My very first build, so please be kind with your words :x
This took months of on/off reading/watching build videos on Linus Tech Tips, Newegg TV, and AwesomeSauce Network. I made tons of topics on this forum, asking for advice, and thank you to everyone on here, especially pegotico for answering all my questions. I want to also express my thanks to r/buildapc on Reddit, as the daily question threads there did help me on my path to building this light box.
The build's name draws from one of my all time favorite League of Legends champion Lux's spells, Lucent Singularity- a singular entity that glows, or gives off light. The internals reflect her main colors, with blue case lighting initially when I first built this, in addition to the WindForce logo representing her under clothes, the gold motherboard and RAM representing her adorned in golden armor of Demacia, and the red Corsair logo is reminiscent of the gems on her shoulder plates.
Some informal notes on the individual parts of this system:
Didn't feel quite like I needed an i7 as I don't do anything super CPU or hyperthreaded intense work, like video >editing, or streaming regularly- so the gamer favorite i5-4690k was what I went with in the end. I still need to >overclock it one of these weekends as I just received replies on my recent topic post.
One of the general rules I learned from Linus regarding the question, "What size radiator should I use?" "The >biggest one you can!" Currently running stock speeds until/if I overclock it, it usually runs idle around 23 C.
Motherboard and Memory
Gold to fit the color scheme, pretty self explanatory.
The common favorite of the high end, I decided to go the full SSD route in order to accomodate front end push >pull configuration with the fans.
Yes, yes, yes. I know I could have gotten a WAAAY better card with the money spent overall on the system. But >I'm happy with it, overall at least. It runs all of my light games at 1080p 60FPS or higher, plays anything I've >thrown at it on maxed out settings anyway, and until some newer games I've wanted to play come to PC port >like Halo 5 (with Microsoft announcing its plans to unify its gaming platform), I think I'm good for now. I dont >typically play really graphically demanding titles.
And.. well I'm a sucker for looks and I wanted that sweet looking WindForce illuminated blue logo. I mean, I >read tons of good things about Gigabytes windforce cooling, so I was able to justify the purchase in my head.
My only complaint is when the fans turn on during gaming, they REALLY turn on. I think in the future, after >Pascal comes out and either provides a nice new generation of GTX GPUs, or drives this current generation of >cards prices' down, again, I can make do.
Another PC builder favorite. I watched tons of case reviews, went through dozens upon dozens of newegg >product picture albums and specifications. Nothing ever seemed close to holding a candle to what I wanted in a >case to the Fractal R5. Front end removable dust filters for both the intake AND a full bottom dust filter >removable from the front as well. No weirdly shaped side window or window with a poorly placed 120mm fan >mount obstructing the view of the internals. Just a solid, minimalist design with plenty to offer, with sound >dampening material, a completely modular base (removable 5.25" bays, drive cages) and plenty of cable tie >loops. I also needed something to house a Blu-Ray disc drive and a fan controller so I could handle airflow in a >simpler way. The front panel hides them when not in use, and in the end, I have a very nice start for an >attractive looking build.
The general consensus of how to find quality PSU reviews is through, JonnyGURU. I wanted something that is >fully modular, so cable management is as easy as it can be, and something efficient, at least Bronze. >JonnyGURU has nothing but praise for most EVGA PSUs, but even now as I still browse this site and other PC >build forums, the G2 series still seems to remain the unquestionable king of quality. It is rated at a 9.8 out of 10 >by JonnyGURU, has nothing in the bad category, and its fully black. SOLD. Cable management was a dream >with this combined with the Fractal R5.
Multiple discussions on here led me to the Gentle Typhoon series. So far? I have no complaints at all. They run >without fail at 80% constantly even while gaming, and with my front panel open running, yes I can hear a low >hum, but with the sound dampening panel closed, I hear nothing at all.
Read really good things about the recently released Fractal Venturi lineup, so I got this all black 140mm exhaust >and have it running at a continuous 1000rpm for my system.
Initially used a Blue NZXT light strip I believe since the system was built until recently. Changed to a magnetic >BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 white strip. I changed the case lighting to white as with the previous blue internal >illumination, you couldn't really see the actual colors of the build as clearly.
Overall, I am very happy with this system. It does everything I want it to or throw at it, and the only things I'll >probably ever change are three things:
- The GPU since it is louder than expected
- Adding a BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Blue strip to mix with the white so it is a ligher blue, but you can still see the >actual part colors
- Overclocking the 4690k
EDIT: Some spelling errors and formatting