Description

First and foremost: I did not get these parts from the U.S. I do not reside in the U.S. I simply used the site to see what builds worked, what didn't, as well as what kind of builds other people had created.

My original plan was to replace my dying iMac (2010) with a Mac Pro or iMac with 5K Retina Display. I was convinced otherwise (mainly my dad telling to learn new things such as building a computer myself).

TL;DR, I used Macs for 7 years, I do sound designing and video editing, but I wanted to learn how to make a PC and I also wanted to start PC gaming.

Incoming ultra long description

Anyways, now that we got that out of the way, welcome to my first ever custom build. I call it the "I spent more than I should have" build, simply because I live in Hong Kong. You'd think prices here are cheaper, and they can be at times, but as you will see (or would have already seen), the prices are actually much higher, and for that, I cri.

CPU: I originally wanted to go with the 4790K, but the clerk at the store convinced me to burn more of my money away with a 5820K. I did my research and decided to go with it as there was (coincidentally) a sale for Haswell-E CPUs and X99 mobos. All in all, the CPU is a beast of a chip, and I've OC'ed it to 4.5Ghz at the standard 1.3V.

CPU Cooler: I originally had a Noctua NH-D15. I switched to the H110i GT. I believe this was an impulse buy after seeing it somewhere on the internet, either that or once again, the (supposed) sale that was happening at the store again. It's a great CPU Cooler, albeit a rather large CPU Cooler. I was considering the GTX variant, but couldn't justify it in my head for another $30 U.S.D just for a slightly thinner radiator. At idle, the temps are in the mid-20s Celsius, and under load, does not climb higher than 65 Celsius. Ambient temp is usually 22 Celsius.

Motherboard: As mentioned above, I was originally planning for an ASUS Z97 Sabertooth Mark S for that noice white finish to match my case and (white HyperX fury DDR3 RAM - before everything changed). After being convinced in merely 5 seconds from the tiny increase in cost for the deal of the CPU+Mobo, as well as the assumption that I'll be doing myself a favour in terms of making my overpriced build future-compatible, I decided to grab myself one. All jokes aside, Yes. I did do my research and figured this board would be enough for me, and the only other board that really stood out to me was the ASUS Sabertooth X99.

Update --- 15-Oct-2015: It's been about 2 weeks since this has actually happened, but I made the switch to the ASUS Sabertooth X99.

Memory: I decided on these RAM sticks as I figured I don't really need RAM such as the flashy and overpriced Corsair Dominator RAM, and I liked that these were inexpensive in terms of being able to overclock themselves from 2400Mhz to 2666Mhz without modifying a single thing. They also look sleek and gets the job done when things begin to get crowded (namely rendering when I work).

Storage: Okay, the drives were bought at separate times, so I'll split this into two parts:

Samsung 850 Pro 256GB and WD CavBlue 1TB were bought together on initial purchase. SSD for bootl; HDD for storage, media, and backup. Some people might also wonder how I keep my stuff backed up; I use external drives, but they're old so I haven't added them to the list, though they do stack up to about 8TB.

The SM951 was an upgrade so I could improve my workflow when working on video footage and at times with sound effects and presets and such. I looked everywhere for the NVM-E variants of these, but they really are just so darn rare so I settled for the AHCIs. I would've gotten the Intel 750 series, but I figured I should probably save PCI-E slot for the future if and when I get my second GPU.

TL;DR:I used to have 1 SSD, 1 HDD. Now I have an M.2 for Boot, SSD for temp folder, and HDD for longer storage before moving to my older external drives.

GPU: Again, some will criticize me. It's okay, please don't rage or judge (with the urge to b*tch-slap me to another dimension); just hear me out first. In short, I had 1 Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970. Then I got a second 970. Then I replaced both with a Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980Ti.

Now, the timings for these purchases were as follows: bought first 970 at initial purchase; second after replacing old monitor with new fancy 4K monitor, realized VRAM is worse than I hoped; got the 980Ti once it came out.

For those who care: my 980Ti is overclocked to 1492Mhz, and the memory is +500. I used MSI Afterburner. I think I did this correctly, or I'd be screwed. And yes, no voltage tweaks, though I did have to use RegEdit to delay the timeout period so my games and/or work would hopefully and usually be able to continue working without crashing.

