Description

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)!!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 5 points

Not bad on the part selection. There are a couple of 'em that I wouldn't buy, but that's for minor reasons that shouldn't hamper you.

My only issue is the cable management. I have a Storm Stryker, Z87 Sabertooth (very similar layout), and a modular power supply, and there's no excuse for spaghetti like that.

If you want, take a look at my build (mainly the last pic) if you need some help. It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn close to your build and done a lot cleaner.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man..i'll def check out your build and try and improve the cable management!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, but that cable management man... need to work on that. The back cable management is cleaner than the front (kinda expected because that is done by the chasis makers). It would be okay if the back compartment is messy because no one sees that and nothing important is there, but when the front is messy as well. Welp you will be seeing some cooling issues later down the line if you aint the type of guy that likes to clean your computer every month and a half.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Plenty of cold weather still to come and it is a great time to build a system but for the money I feel you went overboard on the PSU and memory for this system. I would love to have seen a GTX770 and maybe the Seasonic G-750. I think by spending the money a little differently you could have been even more impressed.

That said, you picked quality parts and you should enjoy this for quite some time.

Enjoy

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Not exactly what I'd call optimal parts choices - less on the case and more on the GPU would probably be a better idea.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, my silverstone sugo sgo2 build has better cable management than that, and it doesn't have a single cable management feature in the whole case. Nice parts though!

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice Build Hows The Build I Plan On Building One Like This Soon Fancy

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points
  1. You have good parts.

  2. Why did you mount the pump sidways?

  3. Your case has amazing cable managment options,but i see you decided not to use them.

I would say disconnect everything, remount the pump properly, and use what your case gives you to manage the cables.

PS. Your case and psu comes with zip ties, you should utilize them.

Not hate, just constructive criticism.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the feedback..Out of the box the hose in my pump was really bent outta shape....did my best to straighten it out but every time i went to mount it it kept interfering with my G.Skill RAM fins(which are removable but leaving them on for now)...so decided to not stress the hose and leave it sideways..i'm sure there's no performance difference. ANd indeed.....i plan on redoing the cable management!