Description

Well this is my first time building a computer from scratch. I have named it Sovereign. There were some serious bumps along the way but ultimately I am very happy with my build. My previous computer had been experiencing odd and unpredictable issues so I decided to build a new one. I didn't really have a specific budget, I just didn't want to spend "too much" and I wanted all components to be worth their cost to me(or just be cost efficient in general). Due to many little issues such as dropping screws in hard to reach places and having a very difficult time installing the cpu cooler, the build took me almost 5 hours. In some of the pictures you can sort of see my cable management and I think I did pretty good for my first time, but please let me know if you spot any issues that should be addressed or fixed. I also noticed a little flex in my graphics card due to how insanely heavy it is, let me know if you think that is an issue.

CPU - I went with the haswell i7 over the Ivy bridge one simply because of the combo deal I got on it, allowing me to pretty much upgrade for free. I suppose it is a little overkill for gaming, but I occasionally edit videos in after effects and the extra power is quite useful. So far, I am happy with this purchase.

CPU Cooler - It allows my cpu to idle at about 31 degrees, but I am not entirely sure I would buy it again given the chance. It was very difficult for me to install, and since I won't be overclocking my cpu it might not even be necessary. But my room gets VERY hot and I wanted to be on the safe side.

Motherboard - I love this motherboard, nuff said. The audio boost features on it are quite impressive as well.

Video Card - I went with the 780 because I game a lot and I play a lot of demanding games, such as Crysis, Metro Last Light, The Witcher 2, etc and I really dislike playing games at less than 60fps on highest settings. Also, 3D is very demanding and I play games in 3d a lot now. I game all the time, so it will be pretty easy to get full bang for my buck here.

Case - Okay, I love this case. It even looks a million times better in person. I would recommend it to anyone, it is just a very nice looking case with a ton of space for nice cable management. And it looks amazing.

Power Supply - I have had issues with my PSUs in the past so this time I made sure to buy a nice one. I heard nothing but good things about this one and when you take it out of the box you can feel the quality in your hands.

Windows 8 - you either love it or you hate it really. I already had it on my old laptop, and I like it a little bit better than windows 7 due to the improved security and performance it has. Only took me about five seconds to install a start button and I haven't looked back since :D

Blackwidow Keyboard - I love this keyboard, wasn't part of the build cause I have already had it for a year or so.

Deathadder - great mouse. As with the keyboard, I already had it prior to building my pc so I saw no reason to upgrade.

So this is my build, I am pretty happy with it so far. I might add some red leds to it in the near future. Please let me know what you think!

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 5 points

I'm not hating, but why the non-k version?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

It's fine, that's a very reasonable question. It's actually my fault because I forgot to explain that decision when I posted it. I explained it in more detail in another comment in case you missed it.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for giving us a reply, most people don't reply when we ask this as they are scared on being hated upon.

Good luck on your build, and may it give you happiness for many years to come.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

Really curious why you never got a k version. Kinda a waste getting a cooler since you cant overclock it. but its decent.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

The H60 isn't the cooler you want for heavy over clocking. If you wanted to go the heavy cpu overclocking route then something like the H100i would be better. I assume he made the decision based on noise level.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

That's actually exactly why I chose it. I really wanted a computer that is soundless while idling(and it is, thanks to the watercooler). I have no interest in overclocking my cpu really.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

I almost want to get the mobo for the door hanger

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

The sag on your graphics card shouldn't be a problem.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Good I didn't think it was, but glad to hear it from someone else.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done, I like it !!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

To everyone asking why I didn't get the K version, sorry I forgot to put that in the description. I didn't avoid it cut costs or something, as that would be a very silly corner to cut for just 30 bucks. I got the non-k version because I didn't want to overclock my cpu, and I also didn't want to be tempted to do so. I wanted a cool and quiet system, and overclocking my cpu isn't going to give me much in terms of more fps. I already max everything thanks to the 780. Not overclocking lets me keep a nearly silent system running even while the graphics card is under full load(seriously, at 100% load I can barely hear it, it stays at 62 degrees C, and the cpu hovers around 45). I have nothing against overclocking and fully understand how powerful and efficient it is in this day and age, it just wasn't something I needed or would use. Thanks for all the comments guys!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

If you were planning to not overclock you should have gotten an h87 motherboard, but what's done is done.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Dat finger smudge on the H60. Nice overall.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Should'nt have skimped out on the K processor.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is pretty close to the one I'm spiraling towards. In particular, the 4770 has VT-d (device passthrough for virtual machines), which is juuuust tipping the balance away from the K that everyone seems to love. (Requires mobo support, too.)

The black-on-white style looks very sharp. Nice build :)

How are you finding the 840? How full is the drive? I'm interested in the 840 because I've heard it copes quite well with being full, as opposed to some (such as the Vertex 4's).

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Another question, while I think on: You mentioned a combo deal on the i7. Mind if I ask where you found it? Having spent most of my searching time on UKP3.com I've only ever seen them come separately.

Thanks!

  • 77 months ago
  • -1 points

Meh I guess it's decent.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a certain part or aspect that you find underwhelming? Or are you referring to cost efficiency?