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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 =]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7K7plIT-9s

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 =]

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  • 67 months ago
  • 4 points

6 Core i7 32 GB Ram Raid 0 SSDs High-End GPU

All for 1600$....

WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?!?!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ;)

In all seriousness; waiting around for deals over a period of time pays off ;)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Well sir it certainly looks like it did, you got a hell of a deal.

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

So sexy... but "beast" Still would bang

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

Elegant yet edgy ;) I like that.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't enjoy your video, was not 1080. too much motion. made me dizzy. Yes, I clicked on 1080 and did noting for me, sorry. You have nice clean pics, should have made the video from your images :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the feedback Tooth. It's something I'll definitely keep in mind for next time around.

To be completely honest, I actually had the video completed last month. I uploaded it as unlisted to youtube and noticed exactly what you pointed out. It just didn't look smooth enough.

To see if it was the youtube encoder, I went ahead and uploaded it to FB (kills two birds with one stone; I get feedback on the video before I upload to youtube, and I can see the difference in quality). Facebook only goes up to 720p though... The stuttering was visible there too.

I then shared the youtube link with a few friends on Facebook to see if they notice the jitters, and they told me no. So I thought it was just me.... I went back to watch it and it looked like the jitters were muted.

I think the problem is the lens, next time around I'll shoot with a lens at a larger aperture and try to get better focus.

I'll also go for a slightly slower song :)

Again, thank you very much for your feedback =]. Especially because this is something I've been trying to avoid (the dizinesa/motion jitters). Since the facebook upload, I did some color correction and stabalization, but I guess that wasn't enough :3

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought your video was good.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you =] :3

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw bby this build is epic.

Yellow is out of theme but I ditto if it looks good when zoomed out, no picks of the full rig.

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

Have a look at the youtube video I linked to :) I'll try to add a zoomed out picture, but the yellow from the ram is not visible unless you're looking at it from an angle (head on, you see the metal portion =])

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

you don't want to put beast in the title people are just going to downvote it to hell

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build & excellent video to go with it! :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

... Damn thats one clean build +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yesss!! That's exactly what I was shooting for :) Thank you :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It really is!

I'm going to see what can be done with it to make it look even better :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The colour scheme is perfect, so clean!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Great photos and build. +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!!!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

This build for $1600 CANADIAN? Wow. Well done.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! Haha, was a lot of hard work, but deals are definitely around :)

Thank you!!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Any monitor upgrade coming? The build is sick but I'd want some great 27"IPS panels.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing that would make this sexier is getting white sleeved cable for the 24pin the pci cables and the 8pin (if you want to go all out the usb, audio, front panel, and fans too).

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

And that's exactly what I'll be doing soon :)

White sleeved cables + very subtle led lights along the trim from the inside of the case. I don't want it to light up like a Christmas tree, but having the subtly there would be way sexy :)

Thank you for the comment :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya, I recommend the Bitfenix Alchemy cables since there is no heat shrink on them and as for the LED's I will be getting the NZXT Hue which is RGB and you an dim the lights so it's not overpowering, but it can go that high if you want.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

bruhhh

+1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Thank you :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeuos

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :) Appreciate the comment :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for posting such an amazing build

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

*******!!!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The prices for the i7 and the RAM can't be real.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! That yellow RAM out of theme but still nice! I'm not a fan of white. Very clean and nice YT video to go along with it. I'll sub (if that's your channel)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) I got the sub email just now :)

The yellow ram is slightly out of them, but it's not too obvious when you're looking through the side panel head-on.

I'll look into getting the heads presser painted white :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

nice. im getting a laptop since i travel a lot but ill make a build like that when i get th money and im older.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor do you use?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Some generic 23" Samsung monitor :3, I'll reply with the model number when I get home, but I got them second hand from my neighbour for like $15 each :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

So I'm using the Samsung SyncMaster 2243 (x2).

Hopefully soon, I'll upgrade to a dual 4k setup ;)

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/2243SWX

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a beautiful price on the CPU and RAM. It makes me want to work at Intel :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! I really appreciate my job with HP =3

Many retailers are eligible for this program. Have a look at the approved retail chains here: http://retailedge.intel.com/Content/PopUp/2013_ASMO_Terms.html

Maybe as a part-time job ;)?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Props for photos that don't look like they were taken with a ham sandwich.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Aha, thank you! I definitely don't want photos that spoil the build's elegance =3

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you get that CPU For 200$ Please reply

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel Retail Edge: http://forums.redflagdeals.com/expired-intel-retail-edge-2014-summer-deal-4770k-4930k-1479246/

You need to be employed at a retail store that sells Intel products =3

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

damn thats awessomee

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I think so too :)

Thank you :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I also heard that EVGA's customer service was probably the best of the industry. I had to rma my rm650 to corsair and it was done very swiftly but I had to pay for the shipping from Quebec to California for the way to california and they paid for the way back but I still paid 45 dollars for the shipping. Its sad but I think thats the way most of these companies handle it

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have a GTX 260 from EVGA that's got a lifetime warranty on it ;). It's registered and everything.

