Description

2016 Update!

Upgraded the 980 to a 980TI

BUILD COMPLETED: 2/28/2015

Date posted: 5/5/2015

This is my first computer build and I decided to go overboard with it. I have been planning this build for over 5 months with an attention to detail that borders on obsession. So brace yourself, for a description with more text than a college essay and more build photos than the average teenage girl's bathroom mirror. Enjoy.


About me:

My name is Alex, I am a 17 year old with a passion for video production and a love for PC gaming. Last summer I completed a paid apprenticeship ($500/week) at a production company called Quince Imaging and I decided I would spend the money I earned on a new Gaming/Editing PC.

TL:DR I edit videos and stuff.


The Computer: I have been waiting since summer of 2014 to build this PC. When I first started I was planning on a 4-core CPU, 16GB of DDR3, and a 780ti. I however decided to wait for the release of the X99 chipset and Nvidea's Maxwell cards. My goal was the make the best possible combination of an editing and a gaming PC. I needed 16GB of RAM minimum and the more CPU cores, the better. The programs I use most regularly are After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop, which will definitely benefit from the extra cores. I knew for sure I was going to get a GTX 980 (possibly another one later) as it was the best GPU available at the time. I wanted the power to play most games in 1440p and be able to maintain high framerates for VR gaming.

TL:DR I need to run the entire creative cloud suite and play most games in 1440p.


Because I have had so much time to post this, The length of my description has grown exponentially and has become overly detailed. I followed an amazon style of pros, cons, and other thoughts, and I have included a TL:DR at the end of each review so you don't need to spend over 30 minutes reading this.

TL:DR there is a TL:DR at the end of every paragraph.

The Build:

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $299.99

Pros: This CPU is truly amazing. It is unbelievably fast and makes editing a breeze. Having 6 cores is fantastic and will hopefully be even better when games start to utilize them. I have absolutely no experience overclocking but I managed to reach a stable 4.0Ghz running at 30°C. This CPU is probably the best bang for the buck on the market and outperforms some $500 CPU's. For editing purposes, the performance feels on par with some Xeons I have used. Everything is quick and snappy in AE and Pr without turning down the resolution or quality. Overall I am extremely satisfied with the 5820K.

Cons: Now for the discussion of PCIE lanes. This LinusTechTips Video explains why I chose the I7 5820K over the I7 5930K. The only difference between these two CPU's is 12 more PCIE lanes and a 0.2 GHZ clockspeed. However the difference in price is over $200. For gaming and editing the benefit of this CPU is about 1-2% at MOST. The only reason I would need the 40 PCIE lane CPU was if I planned on using a PCIE-SSD, M.2, or 4-way SLI, which I do not plan on doing.

Other Thoughts: Gaben Bless MicroCenter for having this CPU almost $100 cheaper than amazon or newegg.

TL:DR Fast, Powerful, great price/performance


Type Item Price
CPU Cooler Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $109.00

Pros: Installation of the H110 was a breeze (pun intended). The pump is surprisingly quiet and my CPU is running at a cool 30°C at 4.0ghz. All-in-one Liquid CPU coolers are fantastic. I replaced the stock fans with Corsair AF140s to match the build aesthetic and the new fans are much quieter even at the same RPM and CFM.

Cons: Pretty expensive, considering it was 1/3rd of the cost of my CPU. During the building process I considered doing a push/pull configuration, but shortly after realized I did not have enough long screws to mount the fans properly or enough fan headers on my motherboard to get them all running. Also the extra noise generated by the stock fans was quite noticeable. Corsair really should have included more long screws for Push/pull.

Other thoughts: I should mention that I bought my H110 literally 2 days before Corsair announced the H110i GT. Initially I was upset, but shortly after realized that I had no real use for Corsair link and that I actually preferred the aesthetic of the H110 more (RGB lighting would be nice though).

TL:DR Cool, quiet, and expensive CPU cooler.


Type Item Price
Motherboard Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard Purchased For $323.99

Pros: In my opinion the best part of the X99 Chipset release is the choice of motherboards. The entire time I was waiting for the chipset to be released I was waiting for this motherboard specifically. The Asus X99 Deluxe. This motherboard is perfect for me. 8 ram slots, Gigabit WiFi, amazing audio, fan controller, and not to mention it's downright beautiful. This is hands down my favorite X99 motherboard. I was weary to buy it considering it had on average a 3/5 star review on most websites. Only after reading a ton of reviews I realized this is because motherboards are very hard to rate, The average person is very unlikely to review a motherboard because It generally does not have measurable performance like a GPU or a CPU. So this means that the majority of motherboard reviews are from people who either love it so much they want to have its babies or hate it so much that they want it to be chopped into pieces and fired directly into the sun. In my experience, this motherboard is fantastic and does deserve a 5 star rating.

One thing that blew me away about this motherboard is the sound. It comes with a feature called Crystal Audio. I was absolutely blown away at how amazing the sound is. I own a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50x's which before I had only used with my pre-built desktop and my phone. I feel like I have just unlocked the true potential of these headphones for the first time. Music and gaming is so much more immersive. I am honestly so happy with this feature especially because I did not expect it.

Cons: The main issue I had was the fan headers, the motherboard does not have enough headers to support 7 fans so I had to use the fan extension card which is placed in a very awkward position in the back of the case.

The Wifi drivers are currently not compatible with Windows 10.

Other thoughts: MicroCenter gives you a $40 discount on any motherboard CPU bundle over $250. In total I saved over $110. I cannot give MicroCenter enough credit for making the budget of this build so much more reasonable. I would have bought ever single component there if they were all available.

TL:DR Fantastic motherboard but a tad too expensive.


Type Item Price
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory Purchased For $239.99

Pros: Great performance for video editing. I chose this RAM, mainly for looks but also because I have had a great experience with Corsair products. I had been planning on getting the 2400mhz model for quite some time as it was relatively cheap for DDR4 but about 1 week before I bought all of my components the 2666mhz model went on sale for only $10 more. I bought those instead so that It would have at least a small advantage over DDR3.

Cons: Cost. DDR4 at the moment is about 1.5x as expensive as DDR3 for almost no benefit, The prices on higher clockspeeds (>2800mhz) are just absurd. DDR4 is required for the X99 Chipset. If you could use DDR3 on an X99 motherboard I would in a heartbeat. The prices as so much more reasonable and the performance is almost identical. I'm also slightly upset with Corsair for advertising the vengeance LPX with a white model then never releasing it.

Other thoughts: I wish Corsair had released a DDR4 version of their Vengeance Pro RAM, as they have much nicer looking heatsinks (even if they are not entirely necessary for DDR4)

TL:DR Great RAM but far too expensive


Type Item Price
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $179.99

Pros: I just want to say I have never owned a computer with an SSD. It is absolutely amazing! Windows 10 boots in 10 seconds on average, and is at full speed as soon as you hit the desktop. My previous computer was using a WD Caviar Green 5600rpm HDD which took about 30 seconds to boot than about another 30 seconds for the desktop to be responsive.

Skyrim loads so quickly you can't see the loading screens.

Cons: 256GB is far too small for me. With all of my default applications and programs installed there is only about 100GB of space left. I can only keep about 6 steam games at a time on it.

Other thoughts: None.

TL:DR Amazingly fast storage but needs to be larger.


Type Item Price
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $109.00

Pros: I got this HDD for my video editing storage and extra steam games. I seriously needed it, I filled my SSD in less than 3 days. This is also one of the fastest HDD's I have ever used. I dual boot a copy of Windows 8.1 on it and the boot times are similar to that of an SSD.

Cons: The biggest issue with this HDD is when you are reading or writing files on it, It makes this loud bumping/scratching sound. I have looked it up online and apparently these drives just sound this loud. I actually returned this drive to Microcenter thinking it was broken and came home to find the new HDD doing the exact same thing. The bump is sporadic and extremely annoying. I am going to buy some anti-vibration HDD mounts because of how loud it is. -1 Star for that reason.

