I have finally ascended and joined the PCMR with this awesome build! I have been a loyal console gamer my whole life because that is what I grew up on, but am glad to have finally found that the PC gaming world truly takes a giant deuce on the potato boxes. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against consoles, I own an XBox One, which has officially become my Netflix player since joining the PCMR. I enjoyed learning new things about all the components that go into making a custom PC. First and foremost, I have to thank Vance Burrito for all the help and guidance he gave me from purchasing the parts, to assembling them correctly, as well as all the tips and troubleshooting.
The Dark Vault was the name of a location on one of my wife and I's favorite shows, Warehouse 13(super nerdy Sci-Fi show). My wife helped me name the PC, and I fee the Dark Vault actually fits now with the smoked screen panel being lit barely enough by the purple cathode lights. It actually gives it a mysterious look. Anyways, that is where the name came from.
I didn't really have any issues regarding the build, other than my Corsair PSU came with a European plug-in, so I just had to return it to swap it out with another one. However, I was furious because I had completed the build and was ready to power her up when I realized that I didn't have the appropriate plug-in. It was 11 at night and my local store (over an hour away) obviously wasn't open at this time so I had to wait another day. I learned a valuable lesson... check all the damn parts before I leave the store! Anyway, that was the worst thing that had happened, so I can't complain. No DOA or fried parts, and no issues with compatibility thank God.
I chose Razer products because I have had one of their keyboards for some time and was impressed with the quality, as well as the ease of use it offered me. The NZXT H440 cases I noticed were popular and I really wanted the Razer one due to the lighting and ability for better cable management. Initially I was looking at the NZXT Phantom, but I'm very happy with my decision to go with the H440 due to how spacious and clean it looks. I decided to save money now and stick with the older chipset, because I know I will get several good years of use out of this before I need to upgrade. I had bought the GTX 970 for my old prebuilt, otherwise I would have dropped the extra cash on the 980ti. I also already had the monitors before too, otherwise I would have went with a 4k monitor to help with futureproofing. I also wanted to not have to buy all new parts next time I upgrade, so I went with a much nicer and higher wattage PSU than I needed.
I plan on acquiring more SSDs in the future, or when there are great sales, because this Samsung Evo has changed my life! My PC boot time is absolutely ridiculous... it takes like 5 seconds! I can never go back to only regular HDs again. Although I did get a WD 2TB Black on sale for $90, so I am happy with that. I already had the Astro A40s from my time on the potatoes, so I just carried them over to my new home. My Bose system I already had as well, but was not using it as much as I do now on my PC, so I just transferred it over here. Playing Skyrim with the Bose hooked up feels like I'm actually there. It is only 2.1 surround, but the quality is outstanding, and the subwoofer sits comfortably at my feet, and shakes the side of my home. My wife thought it was storming the other night when I was playing Skyrim.
The Deathadder Chroma mouse is very comfortable to use and is very responsive, as well as awesome at night as it lights up my room. The same applies to the Razer Firefly Mat, although I will admit that $60 is more than I wanted to pay for it, but I had to have it to finish my PC Build. A couple of purple cathode lights offset the bright green in the dark, and the mouse and mouse mat circle through all 16.8 million colors to give it a little more variety.
I thoroughly enjoyed making this build, and can't wait to upgrade in the future(as soon as my wife will let me anyway :)) Feel free to comment and give me any advice as you see fit. I like constructive criticism, just don't be an ***!