BUILD COMPLETED: 2/28/2015
Date posted: 5/5/2015
This is my first computer build and I decided to go overboard with it. I have been planning this build for over 5 months with an attention to detail that borders on obsession. So brace yourself, for a description with more text than a college essay and more build photos than the average teenage girl's bathroom mirror. Enjoy.
My name is Alex, I am a 17 year old with a passion for video production and a love for PC gaming. Last summer I completed a paid apprenticeship ($500/week) at a production company called Quince Imaging and I decided I would spend the money I earned on a new Gaming/Editing PC.
TL:DR I edit videos and stuff.
The Computer: I have been waiting since summer of 2014 to build this PC. When I first started I was planning on a 4-core CPU, 16GB of DDR3, and a 780ti. I however decided to wait for the release of the X99 chipset and Nvidea's Maxwell cards. My goal was the make the best possible combination of an editing and a gaming PC. I needed 16GB of RAM minimum and the more CPU cores, the better. The programs I use most regularly are After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop, which will definitely benefit from the extra cores. I knew for sure I was going to get a GTX 980 (possibly another one later) as it was the best GPU available at the time. I wanted the power to play most games in 1440p and be able to maintain high framerates for VR gaming.
TL:DR I need to run the entire creative cloud suite and play most games in 1440p.
Because I have had so much time to post this, The length of my description has grown exponentially and has become overly detailed. I followed an amazon style of pros, cons, and other thoughts, and I have included a TL:DR at the end of each review so you don't need to spend over 30 minutes reading this.
TL:DR there is a TL:DR at the end of every paragraph.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor||$299.99|
Pros: This CPU is truly amazing. It is unbelievably fast and makes editing a breeze. Having 6 cores is fantastic and will hopefully be even better when games start to utilize them. I have absolutely no experience overclocking but I managed to reach a stable 4.0Ghz running at 30°C. This CPU is probably the best bang for the buck on the market and outperforms some $500 CPU's. For editing purposes, the performance feels on par with some Xeons I have used. Everything is quick and snappy in AE and Pr without turning down the resolution or quality. Overall I am extremely satisfied with the 5820K.
Cons: Now for the discussion of PCIE lanes. This LinusTechTips Video explains why I chose the I7 5820K over the I7 5930K. The only difference between these two CPU's is 12 more PCIE lanes and a 0.2 GHZ clockspeed. However the difference in price is over $200. For gaming and editing the benefit of this CPU is about 1-2% at MOST. The only reason I would need the 40 PCIE lane CPU was if I planned on using a PCIE-SSD, M.2, or 4-way SLI, which I do not plan on doing.
Other Thoughts: Gaben Bless MicroCenter for having this CPU almost $100 cheaper than amazon or newegg.
TL:DR Fast, Powerful, great price/performance
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler||Purchased For $109.00|
Pros: Installation of the H110 was a breeze (pun intended). The pump is surprisingly quiet and my CPU is running at a cool 30°C at 4.0ghz. All-in-one Liquid CPU coolers are fantastic. I replaced the stock fans with Corsair AF140s to match the build aesthetic and the new fans are much quieter even at the same RPM and CFM.
Cons: Pretty expensive, considering it was 1/3rd of the cost of my CPU. During the building process I considered doing a push/pull configuration, but shortly after realized I did not have enough long screws to mount the fans properly or enough fan headers on my motherboard to get them all running. Also the extra noise generated by the stock fans was quite noticeable. Corsair really should have included more long screws for Push/pull.
Other thoughts: I should mention that I bought my H110 literally 2 days before Corsair announced the H110i GT. Initially I was upset, but shortly after realized that I had no real use for Corsair link and that I actually preferred the aesthetic of the H110 more (RGB lighting would be nice though).
