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Hello everybody! I'm very excited to finally post this build after countless hours of researching and years of dreaming about building myself a gaming rig.
So everything has worked well so far, I bought the parts on Thursday, August 27th and put the whole thing together the next day. I bought all the PC components from my local NCIX (5 minutes from my house) and they gave me a discount, price checked and gave me a 1% debit discount and a memebership gift card so I was able to save up on shipping, handling, waiting and got extra spending cash. I was originally going to go with the i7 4790k and 980 Ti but after lots of research and consultation I decided to go with the i5 and 970 instead. I had a quite a bit of trouble doing my test-run at first because I was an idiot and did not know that BIOS had to be installed PRIOR to booting up your PC even though it clearly said that on PCPartPicker lol. Anyways I figured it out after a while and with the help of my good friend Taylar. Also, something to note is that when you're installing BIOS from a USB, there is a SPECIFIC USB slot to install BIOS and it will be on your motherboard's backplate. I bought the perhiperals on Saturday, September 5th at various stores, the mouse I got at Bestbuy for like 50 dollars cheaper than everywhere else, the keyboard from Canada Computers for like another 50 dollars cheaper plus a 10% discount because it was open box (I looked, tested, felt and everything while at the store and it was all good) and lastly I already had the headphones for like a year; I had originally bought them for my PS3 which I never play anymore btw haha. Also I bought the OS from a friend for $25.
Please rate and feel free to ask questions, to contact me, etc. My Steam is Xatalic.
One more thing to note: The currency is in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and Tax (13%) and when I bought the components from NCIX it all came out to $2,074.59 with tax and everything included so not a bad deal.
P.S: I know I did not color match but hey, it's my first build and I really didn't care much for color matching everything.
Future Plans: Overclock, 2-way GTX 970 SLI, Get a better pair of headphones, Get rid of the wooden indent on the keyboard tray or replace it and maybe another TB of HDD.
Super fast CPU, I've had no problems with it so far, currently using a Corsair H100i GTX CLC with it and it keeps me at a very cool temperature. Not much else to say, it's already at 3.5 GHz from stock but I've heard it can easily go up to 4.5 GHz overclocked so my future plan is to OC.
Originally wanted to go with the regular and very popular Corsair H100i but they were out of stock at my local NCIX and they gave me a deal on this one so it wasn't too bad. The fans are a bit loud however and Corsair Link was kind of confusing but all in all I think it does what it's supposed to with no problems.
Very high quality thermal paste, I applied it in a "Pea" method on my CPU and it's worked great so far. I still have some left over but I'm not sure if they have any shelf life, it's all sealed up so I'll do some research and possibly use it in the future if I need to.
Okay so this is the only thing I had issues with when building my rig. I had heard that ASUS motherboards were great so I went with something in my price range (There was like a 60 dollar discount on it at the time) and everything was good except that I was unsure of how to install BIOS prior to setting up my build even though PCPartPicker specifically said that in the compatibility section. There is a SPECIFIC USB slot just for installing BIOS and you have to check your mobo's backplate to know which one. I did not know this at the time so it took me a few hours to figure out and thanks to a friend's help we were able to set it up quickly and efficiently.
Standard ram, had no problems with it so far, everything seems to be running quickly and efficiently.
This thing is crazy fast! Installed my OS and a couple other essentials on it and I couldn't be more satisfied! I wish these were cheaper so I could use SSD only but I'm sure they'll go down in the future. I was initially going to go with a 250 GB but I'm glad I got a 500 GB and a 1 TB HDD instead.
The ever so popular Western Digital HDD is serving me well so far, I've been told these are much better than Seagate Barracudas and have less of a chance of failing so that's always good and they were fairly cheap at the time.
The 970 was a great decision! I'm very glad I decided to save up on like an extra $400~ by buying this rather than a 980 ($200+ for 5%~ FPS increase) or a 980Ti which like I said was like an extra 400 dollars. I'm planning to SLI in the future and they gave me a deal on this one at my local NCIX instead of the Red one because this was the last one they had. Also this came with a backplate whereas the Red one does not. It runs every game I've played so far on Max settings with 0 problems. I feel like I'm playing games for the first time! All those years I played games it feels like I was being cheated to!
A lot of people have given me disdain over this case because of how big it is and how I don't need it for my current build or because it's a generic brand or name or because it has a handle and I won't ever use it but honestly I've been very satisfied with it so far. The handle was very useful, it's really not that heavy to carry around and the handle has a comfortable, pleasant feel to it with rubberized "teeth" on the inside. The window is nice to look into your case, though I don't think it's scratch resistant (nor smudge resistant). The buttons and USB ports at the front are all very useful and light up, the optical bay areas are removable and it's very roomy with a lot of dust filters. The case itself came with 3 small fans and 1 big fan at the top but I removed the big fan in order to install a radiator for my CLC and two fans that came with it. Lastly, there is a "secret" toolbox compartment on the bottom-front of the case where the Cooler Master logo is and it's easily removable but well hidden and it comes with hundreds of bolts, screws, extension cables and speaker.
This this was so easy to install, use and hook-up pins into. It did not use the old-style molex so that was good. It's fully modular and Gold 80+ certified. This will last me for several years to come even when I decide to upgrade!
Very simple, very cheap and very useful Optical Drive. Does what it needs to and always good to have.
I really like Windows 7 over Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. I've tried all of them and I'm going to stick with Windows 7 until something better comes along the way or until they significantly improve Windows 10. I bought this at such a low price because my friend had an extra.
I'm completely speechless as to how incredible this keyboard is! It feels absolutely phenomenal when you type or play games with it. The Cherry MX Brown's are gorgeous, the tactile feedback gives you a boner and the backlighting is also very nice. Also the indented/curved WASD and 123456 keys are very useful.
Amazing mouse so far! I put all the weights in to make it on the heavier side, it was on sale for $59.99 at my local BestBuy whereas NCIX and CanadaComputers was like 84-94 dollars so I'm very happy. The Logitech driver is very useful and a must-have!
I've had these pair of headphones for over a year now and they've served me well, the microphone quality is great, the foam on the ear-muffs are very comfortable and do not hurt your ears even if you're pulling an all-nighter and the colors are beautiful. Oh and they're compatible with PS3's so that's a plus!