Other thoughts: I have never used a system with more than one drive before, and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to set up. I changed the location of my Documents, Videos, Pictures, and Music folders to my HDD as well as my massive collection of stock videos. When downloading games, Steam prompted me to create a games folder. I'm storing the majority of my games on this drive as most of these games probably wont benefit much from SSD speed. I am also keeping my massive games like Wolfenstein or GTA V on it.

TL:DR Large storage but extremely loud.


Type Item Price
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Classified ACX 2.0 Video Card Purchased For $649.99

Pros: It's almost hard to write about this graphics card as I have owned it almost since the day it came out. I had been running this GPU in my old pre-built desktop until now. I have come to expect every game I play in 1440p on high or ultra to get at least 65+ FPS. As somebody who came from a Radeon 7850 (which is slightly weaker than a PS4) This card is an absolute beast. This thing is immensely powerful and 144hz + G-sync is truly game changing. I might buy another GTX 980 later.

I should also mention how powerful this card is, even in a weaker system. This is actually the first component I bought, months before I built this computer. Honestly the difference in performance in-game between these two computers is almost negligible. This just proves that you don't need a ridiculously expensive CPU or RAM to push most games.

Cons: Noticeable GPU sag. There is nothing I can do about it without building some kind of supporting arm inside the case.

Only 1 Display port.

Other thoughts:As somebody who switched from AMD to Nvidea, It is amazing.

TL:DR Currently the Best GPU on the market.


Type Item Price
Case Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case Purchased For $125.00

Pros: This is hands down my favorite case. The quality, the space, the planning, and the look. Everything about this case is amazing. Basically the entire case can be disassembled and reassembled with just your hands. The airflow is fantastic, even with the front covered by an aluminum panel. It is surprisingly quiet. It can hold up to 8 Fans. Solid cable management slots.

This case is just beautiful. People have told me it looks better than any apple desktop they have ever seen. The case window is huge and gives you a great view of your components. Definitely enough space to set up a full custom waterloop (though I probably never will)

Cons: I do have a lot of minor complaints for this case. Brushed aluminium on the front looks nice but can be stained by contact with human skin, so just avoid touching the front panel too often. I also managed to scratch the back of my case very easily even when trying to be careful.

The blinking power light. I almost never turn my computer off, just put it to sleep. When the computer is set to sleep, the white light on the power button blinks repeatedly. In my room this light reflects off the white walls and is about as subtle as a searchlight. It's an easy fix, I just unplugged the Power LED on the motherboard, but it's still annoying not to have a power light.

Other thoughts: This case could seriously be improved by having a grommet for vertical GPU cables.

TL:DR Amazing case, my favorite Full ATX case.


Type Item Price
Power Supply Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $169.99

Pros: Looks great, dead Silent performance, and a Platinum certified power efficiency.

Cons: None.

Other thoughts: It's pretty hard to review a power supply. It does its job.

TL:DR Great PSU


Type Item Price
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview (64-bit) Free

Pros: Some of you are probably questioning why I would build a $4000 computer and not buy an operating system. I am using the Windows 10 Tech demo as my daily driver and I am very happy with it.

The biggest advantage of Windows 10 is that it's free. If I was actually buying windows I would need a Pro copy to use 32GB of RAM in the future. I am still not a fan of Windows 8 and every time I use it I end up installing the classic start menu and disabling metro as much as possible. So at the end of the day Windows 8 is just a less user friendly windows 7. I could buy a copy of windows 7 but it would have a noticeable performance loss in comparison to windows 8.1. So honestly, I didn't want to drop $100 on either OS.

I actually have Windows 10 currently installed on both of my desktops and my laptop. I installed it on my pre-built desktop because I was planning on doing a system wipe and I wanted to try out the new OS anyway. I installed it on my laptop because it was shipped missing some crucial system files needed to both encode and playback the majority of video codecs. This made video editing nearly impossible, but installing the tech demo fixed the issue.

Multiple desktops is a nice feature, though I rarely use it. It does seem practical for certain people but It does not improve functionality as much for somebody with dual monitors. Finally Mac users can't say "Does your OS have multiple desktops? I don't think so. [sips Starbucks coffee]"

DirectX 12 and Multi-GPU configurations sound promising, but are not available at the moment.

Cons: While the Windows 10 tech demo is fantastic, it does not come without it's flaws, and if you do plan on installing the tech demo you will definitely want to read this. After a week of using the tech demo on my older desktop, I had my first bluescreen ever on that computer while attempting to boot-up Far Cry 3. The computer restarted and was perfectly fine but it was still concerning. The other issue is compatibility, though 98% of programs made for windows 8.1 will work with 10, there are still those that will not. If these programs are important like a BIOS update tool, this issue is a major pain.

Ironically, one of my biggest issue with Windows 10 is not bugs or compatibility problems but the OS itself. The new Windows search feature searches the internet as well as your system. I seriously don't understand why anybody would want this feature. Many times I have been looking for a specific file via search and instead of searching my SSD for it, it searches the internet. Seriously Microsoft? (Edit: The newest build greatly improves the search)

On this computer the Asus X99 Deluxe Wifi drivers are not compatible with Windows 10. I had to use a friends computer to install the drivers, then copied them directly to my system. Mildly annoying.

Microsoft includes a keylogging software to track your internet search history. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Other thoughts: Windows 10 is going to be a great OS once it is finished.

TL:DR A free Windows 7/8.1 hybrid with a few bugs.


Type Item Price
Monitor Acer G276HLDbd 60Hz 27.0" Monitor Purchased For $198.00

Pros: This was a great monitor when I bought about 3 years ago. It's 1080p, 60hz, 5ms response, and pretty good color reproduction and viewing angles. This was all I needed when I was using a HD7850. It's still a great mid range monitor for a decent price. I use it now as a dedicated Netflix and/or Video editing screen when not using my ROG Swift.

Cons: The stand is terrible. The only thing you can change about it is a very small angle of tilt. The shape of the stand also overlaps my gigantic mousepad and prevents me from rotating the monitor more towards me.

Other thoughts: You can get a 144hz monitor now for only about $100 more.

TL:DR Good mid-range monitor


Type Item Price
Monitor Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor Purchased For $749.99

Pros: If I was going to describe the Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q it four word it would be: Fast, Fluid, Sexy, Perfection. I can honestly say that this is, hands down, the best monitor I have ever used or even seen.

144hz is mind blowing. This screen was actually the first time I had ever even seen it. It's so smooth that you can read text even while being dragged across the screen. 144fps makes 60fps feel like 24fps. It's truly awesome.

1440p is a fantastic resolution, not as demanding as 4K.

The TN panel has surprisingly good color and viewing angles. I'm confident enough that I actually do video editing with it sometimes.

One of the most underrated parts of having a monitor like this is for older games. For games like Far Cry 4, A single GTX 980 will only get you 50-60fps on ultra settings, but for less GPU intensive games you can guarantee a stable 144hz at 1440p on max settings. Playing games like Antichamber and Dead Space was so much more enjoyable on this monitor then when I played them originally.

I'm not sure if this is a placebo effect or not, but I am pretty certain that this monitor has made me a better CS:GO player as well. I was stuck as a Silver Elite master for quite some time, but after only a month of using this monitor I made it to Nova 3. High resolutions and frame-rates are great for any FPS.

Cons: Expensive as hell. Viewing angles are still nowhere near IPS.

Other thoughts: Asus and Acer are releasing 1440p 144hz IPS monitors for around the same price as the Swift. Buy one of those.

TL:DR Fast, Fluid, Sexy, Perfection.


