Description

Built for a cousin who wanted something for casual gaming and school. Didn't get a chance to run tests, and wasn't going to OC someone else's rig, but it was still a fun build.

First time working with a fully modular PSU. I highly recommend it! Makes cable management so easy with half of the extra cables removed, and easy to replace down the road if needed.

The CPU cooler was hard to put together due to being made for any CPU size. Had to screw in the mounting brackets to match the size needed, and one of the screws would just not go in straight, and it was just very frustrating to assemble.

Surprised at size of the 200-mm fans on the HAF-922, and I bought an extra red LED case fan for the side window. Looks pretty sweet, not too loud, and blasts air like crazy.

Had some issues with drivers for the mobo; not even Ethernet would work after Windows install (luckily ASUS has a good support site). After drivers were installed, cousin was excited (and so am I!) at having built-in wi-fi with a desktop. Also, the antenna with the Z87 is magnetic, so works great with a steel case, won't ever fall off while carrying.

All-in-all, great parts (oh, and I went with 2TB Barracuda since it was on sale for only 20$ more than the 1TB through Amazon) and a joy to put together, only took about 2 hours after unpacking it all and POSTed on first attempt! :-P

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

I would have saved 100 or so on the memory and upgraded to a 770. Maybe there is some reasoning behind the 16gb? cable management could use a little work but otherwise everything looks great!

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  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

sorry, I didn't mean to offend.

EDIT: oh wait he ^ isn't even OP... haha

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I had wanted to get 8gb instead as well, but there were concerns about RAM usage for rendering software etc that the owner (not me) will be using, so opted for 16gb. The brand/model was partially because of what was still in-stock at the time because of Black Friday and there was a problem with his CC (daily limit) so the parts were ordered over two days.

The 770 put the build a little too high, but yes if we went with 8gb it would have evened out the difference.

Any thoughts on cable management? I've only done a few builds and was trying to get cables secured well and what I could run behind the mobo. Any tips for next time would be appreciated.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet, I would have gone with 16gb too then :P

as far as cables, this case doesnt not have any real cable management options to make it look super tidy so what you have right now is pretty good. If you took another picture that shows the cable management a little better I could try to suggest something.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, yeah I agree with bgiunt The 16gb ram was even pricey ram too. However, the build is amazing and you probably got a deal on it being Black Friday.

+1 Well balanced and good choice on parts.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I like it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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