Description

I know that it's overkill.

Uses: League of Legends, Skype calls, Spotify, Chrome tabs, document creation, and someday maybe some video/photo editing.

Now, I could have built something for $500 that could have satisfied me for the needs I've listed, but I wanted: A.) Expandibility: So that I could add to a PC, rather than build a new PC. That's why I have an Enthoo Luxe, an MSI Z97 Gaming 7, etc. B.) I wanted it to be pretty.

4690K: I'm pretty happy with it, haven't taken the time to manually overclock it. No problems have surfaced yet.

H100i: The tubing is nice, feels nice, I like it. The firmware for Corsair Link is buggy with the LED resetting, so that's annoying at the moment. I'm not utilizing it to its full potential at the moment, but I have some overclocking headroom.

MSI Z97 Gaming 7: It's nice, although I hate the blue LEDs on the red motherboard. It's drive activity, I know, but I HATE IT. The second day I had built this PC, I was doing some cable management, and as I pulled out the SATA cables, I didn't take the lock off. I actually didn't use too much force, but the housing for the SATA port completely fell out, so the pins now stick out. Not a big deal at this point, as I only have two drives.

Vengeance Pro: No problems yet, it does what I need, and I don't really justify having it, but it has some headroom.

840 EVO: I've never built a PC, so I can't compare it to other SSDs. I like it I guess, and it's definitely faster than these old Dells I've used throughout the years.

WD Black 1TB: Nice storage, probably didn't need this and could have better allocated the money, but it works and I think it'll do well.

GTX 760: The EVGA cooler is nice, one day I want a backplate for it, and it can definitely play League of Legends well. Stays around 33C on average. Haven't overclocked it just yet, I will some day.

Enthoo Luxe: I like it a lot. Very nice, almost all metal, easy to build in, I can't say enough good things about Phanteks. I don't have other cases to compare it to, but to my knowledge, I would recommend it to anyone. Worth the price.

RM750: I haven't hooked it up to Corsair Link yet. I haven't noticed any sounds from it, mostly because the PC isn't running at the level I want it to (yet.) It was overkill for this, but you know the theme, headroom.

8.1 Pro: Wanted to be up to date, I don't hate it that much. Switching to Windows 10 at some point, I would think.

PCE-AC68: Works well, my RT-AC68U sits probably about a hundred feet through brick, and the 2.4GHz band hits about four bars (Windows) and the 5GHz hits about three bars (Windows.)

Noctua NF-F12: I love these fans. Their horrible color scheme has me hooked, and I would buy absolute multitudes of any Noctua product. They're amazing, and JUST. SO. GOOD.

Sentry Mix: Had some pretty gnarly cables, but it does the job.

Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013: I don't like the finish, and the shiny logo at the bottom scratches weird, but it works well. Wish I hadn't bought a one color keyboard (I wanted a red or a blue build) but you know, I bought it a year before the build.

Razer Naga 2014: I like it, but it's not of the Chroma lineup, so it doesn't really match the color scheme I was initially going for.

NZXT Hue: Sticks well in most places, make sure you get dust out of the way before applying. I like it, the Luxe had enough room for it, and it's bright and the settings are very customizable. Looks nice in the front of the chassis.

Blue Yeti: The sound quality is great. I bought it (bad decision) at a pawn shop when it was MSRP $150, and I got it for $90 with some slight scratches. I haven't encountered problems, but I would never buy electronics from a pawn shop ever, just because Amazon is such a safe transaction.

Color Scheme: I originally wanted it to be a red scheme. But then I saw the Corsair Link bug, the drive activity (blue) LED on the motherboard, my two Razer peripherals, and my monitor's blue/yellow (On/Idle) LEDs. So I don't know, although it's good that the Hue is RGB and the Enthoo Luxe has good customization. Either way I go, I have peripherals that will clash.

The Future: A nice (maybe 4K) IPS monitor, maybe Noctua or equally performing case fans, a GTX 970-980, some Audio Technica ATH-M50X's, and some better desktop speakers.

Thoughts: I'm not sure. There's not necessarily buyer's remorse, although I do wish I had a 970 or a 980, but I built early. I could have allocated money better, but I was a fifteen year-old first time builder, so I think it went well. Tell me your thoughts, give me advice, feedback of any sort is appreciated.

Sorry for the lack of pictures, I'll have some (non iPhone) one's taken at some point and I'll post the build again.

P.S.: Please give some advice on my terrible cable management. It drives me crazy.

For emphasis: I will try to have less terrible photos some time. I wanted to get my build out and I only had my iPhone 4S with me, and I tried to get the best lighting I could. I apologize for the graininess and generally bad quality.

Add me on League of Legends: Pheels. We can be LoL and PC buddies.

Okay, so the PC was roughly $1400 at purchase, adding roughly $100 for tax. I guess I estimated prices wrong or stuff went up.

Sorry for the dust.

Not happy with: (so if you could help my dilemma) - cables - color scheme

A thanks to LinusTechTips, their videos are extremely well balanced and their build guides have helped me immensely, they produce great content.

Another thanks to Hardware Canucks, their great product reviews won me over for the Enthoo Luxe. They also have great videos.

A final thanks to the guys over at Tom's Hardware. I would have threads like "Best DACs, Best monitors under $200?" and I would get so many fast responses. If you're a guy over there helping novices like me out, I appreciate your help a ton.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, build is solid for what you're going to be doing with it. The only thing I would say is the memory is a little overkill. The speed difference versus ddr3-1600 is marginal imo but that's just me nitpicking

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the memory is definitely overkill. At the time of buying I was like "Oh, I'll be doing so much stuff, I'll take eight!" But then again, I'd love to learn some video editing skills.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not a YouTuber, sorry! I got the 760 because I knew it would give me some headroom for games other than League if I wanted to play them. I built this rig a bit before nVidia's conference for the 970 and 980, otherwise I would have gone with them, as they seem to be very good.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

By no means am I an experienced builder, but I have researched a lot, so sure. :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I have a GMail. But I'm definitely not a popular YouTuber.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I installed Windows with one I pulled out of the family Dell 580S, and then put it back in. I transferred drivers via USB, and then downloaded drivers over the web.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

A little over kill for your uses, you could have dropped the i7, and the 760 is like putting jet fuel in your car.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

what are you talking about lmaooo

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I can guarantee you that for LoL it is soooo overkill. For instance, I get 200+fps high settings 1080p on my wife's computer that has an i7 of some sort and a GT640 xD. With LoL + Skype you could get away with an i3 with awesome fps. Skype is probably more intense than LoL tbh. Since LoL is the only game you play, yeah this is overkill.

RAM is a bit much too.

That being said, this is a great gaming build, if a bit overpriced. I could pack similar performance on have the pricetag, but you got the SSD, 8 extra gb's of RAM, silly overpriced Razer gear, so it makes sense on the price.

This is a great build and the pictures do your rig justice. great job!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, like I said, I wanted a bit of headroom if I ever decided on anything else. Thanks for your response. :)