Type Item Price
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans Purchased For $25.99
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $19.99
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $19.99
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $19.99
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $19.98 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $19.98 @ OutletPC

Pros: Great Aesthetic. Corsair really knows how to match a build color.

Cons: A bit loud for "quiet editions".

Other thoughts: When it comes to fans, people told me "Corsair where you see them, Noctua where you don't." Both fortunately and unfortunately the 750D is such an open case that every fan is visible. I think Noctua fans are great but I hate their business model, making there fans incredibly ugly to appear unique. Only recently with the release of their industrial model fans I think they realized people want black instead of "Poop Brown and Vomit Tan"

TL:DR Nice looking fans.


Type Item Price
Case Accessory NZXT Hue LED Controller $29.99

Pros: When you are building a windowed computer at this price range, a NZXT HUE is a must. Every time I am going to show somebody my computer, I crank the brightness to max and set it to rainbow mode. The look on their face is priceless.

For $30 this is one of the best aesthetic items you can add to your PC. I was very impressed at how simple it was to operate as well. Each nob when turned raises or dims it's corresponding color, Pressing the left button changes brightness, Middle for on/off, and right for different modes. It was so simple I never even opened the manual.

Cons: I had heard that the adhesive on the LED strip was terrible. That was confirmed true to me when I removed the paper covering the adhesive, it stuck to the paper instead of the actual strip. It's alright for the sides and bottom of the case but kept peeling off the top. I had to put clear tape over most of the strip to keep it in place.

Other thoughts: This looks absolutely fantastic inside the 750D

TL:DR A $30 Accessory to make your case look amazing.


Type Item Price
Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard

Pros: This is my first mechanical keyboard. Each keypress is extremely satisfying.

Probably the best looking keyboard with no tramp-stamp logo.

The RGB lighting is awesome and the level of customization is unbelievable.

The Corsair Link software has genuinely improved and I have had no problems with it.

Cons: Cost. $170 for a keyboard is pretty insane.

The RGB lighting is much dimmer than advertised. Max brightness looks only about 50% as bright as at the CES demo

Removed the USB pass-through from the previous K70 model.

Other thoughts: There is a rainbow pulsing effect that is only available when the computer is off and the keyboard is plugged into only one USB. It was used to demo the keyboard at CES. I wish you could use that effect as a profile.

TL:DR Best keyboard ever... of all time.


Type Item Price
Mouse Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse Purchased For $49.99

Pros: The Deathadder 2013 was the first item I purchased through pcpartpicker. I had never owned a gaming mouse before and it seemed like the best choice. Two years later I still agree. I gave my Deathadder 2013 to my brother and bought the Chroma edition when I built this PC. The Razer Deathadder is, in my opinion, one of the most comfortable and ergonomic mice in the entire market. It works with all grips (though claw is a bit difficult) and fits all hand sizes comfortably. The design itself is very smooth and you can adjust your hand easily.

Cons: Though this mouse is great, it's not perfect, mainly because it's made by Razer. Razer is viewed as a company that sells overpriced peripherals (that are likely to break) to the more ignorant PC gaming audience, much like Alienware does with computers. Razer however distinguishes itself from Alienware, in that it's products are actually quite well designed. The Razer Deathadder is extremely comfortable but is nowhere near as reliable as a mouse made by, for example, Logitech.

Other thoughts: None.

TL:DR My favorite gaming mouse.


Type Item Price
Mouse Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse Purchased For $59.99

I do not like this mouse. I am not saying this is a bad mouse, just not the one for me. Here is my list of reason why:

Rant: This mouse was hyped up more than Destiny, and ended up leaving the same feeling of disappointment. It is widely accepted across parts of the internet that the "Logitech Proteus Core G502 Tunable Gaming Mouse" is the best overall gaming mouse at the moment. With so many people recommending this mouse to me, and being in the process of building a new computer, I figured I might as well get one. I tried to check one out before I bought it, but the way the packaging is designed, you can only fit your fingers and bit of your palm on top of the mouse while it is still in the packaging. So you can look at the mouse, but you can really feel what it is like. Seriously Logitech, take a note from Corsair or Razer, their packaging is much better. So without ever actually holding the mouse I bought it for $60.

When I first opened it up and tried it out I was both relieved and disappointed. The mouse is supposedly supposed to fit all grip types but the palm grip was seriously lacking. The mouse is skinny and tall which either leaves your ring and pinky finger dragging slightly or curled up uncomfortably on the sides.

The space between your index and middle finger is occupied by the change profile and free-spin mode. I don't know why but Logitech decided to make those switches raised and sharp. Sometimes when I shift my grip, my fingers end up on top of the switches which is quite unpleasant. I feel like this mouse was designed to be a held an exact way, and any variation in grip is really uncomfortable.

After tweaking around in the Logitech software I realized that the profile button is unnecessary. You can set the mouse to switch profiles when a game is launched, which honestly is far more convenient than switching profiles every time. I suppose you could use the profiles to set different command for each button (like Ctrl+c or Ctrl+v) but of the 6 people who told me to buy this mouse, none of them use that feature.

By far the worst feature about this mouse is the sniper button. I hate the very concept of a sniper button, especially on a high end gaming mouse like this. A sniper button does NOT improve your aim and in the long run will make you play worse. If you palm this mouse your finger will by default be resting on the sniper button. The sniper button is elevated, plastic, and is curved at an angle smaller than that of your thumb. It is the least attractive feature of this mouse and ruins the palm grip for me. There are so many better solutions, the sniper button could have been the same depth of the mouse and not protruded so much. What would have made the most sense would have been to get rid of the sniper button all together and extend the fantastic thumb grip that the G502 has. If you really need your sniper button, it makes much more sense to re-bind your forward button to a sensitivity clutch, and make a profile where it only activates during gaming, so you don't lose functionality while browsing normally.

I am also conflicted with the scroll wheel. The main complaint that I hear about this mouse is how big the scroll wheel is and how peoples fingers slip on the metal. Honestly the texture and size of the scroll wheel was fine for me. However scrolling with it was overall unpleasant. While it is very tactile, is pretty inaccurate when scrolling down quickly or in games.

One thing I knew about this mouse from the start was the weight, I have heard people say how heavy this mouse is, and they are correct. I don't know why they would bother including weights with this mouse in the first place. I honestly thought a heavier mouse would be better for FPS games. I was wrong, Heavier is not better. After using this mouse as my daily driver for over 3 weeks I was genuinely playing worse. I am quick to adapt but the extra weight is not something you want. It causes the the mouse to slightly glide past where you where you were aiming. I now see why competitive players use mice like the Zowie FK1 and the SteelSeries Rival.

The software was also something to be desired. It was little things, like the ability to add times between macros in Razer synapse that Logitech does not have. Every time i tried to calibrate the mouse to my mousepad the software crashed.

[End Rant]

But enough with the flaws,

Pros: This is a good mouse with many redeeming features. The build quality is fantastic, This mouse could last 5 years easily, Very solid feeling, unlike most plastic mice. Fantastic sensor, best on the market. Great for a claw grip. Fantastic thumb grip. The micro switches are very tactile and satisfying. The mouse has groves and is breathable. The feet are very nice.

Overall I would give this mouse a 7/10. A great mouse, just not the one for me.


Type Item Price
Headphones Audio-Technica M50x Headphones Purchased For $139.99

Pros: Highs are crisp, mids are decent, and the bass is very clean. The ergonomics are great with no unpleasant pressure anywhere. Probably the most balanced sound I have heard from a set of headphones. They are very comfortable and I can wear them for hours at a time. Great for gaming and movies.

Cons: Sounds flat when not using decent audio equipment.

TL:DR Best headphones in the $150 price range.


