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First off I want to say thanks to skemble and this awesome site! Thanks to NeweggTV (Paul especially with his awesome videos), Linus Tech Tips, and JJ from Asus as well. I've been turned into an Asus fan boy...lol.

Other than gaming, I'll be using this rig while I'm in school for game design.

This build started off on a sort of whim and then became a mission, lol. After researching and researching and researching for about a month I bought the bulk of my parts. I probably watched 10 build videos before I even had my parts, lol. I bought most of my parts from Newegg or Amazon with free 2 day shipping from Shoprunner and Amazon Prime. I got everything except a graphics card initially (see below). I finished the main build about two weeks ago but I've been tinkering with it, cleaning it up, and adding some cosmetic extras ever since. The build took about 2.5 hours and went pretty smoothly (all those videos paid off). I had only 2 issues. One where the last motherboard standoff screw would not thread correctly and got stuck. I ended up having to take all the other screws out so I could get the board out with the stuck screw and standoff attached. Then I used pliers to hold the standoff while I unscrewed the expletive screw. The pre-build outside the case posted fine, but it wouldn't post initially once I had everything together. Turned out to be an issue with the RAM, which really wasn't an issue (see below). Cable management was pretty easy with the flat, black RM850 cables and the sleeved cables I got later. I'm really happy with how it turned out, but I'm not done yet though. I'll be adding a water-cooling kit from XSPC in a month or two. The computer-building bug has bitten me and I love it! I've gotten some good ideas for the future after looking at some of the builds on here and the Cooler Master Stryker/Trooper Club on overlcock.net.

Case: I saw this case and just loved it! I still looked at a bunch of other cases, but kept coming back to the Stryker. It was the first thing I bought before I even had my parts list finalized, lol.

CPU: Since I will be using the computer for editing and wanted to overclock, I went with the 4770k. I've overclocked it to 4.3GHz and run it through Aida64 and Prime95. Remained stable with 16hours of prime95 and 24 hours of Aida64 with temperatures peaking at 71 C, an average of 64 C and idle at 33 C. It seems like I got a a fairly good chip. Once I get some water-cooling on it, I'll really test it out.

CPU Cooler: I got Hyper 212 EVO free from a buddy of mine. Easy to install and does the job for now. I will be replacing it with a Raystorm D5 Photon AX240 Water Cooling kit in the near future.

Motherboard: This was probably the second hardest part to decide on. I knew I wanted a red and black color scheme and I wanted a good board for overclocking. I didn't want to spend too much more than $200 on one so the Maximus VI Hero fit perfectly. Plus with me being new to overclocking and all, the Asus UEFI is awesome.

PSU: Since I plan on adding another 780 and water-cooling down the road, I went for 850W. I had read about the coil whine some PSU's develop after some time. All the reviews I read mentioned how this was built to reduce that. I know I could have gotten something cheaper, but I really wanted a quiet PC and I am really happy with the RM850. And it really is silent!

Memory: I was originally going to buy some DDR3-1600 sticks, but these were on sale for cheaper than all the other black or red ones. Initially one of them wasn't being recognized. Thankfully after some re-adjustment it worked. Honestly I think I got lucky and it decided to just work, lol. Even when I switched the positions it still showed the one stick wasn't being read properly. Fourth time was the charm I guess.

Storage: I had a Dell gift card lying around and used it to get the 840 EVO essentially free. Talk about fast! My system boots up in 7-10 seconds. I will definitely be getting more at some point. The WD Blue is nice as well, but I want more SSD, lol.

GPU: One of my last purchases and I am very glad I waited. I went about a week using the integrated graphics, which wasn't too bad (actually it was), but WOW what an amazing difference. I was going to get the GTX 770 first then the R9 280x. I decided instead to wait since the 290x wasn't out yet. I figured the prices would change once AMD released that and boy did they! Got my Asus card as soon as it was back in stock (sold out the first two days...) I had watched several unboxings and reviews beforehand, but I was still surprised by the size of it. IT'S HUGE! Figuring out my water-cooling setup is going to be a bit tougher now. I’m an Assassin’s Creed fan too so I can’t wait to play Black Flag.