TL:DR Cool, quiet, and expensive CPU cooler.
|Motherboard||Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard||Purchased For $323.99|
Pros: In my opinion the best part of the X99 Chipset release is the choice of motherboards. The entire time I was waiting for the chipset to be released I was waiting for this motherboard specifically. The Asus X99 Deluxe. This motherboard is perfect for me. 8 ram slots, Gigabit WiFi, amazing audio, fan controller, and not to mention it's downright beautiful. This is hands down my favorite X99 motherboard. I was weary to buy it considering it had on average a 3/5 star review on most websites. Only after reading a ton of reviews I realized this is because motherboards are very hard to rate, The average person is very unlikely to review a motherboard because It generally does not have measurable performance like a GPU or a CPU. So this means that the majority of motherboard reviews are from people who either love it so much they want to have its babies or hate it so much that they want it to be chopped into pieces and fired directly into the sun. In my experience, this motherboard is fantastic and does deserve a 5 star rating.
One thing that blew me away about this motherboard is the sound. It comes with a feature called Crystal Audio. I was absolutely blown away at how amazing the sound is. I own a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50x's which before I had only used with my pre-built desktop and my phone. I feel like I have just unlocked the true potential of these headphones for the first time. Music and gaming is so much more immersive. I am honestly so happy with this feature especially because I did not expect it.
Cons: The main issue I had was the fan headers, the motherboard does not have enough headers to support 7 fans so I had to use the fan extension card which is placed in a very awkward position in the back of the case.
The Wifi drivers are currently not compatible with Windows 10.
Other thoughts: MicroCenter gives you a $40 discount on any motherboard CPU bundle over $250. In total I saved over $110. I cannot give MicroCenter enough credit for making the budget of this build so much more reasonable. I would have bought ever single component there if they were all available.
TL:DR Fantastic motherboard but a tad too expensive.
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory||Purchased For $239.99|
Pros: Great performance for video editing. I chose this RAM, mainly for looks but also because I have had a great experience with Corsair products. I had been planning on getting the 2400mhz model for quite some time as it was relatively cheap for DDR4 but about 1 week before I bought all of my components the 2666mhz model went on sale for only $10 more. I bought those instead so that It would have at least a small advantage over DDR3.
Cons: Cost. DDR4 at the moment is about 1.5x as expensive as DDR3 for almost no benefit, The prices on higher clockspeeds (>2800mhz) are just absurd. DDR4 is required for the X99 Chipset. If you could use DDR3 on an X99 motherboard I would in a heartbeat. The prices as so much more reasonable and the performance is almost identical. I'm also slightly upset with Corsair for advertising the vengeance LPX with a white model then never releasing it.
Other thoughts: I wish Corsair had released a DDR4 version of their Vengeance Pro RAM, as they have much nicer looking heatsinks (even if they are not entirely necessary for DDR4)
TL:DR Great RAM but far too expensive
|Storage||Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive||Purchased For $179.99|
Pros: I just want to say I have never owned a computer with an SSD. It is absolutely amazing! Windows 10 boots in 10 seconds on average, and is at full speed as soon as you hit the desktop. My previous computer was using a WD Caviar Green 5600rpm HDD which took about 30 seconds to boot than about another 30 seconds for the desktop to be responsive.
Skyrim loads so quickly you can't see the loading screens.
Cons: 256GB is far too small for me. With all of my default applications and programs installed there is only about 100GB of space left. I can only keep about 6 steam games at a time on it.
Other thoughts: None.
TL:DR Amazingly fast storage but needs to be larger.
|Storage||Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||Purchased For $109.00|
Pros: I got this HDD for my video editing storage and extra steam games. I seriously needed it, I filled my SSD in less than 3 days. This is also one of the fastest HDD's I have ever used. I dual boot a copy of Windows 8.1 on it and the boot times are similar to that of an SSD.
Cons: The biggest issue with this HDD is when you are reading or writing files on it, It makes this loud bumping/scratching sound. I have looked it up online and apparently these drives just sound this loud. I actually returned this drive to Microcenter thinking it was broken and came home to find the new HDD doing the exact same thing. The bump is sporadic and extremely annoying. I am going to buy some anti-vibration HDD mounts because of how loud it is. -1 Star for that reason.
Other thoughts: I have never used a system with more than one drive before, and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to set up. I changed the location of my Documents, Videos, Pictures, and Music folders to my HDD as well as my massive collection of stock videos. When downloading games, Steam prompted me to create a games folder. I'm storing the majority of my games on this drive as most of these games probably wont benefit much from SSD speed. I am also keeping my massive games like Wolfenstein or GTA V on it.
