I wanted to get some feedback on my build (and build video). This pc is primarily being used for content creation (video editing, photo editing, web design, etc.) and for some gaming every now and then (battlefield 3 and 4, payday 1 & 2, CS: go & source, etc.).
My goal was to build the best possible rig for under $2000 (with a focus on trying to stay below budget as best as I could).
I started buying my parts way back in March. I picked up the ram from Amazon at a price I couldn't resist. I then went for the GTX 780 Ti from NCIX at an insane surprise special price in April. This was well before the 900 series was announced, otherwise I would have waited and gone for the 980. I picked up the CPU from Intel's Retail Edge program, and everything else was picked up during other normal sales throughout the year. I picked up the last part for my rig (EVGA Supernova G2 850W) in late July. The total length from the purchase of the first part (ram) to the last (PSU) was 4 months, 6 days (or 127 days).
Waiting was the most difficult part!!! And it got especially worse after every component purchase. The wait was also definitely a risk! I actually ended up with two components that were DOA. The Gigabyte motherboard needed replacement because it wouldn't get past a boot loop (I tried everything I could over a 2 week period!) and my power supply had coil whine (didn't expect EVGA to do anything about it, but they were fantastic throughout the entire process).
The DOA motherboard set me back an extra 3-4 weeks, and the RMA process with Gigabyte was Hell. Everything, from trying to communicate with them (no 1-800 number--had to call long distance from Canada to California....), to the way they handle customer concerns (why must I pay for shipping if your product failed to perform?) was just terrible. The entire experience has really shaken my faith in Gigabyte. I understand all companies can't be perfect with their RMA, but Gigabyte does not seem to try at all....
And when you contrast my experience with Gigabyte against my experience with EVGA, they just look even worse! Technically, coil whine isn't covered under EVGA warranty, but one call to their support line and they promised that they'll get this fixed. They owned up to the fact that my power supply had parts that aren't of the highest quality and worked to sort it out. They offered me an advanced replacement (a replacement will be sent out in exchange for a hold against my credit card--msrp of the PSU--I install it, confirm everything is working, send back the defective psu), and told me that the entire process was to be free of charge! Like Gigabyte, the EVGA warranty center was based in California, but shipping to/from EVGA was substantially quicker than shipping to/from Gigabyte. The icing on the cake? EVGA recognizes that customers are not responsible for their quality failures and DID NOT CHARGE me anything for shipping. This is my third EVGA component, and will definitely not be my last. After the debacle with Gigabyte, I can't say the same about them.
Fast forward to today and i'm very happy with how clean the build came together!
Since I build this PC with the intention of dual booting OS X and Windows 8, I picked out two SSDs. I have yet to install OS X, and am contemplating whether it's worth it anymore (Windows 8 and Premiere Pro have been really good to me so far).
Anyway, I wanted to post a link to a youtube video of my computer alongside a few photos. Please let me know what you think of the rig =]
I would also appreciate feedback on my video =] If you're interested in consumer electronics, I intend to continue creating high quality review videos and would appreciate it if you check out my channel (see the OnePlus One review for an idea of what to expect for the future).
Thank you =]