Nothing particularly interesting about this build, not as impressive as some of the ones posted here, but yolo posting it anyway.

So...I Decided to go for a new build for Christmas, since my 4 year old PC is starting to die. Primary purpose of this build is gaming at 1080p/1440p, mostly competitive counter-strike and also doing a lot of programming and work in Unity3D.

CPU: Very happy with my choice to use this cpu, does everything that I want and it runs everything perfectly. Hyperthreading is also nice, after using a obsolete 4 year old amd cpu there is a massive difference

CPU cooler: So with the x41, I had a few problems at first, and I accidentally screwed into the fins of the radiator and I thought that it would ruin it's performance, however I found that it still works perfectly and runs cool. NZXT's Cam software is also very nice which allows me to change the color of the rgb lights on the pump.

Motherboard: Nothing much to say here, I chose this mobo because it was in a convenient bundle with my CPU, and it also is plain black so it matched the rgb theme of my build. I'd like to also say that the audio on this motherboard is fantastic and I never realized how much of a difference it has, but hearing footsteps in CS:GO is noticeably better with this motherboard's built in audio and listening to music is also more enjoyable with it, perhaps a placebo effect but otherwise it seems to be a lot better!

Memory: The ram is a little different than what it says in the components list, it actually runs at 2400 mhz, not 1800. Anyway, it works fantastically, and I also originally thought that the difference between 1333 and 2400 mhz frequency would be negligible but it's actually quite nice.

Storage: Again not much to say, plextor is nice and reliable, and I've had no problems with it, also WD caviar black is nice to have, but it is very load and annoying when copy files and stuff.

GPU: I was originally going to get a gtx 980, but the price difference was too much to justify it's 5-10% performance boost over the 970, so I went with gigabyte g1 gaming because it looks amazing with it's backplate. Runs games very well and it also remains very cool and quite even when under load. Nvidia's geforce experience is an awesome piece of software, especially shadowplay. Also I plan on getting another one to SLI in the future.

Case: I chose the Corsair Air 540 because I thought that it looks great and I wanted a side window panel so that I could use my rgb led lights. The 2 section design is very useful, having the power supply hidden from window is nice, and it also doesn't pump out heat into the case so it benefits my other components.

PSU: HX 750i.....Firstly, I had a few problems with this psu. I received a faulty one at first, so I had to send it back, however the 2nd unit works just fine and runs nice. 750w is perhaps a bit overkill, but I figured that if I was going to get a 2nd gpu in the future having a lot of headroom is nice for upgrades.

Hue: Again, not much to say, lights are very bright and it being rgb it cycles through all the colors you can want.

Overall I am very pleased with this build and my choice of components, the thing runs like a dream. I mainly focused on the aesthetics of this build, and focusing it on as much customization as possible with the rgb hue and the rgb LED on the x41. Again not really impressive but good enough for what I wanted and need.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on using that motherboard in my build How is it? Btw awesome build, nice colours and case, good parts. Amazing for gaming

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah its a good motherboard, I have had no problems with it, I haven't tried overclocking on it though. Audio is great on it. The only thing I can think of that it is lacking is built in WiFi, which isn't that important to most people. And thanks :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

The Air 540 literally the easiest case for cable management on the market. I know you can do better if you just try and if you still can't get them cleaned you can ask for help. Cable management is serious business.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps I could clean the front IO cables at the bottom, but as for the other cables like GPU and my water cooler cables, i have no idea how to clean up or do better, especially the GPU one, the 8 pin connector sticks out on its own. So yeah I could definitely do with some help for that :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I can try to help if you can post a clearer picture with the side panel off and proper lighting.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

I tried as best as I could, but I just find it really monotonous and tedious to make it perfect, so I just left them eventually, you can't really notice them with the leds on, except the one on the pump which I have no idea how to hide. Also the 8 pin and 6 pin connector cable on the GPU sticks out really far, I have no idea how to hide that either haha