TL:DR Large storage but extremely loud.
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Classified ACX 2.0 Video Card||Purchased For $649.99|
Pros: It's almost hard to write about this graphics card as I have owned it almost since the day it came out. I had been running this GPU in my old pre-built desktop until now. I have come to expect every game I play in 1440p on high or ultra to get at least 65+ FPS. As somebody who came from a Radeon 7850 (which is slightly weaker than a PS4) This card is an absolute beast. This thing is immensely powerful and 144hz + G-sync is truly game changing. I might buy another GTX 980 later.
I should also mention how powerful this card is, even in a weaker system. This is actually the first component I bought, months before I built this computer. Honestly the difference in performance in-game between these two computers is almost negligible. This just proves that you don't need a ridiculously expensive CPU or RAM to push most games.
Cons: Noticeable GPU sag. There is nothing I can do about it without building some kind of supporting arm inside the case.
Only 1 Display port.
Other thoughts:As somebody who switched from AMD to Nvidea, It is amazing.
TL:DR Currently the Best GPU on the market.
|Case||Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case||Purchased For $125.00|
Pros: This is hands down my favorite case. The quality, the space, the planning, and the look. Everything about this case is amazing. Basically the entire case can be disassembled and reassembled with just your hands. The airflow is fantastic, even with the front covered by an aluminum panel. It is surprisingly quiet. It can hold up to 8 Fans. Solid cable management slots.
This case is just beautiful. People have told me it looks better than any apple desktop they have ever seen. The case window is huge and gives you a great view of your components. Definitely enough space to set up a full custom waterloop (though I probably never will)
Cons: I do have a lot of minor complaints for this case. Brushed aluminium on the front looks nice but can be stained by contact with human skin, so just avoid touching the front panel too often. I also managed to scratch the back of my case very easily even when trying to be careful.
The blinking power light. I almost never turn my computer off, just put it to sleep. When the computer is set to sleep, the white light on the power button blinks repeatedly. In my room this light reflects off the white walls and is about as subtle as a searchlight. It's an easy fix, I just unplugged the Power LED on the motherboard, but it's still annoying not to have a power light.
Other thoughts: This case could seriously be improved by having a grommet for vertical GPU cables.
TL:DR Amazing case, my favorite Full ATX case.
|Power Supply||Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply||Purchased For $169.99|
Pros: Looks great, dead Silent performance, and a Platinum certified power efficiency.
Other thoughts: It's pretty hard to review a power supply. It does its job.
TL:DR Great PSU
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview (64-bit)||Free|
Pros: Some of you are probably questioning why I would build a $4000 computer and not buy an operating system. I am using the Windows 10 Tech demo as my daily driver and I am very happy with it.
The biggest advantage of Windows 10 is that it's free. If I was actually buying windows I would need a Pro copy to use 32GB of RAM in the future. I am still not a fan of Windows 8 and every time I use it I end up installing the classic start menu and disabling metro as much as possible. So at the end of the day Windows 8 is just a less user friendly windows 7. I could buy a copy of windows 7 but it would have a noticeable performance loss in comparison to windows 8.1. So honestly, I didn't want to drop $100 on either OS.
I actually have Windows 10 currently installed on both of my desktops and my laptop. I installed it on my pre-built desktop because I was planning on doing a system wipe and I wanted to try out the new OS anyway. I installed it on my laptop because it was shipped missing some crucial system files needed to both encode and playback the majority of video codecs. This made video editing nearly impossible, but installing the tech demo fixed the issue.
Multiple desktops is a nice feature, though I rarely use it. It does seem practical for certain people but It does not improve functionality as much for somebody with dual monitors. Finally Mac users can't say "Does your OS have multiple desktops? I don't think so. [sips Starbucks coffee]"
DirectX 12 and Multi-GPU configurations sound promising, but are not available at the moment.
Cons: While the Windows 10 tech demo is fantastic, it does not come without it's flaws, and if you do plan on installing the tech demo you will definitely want to read this. After a week of using the tech demo on my older desktop, I had my first bluescreen ever on that computer while attempting to boot-up Far Cry 3. The computer restarted and was perfectly fine but it was still concerning. The other issue is compatibility, though 98% of programs made for windows 8.1 will work with 10, there are still those that will not. If these programs are important like a BIOS update tool, this issue is a major pain.