Fans: Keeping with the quiet PC theme, I got all Corsair quiet edition fans. The SP120s are on my 212 EVO. I accidently got the 3pin ones first, then ordered the PWM versions for better control through my motherboard. Just saving the other ones for later (2nd radiator for GPU blocks). They are absolutely fantastic! I wanted LED fans and luckily Corsair came out with theirs while I was still getting my list together. They look great and really move some air.

Monitor: 24" IPS monitor I got an absolutely awesome deal through Newegg. Games look amazing on it. I have it paired with an older dell monitor. I'll be replacing the dell with a 27" 1440p Korean monitor after the holidays.

Extras: The Razer Naga was an open box I snagged from Newegg and it works perfectly! There was absolutely nothing missing from the box and I have to say Rift and Tera are soooo much better with it. I wanted some more lighting so I picked up an NZXT Hue. It’s nice and all, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I may be sending it back after a few days, we’ll see. The NZXT Sentry 2 on the other hand is great! I had mine done with red sleeving from FrozenCPU (had to match, lol). I’ve just been using the touch screen controls, which work perfectly for all 5 fans. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fan controller.

Hope you guys enjoy the build. I'll be updating it as I add on. Please feel free to ask any questions and I'll answer as best as I can.

Friendly tip for future builders! If you can, sign up for the ShopRunner trial for free 2 day shipping from Newegg. You can sign up for the 30-day trial, use it once, then logon to cancel it. If you do that it, a screen should come up saying they'll extend it to 90 days AND if you use it 3 times within those 90 days, they extend the trial to 1 year at NO CHARGE! You get free return shipping as well! I know it came in very handy, as I didn't have to wait around for one part being shipped slowly. Also ShopRunner is connected to quite a few other stores (like Dominos), so if you use any of them as well it's doubly or triply or quadruply (you get the idea) worth it.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 7 points

Very nice build, looks amazing. I only have one observation, not a criticism by any means, but is your cooler not aligned properly or is it just the pic, just looks mildly ****-eyed.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Yea I thought the same thing after I looked at the picture and I checked it, lol. It was ever so slightly off actually, but I fixed it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Right on, very clean, definitely a +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice and great color scheme!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The corsair cables are actually pretty nice.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I used the red ones in my build as well, love them

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

looks great, absolutely no complaints here, well thought out.

P.S. Shoprunner is awesome, definitely take advantage of the free trail. You can even get free pizza delivery from Domino's from it lol.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, yea the free Domino's delivery is definitely great. I've used it once already.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

ive used it like 3 times lol. I always want to get delivery but the extra like 3 buck it costs is too much for me. Now that's not a big problem, only have to pay tip.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

She's a beauty.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the new Corsair AF LED fans? Very nice and tidy build BTW. +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! They are awesome! Look great in my case and they move air really well. At about 40-80% fan speed you can't really hear them at all. Even 100% is still pretty quiet.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

nicely done! To come in under 2 grand (including your monitor, and extra accessories.. and that gift card for the SSD certainly helped!), with all these quality parts, is very impressive. Good, clean cable management.. outstanding job for a first build!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea the Dell gift was super handy! I remembered I had so I just started searching their site to see what I could possibly get. I initially thought keyboard, mouse and some other peripherals. I saw the Samsung Evo (which I was going to get anyway) and I couldn't use the gift card fast enough. Still have a whole 1$ on it...lol And thanks!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure you have RAPID mode engaged on the 840 EVO SSD. I have the same one and RAPID makes a huge difference. 1150MB/s sequential read & 230,000 IOPS.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh man, thank you for the heads up! I read that a few times when I was looking at it and completely forgot about it. I'll be doing that here soon.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how the Stryker is getting so much more popular now! It's a great case but for some reason hasn't picked up steam until recently. Nicely done and I hope you had fun building in it!