Case: There's not much to say about the case I guess? It was either this, or the NZXT H440, but they didn't have the H440 (white colour) in stock when I looked, and the R5 was advertised a lot. The reviews also gave the R5 a slight edge, so I went with that.

PSU: Not much for the PSU either, got it during initial buy in case I wanted to go 2-Way SLI. I did, then I swapped it out for a single GPU again. Maybe it'll become a 2-Way SLI again in the future. It's also +80 Platinum, so it's most definitely one of the more reliable PSUs, which is nice.

OS: I'm an idiot, yes. However, updating to Windows 10 is making my experience better (for now), as its UI is similar to that of a Mac OS - it's just something I've grown used to, so play nice, everyone has their preferences.

Wireless Adapter: In all honesty, I bought this simply for the printer. We have 2 routers in the house. Specifically, I have my own router, and the family uses the other router. However, the printer is connected to the other router, which is outside, so I just got it for the sake of not needing to route another lead to the printer. Again please don't hate </3

Case Fans: Case fans. Case fans everywhere.

Monitor: I used an iMac, of course I didn't have another monitor lying around..

Okay, fine. I did have another lying around, but it was a Samsung 23" 1080p TN panel. My stupid self thought I couldn't live with the fact of 'downgrading' from the 2K resolution on the 2010 iMac, or the 15" Retina Macbook Pro (I think the resolution was 2880x1800), so I looked for a 2K monitor, and thought to myself once again about future-compatibility, so I looked for the cheapest 4K display that was IPS, and had a decent response time for gaming. This monitor has a 5ms response time, and the reviews say that this monitor is basically a gem for the price. I don't know much about monitors other than IPS is better than TN (usually) and that the 100% color representation should come close to half of the quality on an iMac with 5K Retina display.

Peripherals: I used to use the standard mac peripherals, figured I needed something that didn't run on Bluetooth; something that was reliable (thus, wired stuff); and something that just added a bit of..flare? I don't know what the word is, I just know RGB helps with using the computer at night in the dark with my room door locked and the lights turned off .-.

The K70 is buggy, but that might just be compatibility issues with Windows 10. So is the M65.

Extras:

  • LEDS: Just some cheap LED Strips and a IR controller to control the colours, powered via a Molex connector.

  • Amplifier (under the monitor): Yamaha HTR-6230, just an old amplifier than gets the job done in powering my monitors. Also comes with a sub-woofer, though I did not take a picture of it - it's pretty basic, provides decent and defined bass.

  • Speakers: KEF LS50. Really like these monitors, especially when I crank up the volume.

  • HyperX Cloud II: These cans do a decent job at virtual 7.1 surround sound, and the overall quality isn't bad for the price.

I'm surprised you even made it down here - unless you scrolled all the way down :P Hopefully you guys will like the build as much as I do!

Cheers!

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Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 4 points

The money was worth it..... probably....

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

;D

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Where can I find your wallpaper

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What are those speakers? Sound nice? I've the same kind of setup (small desk with two bookshelf speakers). Looks and sounds much better than tiny plastic/metal pc speakers.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

These are the KEF LS50s. They were a gift from family friends who knew of my interest in live music, thus these speakers. The soundstage expands greatly after a good burn-in, and the bass is sufficient, albeit you really should not be expecting too much bass from these if you were to listen to live music in the first place.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! That's a hell of a gift! Enjoy :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Only change i would make is removing the top fans and putting the moduvents back in place, since you mounted the radiator in the front. Would make the pc quieter, but its personal preference i suppose.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for checking out my build! I actually did consider replacing the moduvents on top once I bought the H110i, but I figured the RPMs are quite low anyway, so I just left them on. I was also thinking that the fans on top could (supposedly) help balance out the ratio for fans within the case? 4 in, 3 out, thus slight positive air pressure within the case?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

If i were you i would have gone with 2 970s over a 980ti

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, I can now assume you didn't read the description, which is fine. I'd be intimidated to read it too. However, it was mentioned under GPU, my purchase history, and my reasoning behind it. Here is the excerpt:

GPU: Again, some will criticize me. It's okay, please don't rage or judge (with the urge to b*tch-slap me to another dimension); just hear me out first. In short, I had 1 Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970. Then I got a second 970. Then I replaced both with a Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980Ti.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

SRRY

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry about it :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

SLI BUGS UP... You might be right though.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

no.. you are the one who's right!! one 980ti over 2 970s is a better choice.. Even if you keep on adding 970s it will stay at 3.5 gb of VRAM.. Did you see the resolution on the OP's monitor....