Ironically, one of my biggest issue with Windows 10 is not bugs or compatibility problems but the OS itself. The new Windows search feature searches the internet as well as your system. I seriously don't understand why anybody would want this feature. Many times I have been looking for a specific file via search and instead of searching my SSD for it, it searches the internet. Seriously Microsoft? (Edit: The newest build greatly improves the search)
On this computer the Asus X99 Deluxe Wifi drivers are not compatible with Windows 10. I had to use a friends computer to install the drivers, then copied them directly to my system. Mildly annoying.
Microsoft includes a keylogging software to track your internet search history. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Other thoughts: Windows 10 is going to be a great OS once it is finished.
TL:DR A free Windows 7/8.1 hybrid with a few bugs.
|Monitor||Acer G276HLDbd 60Hz 27.0" Monitor||Purchased For $198.00|
Pros: This was a great monitor when I bought about 3 years ago. It's 1080p, 60hz, 5ms response, and pretty good color reproduction and viewing angles. This was all I needed when I was using a HD7850. It's still a great mid range monitor for a decent price. I use it now as a dedicated Netflix and/or Video editing screen when not using my ROG Swift.
Cons: The stand is terrible. The only thing you can change about it is a very small angle of tilt. The shape of the stand also overlaps my gigantic mousepad and prevents me from rotating the monitor more towards me.
Other thoughts: You can get a 144hz monitor now for only about $100 more.
TL:DR Good mid-range monitor
|Monitor||Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor||Purchased For $749.99|
Pros: If I was going to describe the Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q it four word it would be: Fast, Fluid, Sexy, Perfection. I can honestly say that this is, hands down, the best monitor I have ever used or even seen.
144hz is mind blowing. This screen was actually the first time I had ever even seen it. It's so smooth that you can read text even while being dragged across the screen. 144fps makes 60fps feel like 24fps. It's truly awesome.
1440p is a fantastic resolution, not as demanding as 4K.
The TN panel has surprisingly good color and viewing angles. I'm confident enough that I actually do video editing with it sometimes.
One of the most underrated parts of having a monitor like this is for older games. For games like Far Cry 4, A single GTX 980 will only get you 50-60fps on ultra settings, but for less GPU intensive games you can guarantee a stable 144hz at 1440p on max settings. Playing games like Antichamber and Dead Space was so much more enjoyable on this monitor then when I played them originally.
I'm not sure if this is a placebo effect or not, but I am pretty certain that this monitor has made me a better CS:GO player as well. I was stuck as a Silver Elite master for quite some time, but after only a month of using this monitor I made it to Nova 3. High resolutions and frame-rates are great for any FPS.
Cons: Expensive as hell. Viewing angles are still nowhere near IPS.
Other thoughts: Asus and Acer are releasing 1440p 144hz IPS monitors for around the same price as the Swift. Buy one of those.
TL:DR Fast, Fluid, Sexy, Perfection.
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans||Purchased For $25.99|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan||Purchased For $19.99|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan||Purchased For $19.99|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan||Purchased For $19.99|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan||$19.98 @ OutletPC|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan||$19.98 @ OutletPC|
Pros: Great Aesthetic. Corsair really knows how to match a build color.
Cons: A bit loud for "quiet editions".
Other thoughts: When it comes to fans, people told me "Corsair where you see them, Noctua where you don't." Both fortunately and unfortunately the 750D is such an open case that every fan is visible. I think Noctua fans are great but I hate their business model, making there fans incredibly ugly to appear unique. Only recently with the release of their industrial model fans I think they realized people want black instead of "Poop Brown and Vomit Tan"
TL:DR Nice looking fans.
|Case Accessory||NZXT Hue LED Controller||$29.99|
Pros: When you are building a windowed computer at this price range, a NZXT HUE is a must. Every time I am going to show somebody my computer, I crank the brightness to max and set it to rainbow mode. The look on their face is priceless.
For $30 this is one of the best aesthetic items you can add to your PC. I was very impressed at how simple it was to operate as well. Each nob when turned raises or dims it's corresponding color, Pressing the left button changes brightness, Middle for on/off, and right for different modes. It was so simple I never even opened the manual.