Where did you buy the Corsair LED fans from? I've been looking everywhere for the past couple weeks but haven't found them. Did they just release?

Also I'm jealous of your 780 DCU2. I have the same one but I built my Stryker back in August, when it cost $670 >_<

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the same thing when I was reading reviews about it. It got really good marks, but I wasn't seeing a lot of builds with the Stryker. It's a really great case for sure.

I bought all my fans on Newegg. Amazon has them as well. They came out like mid October. It was hard to find them for the first week and a half after their release though.

Newegg Red AF120 2pk Red AF140

Amazon Red AF120 2pk Red AF140

Yea I was really anxious to get a card but very hesitantly waited. Beyond glad I did. I wonder how many people who bought one in the 30 day window sent it back just so they could get the cheaper price. I know I might have done it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooo I realized that they were sold out...my bad lol, but yea. They seem to be pretty popular I guess.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally someone who types their computer story! Thumbs up, brb I'm going to red this.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yea I like to read the story behind the builds as well.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case. Clean, Sleek, and Sexy. Love the name, fellow Game of Thrones fan?

+1 all the way.

<3 Starlana <3

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep! The year wait is killer but worth it. Thanks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

winter is coming... +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Im so jealous!! I am looking to build a system that looks a lot like yours!! Its easy to become an Asus/Corsair fan huh?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It really is easy! They make some great products. Thanks! Can't wait to see your build when it's done.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Although its slightly sloped. That 212 looks sexy!

Also what brand are those sleeved cables?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yea I really didn't notice that till I looked at the pictures. I fixed it once I did though. The SP120s really brighten up the EVO.

They are the Corsair sleeved cables. I bought them directly from the site (ouch on the shipping, prime and shoprunner spoiled me). I did that though because there are 2 different sets that are compatible with different PSU's. Everywhere I looked only had the one kind so I figured better safe than sorry.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I was originally going to buy those cables but I thought they were only compatible with the AX series, this is a definite future upgrade for my RM 650.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, the resellers only having one kind is really asking for people to buy ones that aren't compatible. Definitely a great upgrade over the flat black ones that come with the RM's. They are nice, but some of them are pretty stiff.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Are they more flexible than the Flat cables that come with the RM 850? My biggest problem was trying to bend some of the larger cables.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they are quite a bit more flexible than the stock cables. I know what you mean though, the 24 pin cable was a bit tough with the flat black cables. If you notice in the one pic, that's the one curved in the center.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the led corsair fans are on pcpartpicker no need to add as a custom part.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

They actually are, but only in the single packs. The 2 pack ones listed are the purple and white ones.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, can you tell me how loud they are? I wanna get 1 or 2 but i don't know how loud they are.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

So the official specs list them at 25.2 dBA, but that doesn't really tell you anything.

For a more real world reference, I have a holmes air purifier about 10 feet behind me in the room and my computer is literally right beside me.

With the purifier at the lowest setting, I can't hear 2 fans going at 90% speed. Only at an 100% do I hear them and that is ever so slightly with me trying to listen for them. With the purifier off, they are somewhat audible at 70%

Hope that helps. And yes I really did just do that experiment to answer your question, haha.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that works out perfectly i have a holmes air purifier too!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, wow so that worked out perfectly! That's so funny though, what are the chances?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

This is like my dream pc!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

It was my dream too :) Lol. Hopefully you'll get to build your dream one soon!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Some of the better cable management I've seen. +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yea, I spent a good amount of time making sure the cables were nice and tidy.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Sorry for the late reply I've been on vacation. Really appreciate the shout out as well, glad I could help. Happy gaming :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking good, but i have two questions;

Thoughts on NZXT Hue? Thoughts on mobo(apart from troublesome screws)?

