Description

I've been building this thing for a long time. It began as a little $600 experiment and became, well, this. Katara sits comfortably above the "high-end PC" benchmark in 3DMark 11 with a score of about 10.8K. Some of the parts aren't as awesome as the ones around them and that's because they came from my old budget build and I wasn't as educated as I am now.

PS: If you haven't figured it out, it's called Katara because she's my favourite waterbender and the build is blue.

PPS: Sorry for potato photos and scary pink monster under my bed.

Part breakdown:

CPU: Just an awesome processor, I haven't done much with the overclock yet as you can see, but I plan on throwing everything I've got at it and possibly de-lidding when the warranty expires.

CPU Cooler: One of, if not the best AIO cooler on the market. This thing is whisper quiet at idle and doesn't get much louder at full load thanks to the adjustable pump speed.

Motherboard: I did have a few weird problems with this mobo at the start, the weirdest of which being the PC automatically turning on in the middle of the night and waking me up because of the lights (I thought I was being abducted by aliens). However, a very simple BIOS update fixed the issues and now my only complaint would be the oversized heatsink above the CPU causing some annoying radiator clearance issues.

Memory: Very good value for the performance of these modules, I'm very impressed and I've had no issues with them at all.

SSD: I bought this before I was properly educated on SSDs. I really should've gotten an 840 EVO but I suppose this one gets the job done. Boot times are ~12-14s.

HDD:

  • WD Green: Again, I was uneducated and this one was cheap. It's very slow and playing games like Skyrim with lots of loading times is an absolute nightmare.

  • SAMSUNG HD161HJ: I ripped this out of an old family PC, it actually performs better than the WD Green despite it being a SATA 2 drive due to its higher RPM.

Graphics Card: Truly amazing. I'm able to max out everything and get ~120 fps while doing so, I'll need a new monitor simply because the resolution and refresh rate can't keep up with this amazing card.

Case: The H440 is one sexy case and was available in blue/black so I got it. I don't need a disc drive so it's perfect for me. My only complaint is that the marks you can see in the photos are impossible to get off. Seriously, I used spray and wipe, windex, methylated spirits, nothing worked.

PSU: A nice, efficient power supply from a reliable brand. No complaints here.

OS: Picked this up from g2a.com for 25 bucks. I like it, don't judge me.

Monitor:

  • BenQ EW2440L: This monitor is actually awesome. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a 1080p 60Hz monitor (everyone).

  • ViewSonic VA1916w: Another salvage from a family PC. It's pretty old and has a 16:10 aspect ratio so I use it as a secondary monitor and not for gaming.

Fan: It's a fan.

Keyboard: Highly recommended for someone who prefers chiclet keys. The LEDs had a few issues, but nothing a quick reboot didn't fix.

Mouse: The Ouroboros is a really sexy mouse. It also allows you to customise its physical shape and length as well as assigning anything to its 9 buttons using Razer's Synapse software. Scroll wheel broke after one month of use and sensor was messed up from the start. Stay away from Razer, they charge more than their competitors and provide an inferior product.

Lighting: Bitfenix alchemy blue LED strip, pretty cool.

Speakers: My uncle had these lying around so he gave them to me. They're not bad.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 10 points

Avatar for life. +1 Just for the name :D.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Fun fact: Katara means curse in Greek.

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

Avatar reference...Nice! +1, would give u two, but we know how that goes

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I would've named it Cortana :D Anyways, Nice build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Wrong avatar mate.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

My name had nothing to do with his, just the overblown blew reminded me of her

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

It's times like these that I wish I could hit the +1 more than once.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much. I wish I could +1 this comment more than once.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the Java book making your monitor taller. :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a $100 monitor stand.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

From my description:

Motherboard: I did have a few weird problems with this mobo at the start, the weirdest of which being the PC automatically turning on in the middle of the night and waking me up because of the lights (I thought I was being abducted by aliens). However, a very simple BIOS update fixed the issues and now my only complaint would be the oversized heatsink above the CPU causing some annoying radiator clearance issues.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I am taking a survey and asking everyone what their serials number begins with I am looking for trends as to which boards serial number are BAD I have found that some boards start with a 46 47 48 are BAD My serial number starts with a 48 PLEASE HELP ME thank you

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What makes you say they are bad?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't like the looks of that thread. I'm mid-build with the thing..

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 just for the name, nice build also!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

No offence you ruined the case by putting the Razor logo on it. But over all its a nice build with quite good cable management +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, the logo looks out of place. Nonetheless, +1 for the beast build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad I didn't get this then.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but that's perfect for a Kyoshi warrior.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! +1

But why not a GPU with blue bitz like a Sapphire Vapor-X or EVGA 900 series? Woulda made it that little bit sweeter.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

that toy under ya bed; it always lands on it feet ri? lol.

nice build it's nice

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Korra, anyone?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

motherboard still ok?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a sweet build, I actually picked up the same case and board.

When plugging in the front control panel power, the mobo pins are marked positive/negative, but how do you know which of the corresponding case plugs are positive or negative?

I see they are labelled, but can't tell the difference between the pos/negative receivers.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Trial and error. I fluked it first go.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get Windows 8.1 Pro for 25 dollars in g2a?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

When I bought it, it was 25 bucks on g2a. I don't know why it was that cheap and I'm not sure I want to find out, but that's what I paid.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats weird ive got a razer mouse and it works fine! thats too bad. BTW awsome build

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I hear it's more of a hit-and-miss thing with Razer. But, for the price, that's unacceptable.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Must have taken a while finding books to stack for the monitor to be at the perfect height :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got the same monitor and you can easily increase the refresh rate to 76Hz through nVidia CP.

  • 56 months ago
  • -1 points

Sort out those wires behind your tower, ugly as hell!

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Out of sight, out of mind.

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