Description

I built this machine about a month ago, and it was my first endeavor into the world of PC building. Since then, I've build another PC for my friend, and I am now in a class where I get to build PCs. It has really become something that I enjoy doing.

That being said, I thought I'd show off what I built. By the way, I'm 15, and I saved up for this entire build by myself. I use it mainly for gaming and watching Netflix, browsing the internet, etc.

One of my main goals with this PC was for it to be fast, reliable, and for it to be able to play most every game out right now on at least high settings at 1920 x 1080 resolution. I've gotta say, I haven't been . This computer boots up in a mere 15 seconds from pushing the power button, and shuts down almost instantaneously. It also plays all of my games on high - ultra settings seamlessly.

I was trying to go with a sort of red, black, and white theme, which should pan-out better down the road when I put an NZXT Hue in it to light things up.

Oh, and right now I know that my cable management is atrocious. I just need to get back in there some time and fix it up a bit.

Now, on to the parts!

CPU: I chose this CPU because: 1) I have always been a little biased towards Intel, and I wasn't on a HUGE budget, 2) It is the "K" version, so I can overclock it if I'd like to in the future, 3) I got a deal on it at Micro Center, 4) It performs REALLY well!

Cooler: I went with this cooler, because I was hesitant to try water cooling right off the bat. This cooler is very well made, and does a great job keeping the CPU cool. I get idle temps of about 25 C with this bad boy. (It looks cool too!)

Motherboard: MSI seems to be a reliable company, and I really liked the features that came on this board. It has the Z87 chipset, USB 3.0, quite a few SATA ports, a LOT of USB ports on the back, built in audio chipset, and an optical out port that I use to get surround sound through my Astro wireless mixamp while gaming. This board al;so has nice OC'ing features in the BIOS, as well as support for SLI if I chose to do that down the road.

Memory: I went with 8 GB of Low Profile Vengeance because it is reliable RAM, and it allows for clearance under my monster of a heatsink, so that I can add another 8 GB in the future.

Storage: I wanted my OS (and a few other Apps) to boot quickly, so I put the OS on a Samsung 840 EVO SSD. I chose the WD Caviar Blue because it was cheap, reliable, and has a lot of storage space for my games, etc.

Video Card: I went with the GTX 760 because it was the best card in my price range that could game well in 1080p. I've really been enjoying the graphical ability of this card. Bought the MSI version to match with my MOBO.

Network Adapter: Got this because I don't have an Ethernet connection in my room. This thing works perfectly.

Case: Love this case! Has nice features for cable management, removable drive bays, and it has a window and looks sweet! Got it for $70 after a rebate too.

PSU: Stuck to my instinct on this one, and didn't cheap out. I went with SeaSonic because of their overall reliability with their power supplies. The semi modular ability was also a nice, needed, touch.

Optical Drive: It's a DVD drive. It's made by ASUS. It works. What else can I say? Haha.

OS: Since I got 8.1 on this computer, I haven't regretted it. Love it, super fast OS.

Monitor: Has a fast response time, tons of nice presets, and is 1080p capable. pretty decent size too.

Keyboard: Using this thing right now, I can say that I LOVE it!! Feels so nice, and the red backlighting and removable textured key caps, along with the programmable lighting mode makes this a great mechanical keyboard!

Mouse: Fits my hand really well, has different modes that you can set with the DPI. Pretty nice.

So, in conclusion, I love my PC, and will most definitely never go back to purchasing pre-built PCs again!

P.S. WILL UPLOAD HIGHER QUALITY PHOTOS LATER

UPDATE: Has been running strong, added nicer pictures.

UPDATE #2: More pictures! Added an NZXT Hue, benchmarked, OC'd a tiny bit (only to 3.7 GHz), and managed a few cables.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Very, very, very nice build. Great for PC gaming. Not much else I can really say about it haha.

EDIT: I can say I love that case. Looks nice and solid.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Great gaming build, cables could be cleaned up a bit, but other than that it's awesome.

EDIT: Hello, fellow 15 y/o builder! :P

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, I need to set aside some time when I can just re-route everything when I'm not in any rush.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I just took a few hours to do them, and believe me, I was so happy when I was done.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I also need to get an extension for the CPU power as it wouldn't reach around the back. I'm thinking about getting a bunch of custom sleeved extensions for all my PSU connections, actually.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I would flip the PSU and put something underneath the case. That way, it's not choking the power supply and you can probably get that cable up behind.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I recently flipped the PSU over, and it has been running great. I still had to get an extension for the CPU power though. Will post updated pics of it sometime soon.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work and good build.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

So what does G.E.C.K. stand for?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

From Fallout. Means Garden of Eden Creation Kit. This is it. http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110404222702/fallout/images/6/63/GECK_FO3.png

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Nice build BTW

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

How does your 760 handles demanding games? what do you play? +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It handles demanding games pretty well! I can play most all games on high, and sometimes ultra settings, and it doesn't get too hot. I play a lot of stuff. As far as demanding games go, I have played AC IV on Ultra High settings, and it looks beautiful. Runs 1080p on everything that is playable in 1080p.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Greaaaaaaat that's why I wanted to hear! thank you very much!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build, but I don't like the keyboard. I think it looks great, but I don't like red keys :/. Good job.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean that you don't like the red LEDs, or the red switches? A little confused.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean I do not like Cherry MX Red.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it's all personal preference, I guess. Personally, I love them.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh Oh spagetti oh!! You need a leasson on cable management haha very nice build

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, yep, It got tricky over on the right side of the case. Some day soon I'll see what I can do to improve. Right now it isn't really a huge deal for me though as you can't see those cables through the window.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's no harm really straight after the initial build you could wait a month to make sure it's all running smoothly and then invest in a cable management kit in the mean time.

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