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This was my first computer build and I spent a few months finalizing this list. This is primarily for gaming but is also used for school work and my photography hobby. I would like to give a shout out to NZXT for their beginner friendly case and also their costumer service is top notch.

I would say that the ssd and graphics card turned out to be my favorite part of this build because they are something new for me. Windows is amazingly fast with an ssd and load times for games and general use are fantastic. The worst part is going back to a hdd based computer after getting used to this computer. The graphics card is amazing because my previous experience with pc gaming is with integrated graphics and mobile gpus.

This build went flawlessly and I would like to give credit to this site for part selection, reddit/r/buildapc, and youtube channels such as linustechtips, jayztwocents, and techsyndicate.

My next major upgrade will be a cooler for the cpu, but it is running so well that I can't justify buying it anytime soon.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that's very neat and tidy!!! awesome!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really solid build. Absolutely great for your needs. Nice job.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely rocking the NZXT case there! And you have chosen an absolute beast of a Motherboard for overclocking ;)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Really? I've been hearing for a long time that MSI's VRMs were sketchy and shouldn't be pushed too hard.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, anyone. I'm completely in the dark on the subject as I don't dabble in overclocking and would genuinely love to know what the deal is nowadays.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

This G45 has an 8 phase VRM, but the GD65 has 12 phase VRM those numbers matter in overclocking if you want to go to 5Ghz with this cpu. But the G45 should be fine if you plan on going to about 4.4 - 4.5Ghz

if you want better value for overclocking boards, go for Asrock extreme4. it is priced similar to G45 but has 12 phase VRM :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting. I have a great CPU for overclocking but was always afraid of killing my mobo because of what I'd heard. I just have the 970 Gaming board, so I didn't think it was too good for that.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yikes, that's a bit too high for my comfort on my Corsair CX 500w PSU. Probably best I don't take my chances, especially since it isn't a necessary thing for me at all.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, theme. Almost what I did and then went the Black and white route. Very clean and LEDs look good. The only thing that annoys me are the stickers and the nice red bar there, but that's a personal thing for me, I don't like stickers lol. Great job solid beautiful build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I stuck the stickers to a flexible magnet so I can put them anywhere. I keep moving them around whenever I'm tweaking something.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, that's a smart Idea. I might have to do that with mine.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

In terms of a CPU cooler, it's a bit cliche, but there really isn't a better deal for a cooler than the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

That said, if you're willing to spend a bit more on an air cooler, go Noctua. It'll cost you a bit more, but the quality on them is amazing. Otherwise, an AIO water cooler would be nice here too.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I'm Leaning towards the corsair h90 just because I like how open the case is.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Can't go wrong there.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the touch with the red cable hider. For cooler, I use a Kraken x61 and my wife has a H100i and we've had great results. I do like the NZXT's CAM software better than Corsair's.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one of the reasons I choose this case. Its something unique and I hope NZXT keeps using it in new cases. For the cooler, I want the bottom intake to be open to blow cool air on my gpu. That leaves single rads like the h90 or x41. Unfortunately I think the x41 is to thick to work with the cable shroud.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

An absolutely great choice of video card!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

What LEDs are you using?

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That's an awesome cooler. I almost got the phanteks case but it was too long to fit on my dresser. My final choice was between this and the corsair 350D because of depth. also I'm leaning towards an AIO cooler just to not hide the motherboard and keep the case airflow open.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I might get some extensions from them soon :)