Type Item Price
Speakers Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers Purchased For $109.00

Pros: These things are loud. Seriously loud. At max volume they literally make the walls of my house shake. The sub-woofer is huge and produces genuinely powerful bass. I once brought these speakers to play at a party for 4 hours straight at max volume. People were amazed that something so small could make a sound so large.

Cons: Cables are annoying short. Weird screws in the front of the speakers.

Other thoughts: I can't decide what sound I like better, these or my ATH-m50x's.

TL:DR Best speakers for under $200


Type Item Price
Other Corsair Professional Individually Sleeved Cables WHITE $80.00
Other Corsair Professional Individually Sleeved ATX 24pin WHITE $20.00

Pros: Makes a build look truly high end

Cons: $100 for something that does nothing but make your PC better.

Other thoughts: So yea.... I can't even begin to rationalize spending $100 on something completely unnecessary like sleeved cables. To be completely honest, If I was not going to be uploading pictures of my computer to the internet, I would have not gotten sleeved cables at all. So this is for you PcPartPicker!

I can't imagine how much dedication people have to sleeve every single one of their cables themselves.

TL:DR Good looking cables

Type Item Price
Other Mousepad: Corsair MM200 Gaming Mouse Mat — Extended Edition Purchased For $19.99

Pros: Absolutely massive. Great surface for FPS gaming.

Cons: Collects dust easily.

Other thoughts: Buy it.

TL:DR A massive mouse pad.

Type Item Price
Other LC Stealth Cable Combs Purchased For $20.00

Pros: Makes cable management infinitely better. Super clean look.

Cons: Overall it probably took me over 10 hours to install these cable combs. I cut my fingers open twice during the installation. Not fun.

Other thoughts: I would never recommend cable combs for a first time builder.

TL:DR If you really care about cable management, these are the best combs.


Total: ~$4000

This is my first build so please leave me some feedback in the comments :)

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 43 points

Wow, now that is what I call a detailed description.

Seriously impressive build.

+1 for sure

  • 56 months ago
  • 12 points

Thanks :)

I had so much time to write the description it just got out of control.

5539 words last time I checked :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

And I guess we are supposed to expect all the pictures, after all you do work with cameras :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

I actually work with cinema and film cameras. I'm pretty incompetent with a DSLR. Half of the photos I took I either ruined the exposure, used too much ISO, or was so zoomed out with my lens that there was severe chromatic aberration.

This is not even my camera, I'm borrowing it from a friend of the family. No way u could afford a 4000$ camera after buying this PC :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 5 points

In our eyes those pictures are on fleek. +1 for nice pictures and overall a nice clean build.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to have 6x4 4gb's of ram on x99a msi gaming 7 mobo?

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  • 56 months ago
  • 20 points

Is this a record for most photos of a build?

  • 56 months ago
  • 21 points

I think there are some builds on this site with over 227 images.

I originally had over 1000 images. I had to do a lot of editing.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

:)

  • 56 months ago
  • 12 points

11/10 cable management

I think this is my new favorite build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

Thanks :)

It's a labor of love.

  • 56 months ago
  • 12 points

There are almost too many good things about this post/build to talk about, with so many pictures and such a detailed description, that I'm worried I might forget to commend you for one of them.

The description if awesome and I totally agree with what you said about people reviewing motherboards lol. The cable management is some of the best I have ever seen and definitely worth the 10 hours you put into installing the combs. I love your use of the carbon wrap, not so much that it overwelms but just enough to accent the build superbly. Such an excellent choice of solid parts, creating a very powerful, balanced rig for your needs. A perfect story in pictures of every step you took during the build. Finally, the sticker on the front looks great.

I highly recommend getting another 980 down the road so you can take full advantage of that monitor with some of the newer titles.

Congrats on your first build, absolutely one of my new favorites on the site!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow... I don't even know what to say. This comment just made my whole week.

Thank you so much.

You're awesome!

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

And guess what, I did forget to say something! Regarding the GPU sag, even though it's slight, lay the case down, install the GPU perfectly straight if not a little slanted up, and then tighten the retaining screws while the case is layed flat rather then when it's standing up. That's what I did with my build to prevent sag, it may help.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally try that when I get home. Thanks for the advice and the feedback :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 7 points

Congrats on being accepted for a career path you chose and the build/log description overall really nice thoroughly enjoyed reading it. +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

I'm impressed you read the whole thing, even I got a bit bored while spell checking :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 7 points

Like this comment if you read the whole description and looked at every photo

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

liek

  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

WOW! Amazing build and attention to detail!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for the Skyrim poster

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm impressed you recognized it only by the bottom corners.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

This is so good!

Easily one of the best builds I've seen. By far the best description. :)

+1 (+10 if it was possible)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for carbon fiber on point.

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points
  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I think a Titan X with a modded cooling exterior would be sick in this build, if you plan to upgrade in the future.

Other than that I love the color scheme and clean cables.

Also impressive carbon fiber finishes.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, the titan X is too overpriced for what it is offering. If I do plan on upgrading I will probably be buying a 980ti.

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It costs about the same as 2 non-reference 980's in SLI so I mean :P But 980ti should be pretty dope.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It costs the same but is nowhere near as powerful: http://cdn4.wccftech.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-Titan-3DMark-Firestrike-Extreme.png

And considering I'm only using a 1440p monitor and not using any programs that benefit from CUDA, 6GB of the 12GB of Vram would just be going to waste.

But yea 980TI is going to be dope.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Seeing as the GPU has a backplate and is rather short, I would probably blame the sag on the case. It actually mostly depends on the case, unless it's a huge card. Corsair really don't stand for quality in my book, despite popular belief. It's mostly marketing, looks and quality in the past maybe.

Aside from their PSUs - they are good quality(not the CXM, etc) but overpriced. Their low end PSUs are priced reasonably, but not good quality and their high end PSUs are good quality, but overpriced compared to other offerings of the same quality.

Their fans are just underperforming. Not just compared to Noctua, but to other brands that cost half as much as a Corsair fan. I find it hard to believe how a company can successfully sell a 140mm fan, which has lower airflow, static pressure and higher noise than their 120mm version. I'm referring to the 140 SP quiet vs the 120 SP quiet.

I am really not trying to bash your build. I completely understand the choice of parts and think it's a great build. That was just a rant at Corsair. I think your build looks amazing. I actually upvoted it. It's just that Corsair is a bit of a pet-peeve of mine. I was really shocked and couldn't believe it when I found out their 140mm was worse than their 120mm.

By the way, there is a way to get quality, high performing, quiet fans for your radiator. Just put them in pull configuration, that way they will be hidden by the side panel frame.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you. I've heard a lot of bad things about the quality of Corsair fans and the issues with their PSUs. I didn't know that their cases had quality issues like that too.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I know some people have beef with corsair, I have had a friend who's CX series PSU basically caught fire and bricked his motherboard. I think that corsair products truly shine at the higher price range, mainly for RAM, cases, and PSU's.

I completely agree that their fans are under preforming but i'm a sucker for their aesthetic. Considering i'm not overclocking my GPU and CPU nearly as much as I should, these fans do their job adequately. (Also did you know that Corsair has not improved their fan design in over 5 years? That's crazy)

I was totally planning on doing a push pull configuration but I did not have enough long screws or enough fan headers on my motherboard. If I ever stumble upon $80, Ill drive to Microcenter and purchase some long screws, a fan splitter, and two 140mm SP Nocutua fans to put on top of the radiator.

Thanks for the upvote :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I was talking about having the fans in just Pull, not push pull. They're also easier to clean that way, as the dust accumulates on the bottom side of the radiator. If you wanted to clean them now, you'd have to take the fans off. When they're in pull you have free access to the bottom of the rad. The difference between push and pull is negligible. If you are doing push-pull though, I would recommend Airflow fans. When you do push-pull the CFM does not change, but the static pressure is doubled. Thus you can get enough static pressure to overcome the fins' resistance without having to use SP fans. Push-pull SP fans for a 29mm rad won't benefit you much, if at all. I can't find a measure of Corsair's FPI, but I doubt it's going to be something like 60. Probably less than 30.

