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I gotta say this was a lot of fun and PCPartPicker made this soooo easy. I decided to go with a touch screen windows 8.1, which is a strange choice considering this is a gaming pc but i wanted to give it a try. Well, take a look guys. Let me know what you think!

I don't currently have a desk set up for it, i want to get a new one. ill add pics as i go

Last 2 pics show my old gaming pc (top of the line 5 years ago haha) Also, i ripped the dvd+r drive out of that and put it in the phantom, and electrical taped the optical drive shield from the phantom back on the old pc which will now be used for computers.

P.S. I eventually want to go green leds on the inside to match the razer peripherals that i have. What do you guys recommend for that?

Edit: Returned Gtx760, purchased 780ti. this computer shouldnt need to be upgraded for at least 5 years ahaha Edit: I've uploaded screen shots of the text file i have showing ALL of the expenses, and total price of this build w. tax shipping discounts and everything else. have a look!

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  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Try the NZXT hue, I heard it's not as bright as the others, (to me that's a plus) but you can change the color to any thing you like And I think it's only $25 or so

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

NZXT hue is amazing, plus you can change to any other color :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the intensity of the LED's is adjustable via a knob. Since it sounds like you are only interested in a green color scheme though, you could always pick up a trim pot, some loose green LEDs, and some heatshrink, then wire them off of one of your PSU's molex connectors.

You could probably do that for $5 :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

One more thing really quick, the prices on the list aren't entirely accurate. When I bought the graphics card it was only $270 and I bought the i7 for $270 as well from microcenter

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

that's pretty good for a gtx 760 4gb then

Nice choice. :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah id like to think so, thank you. also the cpu is on amazon now for like 335 so id call that a win win haha

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is a monster compared to anything i would be able to afford in my budget. As i would only spend a max $800 on my computer lol. I can state one valid reason he bought a GTX 760 with 4GB of VRAM. The higher texture settings in games use most of your VRAM. +1 to the monster i can only dream of building. I don't see why you guys are hating on this build besides the fact that you probably can't afford to build a $2049.15 computer as of March 25 of 2014.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much good sir. I really appreciate it. If you plan on buying a computer, just keep saving. its not worth buying an $800 computer youre going to replace 2 years from now with another one. in my opinion anyway. I think my final total after discounts promos, tax and shipping was actually $1880

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. If you look at my proposed builds for that price range of $700-$800 dollars i always start out with a high end mobo, 8 gigs of RAM, HDD, and a good case. Then i propose maybe a mid range processor like an FX6300 and a mid -low end GPU like an R7 260x or gtx 750 ti. Those builds with the high end mobos are more upgradeable and future proof. I cant save up that much money because i am a very impatient person and i need instant gratification, and also my funds aren't that abundant as I'm a teenager.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

i hear ya on that one man. im only 21, work and save man, work and save. I do really suggest getting a hybrid drive like i have. only a little more money and delivers a much faster speed,or possibly get a smaller ssd for your boot drive (os and constantly used programs go here) so you can boot lightning fast haha then throw all your other games and crap on a hdd. as for the rest of it, it sounds pretty good. AMD is great for the price they offer their products at, i just dont personally like them. ive always had intel my whole life so im just biased haha

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I have had both intel and amd based systems. My Intel one being an Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 PC'ed at 3.00Ghz, 2gigs, of ram, and a Geforce 8600GT 512Mb. Thats was more than 5 years ago lol. Going old school lol. And my current and aging AMD system comprised of the Phenom 9600 Black Edition which I was only able to overclock from 2.3 to 2.5 Ghz even with a CM Hyper TX3 due to the faulty faulty stepping of the 1st Generation Phenoms based on the AM2/AM2+ socket, 8Gigs of DDR2-800 Ram and an AMD HD 4670 1gb DDR2 Edition. I was able to play almost any game at high to maxed out settings until COD:Ghosts due to me not having a DirectX 11 GPU.there would be no point upgrading the GPU because it would be bottlenecked by the by the MOBO's PCI-Express 1.0 slot LOL. I might try an HD7770 or the R7 250x(HD7770 with mantle and slightly faster clocks.) to breath a last breath into my aging system. But that would be like giving a 100 year old man on his deathbed viagra.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

i wholeheartedly disagree with upgrading the gpu in your old system lol. just save for a new one. my old system (In pics) is 5 years old and has a core 2 duo processor, upgraded to 4gb ddr2 ram (up from 2), upgraded to windows 7 64bit (from vista 32 bit), and im not even sure what knd of mobo or anything else thats in it. Nvidia graphics card but idr which one. its super old, doesnt even have fans on it lmao only heatsinks. but yeah i argued with myself on whether or not i should just update the main components like mobo ram processor and gpu, but ultimately its just not worth it. i'm much happier that i started from scratch. also first time putting the rig together myself was really fun

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. Except I don't like the keyboard and mouse and yeah the name is not fitting, since the computer is a monster, except for the fact you have quite a weak graphics card.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

eh, thats fine; its a monster to me lol. thanks for the input erik =D

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the keyboard nice? I probably would have gone with a sidewinder x4; I have so much trouble gaming on laptop chiclet keys.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I've only used them at friends' house previously. I think its fine. But ive been gaming on a laptop for the past 2 years so its almost ideal for me to have a chiclet keyboard. So, if you can use it, yes its nice.

