Description

I built this machine a while ago, almost 2 years ago actually.

Since then I've upgraded the machine somewhat, bought new peripherals, and changed the overall look of my setup.

After learning many, many things about computers, soon after I built the PC I realized my mistakes...

  • 1) I spent WAY too much on the RAM. 32GB is totally overkill for my endeavors.
  • 2) The power supply isn't the best. No efficiency rating, non-modular, and it was kinda cheap.
  • 3) I spent way too much on the processor. I play video games, but an i7 is still a little overkill for me.

So basically I spent too much.

I've upgraded to Windows 10, and haven't had any problems with it. I could honestly care less about Microsoft invading my "privacy".

Not much else to say other than I will be getting an MSI GTX 960, SanDisk 480GB SSD and a Corsair RM750x PSU for Christmas.

UPDATE: Got my new graphics card and SSD, will be updating with pictures soon!

TL;DR: I spent too much money on building my first PC, but have learned lots along the way.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU, haven't ever had a problem and hasn't ever restricted me from doing something.

CPU Cooler

Cools my CPU. What else should it do?

Motherboard

Great board, easy to install, simple BIOS interface and easily install-able drivers.

Memory

Never had any problems, but a bit pricey when I bought them (~2 years ago).

Storage

It seems like lots of people have HDD failures with these drives, but I/my family owns 4 different Seagate drives, 2 2TB drives, 1 2TB backup drive, and 1 1 TB drive.

Never had a problem with them, so I'll keep buying them.

Case

Beautiful case. Full tower, so it's really easy to work in. Very sharp looking, the brushed metal look on the front is what really led me to buy the case. TONS of mounting points for radiators, fans, etc. Very modular as well as has filters for the top, front and bottom of the case.

Optical Drive

Used it to install Windows 7 and a bunch of old music. That's it.

Case Fan

Very quiet compared to the stock fans installed on the case I got (Obsidian 750D). The rubber inserts just quiet it right down.

Case Fan

Red LEDs match with my setup. Noise isn't loud, but isn't as quiet as the AF Quiet Edition.

Case Fan

Red LEDs match with my setup. Noise isn't loud, but isn't as quiet as the AF Quiet Edition.

Monitor

Great monitor, not too big and not too small. Easy-to-navigate menus and simple hook-ups. Great picture.

Keyboard

This keyboard is amazing. Keep in mind it's my first mechanical, but I just love this thing. It's super durable, has RGB LED customizable backlighting, as well as media keys and on the fly macros. The software isn't as great as Corsair's or Razer's, but keep in mind this is G.Skill's first keyboard ever made.

Mouse

This mouse has the looks, but there's one thing that could be improved--the colors. Logitech's products are mostly blue, but I can easily paint the blue near the thumbrest. I think Logitech needs to include RGB lighting in the LED portions of their products. Especially their best-selling ones, like this one.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build and even better looks+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks! I appreciate it!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

impressive cable management with the nonmodular cable :D

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks, I did the best I could!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I can definitely appreciate the humility in admitting you spent too much. It's great to see you're continuously learning. I would like to mention when upgrading the PSU look to Antec, EVGA G2/B2/GS, Seasonic, and XFX. Corsair's RM line is ok, but you will get much better value for a similar if not less price with the units mentioned.

I'm also somewhat hesitant with the GTX 960 as AMD's offerings around that level have continuously better and cheaper. I would look at going from a 760 to a 960 more of a side grade. Look to at least a GTX 970 or R9 280x/380/390 for an upgrade on the gpu. +1. Keep learning!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice. I'm getting the 960 because I'm an nvidia fanboy, but also because of the clock speeds. The 970 is a bit too much for me. For the PSUs, I looked at the EVGAs, but I thought the brushed-metal look would be distracting in this case. The SeaSonics I looked at looked very promising, but many reviews claimed they're fans were terribly loud. I saw the very good reviews from Corsair's RM series, and saw that the design wouldn't clash.

Thank you again for the advice, and thank you for taking interest in my build.

  • 48 months ago
  • -2 points

Dude, don't be a fanboy, be it an AMD or an Nvidia fanboy, it makes no sense at all since all you're doing is wasting your own money on an inferior card instead of going with a superior one for the same price just because you're a fanboy of a company that doesn't give a frag about whether you buy their cards or no.

  • 48 months ago
  • -1 points

Don't really care that the company's couldn't give a **** about me. I have had good experience with their products and would rather have the higher clock speeds than an unnecessarily large amount of VRAM.

  • 48 months ago
  • -1 points

We're not talking about CPUs with similar architecture, we're talking about GPUs with different architectures, which means you can't use clock speeds to compare between the two.

Using your logic a GTX 960 clocked at 1400MHz would outperform a Fury X because the Fury X is lower-clocked.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

I seriously don't have any clue as to why you're bringing up CPUs. I really don't get why you brought up CPUs, all I was talking about is that I'd rather have higher clock speeds on my GPU rather than lower clock speeds with more VRAM/Stream Processors/Etc.

Maybe you're misunderstanding that I wanted the MSI GPU partly because of the black/red color scheme.

I just really don't know why you brought up CPUs...

  • 48 months ago
  • -1 points

The RMx is one of the best PSU on the market currently, it got a 10 out of 10 from jonnyguru.com, the most trusted PSU reviewer on the internet.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I think he was just referring to just the RM series.

Not the RMi/RMx

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

I actually was referring to the RMx. This is the PSU I'm getting: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139142&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_- A little bit much for wattage, but it's more of a future-proofing if anything.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh. The RMx is just as good if not better than the G2.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

In case you haven't already bought your PSU, I recommend this PSU over that one without a shadow of a doubt! It's better in every way and it's $30 cheaper, and it's a 650w 80+ Platinum PSU! It gives a huge amount of headroom for future upgrades! You can even get the 750 and 850w variants of it!

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220p20650x1

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

He said:

I would like to mention when upgrading the PSU look to Antec, EVGA G2/B2/GS, Seasonic, and XFX. Corsair's RM line is ok, but you will get much better value for a similar if not less price with the units mentioned.

While OP was talking about upgrading to an RMx PSU, and the RMx is better than all PSUs mentioned.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build & great pics. I must admit the PSU worries me but if i were you i wouldnt be keen on powering a $340 CPU among other things with a $45 power supply with no solid reviews but maybe thats just me

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone here has pretty much said what i was gonna say but none the less, still did a great job mate so don't worry! you'll fix the small issues soon enough :) well done! p.s I'm getting that keyboard soon, glad to know its great :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you! I can already tell you that you're going to love the keyboard!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

u should have gotten an intel i5 4690k

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

why do you say that?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Because it performs just as well and it is much cheaper

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Keep in mind I built this in January of 2014. Also I had little knowledge of PCs back then. In hindsight I should have done research and all that but I didn't at the time.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

As said in the description, I'm getting a Corsair RM750x PSU. Absolutely loving this keyboard it's pretty great (keep in mind it's my first mechanical kb), and the mouse is of the same quality.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

I plan on hanging the TV off of the wall pretty soon, it' not actually even hooked up yet. When I did have it hooked up I only used it as a movie/video screen. Haven't actually installed the grid+ yet, I'll let you know once I have.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Got the GRID installed. I like it, only problem with it is that you cannot hook up a CPU fan because of the 4-pin to 3-pin. Just be aware of that and it does it's job. Very nice monitoring software as well.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The V2, with individual fan control. Yeah, I guess I want the CPU fan on the mobo, but it would be a nice option to have it on the controller.