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This is a build that got away from my control. It has been a long time since I built a computer from scratch. The last time I didn't even do it myself and had a friend help me. That was almost 15 years ago. I've been itching to do it and with my first son on the way(already have a daughter) I figured it was a good time to be impulsive and make rash decisions. At first I thought that I was just going to do it under 500. But the wife gave me a huge green light, I told her "probably more like 700" and well...It is close to a 1,000 build and I haven't even bought a graphics card.

I'm a software engineer so I run at least 5-8 VMs daily. As a "full-stack"(aka overworked and underpaid with too many expectations) I have node, oracle, Windows 7(b/c curse you ie8!), a weblogic server running, a gazillion tabs and other apps...and so on. Luckily I switched to VIM and pimped it out and I got rid of bloaty IDEs like intelliJ and Eclipse. All this is simply to explain why I put off getting a graphics card. I spent way too much time being extremely through on research about parts and unwilling to purchase things because you never know of a price drop coming the next day! That and I'll let the bank account cool off before the lady friend decides that the money is better spent elsewhere like "college education" for the kids. Pff, if they don't earn a scholarship like I did then they don't deserve to go to college!

So how did it all came together?

CPU & MOBO: Basically Micro Center was having a hell of a combo sale with their CPUs and MOBOs. At first I wanted the i5 because it's cheaper but then..."but I don't want it to be not enough, what if I need more juice, I might end up spending more"...logic kicked in so I got the i7 with the Gigabyte Gaming 7. The MOBO got decent reviews, personally I haven't played around to know what MY preferred brand is, but I liked the eye of horus look to their logo. The one thing that is bugging me is that I got the MOBO as a pre-owned item. Overall I was going to save 10 dollars if I bought it instead of a new one. I was hesitant at first but I thought I was being frugal so I got it and they applied the discount to it. But then I find out the previous owner didn't turn in a rebate for it, so it came out to 64 bucks overall!

Storage: SSD and HDD were both well priced. 3TB is probably overkill but whatever.

CPU Cooling: I was going to go with a water cooled one because I know I'll end up OCing it, but the whole "if a pump fails it all dies!" scenario scared me away. I went for this one, got good reviews and that is all I needed.

RAM: I hated this part. Mainly because RAM was so cheap a year ago. Also because prices fluctuated like crazy when I was looking. Eventually I caught these for a pretty good price. Cas 9 and the i7 is capable of taking advantage of them.

Case: Looks good and got excellent reviews. Plus for 90 bucks? Couldn't resist.

Power Supply: I originally bought the NEX650G because I did no research because it's just a stupid power supply. But out of boredom I started looking up reviews and it was getting manhandled. I returned it and opted for something better instead and set my eyes on the 750 G2...which is as rare as winning the lottery. Sold out everywhere and although I could wait, I opted for the 850 G2. Total overkill but meh, felt like a good price and it gave me piece of mind. I felt rushed because MicroCenter has a 15 return policy for MOBOs so I needed to test it before those passed. Now Newegg is taking forever to ship my case/ram so I can't even breadboard my MOBO.

Case fans: 3 Cougars Vortex PWM 120MM - Two for the front, one for the bottom. Didn't like the temps I was seeing. 2 140MM Corsairs - Back and rear top. Nice and flowy.

OS: I settled for Arch. It was to test myself and to learn the architecture of the Linux OS. I had some troubles but finally got it going. Now I'm addicted to conky. Working on setting up Docker for development.

Mouse and Keyboard: Had them. Like them.

THE BUILDING: The actual build took about four days. I was doing it slowly since my newborn came into the world in the middle of it. Not too much trouble but I opted to remove the HDD tray at the bottom and had to wait an extra day to go to Fry's to get an adapter to put it on the optical drive. Also, I put too much thermal paste and it leaked around the edges. It made a mess. I cleaned it and got it right the second time. Frankly, what was more time consuming was the wiring. I found out that I'm extremely obsessive over it. Many twisty ties died. I tried to take my time to hide all the wires.

Right now it is in a tiny little desk. It sucks but after we buy our house this year you better believe I'm hooking up my other monitors(not in the picture). Right now the baby stuff takes up space. I'll add a graphics card eventually but it isn't a big deal for right now. I've spent alot of time tweaking my OS. Even created my own background.

Anyways, comment away. Tons of pics.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

I'll be honest, I dont' think you took enough pics.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

looks like the pictures got out of control too... 94! jk, nice list. what GPU would you think of getting in the future?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't realize how many there were! Haha. They were downloaded as a zip and I haven't installed a thumbnail viewer on my OS yet so I just extracted them and selected them all. I see now that my cats managed to sneak in there as well.

I'm probably going to end up getting an Nvidia. Not sure which one yet. Shelling out 500 for the new 980 is a stretch since I know I won't be doing heavy PC gaming. HOWEVER, if it comes down in price I'll probably bite. I'll probably wait until around Christmas time or something. I'm considering getting GTA V for the PC so that will probably influence my decision. Right now the integrated one does fine with LOL so I'm happy for now.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Common Bro!!! Please do a century. Nice build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

go for the titan x... lol, you know you want to. ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

God...a grand on a graphics card. I came close...I came close...but then my clutch started slipping. I won't blow 1K on a card though. Might stay put until the holidays.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

At this point I think I should go for the record. I think I had just got my new Nexus and you know how it is, want to take all sorts of pictures and videos(I have those too of the fans running and stuff)...now? Hardly ever take pictures of anything.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Check your mobo manual for ram placement,they are not running in dual channel mode..great parts selection btw

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Wish I could give you more than one point. Thanks for the tip. I moved my stick to use channel B and A so I'm getting at least 10% more out of it! Good eye!