Also 2 things for everyone browsing by or commenting, 1) i highly recommend you all take a look at the Seagate Hybrid drive. its some mumbo jumbo about how it has SSD speeds but uses an HDD. dont know how it physically works but damn its nice, and super nice price point for what it offers. its called a SSHD, the h stands for hybrid.

2) Since a couple people seem to think the name is bad, throw some names at me. im open to opinions peeps. thanks =D

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Those hybrid drives have limited return for the extra cost. With a 240GB SSD, you could load all of your commonly played games from that, and gone with a standard HDD. Additionally, I hope those Razer products hold up for you. Myself and others I know have had mice and gaming controllers break repetitively. I'm not sure about the durability of their keyboards. Otherwise, a good list of parts, and a clean looking assembly. +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Um mm you might be choking the power supply.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

instead of designing top mount power supplies (less room for water cooling etc) they make the cases draw from underneath. If you look closely there is a dust cover on the bottom.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand that and I ahve the same thing in my PC but since he has a carpety floor and the PSU is facing downwards it may be bad for the PSU

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

idk if it makes a difference or not but my carpet is not like a normal plushy carpet. its really thin and hard kinda. idk how to describe it

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I have them in my shcool and I see it in the picture but if I had my pc I would still put it on some sort of slab, Granite?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Good catch, it's probably fine though. That stuff might as well be linoleum and it's intake so no local heating worries.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

very true. nevertheless, its probably going to be on the desk for show when i have my new desk setup (idk how far into the future thats gonna be)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Its pretty nice but the gtx 760 even though its a 4gb doesn't really do a system like this justice, but I understand if you are going to upgrade later on.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat cable management though!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the i7 over the i5?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build overall, but R9 280X is a better choice for around $300.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

back then, but now the prices are like $350 Thank god I got it back then though.. :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty great build, I must say, the only two things I have a small problem with is the i7 and 4GB 760. Do you use the i7 for video editing or something? Why 4GB of VRAM on your card?

Anywho, nice build!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for all the feedback everyone! Okay so a couple things to reply to, I went with i7 and rog, and the storage selections that I've got because I know they will last. It's something that as games get progressively more stressful, I won't have to upgrade anything. I'm not going to have to replace this system in 2 years.

As far as the graphics card goes,I'm a firm supporter of nvidia cards, but other than that I never saw any negative reviews on it. For the price I do believe it's pretty flipping strong. It has fantastic benchmark results as well. It will support every game I want to play at full settings. And with the build, I should be able to have more than one game open at a time

Okay on to razer. Idk why, but I love razer and also Logitech. But I went razer on this build for a few reasons. First being the keyboard. Like I've mentioned, I love the laptop style chiclet keyboard. It's what I'm used to. Second, the gaming mouse with all the buttons on it. I have a few friends that rock this setup and they swear by the products. I've never heard of any problems with them to be honest.

And finally, the leds. Yeah I'll figure something out. Might even make my own custom,I mean my brother is an electrician so. He'd love to pick up some leds for me haha. But I'll def look into the nzxt hue.

Again I say thank you to all the feedback. It's appreciated

And yes, dat cable management ;) the phantom 630 is amazing for that

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

i like what you're doing here, especially with comparing your old system to your new system. however, i'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish with a 4GB 760 and a 4770K. content creation and streaming, perhaps?

i've been eyeing that same touchscreen myself. how is it?

if you just want simple green lights, i think Bitfenix and NZXT both sell LED strips. also, as Vainslay suggested, there's the NZXT HUE, which allows for more, adjustable colors if you want something different every now and then.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. Well yes I'll stream a little. But I wanted a pc that's good for a bit of everything just in case. And like I added previously, it's a rig that isn't going to need to be upgraded for quite some time. Edit: the monitor hasn't come yet unfortunately. Ncix doesn't have the faster service for first time users I've read

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, i see.

i'm still wondering how you like/dislike the touchscreen. i'm interested in it myself. :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry, i edited into the last comment because i realized i didnt answer that. its still being shipped ill definitely supply a small review when i get it. Linus suggested it though so its gotta be okay

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

after all the feedback i think im going to return my graphics card. after tax and what not, id only have to pay an additional $290 for a gigabyte 780ti ... worth?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate. Did you manage to keep the 200mm fan on the top?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

On the top I have the fans for the radiator. I beleive they are 2x140mm. the front and side each have 200mm though

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

Not a fan of the name but nevertheless clean build and congratulations on your first build. +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah thanks man i appreciate it. The name is because its pretty much a monster in my opinion. 4770k/ROG mobo/4GB 760x gddr5card. also the color scheme is going to be Monster energy drink green and black so it fits hahaha.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 4GB version of 760?