The upvote was well earned.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, I think I need to go revise my fan airflow theory because I got pretty lost reading that. If I ever need help with fan configuration in the future can I shoot you a message?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely, always happy to help. I saw an amazing graph, which reported precise CFM, Temperatures, Noise level for Push, Pull and Push-Pull tested across like 100 fans.

P.S. Found it: http://www.overclock.net/t/1274407/fans-the-most-complete-and-comprehensive-array-of-tests-and-benchmarks

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh my god I really love this build. You made an AMAZING build. It looks absolutely beautiful and the parts you chose are great too. I really loved your very detailed description and pictures. Great documentation. Everything about this was amazing. I'm glad I took the time out of my day to read through your whole description. I think I'm gonna have to change my dream build to this one. I don't know what else to say. +1 for everything. Wish I could give you more.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. I'm actually impressed you read through the entire whole thing. I really do not consider myself an eloquent writer but people are genuinely impressed with my description for some reason.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy god I thought that said 27 pictures not 227. And then a literal wall of text. Jesus. +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That's why there is the TL:DR

:P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Pls fix nvidiea typo good build+1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh ohh oh I see a typo nvidiea wot ? Nvidia* I know why u made that mistake because ur fingers were hurting

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I red the whole thing let u know

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I think we can call it a new religion now!;) at least your build and attention to every possible detail proofs that. Your dedication and determination to that build is spectacular. Cable combs is something I still need to improve my own build with ( ordered it already ) Well done mate +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Incredible work!

And thank you for actually using combs in your sleeved cables so that they stay neat and orderly. It irks me beyond belief when people spend time / money custom-sleeving cables only to they have them be cluttered tangled mess in their builds.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought the same thing. Why would anybody build a $3000 PC with a massive case window and not bother to make it look nice?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it! Well done mate! I just have a feeling that a third monitor would go to some use but if you don't need it then you don't need it!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm totally up for getting a third monitor, i'm just afraid I am not going to have enough desk space :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

4000 dollars and 1 gpu well done my friend, well done (sarcastic), well done for real though.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It did cost me about $1,200 for the peripherals so 4K is a bit much. I will be buying another GTX 980 this summer or possibly a R9 390X if the DirectX 12 multi GPU configuration thing actually works.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC deserves a custom loop. It's damn impressive ;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I really want one... but I can't justify spending enough money to buy another Gtx 980 and 16GB of ram just for lower Temps and less noise.

If I will the lottery I'll get one :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Not enough photos...

  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

I have 700 more if you want :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Easily the best build i have ever seen, no fancy bull****, clean and beautiful. Great job, you got my +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you =D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

No fancy BS? He spent $100 on fancy cables.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I now regret my jealous rage.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

But the case, thats what i mean, its just elegant.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Fully agree there. I wish Corsair made something like the NZXT s340. It would be amazing.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, Corsair needs to step up their game D:

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Not enough photos. -1! Jk. Fantastic build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I have 700 more if you want ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Possibly world record for most pictures ever?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a great question. I wonder this myself.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You have my one for the detailed description and 227 photographs. I appreciate you for sharing the build and taking the time show on what you created. All very detailed and it's so beautiful. Love how you handled your cables and keeping your color scheme.

One thing did threw me off the curve, which was the Windows 8.1 pro on your partlist but you mention about the tech preview of windows 10. Do you have both windows 8.1 and the tech preview Windows 10? Or did I miss a piece of detailed somewhere along the line? I do apologize if I did. Thank you for sharing your computer and it will serve you well immensely and shows itself off with its appealing looks. +1000

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

For the OS yes, I do have a copy of windows 8.1. In my HDD review I mentioned I am dual booting with Windows 10 on my SSD and windows 8.1 on my HDD. I use windows 8 solely for programs and games that are incompatible with the tech demo.

And thank you for the complements :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my, darn I'm tired. It looks like I cannot remember since I was re-looking at the wrong review, the SSD review. Doh, my bad. :P

You will most enjoy your lovely build! :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

:)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Meticulous work always pays off. You will go far, son.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks dad.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Where'd you get the stickers to spell out your name?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it's not a sticker. I made this into a vector logo in Adobe Illustrator and then printed it out on vinyl/adhesive paper. With some scissors and an exacto knife I very carefully cut out each letter. I did fail about 6 times :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That's so cool! I wanna make some now! X(

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I had made a ton a sketches of my name as a logo and I finally wanted to do something with it. I made the logo during a 2 day period where Hurricane sandy knocked out our internet.

You can try Illustrator free for 30 days (http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html) and it's super easy to learn. I did not even need to watch any tutorials to make the logo.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip! :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you do this same method on your PSU? btw I apologize in advance if you already answered this question I just skimmed comments. LOVE the work you put into this build. This is become my favorite build I've ever seen on this website. Your cable management is stuff of LEGENDS!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU was super tricky because it was completely smooth. What I did was I photocopied the side of it and printed out the logo in exact 1:1 scale. I then stuck the carbon fiber vinyl to the back of the printed logo. I cut out the letters using an exacto knife and then peeled off the carbon fiber from the back. This method gives me the exact same shape as the original letters.

Thank you for the complements!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Beautiful PC and incredibly detailed description. I enjoyed reading it. Would you recommend using the Windows 10 tech demo or to get Windows 8 .1 for a discount to $70?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

It depends on how accepting you are of bugs. Some steam games won't work, some drivers won't install, and some programs will cause you PC to crash completely. Took me 4 weeks to figure out that F.lux was causing my PC to crash every time I watched Netflix

I would say yes, get the Tech demo now because the official release is in less than 3 months. Use that extra $70 to improve your PC.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for responding. I'm probably going to get my PC in more than 3 months. I didn't know that Windows 10 was coming out so soon. Do you think if I have Windows 7 on my current pc, that I could get 10 for free on my next build?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely, windows 10 is free for everybody, even people with pirated OS's

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never seen 227 pictures. 20 would suffice. Holy cow...that description. Can you give a short summary?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Well this is one of the more impressive description/photo sets on this site. I like the build, I would've fully carbon fibered the top of the PSU though, would look better than a little block.

Super impressive description though, and you got a 500/week apprenticeship at a high quality video firm? Dude, impressed. What did you even do? I'm actually pretty curious.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I did various intern stuff from archiving video to filming and editing some promotional material for the company. Honestly I think they paid me way to much for what I did.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is beautiful. Especially the cables. Good Job!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU SAG ALERT! Get that $700 piece of hardware supported!

Niiiiice build, by the way. Looks absolutely fantastic.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wish I could fix the GPU sag but the card is just too damn heavy.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

A pity. I think you can buy some card supporters online for around $10.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Link?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Between waiting to use your money on x99, the pictures, and the cable management... You might be the most patient person on earth. Well done! https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/dc/6b/f7/dc6bf78e6fa6a49d4bbe2331a224b320.jpg

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Waiting to build this has been nothing in comparison to waiting for the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for build, description and for talking about windows 10 I was looking for a cheap alternative to windows 8.1 as in my build I'm doing soon I'm trying to get the most for my money.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea, windows 10 is great way to save $70 or more for a new build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build and review! Probably one of the best descriptions I've seen on this website! I'm glad that you're enjoying your new PC (Well, I don't know if I would exactly call it new since it's a few months old).

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It still feels new to me :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That's nice! Mine still does to me as well! My build will be 5 months old towards the end of the month!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Those cable combs are incredible. After seeing this, I just ordered some for my computer. Also may I ask what camera you used to take these photos?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

A Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens for the Macro shots and a EF 35mm f/1.4L USM for the wide shots.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

one word: WOW

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Much sweat and tears you left with this beauty. No doubt you deserved. Couldn't be more detailed and all the photos you've made. One of the best projects i ever saw here. Congratulations and have fun for many years Alex Lisbon, Portugal

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

Always nice to see a fellow Alex.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

i forgot to put a coma after "years". I mean you Alex :-) i watch carefully all your photos. Amazing work. Can you tell me how you or with what you made the photos, which camera you used?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

My last name is not Lisbon and I live in Washington DC, not Portugal :P

For the camera I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens for the Macro shots and a EF 35mm f/1.4L USM for the wide shots.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

:-) ok Alex I'm from Lisbon, Portugal (sorry all these missunderstandings) I know you're in Washington. That was importante to me, the description of the camera. Would be interesting if you put the rest of the 700 hundred photos you took :-) Great work Alex!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah... I understand now. But the other 700 images are mainly just duplicates taken during the build process.

Thank you very much though!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

3 Paragraphs on a WD 7200 Black Drive? Come on this is way to in-depth for just everyday parts. Build is nice but this could have been a 100 pages shorter.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I wrote about 80% of this description on 2 five hour flights to and from California. I know It's excessive but I felt like being thorough.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the pics are nice and lots of them, but after reading a couple of sentences I realized nothing here had substance, just a bunch of I like this and I like that. I thought maybe you would of said the WD had a 97% chance of 6 month plus life expectancy and had a slightly higher write speed then all others in its class, then that would have been worth reading.

If you really want to write a lot and it appears you do why don't you give us differences between your choices and something more then just filibuster material.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright :(

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I am waiting on my new computer to arrive as well, I wanted to do a write up such as the one you did here. You do great work on your write ups, but just my thoughts if I was a first time builder I'd want to know why you went with which parts, it would completely help us all deciding what to get :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

You're right, I focused far to much on my experience with parts instead of why I actually needed them. A really brief summary would be CPU: 6 Cores for video editing

Liquid cooler: For serious overclocking

Motherboard: High end, reliable, looks.

RAM: Needed 16GB for editing and browsing

SSD: for speed and games

HDD: Extra storage

GPU: Wanted the very best at the time

PSU: High efficiency

Monitors: for gaming and editing

Case: It looks great

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the lettering? It looks amazing 10/10

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I custom made it in Adobe Illustrator then printed it on an adhesive vinyl paper.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh cool it looks great

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

holy mother of pics

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm surprised there is no photo limit.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I always go crazy on people for not making good enough descriptions (always). But you have without a doubt blown away me and many others on this site. I can not believe the amount of detail in your description and in your PHOTOS

MY GOD THE PHOTOS

So HD and so many (I'm speechless)

Easily one of my favorite builds, no lie

+10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

I'm actually stunned at how many people have said this is one of their favorite builds. I have been working on the PC for so long I have kind of lost sight of it's looks.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah man, i stand up and i applaud you. Amazing build and description. 16 years old and made 500/week...well damn. You must have worked a lot. At most my summer job payed 250 /week. I've been planning for almost a year for a build. I have a budget of 1.5k not 4k. So i have to be a little cautious with my hardware choices.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How long until you build? 1.5K is probably the best bang/buck gaming rig you can buy.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably not any time soon, really busy. I just go on this site and admire others build for now.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure that this is the first time I've ever commented on a build, and one of the few I've ever upvoted, but HOLY CRAP, you were incredibly thorough with the pictures here, and you had some very cool customizations to one of my favorite cases on the market. I'm also very impressed by this being your first build. I look forward to seeing if you put anything else out on this site.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice...well documented and great description just like Lolzee said very impressive

+1 for u my friend

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing description for an equally stunning build! Congrats!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

such beauty... Thanks for making me feel like $hit about my build hahaha

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Bro, this build is seriously on point, this is probably the most well balanced I've ever seen. I doubt someone could come up with a better, more well thought out configuration for a PC. Definite props :D.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful cable management. I'm in awe.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :3

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Attention to detail is amazing, thank you so much. A lot of the components you included in this build are ones I'd been contemplating for a while now, and the fact they sync up so much makes me wonder if it's time to pull the trigger. My one question is if you did this build again would you stick with the same motherboard as opposed to one of the higher RAM supporting ones? I know you go into detail about the sound quality, but EVGA FTW EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard is cheaper and seems to support more memory.

Also, where did you get the carbon fiber wrap? Is it just this stuff 3M Scotchprint 1080 Carbon Fiber Vinyl Flex Wrap Black CF12 60"x12"?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, This motherboard is the best X99 motherboard on the market.

Also yes, that is similar to the carbon fiber I used but it looks to be 3x as expensive.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build and great pictures

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The single most complete build log I've ever seen. So thorough and just a fantastic build. Really hope more people do this with their builds. +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

I doubt most people will be this detailed with their build logs. This took almost 2 months for me to complete.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt it too but it sure would be nice.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw in one of your comments that you don't use any programs that utilize your CUDA cores. Do you not use GPU acceleration when working in after effects or premiere? I am about to embark on a build for both editing and some occasional gaming and keep going back and forth between the 290x and the gtx980. Adobe CC will utilize both cards so I was wondering what kind of performance increase you got out of premiere with that processor coupled with the 980.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, GPU acceleration extremely beneficial for After Effects but not as much for Premiere. GPU acceleration is only truly useful for things like Element 3D, or Particular 2 which generate particles that need to be rendered before each playback.

The Entire CC suite is very optimized for multi-core CPU's and I am really pleased with the speed on the 5820K

If you are about to build you should consider waiting a month or two for the AMD 3xx series release.

Also, do you have a part list?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been tinkering around forums and newegg for a while and have a wishlist put together but nothing finalized yet. I looked at the corsair case you used and loved the simple elegance of it but didn't know how the airflow would be. I don't need to build something immediately so I'll probably wait until the 300 series releases. Worst case scenario the 200 series cards will drop in price. Mind if I drop you a line when I get the parts put together to get your opinion? I'm taking my 850w psu and my solid state drives and HDD's from my current desktop so that saves a few hundo already.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a phone number im seriously interested in building a pc and i would like to ask you some questions.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I missed this comment,

What questions do you have?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap!!!! Amazing build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The most beautiful gaming pc and setup on the planet. Every PC builders dream 1+

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome but why h110 instead of something like x61 or 280l

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! amazing dedication and precision and cable management is extreme. The description is neat :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

damn after reading your description ( yeah i did read all ;-) ) and watching all your fotos I have to say, that this is truly an amazing build. When I saw the first pictures I noticed the carbon fiber and was like wow that looks good and then you showed also how you made it! When you had only 3 RAM slots filled showing 12GB in BIOS, that made me laugh hard! Very good, detailed and it was easy to read all this. I can understand you a little, because I too am waiting for building my build for some months now.. and I'm going to use the same MoBo but with a different color-theme. I wan't to make something white-green (with some black accents). Good job man and enjoy!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

I wish you luck with your build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

So, I read your rant about the G502 and fully agree with you. Thankfully I was able to sell the one I owned for about $40 and I picked up the G600. This is by far so much better than the 502. It's an MMO so it naturally has a lot of buttons which may be beneficial to you with the media programs you have that can have many keybinds. It also can have different profiles that you can switch between depending on the program being used. As for your problem for your problem with your ring and pinky being uncomfortable there is a third button right next to where the right click is that your ring finger rests on and for the pinky, it doesn't feel uncomfortable at all. Now the two buttons under the scroll wheel and the scroll wheel, the buttons aren't sharp like you mentioned in your rant and the scroll wheel isn't as big and fully rubberized so your finger won't be slipping. And with the few fps games I play the weight doesn't bother me. To sum up when and if this mouse stops working I will by another granted something vastly superior doesn't come along.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to find somebody else who agrees with me about the G502 :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of curiosity, what camera did you use to take the close up shots? The fine details and perspective on some of the smaller parts were amazing.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a nice build but you hot some GPU sag there

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I know,

I hate it :(

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

227 pictures... High quality build... 90 paragraphs of a description... Now that's a +1 (Just one question, what's up with that GPU sag)?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

Stupid GPU's and their massive coolers is what's up :/

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a link for that Carbon Wrap? By the way the build is amazing. Love the description and the photos!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.amazon.com/SimCarbon-Carbon-Fiber-Vinyl-BLACK/dp/B0059XCVVO

This is not the one I used but It's on sale right now and is higher quality then the one I bought.

