I can double check but I'm pretty sure I used the included SATA power cable that came with it.
Yep, been building PC's for 10 years. Never had a DOA or shorted out any components. Just buy quality components and it usually works out
Absolutely agree. I don't like putting bare PCB on hard surfaces and the chance of static discharge is so rare I usually risk it.
Added pic of setup with multi-monitor. Last pic.
Still going. The flight simulator was a beast with 3 1080p 144Hz monitors. Schwing!
Thanks. I agree but we landed right at the $500 budget and I prioritized the graphics card over dual channel RAM. I figured with a nice B450 board, they could upgrade it at any time - even with a Ryzen 3 CPU down the road!
Great build, great components.
RAM stays powered during Sleep Mode. Sleep Mode saves your work and stores it in RAM which is why the computer Wakes so quickly. Sleep Mode used to be called "low power" mode a LONG time ago because some components still use power.
Whereas Hibernate mode saves your work and stores it in cache on the drive so the drive is still powered. Hopefully this answers the question.
No, when I upgrade I'll do it right. Maybe after Ryzen 3rd gen is released I'll pick up a cheap 2600X or something. 6 core/12 thread @ 4.2GHz. I can probably find a cheap, used GTX 1060 or RX 580 to go with it.
Thanks. I've already got an itch to upgrade it to a Ryzen but without IGP I'd also need a graphics card... it's a curse.
You know this, I can tell.
The 2200g is not $50 USD or $45 USD on sale now at Micro Center.
I read your review of the monitor. I have the same one. Were you able to go above 1080p at lower than 75Hz?
Thanks! For esports games I would go with the 1060 6GB, especially for 1080p gaming. The higher clock speeds will render more FPS especially in games like CS: GO where a lot of people reduce textures and detail levels anyway. The additional texture mapping units, shader units and VRAM of the 580 8GB won't make much of a difference.
If you move up to 1440p or want to play triple-A title games both graphics cards are great. But overall the 1060 6GB is the better choice for esports and high FPS/low texture games.
It will be for my grandparents. They use the computer for mostly browsing the internet and a few Microsoft Office docs. The few stress tests I did, it got very warm but never throttled or blue screened. I would not suggest using it for CPU intensive applications, for long stretches of time or gaming.
Thanks. I hope the guy who bought it added something nice like a 1060 or 1070. The 6600 can easily handle that.
Unfortunately, I never got pictures of the 5850 before upgrading to the R9 280X. But yes, for my first gaming PC the 2GB edition of the HD 5850 destroyed anything I threw at it - Half Life 2, Starcraft 2, CS: Source, etc. This was the Sapphire TOXIC Vapor-X edition, so it was well overclocked out of the box.
Fortunately, I've never had a graphics card die. I bought a reference GTX 770 and it ran so hot I sold it and got the Sapphire R9 280X (still the longest graphics card I've ever owned).
Towards the end, I was able to overclock the CPU to 3.1 giving it a bit more life but eventually the X86 chipset couldn't keep up so I pulled the trigger on my upgrade. Good luck with the i7 860 and 7850!
I gotcha. Well, the Ryzen 5 1600 is comparable to an i5-6600 so you'll never see i7 performance. I'm just rebuilding an old HP PC and stripping the i7-2600 out of it so I'm glad to hear this cooler should be fine.
I won't be using it for gaming. I'll probably give it to my wife for her office. Thanks for the reply! I upgraded about 2.5 years ago and got an i5-6600k/RX 580.
But if I were upgrading today, I'd still get an i5-8600k over a new Ryzen 2xxx series. If you've got the budget and you do lots of gaming, you can't beat Intel.
I like the build! Great job. Not many blue themes left around, just a few of us. I'm sympathetic to the RX 580 size, I've got the ASUS ROG version. And I agree with your Intel comment. I want to try AMD sooooo bad... but... you know.
How is the CPU cooler holding up? I'm rebuilding a PC (not for gaming) with an i7-2600 and I'm looking for a good cheap cooler. Thanks!
Just curious, what was the total cost? Besides the AIO, were any other components donated? I was surprised to see these specs at under $1000. Thanks, nice build!
Yeah, I've always used Western Digital HDD. They usually come with a 5 year warranty. On my last build I had 2 640 GB Black HDD's. One started to slow down and lock after 4 years, they replaced it without any issues. I highly recommend them.
Thanks for the feedback. Well, I REALLY like the Corsair fans but the HUE+ seemed like the better strip lighting system so I went ahead and got that. I'll either deal with the sub-par AER fans or wait til they come out with something nicer. I also like how the Aer fans daisy chain without the need for a separate fan hub. I think both of these technologies are rather newish so it comes down to personal preference.
