Description

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This is my first totally custom build. My old Samsung laptop was giving out on me and I decided it would be a good investment to have a powerful dedicated desktop. This computer will primarily be used for casual gaming and coding hence the slightly more premium parts and dedicated graphics card. I mostly play titles such as AC4, BF4, WoW occasionally and a few others. I had been planning this build for 6+ months (messing with builds and reading reviews etc.). I really didn't want to spend as much as I did especially on the RAM since it's being price gouged right now, but I needed the computer and couldn't hold out any longer. I finally gave in to the idea that this wasn't going to be a "cheap" computer and decided to splurge on a few parts. I really wanted the build to look nice and clean so some of my parts decisions were influenced by aesthetics.

Rationale:

CPU: I was originally planning on going with an amd FX-6300 but I figured I'd splurge a little and go with Intel especially considering the deal I got at Microcenter.

CPU Cooler: I wanted something that would keep my CPU nice and cool and look nice and fit in with the overall theme and the H60 was perfect for both. I do plan to do at least a mild OC to 4.2 GHz, but I am still currently in the process of researching and educating myself on overclocking.

Motherboard: I actually got the full size Asrock Extreme 3, but I didn't see it listed on this site. It seemed like a solid board with all the features I needed and at a good price.

Memory: This was one of the parts that I spent a little more on based on aesthetics. There were more value oriented modules available, but at the time (~1 week ago) even those were only like 10 bucks cheaper so I went with these instead.

Storage: The SSD was a gift and I salvaged it from my laptop and the WD blue 1 TB is more than enough space for what I need and has good reviews at a good price point.

Graphics Card: I really didn't actually want to go with a card as expensive as the 760. I had initially planned on going with an older gen card like a 650 ti or even a cheap 7770, but I ultimately decided it would be worth it to spend the extra money and have a very good card now and even future proof the graphics capabilities a little bit.

Case: It was between the define r4 and the Corsair 350d (and get a different microatx MB) as both were perfect for the kind of look I was going for, were well reviewed and right around my price point for a case. Microcenter didn't have the windowed 350d, but they had this one and it was on sale so I went with this. I really like this case and I'm glad I went with it. It's so silent and sleek looking and has plenty of space to work in.

PSU: I went with the cx600m because I wanted a good heavy psu from a reputable company. I'm not planning on doing SLI in the future so I think 600 should be plenty. It also matches my color scheme.

Monitor: I wanted an IPS at around 23 inches with little to no frame and this one was perfect and at a good price for IPS.

Additional notes:

The overall color scheme is going to be black/ green but I haven't gotten around to custom spray painting some of the parts/ getting the additional green sleeved cable extensions (right now just the 24 pin is green, but I plan on making the 6/8 pin to the gfx card green as well). That will happen in the near future and I plan to update this with more pictures once I get it all finished. Also, I wasn't completely OCD about cable management as I know I'll be working on it more later. For now, the priority was just to get it up and running.

Sorry for the wall of text and please leave feedback comments as I am completely open to possible improvements/ suggestions.

Thanks for checking out my build.

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Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Before I even read it; Thank you for the Wall of Text. I don't come here to simply see what parts others are listing together. I like reading about others' reasoning as well.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, after reading your GIANT wall of text I have not too much advice but I think you might be able to remove the center potion of your hard drive cage to add to the air flow. I am concerned about how the H60 will handle the heat of the mild overclock but I am sure you will be monitoring the temps closely at that time. I like how well you have managed the cables and with the additional splash of green cable extensions (yet to come) I think it will look really nice.

Well done

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a good decision. I'll do that next time i get to working around in there. Thanks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

edit Confused the monitor with another one, nevermind.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Obsidian with a hint of green... I love it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I came here expecting a build in a Corsair Obsidian series case :C

JKJKJK this is a pretty nice build!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I was afraid that might happen. Sorry to mislead :/

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nicely done. Good cable mgmt and good quality parts.