Edit 8/10/14: Switched out ASRock Motherboard and AMD Processor for MSI and Intel.
Edit 12/21/14: Couple of more changes: Case fans added for silence (took off fan from the H60 as it was rather loud). Also received a K70 RGB for Christmas in place of my sidewinder X4, and got a HyperX Cloud headset for my birthday. Added asus optical drive for the cheap cost and the convenience. Mostly everything else is working as great as day 1. Only issue is the front microphone/headphone connections on the R4 don't always recognize devices.
This is my first build, used mainly for gaming. Other than that, just simple things like youtube, office, and facebook. Before building this I didn't know much about building computers. The most extensive work I had done on one was changing out some RAM. Watched a lot of build videos and product reviews and finally decided on the parts you see here. Went for a red, black, and white color scheme. Even after having this built for a few weeks, I can't think of anything that I would have done differently. Pics taken with my Galaxy Note 3.
AMD FX-8350: I was considering an Intel CPU, but I couldn't justify getting one for the price. This CPU had everything I was looking for at a nice price tag. Have not overclocked yet, but I plan to in the future. Changed out for i5-4690k which is currently clocked at 4.2 GHz. For me, having fewer faster cores is more important that more slower cores.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60: Does a very nice job cooling, and will be just fine when I finally get around to overclocking. Temp fluctuates between 15-25 on idle in HWMonitor(i hear this CPU gives out weird temp readings when not under load). After running prime95 for about 30 minutes, I never saw temps above 40 degress.
ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer: Has everything I need. Raid support, SLI support if I add another GPU in the future. Haven't messed around with the OC Tweaker at all but hopefully it's friendly. Let's not forget that this guy looks great! Changed out for MSI Z97-G45 for CPU swap.
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws (2x4GB): Does everything that I need it to. Ripjaws X was sold out when I bought my parts or else I would have gone for that. Goes with color scheme.
Storage: (2x)Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD and WD 1TB HDD: Bought one of the SSD's a while back for my laptop and decided I wanted more SSD storage, so I just got a second one and put them in RAID-0. It was tough to figure out how to set it up, but I got it done! These guys are FAST. No way I could ever go back to having my OS on a HDD. The hard drive is for music, movies, and games.
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 OC Twin Frozr: This baby is FAST, and while I haven't tested it on a lot of games, it has handled everything I've run on it with no issues. Once again, goes very nicely with my color scheme. Able to run most games on a 5760x1080 resolution as well.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/ Window: Clean, sleek look. Pretty big, but looks great and no problems getting anything to fit. Only problem with it, is the front fan controller causes the computer to freeze if switched while it is on. May also be a problem with the power supply?
Power Supply: EVGA 650W: Gold certified and does fine for everything in the build right now, but if I SLI in the future this will definitely have to be upgraded. Gotta say, this was the most beautifully packaged piece of equipment that I received. The red 8-pin connectors for the video card are also a nice touch for this build.
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro: My momma said she would buy my OS for me so I wouldn't get one illegally <3 Would have preferred windows 7, but since she was buying it I went for 8 Pro because it was cheaper with my student discount.
Wireless Network Adapter: Will only use this during the summer when I can't have ethernet running to my room, otherwise it's wired most of the time.
NZXT Hue: This was a breeze to install and adds a great touch to my PC for a reasonable price. Have it on red most of the time but the ability to switch to any color is great. The lighting effects are also a nice touch.
Microsoft Sidewinder X4: It looks great, and the programmable macro keys are nice. The gloss background attracts quite a bit of dust and fingerprints however. Keys feel a little stiff compared to my last keyboard, so hopefully they break in after a while. Once again, red LED's. I mentioned that the keys were stiff of the Sidewinder X4 and if anything they got worse. Absolutely hated this keyboard. Ended up getting a Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB for Christmas '14.
Mouse: Logitech G600: I actually just got this today, but my initial impressions on it are great. I have rather small hands, but it fits my hand perfectly. Customization on this mouse is great. Let's not forget the red LED's ;)
Monitors: (3x)Dell S2409 Wb: Stole the first one from my dad when I came to college about 2.5 years ago. Got the second about a year later off of eBay, and got the third one a few months ago. Had them all hooked up to my HP ENVY 17 laptop. Got the stand off of tykesupply when I got the third monitor.
Speakers: Logitech X-530: Got this set off of craigslist for like $25 a few years back. Hasn't let me down yet!
Well that's about it guys. Let me know what you think. Post praise, hate, suggestions... I'm open to any feedback! Thanks for checking it out!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$238.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid||$62.74 USD||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150||$137.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$79.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD||$84.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD||$84.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$59.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR||$499.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower||$109.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||EVGA 650W ATX12V / EPS12V||$79.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$16.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit)||$70.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Wireless Network Adapter||TP-Link TL-WDN3800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1||$30.77 USD||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm||$29.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm||$29.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Case Accessory||NZXT Hue LED Controller||$29.69 USD||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Corsair K70 RGB||$0.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Wired Laser||$44.48 USD||(Purchased)|
|Headphones||Kingston HyperX Cloud||$0.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Custom||SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad||$10.43 USD||(Purchased)|
|Total (United States):||$1701.99 USD|
|Date Published||April 4, 2014|
|Date Built||March 21, 2014|