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This machine will primarily be a gaming PC but I also wanted a computer that would last me longer than my laptops have. I do a lot of CAD and engineering as I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I also do video editing and render things in my spare time. So now I will talk about why I picked the parts I got.

CPU: I chose this CPU because I wanted a really good processor and I wanted to be able to overclock it as well. Some people might say an i5 would have been better but I wanted an all rounder PC. With the video editing I do an i7 was the ideal way to go. Haswell even has an upgrade path without the need for me to get a new motherboard.

Overclocking on the CPU: Everyone says the Haswell CPU's run hot and they do! However, because I am using the Corsair H100i I really wasn't too worried. I want to eventually run at 4.5 ghz but I don't really need that much speed right now. I did verify that my chip can go there but in the end I settled back down to 4.2 ghz with 1.25 Volts for peace of mind.

CPU cooler: I really liked the idea of a closed loop water cooler for the CPU. It really does a good job keeping everything in check. I ran the fans as intakes to cool the radiator. My only complaint is that the stock fans are very loud and I am only running them at half their speed potential. At full speed it sounds like a jet taking off. Weirdly enough when the top grate is put on my case they get louder. I will definitely be investing in some better fans, probably if Noctua makes ones that aren't brown. Other than that it is a great cooler. Also the fact that you have to go to corsair's website to download corsair link confused me. I spent about a half hour convinced that it came with a CD but after giving up and going on their site it seems that they want you to just get it online. Nice cooler.

Motherboard: I knew from the get-go that I wanted an ASUS mobo and boy this one definitely does not disappoint. The assistant fans actually do help to keep the air flowing through the TUF components. The board just looks slick and the fact that it comes with all these little inserts to protect your PC from dust sold it for me. My girlfriend has an Australian Shepherd and that little fuzzbutt leaves hair everywhere. The last thing I need is the hair getting into my system. Also this mobo is really easy to update the bios. The AI Suite 3 is also fantastic. It makes adjusting fan speeds and monitoring temps insanely easy.

RAM: This ram is FAST! 1866! The only thing I didnt like was that I had to manually set the frequency in the bios. Other than that though this ram is nice.

Storage: I wanted an SSD for the operating system, system utilities and a few of my favorite games. It is extremely efficient. It takes me about 10 seconds from pressing the on button to logging in and being able to start programs up. My laptop took at least 30 seconds. This saves time especially if you need to get on really quick to check something. The mechanical drive is great! I know it is not as fast as an SSD but its still faster than my old laptops HDD. Not much to say about them. Here's where my build gets a little more interesting. As you can see from the pictures I have put in my Seagate 1TB external drive into the hard drive bay. It is running via my USB 3.0 adapter that I got to avoid having to run the usb pass-through. It boots just fine and it has all my movies and top gear episodes on it that I've had for a while now. Great idea that I had to just put it in there! All together I've got a little over 2TB of storage which is more than enough for me.

Video Card: I wanted the top of the line GPU because for my whole life I have had games that I have never been able to play and now I can play everything! This card blows anything I've ever used out of the water! Yes it is not a Titan but for me this card is more than sufficient. I went with EVGA because I wanted to have the best! This card is the Super Clocked edition so it makes full use of its factory OC. I am very happy with its performance!

Case: Okay the first thing I thought when I opened the case was... "Holy Crap this thing is HUGE!" but after my initial reaction I really started to love this case. It is way bigger than I thought it was but I couldn't be happier with it. There is so much space to maneuver things around and configure it how you want it. The gaskets are fantastic for cable management. This was my first time building so I know my wiring could be better but the case was really "noob" friendly. I love the white too. This computer is going to be with me for a while and I wanted a timeless looking case. Check!

PSU: Yes I know I could have got a 500W PSU but I will be adding a second GTX 780 someday and I wanted to be prepared for that now. This PSU is an HX which means it's made by Seasonic so I know I was going to love it. It takes care of everything. Love it! It also came with a neat bag for the rest of your cables and a nice drawstring felt bag that I am using for the other hard drive cage that came with my case. Good Stuffs!

