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This is my first from the ground up pc build. I've been using a Dell XPS 720 for the last 7-8 years and it has served me well, but it was past time for an upgrade! I spent a lot of time on this site researching parts and checking out all of your amazing pcs. Thanks to everyone for the inspiration and for sharing your experiences and expertise. I couldn't have done it without you all.

Case: I love this case! I really enjoyed building my system in this case. It's a very clean case, seems like NZXT really took everything into consideration when designing the H440. The matte finish is definitely on point, but it does show fingerprints easily. Plenty of options for cable management, different cooling configurations and storage. I did have a hard time getting the back side panel to fit properly due to the size of the motherboard power cables, but that could be due to my lack of experience in cable management.

CPU: Initially, I went back and forth about whether I should use the i6700k or the i5930k chip. Ultimately I chose the latter, in hopes that I can use this pc for many years to come. Essentially I chose the X99 platform hoping for a little more "future-proofing" and room for expansion. It will mostly be used for light gaming, as a media server, and for streaming.

Motherboard: I've had great luck in the past with Asus products and I really wanted to go with the "stealth" look on my build so the Sabertooth fit the bill perfectly. I love the features and aesthetics of this board. I'm not sold on the thermal armor keeping the board cooler, but it's a nice touch and should minimize dust on the components. I did install the included tiny fan onto the board. I noticed most people didn't.

Graphics: This was another toss-up for me. I started the build with a 970 (casual, not hardcore gamer) in mind, but by the time I actually started buying parts my heart was set on at least a 980. Then I went back and forth between the 980 and 980ti. The ti seems like a LOT more performance for the relatively small price increase....but I caught the Kingpin on sale for around 500$ and I felt like that was a decent price so I pulled the trigger. It has since jumped back up to around $600 on Amazon.

Benchmarks: http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/634308

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

"Used for light gaming"...has a 5930k/980...MATE...something's wrong here. Nice build nevertheless

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The 980 may be a bit overkill for "light gaming," but the processing power will be used for the media server and streaming as said above.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the case!!! :) 1+

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comments and compliments. And...guys I realize the system is probably a bit of overkill for what I'll be doing with it currently, but I'd rather spend a little extra $ and have a great system that will last. As much as I enjoyed building this system, I don't want to have to upgrade components in it anytime soon!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

light gaming

What do you consider a light game? XD gr8 build m8, i r8 8/8.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, you know, just Crysis and things.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Just running Crysis 3, Witcher 3, and GTA V simultaneously on 3 different monitors.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

While streaming all 3 simultaneously.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

And recording in 4K 120fps.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Comedians :D Actually, I will be playing Witcher 3 for sure. I meant "light" gaming as in I'm more of a casual gamer, not a hardcore/competitive gamer. But I do like knowing if I wanted to do all of those things, it could be an option

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You are about $100 away from the 980 ti. That is a lot to pay for the 980 IMO. But there are a lot of nice parts chosen as well.

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