PARTS WERE BOUGHT FROM AUGUST 2013 - DECEMBER 2013
TOTAL BUILD TIME 5 HOURS, 1 MAN JOB
WINDOWS INSTALLATION TIME 6 HOURS -_-
WILL BE POSTING MORE PICTURES OF BENCHMARKS AS THE DAYS GO BY
P.S. Sorry for the cable management.
As a 15 year old console scrub in highschool editing videos on a 2008 dual core laptop, i decided it was time to switch over to the master race. After many weeks of staying up all night reading countless reviews and comparing benchmarks and not filling out college applications, these are the parts i chose. I mainly use this rig for editing videos like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKSW0WPLdLY (I know a lot of you like CS ;) And playing CPU intensive games like BF4 and Arma3 so the extra threads of the i7 really come in helpful. This systems works just like i want it to and its lightning fast so hopefully i wont need to upgrade anything for a while. I tried to keep this build cost friendly by buying some parts off of ebay but also without skimping out on any parts. Some of you are going to ask "Why didnt you get Haswell, you could have gotten more for 20 bucks!" While that is true, i got the z77 motherboard for pretty cheap. So to get the z87 motherboard i wanted i would have to pay an extra lets say $80 + $20 for the CPU, $100 in total. Haswell just wasnt worth it to me as there are very little improvements over Ivy. :)
Now id like to state that my parents bought some of the parts, and just helped me when i needed like 10 bucks for something so a big thank you to them. They bought me the CPU and SSD and my brother who wanted to get me into gaming as soon as possible was generous enough to buy me the GPU for Christmas. I bought everything else, from the motherboard and PSU to the cooler and ram. Oh speaking of ram, Corsair LP, it stands for lapidated plutonium. Thats what they're made of. I got 8GB for now so i could have cheaper start up/first boot costs. I had to get the LP version because my cooler is so freaking massive the regular peasant plastic ram wasnt compatible. This leads me to the Havik 140. It was such a steal at 18 bucks. (Amazon Points) HOWEVER, when i got it, there were some parts missing so i had to use the stock cooler :c Ive contacted NZXT, they havent replied back.
Now for the GPU I could have easily gone for a 770 or a 280x, but AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE, the 280x were 400 and the 770, while at 340 are still a good deal, it was money that i, or well my brother, just didnt have. Im more than happy with the 760 though. The reason i settled with Nvidia over AMD, where i could have gotten BF4 for free is because, well.. a couple of reasons. Main one, Shadowplay. I dont think you guys understand how AMAZING this tool is. 60FPS 1080p recording without any hiccups. Oh and did i mention the ridiculous small file sizes? Im talking 3GB for 10 minutes of BF4 gameplay.. Yea, thought so. Another reason, CUDA. While programs i use like OpenCL, they prefer CUDA better so it comes in very helpful while rendering. As my first video card welcoming me into the majestic land that is PC gaming, i cannot complain about the performance of this card. Constant 70+fps in BF4 while recording. More than satisfied. MSI did a really great job on their cooler. SILENT. I cant hear it at all, its like it has some Noctuas on it :p It also looks nice from the side of my case.
I probably wont get a second one because the performance of this card is amazing. Even if i did get a second one, i know i have the fire power. This leads me to the xfx 750. Its enough wattage to fuel everything overclocked and have a lot left over. 80+ gold, fully modular black cables. Cant complain. Coming from hardrive to ssd is a miracle. I did not want to spend more than $200 on one, as just having an SSD is a luxury. I was dead set on getting the HyperX 3k but for 5 bucks cheaper and 10GB more, i settled on this because its proven and tested, fast and.. it just works. Im pretty sure its a lot faster than the vanilla 840 and maybe a tad bit slower than the pro but whatever. W8 boots in about 10 seconds and After Effects opens up in just under 5 so im definitely happy and i highly recommend it. And you'll get a small boost in frames with W8. Its actually not that bad guys come on.. The case i got off of ebay for $110 SHIPPED so it was a pretty good deal. I chose this case over the R4 mostly because of looks and better airflow, although the R4 im hearing is really really silent. Also, i dont think my massive tank of a cooler would fit in the R4. 650D has wonderful cable management too. It looks great lol I think i should have gone with the 600T just to match my scheme better but hey i cant complain.
Overall, this being my first build, im extremely happy about the parts i chose and the performance i have yet to get out of them. Building this was a lot of fun and i have learned so much over the past few months its insane. I will be getting a new monitor when Gsync is available, since it looks really promising. If any of you guys are interested, i have a youtube channel. www.youtube.com/Joseyonic Ill be posting my videos on there. Its mostly a portfolio for all of my work but ill definitely be posting gameplay/benchmarks. Just send me a message or leave a comment saying you saw my build here and dont forget to subscribe :) I hope you guys enjoyed this build and i will see you on the battlefield. ;) Its funny how i was able to write all of that no problem but when it comes down to school essays my brain just implodes.. If you're on the verge of switching to pc, by all means just do it.
-3TB Seagate Barracuda for massive storage
-Another 8GB of RAM, same Corsair LP Arctic White versions
-Razer Deathadder 2013 and MAYBE a Corsair K95. Im not really sold on mechanical keyboards just yet.
-Replacing all fans in case with Corsair AF Series, 2 140s on top and 1 120 in the back.
-NZXT HUE RGB Strip of LED lights because, why not?