Optical Drive: I wanted to have some foolproof way to update things and install software. Simple and cheap!

OS: Happy with this too. No need to buy a full version when the OEM does the same thing for half the price!

Monitor: Okay this monitor is beautiful. The thin edges around the outside the ridiculous response time. Gaming in 1080p is amazing! I am very pleased with how this turned out!

Keyboard: CLICK CLICK CLICK! I am typing on this right now and I am loving every bit about it. Coming from a laptop I knew it would be a bit of a change but I am getting used to this thing and it is very fun to type on! Its not too loud either which is great because I won't be annoying anyone working on papers.

Mouse: This mouse worked really smoothly I love being able to adjust the sensitivity by touching the bottoms on the mouse. Great mouse and lightning fast with the laser.

Additional Comments: As you can see from the pictures I am using an external sound card. I used this to run 5.1 surround form my laptop. I saw no need to get a sound card and I run my sound through the external one. It even has a knob to adjust volume and mute it and it comes with a remote so I just use it to run my sound still.

Overall this is a nice build and I am very happy with how it all turned out. It should keep me happy for a long time and I do not see myself replacing it ever! Thanks to everyone on this site who helped me pick out parts I really am happy with the whole thing!

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Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build +1

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice one! I really love the look of that Corsair case and almost regret not getting it myself. A timeless classic as you said.

If you don't like the brown colour of Noctua fans, as I don't either, but want something really quiet then perhaps you may want get some black be quiet! fans. I have some running next to me in my new rig...well, at least I think they're running because I can't hear any noise emanating from my case. Quite scary how silent this rig is.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Haswell overclocking, as i have heard, is pretty hit and miss. some can easily be taken up to 5GHz, while others struggle to make it past 4.2 even with a liquid-cooled system. not saying, of course, that Haswell is a bad line of processors.

still, i like the arrangement, especially for a ~$2000 build like this.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done! We have a lot of components in common haha

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Look like the heats going back inside the case, might want to change the orientation if it starts heating up inside.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Your radiator is on kind of backwards. People usually place it so that the radiator is flush with the top of the case and the fans are blowing air from inside the case up towards the top. The way you have it, the fans are sucking are into the case which is heated by the radiator.

This is a very clean build with premium parts otherwise.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

I am running it like this to pull air in to cool the radiator and the back exhaust fan takes the hot air and spits it out the back. I was reading this http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=117424 to figure out the best way to configure it.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

But from it looks like from the picture of the top of your case, the fans are pushing air into the radiator and the case. Usually for fans, the direction the air is going is from the rotor to the back where the wiring is attached to the motor. You have to flip both of the fans over to get a pull configuration. The radiator would still be in the same place in relation to the fans (below the fans and inside the case).

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build but the 780 was a little pointless unless you plan to play on 3 Monitors on high Resolutions then a 770 would give you better performance.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

that motherboard looks awesome! Great parts...

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Kudos on the mouse! Great mouse; need a personal review though as i dont have it yet. Any good? Thanks in advance

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This mouse is really good. I really like how its laid out. You can adjust the scroll with the push of a button on top. Also like I said in the review you can chose your sensitivity right on the mouse. This makes it really nice to work with. It feels really good in your hands too. The weights are pretty nice, I like a heavier mouse because I like to move it as little as possible to get the cursor around the screen. You can pick and chose what weights to use and slide them in with the little tray it comes with. The laser is really good too, for example it goes precisely where I want it to go. Point and shoot has never been so easy. I really this mouse because other than the buttons it is really simple. Hope that helps.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thanks! A great review.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

you can easily fix the heat issue by deliding the top of the CPU and remove the thermal paste and apply your own because the stock thermal paste is like cement.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to XMP Profile the memory in the bios? Or were you forced to manually set all timings?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Apparently Haswell doesn't like it when I run my memory as fast as it can go and overclock. I had to manually set it to 1600 instead of 1866 in bios to make everything work.

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Way to many un-needed pics