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This is my first ever PC build. I have always been told that building a PC is easy, its just like snapping legos together. And that's true, as long as you bear in mind that those legos might be incompatible with one another, fragile, and cost hundreds of dollars each. So my apprehension on this project centered around picking the right parts, and this web site helped immensely with that, so I wanted to post my build to see if it helps anyone make a decision on their build.

The Fractal R5 case is awesome, roomy to work in. I loved the SSD holder on the back of the mother board and the included fans are whisper quiet.

Please note, that yes, in my early pictures, my power supply is upside down. That has been corrected since the.

I thought about moving the 2 red fans to both be in front, but by the time I had thought of that, it would have involved pulling too much stuff out and didn't seem worth it to me (as the door will be shut with the dust cover on 99.9% of the time).

Let me know what you guys think!

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! I just have to ask, though, why you didn't go for an i7 or an X99 setup at this price point. i5 at $2400 seems a little weird to me!

Otherwise, looks great :).

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Its because I had already spent so much lol. When I was looking at it, the i7 wasn't leagues better than the i5, but it was an extra 200. My thought was since this is a gaming build, and the gpu does most of the work, I didn't think that the cpu was going to be a bottle neck. Worst case, I can swap out that cpu when the price drops later...

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Makes sense. Just allocated your money differently than I would've I guess!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

3 questions first why cheap out on a psu? 2nd is there a reason for such a expensive motherboard? 3rd what is the 4 hard drives for? you can get a single 4th hard drive

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

My guess is for a RAID array

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, yes it was for a raid array, but its mostly because I got them free from work, and I figured, why not? They do more good in my case then sitting on my desk lol.

As for the motherboard, I wanted one that had built in wifi and bluetooth, I didn't want to screw around with another PCIe card, and my computer is not in the same room as my router, so hardwired was not an option. Also, it had good reviews, and I could not find another one that had those built in capabilities, and support for DDR4. I'm not saying that there is not one out there, I just didn't find it.

Also, just because I don't know, whats wrong with the psu choice? I am not defending it, its just that you are the second person that asked why I picked that, and I am wondering what it does not do well....

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

well the psu is simply not build with very great components meaning it has a higher change of failing. for now its fine but it will not last as long as a high quality psu should

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha, well if that one fails on me, or on my next build, I will bear that in mind. Thanks for the tip!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

the psu failing is not the issue its that if a psu fails there is a chance it will take your system with it

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous parts in an unassuming package. It's rare to find someone who's spent so much on their setup and hasn't thrown in RGB LED fans and strip lighting all over the place. It's actually quite refreshing, kudos to you! Don't worry about all the PSU comments (people here get really hung-up on it). If it hasn't burned your house down after a month you're probably fine ;P

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the review! I didn't throw more lights in there for the same reason that I picked the fractal r5, I was more interested in this thing running well than making it look like a space ship lol.

Nothing wrong with that of course, but there is a toddler in my house, and the less something glows, the less enticed he will be to start screwing with it. :-)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

you know were to get rgb fans??

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVKvfs2zvxg Corsair has some new (and stupid expensive) RGB fans out. They are called the SP 120 RGB and HD120 RGB, respectively. Linus goes into more detail and prices in the video I linked above.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this build is so similar to mine, then i must approve it :) Just two things: why 32gb ram when 16gb is already future proof ? And 2nd thing, you really have a nice case and parts, maybe you should re-do your cable management to match that quality ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I originally only planned on 16gb. But when I ordered it on amazon, i went for the good deal, and didn't notice that it said 3-5 weeks for delivery. So there I was, with a fully built PC that I couldn't even turn on because I didn't have any ram, just sitting on my desk, mocking me. So I went back on amazon and ordered another set for 5 bucks more that got there in 2-3 business days. And once I had it all, I figured there was no reason not to have it, so i just shoved the other set in there too.

So basically, I didn't pay attention, and I was impatient, not for any technical reason lol.

As for the cable management, the next time I build a pc I will definitely go for the fully modular psu. As it is, unless I replace it I can't do anything about that viper nest of cords at the bottom. And the 8 pin that goes to the top of the mother board, I don't have a longer one to go around the video card rather than over the top of it (trust me, it annoys me too).

But thanks for review!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah ok i understand, it must be frustrating to have everything ready but the ram :) i would have done the same

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

you bought a case with ALOT of cable management behind the motherboard, please cable manage.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wasn't intentional. It had good ratings, and it was double the wattage my build said it needed using the tool on this site. So I can do better for next time, what would you recommend, and why?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Evga B2, G2, P2, T2, Corsair HXI

There are a few other brands that make really solid PSU's

I'd recommend checking out www.jonnyguru.com They are by far the best PSU reviewers out there, Just make the right choice for you and your wallet =)