I have a 5010M Quadro based workstation but I wanted a Geforce for strictly gaming.
High on my list of requirements for the build was compact size and silent operation. I always wanted to do my own build and this is my first. Some may say it is overkill but i had the budget so figured I would build for 1440 gaming. I plan to do mild oc on the CPU and the GPU is already clocked by EVGA.
I was inspired by the custom loop Corsair built in a 250D and so figured why not do liquid cooled on the CPU?? 250D case is 9/10. Looks great but did have some issues with hole alignments on the side covers.
I don't have the patience for waiting for price drops and deals so figure I sometimes paid a premium for the bits. I also included shipping and tax in my pricing, to give a realistic cost analysis.
All in all the build went as I expected. The H60 took a little fenageling and the mounting screws don't feel as solid as I think they should, but went in without a hitch.
I went all SSD for the moment and the MSATA is the raddest.
The RM750 was the same price as the 650 but in hindsight I would maybe not have gone modular. Sure it gives me the opportunity to do custom cables but most of them are out of sight anyways. And the wide, flat cables were kinda a pita.
The only thing that gave me real trouble was the lighting. I wanted UV and originally purchased 12" cold cathodes but they were about .5" too long for the case. I am running positive case pressure and didn't plan to run exhaust fans but since Logisys made an 80mm with UV built in I decided to install two of those in the back and under drive them with the Recon (for my quiet) and basically just use them for case lighting. Well, the two fans wouldn't fit side by side due to the lamps being a larger diameter than the fan. My solution was to cannibalize the lamps and pitch the fans. One light mounted nicely under the ODD and the other went on the back wall with zip ties until I find some washers to rig it permanent like.
I used some colored zip ties for cable management to get a little play with the UV but not totally happy with the look. I think I will source some reactive cable wrap and redo.
Edit: went back through it to make sure I didn't miss anything and to delete the lighting. Wasn't happy with the uv and lamps were basically just adding heat so took them out.
I also noticed the GPU was creating a considerable amount of flex in the MOBO. I realized the root of the problem was actually the case. When I cinched down the retaining screws for the GPU it was forcing the card down into (and beyond) the MOBO. With the MOBO being mounted at four corners this was flexing it in the middle.
My solution was to add a couple washers between the GPU and the case where the thumbscrews hold it in place (see pic).
I did get Titanfall installed and have been playing it @1080p w everything maxed out w CPU TEMPS in the 35c range and GPU just under 60c.