62 months ago
I had to revive this to share my updated build (again!) and to ask for feedback one last time. Original thread here: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/61721-first-build-am-i-good-to-go
I'd also like thank those who gave me advice again - you really sent me down the rabbit hole of learning about Cases, PSUs, CPU cooling, case cooling, and actually building! I had made a noob mistake of picking nice components and poor building parts. All part of the journey.
All of the points were spot on about the case, cooler, and PSU. For another $170 or about 10% more, I feel I have massively improved and rounded out this build. What do you think?
I thought I was stuck with the parts I had ordered until I found out that with Newegg Premier (free trial) you can return items at NO cost (newegg pays shipping and no restocking fee). This changed everything!
Case: Corsair Spec-01 --> Enermax Ostrog GT ECA3280A-BR. MUCH better case. It also comes with two 140mm Red LED fans, wihch I had to buy separate on the SPEC-01. After returning those fans, the price for this case was actually lower. Actually suits my build: more space, much better fan cooling and liquid cooling support, stylish Red!
CPU cooler: H60 --> H100i in push/pull. Much better OC potential now. Plan is to pull the HD cages and put the rad at the front as an intake and use the stock fans with the sickle flows (which have good static pressure for a cheap fan) for push/pull.
PSU: Corsair CX600M --> Corsair AX760. About $100 more but worth it. Found out the CX600M is not even officially Haswell certified. No good for an OC i7-4790K! The AX760 is pricey but a beast. Tier 1, 80+ platinum, full modular, cool, quiet, and plenty of power if I ever go SLI. Also its Red! =]
Case Cooling: H100i push/pull intake at front, included 140mm fans moved to top as exhaust. And I picked up 2x Masscool Black/Red LED 120mm for bottom intake and rear exhaust.
I think "Red Force" is finally ready to go! I certainly feel a lot better about it now. Many thanks.
Anything I missed? Check out the final parts list: