Description

Intended uses for PC:

-Developing

-Photo editing

-Gaming

Component Rationale:

CPU - Picked this up for ~$120. 2014 PC build so I wanted longevity. (I work at an electronics retailer Best Buy) As an employee for a major electronics retailer, I am eligible for the "Intel Retail Edge" program. This program essentially rewards you with points after completing e-learnings for company products. Every summer and winter is a holiday deal in which they offer the latest components to be redeemed for these points. Check it out if you work for an electronics retailer: https://retailedge.intel.com/50/welcome/

CPU cooler- Wanted a quiet, powerful, and low profile solution. Will hopefully increase overclocking potential.

Mobo - Good reviews, looks smexy, and has a good suite of software. Good mid-high end mobo.

Memory - Wanted 16gb for developing. G.Skill RAM appears to be consistently good quality from reviews.

Graphics card - I compared this with the 770 for days, looking at benchmarks and reviews to no end. In the end, I was like "**** it" go hard or go home.

Case: High quality, portable case. Compatible with my CPU cooler. Looks even more glorious in person.

Power supply - Gotta get dat Gold efficiency mane. 750 watt for possible future SLI.

Monitor - Had great reviews online. WAY better in person. Very highly recommend this monitor.

Captain's log:

Feb 4, 2014 - Just finished the build! Better than all my past Christmas' combined 0^ Feb 4, 2013 - More pictures uploaded!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Sweet build man. You may need more than 750w Gold if you're going to SLI that 780. Definitely would research it if I were you, just a heads up. I'm assuming you got the $120 4770 because you work somewhere Intel gives you crazy discounts? I'm not exactly sure how that works :D

Also, more pictures!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the positive feedback :) More pictures to come!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

uploaded o^

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

As an employee for a major electronics retailer, I am eligible for the "Intel Retail Edge" program.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU - Picked this up for ~$120. 2014 PC build so I wanted longevity.

WHAT! TELL ME HOW?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated that line in the description.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, can't argue with this build. With that video card, I would have looked for a 1ms response time and 120-144Mhz refresh rate monitor, BUT that's still good.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice cable management, it is very neat and tidy.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest i think the cable management could be better? I'm refering to the last pic with the full build build in... anyhow still +1 good build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I definitely plan on cleaning it up more. I'm borrowing a friends cd drive so I have a thick sata cable just chillin there for easy install/removal.

Also, I plan on exchanging the side window panel with a completely translucent alternative and painting a red accent around the border.

Then I'll add some red led lights along the edges of the side panel to illuminate the mobo a little more :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got my eyes on that MoBo :>

Did you experience any problems with it?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You know, usually there seems to be a lot of bad reviews (DOAs) on mobos in relation to the amount of good reviews on websites like Amazon, Newegg, etc. I was very nervous settling on a mobo, however I realized later that people are more likely to leave a review if they are upset about something than if they are pleased. Therefore I concluded that the ratio of bad reviews to good is likely a little too high.

When I opened up this Maximus Hero, I could tell that I had purchased quality. Even the box it came in was made of high quality material. Now, this is my first PC build, so I wouldn't consider myself a guru by any means, but after reading countless reviews on this mobo and seeing it first hand, I would definitely recommend it.

  1. The BIOS looks very clean and well designed.
  2. The mobo itself looks very attractive and feels sturdy.
  3. A useful suite of software comes included with this mobo(DaemonTools Pro, Asus DirectBIOS, GPUTweak, MemTweak, RamDisk, Ethernet Optimization, Free 5gb cloud storage through asus, etc.)
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the video card, I have my MSI 780 Lightning on order... It will definitely last you a long while, did you consider getting a higher end Monitor 2560x1440?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I sure did consider getting a 1440p monitor. However, the initial cost for this build was getting pretty steep so I intend to get the 1440p monitor later for gaming and use the 1080p monitor in a dual-monitor setup as a debug screen.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I love that case. +1