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UPDATE: Sadly my R9 290x died an early death and I was able to exchange it and make some updates to my build, check it out here --> https://pcpartpicker.com/b/F3GfrH

About a year ago I help my friend build his first computer, and since then I was set on building my own. I had never built one for myself so I didn't know too much about it all, but I did know one thing: it had to be just as fast on the inside as it was sexy on the outside. So I got interneting and finally arrived with this. And I really am quite pleased. I'll go through some of my experiences that hopefully might serve some of you out there. Most of my decisions on what parts to buy were completely based around my though above, outstanding performance and looks.

CASE: When I first started figuring out just how one went about building a computer from the ground up I figured I might as well find a case I really liked first. The first time I saw the H440 I was pretty much sold. It had everything I wanted aesthetically and was a decent price. Though through my research on it I found it was notorious for having "bad airflow" because of the design. That kind of scared me and so after a lot of searching I came across the Fractal Design R5. Same price, came it white, and had a window, and was supposed to get better airflow, but it wasn't as appealing to me physically. So I went back and forth between the two and it ultimately came down to the fact that when I went to buy everything the R5 was out of stock everywhere, so (because I'm impatient) I went with the H440. But I do not regret my decision at all. The H440 is great, replacing the stock fans and removing all the HHD trays (except for one at the top) allows for great airflow that keeps the system temps right around 30 degrees for everyday use (more on gaming temps later). I think the PSU cover with the SSD mounts on top should be a must for any side panel windowed case out there because it sexy as ****. And with that cable management is a breeze. No complaints whatsoever.

CPU: A actually picked out my motherboard before I had decided on what CPU to get. I knew I wanted to go with the newest X99 set so my CPU were semi limited (not that that was a bad thing). 5820k was a pretty obvious choice for me as I just don't think the extra $200 for the 5830k is justifiable for only 40 pci lanes rather than 28. Sure if I was planning on running like quad sli/xfire maybe, but otherwise I think its a waste. Haven't even attempted to OC the thing yet (which you can get to 4.5Ghz ez) because I really haven't seen a need. It's plenty fast and runs so cool I'll just leave it stock til I need some extra power in the future.

CPU COOLER: I was originally planning on getting the Corsair H105 but when I went to buy it on Amazon the H100i GTX showed up and it was on sale for $10 less. So since it cools just about the same, but looks 100 times sexier than the H105, I went withe H100i. No complaints about the cooler itself, it does its job well, but the stupid Corsair Link software is straight retarded. I pretty much used it to set my LED color and then uninstalled it haha. Now as you can see I added the white tubing around the original tubes to really tie in the white theme and I think its one of my favorite parts about the build. The Primoflex tubing was cheap and I just cut it down to size and then down the middle and wrapped it around the original. Simple way to give your system that extra pop.

MOBO: Asus has always made amazing boards so when I saw their x99 I knew it was for me. I love the white cover with the x99 series graphic that covers the rear I/O and the other little white/blue accents that are elsewhere on the board. I'd definetely recommend the Pro over the A version; looks a little nicer and comes with built in WIFI and Bluetooth. Granted I use a hardline but its just nice to know you have it if you need it rather than having to upgrade down the line. The things just plain sexy all around.

RAM: Not much to say except was it worth the extra $100 to get the Dominator series from Corsair rather than their Vengeance? Performance wise: no. Aesthetic wise: HELLS YES!!

STORAGE: The two mounting brackets on the PSU cover in the H440 just screamed "BUY TWO SSDS AND PUT THEM IN RAID 0!!!!" So I did. The 730's had a good price per performance and they look so good they were an obvious choice for me, especially since I wanted to put them in RAID. One thing about that tho, setting it up wasn't as clear cut as it should have been through the Asus BIOS. If you're having problems with doing the same on an x99 Asus board, let me know and I can give you my work through.

