First time builder. Didnt have any problems at all. But having problems with the HDMI output at the moment is not working with the monitor not sure how to find out what exactly the problem is.
All those razer stickers on that phantom make me sad.
my wife put those on there...
Nice job! It's rare to see too many first time builds with good cable management or any cable management at all so I salute you. The only things that I would have done differently over the $2000 budget is go for an i7 4770k over the i5 4670k because an extra $100 isn't going to make that much of a difference then I would have bought a better air cooler like the Noctua NH-D14 or NH-U14/12s because I don't really like the wire on the stock intel air coolers. They always seem to get in the way of the fan on me most of the time. Also I would have sprayed my computer with some all surface cleaner really quick before I posted the pictures online so I could have gotten rid of the fingerprints, but other than those nitpicky details nice job. Be proud of your build son!
Really depends on the purpose of the build i7s don't help in gaming at all. I agree this build should get a better cooler and utilize the unlocked CPU.
You're right that the i7 won't have any benefit in gaming, but I heard that the i7 overclocks better than the i5 which will give you a benefit in games that are CPU intensive at least. Plus you sound like a bamf when you say your rig has an i7 in it instead of an i5. :P
Thanks!! I was looking earlier and saw the smudges. I plan on buying more fans later on. maybe liquid cooler when i decide i want to oc.
Closed loop liquid coolers are nice, but honestly I would just go with a Noctua air cooler. It's going to be a lot quieter than a radiator and it'll only be a few degrees warmer than the closed loop system. The only problem with having a premium air cooler like the Noctua NH-D14 is that it's a big ugly hunk of metal in your case, but you don't have a side window on your case so I don't think it's that big of a deal.
Anyways take your time to decide. I was about to buy a Corsair H100i for my build, but the electrician in me kept waving a big red flag in my brain so I didn't feel safe with it. Even after I researched Corsair's wonderful warranty program where if the H100i did leak that they would pretty much cover everything and take no time doing it. Still with all that information I still felt uncomfortable with liquid so I decided to stick with air. It's been a few months and I don't really regret my decision since the benefit of running an closed loop system over a premium air cooler wasn't too big of a difference.