Also DO NOT buy another monitor yet, wait for G-sync to come out and you can't say you don't want to get into it as it is going to be game changing, especially with that 780.

Just a word of warning, don't use Prime95 on haswell chips as it can override your cpu's voltage limit.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The Hue is okay if you are looking for a quick LED setup. There are some issues though. The LED strip comes with some sub-par adhesive tape attached. If you want it to stay in place for a while, I would invest in some double sided tape or some people have used hot glue. The instructions included a very very basic considering the different configurations available. And it does take some time to get used to the color controls. All in all it's good...but not great. I would recommend it for anyone who just wants everything in one box and a quick setup (with a better adhesive). I will be replacing mine with a Phobya RGB controller and strips.

The Maximus VI Hero is absolutely great. No complaints with it. It was just one troublesome screw, the others were fine. Anything specific you want to know?

Yea I don't plan on getting one soon. Adding some watercooling is higher on my proirity list right now. G-sync is really awesome though. I watched Linus's videos talking about it. My only concern is what the price point will be and the limited number of compatible monitors. But after that hurdle it will be a huge game changer. Hopefully AMD is able to adopt it as well which makes it better for everyone.

Oh man, P95 and I are not on good terms lol. I've stopped using it and moved to x264 for stability testing. But I definitely agree with you there.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe another Linus follower, glad to see you on here!!

I'm just looking for AIO quick setup lights so i think ill be staying with the hue as i don't mind the controls too much.

Also nothing specific on the Mobo...

Will you be going for a full water-cooling loop? I'm planning on buying the swiftech h220 so i might expand later on depending on whether i decide that i need more cooling.

Last thing, what is your name on the LTT forum?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I will be going full loop with GPU, CPU and two rads. I'm getting the XSPC D5 Photon kit. I love the look of that res/pump combo. Plus I can stick with distilled water and just use red tubing with a red LED in the reservoir to keep the color scheme. I was iffy about using colored coolants so it's a nice alternative.

Yea, I caught my first live WAN show this past week actually. Name on the forums is the same as here.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the red sleeved cables for your NZXT sentry 2

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I had it done through FrozenCPU. They'll sleeve them in whatever color you want including purple, gold and snake skin (if you are going for that...lol).

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

and what fans are connected to the nzxt sentry?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Where the heck did you get the naga 2014 for $52? The cheapest I've ever seen them was black friday last year when they sold out in 2 hours for $55.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It was an open box from Newegg. Since they have a full refund for open box products, I took a chance. I am pretty sure the mouse was like never used so it was a win!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, I am new to the world of pcs and I found this website in hopes to help me find what I want in a pc. After a few weeks I finally found this build and I love it! I was just wondering if I could build mine like yours. I made an account just to ask you if I could. I wont post it here but if I decide to change my mind by the time I get the parts I will surely give you credit for it. Thanks for your time, John

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea that is perfectly fine. Please feel free to ask me any questions. Sorry for the late response, I have been busy and don't get to check this as often as I would like. You can e-mail (I'll send a message) for quicker responses. Thanks and good luck!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice touch having PcPartPicker open on chrome in the pic :p

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

were did you get the red cables for the corsair rm 850?

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Now to figure out how I'm going to get a tube reservoir in there with that massive 780.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The heatsink is mounted just fine. The H212 EVO is known for sagging/tilting on Intel boards. And water cooling is also more expensive... The cheapest AIO's are $50-$60, and they're outperformed by heatsinks that cost half as much since pumps, tubing, rads, and coolant are so expensive to manufacture.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks LeMonarque. Yea it was slightly eschew, but I fixed it once I saw it. Water cooling is great and I mentioned several times I will be upgrading to water cooling. Till then a free 212 EVO will do just fine, IMO. If my friend hadn't given me the EVO, I was going to pick up an H100i. Which I still would have replaced at some point. Saved money this way.