Description

Hello everyone! Thank you for taking the time to check out my new build.

I needed to replace my old rig (from december 2006), because it couldn't handle almost nothing anymore. After a brief analysis, I decided not to buy, but to build a new machine. Besides basic things (like internet browsing, listening to music, and watching movies), I'll be using it mainly for software development, database programming, video and photo editing. I'm not much of a gamer, but I do play from time to time, and I like to do it without hassle. So, all things considered, I wanted a solid build, with high quality parts, that will serve me well in the years to come. And I also wanted it to look good :-)

This was my first build ever and I've enjoyed immensely in every single step. I spent a lot of time (3 months) in researching and collecting parts. This site helped me a lot with this. As I am from non-EU European country, the components were rather expensive. I ordered most of the parts from computeruniverse.net, German online shop. I am very pleased with them.

Why did I choose these components? Well, one thing led to another. I started with the processor. First, I decided to have Intel Core i7-4770k. Then I asked myself will I do overclocking? The answer was "probably no". So I switched to Intel Core i7-4770. In the meantime Intel Core i7-4771 was out and I bought it instead. For the same reason I decided not to go with watercooling and I settled with Noctua NH-L12, rather small, low-profile, very quiet aircooler. Having an SSD as the boot drive was a must. I chose Samsung 840 Pro Series because it is one of the best on the market. Same goes for power supply. Motherboard is awesome. It has exactly what I need. The BIOS is easy to navigate, and it has a lot of nice features. For GPU, I wanted something good, but not overkill, so I decided to take GTX 770, the best value for the money, in my opinion.

Putting it all together was very easy. I didn't have any problems whatsoever, except for one tiny issue. When I started it for the first time, I got CPU fan error. It turned out that the fan speed was below the expected minimum, 600 rpm (set in BIOS). I resolved this issue very quickly by setting minimum speed to 400 rpm, which is ok for aftermarket cooler. It's been two weeks since the first start and everything is running well (excellent, if I may say so). Planning to buy speakers and NAS.

If anyone has any suggestions as to what I could have done better, I'd be happy to hear them.

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Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

I would advise switching the GPU and the sound card around in order to get the maximum usage from the GPU.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Or he could just place the video card in the 16x slot directly beneath the sound card.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks guys. I tried that. But GPU is bumping into USB3.0 cable which is very, very rigid (you can see it on 16th picture). I'm afraid I could damage the USB3.0 pins on motherboard if I push too hard.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Using that same mouse right now! It's pretty awesome.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it is. Works on any surface.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything looks really good, really good looking except for the cpu cooler, looks very out of place in that sleek white case!

Other than that looks great! +1

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I know :-( It doesn't look so bad with all the lights on, though. Thank you!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

All you really need to do to make it look much better is get a new fan, I'd probably go with a black one... a blue LED would probably be overkill there haha

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! AMAZING Build! Great job picking parts and also very nice cable management :-)

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Building this thing made me very pleased with myself, I can tell you.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome, good job.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very good build. It is obvious to see that you spent a lot of time (and money) researching and building to make a beautiful and powerful beast. I love seeing these builds and even more I like reading the desc. It's kindve a personal thing. I just like reading detailed descriptions :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

great job on the build. really liking your choice on the case looks very sexy :) +1

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

ATH-M50WH fist bump!

It's you and me bro. Only 2 so far on PCPP! The headphones are amazing aren't they? The only problem I've got is the ear pads are starting to crack after just 6 months of use, and I clean them every time I take them off.

Also I like your decision to get the 4771 since you don't want to OC.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, ATH-M50WH! Aren't they absolutely gorgeous?

I've been thinking about CPU for some time, and when I saw 4771 was out I decided to buy it.

Thank you!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on getting this case. Would liquid cooling work with it?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it will. Sorry for late replay.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The i7-4770 is clocked at 3.4GHz, while the i7-4771 comes in at 3.5Ghz.