Description

This computer is intended for gaming, and pretty much anything else you can do with a computer. I'd have to say that almost everything went smoothly, with only a few minor problems of which I will describe later. Before you guys start complaining about some parts, I want to be clear that I received the motherboard and RAM as a gift of sorts, and therefore I had to go with Ivy (not that I would have gone with Haswell anyways). Also, even though the RAM is single channel, according to many benchmarks, there is a minute performance difference that is commonly exaggerated by most people on this site.

I only ran into a few problems while building this, and none were threatening the integrity of my computer. One (almost) problem is that my fans were backordered on NCIX, so they are arriving on Monday. Another problem was that one of the pins on the molex connector for the fan controller on the case wasn't fixed to the plastic and would just push back when I tried to plug it in. Because of that, I decided to just not use it.

As for my graphics card that I listed, it came from an old workstation, and to my surprise, it runs Garry's Mod (and most other Source games) smoothly on high settings, although it can't even run Minecraft above 5 FPS. I'm using it because I want to wait for AMD to release their 8000 series cards, and I also want to save up more money to spend on them.

Once I upgrade a few things, such as getting a new graphics card, maybe some more RAM, and a different heatsink, I'll update this build for all of your eyes to see.

Other than that, I'd love to hear what you have to think about my computer!

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

lol ghey ( ° ͜ ʖ ͡° )

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

10/10

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

ғᴀɢᴏʟᴀ Lass mich deine seele dem herrscher der finsternis opfern.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

no u

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build ;D Looks tidy, you should definitely upgrade your gpu first, if you have a little money aside or anything , you could spend it on some sweet looking braided cables to make your build look even cleaner , but over all this build is a great start to gaming

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel that if I give in and buy a lower mid range graphics card, I wouldn't upgrade from it, and I want to save up money to buy something like a 7950. I don't feel that I need to fix my cable management anymore because I don't look at it that much.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair point ;DD

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. What is that old school monitor?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an old Dell UltraSharp monitor, and it actually works just fine. It's 1600x1200, which is plenty for me.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice monitor lol

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, thanks.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

To comment on this build as is I would first start by saying your cable management looks real good to me. Having a modular PSU sure can help. You mention possibly replacing your heat sink but I do not see one listed. Do you have a specific model in mind? Your PSU seems a bit excessive at the moment I would like to see how it equates to your "finished" build. Well done.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Having easily over an inch of space behind the motherboard tray surely helps with cable management, and so does the fact that the PSU is modular. The heatsink (or shown as "CPU Cooler") is the NZXT Respire T40. I plan to do a custom liquid cooling loop in the future, but I may just go to like a Noctua D14. I'm glad you brought up the overkill on the PSU. I plan to Crossfire 7950s/7970s in the future, maybe upgrade the CPU, and a few other things, so that gives me the ability to do that without messing with my cable management. You made valid points and I appreciate your input.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Might want to upgrade the monitor, but great build!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Why you gotta hate on square monitors?

Nah, I have a different one but this is a higher resolution, and its bigger. I really can't complain about it right now, so I think that can wait a year or two.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

whate ever floats your boat, no use spending money if you don't want to.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to ask why you wouldn't have gone with haswell if you did have the chance to.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Haswell offers little more than Ivy in terms of performance, and it's more expensive. Also, the greater variation in the ability to overclock from one chip to another made me lean more towards Ivy (I usually have bad luck).

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Not the cleanest desk I have ever seen but awesome build! :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I have to clean it up a bit :P

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

nice. I like the salvage, and Paula Deen's taco ride.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey miniclipgamer, just wondering how the NZXT Hue fit into the case. Was it nicely fit? Did the front door give you problems shutting due to the Knobs on the Hue? I am thinking of picking one up on Boxing Day and just wanted some feedback.

Thanks.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey damha, Sorry I haven't been active lately, so I just got this message now. The hue fit perfectly into my case, seeing as how there was a nice inch sized gap between any components or things that stuck out from the case and the side with the window. It gave me plenty of space to run the LED strip. Also, I was slightly concerned about the front door and the knobs too. The door shuts fine with my situation, but the only thing is that there's 3 little tiny imprints on the noise foam from the knobs pressing on it. The door is heavy enough where this little bit of resistance doesn't keep it from shutting.

Now that I've looked back on here, I should just totally re-upload my list, I have a new monitor and a secondary salvaged one, graphics card, more fans, and so on.

Either way, hope this advice helps! Happy building!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

noice printer, moite

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

wow wink

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

noice drank m8

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

wow wink

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  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

I wasn't informed of this delay on the new series, but thanks for telling me. The T40 works great! Those temperatures don't lie, and there's a few benchmarks that shows it outperforms the 212 EVO.