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I am upgrading from a custom gaming system I built back in 2011. It has lasted me this long while the only change from the original system was adding a second 560ti Twin Frozr II GFX card to run in SLI. It has done me right with no complaints at all through the years with all the games I've played but alas, the games now are getting too rich for the system to keep up with. I really started noticing it in Far Cry 4 so that's when I started to consider a new build.

After many days/weeks of deliberating on a price point and specs I was able to slowly purchase components as the deals would allow me to. The prices shown are what I could find on sale or promo'd at the time over the past several months; all components were purchased brand new. I used various online sites such as Newegg, Amazon, SuperBiiz and even eBay. Also, for B&M, I used MicroCenter since I had the luxury of having a location about 30 minutes from my house.

The system was finally assembled 5/31 but unfortunately, all that has been done is to load the OS (Win 8.1 Pro). Final setup of the OS, organizing cables/routing, and overall buttoning up the system is still to come.

UPDATE 6/2: I realized when, years ago, I ordered 2 new WD VelociRaptor HDDs to run in RAID for my 2011 build I was mistakenly sent 3 but only charged for 2. I installed the 2 drives and then just had the third sitting in a drawer and forgot about it until now! I have decided to install that third into this system now for even more storage and capability. I'll run my games off this drive now rather than the Black drive. 10,000 rpm versus 7,200 rpm - seems like an easy decision there.

I finished cable/wire routing to the best of my ability. I had to redo some but overall I'm pretty content with what I accomplished. The OS took awhile to download and install all the windows updates. Was quite a few of them! Next up is to get individual programs installed and to do some stress-testing and benchmarking I do believe.

Check out all the pics of the new rig! I will post more as I can as well. Thanks for reading!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

A picture of boxes... I guess the excitement got ya! I Well you did mention about it being assembled at May 31st and working on your OS and cable management. Great parts and prices by the way! Looking forward to the extra photos!

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

haha it most certainly did! i am aching to get more pics taken and posted but the case is a mess right now with wires. once tidied up, I'll get more posted.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the new photos. It looks great! Clean cable management. Enjoy your lovely computer!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks so much! it sure is a beast of a machine. i'm playing GTA5 maxed out completely and the rig is barely breaking a sweat.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful and clean, looks amazeballs! +1

  • 58 months ago
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thanks! :D

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you reusing anything from your previous build or is this an all new rig? Shpuld have waited for the 980ti =P

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

this is a completely fresh build; i'm not reusing anything. in the past i typically have but i wanted to be all new for this rig.

as for the 980ti, i thought about it but the $$ was going to be a lot more than i wanted to spend. and even with non-980ti cards coming down in price, it still won't beat the price i got mine for.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, every time I see 4GB in the style it's on EVGA cards, I think '3.5+0.5'. Damn you Nvidia. -_- Luckily this is a 980 so you've got the full deal :P Enjoy the build. Looks like it's going to be a good one.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

originally i was going to go with a 960 or 970 but then once i started reading about the '3.5 +0.5' memory issues i decided to go right to the 980 and bypass the issue all together. thanks, i can't wait to really put it through its paces!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the 4TB HDD going?

  • 58 months ago
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so far so good. i will be stress-testing and benchmarking the entire system and once done, i will start transferring over my files from my current rig onto this HDD.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This is almost exactly the same build as my new rig, save for the memory! (I used Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB) I'm super excited to see another one like this so keep us posted on the build, and take tons of pictures!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

i was tempted on the Corsair Vengeance RAM but after doing some research and comparing the G.Skill and the Corsair i was sold on the G.Skill.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like you got some great prices on some of those parts. +1 for that patience. I wish I had that.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

it was killing me don't get me wrong! but i knew the price i wanted to stick to and if i had to wait longer to get a good deal then i did. this website helped with that immensely!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering If I would be able to do this build in the nzxt phantom? thanks in advance +1 nice build! :D or the NZXT Phantom 240 (Black/Red) or the NZXT Phantom 530 (Red) ATX Full Tower Case, keeping in mind its full tower could you tell me if I could use both or either of these thanks Ill send links, NZXT Phantom 530 (Red) ATX Full Tower Case http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph530r1 NZXT Phantom 240 (Black/Red) http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph240r1 and btw is the backplate model necessary? Id rather not have it, thanks for all your help

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

any mid-tower or full tower should work for this build. i struggled with my case choice wavering back and forth between several options. the case was actually the very last thing i purchased because i could not make a decision on what i wanted. in the end i am very happy i chose the R5.

regarding your options though, will it be the exact same build with same fan placements? most likely not exactly the same but could be close. each case has its own uniqueness so keep that in mind when it comes to cooling. i would look at what others have done with your case options and go from there. but NZXT is a great brand for cases, you can't go wrong with them!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

im going to go for the same research my mid tower nzxt phantom - red, and I might have to get other options for mice because the razer deathadder is usually 40€ but in ireland now its 120+€ and im also upgrading to the ti :) would you recommend a build to copy the fan placements for? thanks

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

i would start with the manufacturer of the case and see what their recommended fan setup and placement is. most often, that is the easiest and most efficient way of doing it. afterall, they are the ones who designed so they should know best!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

and btw if I got your case could I paint it and also could you rec. a guide I trust your insight

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

if you got the R5 i'm sure you could paint it. it would be a lot of work though as you'd want to remove all the sound dampening material from the panels first. i'm not all that knowledgeable regarding painting cases so you might want to do some googling and see what people recommend: sanding, priming, paint-type, hints/tricks, etc.

  • 58 months ago
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After removing top panels, is there a big difference in noise? I'm getting this case soon and I'm not sure should I mount it at top or front. What do you think

  • 58 months ago
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is there a "big" difference, i would say no. is there a difference, i would say yes. the system overall is pretty quiet but when running full-load in GTA5 you do have an increase in noise. the amount of noise is not enough to bother me or my wife though (we share an office). my 2011 rig is noticeably louder so anything quieter than that is a win for us! if you want the quietest you can get, i would leave the top closed up and then use the front to mount the Kraken or other adequate radiator cooler. the more sound dampening material panels are left installed the better off you are regarding sound.

  • 58 months ago
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Beast of a machine. Got to ask a quick question. What are the benefits of a 10000 RPM HDD? For me, the additional load would degrade its internal components quicker. What do you use for? I would presume for the large open world games, such as GTA5.

But I'm planning on saving as much as you've spent on yours and am thinking about using your component list, barring the 10000RPM HDD as a template.

  • 58 months ago
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i'll be using the Velociraptor drive strictly for installing all my games and running them. for max performance, yes i probably should put them on the SSD but because of the size drive i purchased, i would rather not do that. and right now, GTA5 is the first game to be loaded up. i'll be putting Far Cry 4 back on most likely as well.

10000 rpm is faster at accessing data compared to the 7200rpm drives so for gaming they are a good alternative to SSD. years ago before SSD started getting popular, 10000 rpm drives were common for gaming/encoding because of said faster access speeds. there is a higher risk of failure on a faster spinning drive but for me, the performance and price (free) outweigh that risk. also, heat generation could be an issue as this type of drive will generate more heat. but in a case with sufficient cooling that's not a concern.