Description

http://imgur.com/a/MUmsR <========= more pics (sorry for phone camera)

I got into PC gaming about a year ago, after my sister showed me TF2. I have seen the glorious light of Steam. Before building this, I had absolutely no knowledge of PC hardware and such. It was actually fun doing all the research, picking parts, and building the computer. This was a big step up, and eye opening from my gt540m, 720p laptop. As you can see, I did not care much for aesthetics. I just wanted a modest looking computer, but with admirable specs. Overall, I ended up with a pretty generic mid-high range build.

Problems I encountered:

  • The motherboard only came with 2 SATA cables. I had to make an extra trip to Microcenter to get another one for my optical drive.
  • Corsair Link software does not recognize my H100i, unless I open up my case and switch the USB plug-ins, but I cannot do this every time I open up the software. Updating the firmware does not do anything.
  • When running old games that yield very high FPS, I can hear very loud coil whine on my GPU.
  • When running the Entry Preset on 30Mark 11, my whole system crashes and reboots. Probably related to the GPU and extremely high framerates.
  • The window on the R4 scratches very easily.
  • The monitor appears to be slightly lopsided, and the stand is very flimsy/wobbly.

Thoughts:

  • Maybe I should have gotten a 144hz or a higher resolution monitor.
  • Maybe I should have gotten a different grip mouse. (I claw grip, so when using this mouse for a long time, my ring and pinky starts to hurt.)
  • Maybe I should have gone for a mechanical keyboard.

Regrets:

  • I should have been more patient and waited a few more weeks for the inevitable price drop of the GPU. The only thing I can do is hope for the 780ti to be included in the "Step Up" EVGA program.

Comments/Feedback welcome.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the name alone.

The system is nice too, and would have gotten it on its own merit. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build and adorable dog.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Is that pinkish LED under and to the left of the GPU the wireless card? +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The pink LED is the "Audio Boost" from the motherboard.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not pink! It's lightish red!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't beat yourself up about the price drops. There is no way you could have known about it. Anyway, really awesome. I plan on doing one extremely similar.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Great choice on parts, and nice cable management! +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha mid-high range. This is definitely more than mid range. this looks really nice. +1. I would of saved for a higher hz monitor, i have a 60hz and can see faint lines in some games because the monitor cant keep up with the fps.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I'm building a system similar to yours. Just a few questions regarding issues you may have encountered:

Fan headers: I'm currently 1 header on my motherboard short for my fans - I've replaced the stock one in the front with 2 Noctua's, and the exhaust with a Corsair. I've also replaced the H100i fans but I'm 1 header short; did you use a splitter of any type? Did you have any issues with length of the fan cables?

Thanks in advance.

  • 74 months ago
  • -2 points

Looks good... More pics though please, also you got ripped off on the SSD.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

There are more pics in the Imgur link.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, missed it and it was down when I looked a second ago.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Also can you explain how I got "ripped off" on the SSD?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

that SSD is absolutely worth it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

he didnt get ripped, the 840 pro series ssd's are the fastest 2.5" drives. not a rip off by any means