And thank you :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap! I didn't even start building my first real gaming PC so I'm browsing pcpartpicker every now and then but this made want one RIGHT NOW. I'm thinking pretty much about the same setup but 980Ti instead of 980.

The amount of work you put in that thing is just crazy! Looks amazing and I bet performs godly as well:]

I love all the pictures:]]]

+1000

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

But seriously though, Wait for AMD and Nvidia to release to release HBM GPU's.

In less than 4 months there are going to be AMD cards on the market literally twice as powerful than the 980TI for the same price.

You would regret buying now.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm designing a similar build, so this is great for reference! Do you have any more information on the motherboard? Is there anything that would be good to know, like what you said about the fan plugs? Thanks!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

My god... I don't know what to say... this is by far one of the best builds on this site +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

By the way, if you ever need more RAM, just download some from www.downloadmoreram.com

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Best PC on pcpp imho. (because the reviews were helpful and your story is similar to mine, and your parts are 90% the same as mine will be.) it truly is a modern marvel lol. And thanks for the details as its going to make mine build easier and more efficient.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :P

I'm excited to see your build now! Tell me when it's finished.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do. Will also be quite a few months till its done and finalize as I just started the, "blueprints". (and I am also going into the Army in a matter of months. Least I have this as a dream, but know that I shall one day build it. :) peace out!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get the rgb led for your case?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

That is the NZXT Hue

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I was seriously considering making that 5th picture my wallpaper. Overall this is an incredible build. Thank you for putting so much detail and time into this "review" I guess you could say, of this build. Being a designer myself I could really appreciate the clean slick look of this PC and this helped point me in the right direction with building my PC. Amazing job of this one. I want to thank you so much more for this you don't even know but all I can do is comment. Good job with this build happy gaming/working. I too am 17 and just got my first full time job out of high school in a multimedia studio. I'm putting some hard research into building my PC. If you have any more pointers I'd be pleased to hear them. Thanks Alex!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :D

These kind of comments make my day!

As for your build, I have a few suggestions, Unless you plan on using 4-way SLI or PCIE SSD, the 5820K is almost identical in performance to the 5930k but is far less expensive.

For your CPU cooler, you should look at the h110 or the G110i GT. These 6 core CPU's get insanely hot and so you need a beefy radiator to compensate.

Good choice of motheboard :)

Your RAM is fine but you might want to look at the crucial ballistix sport models as they have good looking heat-sinks and cost the essentially the same.

If your plan is to put those SSD's in RAID 0 or RAID 1 then you might as well get the 850 EVO edition to save money. Honestly the performance difference is negligible and the EVO is far cheaper. I would have gotten one but it had not been released when I built my PC.

Good HDD

For your GPU Buy an AMD Fury. 8GB of V-ram, better performance than the Titan, and $200 cheaper. It's being released in a few days.

EVGA PSUs are fine but check out Corsair's if you want a better aesthetic. I hate those red psu cables that comes with EVGA's PSUs :/

The Windows 10 ISO is free right now on Microsoft's website, once W10 is released you get a free copy. Save yourself $75 and use W10.

Depending on your case, you might want 140mm fans.

Hope I helped! Even though most of my suggestions are based around my PC :P

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thank you for all your suggestions I did further research into all of them and made my decisions. The only one I did not take into consideration is the GPU. Although the the AMD fury may outperform the GTX 980 Ti, it does not have the CUDA cores that the Intel GPU's do have. I want the CUDA cores because I use After Effects on a daily basis. I also wanted to note that I chose the Kingston HyperX RAM above the crucial ballistix because the CAS is lower making the Kingston RAM do processes like rendering a bit faster. This is my updated build at the moment, it is very different than the link you looked at before. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cbg7Jx I highly appreciate all the recommendations. Thank you for your help Alex!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Seriously liking your build! And your reasons for the 980TI and the HyperX RAM make sense.

My only other recommendations are:

Replace the h100i with the 110i. The H110i has a much more reliable pump and will allow you to squeeze out a more stable overclock from the 5820k that will seriously benefit you while using After Effects.

If your RAM choice is based on render performance then the clockspeed of your RAM is going to make a more significant impact than the CAS latency alone. If you have the extra money in your budget, you should look at either 2400mhz or 2666mhz. Your choice of RAM is still excellent nonetheless.

Your PSU is fine but is probably not enough for 2-way SLI in the future (Just something to think about)

Buy a 140mm fan that matches your case :P

Seriously look for an alternative monitor. I think of all of your components, the monitor is the only one that seems out of place. For only video production 1440p is great but nowhere near as good as 4K, and considering you are buying a 980TI instead of a Quadro, I assume you plan on gaming with it. At your budget you should either look at a 4K 60hz or a 1440p 144hz display. Anything below 4K or 60hz would be a bottleneck for the 980TI.

Here is the list with all of my suggestions and 2 recommendations for a 4K and a 144hz (both IPS) monitor: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CPVxK8

Seriously though, great build. I can't wait to see the final product :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thank you so much for these suggestions! It led me to find the monitor of my dreams! Although I was almost sold on the second monitor you had suggested. How much wattage in my PSU do you think I would need to support 2 way SLI in the future? For the Cooling Unit I found the Corsair H105 73.0 that I liked more but would the H110i hold up even better than that one? If you were curious I will be ordering all the parts for this build on August 1st. But I'm gonna have to wait for another paycheck after that t be able to afford the monitor. So the completed build will be done sometime around August 15th. Thanks for all your help. updated a lot of my parts here is what I have now. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8YWNHx I'd like some help because I feel i'm gonna have a lot of questions while I am in the building process and I feel like you might be able to help me with. If you'd care to give me an email I'd appreciate it that would be really helpful! :) Email: danieltorunoco@gmail.com

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It's so beautiful!! Downloaded the pics xD

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :P

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Would have loved to see the cable management in the back but otherwise and awesome build. Wish I had that much money to spend :/

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable management in back is 10x better with the sleeved cables and zip ties, I just forgot to photograph them :P

The cables that came with the PSU were temporary so I didn't really bother to organize them.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Simply Astounding

Btw... how can I favourite your build?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk

You can just leave an upvote :P

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

302nd :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Not actually sure...

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you like the speaker? I'm thinking to buy that z623 Logitech speaker. Should I buy it or no?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yes. I doubt you can find any speakers that are better at this price range.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. I own these speakers myself.

You know they're powerful when a tank shell from BF4 goes off and the next door neighbor thought something had exploded :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

On max volume the Bass is insane

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. They are the best speakers I have ever used.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I am wanting some PC fans that are quiet and look good. What is the noise produced by these like?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very quiet. Would recommend.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi

First off: My god, this build is beautiful (it and I share the same name :) ) You're using the same case plus a couple of other parts so seeing this has given me some more insight on my future build.

Noob question about the cabling: Your description said it took you 10 hours to install the cable combs. If I may ask, what was the hardest part of that job and once they are fed through, how hard is it to reconnect them to the plug?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It's extremely easy to reconnect them, just push them in and they lock in place.

