First build in about 7 years! Mainly built to use as a media server/gaming/photo editing machine. I spent the last two months waiting for these parts to go on sale and managed to score some sweet deals when all was said and done. With the Polar Vortex temps outside today it was the perfect day to stay indoors and do the build! Hope you all enjoy! Not too great with the cable management, but hey I've seen worst.
CPU: Definitely intend to overclock this baby. Currently sitting at about 3.9 Ghz.
CPU Cooler: Let me just say, i read a lot of people concerned about how this would fit inside the CM Storm Stryker...let me tell you "DO NOT BE CONCERNED". No mods necessary whatsoever..The radiator and fans fit right underneath the roof without any issues and does not interfere with the massive Trident X G. Skills.
Motherboard: First time using UEFI Bios and my oh my what a beauty! Simple, neat, and a massive amount of manual tweaking that can be done with this board. Looks sweet too!
Memory: I know, I know...overkill on the RAM but hey, got em on sale so i couldn't resist. In order for the board to read the RAM at 2400 frequency i had to enable the XMP profile setting in BIOS. Once this was done, BIOS was reading it as 2400 without issues!
Samsung 840 EVO: FAST, FAST, FAST, FAST!!! Only Windows 8.1 is on here and it boots to the home screen in about 5-7 seconds. Unbelievable!
Video Card: Currently downloading Black Flag (Freebie promo w/ GPU purchase) so i'll have to update the post and let you all know how it's running!
Case: Tonnes of space to work with inside. At no point throughout this build did i have any issues reaching anything inside the case. Lot's of cable management options (although this is fairly new to me so i must practise to achieve maximum neatness)! Sweetest thing about this case is probably the XDOCK slot on the top in which you can just pop your SSD right into. Very efficient! I can't even tell that there's a PC running next to me, that's how quiet this case is!
PSU: 860W should be more than enough for this build! First experience with FULL MODULAR and i don't think i can ever go back now :)
OS: Windows 8: I must say that while this OS boots up in under 7 seconds, it feels like it's going to take months to get used to this new interface. Took me forever to figure out how to restart and shut down the thing!
I had an absolute blast building this beast and i wish i can do it all over again...just cause it was so much FUN! Got right through POST/BIOS and installed OS seemingly without any issues (so far)!!