Description

NOTE: PC Part Picker does not have a listing for the case I actually have, Corsair SPEC-01, so I listed it as the SPEC-02 since they are so similar.

I decided to build this machine to replace a Lenovo Y510p laptop I purchased out of college. It came with dual video cards and served my gaming needs suitably. However, after changing occupations, I noticed that I didn't need to be mobile anymore. This led me to sell it and use the profits to purchase these parts.

With over $50 in mail-in rebates, I'm pretty satisfied with my selections on this build.

I have an old HP 20" LCD monitor that I am using for the next two months until I can purchase the Asus monitor.

Will update when all parts are installed.

UPDATE 5.6.15--

Turns out the second Samsung 850 Pro was DOA as well. Also, I got a faulty mobo from Fry's Electronics, so I returned it and got an Asus Z97-AR to replace it. Removing the parts accordingly. I still have not purchased the new monitor, so I will remove that part as well.

I wasn't happy with the rear case fan that came with the SPEC-01 case, so I have replaced it with an additional Corsair AF-120 LED fan. Updating accordingly.

I love this build. It runs literally everything I throw at it at 90-100 FPS right now, and because of the fan controller, most times the fans are dead silent at 50%.

Parts I plan to purchase in the next month or two: BenQ XL2411Z Samsung 850 EVO

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

You should remove that Asus monitor from your list, as you don't have it yet.

Other than that, not a bad build at all really.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Done. Thanks for the tip!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a pretty build! I think you went overkill on the RAM tough, if you only intend to game on it. Still, this should do nicely.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I did it for future-proofing. It looks like the RAM suggestions for some upcoming games are on the rise, so since it only cost a little more I splurged. Plus, since I got the Witcher 3 for free it kinda ate the extra cost of the RAM.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, depending on what he is doing and what games he is playing and or what else he is doing with his rig while he games, 16 GB is ideal.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, If you plan on doing something else while gaming, yeah it's a good idea. If he keeps his second monitor that could do it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Try flipping your CPU cooler 90 degrees clockwise. It'll be pushing the hot air up (where it wants to go) and straight to the fans that are exhausting out the top.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I currently have it venting out of a fan I installed on the back. The fan was not installed in the picture you saw, but is now. I am working on getting new pictures posted.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

that looks like a spec-01 case. Spec-02 has the power button on top.

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