Description

So last year I really wanted to build my first PC but I ended up going to fry's and walking out with a pre-built Lenovo, replacing the power supply and GPU (gtx 780). I am still pretty happy with it, as it has nice specs, but once you catch the bug you know how that goes.

I do a little bit of everything with my computer. I'll be using it for gaming, programming, web design, school (CS), online business, Youtube (HoshOnline), photoshop etc. So I wanted something powerful and something that if I wanted to upgrade down the line the only thing I would want to change would maybe be the gpus.

THE Build

This was easier than I expected in the beginning but eventually it became a pain. I started off very patient and using the utmost care. I planned my wiring out as best I can and I think it came out pretty good for my first build. The motherboard was ridiculously difficult and frustrating to deal with. The motherboard actually delayed the entire build by about a week. Error codes galore, I just could not boot to bios no matter what I did and I'm not going to lie, I almost took the computer to a shop to diagnose what the problem was. But I stuck with it and with the help of some great people in the buildapc reddit thread I was able to learn a lot of things trying to troubleshoot those error codes. In the end I went to exchange the motherboard at fry's but they were all out of inventory. I ended up going with the MSI x99s-krait and just as soon as I got it home and put everything together I got bios, my wife thought I was going crazy I was so hype lol.

At the end of the day I am really glad I did this myself and did not buy pre-built. There is something so satisfying about building something yourself. Everything is running great now and I haven't overclocked anything yet but I do plan on overclocking the processor and memory and gpus just as soon as I see that everything is stable and can handle it. I'm currently downloading all of my programs and steam library so I expect that I wont get around to overclocking for a few days. Hope you all enjoy the pics and if your on the fence about building your first PC just go ahead and go for it, just make sure you do lots of research and find the best prices, which is easy using pcpartpicker.

More Pics http://imgur.com/a/Uqfyg

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build !!, how did you go overclocking the memory with 8 dimms did you run into any problems because i have the similar board and same ram im looking too get 4 more dimms haha need that extra ram ;)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I have been having problems lol. I have the cpu overclocked to 4.6 and I think that is affecting my memory overclock. I will say that this is my first time overclocking memory so it may be me. Anything over 2666 and I have blue screen so I'm guessing I need to mess with the voltages but I haven't had a chance. Sometime this week I'm going to give it another try.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

yeh ive heard that overclocking becomes an issue with all slots filled it might need a voltage nudge, but i got my kit to 2666mhz and tightened timings to cl15-15-15-36 without any worries but i left the voltage on auto and it goes from 1.2v to 1.216v so im intrested to see how the 2 kits go :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and thanks for the props.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

32 GB DDR4 RAM!!!! Wow! Really nice build. Solid parts list, and good cable management. What MoBo did you start with? It seems that you are not alone having issues with some of the new X99 boards using DDR4. Not knocking MSI, they make good boards! Interesting mix of hard drives.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I started off with an Asus X99-A and man it really was a major pain. For me at least, the MSI has been worlds better. The hard drives were kind of a collection of deals that I picked up, except the Corsair which I bought and realized that I didn't want it and couldn't find the receipt so I just ended up keeping it. I will probably add an evo and another black drive in the future though.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i thought that a gtx 970 g1 could not fit inside the case with the hdd mounted (the specs says that the gpu is 312mm while the space in the case with the hdd should be 310mm). Can you tell me if you had any problem? Thanks

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh no problem whatsoever. There is PLENTY of room in this case with the Gpu's installed. What they may be talking about is the bar that is on the side of the drives, but that is easily removed and each drive bay set screws in independently. The only problem that I encountered is that the case has the potential of mounting 2 drives on the backside, but it completely blocks access to plugging in ports to drives on the other side so its kind of like you can only do drives on the back or drives in the front, but def not both.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you happy with the Krait Mobo? seems like an excellent choice and was looking at using it for my first build? pondering between that and the Asus Sabertooth or Asus Deluxe

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

So the msi board was easy to work with? Good to hear, nice build +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you hook it up to a monitor with no HDMI plug on your motherboard.

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

it was the gpu he must of hooked it up to