UPDATE 31/12/2015: RAM sticks are no longer running in single channel, currently in dual channel now.
UPDATE 1/28/2016: Soundblaster Z audio card installed, had enough of the built-in sound drivers...
Overall time build ~ 2.5 hours
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After hours of watching JayzTwoCents, LinusTechTips and spending hours of researches, finally getting to build and complete my very, very first build.
I first started PC gaming with my 3-year old Alienware M14XR2 (I'm done with it, period) running games like Portal II, Half-Life II, Trials Evolution, Combat Arms, Minecraft, anything else that wasn't too much demanding in graphics whatsoever. Huge upgrade today compared to my GeForce GT650M, was really blown away after making these changes.
Somehow it wasn't easy to choose which CPU and GPU. First thing was the CPU, even though I've always been using Intel processors I was somewhat interested to go towards the FX-9590 especially with their 8-core processing just until Skylake processors was released with a far more better "refresh" compared to the 9590. Also whenever my GPU's not available, these on-board graphics are there anytime.
GPU was a little more easier to go with, just by the time I heard the GTX 970 had this "3.5/4GB" VRAM issue where the last 0.5GB didn't seem to do well, this concerned me it wouldn't be lasting long compared to the Radeon R9 390 especially with 8GB of VRAM (a "bit" too much right now, to be honest). It's clear to say this is a new card on the market, obvious to say most games aren't optimized yet, but using a 512-bit memory bus, this is certainly staying future-proof for years to come.
Now for the storage, single SSD for boot-up, both WD 1TB drives are running on RAID 1 with all of my documents, photos, video captures, music & downloads, then there's the 3TB where all of my editing software and games are. Not only this adds more space, but it saves a ton of read/writing to certain drives for a longer life-span.
Nothing really bad about the case, nice-looking inside and out, great with the cable management and really easy installation. Only downside with this tower is the drive cages, once you take them off from the end, it's hanging loose like if there wasn't any drive cage you could put there, but they're easy to put back in, which is good (atleast), was also mentioned in a LinusTechTips' [video] during their H440 case review.
Didn't give a chance to the stock fans to run on this case for once, since I kept falling where people would say NZXT fans were always loud. Seriously love these custom fans, they run enough quiet overnight and do their job nicely, nothing else to say.
That's all what's coming out of my chest for my first build, fires up new-title games easily, operates very well, really proud of it. A few things may not be good/perfect around this rig, but who doesn't think of that, not every first shot goes by as we want, but we all learn from it.
Thanks everyone :) - Fred
Happy new year 2016!
Still packs a good punch while doing editing, but seriously golden when playing games. Running at 4.7GHz with a H110i cooler, keeps on rolling for good.
Does a great job at keeping my 6600k at around 60c while overload, pumps very quiet and maintenance free.
Only thing to do if you're going to buy it is to change the stock fans that comes with it, even at slow speeds this almost sounds like a vacuum (gets worst at full speeds)
Easy BIOS setup and interface, lots of overclocking tweaks and sleek looking heat-spreaders. Never thought I could get my 6600k OC'ed at 4.7GHz, but this motherboard knows what he's doing.
Picked off the fastest one by 16GBs, benefits alot in all of my editing and gaming especially when loading up huge applications.
Barely takes 10 seconds to boot and login in Windows 10, been using HyperX SSDs for a good while, never seen a SATA drive that fast ever.
I've had many WD hard drives that lasted me in average 6-10 years, yet I could not skip this one. Using this as my userdata storage and recordings, does it's job perfectly fine.
King of performance with the price no doubt, would definitely recommend this over the GTX 970. Real fast 512-bit memory bus and 8GB VRAM, something to consider future-proof
Lots to say on this, but I wouldn't have anything bad to say for pretty much everyone whether they are new or experienced at building computers. Very easy cable management, lots of room and nice clean looking top/front panels, super easy to setup your parts in there.
Only concerns were actually closing the cable's side panel since I have lots of hard drives in there, also gotta be careful taking off a hard drive cage since they hang loose once slipped out a bit (meaning there's no "rack" to properly slide them out)
That feeling when you come from a non-modular to a fully modular PSU, cannot tell you guys how. Great PSU, nothing bad to say about it.
Always been a fan of Soundblaster since I had my Alienware M14XR2 with built-in sound chips, but this is by far one of the clearest sound cards you can find here for gaming. Great sound enchanting, works great for every speaker you can have, comes in with a real nice audio panel with all sorts of settings worth checking out. Microphone that comes with it seems quiet but works nicely when doing audio recording or playing online.
Really bright, nice looking fans, quiet and pushes a good amount of air.
Even when running at full speed you can barely tell a difference whether if it's louder or not, really silent, awesome light pattern and pushes lot of air to keep your radiator cool. Keeps my 6600k around 60c when playing games @ 4.7GHz
Great layout, very comfortable and awesome LED effects, only wish they would be a little more brighter but after all amazing keyboard.