Hello PcPartPicker , I have been using this site and have been a memeber of this site for a long time now. The community here is amazing plus people have amazing builds to show which really keeps me attached to this site.
This is not my first PC , My previous build was : Intel e7500 Core2Duo @ 2.93 GHz , 4GB DDR2 , VIP 600W , ATI HD 4890. This i had purchased back in Dec.2009 , this really really lasted me a long time , and it still works !
But today's games dont support such old hardware , so yes i had to upgrade. It took me a couple of months to decide and to finalize the products , but it was worth the wait.
Okay lets jump ahead now. Let me give you some details , Some commonly asked questions:
What purpose is this build for : Gaming (Mostly) , Browsing Internet , Videos , Music.
Where do i took it from : Pune , Maharashtra , India.
Which place i took the parts from : http://www.havoknation.in/
Prices : Prices have not been put in terms of our nation's currency , it has rather been converted to American Dollars. Prices have been used as it was accordingly on that day , generally our currency value was 1$=60.22 INR. And the same has been used to put up prices here.
Theme of the build : Tried to stick with the Black and Red Theme.
Rationale behind the build and the parts :
1) Cpu : i took an i5 4670k , its a decent overclock-able Quad Core processor , i have not overclocked it still , but surely do it in the coming months. More than enough for gaming at least for a couple of years.
2)CPU Cooler : Initially i didnt wanted to... but after reading a lot about it , i finally decided i took a AIO Liquid Cooler , no doubt the Kraken X60 from NZXT was amazing , but previously i wanted to go with the Corsair H100i , but i never heard good reviews about it from the person i took it from. This is a debatable topic though , but Kraken X60 performs better or somewhat more than that of an H100i.
3)Motherboard : Pretty damn cool motherboard from MSI its the Z87 G43 Gaming , though its stil more of an upper-entry level board , but it has all the features for OC , has 8 phase power design and also all that necessary gaming related features you want on your mobo , pretty much a good value package. P.S : It looks amazing
4)RAM : Heard a lot about Corsair vengeance , had it in my mind since the beginning , just jumped on and took the vengeance Pro , it looks amazing. Set it to Intel XMP Profile from the BIOS , it runs at 1600 MHz.
5)PSU : Went with the Seasonic S12ii 620W 80 Plus Bronze , more than enough i could ask for a system of mine. It runs silent , Cant even hear the fan spinning.Also i have no plans to go with Xfire and add another gfx card.Dont have it in my mind now. so this much power is enough.
6)Case : Phantom was on my mind right from the beginning , was even impressed by the Obsidian 750D a lot , but eventually it was more costly in my country and also Phantom 530 comes loaded with features like Extra Dust FIlters for bottom mount PSU , a fan controller , LED at the back , an extra FAN for HDD bays , and also an integrated fan HUB for almost 9 fans , i eventually fell down for the Phantom , and yes it was really worth it !
7) GFX Card : i took a R9 270x , a Pretty decent card , it plays most of the games on Very High / Ultra , Crysis 3 i was able to play on VERY HIGH and get decent Frames per Sec. Batman AO was also set to ultra settings. cant ask for much , plus i can overclock it further. Should server me well for a couple of years.
The guy from whom i took was a humble fellow and he gave me NZXT SLeeved LED Kit 1 metre lights and NZXT Fan 200mm fan and also a Sunbeam laser light for free !
Now what i have from my previous build is a lot of things to start with : 1) HDD 500GB SATA 2 (Yes i m taking a SATA 3 HDD in the coming months) 2) DVD R/W LG - pretty much does the job 3) Creative SBS A235 2.1 Speakers 4) Razer Deathadder 3.5G Mouse 5) Razer Golaithus Fragged Alpha mousepad 6) Cisco Wireless Router Linksys E900-N300 Router. 7) Monitor : LG W2243T 1080p LCD Monitor (Yes its from my previous build , i'll upgrade sooner.) 8) Headphone : Sony MDR ZX100 - White 9) Controller : Microsoft XBOX 360 Controller for PC All these are either included as Custom parts or are not put in "Purchased" list , basically i want to show you guys everything i have.
Pictures were taken from my Mobile Phone : Sony Xperia Ion 12Mp Camera.
Sooner to upgrade : the 2 things i mentioned above plus i'll take some lights , a couple of fans as Phantom still has 4 good places left for me to mount the fans , Also a APC UPS.
Had no problems in booting this build up , it started on the first boot , only the fans didnt start up , but i had forgot to plug in the molex connection for the fans, and the fan hub.
One most important thing , very IMPORTANT : i really want to know what you guys use for cleaning the transparent side panels , i used raw cotton and water and some cleaner , but rather than cleaning the plastic side panel it got stained with wipe marks that too cotton wipe marks. I really need to know from you guys what do you folks use for cleaning , the transparent side panels. Thanks, That's all Folks !
Constructive criticism is welcome , upvote if you like the build , comment if you have suggestions or wanna say something about the build , it would really feel good to me.
Thanks for going through my build.