*Update- still waiting on some custom cables, will post new pics as soon as I have them installed.
I have been interested in pc's for a long time, but I have never had the nerve to try a complete build... until now!
I mainly use computers for simulation type games. Project Cars/Assetto Corsa are my current and main uses for a fast pc. It was flightsim stuff like MS flight simulator that first got me interested and also helped me to realize the potential, but also the requirements of high end pc gaming. My outgoing machine is an i7 2600k with a gtx 770 in a white Corsair 600t case. It was built by a friend and has served me well. Not only as a learning tool, but also an incredible machine to enjoy my hobby.
The purpose of this build was two fold. One, to see if I could do it! Two, to make a machine that performs (for the upcoming generation of games and oculus rift) and looks great (at least to my eyes!).
I went with a silver/grey/black theme as I had not seen many pc's in this colour scheme and also, it's my favorite combo. Most parts were picked for performance and aesthetics, equally.
One note I wanted to add, is that it was a conscious decision not to go with custom sleeved cables as I personally prefer not to notice the cables as much as possible. I also really like the flat black cables that come with the RM1000. Don't get me wrong, I love some of the cable jobs that I see on here, but for me, this seemed to fit. I may come around in the future as I could see some "silver" cables looking pretty cool, but we'll see.
One last thing, please remember that this was my first ever pc build. I am a complete rookie, so please be gentle. This has been an immense learning curve for me and I'm sure I could have done many things much better. I never knew how little I knew before I began this endeavor!
*BTW- I am by no means, a pro photographer, so please know that I just tried to take the nicest pics that I could. All pics taken with my phone! lol
CASE- I just really love the look of the 750d and I wanted to go for something a little more "grown up" looking than my former white 600t. I love that case but I just figured it's time to go in this direction. I also loved the reviews, the cable management was a breeze, even for a complete rookie like me. Big window, nice finish, and list goes on.
CPU- This was a tough decision. I went back and forth for what seemed like forever about stepping up to the 5820 or 5830, but after much analysis, I decided that the 4790k was the best for what I do and would keep me going for a while. Also price, the memory was very expensive on the next gen stuff and I didn't really like any of the mobo's that I was seeing. I am very happy with my pick.
CPU cooler- This was a one of those mix of performance and aesthetics decisions. Love the colored ring (I painted it to match the rest as well) and the led. Pretty happy with it, but the pump is a little noisy running on 12v.
Motherboard- Totally wanted this board for its "paintability". It was part of my original vision. Silver armor was at the heart of this theme.
Memory- I have looked at so many pics of this memory for so long and I just wanted it sooo bad. It looks sooo good!
GPU- I knew wanted SLI. I knew wanted 980's. I knew wanted reference cards. But most of all I wanted WHITE led's. It was hard work ( a lot of sandpaper!) and they were expensive, but totally worth it. Also, the Evga sli bridge was a really cool way to finish them off.
PSU- There wasn't too much thought put into this model. However, there was a ton of work put into making look the way I wanted. Lots of vinyl sticker products were harmed in the making of this psu.
Storage- I have always liked Samsung Evo's and the fact that they are "grey" didn't hurt. I have a 120 for my os and a 250 for games. The wd black is for mass storage and seems to work great.
Monitor- I was waiting, and waiting, and waiting... for the Asus Rog Swift. I got tired of waiting! lol Also this monitor was a nice compromise and had the resolution I was looking for. I didn't want to go all the way to 4k and I also didn't want a multi-monitor set up, so this seemed like a good choice. As well, I am really hoping for Oculus Rift to come sooner than later and because of that I didn't want to go all out on a monitor.
Lighting- I went with just one Bitfenix white strip at the top. I do like the light it casts. Didn't seem too over the top. It did keep falling off, so I just "super glued" it to the top. Also, in the pictures that I have attached, the light does seem to have a purple type glow but it is actually a nice clear white hue. Very hard to capture on camera.
Paint- I was certain that I wanted a silver/grey/black theme and I found the perfect paint that I needed. It was Rust-Oleum Metallic Paint & Primer in Titanium Silver. I put that "s#$%" on everything!! haha!!
I think that's just about everything. Thanks so much for having a look and if you read all of my ramblings, thank you again. It was so much fun building this pc but if I'm honest- I don't see doing it again anytime soon! It was very time consuming, a bit stressful and I can't say that my girlfriend was a huge fan of the experience! Her little fingers did come in handy though, for some of the tiny little screws involved in the assembly. I never even knew that they made screws that small until I took on this project!
Cheers Eric :)
ps- If you have any questions, please just ask
pps- Add a logo of some kind in matte black to the top of the hd cage. Probably with the name of my PC.
*Update- The cpu is currently overclocked to 4.6ghz and running good. The gpu's are lightly overclocked with Evga Precision to 1279mhz with boost to 1368mhz (but I find they seem to actually go to around 1410mhz when monitored) This is with no voltage increase. Just power target to 110 and gpu clock to +152. Stable in all tests and good temps.