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Preface: I came from a pre-built Dell desktop with a first gen intel i5 and an AMD 5770HD, with a 100W power supply. The computer would often make noises at me and I had to eventually start playing games on lowest settings to play. I play games like Dota 2, CS:GO, and Street Fighter 4 quite often and competitively and my old computer would no longer run CS:GO. I decided to save up for this project and I didn't expect the process to be so cumbersome. But at the same time, it felt all the more worth it upon the first power on.

CPU: Pretty standard choice, the go to CPU for a gaming build for the last couple of years.

CPU Cooler: Man, was this a ***** to install. I had previously hoped to install this as an intake fan in the front of the case, but the wires would not reach the CPU. I removed all the case fans in the front only to find out that it was futile. I then chose to install it as exhaust on the top of the case and tried to install it like philip from pcpartpicker, and I swear you need like 3 hands to do that. I gave up and installed it regularly and the temperatures are 30-33 degrees C idle which I think is okay, and around 37-42 when I play games. Had to remove the plastic part off the bracket as it wouldn't fit on the MOBO without doing so. Read up that it is okay to do so on the 1150 models since there is a back panel to prevent short outs. Also the stock fans are mad loud, I'm thinking of swapping them out soon.

MOBO: Was on sale, so I caved. The soundblaster audio addition appealed to me, but when I installed it, it was actually quite disappointing as it only includes drivers and no actual sound cards (still use Realtek). The BIOS is pretty easy to navigate, there are 3 different options to choose from. Hate how the LEDS are right next to the USB so the wires were hard to plug in and I dislike how the SATA ports get covered by my graphics card. Otherwise, pretty much what I expected for a MOBO. Don't install the application software, it is garbage and only causes problems.

Memory: Wished I had got it in red, but best buy didn't have that model color. There was a problem with the 16GB being maxed out, but I fixed it after a clean boot.

SSD: Cheap ssd, big improvement from my old HDD so I'm happy for what I have. Had a problem where boot times would be 3 minutes. I would have the windows logo boot up then have a black screen for minutes. Turns out the problem was the application software from the MOBO. Figured it out after a clean install.

HDD: 3TB space, heard there were many problems with this hard drive, so I'm hoping it doesn't die on me. Otherwise, it's running pretty fast for a HDD and 3TB for 81.53 is pretty good imo.

GPU: Was worried since I got it from the amazon warehouse, but I think there were no noticeable defects. Games run fine, temperature is 45 degrees C at idle though. Temperatures get to 70 degrees when benchmarking. Stays at 50-55 when I play games. I think the middle fan is a little dented, but the fan still works when I look at it closely.

Case: Sexy case, I probably should've gotten it in white. Installation was pretty straight forward and flexible. Kinda sucks that there's no optical drive input, but USB installation wasn't too much of a hassle. I like the backlit IO panel and the window so I can see if everything is running. Had a problem with the case fans but I just forgot to connect them to the power supply via Molex cable.

PSU: Newer psus that came out, read up on reviews seemed good. Wires are pretty damn thick, but really easy to manage and are all labeled. Had some weird sound coming from the fan, but I think there was some plastic lodged in there. Shook it a bit and no longer had the sound come up again.

OS: Got it from dreamspark, not sure if it is eligible for windows 10. I like how clean it is compared to my laptop with windows 8. No excess applications.

Monitor: Got it from amazon warehouse, no defects, pretty much new condition. Only a small indent on the box. Figured out that i had to use a DVI cable for the 144hz and man is it night and day. It's like watching SD to HD especially with FPS games. Could be partly due to the graphics card, but I'm pretty sure it's the monitor.

Speakers: Haven't bought them yet, but will get a pair soon.

Peripherals: Had a Das keyboard and Razer 2013 deathadder from my old setup. The scroll click for the deathadder is actually broken, but the mouse itself still works and I don't plan on sending it in.

Thoughts: Was a struggle. Researching parts and impulse buying on sales was probably the harder portion of building a PC. I built in in a day, installed software the next. Had to find the solution for the slow boot ups and reformatted the day after that. Day 4, couple games weren't running properly because I didn't install windows updates. Day 5 going strong, all games run, fast bootups, no problems I've encountered yet.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Your wire management on the back looks terrible but hey at least thats not the windowed side. I want an h100 but i keep hearing issues with it so im glad i never invested

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

better get the nepton 240m..... the problem with the H100 is not only the fans but it suffers from a noisy pump.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much all AIO coolers suffer from poor pumps. I would definitely look out for those reviews about pumps failing :)

You could try your adventurous hand at watercooling ay?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much all AIO coolers suffer from poor pumps.

corsair has the lead there..

You could try your adventurous hand at watercooling ay?

I already have one H60 which I bought when I didn't have much knowledge.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

heh, I was too eager to turn it on. I will fix it once I get new fans, didn't want to have everything locked in yet.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the new build man really nice!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

H100i stock fans are indeed mad loud. Have you used corsair link to lower the speeds since they're pwm?

I have some SP120 quiets (messed up and got the 3 pin by accident - d'oh!) which are basically the same thing just fancier and they do just fine at a locked 800 RPM. What I mean by this is that you should be able to set an RPM at something like 1000 or less and forget it. With an H100i the fans don't seem to be the limiting factor in my situation (thanks, Haswell TIM D: ) so you could possibly just make them quiet and do totally OK without a fan curve.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I have tried, not really sure how to navigate corsair link however, was unsucessful. Will take another look at it after i install new fans. I was considering sp120s as well.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a lepa 240 like me =) not loud at all, max temp is 72 and thats with 1.295 vcore....not to mention its sexy af with no neg reviews Ive seen so far. Yes im biased lol

Strong build other than the h100! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You said in the description that the h100 fans are loud. Judging from the fan hub in the back that is connected by molex to your psu it looks like youre running your fans to that. Theres your source for the noise. They will run full rpm because there is no volt regulator on that hub. See if you can run them to headers on your mobo. Things will quiet down immensely. Can invest in splitters to do that.

Same thing for your case fans. The 3 fnv2s in front and the 4th in the back will quiet down as well if you take them off that hub. I have the same case and had the same issue then i decided to tackle the cable management and proper runs to headers.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I will look into that. I believe I put the power supply of the pump into the cpu_opt, and i didn't put anything in the cpu fan because there was only 1 slot (i guess that's where the splitter comes in). The fans themselves are plugged into the fan hub. So i guess I gotta take those 2 fans from the fan hub into the mobo itself. What are fnv2's?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

thats fine if you utilize the opt header for your pump. that was the intention of that header. just specify in bios that you want your pump running at full speed all the time. Dont need the motor to burn out with rpm fluctuation. the idea is to do that and use the cpu fan header for your fans that are on your rad. you can use programs like speedfan or bios settings to say how fast you want your fans on your h100 to go idle and under load.

the fnv2s are just the case fans that nzxt include with your case.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to have silence for your 240mm radiator, then try the Fractal Design Venturi HP-12 PWM fans. :)

PS: Make sure it says "HP-12" not "HF-12". HF is for Airflow, and HP is for Static pressure which static pressure is best for Radiators.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah, u got an awesome deal on that monitor !

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