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Hello! So, after months of preparing and pouring over components and reading reviews and watching videos, it's finally done. We, my husband and I -- and I have to say "we" because my husband helped me install a lot of the components into the case... First rule of thumb should be: don't build pregnant. You get very scatter brained. Especially late at night. Anyway, we finally received all the parts and put my new machine together. Honestly, the process was really simple and I don't think I'd be buying a store bought/pre-built machine again.

The build is basic. I'm not into overclocking, so the CPU is not unlocked, (I know, I know. It makes the motherboard I got a bit of a waste, but it was pretty. I'm a stickler for an aesthetically pleasing look and that motherboard looks awesome. Performs just as well, too.) but for the kinds of games we play and the day to day applications we use, it exceeds my expectations. Installation was a breeze. The most difficult part was getting the heatsink figured out, but after that everything was easy. I had to get the new GTX 960 for my graphics card because, though the specs aren't going to work for 4k gaming in the future, I have no intention of leaving the world of 1080p any time soon. Maybe when we upgrade next, but not now. The price for the card was right and the performance was right where I wanted it. So far the card performs superbly. Runs very quiet (the whole machine is quiet, in fact) and the NZXT S340 case has amazing airflow, so none of my temps have been high.

Overall, I'm happy.

(By the way, the idle/load temperatures that I listed seem a bit low to me. I'm using Speccy to monitor temperatures, but I think they may be off by 5-10 degrees. Any suggestions on better programs to use to monitor my system temperatures?)

Part Reviews

Case

The only issues are getting the power supply and hard drive in the bottom compartment. Definitely want to install the hard drive first, as it will need to be screwed in from both sides if installed in the hard drive bracket.

Monitor

Definitely have to fiddle with the colors and brightness when you first start it up, but otherwise I have no complaints.

Keyboard

I'm officially in love with this keyboard. Just saying. Typing on this makes for a fantastic typing experience and the backlighting makes night time use less of a headache.

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build.

For temps monitoring, HWmonitor is pretty good and reliable. Might want to try that

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll check it out.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build!!! strange you didn't go with the black and white MSI to compliment the krait motherboard

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-gtx9602gd5toc

still very nice..

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking at that card I'm not sure if it was out when I ordered the EVGA card... Otherwise I would have considered it for sure :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the fans as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The fans are great. Very quiet and they pull a ton of air through the case.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking Build! You should not have any problems with temps getting hot at all! You could have done with out the two corsair fans and saved imo. With the two case fans provided it would have be more then enough. The 960 runs very cool and since your not overclocking you won't see cpu temps rising past 50c unless your stress testing with prime95. I have a similar build although I overclock. I don't see my temps rise past CPU-60c, GPU-55c, HDD-30c and CASE-35c under load. I find speccy give accurate readings, a degree here and then isn't a concern.

If I would change anything I would have ditched the two fans gotten a cheaper keyboard, some cheaper ram due to you not overclocking and went with a WD blue (500gb for $54 seems high to me for a green) But sound like you where going for a particular look which I love!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the feedback :) I really only wanted the extra fans because the area in my house where I have to put the computer is also close to the house heat source, so I wanted to make sure there was plenty of air going through the machine. And the keyboard...worth every penny lol I wanted a really nice keyboard as I do write as a hobby. Thanks for the note about Speccy.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That Motherboard looks great with the case

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! How quiet is the case?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! In my opinion the case is very quiet. This could just be because I'm used to the sound of the fans, but I can't really hear the computer when it's on unless the rest of the house is completely silent.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you spend so much on ram?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time, there was a specific look and only a couple specific brands that I was looking at. The black Corsair RAM was within the price range I was expecting to pay. So it all comes down to preference.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

do the fans fit well in the case, because 200mm fans are not really seen that much in the market and i was considering the same case with the same fans.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans I have are only 140mm fans and they fit just fine. Didn't have any issues installing them.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It came down to price, really. I was pinching pennies at the end because of everything else that went into my build (but didn't go into the case) lol

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

You should look at the parts list and/or description before commenting on how people should change an all right build into a worse one.

That would be a brilliant way to waste $40-100, indeed. It's not going to reduce noise, because the pump will be making more noise than the evo is. Temperatures won't matter, as the evo will keep them under 60 anyway. Performance will not be affected, as the evo will keep the CPU with Turbo boost enabled at all times. CPU can't be overclocked, so no performance gain either.

Also introduces the .00003% chance of a leak that could ruin an entire system.

Generally the kind of advice that will actually harm more than hinder.

Don't mean to sound rude. I am just trying to protect OP's build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed. Seems like most people on here think it has to be an unlocked, water cooled CPU to have any value as a computer. I think the builder knows what they wanted/needed and accomplished that perfectly, and is quite happy.

Nice build! :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

You are apsolute right.

He should went for mineral oil aquarium. That should bring temps down even below 60'C. ;)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually been thinking about this one...but no way I'll be doing it with new gear!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Really......................

liquid cooling..... that's a locked cpu, even the stock heatsink is enough . The 212 evo is overkill...

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