First Things First:
Yes, there are a lot of pictures. After the initial show pictures, my build log (in picture form) begins. It starts about pic 36 and goes in order, showing a lot of the modification process and how I did things. When I was doing my research, I got a lot of ideas, and learned a lot, from looking at other people's build log/build process, so maybe somebody will learn something or get an idea from mine. Something a little different and, if you take the time to look, I hope you enjoy it.
This was my first totally complete build. I had done upgrades, took PC's apart and put together, but wanted to do an entire build from the ground up. I had a blast and look forward to doing it again.
A little over a year ago, I was running into issues with my computer. While it worked great, there was not a lot of upgrade potential. Being a pre-built, many of the components used proprietary connections. Still, it had served me well since late 2009.
I started researching computers and found so much new information that the bug bit me...hard. At that point, I knew I wanted to build my system from scratch. I found PCPP and dived in, creating lists left right. Like a sponge, I scoured and absorbed all the information I could find throughout the internet.
Originally, my plan was to get something decent and use what components I could from the old system. My budget was going to be around $2000 for everything. But,then I realized my old system would still have a place in the home and could be used by others here. While all my systems have lasted for years, the way I upgraded was not really planning for the future. I would buy whatever satisfied the immediate need, instead of getting something that would do things that I "might" want to do. So, I upped my budget and worked my butt off to get the computer that I really wanted.
Out of that, the plan for Nevermore began to come together. I started gathering what parts I could (ones that I could test or did not need testing), while keeping an eye on price history and recalling when the best prices occur. And then...then Phanteks released the Enthoo Pro M. My build was going to be an Enthoo Pro, but I loved the way that the Pro M looked and decided that was THE case I wanted to build in and modify. I stared at that bare case after it arrived; drawing out builds, measuring, taking it apart and putting it back together. More price-watching, more lists on PCPP, more working OT. Soon enough, Black Friday Week came and I pulled the trigger on the rest of the components.
Nevermore took me a little over a month to complete. I took my time and never stopped researching. Some of the components are overkill (YES, I know PSU), but my plan deviated a little from the original, where they would have been necessary. Additionally, as I mentioned, I wanted to build a PC that could not only do anything I needed now, but one that was capable of doing anything I might want to try.
It has been so long since I have done any gaming, so I would like to get back into that; there are just too many cool-looking games out there now. More rendering and 3D modeling, and might get back into photography and editing. And...well, whatever comes to mind or I take an interest in.
Thank You and Enjoy:)
This CPU has been amazing. It has laughed at everything I have thrown at it so far. While it is not overclocked yet, I do plan on doing so in the near future. Originally, was going to go with the 5820k, but at the price I got this for, I just could not pass it up.
Great motherboard that performs and looks fantastic. Have had no issues with it yet, and the BIOS is very easy to navigate. M-Flash is simple to use and was able to Flash to latest BIOS without a problem.
Loved the look of the RAM and had an impressive CAS of 12 with the XMP profile enabled. My computer recognized it instantly and has performed flawlessly.
Using this as OS Boot Drive. It is insane how fast my computer boots up now. I press power on my PC and at the login screen in like 10 seconds.
Just added this as a place to put games and programs. Load times are incredible and, as always, impressed with the quality.
Using this SSD as my storage drive. Decided to go full SSD on this build and got it for a great price during the holidays.
Uhm, yeah...all I can say is Wow. Compared to my old 760 is not even funny. Runs my system at 2k all day long.
I love this case. I planned my entire build around it after it came out. Was one of the first parts I bought because could not wait. Easy to work with and impressive cable management. Came with more hardware than could ever possibly use.
Completely overkill for my current build, but a fantastic PSU. Comes with every cable you could need, though if you plan on sleeving them, there are a ton of inline capacitors. Ended up just buying the EVGA sleeved cables.
Wanted this monitor ever since it came out. Another Black Friday Week bargain and have been very happy with it. AOC packs in every cable you could need. The stand is one of the best I have ever seen with a monitor, though I did end up using a wall mount merely due to conserving desk space.