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Here's the story.

I wanted a gaming PC for two reasons; 1) I am not sold on the next gen consoles, also I like backwards compatibility. 2) I was given an Occulus Rift developer kit and I needed something other than a Mac Book pro to use it.

After a few hours of research it became apparent that building your own PC is the way to go. I had never done this before and even after several hours of you tube tutorials I was a bit anxious. But anyway I selected the parts with the aid of some very useful Reddit articles and this website and gave it a whirl!

For any of you first time builders out there who might be nervous, don't be! Everything was relatively simple, there were a few fiddly parts (inserting the motherboard into the case & running cables mainly) but all in all it took me around 5hrs from unboxing everything to completing setting up all the drivers.

So after approximately 4 days with this machine, I love it! The SSD makes the operating system work so smoothly, the graphics and sound are superb plus the CPU water cooler makes the whole rig extremely quiet (especially compared to my Xbox 360).

If I were to do the build again I would make sure to mentally map out how the motherboard sits in the case so that I could run a few of the cables from the PSU under the motherboard itself to aid with cable management. But hey there a few things that only experience can teach you.

If you have any thoughts please let me know, as it would be useful to know where I can improve for next time.

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  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Personally, the Extra 60 pounds could have gone towards a k series cpu- and then add a cooler later, or to upgrade your graphics card to a gtx 770, or an r0 280x.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It's true the water cooler isn't needed because you won't be overclocking. But you've picked really nice parts. Next time, save 60 pounds and just use the stock cooler on a non-K cpu.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

to say it is your first buil you get a up vote from me , very well balanced seen some very odd combinations lately on here from more experienced builders but this is spot on well done

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, You can always update your cpu whatever!!! I think it's a good solid build and well done! It's a good thing and you should be proud of your efforts!

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

there's nothing wrong with keeping your cpu cool guys....

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just an unnecessary amount of cooling. A quiet air cooler would've been fine and much cheaper.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Especially if he uses the stock air cooler. Intel rigorously tests their stock coolers and wouldn't include them if they didn't get the job done.

He got "the CPU water cooler [because it] makes the whole rig extremely quiet" but it would have been worth it to try the stock cooler first and only get a non-stock if it isn't quiet enough. That liquid cooler and expensive motherboard cost him a GTX 770.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. Ridiculous prioritisation.

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

Next time I'd go with a K series cpu like the i5 4690K

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Guys,

i do have the K series, thats my fault for selecting the wrong part on the menu (apologies).

Really interesting discussion about the cooler. I feel that I should have consulted you fellas first! The rig is very quiet, but if the same effect can be achieved with another cooler for a cheaper price it was an oversight.

The graphics card is another area I was pretty unsure about as well as the motherboard. A lot of the reviews fro cheaper motherboards said that they were 'flimsy' withe some reported to be broken in transit, also this motherboard was designed with the K series in mind.

The graphics card I just called a 'Hail Mary', so far it has run every game I have thrown at it on the highest settings with no issues.

Are there any websites or forums you can recommend to run future builds past before purchasing components as this could really help in the future.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The forums on this site are pretty good, as are the Tom's Hardware forums. As its name suggests, Overclock.net usually advises CPU-heavy gaming builds.

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  • 67 months ago
  • -1 points

Yeah there is, some people perfer that their CPU's dont run hot at all. and im all for watercooling any CPU because its better than the default coolers

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Well what if people WANT to do what they WANT to do

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  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

True that but i would still use the water cooling if i had the budget

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

on a non-k.... absurd

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The reasons i like it better than the default 1: looks better 2:More efficient 3:intel stock coolers have failed me in the past. and to me i wouldn't ever use stock coolers. I will always an AIO or seperate air cooler

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

He probably got it for quietness: "the CPU water cooler makes the whole rig extremely quiet (especially compared to my Xbox 360)."

I still think he should have tried the stock cooler first and only gone non-stock air or liquid if it was too loud. But he doesn't appear to have bought it primarily to keep the CPU super-cool.