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 My very first build!! Finished it back in late July. Works great for day to day usage, and games Rome II Total War on Extreme settings without even a hiccup. I had the $ then, so I went all out on a few features such as the monitor and processor. Kind of wished I'd waited till Christmas, because now I know so much more about everything.
 If I could switch some things out now I'd swap the SSD for a Plextor M5P, swap the case for a Corsair 800 or 900, or maybe the new HAF Stacker series, switch out the motherboard for an ASUS, maybe a Maximus VI or a Sabertooth, and boost the psu to a corsair 1200. This being said, I honestly don't really regret anything major, which I guess is good for a first time build. Its been a learning experience, and I look forward to having this machine in some form or another to upgrade and tinker with. I should note that my Rosewill Wireless Network adapter wass dead on arrival, my Speakers don't work unless plugged into my front panel headphone jack, and the rear mounted 140 mm fan in the HAF X was also dead. I never got my three games from AMD, which has been very disappointing, but I think Sapphire might not play along with the Never Settle deal. Everything else is working perfectly tho, and none of these issues have been silver bullets. 
 I use this machine every day and I love it, so I really can't complain. I'm actually really loving my touch screen and windows 8 combo, which is good, because I was initially skeptical of the monitors real value, but its paid off pretty well. I haven't overclocked yet, but once I actually install my CPU cooler, I intend to. My CPU cooler is a funny story, I initially thought it wouldn't fit because it didn't come with a z87 bracket, but i recently found out that 1155 and 1156 brackets are essentially the same as 1150s, so when I go home for Thanksgiving break I strap it in there (i left all my excess parts home when i left for college). 
 I'll probably upgrade her eventually, piece by piece. Im hoping to get maybe another 16 Gigs of RAM, maybe another one of the same GPUs, if the price drops dramatically, and some WD Caviar Green 3 tb drives. A decent Wireless Network adapter would be good too, as I move my rig from home to school and back rather often. And the motherboard needs to upgrade, this one works, but its kind of dinky, with just the 2 PCI express slots, and the right angle connectors, there's just so much better out there. An who knows,maybe I'll water cool it some day, but probs only if I switch out the case for something like a Corsair Obsidian 900 or something. 
Iv'e rewired it since these pictures, and its now set up in my single dorm here at UVM. These pics were taken this summer in my family's upstairs spare room, which was the only spot in the house that had ample space to set her up. 
Anyways, its been a lot of fun to build and maintain, and shes now working great, with consistent fantastic performance every day. So yeah, for my first time build, what do you think?
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  • 77 months ago
  • 15 points

If/when you decide to upgrade your GPU, keep in mind that you can crossfire the new R9-280X with existing 7970 GE's. That said, I would upgrade the PSU if you do decide to run in crossfire.

All in all, a solid build. :)

EDIT: Why am I getting downvoted?? :(

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

I dont know why you are getting downvoted, but here is an upvote :D

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

Woo! :D

But now you and thezac2613 (below) got downvoted.. Hmm...

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

And another

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

More down votes......... :( here's an up vote for all you who are getting downvoted.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Really? thats great! I'll probs just do that then, cuz my 7970 works just fine, no real need to replace it. That's good news. thanks man! And yeah, imma upgrade my PSU to like a 1200 for future proofing one day.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I would say 850W minimum, but anything over 1000W is good just to be safe. That way, you won't be at 100% load on PSU when everything is OC'd and maxed out.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, that what I was thinking too.

  • 77 months ago
  • 5 points

Should have spent 1k on the computer and 1k for a new desk :D lol

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, that wasnt mine, it was the spare room set up :p ive got it at my desk in my dorm now, much cooler and way more comfy/practical.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

OK ;P

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

I fixed that problem lol

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

those poor, poor walls...

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of temps do you get?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Im not sure what I get under full load, but at idle its like 46 C or something. Im not sure, as im new to the PC world, im still figuring out how to effectively monitor these things.

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

I recommend a program called Speedfan

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Ill check it out.

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

Tell me what you think of it. =)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

On a completely unrelated note, what type of dog is that?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha lol, i knew someone would ask that :p He's a Boxer/German Shepard mix with a little bit of ridge-back. His name is Marshall and he is perfect :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

liking your build :).. gigabyte makes solid boards that are built to last. you might want to switch out your rosewill wireless card for a better more stable and cheaper one. Encore actually makes really good wireless cards. own one myself and been having a really stable connection :) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833180073

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

why buy an expensive case with loads of cable management features if you aren't going to manage cables??

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh they're managed now, its just that 1 stupid 8 pin, it doesnt reach behind the motherboard! its sooooo frustrating!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that a 1200W PSU would be justified even with the upgrades you're planning to do. Just an area you could potentially save money.

  • 77 months ago
  • -1 points

That's a good build. I like it. What's thermal paste for? I always wondered that...

  • 77 months ago
  • -1 points

Hey Miles.Main,
Nice build!! I really like the components you selected.
Cable management advice: the 8 pin power cable you have running from the PSU and across your motherboard/GPU,
should and always be routed behind the motherboard tray for a cleaner setup.
The Coolermaster HAF-X case has a cutout port conveniently for this cable, =]!

Also, why wasnt the cooler master V6 used?

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I tried to rout the cable behind the board, but it wouldn't reach! yearg :( And i took these pics a while back, before i fixed most of my cable management. And im installing the V6 next month.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Theres nothing really wrong with it per say, its just kind of basic. Ive been seeing all these great motherboards lately on youtube and stuff, and mine just doesnt compare. I mean it works fine, its just rather limited.