Hey Guys! First time posting up on the PC Part Picker community and it feels great!
I first started this PC build because someone gave me the Cooler Master Nepton 280L. This is a beast of a water (Radiator) cooler system and I have never built a PC around one of these before... so I accepted the challenge! After doing an abundant amount of research and utilizing the heck out of PCPP, I finally compiled my parts together and decided to go with this build. I work in the PC repair business so I wanted something that was going to allow me utilize it for everything (Server, HD dock for hot swapping, video editing, gaming, etc…).
The original PC I used to use was a Dell Precision T1700 business computer. This was a slim PC that did its job and handled workload super well but it lacked in expandability and playing games or doing video editing on this thing without a good graphics card was horrible! So I decided it was fine time to scrap this and go with the new build where I can “expand’ as much as I want. The processor in the Dell was an i7-3770 which was the best processor I had in my collection of processors so I decided this was going to go in the new build AND it would also save me about $350 since I was just swapping this out. I had an i3 processor that I put in place of the I7 in the dell and I just plan to reset everything on it and sale it on ebay! Based on what I saw on ebay, I can still flip the Dell for about $450! Whoop-Whoop!!!
Like I said in the beginning, this is what started it all. A friend of mine won the CM Nepton 280L on some modding contest and he didn’t have any use for it so he gave it to me (yup, another freebie!!) Since this is not your standard radiator and everything was big (even the fans which are 140m) I had to find a case that would hold it and believe me that was not an easy task! Regardless, I was determined to use this cooling system because I have built many PC before but using water cooling would be a first for me. As you can see in some of the Pics, because of the case I went with, it was a little hard to mount the radiator with the fans. With both of them together, there was no room for my motherboard. So I moved it to the side and still no luck. Finally, I just decided to zip tie the damn thing (let the trolling begin) and be done with it. The case itself has so much airflow I figured it would be ok. So far I have been gaming and testing and there aren’t any problems. I plan on using some black clamps and clamp the radiator to side to make it look neater and also free up some more HD slots
The I7 that I pulled out the dell was a LGA -1155 socket type. So from the start, I was limited in what kind of board I could use with this CPU. Most of the standard boards for this CPU are micro forms. I wanted to get a Asus Sabertooth z77 but this board is discontinued and the ones one ebay were going for too high. So I opted to get the ASRock z77 as I read the reviews on it and everyone was praising it. I can overclock it and it has a built in led box for fan temps and board errors. Expandable up to32gb of ram and a ton of other great features! Plus I got it for a great price so I can’t complain!
Right now I’m running the G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB. In the picture, there are no ram in the package of course because I put them in (I took the pictures of everything after I completed the setup guys! Sorry about that!) I plan to add another 8GB too it by the end of the month. I probably won’t install a full 32GB in this thing until I can find some without breaking the bank!!
With the storage, I’m running a 250GB SSD with the main partition. I want my PC to be fast (from booting to loading) so that’s why I opted for this. This is actually my first personal SSD too. I’ve dealt with them before though. I did not add these to the PCPP list but I also have two 1TB HD drives (1 Black Western Digital and the other one is a Seagate) and a Western Digital Blue 750GB HD. I still have about 3 more HD + an SSD that I will add later and are sitting in my closet. Because of how I have the radiator sitting, I can’t add those HD until I figure out a better mod! Like I said, I want this to be a house server too and that’s the reason for all the HD’s!
I grabbed the MSI GTX 970 because it was a high end GPU and it was on sale at the time. I manage to grab it for $50 less than the original sale price! I wanted to get two but I later settled with just one for now just to see how everything would run first. Now that the 980ti are out, I will probably invest in two of those later. Right now I’ll just wait until they drop down in price. Maybe an Christmas or next year Birthday present to myself?
Deciding on the case was probably the hardest part. Like I stated before, everything was centered around the Cooling System (and we see how that turned out!) I must say though, next to the graphics card, this was my favorite investment! I love Rosewill and their products and I feel they give you the best of everything for a fair price. They are often overlooked because they are not Corsair, Cooler Master, Thermaltake or any of the other big boys. I’ll admit that it came down between The Throne case and the CM Storm Stryker. I’ll also admit that I really wanted to build with a white case because everything would just stand out better but the Throne offered me more. With the ability to add 10 HD’s, a ton of USB slots, built on fan controls, cool looking airflow fins, a HD hot swappable dock on the top… where could I go wrong with this case! The only issue that I had was that 1. They were sold out of the white Throne case with the blue LED’s and it was discontinued (NOOOO!!!!!) and 2. The black case had red LED’s. Now I’m not fond of the red LED’s. When I ordered the case, I ordered 2 blue Rosewill LED fans and decided that I would remove the Red LED’s and keep em to the side. After I got the case though, I played with it and decided that the Red LED’s do look pretty neat in the front so they would stay. I placed the blue LED’s on the inside and it gave it kind of a neat glow. The Cooler Master Nepton and the MSI video card light up as well and they are white. So with the blue LED’s hitting them, it makes a neat mixture of lighting; kind of like a laid back ambience! I plan on adding a red LED in between the fins so it gives it like a fire look!
Just a standard Rosewill 650w PS/ When I get the newer video cards and add more HD’s, I’ll upgrade to a 1000w.
I pulled this out of one of my old rigs. Nothing special. Added another DVD drive since I took these picture. I added a Rosewill media card adapter I had in another machine. They key thing here is that I saved myself another $60. Winning!
I am super stoked about this rig. I have been running it for about a couple of days now and everything is working fine. Its not loud at all unless I turn up the fans and have them wide open. My PC temps stay cool and are decent at best! I’m running Window 8.1 and will upgrade to 10 on the release date. All major programs that I use often are being ran on the SSD while other programs and things that I download or install are placed on the other many HD’s. This thing is a beast and will only get better as I upgrade it over time. I was very happy I was able to keep the total cost down to about $800 after all said and done.All the other things that are on the part list are items I've had before this setup (like the Rosewill Wireless card, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, etc...)so I can't really count them as items that I just bought within the last couple of weeks. But having a lot of the parts to work with from the start really did save me from shelling out over a grand for this entire setup! I look forward to building and sharing more with you guys! Hope you enjoyed my setup and if you have any questions or comments, hit me up!