My first build in a long time(over 10 years)
I first saw the NZXT Manta case on the cover of MaximumPC(July issue) and that pretty much sealed the deal for building a PC. I originally wanted to go all out and put a custom water loop in it but quickly realized I better start a bit easier. I did however model a lot of components from that issue and I think it turned excellent!
This will be my everyday PC, mainly 1440p gaming. Work stuff, surfing etc. I wanted it to be silent, small and easy to upgrade down the road. Some parts I purchased will most likely be used next year for a dream 4k box.
I bought a pre-binned chip rated at 4.7GHz. It did not disappoint. Chip is over clocked to 4.7 at 1.38v. I had a lot of fun tweaking with this system and finding the perfect combo. Temps are good, benchmarks are awesome, and has been stable for weeks now. Ram is set to 2400 with a 14CL which I think is pretty good? I could not get XMP Profile stable with my OC.
R9 Nano is stock, seems like a tough card to OC and not get throttled? I got a warehouse deal on it from Amazon. It had hole in the box and a small ding on the front but other then that was brand new. This card is so cool, and really goes beast on long gaming sessions.
I had a ton of fun building and tweaking this system, learned a lot. I am curious what AMD's flagship card will be this year? That may replace the Nano.