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My First ever built computer.

by Blakforest



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I built this computer for 3 reasons: 1. I needed a new gaming/rendering computer 2. I needed a new computer 3. I wanted to be an enthusiast :)

I saved for just about a year. My previous computer was a ****** duo core that I pulled apart multiple times which aided me in building this one. Of course I had a lot of help from reddit's buildapc too. I'm planning on purchasing another GTX780 for the extra gaming power. The build also includes the Snowball Microphone and a Logitech C920 Webam for streaming.

I'll be purchasing a Corsair Vengeance K95 AGAIN.. so at the moment I'm using my friends Keyboard while he's overseas.

Overal, I really wanted a fast computer and something that'll last me a long time, even if I don't use it for its parts intended uses. I've waited years (since i was 16, I'm 22 now) to have something like this and I've finally did it.

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joshj2398 1 Build 7 points 48 months ago

Wow. Just wow. This is an awesome first build to say the least. My only gripe is that you didn't go with one of those fancy BenQ 144Hz or 120Hz monitors with that beast of a card you have esp. since you plan on going 2-way SLI. Also could have saved a few bucks getting a WD Blue instead of Black even though you clearly weren't trying to save money with this build. The only real difference is the warranty.

my $0.02.

Marcus_CA 7 points 48 months ago

The WD black is for performance and the Asus PB278Q is a 27" 1440p monitor.

fnapoli 1 Build 4 points 48 months ago

but have you seen that monitor? it's AMAZING

cam313 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

agreed with fnapoli... those BenQ monitors are really nice, but I have a 144Hz Asus monitor very similar to this one, and it is no slouch, AT ALL! great build! very nice cable management, quality parts, even HQ pictures! well done +1

Blakforest submitter 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

Thanks :) I took my time taking these photos haha and a long time putting this build together too :)

elevatioN 2 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

I am just like you, when you were 16 that is ;P I wanna be on the enthusiast level just like you wanted. Well one day... :P Anyway loving your build, does the msi gtx 780 lightning meet your expectations? Have you tried ocing? Most importantly does it warrant the EXTRA premium price!?

Blakforest submitter 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

YES! I'm loving it! the GTX780 is fantastic! I know the 290X is out but I'm an Nvidia kid, and I kinda had my heart set on the Lightning edition. I haven't chcked FPS wise but Crysis 3 being my main test Ran perfectly smooth on Very High! Absolutely love it! And for the OC part I have tried but I don't think I've done it right..so I can't say if I'm satisfied with it yet haha but without the OC its still a powerhouse!

ProudNerd248 2 points 48 months ago

The GTX 780 Lightning edition is also on par with the GTX Titan in many games.

ToMmONo4 2 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Very nice build, although I would have removed the central hard drive cage and put ssd and hard drive at the bottom. Other than that perfect! +1

Blakforest submitter 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Oh! okay! I'll have to keep that in mind! When I go and clean it in a few months I'll play around with it. Thank you!

Zeus 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Sexy! +1

b00moscone 2 points 48 months ago

A bit overkill with the power but apart from that good job!

cam313 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

he will need that extra power when he adds dat 2nd 780 :)

malcar11 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Lovely power! congrats

Spy 2 points 48 months ago

Fantastic job, I am very jelly of that 4930K!

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Snowball is a great mic... resting my head on it now as I type. It's pretty comfortable.

MiKaVw 1 point 48 months ago

Very good job man. The cable management doesn't look like it's done by a first timer it looks great. I'm very jelly.

Blakforest submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

THIS is great! I'm definitely a first time haha! Might need to get some custom sleeves happening now! Thank you!

Electrospeed 1 point 48 months ago

That is definitely overkill. 4930K!?!?

But hey, if you have that kind of money, might as well, right? ;)

winny314159 1 point 48 months ago

Why did you choose a dual channel ram kit with your x79 build? One of the highlights of a build of this caliber is that you can have quad channel memory support, which means better communication between the ram and the cpu. Also, why did you get the Asus Sabertooth board when it does not have native Ivy Bridge-E support? Remember, Ivy Bridge-E is an architecture that has smaller transistors, meaning that it consumes less power (and performs 10% better)! Finally, the 840 EVo is a great drive, but it is TLC flash, which means you better not be writing to it, due to the fact that it wont last that long and wont be as reliable as the 840 pro variant with MLC flash. Also, a little bit overkill on the power supply, as an 860 watt Corsair variant would do just fine. But great build man, this is a great time to go with a second 780, because of the 150$ price drop, so get it while its hot and with Nvidia's new game bundle which includes Batman Arkham Origins, Assasin's Creed Black Flag, and Splinter Cell Black List. Also, you get 100$ of Shield, if your into the whole streaming to your TV or Gameboy-looking Android Handheld.

ArrKayCee 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

He wont "need" that extra power once he gets a second 780 but it's always really nice to have an overkill platinum psu for a workstation.

Annthrax 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

i was thinking of going with this same cpu and motherboard but when i select them in the build section of this website i get this msg.Some Intel X79 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Ivy Bridge-E CPUs. did you have to update your bios?

Blakforest submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Sorry for the late reply... Yea I updated the BIOS to the latest one. I had some issues with it reading it but eventually got it working by just turning it on and reading what BIOS ver. it had.

Mikeymane 1 point 47 months ago

Sick sick sick. Well done!

Blakforest submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thank you :)

NeverMM 1 point 34 months ago

Great build sir! I have a question though, since I plan on buying the same case I wonder how are the noise levels?

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