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So it started off when I finished my exams and decided that I wanted to build a whole new PC for the start of university. This is my first build so please be kind, around 2 months of research and waiting had gone into this! I swear I mus have changed it a good ten times, before finally thinking what the hell I'll just make the best beast of a system I can afford. I'll mainly be doing this for uni work (doing software engineering) and casual gaming. Yes that is my PS3 on the side and as much as I love it, I only play FIFA online, Uncharted (all 3 are amazing) and Assassin's Creed, but as of now I'm only playing GTA 5.

Prior to this I'd only done a few laptop and phone repairs, so this was completely new to me. The build took around 3 hours, cable management was a true pain! Once everything was connected and working, I probably stared at the cables for around 15 minutes just thinking how the hell I was going to do this, but I managed it.

I was really amazed at the SSD, that thing is just a little wider than my phone! And it is truly rapid. This was my first attempt at overclocking, I had my mate on the phone helping me out whilst I was doing it last night, exciting! I know the value in the photo is different to the right hand side but I just though I'd be better off leaving it at 4.2GHz, been running AIDA64 for a few hours now, getting good temps so I'm thinking of sticking with this and returning to adaptive mode in the bios.

I'm planning on getting a second screen, but that'll mainly be for the PS3 or if I have something to do and I want to watch football, my desk depth is just about the size of the case, hence the mATX form factor (love the case it just looks so sleek!), I am planning on extending the depth a little so the case will fit on frontwards, but just for now I have it side on, plus a new keyboard and mouse would be nice, this one I just found laying around in my cupboard so it'll be good for now.

I reckon I've got a machine to last me around 5 years or more... I mainly bought the parts from Amazon and Ebuyer, but I just waited till there was some good bargains about and I feel that I've spent the money well, and stuck to my sub £1500 budget!

Problems:

Installing the back exhaust fan was a pain! The screws wouldn't go in properly, I used the case screws and the ones that came with the fans but it was just too much of a tight fit, the screws aren't on very tight but the fan is stable so far, help would be appreciated with that.

Edit: I bought myself a gaming mouse (Logitech G602) around Black Friday time, it's absolutely awesome, such an upgrade from the standard one I was using before, so comfortable and the response and battery life is amazing! I've also ordered myself a cheap sound card and some speakers, fed up of the monitor speakers as I can't hear anything properly, and I like my sounds LOUD! Should be coming in the next few days hopefully.

Edit2: Sound card came, still no speakers! Couldn't help but to install it; although my speakers on my monitor have improved quite a bit by becoming more louder and clearer, I still can't wait for my speakers to come... hopefully here by tomorrow.

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice build! Pretty well through out with good components. How are those fans? Do they keep the build reasonably cool and quiet while under load?

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

thank you! they are very good under idle, I seriously can hardly hear them.. but them I am a little deaf hahaha under load they do a great job at cooling, I could feel them before I put the side panel on. They got quite loud, probably as loud as my old laptop when I ran AIDA64 CPU stress.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotcha, I have a Fractal design r4 with the r2 silent series fans and I'm trying to find something that cools better but stays quiet.

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

BitFenix Spectre Pros

  • 75 months ago
  • 5 points

That is one beautiful motherboard.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It sure is! It looks so much better with the armor, I love it

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish they made the armor for the Gene. That is so cool.

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

Dat Title

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build man! Clean, modern, and slick looking! And you gotta be getting great performance out of it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

dat title tho +0ver9000! +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice name haha +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks haha big harry potter fan since my little years!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup, me too :D

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build. Great components all around, clean, and that case is beautiful. Excellent job.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

definitely will be part of my to-do list! thanks for that, I was looking for these at first but then completely forgot about them. Do you know anywhere in the UK that sells these?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure, will Frozencpu.com ship to the UK? I think they ship internationally? Check and see.

www.frozencpu.com

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I probably stared at the cables for around 15 minutes just thinking how the hell I was going to do this, but I managed it.

Hehe, bad cable management puns are fun. Even better if you didn't intend it :D

Overall, I like your parts are you have done well with cable management. The black/red colour scheme is nice, but could be complimented by red sleeves.

Lastly, how has the Gryphon been for you? I've been considering going for that, but since I'm an Aussie that is a big premium.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I just realised haha how convienient! :)

True I will be looking into them. And the Gryphon has been great; looks great with the armor kit and has low mobo temps with the kit on as it has an assist fan, UEFI Bios very easy to use as well

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I find this an amazing build! Only thing is I'm looking around to build a PC of my own in the future and is there any reason why you picked your hard drive? Because I was thinking of adding that to my part list. Otherwise amazing! :D

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! It was only because it was around £20 extra and I have loads and loads of media; so I will be good for space!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the answer! I'm guessing the drive is still holding up fine, so I might consider keeping it. Thanks again!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but how in the hell is this on the top of the benchmarks leaderboard? Its ahead of 3-way sli titan rigs with 3970x processors.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

0% chance that setup pulls 15k in 3dmark11. Would love a confirmation link. Gtx 680 is only 10k and my crossfire 7950 is 15k+ http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7080760

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build, mate! That gryphon armor is sick. +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I think your build is well planned. While I agree most of your other parts will likely last 5 years, not so sure about the graphics card... unless you're not planning on doing any heavy gaming. In which case, enjoy your new PC!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! Yes that's exactly what I was going for, I'm not a heavy gamer but I do like to play them now and again... I'm more of a music/movies/sport kind of guy so I've just ordered a cheap sound card and speakers because the monitor ones are really not good!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Part Selection; +1 for Esthetics; -1 for ManU Background

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

haha! you're just jealous, I'm happy to go see united play week in week out... well maybe not this season because the football has been terrible!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a reference GTX760 otherwise a quality build

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

come again?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the armor kit and how is it?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

think I bought it off amazon together with my motherboard, it's great really gives it that complete look about it

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Well balanced build in MUFC colours too (pity about Mourinho) after we've fini- nice chatting with you - if you're still around doing your Samsung promo after we've had our Yo Sushi - will come back and chat

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

Your benchmark is wayyyyyyy off.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

don't understand... i just ran 3D Mark 11 (free download) and the results of the four tests gave me that

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

3DMark 11 is a single test, what you ran is 3dmark (cloud gate, firestrike, those are NOT 3d11) and i'm sure you entered your cloud gate score, which is generally double or more of a 3dmark 11 score

You need to enter the correct test. You must realize that budget card is not faster than a $1000 Nvidia Titan ....

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

good bang for its money! better than the inbuilt realtek one imo

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's great makes it look so slick and top dog! My friends love it!