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Sleek and Powerful First Build

by Cleansweap



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So I spent about a year to figure out if I wanted to build a computer, how to, and which parts/ features I wanted. I have just completed my build and it went nearly flawlessly. In order to install windows 8.1 I had to remove my wireless network adapter. I installed the drivers for it and then re-installed it. For some reason my psu makes a fairly loud clicking noise when I pointed it downward to make use of the filter. I took off the grill to see if I could find something that the fan was hitting but couldn't find anything. Anyways, after putting it upright it is much quieter and indiscernible from the slight noise of the fans.

UPDATE 1/5/13 : Had to RMA the HDD and PSU. HDD was bad and the power supply got even louder.

Parts rational

-CPU - I went with intel i5 because I liked that it ran cooler and could be easily overclocked.

-CPU Cooler - Cheap and very well reviewed. I don't plan on doing any overclocking until I upgrade to liquid cooling.

-Motherboard - Ok, so I was also looking at MSI's gaming board but I have had way too many recommendations by friends and online to ignore. More motherboard than I need at the moment, but gives me plenty of room for expansion and it just plain looks cool.

-Memory - Originally was going with a slower speed ram as I haven't found any hard evidence that increased speed will improve anything that I will be doing with my computer except some minor video editing, but it was really cheap and I still have 2 memory slots I can use to upgrade later on.

-Storage - SSD for operating system and most used applications. HDD for storage and game library.

-Video Card - Went with a 770 for what I hope will be longevity. Also I went with the 4G version so I can eventually run dual/surround monitors for gaming and multitasking graphics.

-Case - Sleek with a classy window, fan filters, and soundproofing material.

-Power Supply - Gold rating with enough power for upgrading and at an incredible price!

Plans for future upgrades are liquid cooling, more ram, led lighting, and EVGA graphics card backplate.

Please let me know what you think!

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HK_Rage 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

What's the story behind the table?

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 3 points 47 months ago

Well, I guess I should have added that to the upgrade list haha. It is a table I had through college and I had my friends draw on it and sign it. Kinda fun too see some of the stuff we wrote.

j9506 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

very clean build and good selection of parts!

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thank you

resin34 1 point 47 months ago

how is the keyboard? Good build +1

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

The keyboard is fine. I haven't had any issues yet. It's no mechanical keyboard but it is amazing for the price.

ArrKayCee 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Awesome looking but you didn't get an asus or msi gpu to match the color scheme?

tophero 1 point 47 months ago

I have a very similar build and did put an Asus 280x in mine :)

Unfortunately, I elected to go with a Noctua U12s for my cpu cooler so the tan/brown kind of spoils the black/red theme...

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

True the very small amount of gold I can see doesn't match, but after I get the backplate it will look a lot better than an asus or msi (brown pcb) graphics card. Granted some asus cards come with backplates, but for my memory requirements and desired speed EVGA really was the easiest choice.

ArrKayCee 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Ahhh yes Asus didnt make a 4gb 770, but the 4gb MSI 770 comes with a backplate.

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

If I recall correctly the MSI clock speed was slower and it was more expensive. Granted, i have to BUY the EVGA backplate separately.

razorcustoms -3 points 47 months ago

EVGA's are the best GPU's

InterceptorJordan 2 points 47 months ago


ArrKayCee 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

That's opinion and for me, its a wrong one. Maybe before on the 600 line up of cards but Asus has really stepped up their game.

Xerdia 0 points 47 months ago

Allow me to introduce you to Seasonic.

tomaryus 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

gpu, not the psu xerdia. BTW evga psu's are really good for the price. I got a 650g recently powering a 780 for $70 and havent had any problems so far. You cant disregard this psu if you can find on a sale

Xerdia 1 point 47 months ago

Ahh, my bad. :P

MAXXHEW 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Dude... be careful disassembling any part of a PSU, I heard/read somewhere that a kid got electrocuted by doing that. The switch was in the "off" position, and unplugged too. I think I remember hearing/reading that the PSU stores some energy for awhile until it discharges itself. Maybe you are experienced with taking those apart, but please be careful because it was a sad thing that should have never happened. (Edit) P.S. I found an article about it: http://www.techspot.com/news/50474-teen-electrocuted-while-salvaging-parts-from-a-computer.html

treyman484 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

Yup. The capacitors store energy for longer than you think. I usually unplug it, turn the PSU switch to the "off" position, and hit the power button. That helps speed up the discharge process.

hi987 1 point 47 months ago

I do the same thing but hit the power button more than once, just in case.

treyman484 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Good idea :)

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I need someone that has built a computer before! lol. Thanks for the belated warning anyways :)

Bones 6 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

There is a chance you got a defective psu. Trust me it is also a possibility. Try running it out side of your case, fan pointing down, and see what happens.

