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Hello, everybody. I am a long time user of this site, but a first time builder (unless you count taking apart and putting back together an old Dell from God knows how long ago). I have been primarily a console gamer since about the age of 12, and finally decided to join the master race after deciding that I didn't want to be a casual console gamer like most other 15 year olds out there. Gaming is really the main purpose of this PC, but I will do all of the other things that computers are usually used for, also. I have been saving for the computer since March, and even though it is not finished (let's face it, is any build really "finished"), I am still very excited to be able to use it and at least play Minecraft on the integrated graphics. Being 16, well turning 16 tomorrow, money is very limited. I know this section is labeled "Completed Builds", but I though mine was complete enough to justify posting it. I posted lots of pictures because everyone on the site (including me) is always raging at the lack of them on some builds, so sorry if there are to many. Let's get in to it.
CPU: When I first decided to I wanted to build to build a PC, I wanted to go with the i5-3570k. Then changed my mind when I started wanting to try out video production, streaming, and video editing. Also, I plan on keeping this build for at least 2-3 years, and I assume video games will be utilizing more than 4 cores by then, so why not. That's why I decided on the i7-3770k. Finally, when Haswell came out and my path was clear. I was very upset about not being able to catch it on sale for $199 at Microcenter, as I live 3 hours away from the closest one and couldn't make the trip. I do plan to overclock, but for now I just have the stock Intel cooler, which I hate more than most people because it cut my finger open. Thanks, Intel.
Motherboard: I changed my mind constantly when I started looking for a Haswell motherboard, and then I saw that this was a good, easy overclocking, high quality motherboard so I went with it. I didn't have any problems with it except for one of the pins on the USB 3.0 connector was bent, but I just bent it back and all was well. One more thing, the front panel USB 2.0 connector was extremely hard to plug in. I don't know if that was the cable or the connector. Oh, well. At least it works.
RAM: I also changed my mind about 473 times on the RAM that would be in my first system. I will skip the long, grueling process and just tell you that I decided on Corsair Vengeance Pro because; it is from a reputable brand, high quality, and the color matches the motherboard, even though I don't care for aesthetics, as I don't have a windowed side panel and like a cleaner, more professional look. I plan on adding 8 more gb in the future.
Storage: I really wanted an large SSD to start with, even if it meant not having an HDD for a bit. When the Samsung EVO series released, I knew that was what I wanted. As you can see, it is ghetto rigged on the back of the motherboard tray because due to the flat cables on the RM series PSU's from Corsair, the power cable would not fit into the connector. I found this out the hard way. At first, I mounted the drive upside down, put the motherboard in, and pretty much completely finished the computer only to find out that the cable wouldn't fit. I though it was because it was in upside down, so I undid all of my cable management, took the motherboard out, and put the SSD back on right side up. I put the computer back together, and to my horror, the cable still would not go in. At this point I was enraged, so I put everything down and went to sleep. The next day, I decided I would just not attach it to anything (as you will see in one of the pictures) because it wasn't in the way and I didn't want to have to put one of the hard drive cages back in. There it will stay until this rig is disassembled, so don't even bother telling me to do anything different. I plan on getting a 2 or 3tb HDD sometime soon to put all of my non-important games and files on. The OS, programs, and important games will go on the SSD. What would be the best way of formatting the drive? Make a partition and put the OS on it? Leave it how it is? I think I heard somewhere you can set a small partition and the SSD will use it as cache. Please tell me if there is any truth to that or if I am just terribly confused.
Video Card: Currently using Intel 4600 graphics. I don't have the money for a dedicated GPU right now, but that's what I am saving for. I would absolutely love to get a 780ti, but it just depends on how long I can hold out and save money. If anybody has any suggestions, that would be wonderful. I want to game at 1440p, and maybe 4k way down the road if the monitors keep going down in price like they have been (Dell has one for $699!).
Case: I wanted my computer to be as silent as possible, but still be able to stay cool. This case has loads of good reviews so the choice was simple. I have already explained why I didn't get the windowed version. I also got it for $35 under what it is right now, so that is always good. It is relatively easy to build in and it can fit the NH-D14! Cable management was relatively easy, too. Mine isn't very good, but there isn't anything obstructing airflow so I am okay with it. I would have liked a bit more room behind the motherboard tray, but it was usable. My cables look awful back there, so please don't be to harsh haha. I took out the 2 hard drive cages for better airflow. When I get an HDD, I will probably just put it in the spare 5.25 bay.
Power Supply: Corsair is a very reputable brand, and I wanted a silence optimized PC. I really love the feature on this PSU that doesn't turn the fan on until it is under 40% load. The only thing I don't like, ironically, is the flat cables because of the SSD crisis.
Optical Drive: Not much to say. I don't even think this is the model I have. I just got cheap one that I could use to burn Windows with and never use again, just like everyone else.
Operating System: I was tempted to go with 7, as that is what I am used to, but I decided to get with the times and get the newest version. Hopefully I will like it despite all the bad reviews. It hasn't come in yet but should be here tomorrow. I will probably update the description and say if I like it or not.
Monitor: I know, I am dumb. TN panels are not my cup of tea either, but I got this monitor back in June when I didn't know any better. It's not terrible, and 144hz and it will serve me until I can hopefully get one of the 1440p 144hz monitors coming out in April.
Mouse: Again, I bought this in June when I was dumb. Why? I don't even play MMOs'?
You can go here for a full future upgrade list: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ImElkay/saved/3mFv Any helpful criticism is appreciated.
Sorry about the extensive description, but I like them so maybe some of you do to. If I have said anything stupid and wrong or you have more questions, please feel free to put it in the comments. There's probably a reason for every part I chose, so If I didn't put it in the description, just ask. Thanks for checking out my build and for being the fantastic people that you are. Yes I am talking to YOU. Have a nice day :)
PS: I didn't want to name my build something dumb and stereotypical of this site like, "The Blue Beast" or "The Demolisher" or "White Lightning" (no offense intended), so I named her Miranda. Yes, it's a her. There's probably a reason for every part I chose, so If I didn't put it in the description, just ask.