Cons: I had heard that the adhesive on the LED strip was terrible. That was confirmed true to me when I removed the paper covering the adhesive, it stuck to the paper instead of the actual strip. It's alright for the sides and bottom of the case but kept peeling off the top. I had to put clear tape over most of the strip to keep it in place.
Other thoughts: This looks absolutely fantastic inside the 750D
TL:DR A $30 Accessory to make your case look amazing.
|Keyboard||Corsair K70 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard|
Pros: This is my first mechanical keyboard. Each keypress is extremely satisfying.
Probably the best looking keyboard with no tramp-stamp logo.
The RGB lighting is awesome and the level of customization is unbelievable.
The Corsair Link software has genuinely improved and I have had no problems with it.
Cons: Cost. $170 for a keyboard is pretty insane.
Removed the USB pass-through from the previous K70 model.
Other thoughts: There is a rainbow pulsing effect that is only available when the computer is off and the keyboard is plugged into only one USB. It was used to demo the keyboard at CES. I wish you could use that effect as a profile.
TL:DR Best keyboard ever... of all time.
|Mouse||Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse||Purchased For $49.99|
Pros: The Deathadder 2013 was the first item I purchased through pcpartpicker. I had never owned a gaming mouse before and it seemed like the best choice. Two years later I still agree. I gave my Deathadder 2013 to my brother and bought the Chroma edition when I built this PC. The Razer Deathadder is, in my opinion, one of the most comfortable and ergonomic mice in the entire market. It works with all grips (though claw is a bit difficult) and fits all hand sizes comfortably. The design itself is very smooth and you can adjust your hand easily.
Cons: Though this mouse is great, it's not perfect, mainly because it's made by Razer. Razer is viewed as a company that sells overpriced peripherals (that are likely to break) to the more ignorant PC gaming audience, much like Alienware does with computers. Razer however distinguishes itself from Alienware, in that it's products are actually quite well designed. The Razer Deathadder is extremely comfortable but is nowhere near as reliable as a mouse made by, for example, Logitech.
Other thoughts: None.
TL:DR My favorite gaming mouse.
|Mouse||Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse||Purchased For $59.99|
I do not like this mouse. I am not saying this is a bad mouse, just not the one for me. Here is my list of reason why:
Rant: This mouse was hyped up more than Destiny, and ended up leaving the same feeling of disappointment. It is widely accepted across parts of the internet that the "Logitech Proteus Core G502 Tunable Gaming Mouse" is the best overall gaming mouse at the moment. With so many people recommending this mouse to me, and being in the process of building a new computer, I figured I might as well get one. I tried to check one out before I bought it, but the way the packaging is designed, you can only fit your fingers and bit of your palm on top of the mouse while it is still in the packaging. So you can look at the mouse, but you can really feel what it is like. Seriously Logitech, take a note from Corsair or Razer, their packaging is much better. So without ever actually holding the mouse I bought it for $60.
When I first opened it up and tried it out I was both relieved and disappointed. The mouse is supposedly supposed to fit all grip types but the palm grip was seriously lacking. The mouse is skinny and tall which either leaves your ring and pinky finger dragging slightly or curled up uncomfortably on the sides.
The space between your index and middle finger is occupied by the change profile and free-spin mode. I don't know why but Logitech decided to make those switches raised and sharp. Sometimes when I shift my grip, my fingers end up on top of the switches which is quite unpleasant. I feel like this mouse was designed to be a held an exact way, and any variation in grip is really uncomfortable.
After tweaking around in the Logitech software I realized that the profile button is unnecessary. You can set the mouse to switch profiles when a game is launched, which honestly is far more convenient than switching profiles every time. I suppose you could use the profiles to set different command for each button (like Ctrl+c or Ctrl+v) but of the 6 people who told me to buy this mouse, none of them use that feature.