Getting them out is what is extremely difficult. You have to put an unbeliveable amount of force into pulling the connectors out and if you bend even one of the pins, the whole set of cables is broken.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmmm....perhaps I've leave it then and find another method of tidying them up

Thanks for the info :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend learning how to braid the cable. It's cheaper and way easier.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Between the Badass exterior and the Amazing specs (as well with extremely detailed description witch I spent WAY TOO Much time reading) it deserve more than a +1 but I can't :( so +1 for you Sir

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

ty for the +1 though :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Am I too late for this post?

I just wanted to say that I accidentally stumbled upon your build looking at builds with WD Caviar Black HDD (for some reason), and this build is ******* amazing. Seriously.

So much attention to detail, so much care to customize this build, it's just ******* incredible. I'm not one to normally comment on completed builds on PCPP, but this build REALLY stood out to me amongst the ones that I see often.

Kudos to you, Alex.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

<3 Thank you

These kinds of comments make my day :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good work, for that I appreciate your passion and dedication.

However, I've a question: Being a 17-yr old, why did you spent so much money? I don't know if you earned it by working hard or your parents dough. Nevertheless, you should've seriously thought about hitting that high. That's all I wish to add.

Lastly, don't go blindly by what most Tech. review channels suggest.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

If you read the description, I worked at a video production company for an entire summer and earned everything myself.

I also in no way went by what most tech reviews suggested. I had over 6 months to plan this build and was constantly checking reviews, specs, and overall aesthetics of the part to fit my build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done. I hope you didn't get offended by my post. My best wishes.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem :P

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't have time to read that description, or look at all of those pictures, but from what I saw, it looks amazing. Enjoy that pc Alex. plus I love the Alex logo thing on the front looks sick +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

what do you think of the cpu after a few months two "try it out?", right now its $300 at Micro Center!!! and i would love to use it in my new build and for the $89.99+ discount, im willing to drive 35+ miles for the deal.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It is the best CPU on the market for high end price/performance, even better than the new Skylake CPUs

I got it for $300 at microcenter too! AND they take off an extra $40 if you buy it with an Asus X99 motherboard :D

I would totally go for it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

im thinking about going for the 5820k after i start using editing/ streaming software (for the extra cores). But right now i'm going to go with the 4790k as all i hear is good things about it and as it is $279.00 at micro center. But thanks for the reply

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nooooo.

Go for the 5820k.

It's waaaaay better for editing than a 4-core i7.

Also ddr4 is almost the price of ddr3 right now.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

i know the 5820k is better for editing but i dont plan on editing for like 1-2 years after i build the computer

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Super clean build with a great color scheme! Just curious as to why you went with Vengeance RAM. At that price point, I would expect at least Vengeance Pro, if not Dominator Platinum. Props, though.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's DDR4. They have not released Vengeance Pro's yet unfortunitly :/

Also Dominators are like double the price of regular DDR4. No way am I paying $400 for 16GB of RAM.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the detail, I read a lot about why you picked items, Thanks for incites. Planning a build with 2- 250ssd may move up to 2- 500ssd instead, 1 for operating system and 1 500ssd quick access when editing images in Photoshop / light room.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, the 850 evo is such a better deal than the 850 Pro.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

We're did up pick up the 5820 k for that price

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Microcenter

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Interesting !!! looking for something similar for my virtualization build.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't know why you didn't go for a 980 Ti. for around the same price as the one you have now you get better performance.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the 980TI was released 4 months after I build this.

I do have an EVGA 980TI SC in this PC now, I just have not updated the pictures because my camera broke :(

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Kk.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to have 6x4 4gb's of ram on x99a msi gaming 7 mobo?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see why not.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for such an amazing in depth review. This has really helped me out!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem :)

Glad you liked it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you please add some info to the description?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I really should have add more information.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the front fans on the case intake?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you happen to get the sticker/decals made? Looking into something like that for my current build, and it seems custom. Thanks. +1 for allowing me the pleasure.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually made it myself in Adobe Illustrator. I just printed it out on vinyl paper and cut it out with an exacto knife.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

One of my favorite builds by far! Your attention to detail, cable management, and careful planning has truly made a masterpiece. And your photography is decent which I respect from one designer to another.

+1 for the above **** +1 for the great wall of china text +1 for using more photos than I've taken in a 2 year photography course +1 for your job passion

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a monitor that is pretty similar to the ROG swift (if mounted) same sized bezel, both 27" if you dont wanna spend money on another ROG swift but still need another monitor to look the same, Asus VN279Q 27.0 just 20-30 dollars more.

Its specs are the same as the monitor you have now (but has 5ms), its worth it, if you want both your monitors to look the same. again, you have to mount them, because the base will throw them off.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would I buy another Swift?

IPS is nice, but not another $800 nice.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+10 for the opening statement, dedication to description, amount of pictures, and how beautiful that build is

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Alex, a belated congratulations on your first build and the most comprehensive write-up I have seen for a build. I'm curious how it ran during it's first year and if you made any changes to it since you built it.

I dabble PT in video editing with Pinnacle Studio and PowerDirector and am hoping to purchase a new rig sometime soon. Check out my projected parts list sometime if you have a few minutes.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/151975-opinions-needed-on-my-sub-3000-1080p-video-editing-gaming-pc

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I have upgraded the 980 to a 980TI, replaced the 256GB SSD with a 512GB one, and braided my 6pin cables.

This is my PC now:

http://i.imgur.com/7OOcGFg.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EdQCAV3.jpg

As for your PC:

Cooler: Get an h110i instead of the H100i. Cooler, quieter, and more reliable.

SSD: Get one 512GB m.2 SSD instead of one M.2 and two SATA SSD's.

PSU: Get a Corsair RM 750i. Much more reliable and much better looking than the SuperNova.

Optical Drive: Unless you watch a lot of blu-ray movies, you probably won't need this. Optical drives are pretty much unless now.

Everything else looks great! :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I took all your suggestions except for the storage options. I really want 2 SSD's in Raid 1 as a boot drive in case one fails so I don't have to re-install the OS, Apps and any data that was not safely backed up.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choice :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the AF140s on your Radiator? It's sad that corsair doesnt make SP140 without leds.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Totally fine.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there anyway I can favorite this post/build. Great detailed description and review on each item, I like that format.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure why this build says the i7-5820k is $299.99, but that isn't even remotely close to what the processor costs... I do like this build though :) Actually using the 5820k in my build as well!

I just built a new pc, still waiting on the 1070 to come down in price/become available so I can buy that.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually got the 5820k for $299 because of a sale at microcenter :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get your desk lights? for underneath and behind the monitor ?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

ikea dioder

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Credits for the amount of (beautiful) pictures, you make the PC masterrace proud.

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How many pictures can you take?

227, I guess...

Nice, though

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no words. Almost literally

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

I like your icon :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

me 2

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

HARAMBE CHRIST!!! its a description not a school essay.

Sweet freaking build m8 10/10 would feature. and pls more pictures, not enough.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Absolutely loved the detail. Great first build...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. Question: why did you use four cards for 16 gb of ram for about 300 dollars when you can get ram at 16gb for around 80?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I built this when DDR4 and X99 series processosr were just released, the markup was crazy expensive.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build. I enjoyed all the pics amd even learned a few things just looking through them all.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing build love it where did u get ur cables and up vote from me Cause u put a lot of effort into it Pls lock on my build and leave a comment about it so i can know ur feedback cause its my first build

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing write up!! +1 build

question!? how do you add the Type, Item and Price to the writeup like that?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This reads like the catcher in the rye.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the TLDRs otherwise I would have grown 50 years older reading this

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

You are welcome

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

can you tell me your fan set up on this case im trying to figure out which size fans and where to put them so i know how many i need to buy so far i have 2 corsair 140mm rgb fans. i have the same case.