Description

This build was assisting a friend's son getting into pc gaming. Went with the z97 platform to save some money that it could get put back into other components, don't think he'll miss too much with avoiding skylake just yet. Ended up returning the M9i and getting a H7 cooler instead for the same price (have not seen this price again, so placing the m9i in the build list).

Most of the prices shown are actually a bit higher than when they were purchased, and availability prevented the usage of some preferred parts (PSU for budget, ram, etc). While helping out, I also provided a WD Caviar Blue 7200 1tb data drive, a 23.5" TN panel samsung monitor, Cisco AE3000 USB n900 wireless adapter, and the discounted copy of windows.

Was hoping to jump on the Asus turbo video card, but supply/price was not in our favor, second choice was the MSI white and black card, also out of stock upon purchase week... the EVGA card however is great, and he's happy with how it looks.

Ran into several issues with the usb wifi adapter NOT getting along with upgrading from win 7 to 10, ended up getting an asus 300mbs pcie card instead.

The PSU is probably going to be getting replaced down the road with a seasonic or evga superflower unit, just waiting on a sale. I also want to braid the cables in white and black for him down the road as well to clean up the cable management, or get him to purchase the sleeved extensions ... for visual.

Last hiccup is the extremely resistant front panel on the noctis that will make installing top fans and cleaning the dust filter rather annoying, decided to NOT force the panel off and risk breaking something at this time. He absolutely loves the case, and the budget actually revolved around this component (not usually the conditions i'm used to). cable routing and management was easy as pie, even got the IR receiver for the led kit to mount under the one ssd tray.

This is the first time i've used EVGA ram, not exactly sure where they source their chips from, but so far they're okay... MCenter was running a sale that couldn't be passed up on when he went to get the mb and cpu (another great deal). Would have loved to get avexir cores, corsair dominators, or even crucial tracers into it.

Installation of everything else went smoothly. Im okay with the part selection as the draw on the psu isn't high enough to worry me in the immediate future, plus the 5 year warranty on the unit has me SOMEWHAT at ease... the cryorig tower cooler has probably the easiest installation method for intel (utilizing a backplate) that I've used so far, beating even phanteks and noctua- it literally installed in 4 minutes due to the noctis' huge tray cutout.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Windows for $25? How are you doing that?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

owner was a student, had a vista license laying around that allowed him to use a 25 dollar upgrade to 7, which is now win 10 after a clean reinstall. you can also find oem refurbish licenses out there for about 40

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  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

Do not link or suggest those keys here. They are not legitimately distributed and break MS ToS.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh really? I didn't know. Sorry about that.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are pirated keys and illegal. Plus many of them stop working after Microsoft updates. Also you may have a key that only works for a small period of time. Then they ask you for more money for the actual key. It's a bait and switch and illegal pirating scheme.

You have to purchase from reputable sources. Just go to the Microsoft site and download it for real.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know that. Sorry.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The key purchased here was direct from the school bookstore of the university he attends.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

I've purchased from online retailers for cheap before, it's all legit. I don't know where you got your info from but in my experiences you are wrong.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That may be true. But by doing this, you are doing wrong at the same time

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

for cheap before

How cheap? Any Windows key under $70 is an illegal key.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That mouse looks cool the way it lights up. What mouse is that?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe it is this in white, he obtained it after i was done helping build. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/261802956634?ul_noapp=true&chn=ps&lpid=82

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

no need to risk breaking the top, one exhaust fan is plenty with that type of cooler and gpu :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build +1 about a month ago I built my new gaming rig in the Noctis 450 black. I see what you mean when taking off those panels. Take the front one off the the top. It's a little sketchy but it shouldn't break.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

frosty setup--- oww yea! +1