Description

A new gaming rig, the other one I had and am still using for school and other stuff had become unstable and had heat issues after about 3 years of non stop work/play. So I decided it was a time for a new build. Hadn't really done a complete build beyond upgrades for 5 years so it was a nice change of pace.

To me a year to get the parts together and find time to actually do it (took single night to get it together and up and running Windows, talk about everything working out & anti-climax, planned a whole day or two over a weekend with problems galore). Only issue was my inexperience with the H80i, took the longest time to fit properly because i wanted to be sure I was doing it correctly, and damn are the stock fans loud compared to the rest of the system.

Didn't encounter anything other than the traditional flat cable routing issues, the GPU fits in like a glove, it's not touching the 3,5" HDD Cage but the fan mount on it unusable. Didn't plan on using it anyways.

Future plans include an extra 140mm fan on top and maybe a bottom mounted fan (not sure about space because of cables). Some extra LEDs perhaps.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

why get a watercooling when ur CPU is locked? btw, good build. +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

the main rreson of the water cooled cpu cooler is for overclocking, but either way the water cooling is a lot better than an air cooled

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The cpu isn't a 'k' series cpu, so it cannot be overclocked, so it is a reasonable question.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Eh, if he gets an unlocked CPU in the future, he's good. Not to mention, it's always good to keep things cool.

Only thing I would have changed is to go with a 2x4 setup on the RAM instead of a 1x8. But hey, add in another 8 GB stick in the future, nothing wrong with that.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Kinda what I was aiming for tbh and it got better as I went along, the LGA 1150 socket has the Hashwell refresh, it's supported by this mobo. The RAM turned out this way because I could get 1x8GB way cheaper than 2x4GB and again future updates are easier and cheaper, just have to add another 8GB stick.

The PSU was intended for a Radeon R9 290, but before I bought the GPU Nvidia launched GTX 900 series and now the PSU can handle GTX 970 SLI wattage.

It really was a series of unintended stuff, fortunate though because now I kinda have a really easily upgradeable system. More easier than I intended.

This really is a semi-enthusiast budget build as weird as that sounds. You might call this phase 1, phase 2 would be a better CPU, more RAM and another GPU. Just don't have the budget for that until next year.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh why not? Got it cheap and it has upgrade potential. Also I was going for a quiet build, just need to replace the stock fans on the cooler. They're not bad in quiet mode and the CPU really doesn't need much more from this cooler than that kind of performance. So I'm okay but it still is the loudest part of the system. The fans on the PSU and the GPU hardly ever turn on to drown them out.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Really good!