I have been a computer gamer for quite a while now. Probably ever since I really started getting into it. I've always purchased Dells, mainly the XPS line. My old XPS 600 lasted forever with some upgrades and I still use my Alienware M17X for Grad School and other various things. But I decided I really wanted to do my own desktop build and get the real experience. I gave myself a mild budget and went to town.
Now I can list off all the parts and go through I got this because blah blah blah, but I'm not going to do that and waste your time. I will answer questions later though. But I will say, I wanted power. I had used AMD and Intel in the past and the aforementioned Alienware used an i7. However, I did some reviews and decided to go all out and get the 9590. Research dictated liquid cooling was the only way to go, hence the H80i. The difference I saw between the H80i and the 100 was only a couple of degrees. So I saved a buck or two. Also, I decided to go with the 2gb 960 as I think it is plenty for now (it has been after three months) and I can always run some SLI later or upgrade. The build went together smoothly, and it turned on no problem the first time.
But there was trouble in Paradise...
I tried moving the RAM over one slot each as the hoses for the CPU cooler were sorta resting/pushing on them and I was afraid for the pressure against it. As you see in the photo though, the BIOS was only picking up one of the sticks, and not the other. Switched them back, hasn't been a problem since.
Our more eagle eyed readers may notice an AZZA Sirius case in one photo. That was the original plan. However, that batch of parts arrived first and I got to see the case was broken. Like the whole front plate broke, plastic and all. So I went with the Corsair one. No problems, great case and I recommend it.
Part of the problems some folks have with the 9590 is a freezing issue. I was plagued by this for the first couple of weeks. I even went as far as reinstalling Windows. However, the problem was a two part, easily fixed, couple of issues. It was all in the Bios. For one thing, the ECC was turned on for the RAM. This RAM (like most not in servers or workstations) did not need it or could even use it. Secondly, the stock Bios controller on the Asus board was set to overclock the CPU to 5.1-5.2 gigs from the get go. Since this CPU is touchy with the OC'ing, it caused the freezing issue. I had to manually turn it down to 4.7 and change. So heads up if anyone goes the way I did here.
Windows 8 sucks.
Anyway, I have been using it for over two months now and am very happy. Also, I went back and cleaned up the cables, just wanted to make sure everything worked first...