Awesome build, but get that beautiful rig off the floor....
Awesome! I have built several of these. We have 3 tv rooms all are using HD Homerun Prime with cable cards, and Synology NAS for our home network. You made a great decision going with top quality parts right off the bat. People all the time go with cheap parts and then wonder why they have laggy video playing system. By using a 4 threaded cpu with hyper threading and 16gb of ram with a fast ssd you are making sure your system has the speed for smooth performance. Are you planning on using windows media center for live tv?
Nice build. You may want to consider liquid cooling on this. 70 is still pretty high. If you use a liquid cooler you should be able to get this down to 40-50.
I have built several of these over the past three years and this looks familiar. Are you getting any hesitation or stuttering? Two areas you could improve on (not that you need to)are you could upgrade that HDD to Seagate Hybrid drive. They are under $100 now and work fantastic. It is very close to ssd speed. And you could go from 4gb Ram to 8gb Ram. If that board is rev1 it will support 4k output which is great. I love the K400 too but for Windows media center I also use Rosewill RHRC remote. I upgraded the livingroom to the Fractal Node605 so I could add a GPU. I also went from an HDD to 2 240gb ssd's in raid 0 to get an increase in speed. Just having fun.
What I meant on the ssd was that for the money he paid for the 120gb he could have gotten a 240gb that would work just fine. That's not really true about Ram. The new programs such as word, excel, mail etc are now and in the future using more and more temporary files. If you have a few programs open at the same time you could cause hesitation. While it is easy enough to upgrade later, I wouldn't ever install any thing but 8gb sticks to avoid wasting the old Ram. When I build or buy I'm using 16gb as a base minimum for Ram memory.
Nice build! Only two points I would make for improvement, Windows 8.1 would be much faster, and you will not believe how much quieter that system will be if you change those Corsair fans for Noctua. As I said this is an awesome build and theses would just be things for the future. Thanks for the great pictures. You should be very proud of your first build.
Why Windows 7? 8.1 would be much faster.
A couple things to consider. Add another 8gb ram. If you add Windows 8.1 Pro it comes with Windows media center and if you use cable you could use your system as a dvr. Add a second hybrid drive to record movies too. Also with Windows 8.1 you could get MakeMKV and VLC and copy your favorite Blue-ray movies to your drive.In the future you could add a Synology Nas to your system for storage or surveillance station etc... Your on your way
When you upgrade to the i7 look for an Asus Z97 with 5 way optimization if you can afford it. It will automatically overclock your system (including fan support) for both the high and low. It will find the perfect balance for power consumption and safe overclocking and the system will then respond when you do video editing and overclock and when your just surfing it will stay powered low just sipping energy.
Nice first build. You can do anything with this. Excellent choice of parts. You can always add on later. No bloatware! Keep an eye out for sale and you could get a 240gb ssd for 100 bucks.
some boards have an additional power supply connection lower down near the gpu. It is important that you get the orientation correct on those power cables and don't turn it on till you do. If it doesn't feel right it probably isn't. some of the cables have a split end and its important that they are on the proper side. consult the manual for the power supply and motherboard. I blew a psu once from this very same thing.
The first thing I would do is to get rid of those incredibly loud Corsair fans! Replace them with Noctua when you can and you wont believe the difference. This is a nice build with quality parts.
Great build! That board has wireless ac and if you have an ac router you will be surprised at how fast that connection is. Love the Fractal stuff. Seasonic makes great power supplies. Smart you went with 16gb of Ram..
Nice build. You know you could pull out the Ram and spray paint it to help your color. They make a plastic spray paint that is removable. I love that case...
You have to ignore the ******** that post on this site.
First, nice choice of parts for your first build! Noctua fans right off the bat, nice. That Asus board with 5 way optimization is fantastic! Probably for everyday use that Cooler Master Hyper will be fine since the programing from Asus will determine your overclocking needs as you use your system. I would definitely keep an eye on your temps though. I would add some additional Ram to your system eventually. I think 16gb should be the new minimum. It just gives your system more headroom and Ram is being used more and more these days. What OS are you using? I hope its Windows 8.1! Microsoft has really made a difference with Windows 8.1. I have gone back and upgraded all my old Vista laptops with 8.1 and WOW! Loading the OS in 15 seconds isn't from the ssd, its from Windows 8...
I'm surprised you used a platter drive instead of an ssd. At least you could have used a hybrid drive. The most important aspect of the system you would think would be its responsiveness. Also, by now you would think 16gb would be the minimum amount of Ram. Did you not know that Asus has automatic overclocking software with its z97 mobo's that optimizes settings of everything to maximize both the high performance and low power management so you get the best of both worlds? What about using cheap 120gb ssd's in Raid O? shouldn't you be showing off some of your knowledge...
that motherboard looks awesome! Great parts...
everything looks good except the AMD.
the case says it fits a 240mm radiator!
I saw your build but I choose the i3 chip because it has the intel HD 4000 graphics on it.
What are you using the system for?
What about an ssd like 120gb to speed things up? Have you thought of that? you could load a couple of your favorite games and run from the ssd. Love your parts...
Cables can be cleaned up anytime. Welcome to the home build world. Linustechtips is a great youtube source...
great parts! Love you choices..
Nice build! Not to be too critical but those stickers.....
awesome! Nice job..
Nice build! You'll love the speed of that ssd. Don't forget if you do overclock you may want to use liquid cooling...
better if you didn't offer your opinion. Wish I hadn't posted.
I could have spent $400 but its for me! The case is very well designed with a side window that's just right, excellent cooling, great looks and solid quality. I should have avoided the K chip since I'm not intending to overclock but I figured it will be a higher quality chip anyway. Same thing with the mobo.
The MSI motherboard rocks! Its my favorite item in the build!
Newegg doubled a couple of my items and the ram was one. Instead of sending back im going to use in another build. I love this MSI motherboard! Future proofing my build.
I screwed up on the order for the ram. Newegg doubled a couple of my items by mistake. Rather then send them back I just kept the extra. Should probably edit the list.
Great first build! You know a case is usually the lower end on price and would be a ton of fun to change (like another build). So if you don't like the case that gives you more fun. I assumed the ssd was responsible for my incredibly fast boot times with my new build but maybe its the motherboard. my system boots in like 10 seconds and that alone was worth so much to me. Great job and good luck to you.
It's a beauty! you may want to look into setting up a raid for mirroring to protect your data.
Nice parts list but I would spend the extra and increase the size of you ssd. Get a 256 and you can load your games directly on the ssd for much faster performance.
Love this build but the ssd should be bigger and also more ram memory.