Description

This is my first gaming build. I have been a gamer since the 90's and have been mainly a console gamer. When I was young I used to play Blizzard games on the Mac and other Mac based games like Age of Empires and Heroes of Might and Magic. I decided to go all out of a PC build because there is just too much to do. Plus I like to stream my Xbox one Destiny gameplay.

After a lot of research this is what I decided on. For 4k gaming and streaming this seems fine. This can easily be upgraded to an SLI setup or to a 1080.

This build is not complete! I need to touch up the cable management, add 2 more ram sticks, and replace the fans I don't like with the Corsair HD120 RGB's. I will update once it is finished.

Part Reviews

CPU

This guy is awesome so far. After a lot of research, you just get too much bang for your buck. I will post results after I overclock.

CPU Cooler

So far this thing is great, we will see how cool it keeps the CPU after Overclock. So far I have not seen the CPU go over 63C under full load. I love the look and it's a great price point. The only downside is the LED in the CPU fan only is consistent when the fan is at full speed. If you want to see the constant LED pulse you have to run full speed or hook the wiring direct to the PS.

Motherboard

This motherboard has been great. The BIOS is pretty easy to use and it has most of the features I need.

Memory

Good sturdy Ram stick. I have not really tested much of the performance yet but the quality is much better than any other stick I have used. I feel like I could drop these out of a 3rd story window and they would still work. Corsair also offers tons of customization on these: LED fan cooling unit, LED conversion kit.

Storage

Great performance for the money. It looks really nice too.

Video Card

This is probably my favorite part. This card looks great and performs even better. You can customize the LED colors as well to match your build. EVGA really has done well with parts for my build.

Case

SO here is the low down on this case.... A lot of the negatives you read about this case are true. However, this thing is just beautiful. It's material quality is really good and it's pretty compact for an ATX. If you get the lighting and cable management right, this will offset the downsides.

-Airflow is not great so you have to make up for it with good cooling (You should be doing this anyways with a high end build). I am going to add some of Corsair's HD120 RGB fans this week to give it even more cooling power. I am running 2 intake and one exhaust (The radiator fans are not technically intake since it is drawing air from the case). As of right now, my components are keeping cool.

-Cable management will be tough since everything is a tight fit. I still need to update my cables once I install a few new parts. The back glass panel fits pretty snug with all the wires in the back, it just takes some trial and error. I got creative with some velcro pads for a fan controller and my NZXT hue+.

-The motherboard i/o shield compatibility sucks. It does not fit perfect so you have to wiggle it around after the MB is installed to make it work. Most i/o shields are cheap aluminum anyways so this area of you computer will just have to be ghetto. Be a man and deal with it.

Besides this the case is awesome. I have no regrets.

Power Supply

I bought this on Ebay for 80 bucks open box without the cables. I knew I was using upgraded BitFenix cables so this was a win win for me.

Case Fan

These are 3 pin so controlling them will be difficult. I have 2 of them in front of the radiator so you can only see the LED's from the front of the case. They are super quiet though so I have no problem running these full blast at all times. They also look really nice. Once my HD120 RGB's come in I am going to move them around. I will probably use them to supplement my radiator cooling.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

-1 for mentioning Destiny +1 for the cool looking PC

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh trust me, Destiny and I have a love/hate relationship.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

http://img.pandawhale.com/post-41219-South-Park-NICE-gif-Imgur-CQwo.gif

Love the build, seems your setup is a bit messy though :D

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

These pictures are pre-final touch up. The cable management is terrible and will be addressed. I didn't want to post quite yet but I can't figure out how to save a completed build without posting.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for destiny

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, where did you get that desk in the last few pictures?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Office Depot lol.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

******* hell that's magnificient! I can't wait to build mine in the same case, I'm only waiting for my cpu cooler and I'm good to go. I cannot wait any longer!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Featured-worthy

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

1+! I love it! It looks so so nice!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

what kind of lighting did you use for this? can you post the link here on where to buy it. Thank you

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you mount the hue+ hub on the case?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You can really mount it anywhere, it is recommended on a Ssd tray, or someplace where it's accessible for your strips

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a bunch of velcro sample kits that salesman always bring to my office so I used these adhesive velcro dots. I am sure you can buy them at Home Depot. I just mounted the controller on the back panel next to the radiator. I highly recommend using velcro in tight builds like this. .

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the aio cooler giving you good performance? As in are you having problems, I can't decide if I want this cooler or a corsair one

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great performance so far. Once I overclock I will post results.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

She's purdy +1. I happen to have two of those Asus monitors in my setup. Great panels for the price

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Ugh!!!! This case. I love the way it looks but all I keep hearing is to avoid it since the air flow is so poor :(

Anyways nice build! Can't wait to see it fully completed. +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but may I ask in which ports did the CPU Cooler plug to on the motherbosrd? Thanks :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU fan

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool looking build but usability looks pretty terrible... Try placing the keyboard near the monitor or move the monitors to be in line with the keyboard and then move the tower accordingly.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, I got this CPU cooler.. was wondering if its still working? I've seen reviews saying it doesn't last..

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thoughts on the deep cool aio? Thinking about picking one up for myself but having second thoughts. Mostly I am asking about build quality and how reliable the cooling performance is.