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

That is what i tried and thought that pointing it up would fix the problem but it just delayed it unfortunately. I will be rma'ing it.

Sjk20 1 point 47 months ago

how are you enjoying Windows 8 so far? I can't decide on 7 or 8

DDawg426 1 point 47 months ago

I would recommend Windows 8, as I really don't have any problems gaming with it. If you like the Aero aesthetics, however, then Win7 is probably better for you.

twaelbroeck 1 point 47 months ago

Particularly the improvements they've made with 8.1, it's become a much better compromise. Using 7 now feels very slow and bloated to me. 8/8.1 definitely takes a lot of getting used to though and it has plenty of flaws still (basically, they should have given options to completely remove the "app" style from things. It can be very frustrating in certain situations).

MAXXHEW 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I just completed a build and we used Windows 8, if you buy 8... you can always update it to 8.1 also for free. I have never used any other OS besides 8 & 8.1 (I'm old and never really got into using pc's until my son got old enough), and 8/8.1 is easy to use and I haven't noticed any thing that I would say is bad. I have never used 7 (or any other OS for that matter) so I can just comment on 8/8.1. It's good and even my son says it's easy too.

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I like 8.1. It isn't as hard to get used to as some people make it seem. It is really snappy and I figured it would be good for compatibility moving forward.

raf.roland 1 point 47 months ago

The only drawback to flipping your PSU around is that now it is sucking in warmer air than it would be if the fanwere facing the filter. This could decrease the performance.

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

It became loud again so i'll be rma'ing it. I realized it would be taking in warmer air, but with no overclocks I figured the impact would be pretty minimal overall.

bu1ld1ngaPC. 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Isn't the power supply fan usually facing downwards? I have the same case and mounted the PSU fan facing down where the filter is to suck up into the tower.

Electronicfunk 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Nice dude. How did you manage cables on the back side? I would appreciate a shot to see.

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I will after i get the new psu from my rma :/

jr49 1 point 47 months ago

even after having to RMA the PSU. would you recommend it? i got a build i'm working on w/same case and GPU.

i'm debating between the ROG Hero and Pro Z87 right now. leaning towards the pro, but the Hero is just so damn sexy.

also, any issue with the memory? i had the same memory in my build list but got the compatibility error

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory operating voltage of 1.6V exceeds the Intel Haswell CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum.

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

It all worked fine for me besides the HDD and PSU. I do seem to recalled getting the memory error, but I believe that is just a part of overclocking it? Someone will have to back me up here.

The Case is sleek and sexy and I can't be any happier with the looks of my MB. I don't plan on replacing either for a long time. As far as the GPU goes, I haven't had a chance to push it yet. Couldn't get a game to download onto the HDD and don't want all my games eating up space on my SSD.

Hope that helps! Someone reply if you know about the memory issue

jr49 1 point 47 months ago

thanks. do you mind looking over my build? i'm trying to get any and every opinion i can. this is my first build

i'm still trying to decide between corsair 760w plat or corsair 850w plat. both are modular. $10 difference


Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

It looks like a good build to me. I don't think you'll need the extra wattage. I've only built my one system, but I'm basing this off of this utube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiWThqgFfI4

Also, I wouldn't worry about the thermal paste as the cooler will come with some. I was going to do the same thing, but I figured I wasn't going to do any real overclocking until I got a liquid cooling loop. It doesn't make that much of a difference from what I've read.

Good building!

Nakppi 1 Build 0 points 47 months ago

Very cool. I'm working on a very similar build. Sure your ram is in the right slots though?

Nakppi 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

You're right, the latest edition of the manual does say A1 and B1

Nakppi 1 Build 0 points 47 months ago

Actually, the manual says that they should be in A2 and B2, which would be the black slots. The colored vs black slots are reversed on the ROG boards. Usually you would install the first to sticks in the colored slots.

Cleansweap submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Actually, the manual says they should be in A1 and B1 and they are working fine.