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The Black Box

by Gundown64



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Got a new job and decided to go ahead and build myself a nice computer. I am still on the fence about the consoles at the moment. I am an avid Xbox gamer, but I am just not sure what I think about the future of consoles at the moment. I honestly want a Xbox One, but PS3 really does seem to be number "one" right now. Regardless, having this computer solves that problem. Anyway, onto the build.

I acquired parts over about 4 weeks, buying more parts as my paycheck came in. - Grabbed the processor and mobo first at a Microcenter for the combo deal. - NH-D14 for OC'ing when I decide to do it later down the road. - Managed to get the RAM on that sweet Newegg deal a week or two back with the "wallet" promo code. - Best SSD on the market for OS and crucial apps. - One of the best HDDs for everything else. - Went with a MSI 770 as I heard it had the best cooling of all. No idea if it is really true, but regardless, I am sure all of the 770s are darn good. This one does have two larger fans as opposed to three smaller ones as some other brands do, so you would think it would be quieter at least. - R4 because it is sexy as "curse word". - NF-P14 for exhaust. Moved the stock exhaust up front to match the other. - Fully modular 80 Plus Gold because I can. - CD drive. You never know. - Got Windows 8 for free through here: http://www.onthehub.com/#back-to-school-discounts-on-windows-8-download

So far, this thing is awesome. 7-8 second boot time and literally silent unless you put your ear up to the case. That being said, I haven't really pushed the thing to it's limits yet. It's not OC'ed and I've only played CS:GO on it briefly. One other note, people whining about Windows 8 need to grow up and/or learn to Google. I don't like the UI either which is why I went with Classic Shell which brings back the start button and defaults you to the desktop. My computer is now literally just like 7 unless I press the Windows key.

The end.

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skemble 24 Builds 4 points 54 months ago

This is one of those builds that makes me smile. There is nothing super flashy about it, yet all of the parts are high quality top performers in their price bracket. Your cable management is immaculate as well. Very well done my friend, very well done.

Gundown64 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks. That what I was aiming for. I wanted the best available. All of the parts are arguably the best in their category. CPU cooler, SSD, HDD, even the case fan. The case is the non windowed version as well. Didn't care too much to show it off as I wanted this thing quite, which it is.

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Don't forget psu.

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Very good selection of parts!

Cable management is superb as well!

Gundown64 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago


Kashper 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

Looks epic, how are you liking that 770, does it stay cool?

Gundown64 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Too early to tell. Haven't played any demanding games. It is idling at 35C at the moment though.

Kashper 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I would love a update when you do, nice build btw.

woolycho 2 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Love a build like this. Solid with nothing to complain about. Also, I find that awesome that you were able to get windows 8 for free!

Gundown64 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks! And yep, saving $80 is always nice.

dgb1119 1 point 53 months ago

if you like saving $80 then you could have just gone with a $30 cooler. not OC now would be an insult if youre up for paying that much money o.0 #212masterrace

tyabbott 1 point 54 months ago

Great Build, very practical. I wish noctua would make black fans, that would help your build look better, but nonetheless you have a solid gaming pc that will destroy any console.

Gundown64 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Yea, black or even red would be much better, but what can you do. Noctua makes some of the best stuff so it was either settle for less and get better colors or get over the color. I chose performance.

NeoKorean 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Great build and everything I just hate the noctua cooling fan color of brown YUCK lol but still beastly PC GJ.

Gundown64 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Yea, they went with a really odd choice for their color schemes. Oh well, what can you do other than change coolers?

NeoKorean 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

yea.. btw how do you like windows 8 is everything good about it? cause im thinking of upgrading to it later, is it easy to get used to from a person whos been using windows 7 all the time? lol

Gundown64 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Read the last part of my post. I knew I wouldn't like the UI so I skipped it all together and installed Classic Shell from the get go to get rid of it. Exactly like 7 after it is installed.

Scaroza 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I absolutely love every part in this build, it's so well balanced and the part choice is impeccable. The only change I would make is to an MSI GD65 Gaming because I'm a big fan of MSI kit (love your GPU choice!) but there's absolutely nothing wrong with Gigabyte :) Great work!! As for the consoles, you've got this machine, **** the xbox! :P

Gundown64 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thank you. I aimed for perfection and I feel I got pretty close. :P

jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

oh how i love this build.... but i HATE the color of Noctua fans it throws everything off, the mobo, ram, vid card, all red. love that. a phantek red cpu cooler would have set this color scheme off. Although Noctua fans are def hard to beat as far as reliability and performance. I have been doing a ton of comparisons between the phantek cpu cooler and the noctua and they are almost neck and neck.


jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

oh and as far as the MSI video card, i will never ever leave MSI when it comes to video cards. I purchased a 660 twin frozr in feb because i was short on cash and i absolutely love that card, the temps are amazing, the performance is epic 45-60 fps on bf3 80-100 fps in WOW on ultra. i will be picking up another card here soon for sli. once again, nice to see a good builder i can learn things from.

Kabob 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I love this build, great selection of parts. It's similar to mine except I went with a gigabyte UD3H and GTX 760. You found a lot of good deals, makes me kind of jealous :P I will look to add and upgrade to that same SSD in the future. Oh and let us know how it performs when overclocked :)

Oh and great cable management!

sohvaperuna 1 point 51 months ago

i really would want free windows 8

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Gundown64 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

The one I went to is 3 hours away, I just happened to be up that way so I picked it up and saved myself some money.

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