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Hello!

I decided I wanted something more powerful and not as hot as a laptop when playing games and working on multiple tasks so I built a computer. I did research for almost three-quarters of a year learning the ins and outs of a computer and its respective parts. Once I had the money and Black Friday began rolling around, I began to buy parts as they went on sale trying to get them for lower prices so this project fit somewhere in my budget. I built most of the computer before my finals in university (I studied for them, don't worry). I built the rest after the winter holidays once I picked up the monitor and graphics card. The monitor is a very nice upgrade from a 20" 1600x900 HP monitor.

Total Price of Tower's Components: 1301.86 USD

Since I work in a wood shop sometimes, I decided to build a tray for the computer so I can slide it around and keep it directly off the carpet. It has been helpful in moving the computer around.

I didn't plan on overclocking so soon, but I wanted to learn and so I dabbled a bit in forums absorbing more information. I wanted a good overclock, but not something that would decrease the lifespan of my CPU by too much. I originally went for 4.5 GHz, but my temperatures, although low, were not optimal. Brought it down to 4.4 GHz and I began hitting temperatures I wanted. I currently have it at a Vcore of 1.210V. Any more tips with overclocking are definitely welcome.

I bought a 4GB graphics card because I enjoy modding games and plan to add more monitors down the road when I have space to. The 850W power supply is for my future plans of having SLI 770s.

This project was very fun and required patience at times. I can also now agree that building a computer isn't all that hard in the end. Any other tips and feedback are welcome.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

My planned build is practically identical! I was really apprehensive about the H100i, though. How was installation?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Installation worked out quite well for me. The only issue I had was deciding if I wanted the tubes near the back exhaust or away from it. I figured that the warm air near the exhaust would warm up the tubes, so I put them opposite of the exhaust.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice system! Clean cable management and good part choices. How's that 770 doing for you at the moment?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry if this is a dumb question but, what are the G1-G18 buttons on your keyboard for?

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

They are macro keys which allow you to assign key combinations (like ctrl-alt-shift-4 or ctrl-c) and imitate key presses (like typing words).

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this is the first time I have seen a wooden holder for a computer. Very nice idea and the wood matches well with your desk and shelves. The whole system looks very clean.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan to get the H100i when i can afford it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get a k95 for only $100!?! it's about 140-150 now, i guess my timing is bad...

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Newegg had it available with a $50 gift card in December. Yeah, deals come and go. I was surprised when I saw it was offered with a gift card that would make the keyboard ~2/3 of its normal price.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I wanted the better power delivery system of the UD4H, so I sacrificed having an obvious color theme. I think I was more focused on function then looks. Maybe I'll add some light strips at a later time to give the build a theme that works with the white and black case.

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