Description

First off let me say that it has been a goal of mine to build a gaming computer for over 3 years now. So when I saw the opportunity to buy the parts and build it, I jumped at it. And I settled for nothing less than some of the best equipment that I could get. Things like my mouse, keyboard, monitor, external HDD, headphones, and speakers I bought or was gifted over the past year or so. But for all of the internal parts and components for it I purchased the same day.

My goal with this computer was to be able to play just about any game out there at either high or ultra settings, and not have to upgrade for a while. Another one of my goals with the build was to be able to overclock, and overclocking I have done. I started at 4 GHz stock and then went, slowly, up to 4.8 GHz.

I went with an R9 390 GPU because of its price and how its is about on par with a GTX 980. And for a price that is less than that, I had to go with the 390. I'm using the 32GB SSD only as a boot drive, allowing my computer to boot up in under 20 seconds.

I went with a 1TB HDD because I already have a 1TB external HDD. But the only problem that I am having with my internal HDD is that my computer won't recognize it.

The motherboard I chose because of it ability to overclock, and that I could also do two way crossfire if I wanted to.

The case I chose because of its size and the fact that it already X3 140MM case fans that are based off of an already great fan design.

For the keyboard I chose the Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB with Cherry MX Red switches. I chose it because of it being RGB, and I have always loved the Cherry switches.

The speakers I got because of one of my friends. He has them and they are absolutely stunning in sound quality. The sub that comes with them literally can shake an entire floor of your house.

In all this was an awesome build, now granted, I regret not having gone with a fully modular PSU, but it is what it is.

Part Reviews

CPU

Absolutely amazing. I got lucky on the silicon lottery and got a chip that loves to be overclocked. I pushed it to 4.8 and it had no troubles, none at all. It runs a little bit hot, but with a good CPU cooler that is not a problem.

CPU Cooler

Great cooler. For one that is not liquid cooling, it cools really well. It keeps my CPU under 140 F, even when it is under full load on some of the most intense games. The only problem that I have with it is that the fan sounds like a jet taking off when it runs at max speed. But other than that it is a great cooler.

Motherboard

I fell in love with this MOBO the moment that I opened it. It can overclock with no problem, pushing the RAM all the way to 3200, and also able to support my CPU at 4.8 stable. The BIOS is really nice and easy to use.

Memory

Love these things. They are able to put up with some of the most taxing of games. I just wish that I knew more about RAM when I was buying all of the parts because i would have gone with RAM that has a faster base clock than these, but they can still put out the power none the less.

Storage

I use it only as a boot drive, and for i use it for, it works like a charm. Cant store anything more on it because the OS takes up so much space. But thats why i have a 1TB HDD with another one that is external.

Storage

I have had trouble with this HDD because my computer won't recognize it. It says that it is dynamic and the drive refuses to go to basic. I tried reinstalling the OS and just about every other trick in the book, and it still won't work. I think i may have gotten a faulty drive.

Video Card

If i could give more than five stars, i would. This is one of the greatest things that i have ever purchased. It has the pixel pumping power that i am looking for, at the price that i was looking for. And with 8 GB of VRAM i dont think that i will have to go 2 way crossfire for a while.

Case

SPACE!!! This thing has so much space! I could hide my dog in here (along with my build) and he would never be found. On the serious side though, it really is a great case. The window on the side is some plastic, don't really like that, wish it was actual glass, but it is what it is. Managing cables is a dream come true. And with three 140MM case fans that can max at 1200 RPM, it has some excellent air flow.

Power Supply

It's a PSU. There really is not much that i can say about it, other than it powers my system really well, and has no whine when i overclock. I just wish that i had gone with a fully modular PSU.

Keyboard

This thing is amazing, i am typing with it right now and my fingers just glide across the surface. The RGB truly is RGB lighting, and it looks stunning. You can do just about anything that you want with this bad boy. Everything on it is high quality, and it has a brushed aluminum frame, so it feels sturdy, and from what i can tell, is sturdy.

Headphones

Amazing sound quality. Just wow, even without the audio booster they sound amazing. Super comfortable, and a pleasure to wear. On top of that, they are surround sound. So no matter what game you are in, you are fully immersed in the game and can tell which direction every noise is coming from, without having to second guess yourself. The bass is also superb, if you are listening to a song with a lot of bass in it, don't be surprised when the headphones shake, almost like there is a mini sub in there (sadly there is not, from what i can tell). And with the interchangeable mic, or standard audio cable, you dont have to walk around and look like a good with a boom mic coming out of the driver.

Speakers

I have found zero problems with these speakers. They are amazing. The sub is crazy. For its size (5.25 inches) it has some serious power. When i turn them all the way up, it can shake an entire floor of my house, without any noise distortion. At around the 60Hz mark is where this thing really kicks in. That is its sweet spot and dont surprised if you feel a punch to the chest around that range. And although it says 2.1ch speakers, they are 5.1. The sound bar has 2 mid range located in the center of the bar, and then two tweeters on the outside of the mid range drivers. From the surround sound tests that i did, i could tell that it was in fact surround sound. How they do that with a sound bar, i have no idea. But it works.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

Some nice selections in your build. You could use a few more finished PC pictures.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I will get more pictures of it up soon.

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build, but a 32 Gb SSD? Thats almost hopelessly small for a C: drive

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Anything more and i would have been over budget.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious why you invested so little into CPU cooling. But, that's just coming from my "get the best cooler you can afford" mentality. :P Otherwise nice, subtle build. I like it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That is my mentality too, but that would mean I am way over budget. Had I gotten anything more I would have been over budget. But that cooler is actually really good for not being liquid cooling. I am saving up for liquid cooling though. That is my end goal, maybe even a custom loop, I will just have to see.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand that as well. I'm thinking about replacing my NH-D15 with a Kraken X61 for easier system portability, but budgetary concerns are keeping me grounded for now. :P

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea if I go for liquid cooling I'm going for the Corsair H100i. Or like I said, a custom loop. But I don't think that I am up for the headaches and problems with a custom loop.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You probably need to format a partition on your 1TB. Right click on my computer and select manage. Under storage, select disk management. You can do that there. Just make sure to select your 1TB HDD, not your SSD.