My first build, and really my first gaming PC. I've used budget prebuilt's from Best-Buy in the past for gaming and they were always fine, but never really let me max those graphics settings and maintain even smooth framerates (let alone keep it pined to 60 fps in any game I play). So this time around I spent as much on my GPU as I normally would on an entire computer!...
... and it was so worth it.
I'm loving this machine. I don't even use my Xbox One anymore. all my games looks so amazing, so fluent, its awesome. Not only that, but I had a hell of a time researching and building this computer. I've caught enthusiast fever pretty hard. It was (and is) as much fun to learn about hardware and build my computer as it is to actually play my games on the computer! haha
My only regret was not researching FUTURE components... I built this computer in early April, had I noticed pascal was coming out in but a few short months I DEFINITELY would have waited.... oh well.
My only complaint with this build: The Case - My case (whilst water cooling compatible) isn't really designed well for it. it supports a 240 in the top, but the amount of air flow it allows through there is pretty choked, you combine that with the radiator right underneath it and you have a TON of resistance, and there is no room for a push/pull option to help me out here. As such I've turned my CPU down to 4.0 GHz instead of overclocking it like I wanted because the temps are too high, and fans are too loud to compensate. Since I'm primarily gaming anyway, overclocking doesn't make a huge difference in most games, so I figured I would save the heat and noise and just settle for stock operation. Also the cable management is miserable. while it does have a fair amount of cutouts and tie downs, there is almost no space to work in. the side panel DOES have a beveled out area, so you get a little bit of leeway from that, but even with the HX1000i's low profile and modular cables, i had a harder time than I would have liked getting it closed (although it really wasn't THAT bad)
The case looks pretty sweet though, and it was REALLY cheap, so that considered, I still consider this case a good investment, but if i had to do it again, I may have thrown a bit more money at my case selection.
Cant wait to build another PC. I'm already laying plans for "Project: Zyndoria" although it will likely be at least a year before I can afford to make it... Its gonna be one of those extreme setups. Custom loop, SLI, M.2 in Raid 0, the works.
P.S. The blue LED fans are not so vibrant in reality. They are more subtle, and look much better in person.
Love to hear your comments or questions