Description

Where to start... at first I wanted a next generation console around September of last year, and then I started thinking about building my first gaming PC. The first part list I used was from someone recommending a good starter build for Battlefield 4. I quickly realized that my thirst for excellence led me from AMD, to Intel and nVidia. All in all, building computers is a very fun past time, unless some of the holes are too small (the CPU power hole on this case). I actually got everything working in mid January, and today I added some of the finishing touches. Since I had so many problems with the CPU hole, I decided to route the cable over the ones coming from the block of the H100i. It actually worked out very well, and you can't see any ugly wires! Another difficulty I had was with the LED strip. I quickly found out when I tried to install it that it wouldn't fit in a slot on the back of the I/O, so I had to improvise and place it inside the case which isn't a huge problem. The games I will be playing are almost all the FPS's, a few RPG's, and some indie games. Now for the parts rationale, and sorry for the poor quality images.

CPU - At first, I had an FX 6300 from AMD, and then it was an 8350, next a 4670k, and now a 4770k. The deal at Microcenter was great at only $249, and I figured I could use the hyperthreading later down the road.

CPU cooler - It was extremely easy to set up, and I don't even need the Corsair link. It's also very quiet.

Motherboard - I started with an MSI board at ~$80 and went to the Asus M5A99FX, then to the Z87 Pro, and finally to this bad boy. The only unfortunate circumstance with the motherboard was one of the assist fans that was supposed to go at the back of the I/O. The screws to fasten the lid on it did not actually twist into the fans themselves.

RAM - Ram is ram, no problems with it at all, and I love the low profile heat sinks.

SSD - This thing is blazing fast. My OS is at the desktop within 8 seconds and everything I load on it comes up like a dream.

HDD - No complaints whatsoever. Plenty fast for music, and most games (large too).

Video Card - I think I started with a 7970 Ghz edition, which was at a fairly good price when I first started this adventure. I then started leaning toward the R9 280x but by the time I was ready to order, the litecoin miners hit and I decided to go with nVidia's near equivalent. I'll also be purchasing an 880 or higher when they release.

Case - Stuck with this case from the beginning, I originally wanted to go with red, but I decided that this would be a better color. Cable management isn't too bad at all (except for the CPU power) and everything looks very clean.

Fans - I arranged the 2 front fans in intake, to blow on the SSD and HDD, the side fan in an intake toward the video card, the top 2 fans attached to the H100i in an intake, and the rear as an exhaust. The 140mm fan listed is not the one in the build, but I bought the FZ non-led that I couldn't find in the selection. The price and CFM rating is still the same.

Power supply - I know I overspent for what I have now, but I will be upgrading to 2x 880's soon. There is some slight coil whine every once in a while (not every time I turn on my computer), but it doesn't bother me much, as my monitor blocks the sound, and I always have headphones on.

Optical Drive - Only used once, then unplugged the SATA and Power cables to save clutter.

Monitor - Plenty large for what I am used to. Everything looks great, and I'll be upgrading to a 144 Hz possibly with g-sync when I get my second card.

Keyboard and mouse - The perfect combination, I've never used a mechanical keyboard before this, and it is possibly the best thing my fingers have ever felt (red switches), and the build quality is excellent. After taking all the weights out of the mouse it glides like butter, and is perfect for what I play mostly (FPS).

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

For some reason this build really appeals to me. Probably because of the sabertooth board and the case, but it looks sweet +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an awesome build. It actually answered a question I had about the motherboard and the water cooler in a build I'm putting together. I wasn't sure the fittings from the block would clear the caps I see in some of the pics of the motherboard.

I like the color scheme as well. +1 (This build motivates me to get mine done.. well before the end of the year. XD)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! How is that 120mm NZXT fan working for you? I'm looking for some fans and was wondering if you think it's worthwhile to get one.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I placed it above the HDD cages on the bottom right, and it's actually pushing a large amount of air.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it too loud? Thats one thing I'm worried about haha

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. I always have my fans on high, and I always have headphones on. Even without wearing them, all the sound comes from 140mm fan and the ones that came with the H100i.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thanks! I'll be ordering some of those soon. I have one, but can't tell how loud it is because of my noisy CPU cooler :P

EDIT: I'm also looking at that keyboard, those 598s, and maybe that monitor. How are they?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

They keyboard is amazing; it is my first mechanical keyboard and it has red switches. I haven't tried other kinds of switches, but so far these feel great, and the build quality is supreme. The headphones are the first pair of audiophile grade headphones I've tried, I bought them about a year ago and after burning them in they sound godly. The comfort on them is very good, and I can wear them for hours on end. I love them so much that I might upgrade to the HD 650's a little later. I've never had a monitor this size before and from what I can tell, it looks impeccable.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build. Especially the sleeved cables and the name. +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly thought about it for 10 seconds, and then the name popped into my head.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I love black and white themed builds; very aesthetically pleasing. Great part selections here as well.

