Hello! For you, it hasn't been very long. You just happened to stumble by my little project. For me? I've procrastinated about 4 months to get this thing on PCPP. However, I feel that the wait was worth it, because since I first built the computer (back in October), I've done a lot of tinkering with the computer. My goal was to make the most sexiest, quietest, and powerful computer with what I got, and I think that I accomplished that.
A bit more background for me and my computer(s), it originated from my old Dell XPS 720 gaming rig that I managed to get for free. After the motherboard kicked the bucket, I decided to build a computer myself, which would be the predecessor of this beauty. It was housed in an "OK," black, Cougar Solution case, which I found unappealing and difficult to work with. That computer was powered by a Powercolor HD 6970, which isn't all too bad for today's standards, but ran annoyingly loud and hot. After about a year, I decided to earn some money over the summer and upgrade my PC. Woo!
Except, it wasn't as fun as I thought it would be.
Choosing the parts was quite the struggle. What I wanted to upgrade was the motherboard, CPU cooler, GPU, and the case. The cooler was quite easy, since it looked nice, and it didn't perform terribly. The motherboard and GPU? It was hell. Asus? MSI? Gigabyte? I kinda just gave up and went to the nearest MicroCenter during Black Friday and picked up whatever they had. To this day, the only thing I regret was not purchasing the Sapphire r9 390, and that's just because I heard that it performs better all-around.
I almost forgot to mention what I am using this build for. Primarily, I use this computer for gaming. I wanted to see how beautiful Skyrim could get, and I am pretty impressed with the mods and the performance. I also use this computer to occupy my free time. I really enjoy tinkering around with the computer. Like I said, I wanted to build the prettiest, quietest, and powerful computer I could. I used some 7v molex mods to lower my fan speeds, accidentally blew up the fan hub (it makes this horrible screeching/whining noise), overclocked my CPU and GPU to the max without upping the voltage on either, and changed the thermal paste on my graphics card. I voided the warranty, but temps dropped 10 degrees Celsius, so worth!
You can barely hear the computer when sitting right next to it on idle.
GPU: 1120/1525 +10% power limit
CPU: 4.3 GHz stock voltage
I tried my best with the pictures, but the s5 can only do so much. Clearly, the color and lighting is a bit off, and the focus and clarity of the pictures aren't too great. Oh well.
Oh, and Snoopy, cuz why not?
No major complaints. Runs a bit hot, but overclocks very well. Amazing for the price!
Not the best in the world, but not the worst. I mainly chose this for the little snowflake. It's pretty, what can I say?
I'm not sure if this is was by design, but the SYSFAN2 does not appear to have voltage control for 3 pin fans. Doesn't really matter, since I am using a voltage controller anyway. The NB runs quite hot when overclocking, however.
It's red, and it's RAM, so it's good, I guess?
On a more serious note, it does not like overclocking.
Love it. The card is quiet and runs like a dream. Great overclocker too. However, it is on the bulkier side, and I do recommend re-pasting the card with better thermal paste.
Absolutely love this case. It's sexy. It glows. Beautiful PSU shroud. Gorgeous windows. What more could I ask for? Cable managing was a breeze as well, especially with all of the included velcro cable ties. The case includes a PWM fan hub, and 3 quality case fans.
Love these fans. They are quiet and quality.
Very quiet radiator fans, as well as effective.
Great mechanical keyboard for the price. It's backlit, with 3 different lighting modes, has Kailh blue mechanical switches, which feel like the real deal. It's slick and very practical.