Description

As a long time tinkerer, I have no idea why I never built my own computer before now. This was so much more satisfying. A majority of the parts were accumulated over a few months as either gifts or incrimental upgrades to an older machine. The assembily was spread out over the course of 4 days since I only had so much time each as a new parent. This will be used for everything from gaming, to photo editing, to streaming. So far I couldn't be happier with my choices.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build, congratz on your new baby! Oh, and the child too. =) For an extra sleek look, a minimal increase in performance, and a lot less dust deposit, I would suggest swapping the fans to the top of the radiator in a pull configuration. As such: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/198/wlhj.jpg, http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/706/lhlq.jpg, http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/690/bpqz.jpg. This way you can clean the radiator by using compressed air without having to take it completely off the rig. You should still do that, but you will be able to do it less frequently.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I really contemplated setting it up with the fans in pull on top of the radiator, but with the "thermal armor" added to the motherboard it got really tight and I wasn't sure if I would have room. I will most likely swap them next time I pull the radiator for cleaning.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe, I understand. I said the same thing and did it after almost 8 months. Lulz...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Looks very nice :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome. Great build and great cable management. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I loved the clean look of so many others on here that I made sure to take my time with it. Really made it a fun challenge.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Prices are stellar as is this build!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That took a ton of research and lots of impatiently waiting. All I can say is use the price matching. Waited for a stellar deal from Microcenter, then got Staples.com to match it since the closest Microcenter store is about 1200 miles from me.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a long ways to drive for a deal! I'm around 300 miles, but I still prefer Amazon or Newegg.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I always prefer Amazon or Newegg as well, but if you can save almost $50 on the I5 alone, it was worth getting Staples to match it and ship it to me.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

So clean!! sooo pretty!!!! Looks strong and fast. I have the same CPU and RAM, but your PC looks a lot better. Mine looks... i don´t know... agressive? hehehe. Congrats!!

Caroline.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

very clean and nicely put together

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and cable management! +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks very nice. It's always nice to see another builder put some pride in their presentation. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good man. Might I ask, how do you get free parts for your build? I've seen several people with 0.00 priced parts. Are those just combo packs?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It says purchased next to the price, so I'd assume that they already had them.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are parts I was given as gifts. Total cost to me = $0.00.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! pretty good build for the price

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Really slick looking build man. Nice part selection, this thing should serve you well for the next few years. Enjoy! +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Although you really shouldn't spread out your purchasing too much just in case you get a bad part

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

radical

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Love The Build +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

uhm, I have similar parts and switched the fans around for a better look... the color bands with the radiator and the plain grey w the case...

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build +1.

Going to be using the Sabertooth Z87 in my upcoming build. Any issues I should be looking for as far as installation of compatibility with H100i?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't speak specifically to the Sabertooth, but with the Thermal Armor kit on the Gryphon, I had to mount the fans to the radiator before mounting it to the case as there wasn't any room left to turn the screws. Other than that it was as simple as could be. I still love the look of the armor kit with the Corsair water block. Just such a clean look. Enjoy your build!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

i have the same case and am trying to plan out the fans.

Are you doing 2 140mm front as intake, 1 120mm exhaust, 2 120mm on the rad as exhaust?

How's it working out for you:?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right in your assumptions. I believe the way the case was designed was to have 2 140mm fans in the front as the intakes with the 3 120mm fans as exhaust following the natural path of heat to flow up and out of the case. Not ideal for the rad, I don't think the 1-2 degree diff is worth the hassle to figure out a filter option if it was set to intake.

All of my temps have been good. I just had to make a few manual adjustments to the fan profiles to make sure there was always enough fresh air coming in for a positive pressure in the case, but that is mostly just my own preference.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I would add some LEDs though...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

hey mate, i have roughly a similar build to you and was wondering how you overclocked your CPU up to 4.2ghz and still manage to keep it running at 25 degrees at idle!?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I have changed the setup around a bit and tuned down the overclock since I last updated. At the time I had my rig in a space where noise was not an issue, so I had the fans set at 75% minimum. That and a cold ambient temp (winter in a room with the heat turned off) is probably what did it. What temps/oc are you getting?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I was just wondering how the Thermaltake PSU is treating you? Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems so far. I don't leave the computer on for days at a time like some folks, but startups and shutdowns nearly every day since it was built and I have not had an issue at all. I have also added a second 760 in SLI and haven't seen any issues either. I was a little concerned that I would start to see some power issues with the upgrade, but I haven't had anything come up.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

this is a pretty solid build man i like it should run newer games on high/ultra settings and stay pretty cool.

looks great :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

Dat power supply...

(...get a new one.)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a CWT unit. Probably comparable to the Corsair CX 750

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it's CWT. But they make the lesser-quality Corsairs. I'm just a big fan of high-quality PSU's.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

What I'm saying is it's a decent unit, no need to replace.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Got this one as a gift, and did some research. Figured it was modest quality at least and didn't want to throw away more money for something that would be about the same. A modular would have made the build way easier, but have to be a little rational.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The sexy looks make up for the price tag on the mobo! ;)