GPU: Ahh, what a beautiful thing the Sapphire R9 290x 8GB Vapor-X is. First off, lets just say that 8GBs is just a truck load of vRAM and I don't know of a game right now that gets close to using that up even at 4k. But I decided to go with it because I wanted to build a bit of future proofing into my system and because I was planning on getting my monitor (more on that later). When considering what card to get I knew I wanted to get something really high end and it was either better mine or the 980. I know that the 980 beats the 290x most of the time (not by a huge margin tho) and runs cooler and quiter but to me it came down to price and vRAM. I could spend over $600 and get an 980 with 4GBs or spend $520 and get the 290x with 8GBs. You know which one I went with. Totally satisfied. The thing is a beast and runs every game I have at max setting at 60fps and at the oh so beautiful res of 3440x1440. Down the line I plan on getting a second on but well see when that is. In all honesty I build this computer with one game in mind: The Witcher 3. I'm a huge fan of the series and can't wait for the 3rd one (like almost 3 weeks now!!!). So once it comes out I'll see how my card stands up to ultra settings and 3440x1440 60fps. If it doesn't cut it, I'm buying another one haha. Also the Vapor-X cooler does a great job, during a normal gaming load it sits at an average of 65 degrees C.

PSU: Bought the 1000 watt with a second GPU in mind.

MONITOR: Now what is a super sexy, ultra high-end computer any good for if you don't have a super sexy, ultra high-end monitor to use it with? Enter the LG 34" Ultrawide Curved 3440x1440 IPS monitor. Their aren't words or pictures or videos adequate enough to describe the jaw dropping beauty that this monitor provides to everyday computing and immersive gaming. Just as Linus said in his review of this, 4k is dead to me after using this monitor. There's no weird text scaling crap with windows that 4k has, but it has all the beauty of >1080 viewing plus that extra 21:9 aspect ratio that gives you so much screen real estate (I work from home so thats a big deal to me) and make you feel like you are one with the game when playing. Shadow of Mordor, Ori and the Blind Forest, Battlefield, League of Legends (and all other games in those respective genres) all 1000x better at 21:9. If you can, buy this monitor, and your eyes will thank you.

EXTRAS: Everything else in my part list is pretty self explanatory. The keyboard and mouse are great and those Logitech speakers make movies and games hit like your at the club, surrounded by 1000 beautiful women massaging your ears. Credit to my wife for finding the Titanfall, Destiny, and Halo art that is on my wall (Master Chief 'n friends are is my boyzzz). She got them for me out of the blue and just make to whole space radiate with greatness. The least exciting part of my build was painting the 3 fans and then two GPU plates. Wait, scratch that. Painting everything was easy. Putting those damn fans back together was a nightmare. Fitting those rubber grommets back in place, while trying to not mess up your paint job, was a task made by the devil himself. If you want to do it, you've been warned.

TL;DR- This computer makes your eyes wet because of its sheer beauty and power.

If you have any questions let me know!!! And thanks for reading!

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 24 points

I don't always upvote... but when I do...

  • 50 months ago
  • 15 points

That monitor is to die for.

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

judging by your posters, wallpapers, etc..... I can tell you like Call of Duty +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

I hate Call of Duty

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Lul, that is a funny joke right there lol.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

hey! did u just unscrew and remove the GPU plates for painting? I have a r9 290 vapor-x and I want to do exactly what you did!

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah, its super easy, there are just four screws on each.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Those tubes, best tubes I've ever seen lol. The fans looks great too.

Awseome all around build!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome write up for an awesome build. Mega kudos. I stumbled on this while researching my own future build and started reading...then started reading out loud and then just had to turn on the cam.

Here is my dramatic reading of this build after redoing it all nice like: https://youtu.be/l2Btj8eI9fw

Thanks to oldgregggggg (and pcpartpicker) for letting me do this.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This is nice man!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I love mostly-white color schemes. They're sooooo clean looking.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nicely modded +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Das a sexy build

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you install your os without an optical drive? Forgive me for not knowing xD

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

generally USB as a boot stick. That's what I did for mine, pretty easy to do. granted you need another PC to get the boot and installation files but most people have one on hand or can get one

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Just with a USB stick, just google Windows media creation and follow the steps on the Microsoft, its really simple.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor!!! And the water cooling is just oh my god amazing.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you use to secure the primoflex to the H100i lines?

