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Just finished building my first PC (3/7/16) and she is beautiful and amazing! Having never owned an SSD of any sort, the Samsung 950 Pro NVME SSD is simply stunning! My computer consistently boots in 15-17 seconds. I will buy a 2.5in SSD whenever my NVME one fills up. I went pretty overkill on this build and it shows! I topped in the firestrike 99th percentile! Alice, named after the Alice from the Resident Evil series, slays gaming. I so far I have played the new Tomb Raider and The Witcher 3; I get a constant 60fps with every last graphics setting turned up all the way. I only had an Xbox 360 prior to this and let me tell you the jump to this PC is so great I could literally throw my 360 away and forget about it one minute later.

UPDATE (3/11/16) Screenshots fixed; much better quality.

CPU: I have it OCed to 4.7Ghz and it works amazingly.

CPU Cooler: I have four fans on this thing. It does a great job of cooling. The tubes are way stiffer than they look, but that did not actually effect anything.

Motherboard: I almost got the Asus Gene mobo but I got this one instead because Newegg had it on sale and it ended up being over $100 dollars cheaper than the Asus board. This board works excellently. I updated the bios right away and I was able to install my operating system onto it easily. It detected my m.2 SSD without me having to change any settings in the bios like I have seen some people have to do.

Memory: Overkill, but awesome. Since I am only going with a single GPU configuration, I wanted to get really fast ram to help boost my gaming performance more, even if it is only a marginal increase. Also, I was not able to use the ram fans because there was not enough clearance with the radiator.

Storage: FAST! I wish they made a larger capacity one!

Video Card: It was a toss up between this card and the 980 Ti Kingpin. I picked this one because it looked cooler! I don't regret it! It is super awesome! I currently have the GPU OCed to 1400Mhz and its memory OCed to 728Mhz. I am new to overclocking so give me some more advice on what I can tweak! See my screenshot for all the exact settings I have done so far. These current settings lasted 5 minutes on Furmark and gave me the Firestrike score seen in the picture above.

Case:

It fits on my nightstand. It has liquid cooling support. It is Micro-ATX compatible. It is exactly what I want! My only complaint is that the side panel bend out just slightly on the radiator side because the screws stick out just a hair too much. I might take off the washers someday if I feel like taking it apart again, but it had given me zero problems so far.

Power Supply:

No complaints. The fully modular feature was very nice!

OS: Got it free from an awesome friend! I have no qualms with Windows 10.

Wireless Card:
The 5Ghz range on this card is terrible. My laptop gets a stronger reception than this. I will be upgrading to the Asus AC190 soon. I wish I just bought the Asus one in the first place. My internet connection is terrible right now.

Case Fans: They are kind of loud right off the bat. Not super loud, but loud enough that is pretty noticeable. They are 3-pin fans so I will be ordering some low noise adapters soon.

Keyboard:

The RGB keyboard is sick. It can even play a star wars battle on it! I am using it to type now!

Mouse: Weakest part of my system. I hate it. Will be upgrading soon!

Headset: Sounds pretty good. It does not have much bass so I only use it really when I am trying to be quiet. After all, I have a pretty decent audio setup that I am going to talk about soon.

Monitor: I found this TV super cheap on craigslist so I picked it up. It can actually support up to 60fps according to the manufacturer. So that is exactly what I do, play at 60fps on everything! I want upgrade this in the future at some point, but I want to keep my TV. I am trying to think of a way to mount this TV above a monitor. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Audio Setup: Okay, so I have the Audioengine D1 connected to one of the DAC-up USB ports on the mobo. Then RCAs run into the Crown amp which has a pass through connection which goes into the Onkyo amp. I use an f-mod inline crossover at 30hz before the Onkyo amp. The Dayton sub is connected to the Crown amp and the Polk speakers are connected to the Onkyo amp. IT SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL!!! It brings out the best in gaming and in music. I had my friend play BF4 on it and he told me it sounded like it was real life warfare. I completely agree with him! It is amazing! If you want pictures of how I connected everything let me know and I can try to make that happen!

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy crap, this is one heck of a build! Very well done, @Tcc13c!

The ONLY thing that I have even a remote problem with this build (I wouldn't even call it a problem, more just me being nit-picky) is the PSU. Now don't worry, it's not going to blow up or fry all of your components for no reason. The only thing wrong with it really is that although it's rated at 80 Plus Gold, it actually falls a bit short of Gold efficiency. Seriously though, it's basically a non-issue. If you'd like to know where I got the information for this, here's the link to the review.

Outside of that, there's absolutely nothing wrong. I have no doubt that this build will serve you well for quite a long time!

Cheers

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! I appreciate the info! I think I will be fine even if the psu isn't quite as efficient as it claims! I've had no issues with it so far!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Did you install windows onto the 950 like any other ssd?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! It was super easy too! It detected the 950 right away. No problems at all!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Frickin EPIC! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Man your rig is just stunning! I book marked it so I can just look at it really quickly whenever I need to. Absolutely love it! Honestly your build is what pushed me to use that case for my build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!! I am glad it helped!! :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really good.Great Build

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man!! :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The build looks awesome, and the core components choices are great. But I'm gonna be that guy, the PSU isn't great. The caps aren't great and some other components aren't the best. Replace it with a G2 or GS if you want to stick with EVGA, or go with a Hydro G from FSP or a Seasonic X series.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That PSU is a good PSU. It has 10 years warranty, so that tell you something. People seem to get confused between the NEX B's and the G's but it's the B ones that are not all that good, but the G ones are rather good and well build. Yes it's not going to be as good that the non-NEX units but this one is very good

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The NEX G has Capxon caps for the main ones, which are often called crapxon. There are some nippon caps in there but there are very few compared to the capxons. I saw a power supply with capxon caps explode while someone was using it. It was quite the explosive show. Luckily everything in the computer still works. The NEX G also barely passes for gold in many scenarios, and some rail stability isn't the best. For not much more you could get a GS or a G2.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe later down the road! I love don't have any issues with it right now and honestly I don't feel like buying another psu so soon! Lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, understood.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get all those fans in? I'm guessing you used a fan hub or does your motherboard just have loads of fan connectors?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I used a silverstone fan hub! There are only 3 fan headers on the mobo. I don't know what your plans are but if you try something similar to mine, make sure you get 4-pin fans, not 3-pin like I did. I cannot control the rpm speed now. I am going to have to buy a lot of noctua noise reducers now! :/

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Just an FYI if your looking for some kick arse 120 red PWM LED fans check these out: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/lepa-case-fan-lpbol12pr I used them in my rig and they are pretty sweet. Quiet and move a ton of air.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah if I ever get replacement fans those will without a doubt be the ones I use!! Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

NP glad I could help!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, I'm glad to see that someone else doesn't just completely ignore audio in their setup! I was wondering on the list why the price was so high, then I discovered the speakers, amp, and DAC. Very nice! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Saw this after I saw your youtube comment! I can't get notifications from ppp but I do on YouTube! Haha

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Ditto. It's unfortunate that there isn't a way to get PPP notifications!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a good price for the ram. Much less than the price pcpartpicker.com lists it as! And I just reallllyyy wanted that m.2 drive badly, overkill or not! Haha I don't regret it; the thing is amazing!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

110 bucks ;)

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Dual 390 would also add extra heat and may not work 100% in all games

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

And what about the extra heat, or not all games being compatible with xfire???

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to go with a single gpu configuration so I could get away with using a micro atx mobo and a smaller case! Plus if I went with that crossfire setup I couldn't have room for my pcie wifi card.