I mean wow. I've seen plenty of build's i've done a ton of research, and now its my turn. This build took me sometime (About 6 hours) but to be fair this was my first go around building my own pc. I actually had to troubleshoot a no Bios and no POST which was a nice learning curve. (Turns out i didnt hook in my GPU correctly.) Anyway...
CPU Xeon E3-1241 V3 - An interesting choice but i was not interested in OC'ing my CPU and i do some programming and some basic 3D modeling so the hyper-threading of the Xeon works well for me. As far as gaming is concerned it games fantastically. Hottest ive ever gotten it playing Arma 3 on max settings was 66C which is a tad warm and slightly concerning but it never rose above that and upon closing the game down it settles right back down to 50 and idles around 35-45c.
Mobo MSI boards have gotten good reviews and i like the easy to use BIOS and the features. Overall very satisfied.
Memory Too me Ram is Ram. This was the cheapest at the time so yeah.
Storage That Evo is Lightning in a tin can... and the hybrid drive i picked up on sale via amazon and im never going back to HDD. I am aware its only a 5400 rpm which is slow but its my storage drive and i dont really mind the "slightly" slower speed.
GPU Well i thought i had a bad card truth be told. (im coming off an old set of GT 9500's SLI which were just PnP) I totally forgot to plug in the loop to the card. Once i scoured the interwebz with my sli pair of gt9500's (which ran just nice in this rig) i went DOH!!!!!! hooked her up and Every game i play on max settings with 61 FPS SOLID maybe a 1 fps dip? Yeah wow. (except arma3 FPS hovers @35 which is PLAYABLE on max)
Case and PSU Case is great (gigantic) and has great airflow. The PSU came with all the needed cables and then some.
8.1 is 8.1 need i say more?
The bitfenix fan i bought is silent... I have it on the side panal just Sucking air away from the GPU and CPU and it speeds up with my CPU (in CPUFAN2) and slows down and provides my legs a very nice heater for the winter! lol.
As a first time builder i didnt know what to expect and i learned alot. Now if any of my friends want a new rig ill direct em here help them pick out what they want and what their budget can handle and build it.
But none of this would have been possible without PCPartPicker and the forums which has provided me with plenty of help along the way. So Thank you!
Pictures will be uploaded soon! (Keyboard is on the way) BTW my pictures were taken with my Galaxy S6 Edge any feedback as to how they look would be excellent.
I had to RMA the board, MSI support experiance was VASTLY better this time around (I believe this is how it's supposed to be, i theorize i just caught someone having a ****** day.) I will upload picutres in the next day or so, i added some new free Ram courtasy of Newegg. And a new case fan as well as better thermal compound which i oopsed on.
New pictures are up after my rebuild. I tried to rework the cables in a better way, i got some success but its not uber clean like i've seen some people. Still it took me about an hour and a half.
This thing is a beast. it keeps up with a 4790 with no troubles. A 4790k will understandably blow this chip away but for what i do it serves me just fine.
I had to return a board due to a bad audio card and my second go around with MSI support was VASTLY and i cannot understate VASTLY different than the first time. Otherwise this board works well and while it isn't a high-end board if you dont want to overclock or in my case can't its a nice value, while having a nice set of features.
Works as advertised have not OC'd.
Works as advertised, no bait and switch like the 840. 535 M/s on the read, and 509 M/s on the write.
Spacious, with decent cable management. The look is something i liked when i first put it together, but now.... Eh.
I bought this due to price. So far it doesn't have much to do since the only stressful component i have is the single 390. This is a tier 3 PSU which works since I'm not going to crossfire and i cannot Overclock. It did come with more cables than i will ever use.
Edit: I did end up getting a seonc 390 and going into crossfire, This PSU held its own with a xeon and 2 390's crossfired and overclocked. I pushed this thing to the max and it kept on ticking. Honestly, thats great. Its a no frills budget PSU that isnt afraid to get down and dirty.
Windows is windows. Was cheaper than 10 at the time.