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Original budget was $1000 for the tower. Stretched that a bit :P

Pretty solid build, but now having 16GB means that the CPU fan had to be turned around.

HATE how loud it is. Have all fans running at lowest RPM and still way too loud. Phantom 410 is definitely the biggest thing I'd change if I did it all again.

I can run BF4 at ultra and still pull 50-60FPS.

I got absolutely boned on the price of the GPU, especially because I bought it about 3 weeks before the 700 series dropped :/

BUT, I'm so glad I got the first set of RAM when I did, because it was still at its pre-spike price. The second set was from my friend (also brand new!). So luckily that makes up for the GPU price.

(First picture was from 4/2013, rest are from 1/2014)

EDIT: Now running with a Define R4 and all Noctua fans, this machine is whisper quiet even under full gaming load. So happy with the way it's turned out. Additionally, the 1TB WD drive died, so I replaced it with a 2TB Seagate.

EDIT: The K70 was RMA'd because of dying LEDs. I replaced it with a Poker II from Massdrop.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 9 points

Beats headphones. Nice

http://i.imgur.com/poKByci.jpg

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

STICKERSSS!!!!! Nice build, too!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

You stretched your budget quite a bit lol. Nice build though

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I know haha. That's why it took me 8 months to assemble the money for the parts :p

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure your happy with spending that extra money. You would have gotten much less performance with the original budget.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

You've got 2 HDDs, the bottom portion of your case will hold two full size 3.5" drives, why not take the center cage out and give yourself a little extra airflow?

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

That's a good suggestion. I did that with my build. No reason to keep the cage unless you want to add an additional fan there (impossible with this card), or a third drive.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

The fan becomes unneeded anyway if the cage is gone. And the cool thing with the solid states is if you really must, you can mount them just about anywhere. I actually have two SSDs and a mechanical drive in this same case, and the second SSD I just wedged in the track on top of the lower cage. I mounted it upside down so I could access the ports and it works like a charm.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are saving up for an H80i, I would recommend saving up just a little more and going for the H100i. It is only $20 more and it will give you better cooling. Just make sure that it will fit your case though.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

the h100i will fit

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

If that is the case, then my suggestion would be to buy the H100i. The cooling you will get from that will beat out the H80i by far. Just my suggestion though. :)

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points
  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

nice I'm hoping to get a build done a lot like by mid august, exact same cpu, gpu and motherboard.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

The motherboard is amazing, and if you want to spend a little more, get the thunderbolt version. thunderbolt is an awesome technology, and will most likely develop into the new method of choice in the future! :D

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

What did the Corsair sticker came with? I really want to put one on my case. I got some Corsair Ram in the past but no sticker :(. Does it come with the PSU?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, it came in the instruction manual for the PSU. :) Only one I wish I could have is an Nvidia badge!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

YESH :D. I just ordered a HX 750 psu :DDD

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Solid build.

Is your power connectors to the GPU pulling down on the card from the cable management outlet? Just too tightly packed on the backside perhaps? I only really notice that.

Hard to tell from the quality of picture, but it also looks like the top screw from expansion slot isn't totally on the card either? Screws from both the removed expansion brackets should be on the card if that's not the case.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

i so love NZXT PHANTOM XD

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

you could always put a little stainless steel or aluminum custom built GPU support in the case have it laser engraved or possibly back led lit. I think that would look pretty sweet. otherwise you may have to just deal with the drooping

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

also if you wanted you could incorporate the bracket to also hide the wires to the vid card. might cost you a few bucks to build or set up but in the end I think it would be sweeeet

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

If you were going for a cheaper build, what's up with the expensive case and keyboard,

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

The keyboard I still don't have yet. And the case I just loved the look of so much that I had to have it. I got it for $80 on sale...

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

nice build man i am going to copy your build thanks

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

nice build i am going to use this thanks

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

The only problems I have seen is that the 410 is a massive pain in the a** to build in due to the lack of cable management room behind the motherboard tray and the HDD cages being backwards (WHY?!)....Also, the extreme 6 is a little bit longer than the case is meant for, so it covers some helpful cable management holes...the case/ EVO are also extremely loud, so if you want a silence optimized build, don't go for this one...

Saving up to migrate this build to mini ITX for the portability and clean look...

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

That GPU is sagging like Dre's pants back in the day.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

In my opinion, I think this is a poor build. You spent way too much on the Power Supply Unit and Video Card. I believe a better option would have been an ASUS / EVGA GTX 770. As far as the PSU goes, you could have gotten a Corsair CS650M for about more than half the price with the exact same performance. I also feel like the keyboard and mouse and are ridiculously priced but I guess that's just personal preference. Lastly, if you're using this computer for just gaming, I think you overpaid just a bit on 16 gb. of memory, but i suppose it's slightly understandable. Feel free to defend your positions and no offence was intended toward the build(ers) toward this project. =)

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

I got the video card before the 700 series came out, and yes I know I got absolutely boned on the price of it. The G400 was $30 for me. The K70 I wouldn't trade for anything. I bought 8GB originally but 2 weeks ago, my friend sold me another 8GB kit for $25. Couldn't resist that.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Oh, okay. You should list it there what price you paid for it. Otherwise people will be really confused haha. I guess it's understandable depending on the date.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Agreed, I'm just too lazy...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

:P

  • 59 months ago
  • 0 points

Dude, the view port for the Monitor (DVI, VGA, HDMI, Etc.) is it DVI-I or DVI-D? It only says DVI in the specs view and I'm worried about buying the wrong cable.

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

It's DVI-D

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

The gpu is crap. You should of got a newer one with more vram. Try the gtx 1050 ti 4gb

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if you didn't read the date or you're just dumb or what but this system was built almost 5 years ago...

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

love the build. I'm 17 and people like you who save up for their builds make me feel like ****.. haha my parents bought me the parts for a birthday present.

  • 83 months ago
  • 4 points

Live in the moment for the "freebies" you'll have plenty of life time left to be a grown up later!

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

so true...

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm also 17, and people like you who get free **** make me jealous :p

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

Im not dissing your build or anything, you did a nice job, I just dont really like how those Phantoms look. I think they are overrated

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

I am not a fan of the phantom 410 either. I love the look but the functionality is just not there. mobo barely fits, there is ZERO cable management room, and the HDD cages being backwards really pisses me off.

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

Good build, overused case. I also wouldn't recommend putting the stickers on the case xD You may upgrade or change out parts.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I love stickers! If I upgrade, cover them up with the new ones ;)

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

You could have built this computer or a better one for a cheaper price, but the best part is that it's almost all a personal prefference. Cool computer anyways!

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Couldn't agree more...now that I know a lot more about the industry and the parts available, I could have definitely found ways to get more performance for the money...If I had only waited a few months I could have had a 4670k and a 770...oh well...

  • 63 months ago
  • -1 points

16gb of ram in such a low-mid range system is overkill. Should have spent that money elsewhere.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Did you not read the post? I got the extra RAM WAYYYY after the fact, for $25 from one of my friends. And, I would not call an i5/670 a l0w-mid range system...it's actually mid-high.

And I use all 16gb on a regular basis, as I run virtual machines from my system for my job as a software design consultant.

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