Can't wait for it to die 3-5 years down the road.

Haha, "You have a GTX what now?" =]

I love EVGA. They were my choice of GPU last build, but because of the $$ focus on this one, I didn't have much flexibility and went with what worked =3

And yea, I paid roughly $45 to ship Gigabyte the motherboard. Really unacceptable... They told me, "You drive back to store to return your product, so this is like gas."

ROFL, no it isn't. And many places now do free shipping returns.... Gigabyte is just being unnecessary..

Thank you for commenting =]

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Really isnt. It maybe cost 45$ of gaz if the shop you go to is 150 km from where you live. LOL

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Amen!

I tried arguing the fee with supervisors and the likes, but nope... No budge.

I did about 4 builds this year. This was my personal one (and my first). Did any of the other 3 builds have Gigabyte components? Nope.

I understand Gigabyte's boards are Grade A. But a company is way bigger than just the goods/products it provides. It's the service that counts too, and how much they care about their customers. Clearly there's an imbalance at Gigabyte, and this is something that's definitely made me more cautious while approaching their "good" products.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing photos.Must great you for that. Amazing build for the price. Most people woud of paid 2300$ for that kind of build. And +1 for a white nzxt h440. Its an amazing case ( I have this case too.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the comment =]

It is, I'm very proud of this rig! The price is great, it looks fantastic, it's quite, and it does everything I ever wanted it to do =]

And Yes!!! The NZXT H440 is one of the CLEANEST cases EVERRR. I love the edges, the lines, the colors, the space, the contrast! Everything about this case screams elegance =]

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, really nice build and nice pictures.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

2 SSD's seems like overkill, from an editing standpoint.

You can post this build on the Adobe hardware forum for Premiere users and get some really good feedback there.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll definitely post it over at the Adobe Hardware forum =]

The reason for 2 SSDs is that this was also a Hackintosh project.

Windows 8.1 is loaded on one SSD MAC OS X Yosemite is to be loaded on another =]

I do have a few hard drives that I salvaged from a different build that I hadn't included in the parts list--an extra 5TB IIRC.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone over at the Adobe forum said 2 SSDs is the trend now. Better for rendering - especially if you're doing AE projects.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build for the price!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It really is :) thank you :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

great build ha, if you ever get bored, you should try to paint those heat spreaders on the RAM white hah. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

will do =] Bet it'll look even MORE kickass =] Thanks for the comment buddy!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy S**, this is a Nice Build. Do you think it's worth going for the 4930k or saving a bit on the 4790k? I play some games on Origin and I edit photos from my Cannon 40d. ' Thanks for the Build, +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry for this very late reply :( I hadn't been keeping an eye on new posts :3, and haven't been receiving email notifications :3.

If you haven't made the decision yet, save a bit and go for the 4790k. The motherboard and CPU for the socket-2011 is a quite a bit more, and for gaming/photo editing, the 4790k should serve you more than well enough =]

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for getting back to me eventually.

  • 67 months ago
  • -1 points

I don't know if I would trust a seagate drive with 3TB,but other than that, great build. it looks awesome.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you calling seagate unreliable? cringe

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

yes. why cringe?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Seagate's are highly reliable, I've only ever had Seagate's and they've done nothing but good towards me, same with everyone I know. I've got 3 of the seagate BARRACUDA 3tb in RAID 0 and I haven't had a problem

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I haven't used them,(Hitachi user), But my friends have had failures and i saw data collected that something like 40-35 percent of seagate drives fail. Maybe its mostly the 1 tb drives. Well, I'm happy you have had good experiences with the drives, and again, awesome editing beast.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Somehow I doubt that 35-40% of the drives sold fail. That seems really inflated.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yea anything that's from seagate from 3 tb and over are CRAP this has been proven.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

All my data is backed up on 2 local external drives and an off-site backup :)

If it fails, it fails, otherwise, :) it was quite inexpensive :)

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  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

Forget the color have yo seen the price.... the cpu is cheap as well.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, would have loved heat spreaders that fit with the black/white theme, but I was more focused on the price ;) and at that price? Hell yes!

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You think I should go for it? I've never actually modded or done anything like this before. I was concerned with voiding my warranty.

I actually went so far as to emailing Zotac support to see if they could spare me an extra shroud, but they told me they don't carry them.

Tomorrow, I'll have a look online to see if there's a tutorial or the likes :)

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the somewhat detailed instructions :)

The head spreaders look like they're two pieces :3 I'll probably get the ram painted over soon :)

The gpu was rather expensive however. I'll get back to my Zotac contact and confirm whether this voids the warranty :3

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