Description

This was my first ever build.

It took me a while, but I was able to pull through and get everything to work.

I have been researching parts and browsing pcpartpicker for months figuring out what exactly I wanted.

I've been able to gather a massive amount of support on this website, so I want to thank anyone who helped me out.

The hardest part about building was just figuring out what goes where and if it's positioned correctly.

The second hardest part was cable management. Mine's not that great, but I'd say it's a start for a beginner, haha.

I know what you're already thinking, "Why aren't you overclocking?" I just don't need to, really. I might in the future.

This build is for everything...from browsing, schoolwork, gaming, etc. And (hopefully) streaming.

Once again, thanks to any and everyone from this website who has helped me along the way. A dream come true! :D

PS - Hope you like the pictures. Let me know what you think!

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Cool build. Also, this is the first time I've seen the gold memory. Works perfectly with the new haswell gold boards. Sweet.

I see your memory is running at 1333 on that BIOS screenshot. Did you change to the XMP profile so you get 1600?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

The gold looks great!

And I wasn't aware of that, I guess I did change something on accident. I'll go back through and see if I can fix that.

Thank you for the feedback!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I saw that combination on Linustechtips, the colourscheme is really nice. Great build you got there +1.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I appreciate it. :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes memory on Intel mobo's defaults to a lower speed, though I've only seen that happen at 1866 and higher. This is because Intel only suggests that you use 1333/1600 memory with your CPU.

When I first installed my ram (it runs at 1866) it was set at 1333 and wouldn't go any higher than 1600 until I overclocked my CPU.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man... remember me? One tip regarding cable management: Every single cable coming from the PSU should immediately go behind the motherboard tray. THEN, you can run them back out through the grommets to their respective components.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I do remember you! :) And yeah, this weekend I'll go back through and fix everything. It's a challenge getting the cables positioned correctly and not bending awkwardly or be in the way, haha.

Thank you for the feedback!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's my build :)

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Fvk

Check out that cable management lol.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build! :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the RAM look on the motherboard? I was going to get black Corsair Vengeance.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it looks great. Both black and gold would work well. :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I asked that because it looked a bit more like a military green than gold.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. It's a dark shade of gold.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

you should manually adjust your ram frequency in the bios. I really like your build despite the overkill on keyboard and mouse. One question, Why not windows 8? 8.1 is coming out 10/17. I have the trial version of it and it a vast improvement.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'll have to go back in and fix my ram. I'm really loving this keyboard so far. It should last a long time, as well as the mouse.

I decided not to get Windows 8 because I'd just default back to Windows 7. Who knows, I may change my mind in the future.

Thank you so much for the feedback!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Since you can't overclock or SLI with that motherboard, you might have went overboard on the wattage for the power supply, but it's a excellent PSU, so it doesn't really matter. Nice build.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And yeah, I wanted some of my parts to be more or less future-proof, so hopefully I achieved that.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

SO PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I've thought you well!!!! XD

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Taught*

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a clean build to me. The only thing I think people might comment on is why did you go with samsung 840 instead of the 840 EVO or Pro. I myself got the pro and it's amazing, but an SSD is an SSD.

Another question would be why the i7 instead of the i5, but I'm just going to assume your "schoolwork" requires HyperThreading. xD

EDIT 1: People downvoting, please explain your reason for doing so. I'd like to learn to become better.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't know why you're getting down votes but I'll take a wild guess.

I guess it's because the difference in read/write times between an Evo/Pro grade SSD doesn't take too much of a difference in real world applications and it may seem like you're being unnecessarily picky.

But like I said, I don't see why people would downvote you for that.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing because they get off on downvoting other people's choices.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't really mind the downvotes if that means I gain some new knowledge. Hmm, maybe it's when I said "an SSD is an SSD." I know that not all SSDs are the same, but when I said that I meant that it's still better than getting two HDDs in RAID 0. Oh well, you're probably right about them :P

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

The funny thing is that I thought I had purchased the PRO, but I guess not haha. This one works well though. :)

I decided to go with the i7 for a few reasons... I'd love to get into streaming video games and an i7 would be optimal for it over an i5. Also, just general video editing. I see myself doing some video editing and things that like in the future, so an i7 would be a safer bet for me.

Thanks so much for the feedback!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

wierd... my cas10 ram gets 7.8 in WEI..

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

How much ram do you have? Because WEI is stupid and doesn't rate things consistently or correctly. I have a 660Ti that scores better in WEI than my dual 670's in my main rig. -_-

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm I have 2x8gb cas10 Kingston Hyper Black.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

WEI rates more ram as better, not necessarily how fast it is or how low it's latency. XD

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

A little overkill but it looks great. A i5 would have handled everything you need for $100 less. otherwise good choices.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I contemplated long and hard about whether or not to get an i5 or i7, haha. And thanks, I appreciate it. :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I might just be a newbie but...why no aftermarket heat sink? Especially when running an i7?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been told to get one and to not get one. I figured since I won't be overclocking I won't need too much airflow. So far the stock fan has worked well.

Thank you for the feedback!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

One pic with all the boxes works better then individuals. Nice build

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I was going to take one but I completely forgot. Was way too anxious to start building.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didnt you get the unlocked version of the CPU ? Its just 19 bucks moar.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe he needed to make the house payment or put food on the table for the kids.

Chill out, man.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, no kids but definitely apartment rent and food for me. Also in College so this would be one of the very few times I'll be able to build a computer this nice, unless I'm lucky.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol house payment goes for 20 bucks ? I would rather guess that if you are buying a 1500+ dollar gaming/workplace you will eventually be someone that knows how to save money for house payment and food for the kids

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Just personal preference.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Was going for a similar theme... Do you think you RAM and GPU would fit well with the Asus SABERTOOTH?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see why it shouldn't. That's a very nice Mobo. :)