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First Ever Build - Gaming PC under $1800 (excluding monitor)

by ssingh29


Hey Guys!

So this is my first ever custom PC build. I use to be a big pc-nerd back in the day, but ever since i started Law School I switch over to the macbook air and loved it. However, I always missed playing my good old pc games at decent quality and hated editing videos on my macbook b/c of its speed. I began looking at big PC companies like Alienware, Dell, etc., and began wondering if I could build a cheaper PC myself. I then stumbled upon this website and the rest became history.

I was looking to spend under $1750 on the tower by itself, and was really happy that I came real close to pulling it off (COST OF TOWER: $1777 = $1927- cost of monitor $150) :)... The speakers, keyboard, mouse, and headphones I scavenge off my old pc and laptop. I am looking to get the corsair K90 keyboard, but need to hold out on it until I have the funds. All the prices below are after rebates. Also, "Microcenter" has the z87-pro and intel i7-4770k chip for the prices listed below if you go to the store and pick it up.

I haven't over-clocked my PC yet, I feel like there is no need. After doing some research, it seems that all of my components are made to be over-clocked, lol so I might do it in the future. Also, I did use youtube to help guide me through this build. It took me only 2 1/2 hours and was fairly very easy. Besides one of my ram chips not being properly plugged in, the boot up went perfectly and I've playing tons of games on Steam :)

ALSO SPECIAL THANKS to "houseoftyrone" for helping me out with this build.

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l13199l 3 Builds 3 points 58 months ago

6 upvotes and no comments? Nice build, although I have to say i'm a little dissapointed in that case. I didn't realise it had no options for routing cables to the bottom of the mobo

linsyschopman 1 point 58 months ago

there is hehe, otherwise this build would've never looked so clean, +1 by the way.

l13199l 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

:O that didn't look like a hole

quick edit - i'm talking about that white whole that I didn't notice, not the one tot he right of the psu.

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xolot1 1 Build 3 points 58 months ago

Sweet build with nice cable management! +1 from me. I have the black version of that case, but you can actually swap out the honey comb side panel and place plexi glass so that you can have a window and better show off your components. I did this to my PC and don't regret it one bit. I only spent like5 dollars as i used Plexi glass from an ikea poster/picture frame. To place the window i used duct tape.

houseoftyrone 2 points 58 months ago

Hey I finally get to see it it looks great. :-)

RKYIAMN 1 point 58 months ago

You got a really good deal on these parts! Nice job on the build! +1

MrMOABy 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Your top fans seem to be the opposite of the standard. The front one is exhausting the air that is going into the CPU cooler, and the back one is pushing down the air that is going out of the CPU cooler. I would flip both so the first one is pulling down air and the second one is pushing out air.

ssingh29 submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Both are exhausting air out of the case b/c I have one big 200mm fan pushing in air from the side. But I like ur suggestion for making the front top fan an intake. Thanks for the feedback!

MrMOABy 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Oh ok sorry, you must have two different fans on the top, because the logos look different which made me think they were blowing opposite directions.

ssingh29 submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Yea, one of the fans is the rear exhaust fan that came with my case. Initially, I was planning on putting two led 120mm fans on top, but realized that I only ordered one 120mm led fan. I was too lazy to order another one, and decided to use the rear exhaust fan that i had lying around.

Thextruthx 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Beautiful build I love this case about to build my own

InsertUserHere 1 point 58 months ago

How does the memory perform? I'm looking to get some of that myself, but I'd like an opinion first.

ssingh29 submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Hey so sorry for the late reply, but haven't been on here for a while. The memory performs flawlessly. it runs at 1600mz and I haven't run into a problem yet. You could get faster memory, but i was on a tight budget so i chose this.

InsertUserHere 1 point 58 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I myself am on a budget and I want to get the best I can with what I have to spend. I know Adata has some very good components from reviews, but I personally have never used any. Thanks again for the reply.

HD7ames 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

The only thing that throws me off is the red modular wiring for your PSU and everything else is nice man I would give you 3 votes up for the solid picks in your components and even more for your 780ti. Jus dose red wires doe!

Alagamasha 1 point 58 months ago

Exluding monitor

+++deadmanwalking+++ 1 point 57 months ago

how is the ram? im planning on getting a kit :)

Haik24 1 point 54 months ago

Have you had any issues with A-Data Ram?

Ronnie76 1 point 52 months ago

I myself love the case It looks so sexy >.<

Xnitro67 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

this case has a huge side fan how well does it keep the GPU cool?

ssingh29 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

It's huge and definitely keeps my CPU cooler than the manufacture's stated operating temperature. I would prefer a clear glass window, but i guess its worth the trade off.

RBambrook 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I love this case! I have the white version myself also. I'm going to be putting at least one exhasut fan in the roof at some point in the next couple of months. Nice build

Volerm 1 point 31 months ago

The one white led in the power button would screw with my OCD to no end.