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This is my build and my hopefully short story of why I chose what I did. Ahhh.... It's nice to have a new fast PC again. My primary use for this will be gaming, streaming, video encoding, and a little bit of VMware desktop for labs and testing (the extra cores will be nice for this). It's been 5 years since I built my last computer and it's still pretty good today, but not great. I was coming from a first gen i5 on a Asus P55 board. I must say that I reviewed many builds on here and changed my build several times before I purchased what I did. It was between the 4790k x97 or the 5820k x99 system. I went with the 5820k x99 system since it was only couple hundred dollars difference in the end and it should take me into the next few years without any upgrades needed.

CPU - 5820k. Very nice CPU and overclocks well. I am stable at 4.2ghz with a 1.2 vcore. 23% overclock. I could have went higher, but I leave my system on 24/7. The temps were at a good range at this speed too. I was using prime95 for stability testing. Use version 27.9 if you are using the x99 CPUs. I began to use the 28.5 version which made the CPU very hot during testing. It was a 10 degree difference between the versions. There is a few threads about this on overclockers.com.

CPU Cooler - Corsair H105 - Keeps the CPU nice and cool. No issues with this cooler. I did replace the factory fans with some Corsair SP120s. I'm running a push setup right now. Maybe push/pull in the future. Super quiet even on a moderate load. I did end up scratching the top part of the LED which really bummed me out. I tried fixing it with a little flat black paint since the LED was coming through the scratch. Wasn't my best work...

MB - Asus x99-Pro - The motherboard was a hard one for me. I switched several times between MSI, ASUS, and even ASRock. In the end my last MB was really good to me so I stayed with Asus and went with the middle of the road pro version of the x99 boards. I love this board too. It has most of the features of the deluxe, but not the lower feature list of the x99-A. The pro has better heatsinks than the x99-A too. No problems with the board. I updated the bios as soon as I had an OS on it. The BIOS is super nice and the software that comes along with it was a pleasure to work with. Overclocking is fun with this board too. Even has one touch overclock. I bombed out at 4.6ghz. I could run at 4.4ghz, but I'm happy with 4.2.

RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4-2400 16GB - Not much to say here. It just works at 2400. I received $30 off at newegg, which helped the price come down a little. DDR4 is at a premium right now. Was easy to set the XMP profile and the speed to auto, which clocked it right at 2400. No issue with the 16GB in a quad channel setup.

Disk - I went with two Samsung 850 Pro 256GB drives. I was going back and forth with this, but in the end I went with the 10 year warranty, even through it has a 150TB transfer limit in the limited warranty. They are fast.... I am using one for OS and one for games. All my other data is on my Synology DS412+ NAS. Anyone in the market for a NAS. I highly recommend Synology. I have two of their NAS. My old PC I had two 60GB SSDs in a Raid 0 setup. It was fast, but still wasn't as fast as just one of these Samsung 850s. My old MB could only do SATA II and not III, so I was limited in bandwidth on that board. I will note that I did buy these at the premium cost, but they came with Assassins Creed Unity. I turned around and sold these on ebay so drop $30 off the price of these making them in the end $169

Power - EVGA 850W G2 - There was no really reason why I went with this one. It had good reviews, good power rating and it's rated Gold with a 10 year warranty. I ended up getting new red modular cables to match some of the red inside of the case. I want to do SLI in the near future with a 3 monitor setup for gaming so having the power shouldn't be an issue in future upgrades. I did get another $20 mail in rebate for this which was not included in the final price of $119.99

GPU -- UPDATE AT BOTTOM -- So I bought a Asus R9 280x last year for BF4. There was so many issues with BF4, I couldn't tell if my artifacts were the game or the GPU. Come to find out the card I had came from the factory under powered, so increasing the voltage to the GPU helped with the artifacts. I didn't want to mess with this going forward so I upgraded again to the Asus Stix GTX 970. Wow... This thing is money... Runs BF4 on Ultra with no sweat. I haven't tried anything else yet, because BF4 is my main game that I play right now. The idea is to get another one in SLI and two other monitors for a tri monitor setup for gaming and eventually 4k setup in the future. I don't see a need yet for 4k for me. Maybe in a couple of years.

Case - My old case was around 10 years old so it was time for an upgrade. I was looking at a few cases. Originally I was looking at the NZXT H440 case for the new build (to small), then I looked at the Corsair 760T which was sold out at newegg. So I started looking at the 780T and almost went with this one, then MicroCenter had the white 760T on sale just last week. I went over (I work 2 miles from the one here locally) and I just fell in love with the 760T. The big window is jaw dropping. It's totally roomy for all your components. Lots of places for fans. I didn't like the plastic on the top which covers up the vents. I may look at creating some kind of riser for it, but for now it just stays off. Cable management was really nice too. I did remove all the fans and upgraded them to the Corsair AF140s which are really quiet. I can't even hear them run sometimes. Bought some LED's for the internal case. I removed the LED fans for now. I have a $20 mail in rebate for this case too, which was not included in the price below. This bring the case down to 149.99.

The monitor I bought last year. Asus 24" VG248QE - Really nice... Not much to say here except it's not 4k. Nice 1ms response.

Keyboard and Mouse - Corsair K70 and M65. I bought the brown keys and I love the mechanical keyboard. It just works. The keys feel nice with a little bit of feedback. They do make the clickity clack. The mouse has been really good to for gaming. I like the speed adjustment on the fly. Good for sniping.

OS - Windows 8.1 Pro.

That is it..... I guess this isn't a short story after all. If you have comments or questions. Go ahead and hit me up.

11/20/14 - GPU UPDATE My video card stopped working, sigh. It was working fine and all of a sudden I went into BF4 for about 2 min. Then my computer just rebooted and the monitor would not come back on. Error code on the MB said "no console device detected". Switch out to an older video card and everything was fine. Put the card in another computer and same thing, monitor wasn't coming on. Amazon took the card back and gave me a refund. Bought an MSI Gaming GTX 970 from newegg. Should be here tomorrow. Hopefully this one won't have any issues.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Everything looks nice build with mid price for x99. Then i saw folks setup 4790k with more expensive than your build. What happen with your 280x now?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! 280x is currently in my old build next to my x99. I went ahead and replaced my old case with the H440 and added a fan controller with the stock fans. It's still a powerful machine, but not as powerful as my x99 now. I'm not sure what I will do with it. I thought about giving it to my father-in-law or maybe I will just sell it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so clean. Nice parts choice. The only problem I have is the red but thats just me

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It was a toss for me. I liked the red with the white, but I also liked just all white and black. I could have saved some money with the power cables if I went black and white.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build...I'll definitely have to order those cables

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah the cables give the case a good look. They come in different colors too.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You have awesome cable management skills

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha. Thanks. The case makes it easy.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you feel about the Corsair fans? I managed to twist and break the rubber parts without even getting close to tightening all the way.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I agree they were tricky to screw in. I felt like I was tightening them way to hard. I managed not to break any of the rubber parts. I was aware of this before I installed them though. Good thing it was just the rear fan that had the issues as the other fans used the long screws which screwed into the case or radiator and not the fans directly.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I already had three that didn't give me any trouble but I got 4 AF120's a few days ago, I'm not sure what happened. It almost seemed like the screw got half way into the plastic core but wouldn't budge either way.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Same thing happened to me with the AF140. Screw went in half way, but as soon as it hit the plastic/rubber it wouldn't go anymore without force.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the case? Building in it in a week :).

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! I've only had it for a week, but man is this thing easy to work in and clean. The cable management area is roomy and all the holes for cables line up with the board. They have cut outs for custom water cooling too. Plenty of areas for fans. The only thing I don't like is the plastic lid on top. You have to put risers on the top in order to keep it up there or just leave it off. Oh yeah and the big window is cool too. The plexy glass is warped a little in the middle so you see some blur. This was because the way they made the plastic in the factory from what I was told. Not a big deal to me.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build and colour scheme, just like mine if you check it out but I am on the X79 platform :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was inspired by many builds here. I will check it out too.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build i love the 760t it looks so amazing!!! Not that you really need it but that bottom fan opening next to your psu if you dropped a fan in there would feed right into your 970. A question about the 760 how is the dust and dirt ? I think I read somewhere that it only has 1 -2 dust filters!!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I may put in a 120 down by the PSU. I was going to do that, but my temps have been fine at this point. I had a couple extra 140's, but that area has 120 mounting screws. As far as dust, it has one filter on the bottom and sort of a filter in front if you want to call it that. It does have lots of holes in the top and back to allow dust to come in. One reason why I want to get some kind of riser for the top plastic piece. I've only had it for a week now, so I can't tell you what the case will collect in the coming months. I am keeping it off the ground though.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love Corsair. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they make some good products. Some of it is a little overpriced though, but it's quality stuff.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow it turned out great! Very clean and great cable management. That case is awesome, I would have chosen it if I hadn't of gone with the 750D. Color scheme looks good too, even if red is common it always looks good when it's done right. BF4 is also my main game, Meithen is my gamer tag and I primarily play in rtr #1, hit me up!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Sent you a friend request. If I'm playing it would be later at night. I have a 3 year old to keep busy most of the time. ;o)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I usually play when my fiance's at work, which is random lol.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I have built something very similar to yours, so I love it! I love your cable management, its a nice case to do it in, I'm just a first time builder so mine is a little bit more cluttered in comparison(mainly around the GPU, gonna need to do something about it). If you decide to do a push/pull on your H105, your gonna need to let me know how it goes as its quite tight around the CPU 8 pin on the top, but you might be able to find a better route for it! Awesome build! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love the build too which is the important thing. It took many hours of putting things together for me to decide. Do you not have your build on here? The cable management was pretty good in the case. It did only come with 4 zip ties, but I had others at home and my PSU came with some velcro strips. The temps are pretty good under load right now, so I may or may not do the push/pull setup. You are correct that it will be close to the board, but I have saw several videos where it fits just fine in this case.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't put my build on here, I shall get round to it soon, but ive got quite a bit of work to do right now, Ill put it up in the near future though! (Gotta fix the cables aswell before I do it, not a pro like you unfortunately :( )

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, clean built! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was a fun build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

great build! which led strip are you using for the case?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I used the 2m NZXT led strip. I bought it directly on nzxt's website.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info. :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I currently have FX 9370 (4.7-5.0 Ghz ) , Asus SabertoothR2.0 2 X R9 290Xs and gf wants my cpu and mb in her pc so Im thinking of the Intel Core i7-5930K with this Asus X99-PRO ATX LGA2011-3 with 16 GB 2800Mhz corsair Ram LPX so I can just swap out my old stuff and this new stuff , too bad im loosing 32GB ram also lmfao Does this bios make this board stable ? my sabertoothR2.0 overclocks like a dream FX9370 base is 4.4 and I got it 5.0 stable got hot tho . You recommend your motherboard ? I know the cpu for sure im stuck on the dam motherboard lol Looks like you have a good rig thou , I have a nice pc but gf needs a gaming pc to play the games with me so I am going to upgrade to intel and try it out again , I like both companies amd is better for some games as intel is better on others ..

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You won't hit those numbers with this CPU without unstable results. With a good custom water cooler you could run stable at 4.4 or 4.5. I do recommend the motherboard as it has lots of features and overclocking settings in the bios. I haven't had any issues with the MB. I had AMD way back in the day and it did treat me well, but Intel I think is better. You sure do pay for it though. Good luck with the new built.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I noticed that amd plays better at certain resolutions and intel and amd are better at different games https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8Sekdb-IE&list=TLkUqbEVOdeB7fWtBayYFB5yJSMmbYkPki these guys test amd 8350 which isn't even the best amd chip and does pretty well . think im going to go with the 5930K or that Xeon 975 extreme coming out or what ever it called , supposed to be best gaming cpu , we shall see

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there coil whine (weird buzzing) coming from the gpu?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Not my new MSI gpu. I also didn't have any coil whine with the Asus either.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

hey any suggestions with the color profile on your asus monitor I basically have the same specs as you

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. This is what I want my pc to look like. Im wondering how it will look with a NZXT H440 Red&Black with a Evga GTX 780

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

EVGA's red modular cables - EVGA 100-CR-1300-B9. They come in a set. I bought an open box item on newegg for $73.

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