You should update those prices for what you paid!

Also, is there no case slot to wire the CPU power cable through so it's not running across the motherboard? That'd be my only suggestion on this amazing build. Enjoy it! +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

The hole is extremely small, and I eventually gave up. It was probably for the best as behind it, there are wires and connectors coming from the Corsair block that are now not visible.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh I see. Well the cables are very sleek so it really isn't that big of a deal compared to the regular cables of some PSU's.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I see you addressed this in the description, my mistake. I usually read the description first, but I got caught up in looking at those pics :D

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Dig the name! major asoiaf fan here, so good choice in my opinion ;p

how do you like the headset? (steelseries siberias?) just curious as I was thinking of those before buying logitech g230's. let me know! great build too,that mobo is oh so sexy

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, it's named after a keyblade in Kingdom Hearts I & II. I was obsessed with those games, and still am. The headphones are great actually. I usually use the Sennheiser's when I don't need to communicate with others (which is most of the time). But in terms of a gaming headset it's comfortable, easy to wear, the mic is amazing, and sounds great (for a gaming headset).

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I totally forgot about asoiaf and assumed it was an inversion of the etymology of "warlock". Great name, great build!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

well, you know it's a great name when it sparks so much conversation!

well done, even if it isn't asoiaf name...

I should have remembered oathkeeper from kh... slipped my mind.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha this is almost what i'm getting! My parts are coming on wednesday I can't wait!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an absolutely gorgeous looking build. Very aesthetically pleasing, good job man!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! For the GPU sag, you could try moving the PCIe cables to the grommet above it and supporting it that way. I've also seen people get a little stick of plastic, a pencil or whatever and prop it up from the bottom

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll try both.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Same case as mine, I had the hardest time getting the cpu power through that hole too. Taking off the fan that's right above it and putting it back after I had the cable through worked for me...not sure if you tried that.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

In order to do that I would've had to take out the motherboard to get at the screws, and I wasn't about to do that to a finished build haha.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Why two sets of cans and how do you like them? For GPU sag, re-route your cables such that they kind of hold it upwards. You should easily be able to route your 8-pin CPU power around the back so as to avoid that little bit of clutter. The gap is small but with the flat braided cables you can do it. You might have to pull the MoBo out to get the actual connector through but after that, you're home free! Overall, great job! :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The Siberia V2's have a great mic, and I use them when I have to communicate, which isn't very often. The rest of the time I use the 598's because they're some of the best sounding headphones I've ever worn. I love them so much that I might be upgrading to the HD 650's. I like the CPU cable going across the motherboard because it covers up the unsightly cables from the Corsair waterblock and adds more white to it.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It definitely does add a nice splash of color. If you are ever looking to sell your 598s, I might be interested. Been looking at the 558s for a while now

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I might keep them, only because the impedance on these is 50 Ohms compared to the HD 650's 300.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh... Well if you ever make the switch and don't want them, let me know :) If you want an ODAC/AMP Mayflower makes good ones. There is also the Fiio E10. Not as good but much cheaper.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking about getting the Maverick Audio Amp/DAC, people have said that and the HD 650's are the perfect fit.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Seeing that graphics card so saggy made me die a little inside. Good build though.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

It'll be fixed in a few months when I get a backplate for an 880Ti

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

purty purty

-Mr Cheesyrice

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, just a quick question, do the dust filters block out the LED lights much?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you'll be waiting a long time for 880's

  • 66 months ago
  • 0 points

I really like how this turned out. It's very similar to my current rig. If you want SLI then I would've gone with the 4GB GTX 770 (That's what I have now and am soon going to get another. But that's not anything really necessary for now. +1.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I probably should have done more research on that front, but I might actually wait until the 20nm 800 series come out in Q3 and SLI those.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Hey Nico my build is your cousin Roman. Lets go bowling!

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Return what stock?

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I see what you mean, I never bought them, I had them in a parts list.

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure!