a link.

Edit in progress. More Pics to come!

12-31-2014

Added a Corsair 140 AF (Red LED) Fan. Temp on my GPU went down by 5 and CPU is at 28 when idle.

I also finally cable managed my CPU fan connector. I'm loving my new fan! It looks great in my rig!

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 5 points

The claim

For $1800, there is no way you can top this build for it's price and timing. If you include a good mouse, keyboard, and headset...you are looking at a 2k build. I take criticism well, so I'll be expecting feedback!

Is very debatable. Nice build though, certainly decent price/performance. +1

Edit: Something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fVwt4D

Edit 2: For anyone confused, the blue line indicates a quote, and in this case I am quoting the description of this build.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed highly debatable. It is a nice build but boldly coming on here and saying there is no way someone can top this build in price and timing is just ludicrous. I for one see a few areas money could have been saved, some of them just preference like your mobo and your case. Others lack of catching the good Black Friday Deals, such as 240GB SSDs for $79 and HDDs in the 3TB range for what you paid for your 1 TB. At any rate, minus your bold statement, it is a very well put together build with really great part choices.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Indeed. I never claimed to have a build that no one could top, I was quoting the poster of this build. The blue line to the left of that statement means that I am quoting someone, and in this case I am quoting the submitter of this build. Read the first paragraph of the description that I was quoting

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Candy, I'm pretty sure sajiin was agreeing with you, not countering you. He was talking about the OP's bold statement.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not know who he was talking to, I should have made it more clear that I was quoting OP

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries. I did realize that you were quoting the OP and I was in fact agreeing with you.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

And that's exactly where I was going with my "adding too later in the description". I saw that exact deal on BF on Newegg for that SSD...I'm really dumb for over thinking it, thinking it would be the same for cyber Monday..Other than that thanks for teh feed back. I was waiting for someone to bring this up as well lol

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry If I came off too cocky. I meant for that comment to come out sarcastically. Of course there is no way my build is TOP of the line or the "BEST". I just did it because I thought it would be fun to poke at my build, it being my first hehe.

Thanks for the feedback. I looked at your link and it's a nice build. I just went a little overboard because I wanted my build to match. I know I could've done a lot better but I put a lot of pride into my build. Other than that I am happy with my build. There is just a lot of deals I missed out on...A lot..

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Well, don't worry about it. Lots of the parts you chose are very high quality with great software and features. It looks nice and has a good final product.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Since it sounds like you've got a MicroCenter nearby, you could have got $50 off the processor, and probably another $40 off the board if you bought them togother.

Good part selection, though, and nice job with the color scheme, too.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't. I actually had to drive 60 miles to MC. I didn't plan on driving there in the first place. I had already purchased all my components and I had placed the NZXT H440 into the cart. What had happen was it went out of stock during my check out. Other than that, I fully agree that I would've saved a lot of $$$. Trust me, that's why I flipped out when I didn't go with Neweggs black friday sale!

Thanks for the feedback. Appreciate it.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, that makes sense, then.

Enjoy the build! It's very similar to the one I just put together, and I'm loving mine.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you posting it to PCPP?

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Soon, yes. Just finishing the write-up, and I need a few more pictures.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, considering my first build was a train wreck (I did not even bother to post it) this is really good for a firsty! +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really did my research. Btw I haven't had any issues with my video card, motherboard, or CPU thermal paste. I'm really happy with my build!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, but I have one thing, you should have bought a Western Digital Caviar Blue rather than a Seagate, they are a lot more reliable. Also, I would have personally gone with the Asus Strix GTX 970 rather than the MSI, I've heard the bios is a lot better on it.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

My friend was telling me about this. When I was working with my instructor while doing my A+ certification, we went through a lot of WD drives and I thought that WD had a higher failure rate. So that's why I decided to go with Seagate. Now for the Graphics card, I agree but I went with MSI and got lucky when I saw the feedback. Now this is my opinion, but I read that MSI and Asus are the top 2 graphic cards right now with the lesser of issues.

I was going to go with Asus but it would've been a completely different build. Here's a link..http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Invidiafher/saved/p3Tj4D

Now if you look at that build...That's the build I was going to get if I hadn't had chose my current.

So it's not so much I overlooked the Asus 970. I know it's good considering they added a back plate to balance out the graphics card.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good explanations +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Uhh, no. Both of their go-to 1tb drives have the same warranty and to be honest, either is a good choice.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2089464/three-year-27-000-drive-study-reveals-the-most-reliable-hard-drive-makers.html

  • 64 months ago
  • 4 points

HGST > Western Digital > Seagate as far as reliability. Server study demonstrated this.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Server use is different from everyday user use. A drive in your server should be designed for 24h/day use. Which these 1TB WD's/Seagates are not. One is really not more likely to fail than another.

My almost 7 year old seagate sends his love

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Give up. It's eons I try to explain people that HGST > WD > SeaG., to no result. Of course this applies to any kind of HDD, server, or home computer. HGST are really expensive, and this makes a good WD the most balanced choice. Personally I don't store videos, and then need only a 480GB SSD on my comp.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. I haven't had extensive experience with HGST, but I have with Seagate / Maxtor, and WD. I have not had a WD fail, whereas I have had a Seagate fail.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that the damn Backblaze crap again those numbers are WHACK!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

The link that you posted shows that Seagate is by far the most unreliable. The Seagate is still a fine choice, but i'm going for a Hitachi.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, in my opinion you can't go wrong with any of those three brands, but some people seem to have the notion that one is far superior to the rest.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

If you actually read it. It said the Seagate drives were replacements most likely refurbished. Also in there it says the 1tb version had less than a 4% fail rate. My parents have one in their desktop and its almost 10 years old it's still spinning everyday.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Mine is pretty dope for about the same price with a lot of power as well. Not quite the 970, but close :P Nice build!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Ty sir!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

reporting To pc part picker that this build is to epic +3, also did the monitor come with 3d glasses

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

It did not. The monitor is F sharp awesome! Haha I'm planning on getting some though :P

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

once you do let me know what you think of it also if you play minecraft let me know how well it plays in 3d

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Alrighty then!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

The i7 goes on sale for $299 with either $10-$20 off on tiger so $279 Regularly I picked up 16gb Vengance pro kit for $113 albeit 1600 cas9,could have gotten a quality mobo for less. The Asus Z97 AR was as low as $89 on BF( your mobo is nice though for a decent price those retail at $219.99 so ok) you could have gotten a 240/256 gb SSD for the same price or slightly cheaper(Black Friday had some crazy SSD sales), I've seen that GPU at $320, the H440 goes on sale for $99 After rebate, as someone else noted the HDD could have gotten 3TB for that price on BF or regulary goes on sale for $70 or Western Digital Blue for $49 on sale regularly, I have seen the EVGA 750 G2 for $75 pretty regularly and the monitor has been in the low 200s$ I'm not trying to be an *** just pointing out that was a bold claim but a false one. On the other hand very solid part selection ! You did your homework it shows! I just want to reroute that wire coming off the h110 block! Sorry OCD. Anyways very nice build.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

YES THE WIRE! I noticed. I am OCD as well. I just didn't have enough time. I'm posting more pics so you can all see the cable management in the back. The BF sale...Yes I know...I missed out on it. I was going to post that information I just didn't have enough time. I was running late to work.. As for the prices. I used Newegg's iron egg tool. They refunded me the money. If you make a purchase and it has the iron egg icon. You can price match up to 2 weeks in advance. Pretty cool huh?

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

What always confuses is me, is that nearly everyone goes for the Hero mobo over the Ranger? They are literally the same board, with a couple of extras that very few people will use, like 10 SATA 3 ports instead of 6.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Almost exact same build. +1 . I got a 980 instead and a couple peripherals. Nice build m8.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and how is your 980 running under a heavy load and when it's idle. I love my 970, I just don't like that the fans stay idle. It's less power consumption, I just wish it would stay a little cooler than 59 Celcius.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

While im like doing homework or playing minecraft it stays under 35 Celcius. Did the load test with Mr Prime and after about 10-15 mins i was about 65 Celcius. Runs really smooth, loving it.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome man! Great job building your rig!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the monitor, i was looking to buy the exact one. How do you like it so far..

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the best monitor I have ever played and gamed on! I personally enjoy gaming on smaller monitors, due to the fact that it's easier to manage fps and MMO's and this monitot for me is bigger than I expected it to be. It's worth every dollar. It comes with it's own cables and so far I've played @ 144 hz on every game.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply! I think i will pick this one up sooner or later. Playing on an old monitor right now and i hate it :p

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build. Is this name related to FLCL. If yes, LOL

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yes I did name it after FLCL! Awesome show btw. If you haven't seen it I recommend you do!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I did. Thats why I threw the little lol. What an entertaining and mind blowing anime. A spectacle of creativity

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's too bad the director died in a car accident. That's the only reason why it was cut short to 6 episodes.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I did not even know that. I just thought this was supposed to be short and sweet like many other anime or original video animation animes

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Add another $200 to this build, for driving and using a hand-held device simultaneously.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done! Enjoy your dream system!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Ty sir!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I think adding $400/500 to get a $500 24" superior display, a real keyboard and mouse (and mouse surface) is definitely worth it, and suggest you to do this in the future :).

As for the other build the user "candy" linked, yours is by far smarter. SLI and 16GB RAM there give little, very very little gain, while you got a better PSU excellent cooling a better video card, and a really great mobo.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I appreciate the feedback and yeah I am actually looking forward to upgrading my mouse and headset. I'm already mirin a Razer Chroma. As for the headset..I'm still looking for a good quality headset under $60.

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Try a SteelSeries Siberia v2, currently they are on Amazon under $60. Great sound and the microphone hides away when you aren't using it.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I was just looking at the headphones. They look really sweet in black and red. I might just get myself a set on my next pay check. Good looking out man!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you recomend the H110 over the H110i? In terms of looks and performance, I'm split between the 2. Thanks in Advance.

+1, great parts.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't speak for the H110i. I've seen a couple videos on youtube though. If you're asking me if id recommend you the H110, I say yes. It keeps my CPU cool and I haven't had any issues with it. The installation was tedious due to the screw size. Other than that it was a breeze.

Thanks for the compliments!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I meant the H100i, not the H110iI don't really know about any difference besides the look of the block. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem man.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the NZXT Kraken series. They look amazing, but I'm wondering wether they are up to scratch in terms of performance compared to the Corsair alts. Ty...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

uprgrade the keyboard to a razer blackwidow chroma or the corsair k70 rgb they are the 2 best keyboards on the market if you look at reviews

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Ty very much. The problem with that CPU fan cable hanging is that there's only 2 options...It's either the one it's currently connected to or another to the far right. I can't really do much. It's bothering me as well. Be sure to post a link so I can see your build! Good luck!