Thanks. It looks like the Commander Mini/Pro is nice but doesn't come with LED strips. But once you get an LED strip kit and some HD fans, the Commander does a good job managing everything via Corsair Link. It also includes thermistor sensors and additional USB headers. Decisions, decisions... Thanks again.
Hey, great job, very neat and tidy! I'm actually considering getting the CAPTAIN 240EX, the HD120's and the Node Pro. What are you thoughts so far? Thanks.
Very cool, looks like you took your time with it. Great job! What do you think of the Corsair HD120's and Node Pro? I'm considering buying the whole kit and installing soon. Thanks.
Congrats on the 1st build. Must have been an all-nighter based on your expression! How is the HUE+ working for you? I'm torn right now between getting the Corsair Node or the HUE+
Great, thanks! So no off-road gaming? I checked out the other build, similar to my current build. I think I'm sold. It's great to get feedback from actual builders on specific components.
Very cool, neat and tidy. ITX not my style but this is cool. What do you think about the CAPTAIN 240EX? I'm about to purchase the white version for my build. Any thoughts yet? Thanks.
Very cool! Where did you get the those braided cables? I've been hunting for a while and I'm afraid to pull the trigger but I like the tri-color.
Thanks! The pump and fan are connected to headers on the motherboard. 1 for the water pump and 1 for the CPU fan. I also have the other front intake fan on the CPU optional fan header and the rear and top fans are connected to chassis fan headers. Everything on the motherboard right now.
I use the ASUS AI Suite (version 3) software to control everything - overclocking, fan speeds, power consumption, application prioritization... It's a powerful tool once you learn it.
When idle the fans go to Quiet mode and only the rear fan and AIO fan operate. When gaming the fans go to Turbo mode and all fans engage and RPM increases for all fans. This allows the PC to be dead quiet when idle.
Thanks! I considered going with the S340 and using the rest of my budget to do RGB fans/LED's but when I saw the Elite in person I quickly changed my mind. The tempered glass makes a world of difference in the overall quality.
That helps. And yes, the white is the one I'll end up buying. Are the other strips not lighting up or HUE+/CAM not registering them (broken vs BROKEN!)? I wonder if you daisy-chained them off a single channel they would work better. Thanks for the feedback.
Nice build and taking the extra steps for customization too! +1 Do you have any updates on the HUE+? Is it still working out? I'm considering getting one for my build but the reported bugs with the CAM software are making me 2nd guess the purchase. Thanks!
Great looking build, clean and simple. I'm helping a friend build a PC using this case. What's the situation with the front fan mounts? Does it support 2 fans? I'm having trouble finding builds, like yours, that utilize both front fan mounts. All the builds I've seen utilize just the 1 in between the HDD cage and the ODD cage. Thanks! +1
Thanks. I've actually been meaning to update this. Recently upgraded to i5-6600k setup. Hopefully I'll have time to update it soon.
On these boards, the top 2 PCI-e slots PCIE_1 & PCIE_2 runs at x16.
So you could 2-way SLi with x8+x8. The bottom slot runs at x4 mode (PCIE_3) and it shares data lanes with the M.2 SATA connector.
Great build! Looks cool. Check motherboard specs, I believe the GPU is best utilized in the top PCI-e slot. I just upgraded to the Z170-E board and read that in the manual. Again, kudos on the build... I'm a little jealous.
Thanks for showing it off! I'm actually looking to replace my 2009 build and I'm looking for ideas. Great job!
As mentioned above, the build was done in March 2014... I asked the same question. Basically, with a vid card upgrade this thing is still rockin'.
I really, really like it! Question: why go for large SSD raid instead of a superior graphics card especially with that monitor and gaming?
What do you have the hue controller hooked up to? Does it come with rope lighting or something? Very clean build, modest yet stylish.
Could have saved some $$ getting a faster Pentium dual core. This may allow you to bump up the PSU to a better model.
No, I read that. I was replying to Altron's comment.
If you're going for a PC for high-res photos it's fine. But for a gaming PC the 750Ti is definitely lacking. Based on the description he doesn't do much gaming... I guess.
Looks good! I will say that, with an i7 which is overkill for most applications and a better vid card on the way, you will want to add/upgrade memory pretty soon. I have a 1st gen i7 and I was amazed by the difference going from 6GB to 12GB. 8GB is pretty standard but if you're also dealing with high-res images, an upgrade to 12 or 16GB will be noticeable. So, if you've got the extra cash, another set of the Corsair mem will do wonders.