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

On the contrary, I still have 2 970s in their original boxes under my bed right now. I did take a look at the reviews, and the performance of the 2-way SLI did indeed out-perform the 980Ti by about 10-15%? However, this only applies for the here and now, and does not warrant the same performance in the next 1-2 years especially with developers aiming to utilize VRAM.

And as @pegotico mentioned, I am using 4k after all for the monitor, hehe :P

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the Kefs #worth

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate :D

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I for one am glad you spent the dough and made such a beautiful and powerful machine. It is good to treat yourself to the best sometimes! congrats!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :D

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same mouse as you! Great setup m8 +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Cheers mate :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build! I'm assuming you'll add another 980 TI In the future with that motherboard and it will top out games ultra settings 60+ FPS with that monitor :D

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Most likely bro :D Thanks for checking out my build!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

?!

+1 :P

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to buy h110igt for my define r5, or kilven S24 maybe, and i want to mount the radiator at the front too. Can the ODD bay still stay there while you install the h110igt?? thx =]

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried putting the ODD bay back on, but I would assume that it would barely/very tightly fit? Good luck with your build though! :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm close to building a new system with a H110i GTX and the same white Define R5. I'm planning on taking the HDD and ODD cages/bays out as I'm running a single 500GB SSD but I'm still not sure on whether I should mount the radiator at the front as intake or the top as exhaust. Seeing as you have almost the same components I wondered what your opinion is.

I haven't built a PC for a long time and I've never had an AIO before so when I first saw people front-mounting I wondered about hot air being blown into the case and onto the GPU but from what I see it's not as big a deal as I thought. I was also wondering how much louder it would be with it top-mounted and having the vents/covers removed. Anyway, any advice or tips would be great!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I haven't tried putting the radiator on the top, so unfortunately I won't be able to share my experiences on rather it will affect the temperatures or not. I have, however, watched this YouTube video by JayzTwoCents

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCZ5iP5cu8g

In it, he explains whether or not front mounted radiators would affect the temperature of the system. In short: it would, but only up by a few degrees, especially if it is an AIO.

As for the volume of the case fans, I could recommend front-mounting the radiator and to keep the vents/covers intact, if silence is of any significance to you. If you are like myself, and plan on having more case fans than the case can handle, you can do something similar to me and just lower the RPMs to keep the noise level low.

Hope this helps and good luck with your build!! :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Question regarding the radiator :) is that a push/pull setup going out the front or? :) Love the build and case :) check out mine :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Sorry for the super late reply; it's a push/pull config going into the case! Thanks for the support :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

hi. what games do you play? i plan to buy the same monitor and gaming is just second to the build's main purpose. i'll be playing GTA V, SoM, BF4, AC, and other newer games.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

wiring is kinda sloppy, but I really like the build. Plus after reading the description it's clear you did your research and know what you want. Nice speakers too. +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

Better PSU pls something like EVGA seasonic XFX professional series etc

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

We don't get EVGA products here. Also, the 850 platinum is doing just fine for me right now. Should it stop working any time soon, I'll consider that seasonic :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw a CX my bad

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you smoking? That PSU is fine.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I second that, get tiny_voices down here for the confirmation...

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw a CX my bad

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It's cool bro. No need to sweat the HXi.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

My bad i saw a CX

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

HXi is Tier 1 and is a great quality unit from Corsair.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Again my bad i saw a CX

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

To all who answered me, was my bad, i saw a CX and thats why i said to get a better psu! Sorry JCYP Great build

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks buddy, don't worry about it :)

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  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Totally agree, the HXi series is considered a tier 1 power supply, no need to change it.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw a CX my bad

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to add I have the HyperX cloud 2 headset, and that runs on USB as well. At first I thought it might be that interfering with the device manager, but I'm not too sure. Sometimes the k70s' status will show 'malfunction', and other times m65 just won't respond.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll just fiddle around with the USB ports. Maybe it needs to use USB2.0?

Haha, they were priced at about $113USD where I got them I think? Decent sound for gaming, "gets the job done" is probably the best way to describe it. Thanks for taking the time to check out my build :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Likewise, I've got a K70 and Win10, no issues. Then again, I didn't install the drivers Corsair shipped with the keyboard.

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