Description

I saw the 250D PcPartPicker Build done by phillip and fell immediately in love with the case and wanted to build one of my own. Finally got the funds to put the build together by selling my old G73JH gaming laptop and parts of my Big Bertha build.

This rig is primarily for gaming with some web browsing and multitasking.

CPU- Wanted to get the best CPU for gaming with room to overclock in the future.

CPU Cooler- Mostly inspired by phillips build I was ready to try liquid cooling for the first time in a build and I'll say the installation of the cooler in the case was very easy and keeps the CPU super cold. I plan on doing a benchmark for 100% Load soon once I get the settled in with Windows 8.1.

Motherboard- I went back and forth on what motherboard I wanted but finally decided on the Asus Maximus Impact because the M.2 support (I plan on using in the future) and I've had great luck I've had with Asus motherboards.

RAM- I wanted red RAM to match the rest of the build color scheme and was a good deal but didn't want to overspend on RAM.

Storage SSD- I used a 120GB SSD in my previous build and ran out of space WAY to quickly. So this time around I decided to bump it up to 250GB Samsung based on the good things I've heard about it.

Storage HDD- My father-in-law bought me a 1TB WD for me for helping him with some system build he had to do so I am using it as a dedicated games drive.

The 1.5TB HDD was from the previous build and is used to store pictures and media files.

GPU- From my previous build. It's a great card and I have had zero issues with it despite me buying it used off of craigslist for $130. I plan to upgrade but am unsure when would be a good time to upgrade and what to upgrade to. Any suggestions? (I plan on only doing 1080p gaming for a good while)

PSU- Been a Corsair PSU fanboy for a long time but thought I would go with a SeaSonic Fully Modular PSU based on a forum suggestion and research. It has been whisper quiet and came with some awesome high quality cables. Haven't regretted it yet :D. Also I got the 750 Watt because I plan to upgrade the graphics card the in the future.

OS- I finally made the switch to Windows 8.1 and oddly enough to say I am really enjoying the speed 8.1 offers. I did have some trouble with the Corsair Link software not detecting my liquid cooler but a quick Google search brought me to This video showing how to fix it by changing the registry for the Cosair H100i USB. I also installed Startisback and I absolutely love that software! I highly recommend it :D

Overall the build was really fun but was my most challenging build so far. I worked really hard to manage the cables ( I don't want the cable management police to write me a ticket lol ) so I could have a good aesthetic and good airflow. I plan on getting 2 Corsair Air Series SP120 PWM Quiet Edition fans for the radiator for more red colors as well as a red LED bar to light up the inside where the 5.25 bay is.

Let me know what ya'll think.

Cheers :D

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build, great bang for buck ITX Build :) +1 from me!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good, motherboard could've been toned down a bit to resell the 660 for a 770, would've been a better gaming experience. I've gotten +60fps on bf4, cod ghosts (ewww I hate I bought it) and farcry 3 when things weren't on fire. A nod towards your observations of windows 8, people are just neophobic, it's truly faster and all around better if you get rid of Metro, But I use it for a few things because its made for fullscreen, like alarm clocks and stuff. The common tragic 3 mismatched monitors :/ +1 from me, nobody can hit you on cable management due to the ITX nature :P

EDIT: I must've read over your suggestion for gpu upgrades~ While I would recommend a 770 if you can hold on for another say 8 months maxwell will be coming out maybe, power saving and performance boost is a sure thing for them, I would buy the mid tier card, which will probably be an 870, But if you want it to be strong for a while look at the 780 or if you want to try the AMD route I've heard GREAT things about the AMD Powercolor 290x, I'm just not sure it will fit in the ITX case.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Right. I thought about exactly what you said before I built it but I choose to have a slightly overkill mobo that way when I get a new GPU I wouldn't be sacrificing features I wanted. I'm kinda waiting on the 800 series GPUs to come out for desktop. Still unsure if I would benefit from an upgrade right at the moment or should just wait. Funny story about the monitors, I started with the 24" monitor (Far Left) first and got the 19" VGA monitor (Far Right) for free so I figured why not. The 27" was a Christmas gift from my father-in-law. I use the 19" for web browsing, 27" for games, and 24" for temp gauges and Skype. Thanks for the comments I really appreciate them a whole lot :D

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

That's exactly how I'd use 3 mismatched monitors, and I did, when I had them. If you're willing to wait for 800 series then I would, I'm already set in the 700's with my 780ti hahaha, sli or die. Or if you can't wait find out if the AMD Powercolor 290x fits in your case if you want to save money, it is the ONLY AMD 290 series I would recommend, purely based on reviews and videos.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Rock on, this is a pretty nice little build.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I used the same exact 2 storage drives. also the H100i

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

That GPU fits this case quite nicely. ^

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I love that case. I'm looking to build something very similar to your build for my GF. +1