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This was my first time building a PC from scratch. It was pretty fun to do and I didn't have any issues during the build. I started around December and finished in about mid-January. Most of the components were purchased on sale but towards the end I got impatient and just bought the rest at regular price.

I wasn't intending on having any kind of colour scheme from the start but it ended up coming together that way, especially after I bought the windowed case, as it was on sale while the non-windowed was still 130$.

INTERNALS

I was going to get the i7-4770K from Microcenter for 200$ but they ended up being out of stock. All was not lost though, as I still got a great deal on the CPU/MOBO combo. The PSU, SSD and case were all purchased on sale at the Memory Express boxing day sale. I do kind of wish the PSU was fully modular, but there wouldn't be all that much benefit from that. Having my SSD as a boot disk and to run games off of is amazing, highly recommended to anyone building with a 800$+ budget. I use SteamTool to swap games from my 1TB mechanical drive and back and it's an incredibly easy solution to playing many games on a small SSD. The case, while not exactly being very original is still an awesome case to build in. The space for cable management is great and it's really quiet (the only audible noise is a very tolerable hum). I think the only downside is it isn't quite tall enough to mount fans in push/pull on my radiator without mounting a fan on the outside of the chassis. I don't think I would need to do that though, because this cooler keeps my CPU well away from getting too toasty. If I need to I'll get some better fans than the stock ones. As well as the cooler, the Windforce 770 and the memory were purchased at regular price due to my impatience. The memory I definitely could have spent a bit less on but I said **** it, I'll just get fast memory with sexy anodized plumage that matches my MOBO... The Windforce 770 was something I had had my eye on since the start of the build and when it came time to buy a card I hadn't changed my mind. I'm loving it so far, especially coming from a laptop with a 8600M in it. I made sure I definitely had enough power for a second one when only one starts to feel inadequate.

PERIPHERALS

I took a chance on the Mouse and bought it without trying it before. I'm really liking it so far, and while changing mice can be a painful process, I'm already very used to this mouse. It may be mostly the rest of this machine but it feels like my K/D ratios and such have definitely improved in a large part due to it. The keyboard is ******* amazing to type on and it looks dead sexy too. I ordered a couple textured keys for the WASD buttons and I love it. I have no complaints about this monitor, the colour on it is great, and I probably would have bought it at this price whether it matched or not. But it did match, so that's a plus right?

Thanks to PCPartPicker and r/buildapc! I'm glad I had resources like these, they made this build that much easier.

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Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I'm assuming your hard drive is mounted in your external drive bay? Also, what voltage are you running 4.4Ghz at?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yup, no point using hard drive cages if I'm only using one 3.5" drive and no optical drive. The voltage is at 1.265, so I could probably go a bit higher and still have safe temps, but I'm happy where it is.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you link me to the adapter you bought? Thanks

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the adapter I picked up from Microcenter. Cheap and solid.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

How is it? Any noise or vibrations?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, nothing like that. Besides the hard drive noise when I happen to actually be accessing it. Damn I hate mechanical hard drive noises.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Loving the white theme!

I was looking into that monitor color but got the black 27" instead.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I C dat dust. XD lovely build! hows that cooler like? a friend is opting to buy one

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I swear to god it only settled there cause the case was open and my apartment is dusty as all hell hahaha.

I don't have many complaints about this cooler. The stock fans aren't perfect but they do a pretty good job and they can always be replaced. Before I bought it I noticed people complaining about the software not working, but it works great for me. That being said I wouldn't recommend the performer or pro editions of this cooler as they don't get the benefit of having fans being connected to a USB header and having total control of them within the software (custom fan curves and such).

But there's not much difference between a lot of these closed cooling loops, as they are actually the exact same Asetek design anyways.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Very smart build for gaming. +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol I have the exact same monitor, keyboard, and mouse pad. Small world. Great build. Very clean and balanced +1.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm really liking all three of them, although my mouse software seems to identify the pad as a sub-par mousing surface, even though it works perfectly lol. It probably wants me to buy one of these

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

cool keyboard.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend that keyboard? I'm looking for one and that one came up, but I wasn't sure about the quality...

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

So far the quality is great, no complaints. Nothing feels flimsy, very solid keyboard.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Didn't want to have to save up for the K70 that I wanted.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

+1, very slick, I'd love to see a slightly wider shot of the case and internals if you happen to update.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, like this?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

aw yeahhhhhhhhhhhh

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a random guess, you like white!? Great Build !!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the TT Water 3.0 Extreme holding up? I want to get an NZXT X60 but I'm wondering if the extra cost of the unit is worth it compared to AIOs that are much less expensive.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's working great, I threw some Noctua NF-F12s on the rad though, as the stock fans got a bit loud at times.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

What OS is that? Is it windows? If so how did you get your background like that?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just windows 8 with a custom rainmeter skin. Desktop icons feel dirty to me haha.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops sorry for the late response, haven't been on here in quite a while haha. Not sure about the skin, I cobbled a few things together from different skins and I've since changed it.

The keyboard is great though! Really good price for a mech and the build quality is quite solid. Also, Rosewill is Neweggs peripheral brand so it should be easy to deal with them if you do have problems with it.