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Hello ^

I had originally thought I was going to buy a prebuilt machine, but I decided to take a stab at building my own for the first time. I tried to do my best in researching parts before I bought anything, but please feel free to let me know if there is anything I can improve on in this build or for next time. All in all, it was a very fun and engaging learning experience, and I don't think I will ever buy a stock pc again (unless this one blows up, then I'll just go back to using a slide-rule).

The PC is primarily used for games and general work purposes. I didn't really have a budget, but I didn't want to spend an outrageous amount either, so I settled on an amount I thought was comfortable. I had considered building a unit that would be far more capable of handling iterative CAD work that I do for my job, but then I realized the last thing I want to do at home is work :P ....maybe next time. The prices I put in reflect the amount I paid.

CPU - Went with an i5 since it seemed to be plenty for games and I won't be doing anything that would need an i7.

CPU cooler - Didn't really need to go for this amount of cooling, but it seems to deliver good cooling and I'm happy with it.

Motherboard - Got this because it was on sale, from a reputable manufacturer, and I didn't really need too many features you see with more expensive boards.

RAM - Bought this originally without realizing it was at a higher speed (because I wanted yellow ram XD), but works fine for the price, I guess.

Storage - Bought a SSD for the OS and some programs mainly, and use the mechanical drive for storage of other crap (like pics of cute kittens T.T)

GPU - One place I probably could've put more money into (probably wouldn't have bought a 780, though); the 760 was plenty for what I wanted, in the end.

Case - Liked the look and provides capability of good airflow and cable management (neither of which I'm good at).

PSU - Corsair seems to make quality PSUs...I would definitely considering getting a modular unit next time, since I don't like dealing with the extra cables.

Optical Drive - Does what it's supposed to do...

OS - Still had a free copy I received from when I was back in school :3

Fans - Went overboard with these, probably should've cut back and put it somewhere else. I'm actually a "fan" (lol) of white noise, so the system being quiet wasn't really a requirement I had. This is how I have them set up: *2 front intake, 1 bottom intake, 2 side intakes, 1 back exhaust, 2 top exhausts (across CPU radiator) I don't think the side fans do anything but stir up air in every direction, which doesn't help the airflow, but I like the look of them in the case to cover the side holes, since the case doesn't have much illumination anyway. Still, I will probably find a better spot for the yellow ones...

Display - Had the two smaller ASUs monitors already, and bought the larger one for use as the primary monitor. Seems to work pretty well after adjusting the settings a little bit.

Let me know if you guys have any other questions, and thanks for looking!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Some noob you are. This does NOT look like a first timers build. Very, very nice and balanced. +1 all day

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

kudos to you, that's a beautiful build and one heck of a pc, I haven't worked with much cad besides autodesk inventor and wings but make sure you have enough ram to fit your needs.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a sweet setup you have going there! Nice job on this build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you choose a single 760 with a 144Hz monitor? Hmm me thinks you are getting another soon. In tomshardware benchmark, 2x760 beats a 780 in BF3 so don't feel bad about the choice. You have enough power and a good mobo to do so. Enjoy! Solid build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

did you call her "celty" because of durarara? Really nice setup. Plenty of fans, SSD, and a great GPU. Is the monitor any good? I was shopping, and I got a 24" for about 99.99, and I would like to know if it is worth the extra money.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought the Asus monitor during the summer and I can definitely say it was by far one of the best purchases I made for my computer. I'll never go back to another monitor, playing games at 144Hz is incredible. I got mine on sale at Newegg for $250. It makes gaming so much better. The only downside is if you can't get around 144 FPS in games though you won't notice much difference. If you do though, buckle up, it'll blow your mind.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

"fan of white noise"

i sleep with a white noise generator in the bedroom

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