About this build
This build is my leap from a mid ranged gaming build to a high end one. The inspiration for this build sparked when the Intel Retail Edge summer sale rolled around and I was given a choice: get a better Quad-Core Processor or get a Hexa-Core one. The Hexa-Core option seemed right for what i wanted to do with it, play games and video editing, so i went with that. After ordering the processor, I decided i wanted to theme this build, as my last build had no window and was comprised of parts that happened to be at the right price when I went out to buy them. Choosing the theme was simple, since I stumbled across the Noctis 450 case and decided I wanted to build in it. With this build price and availability did play a role, but with more flexibility if a part was a better fit for my build theme and within a reasonable price.
In a world where I didn't get the processor at a great price this would be 5820k, but my options were a 4790k and the 5930k, so I went with the 5930k. So far this processor has treated me extremely well. Everything is fluid and responsive and I cant complain. I overclocked it to 4.4Ghz with ease, I may actually try and find my max overclock at some point, but right now I am content. I currently have only used this build for gaming, so I cant speak to how well it performs when working with video. Overall it's exactly what I expected, but my advice is to get a 5820k if you are like me and don't plan on using the PCI lanes (YET!).
I don't have too much experience with many other coolers, but so far I've had only one problem. I don't know whether its the fault of my motherboard or the cooler, but the fan header wasn't working at first, but I fixed it after unplugging and replugging in the header a couple times. In the end it keeps my CPU cool enough to have decent overclock and has a nice looking RGB LED, so that's good enough for me.
I kind of opted for a cheap motherboard here, and I honestly regret it. There's no code read-out on the board and the time it takes to post is too long for my liking. It runs great once the computer is on, but the experience using the BIOS (which looks horrible in my opinion) and the inconsistency of boot times (I suspect one of my peripherals isn't playing nice, but they were just fine with my old board) just makes the experience less enjoyable. Overall, still a great board,
it actually supports 4x SLI (from what I've read), but if you have the money, don't cheap out like I did.
Not much to say here, its memory, its fairly fast and well priced. LEDs or red ram could have been alternatives for this build.
These were leftover from my old build. I plan on getting a WD Black and a PCI or M.2 Sata SSD in the future. Both these storage drives have worked just fine for me in the past, but I'm not that picky.
So, I know a lot of people might be wondering, "Why not wait for the Fury X" and the answer is quite simple, I'm not that patient and I really don't believe the performance gap is going to be that large. That being said, this is an amazing non-reference model of the 980 ti which looks very sexy and fits my build theme perfectly. I've had this card a day and so far its a dream. It overclocks wonderfully, stays cool, though can get a bit loud, is generally quiet. At stock it outperforms a Titan X and can play all my titles quite well at 1440p, 60fps with some minimal tweaking to my graphics settings. Like my processor, I've gone with a modest overclock, but will most likely explore and push the card harder in the future.
This is a tough one. While I really do like the Noctis 450 case, and it's visual improvements over the phantom line, I came from a full sized tower (Fractal Design Define XL R2) and this case felt cramped. One big issue I have with it is how little space there is above the motherboard for a radiator and fan. I really had to squeeze it in there and play with my CPU power cable to make it all work, so user-friendly definitely takes a hit. There really is no other place to put the radiator without taking out all the drive bays, which I actually did at first, but then changed my mind when there was only one place left to mount my 3.5" drive and it was on the bottom of the case and it didn't have any sort of rubber to try and minimize possible vibration. My other gripe is how little room you have on the backside of the case for cable management, it has enough twist tie points, but I find myself having to squish my back cover on because i have too many cables routed together and I think it could have used more depth. The user guide was also not very helpful at all pertaining to the fan hub on the back, which seems relatively simple, but I still think I've done something wrong because my motherboard won't read the fan speed from the hub. (I checked all my fan headers on the motherboard with a single pwm fan and they work fine). Its a beautiful case though, but the window scratches easy and I just don't think it really was worth the $170CAD it cost me.
I got this at a downright steal and its phenomenal thus far. Meets my needs just fine, though I think I would have gotten a 850w if I hadn't gotten this at such a great price. Fully modular and 80+ gold rating, no complaints here.
I've had my keyboard and mouse for over a year now and these things are just amazing. I love all the lighting options and styles (unfortunately only the one colour though) that you get with the Shine 3 and my brown switches are definitely my favourite. As far as the mouse goes, I always use to recommend it to everyone in the market for a new mouse. However, lately its become harder to get and the price has almost doubled, so I've stopped. This mouse is amazing for people who are both right handed and have large hands. Its got an amazing ergonomic feel to it, a nice modest set of buttons and even RGB leds. I don't know what I'm going to do if this mouse gives out on me.
I got this at an absolute steal, no other real reason I picked it up. It has no VESA mounts, the response time seems to be tied to a "Game Mode" which disables your colour profile and uses samsung's "Dynamic" one. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone at its MSRP. Instead get a 1440p and/or 144hz with G/Free-Sync monitor. Still, 1440p/4k 60hz isn't bad on this thing, but there's just better options.
As whole this build is thus far everything I wanted it to be. Runs perfectly and everything looks beautiful. The build itself turned out looking really nice with some extension cables I picked up and I look forward to playing games and doing video editing on this machine for the foreseeable future. I've added my Fire Strike Extreme score below and I may add some more benchmark scores later. Feel free to leave me questions/comments below.
Fire Strike Extreme Score: 8816