By far the worst feature about this mouse is the sniper button. I hate the very concept of a sniper button, especially on a high end gaming mouse like this. A sniper button does NOT improve your aim and in the long run will make you play worse. If you palm this mouse your finger will by default be resting on the sniper button. The sniper button is elevated, plastic, and is curved at an angle smaller than that of your thumb. It is the least attractive feature of this mouse and ruins the palm grip for me. There are so many better solutions, the sniper button could have been the same depth of the mouse and not protruded so much. What would have made the most sense would have been to get rid of the sniper button all together and extend the fantastic thumb grip that the G502 has. If you really need your sniper button, it makes much more sense to re-bind your forward button to a sensitivity clutch, and make a profile where it only activates during gaming, so you don't lose functionality while browsing normally.
I am also conflicted with the scroll wheel. The main complaint that I hear about this mouse is how big the scroll wheel is and how peoples fingers slip on the metal. Honestly the texture and size of the scroll wheel was fine for me. However scrolling with it was overall unpleasant. While it is very tactile, is pretty inaccurate when scrolling down quickly or in games.
One thing I knew about this mouse from the start was the weight, I have heard people say how heavy this mouse is, and they are correct. I don't know why they would bother including weights with this mouse in the first place. I honestly thought a heavier mouse would be better for FPS games. I was wrong, Heavier is not better. After using this mouse as my daily driver for over 3 weeks I was genuinely playing worse. I am quick to adapt but the extra weight is not something you want. It causes the the mouse to slightly glide past where you where you were aiming. I now see why competitive players use mice like the Zowie FK1 and the SteelSeries Rival.
The software was also something to be desired. It was little things, like the ability to add times between macros in Razer synapse that Logitech does not have. Every time i tried to calibrate the mouse to my mousepad the software crashed.
But enough with the flaws,
Pros: This is a good mouse with many redeeming features. The build quality is fantastic, This mouse could last 5 years easily, Very solid feeling, unlike most plastic mice. Fantastic sensor, best on the market. Great for a claw grip. Fantastic thumb grip. The micro switches are very tactile and satisfying. The mouse has groves and is breathable. The feet are very nice.
Overall I would give this mouse a 7/10. A great mouse, just not the one for me.
|Headphones||Audio-Technica M50x Headphones||Purchased For $139.99|
Pros: Highs are crisp, mids are decent, and the bass is very clean. The ergonomics are great with no unpleasant pressure anywhere. Probably the most balanced sound I have heard from a set of headphones. They are very comfortable and I can wear them for hours at a time. Great for gaming and movies.
Cons: Sounds flat when not using decent audio equipment.
TL:DR Best headphones in the $150 price range.
|Speakers||Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers||Purchased For $109.00|
Pros: These things are loud. Seriously loud. At max volume they literally make the walls of my house shake. The sub-woofer is huge and produces genuinely powerful bass. I once brought these speakers to play at a party for 4 hours straight at max volume. People were amazed that something so small could make a sound so large.
Cons: Cables are annoying short. Weird screws in the front of the speakers.
Other thoughts: I can't decide what sound I like better, these or my ATH-m50x's.
TL:DR Best speakers for under $200
|Other||Corsair Professional Individually Sleeved Cables WHITE||$80.00|
|Other||Corsair Professional Individually Sleeved ATX 24pin WHITE||$20.00|
Pros: Makes a build look truly high end
Cons: $100 for something that does nothing but make your PC better.
Other thoughts: So yea.... I can't even begin to rationalize spending $100 on something completely unnecessary like sleeved cables. To be completely honest, If I was not going to be uploading pictures of my computer to the internet, I would have not gotten sleeved cables at all. So this is for you PcPartPicker!
I can't imagine how much dedication people have to sleeve every single one of their cables themselves.
TL:DR Good looking cables
|Other||Mousepad: Corsair MM200 Gaming Mouse Mat — Extended Edition||Purchased For $19.99|
Pros: Absolutely massive. Great surface for FPS gaming.
Cons: Collects dust easily.
Other thoughts: Buy it.
TL:DR A massive mouse pad.
|Other||LC Stealth Cable Combs||Purchased For $20.00|
Pros: Makes cable management infinitely better. Super clean look.
Cons: Overall it probably took me over 10 hours to install these cable combs. I cut my fingers open twice during the installation. Not fun.
Other thoughts: I would never recommend cable combs for a first time builder.
TL:DR If you really care about cable management, these are the best combs.
This is my first build so please leave me some feedback in the comments :)