Looks like a VERY slick build and I plan on building an extremely close build once the 980 Ti is released.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

So I just cut the primoflex tubing down the middle and then wrapped it around the outside of the original tubes. Its all. No glue or anything to hold it in place. I was having problems getting the primoflex tubing to contour around the original tubes so that it wouldn't show the cut I made (the diameter of the original tubing is too think for the primoflex to fit all the way around it). It is actually super stiff. So I just boiled a pot of water, stuck the portions I had cut in for a bit til they were malleable enough and that did the trick. I'd suggest doing that to anyone looking to do the same. Makes life a lot easier.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What paint did you use for the GPU and how did you do it?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Its white Rustoleum semi-gloss protective enamel. Honestly it was just a can of spray paint my wife had lying a round, I grabbed it, tested it on the inside part of the gpu plate that I painted to make sure it would work and went from there. I used that on the fans as well. But be sure to give it a good 24 hrs so its all the way dry, I tried too early to put one of the fans back together and totally messed up the paint and had to redo it. Also paint the GPU fan plates was super easy, just unscrewed it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

great build

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

how good is that GPU?

  • 50 months ago
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Like I said, I crushes anything I throw at it right now on my monitor. Does obviously run a little hotter than its gtx 980 counterpart but that's expected. I'll be very interested to see what it can do with The Witcher 3 tho. I'll be sure to keep it updated.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably not, but well see. Like you said it who knows when its released.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The only reason I couldn't pick the H440 (it's very aesthetically pleasing, I know!) was that there was no room for my optical drive. :( But nice build mate!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

When I first started looking at cases I was determined to find one without an optical drive. I just never use them, and would much rather everything be digital, and wanted that clean look on the front. So it just wasn't for me, but if you do need one I think the way the Fractal R5 handles it with the cover door over the whole front panel makes for a good solution.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely adore white color schemes, that's all I can say...

Great job!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Simply, a masterpiece. A work of art more than a machine.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a clean workstation, with an even more beautiful monitor. I hope the price goes down below a $1000 this year so I can check out the glory of it myself. =P

+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Brb, I need to pick up my jaw - it just dropped ;D

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 This build is so sleek! Just love it! How's the curved monitor with games? I thought about getting one for my setup. I really like the posters! Wondering if you know where you can get them?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it with, so immersive. Also my wife found them on Etsy, the internet is a wonderful place.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Actually I lied, my wife just told me the guys shop isn't on Etsy anymore, he has his own site. Go to thepixelempire.com and its all him. He's got some AMAZING stuff

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I might just get a new monitor! I just ordered some posters from Etsy. Thanks for posting your great build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: Is this computer build still silent with the sp120 high performance editions?

I was wanting to get those because they would help move air through the side and top vents of my H440. But the thing is, I'm not a fan (no pun intended) of loud fans. I currently have a loud fan right now and it is bothering me, I tried to lower the rpm in the bios but then my PC freezes due to the lack of airflow I believe. I want to get a better water cooler and I wanted good fans to help transfer air out of the radiator as well.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the sp120s. I use Speed Fan to manage their rpms (and all the fans in my case) to keep things quite when I need and ramp up when I game. At 100% you can definitely hear them but they are still quieter than most (quieter than the stock fan that come on the h100i gtx).

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, really nice job!!! The art on the wall did you find it on the internet and printed it? If so can you post a link? +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Go to thepixelempire.com. The guy's got some awesome stuff.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!! Exactly what i was looking for!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, you seem to be a pretty big fan of Bungie.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah me and them go way back. Halo CE was what started it all for me.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks everyone for all the comments and upvotes!!! You guys rock

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a beautiful build. Amazing work on such a powerful build! I like the colors as well, plus one! -> +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

about a year ago! oh, wait thats a week ago... well nevermind AMAZING build btw :DDD i fan

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How come your card is white and blue yet its not white and blue when you buy it did you paint it ?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, the white parts on it used to be black, just took them off, painted them, and put em back on.

  • 50 months ago
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What kind of paint did you use ?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Its white Rustoleum semi-gloss protective enamel.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow great build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I LOVE IT!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the corsair fans quite?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

My favorite build I've seen in a while. Also I have the same Thinkpad. Great build I hope everything worked out for you.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Is yours a company computer? That just my laptop from work that I only use on occasion to connect to our VPN. The thing is freaking ancient haha, new one should be coming soon.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

My school assigns a computer to each student. We can take it home and when we graduate we can keep. Also true it is ancient and really slow even though our's has an i5 and 8 gb ram.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

@OverlordCatnip You can always upgrade it or change the OS later on. The reason it is slow is probably due to the amount of bloat that is mandated to run on it for your time at school.

