Description

Thanks to all those that helped me decide on parts for my build! Overall it was a fun experience to build my own computer and now I want to tinker on it all the time. I mostly use this computer for gaming (it's amazing to use ultra/high settings) and for multitasking on three screens (watching twitch, playing a game and business). Nothing is oc on my build I might get into that later. Note: I just number my computers K1 K2 K3, no special meaning.

The case

The most troublesome/concern is still about the case, over all it is a nice case and I might consider buying one again if I did another complete build. Mainly the rubber grommets inside kept falling out while doing the cabling and at one point I just gave up on putting them back in properly (the metal for the slot is not sharp and is nicely beveled anyways). I was very careful in taking off the plastic exterior to get at the case fans, you must take care in pinching the plastic clips so it comes off (I read many reviews saying people would just try to yank the covers off and complain about the clips braking). While having two hard drive bays, one removable is a very nice feature, the actual slots are made of super flimsy plastic with little pins that are seated in rubber that slide in and out of the bracket easily (feels super cheap and not well thought out). As for airflow/fans this case is really nice with support for 3 140's (or 120), 3 120s and a internal 120 on the hdd enclosure. The one thing I loved as a first time builder was the cable management on the back, it is very forgiving to someone like me.

Fans

I don't have a picture here, but I chose red top fans to represent the hot air outflow and I will probably be replacing the case fans that were included with blue ones to show cool intake (only the top 140mm that came with was blue, moved it to the side panel).

Os

As for the windows 8 vs 7, I really wanted to stay away from 8, but hearing about the gaming advantages, direct x updates and I help family with windows 8, I thought it was about time I familiarized myself with it.

Some upgrades to be made soon/in the future.

CPU Cooler - The stock is crazy noisy so even though I am okay with the temps running I might be looking into getting a cooler master 212 or corsair H55, if anyone has some suggestions in the $20-60 range I would appreciate it.

Moar fans :D

I will most likely buy another graphics card to sli when the opportunity presents itself as my first true upgrade.

Might add more pics later .^

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 5 points

I would go for the Cooler Master 212 evo

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

For air cooled options this is the only choice, unless OP wants to match colors with the case. For water cooling, H100i is the clear choice.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Kraken X60? Better performance...

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd go for the 212 evo. Closed loop coolers don't really give that much more cooling performance until you're looking at coolers over $80 or so. If you really want to go with a CLC, look at something like the H75.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I personally would simply go for the H100i or else I would rather go custom. XD

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think I will be leaning towards the 212 evo, reading some of the horror stories of even clc is deterring me from them, even though they may be rare occurrences.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and good choice of parts.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a slightly more advanced version of your build in the works right now. Sans the SSD of course. :)
Edit: Here's My Build!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I take it you plan on upgrading further down the road too? Just be gentle with the plastic bits on the case and everything should be good :D I can only imagine how huge a the full is. If I had some more in my budget, I would have probably gotten similar parts .^ but alas isn't that most peoples problem lol. TY for looking!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe! You are right, this is a long term build. I'm currently major CS in college, this rig has to last me at least 4 years with minimum upgrades (basically worry free).

As to the case, man it is an art piece! You'd be able to see the thing up and running in 2 weeks or so. Already got most of the parts ready, others are on the way. It'd be gorgeous afterwards. XD

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

$20-60 for CPU cooler... I've gotten roughly the same temps on air and water using these coolers by Coolermaster: Seidon 120M (about $59), Gemin II S524 (about $33). My PC (=Scout2=) uses water cooler, my sons PC (=Nonos Tropy=) uses air. They both stay around the same safe temps even with overclocking... but I think my sons cooler looks much nicer. Both of these coolers are quiet also unless we crank up the fans all the way, otherwise they are barely noticeable. Nice build, one of your pics looks almost like one of the pics from my sons build... with that Windows 8 start screen lookin all rainbowy.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, I've never seen the Gemin II S524 might be something to consider, thanks! Yep nothing like a fresh install, too impatient on taking pic's to change the default screen lol. Both your builds look great, love the cable management!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Look at Zalman Air Coolers. I have one on my build, check it out.

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Your build is awesome as well, do you like your CM cooler?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah its really nice, its alot quieter!