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.