I started this build debating between black and blue and black and white. Krait was my first thought, but a few months ago, every other build here was Krait and I started to back away from the idea. After hashing it out with a friend, I knew what motherboard would best suit me and my ideas. I saw a case I liked and part of it reminded me of Star Wars, so I could make this work. I looked over a few more parts to help solidify my idea and after a little, I knew what I had to do... bring Rex to life.
I had the build up and running on 5/24/15, but it wasn't until 7/27/15 that I got my cables and extra fans in. ~Looks like the pictures didn't post as well as they look on my end, sorry~
USE- I enjoy gaming, from WoW to Battlefield4... it's a great way to relax after work and something to do while the game is on (go sports ball team!). Before my current IT job, I used to do graphic design work. I imagine I'll continue to do small projects for friends and family like flyers, funny pictures and school posters. Video editing isn't really my thing , but I do love slapping together a few clips of slamming a UCAV into 8 guys and blowing them up in BF4. I'm still taking classes and have many certificates left to pursue, so I'll be playing with virtual machines, scripts and light coding as well.
CPU- The price was right as it was only a few dollars more than the i5 at Microcenter and gaming clan recommended it. Great base speed and able to keep up with me. An average gaming session may consist of skype, teamspeak, battlefield4, chrome (6+ tabs including youtube and mightytext), shadowplay, and or photoshop open. Whats the point of having multiple monitors if I can't have 3+ windows open on at least one?
COOLER- I plan to overclock after I get more time to sit down and play with things, but at the moment I haven't gotten that far. Biggest perks of this cooler: how quiet it is, CAM software (temps and controls), and adjustable LED. It's from NZXT so I knew it would fit the case I wanted. The stock fans are great so I haven't felt the need to replace them with anything. All in all, really happy with this cooler.
MOBO- This wasn't an easy decision, and for the price, I could have easily picked a lesser board and saved a lot of money. I hashed out the features with a friend and compared it to a Krait. A few hours later I threw the board in my cart and that was that. The ASUS thermal armor is neat, but the design of this one blew me away. Looks right at home in my case.
RAM- 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory... it's fast even at a CAS 10. Sure there is better, but with great reviews and the colors fitting my theme, I have no regrets!
STORAGE- I had my first Samsung SSD a few years ago as a 150GB drive for the OS. I loved it, but it bit the dust after about 2 years. All things considered, I'm not sure why I decided to stick with Samsung, but I did. I picked up a 250GB drive about a year ago now for my old build, and decided to throw it in with this one. The 500GB was also picked up on sale months ago for this build and so far, I have no complaints. I'll be pulling an old 2TB HDD from the old build to add for storage of school projects and the like. I have a lot of old HTML, C++ and Java assignments I don't want to lose. The External HDD was a Christmas gift from 6 years ago but works for backing up old pictures from trips.
GPU- I didn't want to spend the money on a 980 (This was pre 200$ microcenter sale) and I didn't really care to play with overclocking it. Amazon had an openbox deal with a FTW edition, and sitting about 300$, it was the same as a basic 970 so I was sold. This card makes no noise (at least nothing that I can tell) and that's a HUGE change from the old Radeon HD 6950 I had. The card stays cool and has only peaked at 71* a few times under game conditions (as described above).
CASE- I thought this case was beautiful. It's simple yet clean, no flashy lights or gaudy curves to make it look like Warcraft shoulder armor. The sound dampening material must work because I can't even hear it running next to me! Everything fits and the case is solid. My only complaint is that I would like another quarter inch of space in the back for the cables.
PSU- I'll admit EVGA G2 was recommended to me, so I grabbed a 750. There were a lot of great reviews for EVGA and since I had grabbed a GPU from them, I figured why not. It's modular so I was able to use the cables I needed and leave the ones I didn't out. No complaints about the lengths, and in all black, I considered not getting "pretty" ones.
FANS- I saw these DeadSilent fans in a build back in February and thought, wow, those look awesome. After doing some research I determined they were pretty on par with most other options out there. The two tone colors were great and the LEDs added a little something without being overpowered. I started with the 140mm in the back, and I couldn't really hear it was running unless my ear with right next to the fan. I decided to go ahead and grab 3 120s for the front.
EXTRAS- My little brother gave me the USB 3.1 card for my birthday earlier this month, and a USB drive to go with it. 10GB per second... sure why not!
After talking things over with a few people I decided to get some custom extensions from IceModz (thanks for the push jipster). I gave it a go trying to sleeve my own cables, and while my practice cables turned out well, the EVGA cables would not play nice and pop out for me. They look amazing! Not only that, but they were shipped within 2 days of my order. I talked with them a few times about materials and the design I wanted. INCREDIBLY helpful and I had my cables within about 10 days.
Clone Trooper Vinyl POP! was a goofy thought I had... but hear me out! One of the most common things you notice with a PC after some time is how the GPU starts to sag, some worse than others. I wanted some custom "stand" to help support the card. I couldn't really think of something I liked until I looked over at one of the POP! figured I had. Hey, it was a crazy thought, but size wise, it worked! He fits well, and after some more research and study, he may end up staying there. With luck, I'll find some paint so I can make him look a little more like Captain Rex (Clone Wars).