I also updated the pictures with the new setup. MOAR PICZZZ!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the build...and the baby!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! They are both my babies!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

whats the adapter thing called for your hdd to go into the optical drive? (or link please) I would like to get one for myself

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet! thanks :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Great build +1 Only thing is I would have sent with this for 80 more. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $299.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $28.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI X99S SLI Plus ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $179.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $153.98 @ Directron
Storage Silicon Power S60 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $82.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $88.20 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $89.99
Power Supply XFX XTR 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $81.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $12.00
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $21.99
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $21.99
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $12.00
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $12.00
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $12.00
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard Purchased For $0.00
Mouse Razer Naga Epic Wireless Laser Mouse Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1097.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-25 14:58 EDT-0400
  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Argh, I hate looking back on builds. But yes, that looks like a sweet build. Maybe next time.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

My cats were my helpers during the build...more like little ******** that would use any opportunity to try and get inside the open case. I finally put the vacuum next to the table and they wouldn't come near. The black one is Jet, a year old. The little one is Tootsie and is like...4 months? Jet is a typical tom cat, doesn't like to get cuddled or petted. My oldest daughter loves him to death but he doesn't return the favor. He is snotty and a complete jerk, but not a violent cat. Has never had a REAL lash out, just warning shots. The little one is the complete opposite. Scared of everything and LOVES attention. You have a great taste in cats.

The chair is a Herman Miller Aeron. Probably the most comfortable chair I've ever sat at and owned. Really well designed and are recognized as some of the best chairs around, especially if you spend all day in front of a computer. The mesh is comfortable and keeps you cool. You can adjust everything from the tilt forward to the tension of leaning backwards. The lumbar bar on the back is fantastic and it will save you much discomfort. All this shows on the price but I got mine from craigslist. Hunted and waited until a hardly used one came up that someone was selling for about a third of the price with all the options. To me it goes along the lines of how people should buy mattresses, we spent alot of our lives on one, it's a worthwhile investment then. Same goes for a chair, especially if most of your day is in one, it'll pay off later when you're not dying from lower back aches. I first sat on one at my job and I had to have one. In one of the pics you can see my old one, "ol' backache" is her name. She is in a better place.

The case sits on this guy: http://www.amazon.com/Kantek-CS200B-Mobile-Stand-Black/dp/B00SPM4B9G/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1429950288&sr=1-9&keywords=cs200b

I wanted to keep it off the carpet since my PS and fan are down there. It fits okay, the case is much longer than it's maximum length but the width is adjustable so it fits alright. The picture on amazon is misleading haha. It does not fit nicely in the corners. But it does the job plus it makes it easy to pull it out to work on it like I just did moving my RAM sticks to dual-channel slots.

The filters came with the case. It has a bottom one and a front one. Fractal Design makes excellent cases and take no shortcuts. The top part of the case has two spots for fans but I left one covered. That is actually sound dampening material. I'm sure you can find filters for your case though.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, if we weren't detailed and respectful then much of the usefulness of this site is lost right?

The chair's price, new, will cause many jaws to drop. Maybe earlier in my career, when I was single, I would of bought it new because why not right? Now though? I appreciate the value of a dollar so I was patient. I put away about 400 bucks over the last year or so. Waited for the right one to come along and since most of my time I spent at the office, it wasn't urgent. But once my newborn was on the way, I planned on working from home much more so I finally bit the bullet and I HAD to buy one(or so was the reason to tell my wife, HAHA! Can't say no to "but you know my back hurts with that crappy chair and I want to be here with our baby")

Cat talk

Pissing on everything is usually a sign of stress. Does he get along with your cat? If you have only one litter box, you should consider having two. How long have you had both cats living together? Our black cat loves to piss on our bed when he is upset at something, ON MY WIFES side. Don't know why, she loves him to death but he does it. HOWEVER, there is always a reason. The first couple of times it was the litterbox we got. We got this one: http://www.petsmart.com/cat/litter-boxes/purina-tidy-cat-breeze-cat-litter-box-system-zid36-7265/cat-36-catid-200094;pgid=il1S2vv.lkdSRptj8uASkRWF0000pUWlOqri;sid=u9CSHol04-GCHtxP2_zWGrt-0nkLZuDdIqgG9QoP?var_id=36-7265&_t=pfm%3Dcategory

While it wasn't too bad, it was a pain in the *** to clean and if I left the pee pad for too long on there, he would piss on the bed. So I bought a regular litterbox with regular litter and he stopped the chronic pissing.

However, when we got the second kitty, we opted to leave one litter box and luckily they both use it without problems. This is rare, most cats do NOT like sharing litterboxes, especially if the cat is coming into their home. But twice this last two weeks I got lazy and didn't change or check the litter box and sure enough, he pissed on our bed because the litterbox was dirty. So I'm considering buying a second litterbox so there is a backup.

They sell anti-marking sprays at petstores that remove the cat's pee smell. Once they pee in one spot, even if you clean it throughly, it leaves a mark and it encourages the cat to piss on it. These sprays breakdown the chemicals the cat senses and remarks it with unpleasant chemical's that cats hate.

If it's stress related, you might consider getting this: http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Zone-100512641-Feliway-Diffuser/dp/B00I9SI40S/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1429954945&sr=8-7&keywords=cat+calming+products

It releases stuff that helps soothe the cats. We got it when we introduced the little kitty to the house. It's like a drug to them. Helps them feel comfortable and relaxes them.

Awesome offtopic chat btw!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man. Friendliness gets people places.