@oldgregggggg +1 for repping that ThinkPad!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 1 for the tubing on the CPU Cooler. This is the best site to find great ideas!
  • 1 for those SSD's, they look great, I bet Raid 0 greatly increased your speed.

Thanks for sharing.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

These are pluses - not sure why the symbol is not appearing ;)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for liking!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask what desk that is?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

My wife built it for me!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Lucky you! Lovely set up!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I really need a job I WANT something that beautiful some day... but those intel 730 SSD's with the skulls looks BEAST!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn this is a nice looking build! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

damn! gorgeous man. love you whole desk area too, sweet lookin setup!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

what r the romer-g switches like on the Orion Spark keyboard you got there?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

the orion spark uses romer switches instead of cherry or at least from what Ive heard

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The Orion Spark uses new specialized Romer-G Mechanical Switches. The key caps for the actual keyboard are horrible though. For gaming they are fine but for typing they catch your finger.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you, poor?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm upvote 150 you muthalicka... I'm ooollldgrregg!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Whatcha doin in my watas?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I GOT A MANGINA!!! IM OLD GREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEG

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Whatcha doin in my watas?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks slick, more money than I can throw at my build, but going in a similar direction with the colors.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

veeeerrrryyy nice man. but how is the orion spark?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like it. The LED customization is great and I find it to be very comfortable on the wrists. However the . key on the number pad sticks so I'll be exchanging it for a new one.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm. cool. i chose a used razer chroma. its so great. the q key doesnt work but i love it to much to send it back.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. +1

as for my 290x. I don't really have any problems with them. The only issue I ran across was that I couldn't xfire mine on the deluxe x99 board unless I used the specific PCI slots suggested by Asus. But that isn't the card's fault. I would check to see if the Cables are properly connected to the cards too. I've had problems where the cards would run perfectly but the display wouldn't turn on only to find out that the vga cables weren't fully inserted into the cards. Aside from that I have had zero problems with the cards. Otherwise I might look into replacing them with another one.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man can you tell me what size of tubing I should use. Like I am funny enough doing a similar build and want to put that gorgeous white tubing around my h100i tubing. Tell me all the specs and how you did it? Yjanks a ton m8 and I will be sure to mention you when I do my build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get those posters?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What chair is that?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you set up your 5.1 speaker?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build and love that monitor! I'm thinking of getting the same one and was wondering what size desk to go get for minimal eye strain. What is your desk length and depth??

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I feel like you'd be fine with any desk that was big enough to put the monitor on. My current desk is pretty massive but I had a smaller one before and it was fine.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask what diameter Primoflex tubing you used? It looks great and I want to get some as well!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

1/2in. x 3/4in.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! adds to cart :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the temperature at idel and load when overclocked it you did overclock it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps are good, and no I didn't OC it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Where did your wife find the art? It's a great way to make nerd/geek stuff look classy.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

IM OLD GREG I GOT A MANGINA

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Do ya love me?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wanted to comment and say that I love this build and your desk set up is sexy. Love that monitor. Definitely taking inspiration from this!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice posters. Where'd you get them?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Please, what are those pictures from?

btw, gr8 build 1+

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, glad you know first hand the glory that is this monitor.

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  • 50 months ago
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Well to each his own I suppose, because I love the way it looks, thickness and all!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed, it is very exciting. LONG LIVE THE PC THAT GOT FEATURED THAT DIDN'T COST A MILLION DOLLARS

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Seeing that I was born and bred on consoles I don't mind it. I mean I have an Xbox One and still love it for some Destiny and Halo. Sure it would be great if they made they're way to PC but gaming to me best when its with friends. And since the majority of my friends own Xboxs and not high-end PCs I'll still enjoy Halo 5 on the Xbone. But hey, with what they are say they are trying to do with Windows 10 and Xbox maybe we'll be able to live the best of both worlds and play cross-platform.

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  • 50 months ago
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This

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